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March, 2014

Wednesday Link Dump: How Vladimir Putin Changed an MMA Fighter’s Life, The McConaughey Quote Quiz, Ladies Who Never Skip Leg Day + More


(Nick Diaz is alive and well, and still baffled by this world. Props: LayzieTheSavage)

Some must-read content from our beloved link-partners. Thanks for the support, you guys!

How Vladimir Putin Changed One MMA Fighter’s Life (BleacherReportMMA)

39 Chicks Who Never Skip Leg Day (Guyism)

Oops: That Touching Viral Video Of Strangers Kissing Was Actually Just An Ad For Clothes (FilmDrunk)

1989 Internet Headlines, If They Happened Today (HolyTaco)

QUIZ: Which Quotes Are Real “McConaughey-isms”? (PopHangover)

8 St. Patrick’s Day Facts That Might Drive You to Drink (EveryJoe)

Ranking the Greatest MMA Legends of All Time (Ranker)

Game of Thrones Abridged — Teaser Trailer (EscapistMagazine)

Speakeasy: Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer Discusses ‘Killer Women’ (Made Man)

“Hotties in the Wild” Photo of the Day: Best Sleepover Ever! (DoubleViking)

The 50 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time (HiConsumption)

Alec Baldwin’s Daughter Seems Like a Lot of Fun (DrunkenStepfather)

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Floyd Mayweather Allegedly Involved in Kidnapping and Beating of Two Former Employees Over Stolen Jewelry


(Clearly a frugal spender who understands the value of the dollar, here’s a photo of Floyd purchasing 12 pairs of shoes at 1 in the morning.)

Pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather has another fight coming up in May, so that can only mean one thing: IT’S TIME TO COMMIT A FELONY.

Our latest and perhaps most disturbing entry in Mayweather’s long history of violence takes us to Las Vegas, where “Money” apparently had a couple of his goons kidnap and viciously beat two of his former employees after some of his jewelry went missing. So sayeth TMZ:

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports … the two men had been hired to work on Floyd’s Vegas homes … but when jewelry went missing, Floyd pointed the finger at them.

We’re told the men claim they were contacted several weeks ago and instructed to meet Floyd at an off-site location.

When the men arrived, they claim Floyd was waiting for them — along with a number of his “people” —  who proceeded to beat the living crap out of them with various weapons, including clubs.

Our sources say the attack was so brutal the men could have easily died.  Both men had broken arms and legs and were hospitalized for several days.

Well, it wouldn’t be a Mayweather fight if there wasn’t a threat of it being cancelled due to impending legal actions. I’m honestly starting to feel like the piece of human garbage that is Floyd Mayweather commits these crimes to hype up his fights, knowing that he is rich and famous enough to avoid most legal action in the errant cesspool that is the American justice system. (I’m kind of a cynic if you haven’t noticed.)

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UFC 171 Tweet-Sized Stats: 26 Surprising Facts for Hendricks vs. Lawler


(Fan-made poster by Frank G.)

By Reed Kuhn

Note: Reed’s book ‘Fightnomics’ is available now on Amazon (in Kindle and paperback versions), featuring 336 pages of statistical analysis on UFC fighters and the “hidden science” behind their fights. If you’ve been a fan of his Databomb columns on CagePotato, pick up a copy today.

With UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler coming up this Saturday, I decided to put together another batch of interesting facts and stats about the event, all of which fit inside Twitter’s 140-character limit. Feel free to tweet ‘em out yourself during the event, and let us know which ones surprised you the most. (And of course, follow @cagepotatomma and @fightnomics if you’re not doing so already.) Let’s begin…

The Good

7 of the Top 15 ranked @ufc welterweights are competing at #UFC171. That includes numbers 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, & 14. Post GSP-era starts now.

Welterweight sluggers at #UFC171: punch for punch @TWooodley has the highest WW Knockdown Rate-13%. Lawler-10%, Lombard/Hendricks-6%. Ave=4%

Myles Jury has the best head striking defense at #UFC171. He makes opponents miss 93% of the time. Next best is Tyron Woodley at 80%.

Alex Garcia’s UFC debut lasted just 43 seconds. He landed 9 total strikes, dropped his opponent and won by KO. He opens FS2 #UFC171 prelims

Best Takedown Defense at #UFC171 goes to Tyron Woodley-94%, Dennis Bermudez-89%, Hector Lombard-79%

Highest paced striker at #UFC171 is Jake Shields. He averages 17 strikes per minute while standing, and outworks opponents by 75%
[Ed. note: WTF???]

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Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo Booked as Co-Main Event for Bellator’s May 17th PPV


(Look, unless somebody’s getting hit in the head with a hammer, I’m just not interested.)

In case you missed the announcement a couple weeks back, Bellator is going to attempt to put on a pay-per-view event once again, with a May 17th card headlined by the rubber-match between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. Today, Bellator sent out a press release confirming the venue — the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, just a short drive from Memphis — and the co-main event, which will be Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal in the finals of the Season 10 Light Heavyweight Tournament.

