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August, 2014

Hot Potato: 21 Photos of Sexy Tattooed M-1 Global Ring Girl Anzhelika Anderson

All praises be to the UG for uncovering these photos of Anzhelika Anderson, a Russian “tattoo model” who occasionally carries cards for M-1 Global. I know next to nothing about Ms. Anderson’s interests, hobbies, or turn-ons and have been able to dig up even less, but if I were to take a guess, I’d say: tattoos, getting tattoos, and men with tattoos. I hope you are all ok with my blatant stereotyping.

Check out 20 more of our favorite photos of Anzhelika in the gallery after the jump, then head over to her Instagram page for many, many more.

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And Now He’s Fired: Bellator Cuts Phil Baroni for Coming to War Machine’s Defense


(Surely a “Wistful Waistcoat Wednesday” is on the horizon. via Baroni’s instagram.)

Scott Coker is not fucking around, folks. Just a few weeks into his position as the new President of Bellator MMA, the former Strikeforce CEO has already shifted the promotion’s schedule from weekly to monthly eventsgranted Eddie Alvarez the unconditional release he’s been requesting for years now, and severed all ties with War Machine. As a matter of fact, Coker doesn’t want his new promotion to be associated with anyone even within Koppenhaver’s social circle, it seems, as longtime supporter/friend Phil Baroni found out the hard way yesterday.

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Bellator Grants Eddie Alvarez Unconditional Release, Alvarez vs. Cerrone Booked for UFC 178 [UPDATED]


(Photo via Ryan Loco)

Eddie Alvarez is a free man. According to a press release sent out by Bellator this afternoon, the promotion has granted the lightweight star his unconditional release, after a rocky history of contract disputes, lawsuits and reconciliations dating back to late 2012. In the end, Bellator president Scott Coker didn’t want to keep Eddie around if he didn’t want to be there. Check out the official statement below:

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 19, 2014)Bellator President Scott Coker has released a statement regarding Eddie Alvarez:

“We’ve granted Eddie his unconditional release. Eddie is free to explore the free agent market, we hold no matching rights, and we wish him the best in the future. We sat down with Eddie and his team a few times, and it became pretty clear early on that he just wasn’t interested in fighting for Bellator in the future. We want guys in this organization that want to be here, and after the history Eddie and the former regime had here at Bellator, we decided to move on. We wish Eddie the absolute best of luck with whatever is next for him. It’s a new chapter for everyone involved.”

Eddie Alvarez has also released a statement:

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Uh, Guys, You Might Want to Check Out What Hector Lombard’s New Nickname Is


(I can’t wait for the day when Bruce Buffer misreads this as Hector “Shower There” Lombard.)

I like to consider myself something of an expert when it comes to MMA nicknames (I know, hold your applause). I’ve written on the worst of the worst, the best of the best, the most ironic, and everything in between. I even once received an email from Justin McCully demanding a full retraction and apology for my ceaseless trashing of the insult to the English language he called a nickname. I never responded to him, but if you will, allow me to use this time to do just that in a language he might understand.

JuZ10 McCul-E aka “THE NSane1″ IZ Not AC2ALlY IlliteR8, U GIYZ. SOrrY.

Speaking of fighters I’ll probably be getting a vitriol-filled email from in the near future, check out Hector Lombard’s incomprehensible new nickname (via a recent Facebook post):

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Hector “Lightning” Lombard and the brand has undergone a significant transformation. I wanted my new identity to satisfy my growth and perseverance as a professional competitive athlete.

From this moment on, I will be known as Hector “Showeather” Lombard. Through any ups and downs, through any injuries, wins or losses, I will always show up and do my best. I will always continue through fight THRU ANY WEATHER.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and has continue to show love and support. I’m feeling better and starting to train again, I can’t wait till the next match!

“Through any injuries, wins or losses, I will always show up and do my best. I will always continue through fight THRU ANY WEATHER.”

Related: Hector Lombard Injured, Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim Booked for UFC Macau

-J. Jones

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Let’s Celebrate Matt Serra’s Upcoming FOX Analyst Gig By Looking Back at Some of His Most Quotable Moments

Gentlemen, rejoice, because everyone’s favorite ball-bustin’, cold cut connoisseur just landed himself a FOX analyst gig! HeeYEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

During last night’s edition of UFC on FOX, it was announced that none other than Long Island’s own Matt Serra (and also Jake Ellenberger) will be serving as a guest analyst for this Saturday’s Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos card. Finally, the era of awkward on-camera fighters stuttering out base-level advice between fights will be over, as the former welterweight champion and TUF 4 alum has become somewhat infamous for his jabberjaw skills. We can only hope now that FOX doesn’t force him to pull in the reigns (or pull out his teeth).

To celebrate what will surely be the funniest night in UFC on FOX history, join us after the jump as we look back at some of “The Terra’s” finest moments.

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Update: Paige VanZant Recovering From Spine Injury, October UFC Debut in Jeopardy


(Paige models the new UFC women’s walkout uniform, presented by Under Armour. / Photo via Instagram.com/paige_vanzant)

Last week, we passed along word that UFC strawweight prospect Paige VanZant had disappeared from Team Alpha Male under somewhat hazy circumstances. “12 Gauge” has finally broken her silence about her whereabouts, and it’s not good news. As she wrote on her Facebook page last night:

WHERE IS PAIGE VANZANT?
Dear fans I know quite a few of you are wondering why I am not in my training camp. I left Sacramento to come back to my home state and have been in intense physical therapy from a spine injury. I do not have insurance coverage in California and I have not been giving the okay to train at this time. I am working hard to get better. Prayers up for a good recovery. Thank you so much for all your kind words it is such a blessing to have such an amazing team behind me.

