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October, 2014

Friday Link Dump: Chael Sonnen’s $5 Million WWE Offer, Creepiest Fighters in MMA, The Worst Halloween Decoration Fails + More


(“The Greatest Movie Deaths Of All Time” via Drafthouse Films. I dunno, it seems appropriate to me.)

Chael Sonnen Says He Turned Down a $5 Million Offer From WWE (BloodyElbow)

Once Unworthy of a UFC Video Game Spot, TJ Dillashaw’s Life Has Changed in a Hurry (MMAJunkie)

Yoshiyuki Yoshida Withdraws From Title Fight With Mike Ricci, Subsequently Released by Titan FC (MMAFighting)

The Creepiest Fighters in MMA Right Now (Bleacher Report)

Shannon Knapp and Julie Kedzie don Dana White and Joe Silva costumes at the Invicta 9 Weigh-Ins (r/mma)

GSP Tells Chael Sonnen About Childhood Alien Drawings, Erased Memories, and a Real-Life UFO Encounter (MiddleEasy)

Ranking the Many, Many Deaths of Michael Myers By Improbability (Screen Junkies)

The Best Pumpkin Flavored Items Ever (31 Pics) (Radass)

Amazing Moment Quarterback Throws 42-Yard Touchdown to Himself (EveryJoe)

Blood, Ghosts, and Zombies: A Halloween Cosplay Gallery (Escapist)

TBT: The Worst Halloween Decoration Fails in the History of Halloween (PopHangover)

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Kaitlyn Grispi Defends Josh Grispi’s Abuse on Incredibly Depressing Episode of ‘Dr. Phil’ [VIDEO]


(Props: All New Dr. Phil via @thracian_books)

There are some things that will just wreck your confidence in humanity. Case in point: Kaitlyn Grispi’s appearance on Dr. Phil yesterday, in which she did all she could to justify the horrific physical abuse she (allegedly) received at the hands of her husband, WEC/UFC veteran Josh Grispi.

We already knew that Kaitlyn was walking back on most of the details that first came out following Josh Grispi’s arrest in August — including that salacious and horrifying bit about how Josh would sic his dog on her — but her Dr. Phil appearance is something else altogether. Kaitlyn spends most of the show denying Josh’s abuse, despite the photos of her ravaged face being shown on the broadcast (see the 1:42-2:09 mark of the video for the photos and her nonchalant reaction to them), and explaining that if Josh roughed her up, it was because she deserved it. Meanwhile, she calls her own mother a liar for trying to help, and Josh calls in from jail to say hi, though he can’t comment on any of the details of the case.

At the 3:25 mark, Dr. Phil reads the graphic, chilling death threats that Josh sent Kaitlyn via text message, which Kaitlyn doesn’t see as a big deal because hey, they both threatened to kill each other; it’s just what couples do sometimes. And at the 9:35 mark, Dr. Phil reads some actual quotes from Kaitlyn about why Josh beat her up. They include…

- “I wouldn’t shut up.”
- “There’s only so much a person can take.”
- “Do you know how many women in town have been hit by their husbands? Tons.”
- “I’m a mouthy woman; I don’t know when to shut up.”
- “He only hit me when I wouldn’t walk away.”

Jesus. Then, at 13:56, Dr. Phil drops the bombshell: “Next, we’re gonna talk about why Kaitlyn says her house is haunted, and that may explain Josh’s behavior.” The audience laughs at her.

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Four Fighters Fail Drug Tests at Bellator 127, Including Rob Emerson and Keith Berry


(The man with the most ironic nickname in MMA has gotten himself into trouble yet again. / Photo via Bellator.com)

Drug test results are in from October 3rd’s Bellator 127 event in Temecula, California, and brother, they are embarrassing. Sherdog reports that four fighters on the card failed their post-fight drug screenings for banned substances, according to information released by the California State Athletic Commission. Those fighters are…

- UFC veteran Rob Emerson, who popped positive for Modafinil, a sleep disorder drug that is used recreationally as a pep-pill. Emerson lost a decision to Rafael Silva at Bellator 127, and his loss will stand.