In terms of fake heat, Rampage vs. King Mo might even rank above Chael vs. Wandy on the bullshit scale. Then again, this is arguably the biggest fight that Bellator can throw together right now in terms of star power, and booking it for the promotion’s (fingers crossed) first PPV show only seems logical. No other fights for the May 17th card have been announced yet; we’ll keep you posted. Some notable quotes/exaggerations from Bellator’s latest press release are below…

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On This Day in MMA History: The UFC Holds Its First (and Last) Ever 16-Man Tournament at UFC 2: No Way Out

On This Day in MMA History” pays tribute to some of the more bizarre and infamous moments from MMA’s past. Twenty years ago today (!), on March 11th, 1994, the UFC held the only 16-man, one-night tournament in promotional history at UFC 2. It was…epic to say the least. 

No weight classes, no time limits, no judges, and up to four fights in one night. Yes, the early nineties truly were a time when men were men. That was at least according to the rules of UFC 2: No Way Out, which somehow managed to up the ante from the promotion’s first event the previous November.

Taking place on the evening of March 11th, 1994, UFC 2 pitted previous tournament contestants Patrick Smith, Jason Delucia, and UFC 1 winner Royce Gracie against a gaggle of unknowns in what would become the promotion’s first and last ever sixteen-man, one-night tournament.

As expected, the tournament served as little more than an informercial for the superiority of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu once again. In just over 9 minutes of total fight time, Gracie dominated Minoki Ichihara, Delucia, Remco Pardoel, and Morris to claim his second straight tournament victory. Being that the UFC has long since abandoned the one-night tournament format due to safety concerns, Royce’s four victories at UFC 2 stands as a record that will likely never be broken in the UFC.

But aside from providing us with the biggest tournament in promotional history, we also have UFC 2 to thank for:

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Interview: Casey Oxendine Explains Why Hip Show Is an Evolution in Combat Sports, Not a Freak Show


(Props: AXS TV)

You may know Casey Oxendine as the MMA: Inside the Cage co-host with the most hated-on goatee in sports media. (If that doesn’t ring a bell, maybe you remember the “referee KO’s cornerman after fight” video we posted a while back. Yep, that was him too.) A longtime crusader for MMA regulation and awareness both locally and globally, Casey has signed on as co-host and American promoter for Hip Show: Arena Combat, the Russian 2-on-2 fight league that will make its North American broadcast debut on AXS TV this Friday, March 14th.

Although Hip Show has been building a strong fanbase in Russia since 2012, not everybody is on board with team-based MMA on an obstacle course. When we first announced our sponsorship of the 3/14 broadcast, we were hit with numerous negative comments from readers who called Hip Show a “spectacle,” “freak-show crap,” and ”absolutely unacceptable to anyone who respects combat sports.” We called up Casey last week to discuss why team-fighting isn’t as crazy as it seems, the irony of MMA fans calling it a novelty act, and his current efforts to hold Hip Show events in the U.S.

Whether you think Hip Show looks badass or you think it’s a sign of the end-times, please tune in to AXS TV this Friday night at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and give it a chance. (You can also follow the league on Twitter and Facebook.) Now on to the interview…

CAGEPOTATO: How did you and Cyrus Fees get this gig in the first place? Did you approach Hip Show to work on an English-language broadcast, or did they approach you?

CASEY OXENDINE: We saw Hip Show about a year ago, and we were like, “Wow, this is the craziest thing we’ve ever witnessed in our lives.” We started to get in contact with them because of our show MMA: Inside the Cage — we wanted to cover it, and to talk with them about exactly what we were seeing. They wanted to take this thing bigger than just Russia, where it’s been extremely popular. So through that course of action, we began repackaging a lot of their first-season footage into episodes and so forth to get it aired here in America, so that the English-speaking [market] could understand what was going on. From there, it evolved into what it is now.

We got in touch with [AXS TV Fights CEO] Andrew Simon — Cyrus had worked as a ring announcer for XFC on AXS TV — Andrew took a look at it and he’s like, “Man, this is really cool.” Then Andrew cleared it through Mark Cuban himself, which was really neat, and they said, “Go for it. We’re going to give you a two-hour special, let’s show the world what this is all about.”

What made you think that Hip Show had the potential to be more than just a novelty act?

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Knockout of the Day: A Garbage-Ass WMMA Fight Ends With a Vicious Spinning Backfist


(Props: Hardrock MMA.)

Does anyone remember Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Kevin Jordan at UFC 56: Full Force? Terrible, just awful fight with an awesome ending? Meet the WMMA equivalent of that (or don’t, because we’ve kindly synched you up to the ending).

