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August, 2014

Three Myths Busted by the War Machine/Christy Mack Police Report

To this point, everything we “know” about War Machine‘s alleged assault of Christy Mack comes from Mack’s gruesome public statement, along with conjecture from War Machine apologists who weren’t there. Yesterday, TapNapSnap uploaded the official police report — which was drafted and signed on August 9th — and it sheds a little more light on some of the questions that still remain from the incident. Here are three myths that have been officially busted, now that we know what was actually reported to police…

1) War Machine was “fighting for his life.” According to the fighter’s initial twitter recap of the incident, Jon Koppenhaver showed up to the home of Christy Mack (real name: Christine Mackinday) with an engagement ring, and found himself in a life-or-death struggle. The police report makes the incident sound pretty one-sided:

“At approximately 1:30-2 am [Mackinday] woke up to her dogs barking (2 pit bulls that were also sleeping in her bed) and Koppenhaver walking into her room (Koppenhaver was wearing camo Tom’s, dark grey cargo shots [sic], and a white shirt which read ‘Alpha Male Shit Clothing Company’) and turned on the light. Koppenhaver than attacked [Corey] Thomas while he was lying in the bed and Koppenhaver began punching Thomas in the face. Mackinday asked Koppenhaver to stop and Koppenhaver continued to punch Thomas. While Koppenhaver was beating Thomas, Mackinday dialed 911 from her cell phone, and hid the phone from Koppenhaver. Mackinday did not say anything to Koppenhaver, and she left the phone with an open line.

Mackinday explained Koppenhaver choked Thomas by placing Thomas in a ‘rear naked choke’…The fighting continued for approximately 10 minutes and Koppenhaver eventually released Thomas from the choke hold. Thomas was bleeding “profusely” from his face and Koppenhaver had Thomas’s blood on his shirt. Koppenhaver told Thomas to leave and told Thomas that he would kill him if he reported this and Koppenhaver went to jail. Koppenhaver said he would give his friends all of Thomas’s information and his friends would find Thomas and kill him if anything happened to Koppenhaver.”

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‘Big Knockout Boxing’ — The Latest Evolution in Pit-Fighting, Or Something [VIDEOS]


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BKB is designed for fight fans who crave action, intensity, and most of all — big knockouts. Fights are furiously fast with up to 7 two-minute rounds. There’s no time for hugging or dancing. In BKB, it’s fight or lose.”

That’s the sales pitch on the official site of Big Knockout Boxing, a variation on the Queensbury Rules that has fighters square off in a circular pit with an inclined edge. The purpose of the non-traditional surface is to force the fighters to engage, and if this whole thing sounds a little familiar, it’s because YAMMA tried to do the exact same thing for the MMA world in 2008.

Oddly enough, BKB might not be the embarrassing one-and-done sideshow that YAMMA was. While several of the YAMMA competitors responded to the shortened rounds and tournament format by laying-and-praying their way to victory, Big Knockout Boxing delivered pretty much what it promised during its debut event in Las Vegas on Saturday, with four of the eight bouts ending by KO/TKO.

According to this preview feature on ESPN — which tells you a little more about the ruleset, if you’re interested — none of the BKB fights will count on the fighters’ official boxing record. Also: “BKB put on a pair of events last year in New Hampshire, but then BKB stood for “Bare Knuckle Boxing” and fighters used smaller gloves with a portion of the padding removed from the area over the knuckles. But to gain a license in Nevada, that had to go and the name was changed.”

So here’s the main event of BKB 1, a middleweight title fight between Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado, which Rosado won by ref’s stoppage in round 6. After the jump: The BKB welterweight title fight between Javier Garcia and Darnell Jiles. Check ‘em out and let us know what you think: Is boxing better in a bowl? Is “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but with humans” a positive development in combat sports or not?

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WAG Alert: 20 Photos (And Then Some) of Mindy Robinson, Actress/Reality TV Star/Randy Couture’s Girlfriend


(It’s official: The scarf thing works. Photo via Gilbert Flores/Broadimage. Full gallery is after the jump.)

UFC Hall of Famer and Expendables star Randy Couture has always had a way with the ladies. And after learning about his current love interest, all we can say is: “Not bad for an old man.”

The woman on Randy’s arm these days is Mindy Robinson, an LA-based actress with over a hundred credits to her name and appearances on reality shows like King of the Nerds and Millionaire Matchmaker. We first noticed her on Friday when she appeared in Couture’s ice-bucket challenge video, and we were like, holy crap, who is that? Well, now we know.