- Strikeforce/KOTC vet Keith Berry, who tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and marijuana. His split decision win against Joe Pacheco will be changed to a no contest.

- Light-heavyweight Nick Moghaddam, who also tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and marijuana. Moghaddam’s unanimous decision loss to Ray Sloan will stand.

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Hand-Bra of the Day: Ronda Rousey Goes Topless for Buffalo Pro Ad Campaign


(Full gallery is after the jump.)

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was recently named the new female face of Buffalo Pro, a clothing line from Buffalo David Bitton, and our dear friends at Bro Bible have dug up some rather sexy photos of Rowdy’s first promotional shoot for the label, in which she cavorts shirtless with some dude. Yes, my friends, the hand-bra is in full effect. Check out some of Ronda’s best shots in the gallery below (along with a wonderful behind-the-scenes video from the shoot), and see the rest right here.

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Video Highlights: Aisling Daly TKO’s Angela Magana In a Barnburner on Last Night’s TUF 20


(Props: TheUltimateFighter on YouTube)

Team Pettis’ Aisling Daly has a style that can be best described as…unorthodox. She throws awkward, repetitive 1-2 combos and standing hammerfists that evoke memories of Jade Chun vs. Taeler Jackson. She attacks with her chin sticking straight up in the air — her head’s on a beanpole, as Joe Rogan might say. When it comes to submissions and scrambling, she often seems like she’s just making it up as she goes along. Uhhh…maybe if I just grab her arm like this…and twist it that way?

But Aisling Daly also has surprisingly decent head movement, an iron chin, and the kind of killer instinct that would make Gary Ridgway blush with envy. Daly is just plain aggressive, and the relentless pace she sets from start to finish will fucking break you. While it’s easy to understand how her less-than-flashy style led her to be picked last despite being ranked #5, her third round TKO of Team Melendez’s Angela Magana on last night’s episode of TUF 20 surely erased anyone’s doubts when it came to her skills as a fighter. “Aisling is just one of those ladies that you just know can fight,” as Pettis summed it up.

Full fight recap after the jump.

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Benson Henderson vs. Eddie Alvarez Booked as Co-Main Event for UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver


(Eddie Alvarez briefly turns Donald Cerrone into Karl Childers during their three-round war last month. / Photo via Getty)

As first reported by the Boston Herald, a lightweight bout between former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson and former Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez has been booked as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver, January 18th at the TD Garden in Boston. And before you start complaining about how Bendo and Eddie shouldn’t be playing second bananas to a loud-mouthed Oirishmin, may I remind you that no other UFC fighter can pull off an ivory suit quite like this.

Henderson and Alvarez will both be looking to bounce back from recent defeats. Henderson is coming off his first-round knockout loss to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49 in August, while Alvarez was out-pointed by Donald Cerrone in his Octagon debut at UFC 178.

The Herald is also reporting two more interesting bookings for the 1/18 card…

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Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to Coach The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4


(“Yes, baby, it is *so* normal.” / Photo via Getty)

The UFC has confirmed that Brazilian MMA legends Anderson Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will serve as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, which will begin filming early next year in Las Vegas and feature bantamweight and lightweight contestants. Open tryouts for the season were already held in Rio on Monday, with a reported 600 fighters showing up to get a shot in the TUF house.

Before you get too excited — no, Silva and Rua will not be fighting each other at the end of the season. (Bummer.) So instead of using the show to hype up a rivalry, they’ll focus on passing on knowledge to younger fighters. As Silva stated in a press release:

“I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC. I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

Said Shogun:

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Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort, Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano Confirmed for UFC 184 on Feb. 28th


(Surprisingly decent photoshop job via the MMAJunkie forums)

As confirmed earlier today by UFC president Dana White, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort will indeed headline UFC 184, February 28th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The date and location for the middleweight title fight has been rumored since last week, and Belfort let the cat out of the bag this afternoon.

