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July, 2014

Gallery: Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer Heat Up the Fitness Gurls 2014 Swimsuit Issue

So Arianny Celeste and that chick who kind of looks like Brittney Palmer were recently photographed as part of the Fitness Gurls 2014 Swimsuit Issue, which hit newsstands yesterday. I would highly recommend you check out the photos, but then again, when has my opinion ever swayed any of you Taters from doing anything? No respect, no respect I tells ya…

Check out our favorite photos of Celeste and Palmer in the gallery after the jump, and head over at FitnessGurls.com to see their full spreads (heh).

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Must-See Video: 17-Year-Old Sangmanee Sor Tienpo and Hong Thanonchai Engage in an Instant Muay Thai Classic

ICYMI: Here’s an absolute banger of a muay Thai fight between 17 year old phenom Sangmanee Sor Tienpo (red shorts) and tough as nails journeyman Hong Thanonchai Tor Sangtiennoi (blue shorts) that went down last week. I’ll let BloodyElbow’s Kyle McLachlan brief you on the significance of this absolutely incredible fight:

Sangmanee, once considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, is a four weight stadium champion. He has won the 105lb Lumpinee championship, and the Rajadamnern title at 108, 112 and 115lbs. A true phenom, he is a technical fighter with very good hands who has aspirations of representing Thailand in amateur boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2014 looked to be a great year of continued success for Sangmanee. He won the one-night four man tournament put on by Petyindee promotions, in which he came out on top of three of the very best fighters in Muay Thai today (Superbank, Superlek and Sam-A) but since then he has gone on the very worst run of his career, being dropped by a big punch and losing to Sam-A, then losing decisions to Thaksinlek Kiatniwat in both May and June.

Yesterdays bout was a quick turnaround for Sangmanee, and Thanonchai, a very strong competitor who has faced many top fighters in the 126lb division, was likely to be a stern test but a way to get back on track for Muay Thai’s teenage superstar.

Without giving too much away, let’s just say that the fight wasn’t nearly as easy for Sor Tienpo as it was supposed to be.

So…(Muay Thai) Brawl of the Year? Muay Thai Brawl of the Year. #WeekofDanga

-J. Jones

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And Now He’s Fired: Chael Sonnen Axed by FOX For Being a No Good, Steroid-Using Double Cheater


(Yep, we’re sticking to our *guns* with this photo. BA-DUM-TSH!)

How about some actual news for a change?

On the subject of Chael Sonnen‘s second straight drug test failure, I believe Old Dad summed it up best when he said that the American Gangster had a “cheater’s dream cocktail” flowing through his veins. And indeed, Sonnen tested positive for not trace amounts of HGH, EPO, WWE, TRL, HSN, and BET when retested, which made his previous failed drug test prior to UFC 175 all the harder to swallow.

It’s important to note that Sonnen’s second test was administered before the results of his first test were made public, meaning that he was still technically competing while loaded to gills with a veritable pharmacy heading into UFC 175. Following his all but forced retirement shortly thereafter, the question quickly became not where Sonnen’s fighting career was headed, but if the UFC/FOX would continue to employ a multiple time steroid cheat simply because he was charismatic in front of a camera. It would send a hell of a mixed message to the rest of their fighters in their roster, that’s for sure.

Well today brings an answer, and that answer is “Eff no.”(via a UFC-FOX press release sent out this morning):

The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.

I guess this means Sonnen won’t be given the opportunity to defend himself via a laughably rushed interview on America’s Pregame, then?

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CagePotato Presents: The 10 Best UFC Brawls of the Year (So Far)


(This photo and all photos after it via Getty)

By Jared Jones

It’s the halfway-ish point of the year, which means that we are a mere six or so months away from handing out our annual Potato Awards in categories such as “MMA Fail of the Year”, “Media Shill of the Year”, and the always coveted “Krazy Horse Bennett Arrest of the Year.” But because you Taters have been good this year, we’re going to allow you to open one present early: Our definitive ranking of the best UFC brawls of the year, so far.

It’s been a rocky year for the UFC, to say the absolute least. Pay-per-view numbers are tanking, fan interest is waning due to market oversaturation, and even the promotion’s new video game has been plagued by (albeit hilarious) technical issues. But the great thing about the UFC/MMA in general is that all can be forgiven with a few great fights, and these 10 brawls are undoubtedly the kernels of corn hidden amongst the soggy floor-turds that the UFC has been shitting out this year.

To repeat: This list is only dedicated to the best *brawls* of the year, which implies a fight in which both participants take their fare share of licks. TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao was a one-sided beatdown, albeit a brilliant one-sided beatdown, and therefore bears no mention here. Except that I just mentioned it. God damn it.

Let’s just get to the top 10 brawls of the year, nearly all of which contain links to full fight videos for your viewing pleasure…

#10 – Kevin Souza vs Mark Eddiva: TUF Brazil 3 Finale

(Check out Souza vs. Eddiva in its entirety here.)

A classic example of two guys with more heart than brains (or defensive capabilities) leaving it all in the octagon, Kevin Souza vs. Mark Eddiva opened up the FS1 prelims for the TUF Brazil Finale in a huge way.

Watching Souza vs. Eddiva was kind of like watching two women play Tekken for the very first time, in that both fighters only seemed to understand how one button on their controllers worked — for Eddiva it was leg kicks, for Souza it was the overhand right. These two techniques were traded with absolutely zero setup for two highly entertaining rounds, earning both men a $50,000 “Fight of the Night’ bonus in an evening of otherwise unmemorable decisions and memorable-for-all-the-wrong-ways squash matches. It was Souza, however, who walked away from the fight victorious via an always rare standing TKO.

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#WeekofDanga Reader Request: Six Five MMA Ref Blooper Reels

*In best Casey Kasem (R.I.P) voice*

Our first request comes from CP reader anand, who writes “This guy has made hilarious blooper reels for 6 popular MMA refs. I’ve only come across like 1 or 2 of them on MMA media. Go thru them …you might want to add them in any article on Bad MMA reffing…and adding the 30 minute Bad reffing video compilation would be the icing on the cake (I’ve attached a link to that too)”

Well anand, today is your lucky day. But being that we’ve already devoted articles to the Kim Winslow and the 30-minute bad stoppages supercuts, we can only highlight five MMA refs today in good conscience. So check out the lowlight reels of everyone from Herb Dean (yay!) to Cecil Peoples (BOO!!) after the jump, courtesy of Youtube user The Montage King. If you have any similar videos/news items/article ideas that you feel should be featured on CP this week, give us a shout at tips@cagepotato.com or via either our Twitter or my personal Twitter with the hashtag #WeekofDanga.

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