Though VanZant didn’t say that her UFC Fight Night 54 bout against Kailin Curran was officially off, it seems unlikely that she’ll be able to make the October 4th date, considering that she isn’t currently cleared to train. We’ll keep you posted.

These days, Paige is paying the bills as a model and dancer for Karen Burns Productions, a Reno-based outfit that provides costumed entertainers for special events. A brief sampling of some of her recent work is below…

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Following Third Straight TKO Loss, Gray Maynard Still Isn’t Being “Chased Out of the Game” Just Yet


(Hey Ross, why do you gotta be so, like, aggressive? Just take a hit of this and chillllllllll. Photo via Getty.)

Given what we recently found out about Krzysztof Soszynski’s struggles with memory loss following his 39-fight career, it’s almost inevitable that we’d be asking the same questions about Gray Maynard following his second round TKO loss to Ross Pearson at Fight Night 47 last weekend. It was the third straight loss to come in such fashion for the TUF 5 alum and former title challenger, who was previously blitzkrieged by Nate Diaz and TJ Grant in previous appearances, and perhaps the hardest to swallow amid concerns pertaining to his chin in recent months.

While the ceaseless career of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has taught us that the UFC will rarely force a fighter they consider a “draw” into retirement, one has to imagine that Dana White will at least discuss the possibility with Maynard in the near future, right? Well at the Fight Night 47 post-fight press conference, White addressed such concerns:

He came here, he fought. He’s been cleared medically to fight. I think the kid is healthy.

But, you know, it’s probably a discussion we might have. I’m not looking to chase Gray out of the game or anything like that. I’ll talk to him though. These guys go through extensive medical testing and we know getting knocked out isn’t good for you. But we’ll see. He’s a young guy, he’s talented. We’ll see what he wants to do.

Right, because I’m sure that Gray will say anything other than “I just got caught/give me another shot/I had a bad camp.” Have we not yet learned that a fighter’s willingness and his abilities are two different entities? DO NONE OF US EVEN *REMEMBER* BIG NOG VS. NELSON?!!!

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Gross Video of the Day: Bas Rutten Sews Own Leg Up After Non-Alcoholic Beer Mishap


(Props: OfficialBasRutten)

Bas Rutten has been in a reflective mood lately. In addition to posting a bunch of his old Pancrase fights to his YouTube channel, Rutten also re-uploaded a classic home surgery video that all strong-stomached El Guapo fans need to see.

In 2008 (or so), Rutten accidentally broke a six-pack of non-alcoholic beer, which somehow blasted a shard of glass through his jeans and into his leg. With his wife traveling in Holland, there was nobody around to demand that he go to the hospital, so he stitched up his own gaping wound with an ordinary sewing needle and some household thread.

“I think you should just get it professionally done, dad,” his daughter says, “because you never know, like, what if something bad happens?” Her advice falls on deaf ears; Rutten saw this done in a Rambo movie, and that’s good enough for him. Eventually, Bas’s daughters get bored of the totally insane thing that is happening in front of them and start playing with the dog.

Anyway, good God this is nasty — and apparently performed with no other anesthetic than a belly full of O’Doul’s. Incredible.

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Jon Jones Hung Out With Brock Lesnar and Mike Tyson This Weekend, WHAT DID YOU DO??

Careful Mike, the man just had surgery! Also, this:

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Krzysztof Soszynski Retires Claiming Memory Loss, Like That Time He Retired in 2011 and Forgot About It


(via AXS TV.)

TUF 8 alum and 39 fight veteran Krzysztof Soszynski has not fought since December of 2011, when he suffered a 35-second KO defeat to Igor Pokrajac at UFC 141. In the moments following the loss, “The Polish Experiment” unofficially announced his retirement from MMA, stating that he was “done” while being recorded by the Danavlog. Although Krzysztof could not name what day it was when asked by the doctor backstage, he was able to identify where he was (Toronto) and seemed rather lucid for a guy who just got “literally knocked out cold” for this first time in his career.

Shortly after the loss, Soszynski recanted on his decision, claiming that he had no memory of what occurred in the video and would wait to hear back from his doctor before making a decision (as if not remembering that conversation was not warning enough). No big deal, MMA fighters unretire all the time, right?

Cut to last Friday’s edition of Inside MMA, where Soszynski finally, officially announced his retirement from MMA after almost a decade in the game, citing memory loss as the reason he was forced to call it quits. You know, like that time he retired from MMA three years ago but forgot about it. Eesh.

My brain didn’t wake up for probably 40 minutes until after the fight. There’s an interview (in UFC President Dana White’s video blog and I’m) having an interview, and I don’t remember any of that stuff. I just remember walking into the octagon, I remember waking up – I already had my clothes on and had a shower and all that – and I have (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva telling me everything is going to be OK and they’re ready for you to go the hospital to get your CT scan, like the UFC always does when a fighter gets knocked out.

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