White also announced that Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano will now serve as the co-main event for UFC 184. The bantamweight title bout was originally slated as the co-main event for UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier on January 3rd, but has been bumped back nearly two months for undisclosed reasons. Instead, the lightweight scrap between Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury has been confirmed as the UFC 182 co-main event.

UFC 184 will be the third time that a Ronda Rousey fight has supported a Chris Weidman main event on pay-per-view — following UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 in December 2013 and UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida in July. It’s been a winning strategy so far, and we don’t expect that to change in February.

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Report: Paulo Filho Shot During a House Party in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

It appears that continuously-depressing saga of Paulo Filho has taken yet another turn for the worse. Filho, who most recently made headlines after withdrawing from his Fatality Arena 7 main event due to a seizure that he later revealed to be a last minute anxiety attack resulting from antidepressant withdrawal, has been shot in the leg during a “confusion” while at a house party in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil over the weekend. Psicoticos has the scoop (translated via Google):

The former Pride champion, Paulo Filho was shot after confusion in a party of electronic music in Joah neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro. In the account given by one of the security guards of the event who asked not to be identified, [FIlho], after causing confusion in the event and being restrained by security guards, assaulted a girl who was at the party and was shot by her father [in the] leg. [Filho] had broken his femur and was rescued and taken to hospital in the region, according to reports.

There does seem to be a little confusion stemming from whether it was a man or woman that Filho assaulted before being shot, but we will update you on this story as information is made available. In the meantime, here’s a photo of a baby having his mind blown by a giant pizza, because I simply refuse to end this day on such a sour note.

-J. Jones

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Power-Ranking Michael Bisping’s Grudge Matches, By Level of Anger

For Michael Bisping, every match is a grudge match. The TUF 3 winner never met a fellow fighter he couldn’t take the piss out of in his 21-fight (!) UFC career, and to be totally honest, I’m kind of starting to love the dude for it.

Truly the silver-tongued, tea-sipping Diaz brother is his highness Count Bisping, who has found himself in yet another war of words with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold heading into their Fight Night 55 headliner on November 7th. Ben Fowlkes attempted to get to the bottom of Bisping’s seemingly endless dickishness in an interview published on MMAJunkie yesterday, and according to the Brit, pre-fight trash simply serves as his way of keeping the constant eat-train-sleep schedule from growing stale. According to Rockhold, however, Bisping is just “a prick that most people don’t like.” A regular Felix Unger and Oscar Madison these two are, I tells ya!

But as heated as Bisping vs. Rockhold has been thus far (see their “Counterpunch” segment above, their rooftop staredown, etc.), it doesn’t hold a candle to Bisping’s verbal sparring matches with Hollywood Henderson and that Bully Beatdown host guy whose life he destroyed. So it is through rage-filled, bloodshot eyes that we take a look back at Bisping’s most heated rivalries and rank them on a scale of Berk to Arselicking Plonker.

#9 — Charles McCarthy 

So the saying goes, “Opinions are like assholes, and Michael Bisping is one opinionated asshole.” He’s also a guy who was never shy on confidence, which Charles “Chainsaw” McCarthy took issue with heading into their fight back at UFC 83. Oddly enough, it was actually McCarthy who attacked Bisping first through the media, telling CBS Sports:

(He’s) real arrogant, and, you know — not much else, really. He’s gonna get choked out April 19.

I have very little regard for that guy. I can’t wait to go in there and get my arm around his neck. It’s going to be a cool experience. I hope to put him to sleep before he decides to tap.

Bisping was quick to respond via his blog, The Countdown, with the following shot at McCarthy’s self-hyped BJJ credentials:

Next week’s Countdown will be filed after I’ve come face-to-face with the reigning BJJ uber-master of the galaxy. If anyone wants me to ask him for an autograph for you, please e-mail me, but keep your requests down to six per person.

Whaddya think of that one, Kelso?

When it came time to put words aside, Bisping was simply too much for his fellow TUF alum, overwhelming McCarthy with a barrage of knees (that in fact broke McCarthy’s arm) and forcing a stoppage inside of the first round. It was Bisping’s first true grudge match in the UFC, and one that would set the precedent for years to come.

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