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September, 2013

Fight Booking Alert: Pat Barry vs. Soa Palelei on for UFC Dec. 7 Australia Card


(UFC Heavyweight Pat Barry | Photo by Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

The UFC Fight Night 33 card taking place this December in Brisbane, Australia has just picked up its third match up as heavyweights Pat Barry and Soa Palelei are now set to face one another. Barry is coming off a TKO loss to Shawn Jordan at UFC 161 this past June and Palelei off a UFC debut win just over two weeks ago at UFC 164.

Palelei’s win is almost being treated like a loss by some, notably UFC President Dana White who, after UFC 164, criticized Palelei’s bout with Nikita Krylov saying that the fight was a poor representation of what UFC-level fighting is, calling the fight “sloppy” and the fighters poorly conditioned. We can’t yet know what kind of shape Barry and Palelei will come in to their fight in but we can make an educated guess that at least Barry will make the bout exciting.

Also already booked on the Brisbane card is Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. James Te Huna and Antonio Silva vs. Mark Hunt.

- Elias Cepeda

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Bellator 99 Recap: Pitbull Smashes Nunes, Matyushenko vs. Alexander Was Pretty Much a Waste of Time


(Patricio Pitbull Vs. Diego Nunes.)

It would be a shame if we only remembered last night’s Bellator 99 as the first night of the promotion’s transformation into The UFC Senior Circuit, but honestly, there wasn’t much to write about on the main card of last night’s fights. So let’s start off on a positive note and talk about the main event.

In the main event of the evening, Bellator’s homegrown prospect Patricio Pitbull (Patricio Freire if you want to get technical) make very short work of Diego Nunes. The usually aggressive Pitbull was cautious during the bout, opting to wait for Nunes to lunge at him. The inevitable happened just over seventy seconds into their fight, and Pitbull made “The Gun” pay dearly for doing so. Pitbull not only improves to 19-2 in his professional MMA career, but now he also holds a victory over a guy that the casual MMA fan may have actually heard of – something that leads me to believe that Bellator’s “Sign Ex-UFC Fighters Who Won’t Challenge for the Title” business model may not be as foolish as most of us are making it out to be.

In fact, I’d be willing to write an Unsupportable Opinion piece based around that last sentence…if it weren’t for the gigantic waste of time that was the clash between Vladimir Matyushenko and Houston Alexander. Believe it or not, the fight between the forty-something ex-UFC gatekeepers was worse than you were expecting it to be. Probably not “Worst Fight of the Year” at this year’s Potato Awards bad, but it’ll certainly be included in the discussion. View at your own risk after the jump.

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[VIDEOS] Mayweather vs. Canelo All Access – All Four Episodes


(Mayweather vs. Canelo All Access Episode 1 | All Access Videos via ShoSports Youtube)

Friday we brought you the fourth and final episode of the Showtime documentary mini-series, Mayweather vs. Canelo: All Access yesterday but it occurred to us that some of you might not yet be caught up on the prior episodes so, here ya go. Get ready for the biggest boxing match of the year tonight by getting inside the lives and training camps of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Chances are, whomever you are rooting for, you’ll walk away from this doc series with some admiration for both men. Some of our favorite things that we learned about each fighter from All Access:

The private “Canelo” refuses to let his daughter be seen on television. Respect.

Mayweather hires women to be around he and his friends. Respect?

Want more tidbits? Watch the show.

Parts 2-4 after the jump.

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UFC Benevolent Act of the Day: Dana White Pays for Injured TUF 18 Tim Gorman’s Hamstring Surgery, Offers ‘Shot’ in Promotion


(No, that is not a lady’s hind quarters. It is Tim Gorman’s injured leg. And, some really fancy shorts. | Photo via @TimmyGormanMMA)

This week we learned that in addition to being a cocky loud mouth, The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 (TUF 18) cast member Tim Gorman, is also a committed, tough s.o.b. The male bantamweight tore a hamstring clear off before getting his chance to fight his way into the TUF house, still fought, won and looked to move through the season.

Meisha Tate and her coaching staff noticed that Gorman was hobbling around during early practices and asked him to explain, at which point he showed the results of his nasty injury (also photographed up top). Gorman was forced to get an M.R.I. scan, which confirmed that his hamstring was royally screwed and Dana White made him leave the TUF House over the fighter’s protests. Which, of course, led to this freeloading no goodnik getting another chance.

