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November, 2013

Caption Contest: Win an Official Kazushi Sakuraba T-Shirt From Scramble!


(Image courtesy of Scramble. Buy the shirt for $44.99 right here, or £29.99 for our Euro-homies.)

Even today, the name “Saku” can induce feelings of euphoria in old-school MMA fans. Arguably the most important Japanese fighter in the sport’s history, Kazushi Sakuraba‘s fight career embodied the twin virtues of virtuosic creativity and never-say-die gameness. He is, was, and forever will be a legend. And now, you can buy his t-shirt.

Our friends at Scramble have kicked off an official collaboration with Sakuraba, beginning with the t-shirt you see above. Made with Saku’s full cooperation and blessing, the super soft 100% washed cotton shirts feature his stylized “KS” logo on the front — which he’s been rocking on his shorts since his PRIDE days — and the back of the shirt also sports several references to Sakuraba’s nicknames, including IQ Wrestler, Gracie Hunter, and 39. It’s pretty frickin’ sweet to be honest. If you want one for yourself, buy it here…or, take your chances with this week’s caption contest.

After the jump is a Photo of the Year candidate from this weekend’s Alvarez/Chandler rematch that reminded me of Saku just for its sheer bloodiness. Come up with a clever caption and submit it to the comments section of this post by Thursday night at midnight PT. The three best captions will all win a Sakuraba t-shirt, courtesy of Scramble. We’ll announce the results on Friday. Let us know if you have any questions, and good luck!

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[VIDEO] Alida Gray Scores the Most Vicious (Strawweight) One-Punch KO of All Time


(Major props to MMAFighting for the find. KO comes at the 52:00 mark.)

Easily the biggest criticism aimed at the smaller MMA weight classes over the years has been their (apparent) inability to finish fights. John Lineker, John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez — these are guys who couldn’t put away a Taco Bell $5 Buck Box if they had been starved for three days prior, let alone an opponent of top 10-caliber (which in their miniscule divisions is essentially everybody). And unfortunately for these smaller weight classes, the “Decisions Can Be Entertaining” Theory was all but disproven this past weekend with the snorefest that was Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler II. In short, any fight contested below 170 lbs. is a complete waste of our precious time.

Enter Alida Gray, an undefeated strawweight (strawweight!!) who has scored three straight finishes in three straight fights. How did Gray pick up her most recent win, you ask? By absolutely crushing Soannia Tiem at 24/7 Entertainment 12 – State of Emergency on October 26th, that’s how. Check out the earth-shattering KO above, compliments of Youtube user Savoy Smith, then apologize for every mean thing you’ve ever said about straw/fly/bantam/featherweight fighters in the comments section.

Personally, I just hope that there are more *real* killers like Alida out there, because I simply cannot sit through another 25-minute Ronda Rousey wall-n-stall clinic. And don’t even get me started on that Jose Aldo guy…

-J. Jones

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Report: “Crusher” Kawajiri to Make UFC Debut Against Hacran Dias in Singapore


(Photo by Anton Tabuena/BloodyElbow)

If a new report from FightSport Asia is accurate, Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri will indeed make his Octagon debut at the UFC’s January 4th card in Singapore (aka UFC Fight Night 34). Carrying a 4-0 record since dropping to featherweight in 2011, the 35-year-old “Crusher” will face off against Hacran Dias, the Nova Uniao product who has gone 1-1 in the UFC’s 145-pound division. The fight will mark Kawajiri’s second fight in Singapore, following his first-round submission of Donald Sanchez at ONE FC: War of the Lions in March.

Kawajiri has been inactive for all of 2013, but longtime MMA fans will surely remember his appearances in PRIDE and Dream, including the classic wars he had against Eddie Alvarez and Takanori Gomi. We’ve placed both those fights after the jump for your enjoyment. UFC Fight Night 34 is slated to go down at the Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay, Singapore, and will likely be headlined by Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine.

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Rory Markham’s Latest Domestic Battery Arrest Produces Depressing New Mugshot


(Mugshot via cookcountysheriff.org. Thanks to CP reader Tim C. for the tip.)

