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June, 2014

Fitness Motivation: 18 Photos/GIFs of Women Deadlifting

Part of powerlifting’s holy trinity — along with squats and bench press — the deadlift involves grabbing a barbell and lifting it straight up to your hips. We’ve collected some of our favorite visual examples, which continue in the gallery after the jump. Feel free to debate their form in the comments section, and visit our previous fitness motivation photo galleries right here.

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Hip Show Arena Combat to Make U.S. Debut August 9th in Bristol, Virginia


(YOU’RE GONNA WISH YOU HAD TWO SETS OF EYEBALLS! RAAAAAAHHHH!!! / Photo via Facebook.com/ArenaCombatTV)

The 2-on-2 fighting league Hip Show Arena Combat is finally coming to America. Promotion president Cyrus Fees just sent us this press release which lays out the details for Hip Show’s first stateside event, slated for August 9th at the the Bearcat Den Arena in Bristol, Virginia. Check it out below, and stay tuned for more updates…

FORMER UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS SET TO HEADLINE HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT’S FIRST U.S. EVENT

Miami, FL, June 26th, 2014 – When you crossover America’s most popular sport with America’s newest sport, you have HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT’s inaugural U.S. event.

Eryk Anders and Marcel Stamps are not only former University of Alabama standouts, together they are two of the hottest MMA fighters in the Southeast. On Saturday August 9th in Bristol, Virginia, they will team up again in the main event of ARENA COMBAT 1.
The event will take place at the Bearcat Den Arena in Bristol, and will feature fighters from Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The competing two-fighter teams will be featured in HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT’s forthcoming national television program, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

CEO of HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT Casey Oxendine spoke on the announcement, “Holding our first American event in the Tri-Cities region of Virginia and Tennessee was a no-brainer. It’s a central location in the Southeast, home of the 8th largest venue in the world Bristol Motor Speedway, and universally known as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” Now, Bristol will once again make history as the “Birthplace of Arena Combat.””

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Shots Fired, Sort Of: Scott Coker Releases First Public Statement on Bellator’s Future


(She might move on to rappers and ballplayers, but we all know I [promoted] it first.” Photo via Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

A week after being named the new president of Bellator MMA, Scott Coker released an open letter to fans yesterday, laying out his vision for the promotion’s future in broad strokes. Check it out below, followed by some brief analysis…

Dear Bellator Nation*,

I wanted to take a moment and tell you all how excited I am to be a part of the Bellator family. I’ve been working closely with the incredible team here along with our partners at Spike to see how we are going to bring this great company to new heights.

My first order of business is to take a look at the Bellator roster and determine all the exciting possibilities that are in store for the future. Our goal is to make every Bellator event feel BIG and special** which is a huge win for fighters, advertisers, and of course — and most importantly — you, the fans. I’ve been on the phone with dozens of fighters and to hear the excitement in their voices has been incredibly encouraging.***

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UFC Fight-Picking Contest: Win a Copy of ‘Fight Life’ on DVD!

Director James Z. Feng was kind enough to send us a few copies of Fight Life (read our review here), his recently-released documentary featuring Jake Shields, Lyle Beerbohm, and Nick Diaz among others, so that can only mean one thing: Fight-picking contest!

This weekend, Fight Night 44: Stevens vs. Swanson transpires at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (There’s also a Fight Pass card going down in kiwiland somewhere, but we’ll be damned if we pay any attention to that.) Check out the fight card here, and submit a prediction for any fight on the lineup in the comments section below. The three most accurate guesses will win a copy of Fight Life on DVD. Your picks should be in this format…

Cub Swanson def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO, 2:15 of Round 2
or
Cezar Ferreira def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

In other words: Winner’s name first, and include the method of victory, time of stoppage, round of stoppage, or the judges’ scores if you think the fight will go the distance; we’ll need that in case of a tie-breaker. Please submit your picks to the comments section by Friday night at midnight ET. Winners will be announced the following Monday. Only one entry per person, please. Any questions, let us know in the comments section (or if the comments section isn’t working, as is often the case, tweet us @cagepotatomma).

Good luck everybody, and thanks to James Z. Feng for hooking us up.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Nate Marquardt Halts the Rise of Demian Maia Via Tailspin KO


(Marquardt vs. Maia via the UFC’s Youtube page.)

Throwback Thursday is a new recurring column that pays tribute to the stars of an upcoming UFC event by taking a look back at some of their greatest defining moments. This week, we look back at the night Nate Marquardt ended Demian Maia’s undefeated MMA career in emphatic fashion ahead of his do-or-die fight against James Te Huna at Fight Night 43 this weekend. 

Despite being brutally knocked out twice in 3 minutes or less since returning to the UFC, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt will be headlining the Fight Pass card (Fight Night 43) of this weekend’s Fight Night doubleheader. Paired against yet another knockout artist in James Te Huna, Marquardt will need to show some flashes of his old self if he is to defeat the game New Zealander and remain employed with the UFC.

Prior to his past two contests, however, Marquardt had only been stopped once by strikes in some 45 fights, and had actually been building a reputation as a rather fierce striker in his own right with his wins over Martin Kampmann and Wilson Gouveia. Of course, it was his 21-second whoopin’ of the then undefeated Jiu-Jitsu master Demian Maia at UFC 102 that truly opened our eyes to the destructive power “The Great” possessed when he was on his game.

