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March, 2014

Quote of the Day: The UFC is “Not Interested Whatsoever” in Signing Holly Holm


(Photo via Getty.)

The buzz surrounding former boxing champ turned MMA fighter Holly Holm has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks. Many have speculated as to whether or not Holm is the “huge announcement” opponent for Ronda Rousey that Joe Rogan previously hinted at, and her ongoing negotiations with the UFC seem to lend credence to this belief.

Of course, previous negotiations between Holm and the UFC have resulted in little more than a stalemate, with Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, prematurely dubbing her “a franchise” among other ludicrous claims and earning the time-tested ire of Dana White. Things took a turn for the worst during yesterday’s edition of UFC Tonight, when White told Ariel Helwani that the negotiations between Fresquez were “not good at all” and that the UFC was “not interested whatsoever” in signing Holm.

This can only mean one thing: The UFC has signed Holly Holm.

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Barnburner Alert: Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens to Headline ‘Fight Night Something or Other’ on June 28th


(Stephens puts the stamp on TUF Brazil winner Ronny Jason, while Kenny Florian does his best Joe Silva impersonation in the background. Photo via Getty.)

Jeremy Stephens is a perfect example of a fighter who all but saved his career by dropping a weight class. While Stephens was a staple of the UFC’s lightweight division for some five years, his last three appearances all resulted in losses — a pair of one-sided decisions to Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone and a first round KO (the first of his career) at the hands of Yves Edwards.

Since making the cut to featherweight, however, “Lil Heathen” has been a man reborn (also, acquitted). With decision victories over Estevan Payan and Darren Elkins and a brutal KO over TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason (who did not take the loss well), Stephens has gone from a perennial gatekeeper to a fighter ranked just outside the top 10 on the UFC’s totally unbiased rankings system.

And now, Stephens will be given arguably the biggest fight of his career when he faces off against #4 ranked Cub Swanson in the main event of a Fight Night card scheduled for June 28th in San Antonio. The likelihood of the winner receiving a title shot? Kinda sorta maybe. The likelihood that this fight turns into a slugfest the likes of Lawler vs. Hendricks? Definitely maybe.

Swanson, on the other hand, has strung together five straight wins since dropping his UFC debut to Ricardo Lamas, including stoppage victories over Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira, and Dennis Siver. He also has some pretty funny-lookin’ tattoos, if you ask me.

Who you like, Nation?

-J. Jones

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Team Alpha Male Searching for New Head Coach as Duane Ludwig Leaves to Start Gym in Colorado


(Duane Ludwig and his Bang Bros. / Photo via CombatLifestyle.com)

When Duane “Bang” Ludwig came on as head coach of Team Alpha Male, it was like a magic bullet for the Sacramento-based crew, who began performing markedly better in all aspects of the game. Now, Ludwig is leaving after a year and a half with Urijah Faber and his gang — and there might be some hurt feelings on both sides.

The basic story is this: Ludwig wants to leave Team Alpha Male in order to open his own gym in Colorado. Yesterday morning, he told Faber about his plans privately, assuring Faber that he’d stay on to complete upcoming training camps for team members. Instead of keeping things discreet, Faber posted a public ad on TeamAlphaMale.com later that day, stating that the team needed a new coach. The news was then reported on last night’s edition of UFC Tonight, and the cat was fully out of the bag.

It wasn’t f*cking supposed to be like this, man,” Ludwig told MMAjunkie yesterday. “I’m not going to bounce on anybody’s fight camp. Then he f*cking went and told the team and did a press release before I knew. I’m like, ‘What the hell?’…I was just giving Urijah the heads up; I didn’t really have much planned. I think he kind of jumped (the gun).

Faber confirmed that Ludwig will remain with the team until May 24th — the same day as UFC 173, which will feature Team Alpha Male fighters TJ Dillashaw and Chris Holdsworth. He also name-checked Mark Hominick, Dan Hardy, Muay Thai trainer Mark Beecher, and grappling coach Robert Follis as guys he’d like to see as Ludwig’s replacement. (Hominick already seems interested.) After the jump: Ludwig explains the strictly-business reasoning behind starting his own gym…

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UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale to Be Held on Same Weekend in Las Vegas, July 5-6


(Once, they were champions. Now, they’ve got the Sunday night shift, headlining a semi-pro card for a crowd of townies with comped tickets, as sanitation workers dutifully sweep up the mess that the tourists left behind. / Photo via Getty)

I don’t know what’s more insane — the UFC holding two events on the same day on two different continents, or the UFC holding two events on the same weekend in the same city, in the same damn venue. Yesterday, the UFC announced that UFC 175 (headliner TBA) and the TUF 19 Finale (which will be headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn 3) will take place on Saturday, July 5th, and Sunday, July 6th, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The events will conclude UFC International Fight Week 2014 (July 1-6), which will feature a UFC Fan Expo and many other related activities. Besides Edgar vs. Penn, no other bouts for either card have been reported yet. We’ll keep you posted as this sprawling UFC double-album fills up.