In retrospect, Rory Markham deserved at least an honorable mention in our “Furthest Falls From Grace” Roundtable column. Once a promising welterweight slugger who earned knockout wins against Mike Pyle and Pat Healy during his six-and-a-half year MMA career, Markham has spent the last 12 months being arrested over and over again for assault in Iowa and Illinois. And now, just in time for the holiday season, Markham has gone and beaten up another civilian, adding another entry to his Depressing Mugshot Pictorial.

The above booking photo came from Rory’s latest arrest on Saturday, November 2nd, for “domestic battery/bodily harm, which is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has any prior convictions for similar offenses. We have no other details about the charges at this time. Markham is being held at the Cook County Jail with a bail amount of $250,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

Yes, the guy who was once responsible for one of the cleanest head-kick KO’s in UFC history is now just another scabby meth-head-looking dude in county blues. So…how was your weekend?

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Post-Bellator 106 News Roundup: Bjorn Rebney Plans Another PPV, Alvarez Tweets Picture of F*cked Up Eye, and More


(The purple hue really brings out the chestnut color of Alvarez’s eyebrows. / via twitter)

The best Sundays are post-event Sundays. There’s tons of great articles to read about the valiant, violent displays of physical fortitude that occurred the night before.

Usually, there’s not enough interest in a Bellator card to warrant a slew of interesting sound bites and pictures. But Bellator 106 was different. Bellator 106 was the canceled PPV that became one of the most important free, non-UFC televised cards in MMA history. Let’s look at some of the fallout, the crucial and the just plain cool.

Dana White, predictably, had nothing positive to say about Bellator 106 (but that’s not just because he’s a jerk; the show really wasn’t that great). Bjorn Rebney responded to Dana’s comments about karmic justice like a shady Winnebago salesman, saying “If karma is that we just put on the best mixed martial arts fight I’ve ever seen, that’s karma I’ll take big boatloads of.”

Rebney had some other important statements. He pessimistically dismissed the future of Bellator’s “Ultimate Fighter” knockoff “Fight Master.” Typical of post-Viacom buyout Bellator, Rebney didn’t do this without taking a shot at the UFC.

“Reality fight TV is having its difficulties now. You can see it in the UFC’s ratings, they’re having the lowerst-rated TUF they’ve had in the history of the show,” he said (he was right, by the way).

Read about Bellator’s next PPV, King Mo’s surprising salary, and more after the jump.

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Bellator 106 Recap: Alvarez Edges Chandler, Newton Picks Apart King Mo, Riggs Becomes The “Fight Master”


(Photo via Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com)

Bellator should be thankful that this card never made it to PPV; the main event was incredible but paying $45 for the rest of the card would’ve turned people off to Bellator for life.

The night started off promising. Mike “The Marine” Richman met Akop Stepanyan and won via TKO in the first round. The match was well fought and exciting.

The same couldn’t be said for the next fight on the card: Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis. The two men fought for the honor of being Bellator’s first “Fight Master” winner, a title as dubious as being the first XFL champion. Riggs won a wrestling-heavy decision that sedated the crowd and likely had television audience flipping channels.

Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus, the first of three title fights on the card, followed Riggs-Bronzoulis. This fight didn’t wow viewers either. There were a few spurts of action — as well as a point-deduction for an illegal knee that essentially KO’d Straus in the third round — but it was a generally lackluster affair that saw Straus take Curran’s featherweight title and in doing so avenge his 2009 loss to Curran.

But Straus wasn’t the only fighter looking to avenge a loss at Bellator 106. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal sought victory over Emanuel Newton, who humiliated Lawal with a spinning backfist knockout back at Bellator 90. Lawal failed in this task.

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UFC Booking Alert: Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi to Headline FOX Sports 2 Event, Feb. 8th in Brazil


(Come February, we’ll find out if “Middleweight Machida” is on par with “Motivated Penn” and “Broke Fitch.” / Image via Getty)

Good idea: Booking a stylistically interesting match between a resurgent Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi for February 8th in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Bad idea: Booking it as the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on FOX Sports 2…because Machida main-eventing on that channel worked so well the first time.

Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi is a fight that’ll make hardcore fans happy. It’s one of those matches where you can’t help but go “Hmm, I really wonder how that’s gonna play out,” when you hear that it’s been booked. That’s what we did at CagePotato HQ. We stroked our burgeoning beards and pondered who would win.

