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May, 2014

Hip Show 2-on-2 Fighting League Is Now Under American Control; Domestic Events to Begin This Summer


(Casey and Cyrus spreading the word on ‘Inside MMA’ back in March. Props: AXS TV)

Some big news in the world of non-traditional MMA dropped this morning: Our friends Casey Oxendine and Cyrus Fees have acquired Hip Show Arena Combat — the wildass 2-on-2 Russian fighting league that they helped bring to North American audiences earlier this year. So first of all, score one for the US of A! Also, prepare to see this thing in a town near you, because under its new leadership, Hip Show plans to start holding American events this summer. Check out the piping hot press release that Casey just sent us, and let us know what you think…

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HIP SHOW 2-ON-2 FIGHTING SOLD TO AMERICAN COMPANY, BECOMES HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL; FIRST U.S. SHOW IN SUMMER 2014

Miami, FL, May 15th 2014 – New name, new owners, same exciting competition! As of today, TV personalities Cyrus Fees and Casey Oxendine have assumed ownership of the Russian product HIP SHOW, branding it HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL.

Coupled with the ownership and name change, Fees and Oxendine are announcing plans for their first American event in the Summer of 2014. Date, venue, and card information will be available in the coming weeks. American events will be under the HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT: USA brand. Currently, negotiations are active for the company’s network deal for episodic and live events.

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Weird Booking of the Day: Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres Added to UFC 175


(Be patient, this will make sense soon. / Image via @UrijahFaber)

In a booking that Bjorn Rebney might describe as a “weird, funky, freaky kind of Cirque du Soleil-esque type of fight,” #1-ranked bantamweight contender Urijah Faber will fight #13-ranked Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres at UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida, July 5th in Las Vegas. The UFC announced the matchup yesterday.

The pairing came about after a fan suggested it to Caceres on twitter, Caceres said he was down, and then Faber responded two weeks later with the photoshop you see above, accompanied by the phrase “Sho Nuf!!” Seriously, that’s all it took for the UFC matchmakers to greenlight this one.

Look, I get it: Joe Silva and Sean Shelby are barely keeping their heads above water these days. Plus, after Faber lost his sixth-consecutive title bout in February — against Renan Barao at UFC 169 — he has officially entered the “just gimme some fun fights” stage of his career, and if nothing else, The California Kid vs. Bruce Leroy is a fun fight. I think. Right? And who knows, maybe Caceres will surprise us by rising to the occasion. After exposing Sergio Pettis in January, the TUF 12 vet proved that he’s not to be taken lightly.

More importantly, the UFC gets to add one of its biggest sub-155 stars to a pay-per-view that is already their most stacked card of the year by a wide margin. Mark your calendars for July 5th, and check out the current lineup after the jump…

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Kim Winslow’s Worst Referee Moments: A Video Megamix


(Props: TheMontageKing)

What can you say about MMA referee Kim Winslow? Is she legitimately the worst, or does Cecil Peoples still rank below her? Watch all of Kim’s late stoppages, early stoppages, questionable stand-ups, and other assorted failures in this lowlight reel, and tell us what you think.

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Wednesday Links: How to Box Like Nick Diaz, Disturbing ‘Fight Church’ Allegations, The NFL Lightens Up on Weed + More


(Ten common Nick Diaz boxing combinations, illustrated with fight footage. Very cool. / Props: Julian Bati via Reddit MMA)

Ugly Sex Abuse & Cover-Up Allegations Dog ‘Fight Church’ Pastor (BloodyElbow)

NSAC Approves Licenses for Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson (MMAFighting)

Joe Lauzon’s Son Born With Cancer, But Four-Month-Old Joey ‘Responding Very Well’ Following Chemotherapy (MMAMania)

MMA Bill Passes New York State Senate, Heads to State Assembly for Fifth Straight Year (Sherdog)

Young Joe Rogan (CP tumblr)

Yard Fight of the Day: First It Was a Shovel, Now It’s a Scooter (BREAK)

13 Tiny Bikinis That Are Barely Doing Their Jobs (HolyTaco)

New NFL Policy To Raise Marijuana Testing Threshold, Reduce Penalties (ESPN)

34 People Who Are Literally Too Stupid to Insult (PopHangover)

The Worst Superhero Performances on Film (Ranker)

Emily Ratajkowski Wants To Show You These Pictures (BoredomBase)

27 Photos of Liu Bolin, The Human Chameleon (OfficiallyFun)

Calling for Backup: The 8 Best External Hard Drives (HiConsumption)

How to Dress Like Bruce Springsteen (MadeMan)

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UFC Ring Girl Brittney Palmer Got Married to Some Guy [PHOTOS]

In news that will surely make Jesse Holland masturbate while crying, beloved UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer got married on Saturday to some guy we don’t recognize. All I have to say is: What’s he got that I ain’t got? Enjoy these photos of Brittney during her big day, via BrittneyPalmer.com. More after the jump.