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And Now He’s Retired: Steve Bosse Hangs ‘em Up Weeks After Signing with the UFC, Cites Nagging Injuries


(Obligatory gif of Bosse crushing Houston Alexander. You’re welcome.)

Less than a month after signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC, former semi-pro hockey enforcer turned mixed martial arts knockout artist Steve Bosse is calling it quits.

Bosse, who was scheduled to face Ryan Jimmo at the TUF Nations Finale on April 16th until a shoulder injury forced him off the card, cited a recent rash of injuries as the reason for his decision:

“My body is talking to me,” Bosse told Canadian publication La Presse. “It’s time that I make the right decision.”

The former hockey enforcer, who has allegedly partaken in over 200 hockey fights, will retire with a record of 10-1 and wins over UFC veterans Wes Sims, Marvin Eastman, and Houston Alexander (the last of which came via hellacious standing elbow KO, in case you weren’t aware). Additionally, word has it that Bosse holds the distinct honor of being the only hockey player who ever took off his skate and tried to stab someone with it.

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Wednesday Afternoon Link Dump: Chael Sonnen’s Brazilian Vacation Home, Pat Barry’s GLORY Debut Set for May 3rd, Depressing Maury Povich Screen-Caps + More


(Chael Sonnen shows off the palatial estate that the UFC has set him up with for ‘TUF Brazil’, while his wife cooks dinner. Remember honey, he likes it medium rare. / Video via UFC)

Former World Champion Boxer Holly Holm Nears UFC Deal, Rousey Fight Looms (BleacherReport)

Newly-Signed UFC fighter Steve Bosse Retires (MMAFighting)

GLORY 16: Pat Barry vs Zack Mwekassa Booked for May 3 in Denver on Spike TV (MMAMania)

Dude Slaps His Wife in Public, Gets Knocked the F*ck Out (DrunkenStepfather)

‘Happy Gilmore’ Has Finally Received The 8-Bit Video Game Treatment (Filmdrunk)

WATCH: A Supercut of Christopher Walken Dancing in His Movies (PopHangover)

The 8 Types of Laughter and What They Mean (EveryJoe)

First Pro Athlete Revealed on Lindsay Lohan’s Sex-Conquest List (TerezOwens)

18 Japanese Movie Posters That Were Lost in Translation (Guyism)

The 20 Best Breakfast Cereals of All Time (HiConsumption)

Inexplicable Video of the Day: “Satanic Puberty” (HolyTaco)

23 Morbidly Depressing Maury Screen-Caps (BREAK)

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The ‘UFC Fight Night 38′ Danavlog Further Highlights MMA’s Need to Embrace the Instant Replay

The recently-released ‘Fight Night 38′ Danavlog, which contains behind the scenes footage from both UFC 169 and 170, has all the makings of a classic Danavlog: nasty cuts and bruises, fighters breaking down backstage, and Matt Serra ripping on Ray Longo for the black eye that Kevin “mixed martial farts” James gave him. Toss in some classic Ronda Rousey mean-mugging, and you’ve got yourself a D-vlog (as the kids are calling them) right up there with “The gang finds a guy asleep behind the wheel.”

But about six and a half minutes into the video (6:24 to be precise), there’s a moment that displays something more than the usual mix of heartbreak and hilarity found in Danavlogs and actually warrants further investigation.

Referees Mario Yamasaki and Yves Lavigne are giving Daniel Cormier and Demian Maia, respectively, a few last-minute reminders about the rules, likely in an effort to avoid a Sims vs. Mir-level mishap. While Yamasaki simply reiterates to Cormier that covering up does not count as intelligent defense (seems like he should’ve saved that speech for Pat Cummins, amiright? *self-fives*), Lavigne informs Maia that even if his upcoming opponent, Rory MacDonald, were to tap, Maia should continue applying the submission until Lavigne pulls him off.