During a google hangout Thursday White told fans that Gorman will also get another chance in the UFC, however. “The kid’s a nutball, he’s a lunatic,” Uncle Dana said. “I like that, that’s not a bad thing. He wanted to continue to fight, I respect that. He’ll get another shot in the UFC, we’ll give him a shot.”

Great news for Gorman. Even better, Timmy went on The Underground forum and wrote that White personally paid for his much-needed hamstring surgery. The UFC’s health insurance policy didn’t cover Gorman’s medical procedures because they were treatment for a “pre-existing” condition, ie. he hurt himself before he stepped into the Octagon or UFC Training Center.

Gorman’s UG post below:

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Good News: Joe Son Might Get the Death Penalty for Killing His Cellmate Two Years Ago


(Joseph Hyungmin Son: Prison karaoke champ, 2011-2013. / Photo via Tapology)

A month after being sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape, and torture of a woman on Christmas Eve 1990, pre-Zuffa UFC punchline Joe Son once again made fucked-up headlines in October 2011 when he allegedly killed his cellmate, a wild-looking pedophile named Michael Thomas Graham.

Things have been pretty quiet on the Joe Son front since then. But now, TMZ is passing along word that Son is finally being charged with the murder of Graham, two years after the fact:

The guy who played shoe-throwing bad guy Random Task in “Austin Powers” has been charged with murder in the death of his prison cellmate, TMZ has learned … and prosecutors could pursue the death penalty.

The guy in the cross hairs is Joe Son, who was serving a life sentence in California’s Wasco State Prison for torturing a woman  when he allegedly killed his 50-year-old cellmate in 2011.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Son — a former MMA fighter — killed Graham with a combination of kicks and punches. We’re told the brutality of the murder will be a factor when prosecutors decide if they should pursue the death penalty.

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What Sorcery is This? ‘TUF 18, Episode 2′ Ratings *Up* 14% From Season Premiere


(“Quick, someone get a trampoline and Adam Carolla before everyone stops watching!” Photo via Getty.) 

It looks like a few more of us were finally able to find the Fox Sports 1 network on our deluxe digital cable television packages (#whitepeopleproblems). According to MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer, viewership for the second episode of The Ultimate Fighter 18 jumped up 14% from the season’s premiere last week. It’s not incredible news given how abysmal said premiere’s ratings were, but it’s something gosh darn it:

It was the largest increase of a first episode of the season to a second episode in the 18-season history of the show. Only four previous seasons has the second episode had more viewers than the first, almost all in the early days of the show. Some of the gain was due to significant promotion of the show during FOX’s NFL telecasts on Sunday. Other was likely positive word-of-mouth coming from the first episode.

Right Dave, “promotion during NFL telecasts” and “word-of-mouth” were responsible for the increase in TUF 18 viewership. Please, explain to me again what exactly this “NFL” is that you speak of (*shakes head*). The ONLY reasoning behind these numbers is that the audience who tuned in the first week, like myself, instantly fell in love with Miesha Tate and had to come back for more. That being the case, I’d just like to let you all know right here and now that I CALL DIBS (after she leaves Bryan Caraway, which she totally told me she was doing this one time on Twitter).

Previously: Comparing/Contrasting/GIF-capping Shayna Baszler and Julianna Pena’s TUF 18, Week 2 blogs.

-J. Jones

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Friday Link Dump: Anderson Silva Pulls Back on Seagal-Worship, Breaking Down Canelo’s ‘Hybrid Style’, The Benefit of Having Small Balls + More


(‘All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo,’ Episode 4. Props: shosports)

Jon Jones ‘Standing Guillotine’ and the 10 Coolest Submissions in MMA History (BleacherReport)

Lovely Miesha Tate GIFs from The Ultimate Fighter (CagePotatoMMA Tumblr)

Anderson Silva Suggests Steven Seagal Gets Too Much Credit for Vitor Belfort Knockout (MMAFighting)

Mayweather vs Canelo Judo Chop: The Hybrid Style of Canelo Alvarez (BloodyElbow)

World Series of Fighting 5 Preview (Sherdog)

Kimbo vs. Butterbean Superfight in the Works? (TMZ)