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Slobberknocker Alert: Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt Added to UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand


(Photo via Getty)

Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei has been putting together one of the greatest career comeback stories outside of Anthony Johnson. At one time considered to be a one-and-done UFC washout after he lost to Eddie Sanchez at UFC 79, “The Hulk” has won 11 straight fights since 2011 — all by KO/TKO — including three wins in the Octagon.

After effortlessly running through Ruan Potts at UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva last Saturday, Palelei has been quickly re-booked to fight 10-1 heavyweight up-and-comer Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt, which takes place June 28th at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Rosholt also carries big knockout power, though he’s yet to show it off in his current UFC stint, where he’s scored decision wins over Walt Harris and Daniel Omielanczuk.

The quick seven-week turnaround might be less than ideal for Palelei, but fighting in front of a supportive Oceania crowd will more than make up for it. Unrelated fun facts (via BloodyElbow): Palelei got his first tattoo with a wooden chisel and mallet, and Mark Hunt is the only opponent he’d turn down, because “We’re training partners, and we’re like family.”

The current lineup for UFC Fight Night 43 is below…

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Eddie Alvarez Discusses His Concussion: “It Feels Like a Squeezing of My Brain” [SCARY]


(A career’s worth of Fight of the Year candidates might be taking their toll on the lightweight veteran. / Photo via MMAWeekly)

Amid all the chaos and gallows humor surrounding Bellator’s wounded pay-per-view offering this coming weekend, one important point is being overlooked — Eddie Alvarez got hit in the head so hard that he had to pull out of a fight. Concussions are a common job-hazard for professional fighters, who take much more cumulative abuse during training than they do in their actual fights. But it’s still relatively rare for a concussion to be so debilitating that it forces a fighter to the sidelines.

On Monday, Alvarez went on MMAFighting’s The MMA Hour to explain exactly what caused the concussion — which he sustained a couple weeks ago while training at the Blackzilians gym in Boca Raton, Florida — and what it feels like to deal with such a serious injury:

“It was during one of [coach] Kenny Monday’s wrestling practices. Me and Abel Trujillo were wrestling. I shot in, he defended like with a hip check, sort of hit me, and I just remember feeling like it was a significant blow. Well, we just kept wrestling and kept going, and there was a couple of exchanges later, I had a separate partner. I had a single-leg, and they pulled out of the single-leg and their heel hit me underneath my chin, and that was only about two or three minutes later after I shot on Abel. So, it was a series of significant hits that I took…

Kenny Monday’s wrestling practice is pretty intense. You normally feel exhausted and dizzy after regardless, so I didn’t know whether just to take it that I was feeling the symptoms because I took a hard shot or I was just tired and exhausted from practice.

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MMA in the Wild: The Flying Kick Knockout That Nobody Saw Coming


(Props: SoMexican)

It was supposed to be a one-on-one fight, but you know how these things go. As soon as White Shirt Guy started landing on Blue Shirt Guy with a Matt Brown-esque storm of violence, Blue Shirt Guy’s homey stepped in from the sidelines to pull White Shirt Guy off. And according to the unwritten rules of Mexican street fights, as soon as there is encroachment by an amigo, team fighting commences. In this case, a friend of White Shirt Guy runs in and immediately ends the match with a flying head-kick out of a Jackie Chan movie.

My favorite part of this video actually comes directly after the flying kick, when the guy who landed it is so psyched up that he starts bouncing around like Vega from Street Fighter II. That’s the kind of dude you want in your corner.

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Hot Potato: 21 Photos of Zuki Jai, UCMMA Ring Girl and Model

After some painstaking Internet research, we have discovered that the sexy blonde ring girl who caught our eye in that recent UCMMA knockout video is none other than Zuki Jai, a 21-year-old model and pole-dance instructor from Egham who has been posing professionally since the age of 16. According to her ModelMayhem page, “Zuki” is her real name, and her next goal is to model internationally.

Check out lots more of our favorite Zuki Jai photos in the gallery after the jump, and follow her latest updates on Facebook.

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Fight Night 40 Salaries: Brown Bonuses His Way to Six Figures, Everyone Else Not So Much


(Erick Silva trots out everyone’s favorite cat meme prior to his main event scrap with Matt Brown. Photo via Getty)

Last weekend’s Fight Night 40 card “brought the ruckus,” to put it in scientific terms. With 7 (T)KO finishes, 8 underdog victories, and a main event brawl for the ages, the event continued to carry the momentum provided by UFC 172 and ease the worries of MMA fans who might have grown complacent with the UFC’s somewhat underwhelming product in 2014 thus far.

The figures for Fight Night 40, however, are what we’ve come to expect of a Fight Night event; only five guys cleared more than $40,000 (in disclosed salary, at least), and three poor bastards walked away with less than 10k for their troubles. I guess my cries for a $20,000 minimum payout per fight are still going unheard, despite my neighbors incessant noise complaints and threats to cut out my tongue if I don’t stop shouting off my porch.

The full list of salaries, along with our thoughtless and borderline incomprehensible analysis, is after the jump.

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