According to Mindy’s bio, the Massachusetts native “was often teased and bullied for being skinny with buck teeth in elementary school. She claims that ‘It forced me to develop a personality, a sense of humor, and a level of appreciative confidence that can only be achieved when you stop totally giving a fuck about what other people think.’ She also added, ‘Fuck them, (the kids that picked on her) they probably work at Walmart now.’”

On that note, enjoy some of our favorite Mindy Robinson photos in the gallery below — and be sure to click through to page 2 for a few NSFW pics and screencaps. If you like what you see, get to know Mindy better on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Martial Arts Fail of the Week: A Kung Fu Instructor With a Chuck Liddell-Level Beer Gut

Another weekend, another Martial Arts Fail of the Week.

Today we don’t have anything quite as scandalous as instructors telling you to shit yourself or claiming that defeating a wrestler is as easy as sidestepping a takedown.

Instead, we have an example of the kind of shoddy martial arts techniques being taught in dojos across the country. This is the kind of stuff Martial Arts Fail was originally started to expose: Techniques of dubious validity practiced on partners that are totally compliant. How is that kind of stuff supposed to teach a person how to fight and defend themselves?

So anyway, this week’s example is from a San Soo Kung Fu school. If you’re an MMA history buff, you’d recognize that name. UFC 2‘s Thaddeus Luster was a representative of the style (and he got dominated by a Sambo practitioner). This school in particular belongs to Bill Hulsey, the instructor in the video, who’s been running the school for 39 years.

To us, the video typifies martial arts. An old, deified “master” with a huge beer gut makes himself look like a Mortal Kombat character by beating up a compliant student.

The guy has tons more videos. Have a look at some of the highlights:

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UFC Fight Night 47 Results: Bader Decisions OSP in Snooze Fest, Pearson TKOs Maynard


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Ryan Bader defeated Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 47. In the night’s co-main event, Ross Pearson knocked out Gray Maynard.

There were other fights on the card. Most of them were pretty good. Unfortunately, terrible pacing really KILLED the card. It felt like an eternity between each fight. The six-fight main card started at 10 pm and didn’t finish until after 1 am. Brutal.

Remember when the UFC said they’d “put the ‘Bang’ in Bangor?” They didn’t.

Fortunately for you, we recapped the main card so you don’t have to sit through hours of terrible Nos commercials. Enjoy!

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Update: Witnesses to War Machine Arrest Claim Fighter Had a Gun, Was Tasered, And May Have Roughed Up a Woman at His Hotel


(It’s too bad we can’t read his t-shirt, because it surely carries a thought-provoking message of universal truth. / Photo via TMZ)

According to the Simi Valley Police Department’s initial statement, War Machine was arrested “without incident” on Friday, for the alleged beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. But witnesses at the hotel claim that the apprehension involved a taser, a gun, and some hair-pulling. Here are a couple of choice quotes from a KTLA.com report published yesterday:

A hotel guest who witnessed the arrest told KTLA that officers used a Taser on Koppenhaver.

“And they were like banging on the door, trying to get it open, and they’re like, ‘Open the door, open the door,” Nicolle Blankenship said. “Finally when they got it open they yelled, ‘Gun,’ and then all of a sudden you see them shoot him with a Taser. And he got shot with a Taser and he went down to the floor, and then they handcuffed him”…

Hotel guest Mary Casamento said she called police to the hotel after seeing a “big dude” yelling at and pushing a petite woman who was trying to calm him down. He grabbed her by the hair, Casamento said.

CagePotato will pay cash money for any footage of War Machine being tasered during his apprehension. We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge…

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BREAKING: War Machine Captured Alive by U.S. Marshals in Simi Valley, CA


(War Machine mugshot via Simi Valley Police Department/11alive.com)

The manhunt is over. War Machine was arrested this afternoon in Simi Valley, California, on suspicion of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and Corey Thomas, early in the morning on August 8th. Here’s the official statement from the Simi Valley Police Department:

The United States Marshal’s Service requested assistance from the Simi Valley Police Department to effect the arrest of Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenahver on 8/15/14 at approximately 1:45 P.M.

The United States Marshal possessed an arrest warrant for Koppenhaver stemming from an incident in Las Vegas Nevada last week. Koppenhaver was a former resident of Simi Valley and the Marshals investigation indicated he was possibly staying in Simi Valley, CA.

Further investigation revealed he was staying at the Extended Stay America Hotel located at 2498 Stearns Street in Simi Valley. Simi Valley Officers along side United States Marshals pinpointed his exact room and arrested him without incident.