Yes, what at first was a run-of-the-mill, sloppily-contested amatuer fight between strawweights Joanna Bess and Kerri Jenkins* quickly became the thing of Hardrock MMA legend when Bess apparently enabled Super Saiyan mode by pressing Up, Down, Left, Right A+B+A+B, pulled a spinning backfist from the foulest depths of Hell, and uncorked it all over Jenkins’ mug less than 20 seconds into the third round. You think I’m exaggerating with that description? Listen to the sound her forearm makes when it lands. Look at Jenkins’ post-KO rigor mortis leg. IT LITERALLY FROZE HER IN TIME, GOD DAMMIT.

Joanna Bess is kind of like Robbie Lawler, in that if Joe Rogan was hyping her for a UFC pay-per-view, he would say that she “swings to kill you.”**

*who were both making their amateur debut, so could you even really be mad? 

**which, are you f*ckin’ kidding me, UFC marketing? You’re going to pledge money and support to a fighters brain health study one day and then use *that* line to hype a pay-per-view the next? I believe there’s a phrase for that…oh, what’s it called

-J. Jones

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Aw, Hell No: Grappler Submits and Vomits After Being Farted on at NAGA Tournament [VIDEO!]


(Props: Mike mons via Filmdrunk)

Having never competed in no-gi grappling in my life, I can’t speak to the legalities of busting farts while an opponent is working in your guard. It seems like it should be illegal. And yet, a competitor at NAGA Vegas Grappling Championship actually scored a submission victory via horrible gas on Saturday. It must have been some truly repugnant stuff, too, because as you can see at the 0:07-0:10 mark, the loser taps out and then vomits all over the mat.

“He farted in my face,” the dude in the black rashguard tells the ref. “You farted in my face, man,” he tells his opponent. Then, he dutifully begins cleaning up his own barf with a paper towel.

We usually don’t like making sweeping statements like this so early in the year, but “Grappler Submits to Fart, Then Vomits” is a guaranteed Potato Award winner, maybe in multiple categories. You’ve just witnessed history, folks.

Related — Horrible Video of the Day: Projectile-Vomiting MMA Fighter

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Glory 14 Results: Bonjasky Edges Cro Cop in Swan Song, Kiria Shocks Ristie With Come-From-Behind KO


(Cro Cop vs. Bonjasky highlights via Youtube user ElGunner Bosnia.)

In a weekend that had already featured relatively solid fight cards from both Bellator and the UFC, Glory kickboxing returned with Glory 14: Zagreb and arguably stole the show.

Don’t get us wrong, the main event “legends” fight between Mirko Cro Cop and Remy Bonjasky — who was fighting his final bout — was a thoroughly underwhelming affair. Cro Cop looked sluggish and uninterested throughout the three round scrap, and the closest Bonjasky ever came to showing flashes of his old “Flying Gentleman” self was when Cro Cop would occasionally send him toppling to the canvas via a push or an outright takedown attempt.

At this point, my decision to watch and/or cover Cro Cop’s never-ending trudge to true retirement is veering into masochistic territory. The PRIDE legend has looked “worn out” since at least 2009, and as is the case with many fighters of his status, I am repeatedly left wondering why he can’t simply hang up the gloves with his legacy somewhat intact already. But I’ll say it again: Retire, Mirko. Retire for good and stop breaking my heart.

But a subpar main event could do little to tarnish what was an incredibly strong night of fights on Glory’s part. The inaugural lightweight championship fight between Andy Ristie — who captured the tournament championship with stunning back-to-back KO’s of Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin Van Roosmalen at Glory 12 — and David Kiria, for instance, featured one of the most improbable come-from-behind victories of all time, so join us after the jump for a full video of Ristie-Kiria and the full list of Glory 14 results.

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Thiago Silva Released From Jail on $25,000 Bond, Awaits Aggravated Assault Trial


(Props: Local10.com)

A month after he was arrested for allegedly holding his ex-wife Thaysa at gunpoint and making death threats outside of Pablo Popovitch’s gym in Fort Lauderdale, UFC light-heavyweight veteran Thiago Silva is a temporarily-free man again. On Friday, a judge granted Silva’s release on a $25,000 bond following a hearing in Broward County, Florida — despite prosecutors’ claims that Silva’s status as a Brazilian national makes him a flight risk, and Thaysa’s testimony that Thiago would kill her if he was freed.

Silva currently faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest without violence. His next court appearance will reportedly take place next week. In the meantime, Silva must wear an electronic monitoring device, complete an anger management program, submit to random drug and alcohol testing, and (this goes without saying) stay away from Thaysa and Popovitch. In addition, Silva was forced to surrender his passport and must stay out of Broward County.

According to this Local10 report, Silva had dozens of friends and MMA fighters supporting him at Friday’s hearing, including Rashad Evans. In a salacious twist, Pablo Popovitch’s wife Fabianna gave testimony, stating that Thaysa “destroyed my life and my kids’ family” by “sleeping with my husband.” We’ll keep you posted when we have more details about Thiago Silva’s upcoming trial.

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