“I have to see the tap,” says Lavigne, “If I don’t see it and you let it go, and if he says ‘I didn’t tap,’ we’re screwed.”

Now, this should be concerning for a multitude of reasons…

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Johny Hendricks Faces Surgery and Lengthy Recovery for Torn Bicep and Fractured Shin Sustained at UFC 171



(Somebody needs to make a vertical comic with these photos. Thank you in advance. / Images via Getty.)

Following his decision win over Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, new UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks revealed that he actually considered backing out of UFC 171 due to an apparent elbow injury that he sustained a week and a half before the fight. As it turns out, what he was feeling was actually a torn bicep, which was aggravated early in the match. (“Whenever I threw a hook it just spazzed out,” Hendricks said. “I don’t know what happened. I felt my arm actually pop.”)

Hendricks’s manager Ted Ehrhardt has confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Hendricks will undergo surgery on his right bicep this coming Monday to repair the damage. Assuming there are no complications, the champ will start rehab four weeks after that and will be able to start training again two months from now. Unfortunately, Hendricks also suffered a hairline fracture in his left shin during the first round of the fight, which “will require a lengthy recovery period,” according to the MMAFighting report.

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Tyron Woodley Lashes Out at Joe Rogan for Biased UFC 171 Commentary


(“OH MY GOD CONDIT’S GOT THE PRESSURE-POINT VICE GRIPS! CAN HE FINISH FROM HERE, JOE? JOE!? PULL YOUR PANTS UP AND ANSWER ME!!!” / Photo via Getty)

Joe Rogan performs the job of MMA color-commentator better than virtually anybody else in the world. From his ability to explain complex grappling concepts on the fly, to his honest criticism of fighters, cornermen, officials, and ice-buckets when they deserve it, Rogan does a lot behind the broadcast booth that’s admirable. And for a guy who makes his living as a comedian, he shows remarkable restraint in not turning his commentary gigs into a constant yuk-fest.

That being said, Rogan has a few bad habits that fans and fighters alike have pointed out over the years. For example: his tendency to focus on one fighter’s performance while ignoring the other, the verbal sex-acts he performs for jiu-jitsu fighters, or the way he pushes a pre-established narrative even when the actions in front of his face don’t actually support it.

UFC 171 gave us a pretty good example of this during the Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley fight, which Condit was a clear favorite going into — in terms of betting odds as well as the UFC’s future plans. But even as Woodley dominated the majority of the match, it seemed like Joe Rogan was instead doing a play-by-play about how Woodley was gassing out because he’s too muscular. Woodley, as you can imagine, wasn’t too impressed afterwards. Here’s what he said about Rogan’s commentary in an interview with mmamental (via MMAFighting):

“It’s almost like they’re punishing you for training hard. They’re punishing you for being physically fit. I think Joe Rogan is horrendous for his commentary that he did for that fight. Everything was, ‘Oh, Tyron threw a hard bomb but Carlos took it. He’s got such a great chin. Oh, Tyron has a takedown. Look at Carlos. He’s doing the mission impossible guard [mission control].’ Everything that I did he was leaning it towards the credit of Carlos Condit.

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Gallery: The Ten Greatest Diego Sanchez “Come at Me Bro”moshops (So Far)


(The original, via Getty Images.)

From his gifable “YES!” chants to his performances in the octagon right down to his excuses for a loss, everything about Diego Sanchez is pure, unbridled insanity. We’re talking about a guy who changed his nickname from “The Nightmare” to “The Dream” and somehow came off looking even more homicidal as a result. At one point during the UFC 171 weigh-ins, I’m pretty sure that Sanchez started screaming at the space where Myles Jury was no longer standing for Christ’s sake.

And although Sanchez did drop a one-sided unanimous decision to Jury last Saturday, it was his in-ring candor that once again captured our hearts and imagination. For the majority of the contest, Sanchez’s offensive output consisted of wild haymakers and Diaz-esque “Come at me, bro” poses like the one snapped above, and whenever there’s an MMA moment in need of mockery, the UG usually steps in to save the day.

A thread entitled “Romo this Diego Sanchez” recently popped up on the popular mixed martial arts forum, asking fans to work their magic with the above photo of Sanchez in action. The results have been brilliant to say the least, so join us after the jump for a gallery of the 10 best entries so far.

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