Machida is coming off a dominant head-kick knockout of Mark Munoz, in the Dragon’s debut at 185 pounds. Mousasi, while on a four-fight winning streak, hasn’t competed since April 2013. By the time he steps into the cage against Machida in February, the Armenian will have nearly a year’s worth of ring rust.

No other matchups have yet been announced for the 2/8 Fight Night card, which will take place at the Arena Jaragua, the same venue that previously hosted Belfort vs. Rockhold. So will February’s lack of baseball produce a considerable uptick in ratings? Or is this one of those international events that us North Americans aren’t supposed to care about in the first place? Either way, we’ll keep you posted on any more updates for this card, or if either combatant pulls a Lil’ Nog.

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Friday Link Dump: Tito Ortiz Talks Recovery, Josh Barnett Undergoes WADA, The Bloodiest Fights in MMA History + More


(If this video could somehow serve as our logo moving forward, that would be just great. #sweetmemories Via Reddit MMA.)

2009: The UFC Comes Full Circle, Thanks to One Daring Adventurer (MMAFighting)

The Top 20 Bloodiest Fights in UFC History (Gee, wonder where they got that idea. BloodyElbow)

Tito Ortiz Expects Full Recovery, Return to Gym in 6 Weeks (Bleacher Report)

Josh Barnett to undergo UFC-sponsored random WADA testing ahead of UFC 168 (MMAJunkie)

Frank Mir as the Mad Hatter. Creepy. As. Fuck. (CagePotatoMMA.tumblr.com)

The New Journey for Enson Inoue (Part One) (CagedInsider)

The Jamie Foxx Workout (MensFitness)

5 Laws from Around the World That Make No Sense (DoubleViking)

The Best Sports GIFS of October 2013 (Complex)

6 Things I Learned While Watching Guy Fieri Testify at an Attempted Murder Trial (FilmDrunk)

The Ultimate Scare Prank Freak Outs (WorldWideInterweb)

How Did This Get Made? Ep. 74: Halloween III (Earwolf)

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CagePotato PSA: It’s Movember 1st. You Shaved, Right?


(Dang. Even Mike Beltran prefers baseball to MMA.)

Today marks the first day of Movember, the annual men’s health awareness campaign in which participants start the month clean-shaven, then grow out their moustaches and raise money for things like testicular cancer. If you’re participating, you were supposed to shave this morning. Maybe you forgot, and if so, that’s totally cool. Some of our unemployed friends on the West Coast are still getting out of bed at this point. So no worries, guys, just step away from your computers or mobiles devices, go to the nearest bathroom, steal the nearest razor, and shave, shave, shave.

And for those like myself who lack the ability to grow a sweet moustache, you can still support the movement by chipping in a few bucks at the Made Men Are Mo’ed Men team page. Thanks for listening, and visit our Mo’ Bros at MadeMan.com to keep up with the latest in Movember-related news and events!

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Wait, So Now Vitor Belfort *Doesn’t* Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy?


(Just to clarify, the dude on the left is two years *older* than the one on the right. Photo via Taringa.)

Of all the MMA fighters to hop aboard the TRT train in recent months, Vitor Belfort has far and away received the most shit for it from fans and pundits alike. Maybe it’s because he’s a Brazilian who’s been conveniently tucked away in Brazil for his past few fights, crushing hapless, pasty dudes with techniques straight out of a video game, or maybe it’s because he’s a former steroid user who has comically sidestepped around every question concerning TRT since undergoing the treatment. Your guess is as good as ours.

In any case, the one aspect of TRT that Belfort has remained steadfast in defending since his usage was made public was the idea that he *needed* it to compete with today’s younger fighters, who are practically overflowing with the stuff. “Basically what TRT is for me is to not be at a disadvantage,” Belfort has stated, “Low testosterone is something that can cause serious health problems and even death. You can have problems, big problems, if it’s untreated. So the treatment is for you to live longer and have a better life by having less health problems.”

OK, so Belfort basically needs TRT to survive, is what he’s saying –which, fine, we’ve heard that excuse before. But you’d think a statement like that would essentially condemn Belfort to TRT usage for the rest of his career (or life, really), because were he to suddenly stop using TRT, it would prove that he never really needed it in the first place, right?

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