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June, 2014

21 Highly Disturbing Examples of MMA Fan Art


(The Predator in five-ounce gloves? Forget about it. / Props: Jose Ramiro)

While cruising DeviantArt.com this afternoon, we came across a bunch of freaky UFC/MMA-related fan art that makes Hassy’s obsession with Mark Hunt look downright normal. Check out 20 of the most disturbing examples, which continue after the jump, and click all the images for full-size versions.

Previously: 20 Incredible Works of MMA Fan Art


(Chuck never looked like that. Ever. / Props: greysonfurrington)

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UFC Fight-Picking Contest: Win a Copy of ‘In the Blood’ Starring Gina Carano!


(Stay tuned for our Fight Flicks review of the movie, coming later this week.)

Today marks the home video release of In the Blood — that GIF-tacular action movie starring Gina Carano — which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Our dear friends at Anchor Bay Films have hooked us up with a Combo Pack that contains the flick in all three formats, and we figured we’d put it up for grabs in another UFC fight-picking contest. You want it? Well listen up.

This Saturday, UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov goes down at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check out the fight card here, and submit a prediction for any fight on the lineup in the comments section below. The most accurate guess will win the In the Blood combo pack. Your picks should be in this format…

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Vitor Belfort Failed February Drug Test According to Joe Rogan; Results to Be Made Public on June 17th


(Props: PowerfulJRE)

Remember that surprise drug test that Vitor Belfort had to undergo in February? The one where the results were kept private — and were “not relevant” according to Belfort’s lawyer and UFC president Dana White himself, because Belfort wasn’t currently licensed to fight in Nevada? Well, Belfort probably tested positive for elevated testosterone. I mean, we already assumed that was the case, but now we have Joe Rogan saying so explicitly on an episode of his podcast over the weekend:

They did it to Vitor, random drug test, and Vitor was on testosterone. And that was the reason that testosterone got banned in the first place. The whole thing went down when Vitor tested positive…Before that, [the NSAC was] considering him for a testosterone exemption, and there was a lot of talk whether or not he would be up for a testosterone exemption. But, because when they him he tested positive, they scrapped the whole testosterone program.”

So how did Rogan get hip to this inside info? Actually, we’re not sure — and the fact that he leaked it on his podcast probably didn’t sit well with the UFC. But according to a Yahoo! Cagewriter report from our pal Elias Cepeda, the mystery of Belfort’s random drug test will be cleared up once and for all on June 17th, when the results will be revealed in a NSAC licensing hearing…

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Hot Potato: 14 Photos of Nikita Esco, French-Chinese KOTC Ring Girl [GOT DAMN]


(That’s her on the right. Glad I could clear that up.)

Meet longtime King of the Cage ring girl Nikita Esco, a half Chinese, half French model and international gogo dancer who blah blah blah hnnnnngg. Named one of The 25 Hottest Import Models on Instagram by Complex magazine last year, Nikita is the daughter of a famous Taiwanese actress, singer, dancer and model. Her favorite MMA fighters are Georges St. Pierre and Sean Strickland, and she feels that her “killer legs” are her best feature, but we’ll let you decide.

Check out a gallery of our favorite Nikita Esco photos after the jump, and make sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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‘WSOF 11: Gaethje vs. Newell’ Set for Ocean Center in Daytona Beach; NBC Broadcast Begins at 4 p.m. ET


(Justin Gaethje’s 69-second smash-up of Richard Patishnock, at WSOF 8 back in January.)

According to World Series of Fighting Executive Vice President Ali Abdel-Aziz, WSOF 11: Gaethje vs. Newell — the promotion’s big NBC debut on July 5th — will take place at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. BleacherReport confirmed the news with Abdel-Aziz last night.

More importantly, the card will kick off at 4 p.m. ET, which means that it’ll finish right around the time that the UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida prelims get underway. Considering that the TUF 19 Finale is scheduled for the next day, there’s no reason for you to not be watching MMA at any point that weekend. Hope you didn’t have plans with family or anything.

Aside from the WSOF lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje and Nick Newell (both 11-0), the card will feature the rubber match between Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman, and Melvin Guillard vs. Gesias Cavalcante. No other matches have been confirmed.

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Paulo Thiago and Five Other Fighters Who Never Lived Up to Their UFC Debuts


(“Quick Paulo, more spinach!!!” Photo via Getty)

I think it was midway through the second round of Paulo Thiago‘s bout with Gasan Umalatov on the TUF Brazil 3 Finale undercard that I began to feel a heavy, sinking feeling in my stomach. I thought it was just fight fatigue at first, my body’s way of telling me to step away from the television and do something, anything to negate the effects caused by a (by that point) six hour binge of manure ads, Linkin Park-dubbed promos, and the occasional MMA fight.

It wasn’t until the Thiago-Umalatov decision was handed down, however, that I was able to identify the cause of my discomfort. Paulo Thiago, real-life superhero and a fighter I have unapologetically rooted for since watching him knock out Josh Koscheck in his promotional debut at UFC 95, is likely on his way out of the UFC.Old Dad best summed up my feelings about Thiago, tweeting after the decision “Is it time for me to admit that Paulo Thiago is probably never going to be as awesome as I want him to be? Maybe, yeah.

The fact is, Thiago has consistently underwhelmed since scoring violent finishes over Koscheck and Mike Swick early in his UFC career, dropping six of his past eight fights and only scoring decision wins over IDon’t and GiveaFuck. While I won’t go as far as to call his upset wins “flukes,” it’s safe to say that Thiago has unfortunately fallen into the category of UFC fighters who were never able to exceed the hype generated by their UFC debuts. Fighters like…

Houston Alexander 

MMA fans knew knew less than nothing about Houston Alexander before he was matched up with Keith Jardine at UFC 71. Sure, he looked like something out of a Scared Straight program, but at just 7-1 as a pro, he seemed well out of his league against “The Dean of Mean.” Even Jardine, fresh off the biggest win of his career over Forrest Griffin, was baffled by the matchmaking, all but dismissing Alexander in some uncharacteristic pre-fight trash-talk.