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Photo of the Day: Rin Nakai and Dana White, or, The Duality of Human Existence


(Photo by Keith Tsuji for Getty Images)

Here we have new UFC acquisition Rin Nakai (left, dressed in white w/tiara) and UFC president Dana White (right, dressed in black w/o tiara) at a press conference for UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson earlier today in Tokyo. I don’t know if they planned those outfits together or what, but it kind of makes Dana look like a comic book villain who kidnapped a princess, and Kyoji Horiguchi has to battle his way up from the prelims to save her. Plus, White’s hand is around Nakai’s waist, which isn’t something that he normally does with his male fighters during photo-ops. I’m just saying. There’s a pretty good chance he called her “sweetheart” at some point.

Your captions, please.

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Tatsuya Kawajiri Suffers Detached Retina For the Third Time, Out of Action Indefinitely


(Photo via Getty)

Just when we were getting used to having Tatsuya Kawajiri around in the UFC, the Japanese veteran has been sidelined with a detached retina. Kawajiri suffered the injury to his left eye during a recent sparring session, and his date of return is uncertain. This is the third time that “Crusher” has suffered a detached retina in his left eye, following incidents earlier in his career when he was competing for PRIDE and Shooto.

Kawajiri most recently lost a unanimous decision to Clay Guida at the UFC’s Abu Dhabi show in April, which snapped a six-fight win streak. A fight between Kawajiri and Darren Elkins was in the works for UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson (September 20th; Saitama, Japan), but that’s clearly not happening anymore. We’ll update you when we know more about Kawajiri’s recovery timeline.

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Aleksander Emelianenko Simply Cannot Stop Being Arrested For Horrifying Sh*t


(“Please, Mr. Bones, tell me more about this ‘persecution complex’ you speak of.”)

For a former monk or a guy who at least spent a decent amount of time around them, Aleksander Emelianenko seems to have almost no understanding of concepts like self-control, humility, or respect for his fellow man (I hear he bakes a mean pumpernickel, though). In the past year, Emelianenko non-Fedor has gone full off the deep end, assaulting an elderly man on his birthday in a Moscow cafe, terrorizing a plane full of unwitting passengers, and winding up on Russia’s “Most Wanted” list for a bizarre combination of passport theft and housekeeper abuse.

And now, he’s went and committed perhaps the most despicable act of them all: Sexual Assault. Although details remain up in the air at the moment, MMABoxing.ru is reporting that the former PRIDE star is currently in custody and facing a possible prison sentence of four-to-six years, with the charges against him including everything from theft to sexual assault. Said the unidentified victim’s lawyer:

First, the court should extend Emelianenko’s arrest, which ends June 30. And we will defend our position that he is a threat to society. Most likely, Emelianenko will get imprisonment from four-to-six years. We will insist on that.

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BELLATOR BLOODBATH 2014: Promotion Cuts 19 Fighters to Make Room for Tito vs. Kimbo (Allegedly)


(The referee isn’t mad at Eric Prindle. He’s just disappointed. / Photo via Sherdog.)

Hey everybody, thanks for joining me on such short notice. The reason I called you all to the conference room today is because, well, you know with every change in leadership there’s going to be some growing pains. I don’t want to use the word “redundancies,” because I don’t see a single person in this room who I’d call “redundant.” You’re all unique, valuable — we hired you for a reason. And we appreciate what you’ve done to help Bellator grow. By the way, the bagels and cream cheese are for everybody, feel free to dig in. I think there are some plastic knives in that bag over there.

The reality of the situation, however, is this: The current budgetary climate has forced us to get lean and mean. Maybe it’s just temporary, maybe it’s the new normal. But the fact is that we’re trying to stay competitive in the post-Bjorn era, and that means trimming some fat. Well, again, “fat” is a word I don’t like to use because it implies something unwanted that has grown on the body due to excess consumption, or a general lack of movement. So yes, maybe “trimming some fat” is actually the perfect metaphor to use here.

At any rate, the partners have gotten together and pored over every contract, and — look, I’m just going to say it — 19 of you have been fired. The following people will no longer be working here, effective immediately…

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Charlie Brenneman To Be Viciously Knocked Out One Final Time in the UFC


(Looks like someone should have pulled mummy guard.)

As a huge Pros vs. Joes fan back in the day, I’ve always had a soft spot for Charlie Brenneman*. This fact has made it all the more difficult to watch his last four UFC appearances, which have seen ”The Spaniard” dominated by Erick Silva, TKO’d by Kyle Noke, rocked, then submitted by Beneil Dariush, and brutally knocked out by Danny Castillo (see above) in his last appearance at UFC 172. Even worse, all but one of those losses have occurred in the first round, with two of them happening in under two minutes. There was also that Anthony Johnson KO, but I think we should all just forget that ever happened. Brenneman probably has.

It is perhaps unfair to declare that Brenneman is one of those “raw” fighters who is talented enough to dominate the local scene while simply not being up to snuff at the UFC level (although his out-of-UFC record would support that argument). He has picked up 4 UFC wins in his career, after all, but his past handful of appearances have resulted in anything but triumph. They’ve been downright difficult to watch, if I’m being completely honest.

Regardless, it looks like Brenneman will be receiving another shot in the UFC. That’s according to Brenneman’s manager Mike Constantino, at least, who recently told MMAJunkie that, “Charlie’s going to get another chance. Charlie will be back and will get another chance. We’re looking at the fall for him.”

And once again, the strange, almost indecipherable dichotomy of the UFC’s hiring/firing policies is revealed…

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