Inside the room was a small quantity of cash and some pizza. The United States Marshal’s Service turned Mr. Koppenhaver over to the Simi Valley Police Department for booking on his warrant from Nevada. He was transported to the Ventura County Jail.

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Friday Links: Jon Jones Out of Surgery, Chael Sonnen Fesses Up, Brutally Honest Liquor Bottles + More


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Opinion: The MMA Community Can Prove Something Positive by Helping Christy Mack (BloodyElbow)

UFC Veteran Jason Day Wins $340,000 Settlement After Career-Ending Accident (Sherdog)

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I Like Taylor Swift Better as a Dorky 13-Year-Old (PopHangover)

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5 Ways J.J. Abrams Could Ruin Star Wars (EscapistMagazine)

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So When Did Fanboy Twitter Reviews Become Acceptable Film Criticism, Exactly? (ScreenJunkies)

The 100 Greatest Celebrity Yearbook Pictures Ever (WorldwideInterweb)

Nicky Whelan Vintage Micro Bikini Shoot…My Goodness (DrunkenStepfather)

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Cage Warriors to Implement $2,000 “Bounties” For 10 Highlight Reel Finishes


(I thought of two captions for this photo and can’t decide between them, so I’m just going to use both.
Caption 1: By my count, this guy just earned 350 thousand dollars.)
Caption 2: And they’ll toss in an extra 5k if you steal your opponent’s bones!)

You gotta hand it to the guys over at Cage Warriors, the longstanding London-based fight promotion holding its 70th event (!) in Dublin this weekend: They are not afraid to make a rule change on the fly. In a sport that often seems incapable of establishing or objectively enforcing necessary rules and guidelines, you gotta appreciate a promotion with actual decisiveness.

Back in May, the organization raised some eyebrows when it attempted to combat a string of weigh-in failures by implementing an extraordinary 60% fine to any fighter who missed weight moving forward. It has been *incredibly* effective thus far. And now, Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan has announced the addition of $2,000 “bounties” for any fighter who scores a unique finish in the cage (via MMAJunkie):

Starting with Cage Warriors 70, which takes place Saturday in Dublin, any fighter on the promotion’s cards who ends a fight with one of 10 of what it has deemed to be the rarest of finishes will earn a $2,000 bonus.

Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan revealed the new bonus plan to MMAjunkie on Friday and said the awards will be available to any fighter on the card, regardless of their placement on the show.

The $2,000 “bounty” will be available for the following finishes: Head kick knockout, twister, knee bar, heel hook, gogoplata, flying knee knockout, Superman punch knockout, knockout in less than 60 seconds, spinning knockout and slam knockout.

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Video: ‘Arena Combat 1′ Highlight Reel Proves That 2-on-2 Obstacle Course Fighting Is Taking America by Storm

Just like American Ninja Warrior is the latest evolution of jogging, so is Arena Combat the latest evolution of fighting. Formerly the Russian enterprise known as Hip Show, the 2-on-2 obstacle-course fight league made its U.S. debut last Saturday in Bristol, Virginia. As you can see in the above highlight reel, a good time was had by all.

Check out the press release below for more information on what exactly is happening here, and stay tuned for news of Arena Combat’s impending TV deal and upcoming events.

ARENA COMBAT FASCINATES VIRGINIA CROWD WITH IT’S UNITED STATES DEBUT; CURRENTLY IN TALKS WITH NETWORKS FOR AIRING OF ARENA COMBAT 1: SOUTHEAST TRIALS

Miami, Florida, August 15th, 2014 – Forty fighters entered THE ARENA, and 20 emerged victorious. Saturday, August 9th, ARENA COMBAT 1: SOUTHEAST TRIALS, the first American ARENA COMBAT event was held in Bristol, VA. The sport was introduced to a rowdy studio audience in the Bearcat Den gym, and the crowd was captured from the opening fight to the main event.

Amenities exclusive to ARENA COMBAT bouts such as the padded obstacles, team based maneuvers, and the 2-on-1 Sudden Death round were on display from the beginning of the night. Undefeated bantamweight “JABBAWOCKEE” JOSH SMITH propelled himself off of “The Table” obstacle with a flying kick and dove off of an obstacle into a takedown; one of two teams of brothers, TEAM LUDUS, used group tactics throughout en route to a victory; and fans were in awe of the 60 second 2-on-1 round, cheering a number of sole survivors to a 1-on-1 final round.

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