But as Raymond Atkins once wrote, “Hubris is when God screws you over for being a smartass.” And screw over Jardine he did. In less than a minute’s time, the TUF alum found himself lying face down on the canvas thanks to a barrage of uppercuts so vicious that even his mouthguard was forced to flee for its life.

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Monday Memo: Ben Askren’s ONE FC Win, “Bitches in a Beauty Salon,” And a UFC Champion’s Pay Gripes


(Photo by Mags Icasiano/Rappler)

By Brian J. D’Souza

Five under-the-radar stories you may have missed last week…

BEN ASKREN WINS…NOW WHAT?

Exiled from Bellator, refused a contract with the UFC, and having rejected an offer from the World Series of Fighting, undefeated welterweight and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren chose to seek his fortunes in Singapore-based ONE FC.

Last Friday, Askren improved his record to 13-0 in his promotional debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov (now 11-3), winning in the first round via arm-triangle choke. This marks the third opponent in a row that Askren has finished. Where does this leave the American wrestler?

Askren spoke to CagePotato.com earlier this year and said that he believed he was the best welterweight in the world, with a caveat: “I definitely agree that [Johny Hendricks] should be ranked number one because I haven’t had the ability to prove I’m number one.”

Askren pointed to bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes and lightweight Mike Chandler as top fighters outside the UFC who could give a good challenge to the UFC’s champions at their respective divisions, but he was adamant that the bulk of the sport’s top talent lies within the UFC.

Unfortunately for Askren, there is no reason why the UFC—or any other MMA promotion—has to sign top contenders like himself. Combat sports have always been a business, with the promoter’s mandate being to maximize revenue.

Unlike the organizational titles in place in MMA, there are world titles sanctioned by third parties in boxing. This means that contenders can climb the ladder with each win against ranked opposition, earning leverage towards a title shot. The system is wide-open to corruption—managers and promoters often pay cold hard cash to advance their boxers in the rankings, evidenced by the 1999 IBF rankings scandal. However, with the right backers, fighters can have more career traction in boxing than currently exists in MMA.

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Jon Jones Still Hasn’t Signed Contract for Alexander Gustafsson Rematch, Wants Daniel Cormier Instead [UPDATED]


(“Yes, you…the tall kid in the back.” / Photo via MMAWeekly)

During a recent “UFC Embedded” video blog, we saw Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta meet with Jon Jones‘s manager in order to lock down a rematch between Jones and top light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson. That footage was filmed two weeks ago, and so far, no progress has been made on the fight. Jones’s camp has refused to sign for undisclosed reasons, which probably have to do with money, timing, or both. Luckily, Daniel Cormier has figured out a solution to this stalemate:

“I know this will probably be unpopular,” Cormier told Franklin McNeil of SportsWorldNews.com. “But if [Jones] won’t sign, whether it be for money or a lack of wanting to fight the kid, I’ll fight Alexander Gustafsson. But it should be for the interim title…If they’re putting a belt on the line, I don’t care what date it is. It was never about Jones, I just want the title. Besides, it’ll work out better for [Jones]; he won’t have to fight both of us.”

Keep in mind that Cormier’s knee is a giant question mark right now, which puts his interim title fight suggestion squarely into “just sayin’ stuff” territory. Plus, the UFC usually creates interim titles as a last resort — not a couple months after a healthy champion’s last defense. Furthermore, Cormier’s tongue-in-cheek line that Jones wouldn’t have to fight both DC and Gustafsson is probably the best reason why the UFC wouldn’t pursue this plan.

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UFC Fighters and the (Fictional) Crimes They’ve Committed: The Winners!


(Dennis Hallman — Catfishing. Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting.)

Last week’s “UFC Fighters and the Fictional Crimes They’ve Committed” contest, if nothing else, proved that MMA-themed comedy is not as easy as it sounds. If you don’t believe me, just ask that MMA Roasted guy (*mimes shotgun blast*). There were some mildly amusing entries among your overplayed and plain confusing attempts at humor, however, so let’s get to the honorable mentions…

Rick Gemi: Rashad Evans – Brandishing a stanky leg without a license

Brad Fowler: Ben Henderson — receiving stolen property (decisions)

Jay Smith: Brock Lesnar — Impersonating a UFC fighter

Travis Anderson: Tim Sylvia — Public Defecation

Just so you guys are aware, dropping a Tim Sylvia poop joke will earn you an honorable mention at the minimum in all future contests, as per the CagePotato mandate.

And now, the winners…

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Must See: Michelle Nicolini Destroys Tammi Musumeci’s Arm at 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Musumeci Refuses to Tap


(Props: Born to Roll)

Michelle Nicolini is a 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom who picked up her seventh World Jiu-Jitsu Championship title on Saturday in Long Beach, California. Nicolini faced Tammi Musumeci in the women’s featherweight black belt finals, and was behind on points with one minute remaining in the match. Then, she snagged Musumeci’s left arm and pulled it across her back in a gnarly omoplata-hammerlock-thingy that reportedly dislocated Musumeci’s shoulder and elbow, and should have ended the fight.

It didn’t. Musumeci held on to the bell, and though she lost the match 13-6 she was given a standing ovation for her heart. Full results from the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships are right here. Fun fact: Nicolini is 2-0 as a strawweight MMA fighter — with both wins by first-round armbar — and recently signed with Legacy FC. Keep an eye out for her.

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