Jose Aldo and Renan Barao Sparring (YouTube/totabsb)

Dana White & TUF Producers Cover Medical Bills, Promise UFC Fight for Ejected TUF 18 Fighter Tim Gorman (BJPenn.com)

Jade Bryce is distracting. (Instagram/EricColeman1)

Burning Man 2013′s Hottest Ladies (MadeMan)

25 Movie Scores to Make Your Life Feel More Epic (Complex)

WTF, Science??: Having Smaller Balls Means You’re More Likely to Be a Better Father (MensFitness)

Top 10 Girls With Guns (DoubleViking)

Awesome Dangerous Semi-Truck Jump (EgoTV)

Horrifying MMA Leg Break (Break)

Better Call Saul!’ – Leaked TV Intro (ScreenJunkies)

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GIF of the Day: Muay Thai World Champion Alain Ngalani Goes Beast Mode in His MMA Debut at ‘ONE FC 10′


(Gif courtesy of @ZProphet_MMA.) 

Alain Ngalani. Remember the name.

Alain Ngalani is a heavyweight, two-time world Muay Thai champion who throws kicks like Melvin Manhoef on bath salts. Alain Ngalani is what it would look like if Bobby Lashley, Marvin Eastman and Onix simultaneously raped each other inside a Cameroonian brick shithouse and somehow made a baby.

Alain Ngalani made his MMA debut at ONE FC 10: Champions and Warriors this morning against the 1-1 Mahmoud Hassan. Alain Ngalani took just over 30 seconds to wheel kick the everloving fuck out of Hassan and finish him with some ground and pound straight out of Rampage World Tour.

Alain Ngalani is a 230-pound Tasmanian Devil with slightly better impulse control.

 

Alain Ngalani.

After the jump: Alain Ngalani going all “Alain Ngalani” on some poor dude’s legs.

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Bellator’s Nine Hottest New Prospects for Season Nine


(Hey, if BJ Penn can be the UFC’s first three-title champion, then a middle-aged kickboxer can be the future of the heavyweight division. / Photo via crucifixusa.com)

By Adam Martin

Bellator’s ninth season recently commenced, and if last week’s opener is any indication, it’s going to be a fun and action-packed couple of months in the world of “Viacom MMA.”

During the summer, Bellator signed a number of new fighters that will make their promotional debuts during season nine, and we wanted to highlight a few of these hungry young prospects that fans should keep an eye on starting with tonight’s event in Temecula, California.

So, without further ado, here are nine Bellator prospects to watch out for during this coming season of fights.

9. John Alessio

(Photo via Getty)

The first fighter to keep an eye on this season is veteran John Alessio, who has been fighting professionally since 1998. After making his name as a top prospect fighting for SuperBrawl in Hawaii, the UFC fed Alessio to the sharks when, at just 20 years of age, he fought Pat Miletich for the UFC welterweight title. And while Alessio would get tapped out in just 1:43 and leave the UFC immediately afterwards, he returned in 2006 and fought both Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves, losing to both and losing his spot on the roster again. Never perturbed, Alessio then carved out a solid run in the WEC, MFC, Dream, and a few other promotions to get yet another crack in the Octagon in 2012, but after losing to Mark Bocek and Shane Roller — becoming the only fighter in UFC history to go 0-5 — he was cut for good. Bellator then picked him up and he’s been installed as a participant in the season nine lightweight tournament. Winning it, he says, is his destiny.

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Fear the Fighter Caption Contest #1: And the Winner Is…


(Props: instagram.com/showtimepettis)

Thanks to everybody who entered this week’s Fear the Fighter caption contest! Before we reveal who won the Combat Line t-shirt of his/her choice, let’s pay respect to some honorable mentions that came in via Monday’s post and the Facebook thread

Kyle Trombley: Pettis is preparing for his next opponent, Ali G.

Justin Smith: “Tell Mustard he’s next.”

Ryan O’Leary: Pettis receives ban after pissing hot for pink champagne.

Stephen Faragher: Hepatitis A B and C in no particular order.

Mike Boys: Minimalist Santa Claus, with fellow fun-boys the tin-man and some muthafucka who manged to pop a collar on a collarless shirt.

Patrick McCready: ”Hey, are either of you worried we might get a little TOO MUCH pussy tonight?”

And the winner is…

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