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October, 2014

Battlegrounds MMA Results and GIFs: Roan Carneiro Wins the One Night, Eight-Man Welterweight Tournament


(Imagine this but 30 pounds heavier / Photo via Getty)

Chael Sonnen. Jim Ross. One night tournament. Holy shit. Are you ready for this?

We certainly weren’t (and judging by the sparse attendance, nobody else was either) The event was probably one of the most “freakshow-ish” events of the entire year, and we loved every second of it. Here’s a brief recap of the festivities!

The tournament, which was in the welterweight division, started off with Trey Houston vs. Jesse Taylor. Taylor took Houston down early and after a period of inactivity on the ground Houston managed to grab Taylor’s arm and lock in an armbar. Check out the GIF (this and others via Zombie Prophet/Fansided):

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Josh Burkman Returns to the UFC (!), Will Face Hector Lombard at UFC 182


(I just realized something: In about five years, Bellator will probably try to hire Arianny. / Photo via MMAFightGirls)

UFC president Dana White confirmed on Instagram today that welterweight veteran Josh Burkman has re-signed with the UFC. White later revealed that Burkman would be facing Hector Lombard at UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier, January 3rd in Las Vegas. Keep in mind that Lombard is ranked #6 on the UFC’s contender rankings, while Burkman is “NR” at the moment. Yeah, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.

“The People’s Warrior” hasn’t competed in the Octagon since 2008, when he went on a three-fight losing skid, getting the boot after a unanimous decision loss to Pete Sell at UFC 90. But in recent years, Burkman revived his career in World Series of Fighting, where he went 4-1, earning impressive stoppage wins against UFC vets Jon Fitch and Aaron Simpson. Following his most recent win against Tyler Stinson in March, Burkman publicly asked for his release from the promotion, citing contractual shadiness, then renewed his contract with WSOF anyway. But before he could compete for them again, the UFC managed to snatch him out of his contract. As WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz explained:

I said no [to releasing him] at first, but Burkman did a lot for us. I think we helped revitalize his career, but the UFC made him a very good offer. I talked to Dana and I think it’s good money for him and his family. I wish him the best of luck.”

Ali Abdel-Aziz is the same guy who said “I will not release anyone to another promotion. Fighters must honor their contracts.during a fit of rage a few months back. So what changed? BloodyElbow shares some interesting insight/speculation:

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Bellator 127 Results and GIFs: Straus Buries Wilcox, Gonzalez Decimates Parisyan

Bellator 127 was arguably the weakest card on paper of the season so far. Still, it had some decent fights on it and some good action. For a free fight card, it was certainly worth the watch.

Of note on the prelims, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeated an overmatched jobber in Malik Merad. Here’s a GIF of the finish (this GIF and others in the post via Zombie Prophet/Fansided):

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Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon Booked for UFC 180 in Mexico, After Norman Parke Withdraws Due to Injury


(“Superb matchmaking.” — This guy / Photos via Getty, USA Today Sports)

Due to an MCL injury, UFC lightweight Norman Parke has withdrawn from his scheduled matchup against Diego Sanchez at UFC 180: Velasquez vs. Werdum, November 15th in Mexico City. Dana White has confirmed that Joe Lauzon will come in to fight Sanchez as Parke’s replacement.

Sanchez vs. Lauzon is a potential barnburner, featuring two of the most frequently-bloody fighters on the UFC roster, both of whom are coming off victories. Sanchez most recently squeaked out a split-decision against Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 in June, while Lauzon earned a cut-stoppage TKO win against Michael Chiesa last month at UFC Fight Night 50.

Fun fact: After Parke’s injury was announced, featherweight star Conor McGregor tried to lie his way to a fight against Sanchez. But it turns out that the UFC has even bigger plans for McGregor, who is likely next in line for a featherweight title shot.

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Cung Le Denies Using HGH, Questions UFC’s Independent Testing Methods Following Failed Drug Test


(Photo via Getty)

In the wake of Cung Le‘s year-long suspension for an excess level of Human Growth Hormone, the UFC middleweight and his manager Gary Ibarra have publicly denied that he’s a doper. Amazingly, Le isn’t blaming his failed drug test on inept doctors or tainted supplements. Instead, his team is arguing that the procedures used by the UFC’s independent testing were suspect, and not as reliable as the World Anti-Doping Agency‘s methods. Here’s the official statement that Le and Ibarra released yesterday:

Cung Le Statement Regarding Positive hGH Test at UFC Fight Night, Macao, China

San Francisco – October 2, 2014 Gary Ibarra, Cung Le’s manager, confirmed the UFC’s statement regarding the failed hGH test results of Cung Le collected post-fight at UFC Fight Night, Macau China on August 23rd. In response to the UFC’s recent statement regarding Cung’s drug test results, our client would like to release this statement.

“I was completed surprised at the results of my recent drug test. I was informed by the UFC that I passed my pre and post-fight drug test as well as the majority of the blood tests with the only abnormality being an elevated level of hGH being determined to be present. I tested negative for Anabolics, Stimulants, Diuretics, Masking Agents and my Testosterone levels were within World Anti- Doping Agency and Nevada State Athletic Commission Approved limits a total of three times over two urine tests and a blood test collected both before and after my fight which is what makes these hGH result so difficult for me to accept as correct. This has also caused me to call the testing procedures into question. I have been informed that there are many possible reasons for a level of hGH to exceed what is allowed unknowingly and my doctors are researching those possibilities, which may include a much more serious health concern. I have also been informed about the unreliability of the current hGH testing that exists and it’s high rate of inaccuracy. I want to reiterate to my fans and the fans of mixed martial arts everywhere that I did not take any performance enhancing drugs or anything that would cause my natural level of hGH to exceed normal levels. ”

Upon our independent review of the laboratory procedures when testing for PED’s, it has been clear that the possibilities for incorrect test results are many. We were informed that the laboratory was advised to use the WADA approved rules and procedures when conducting the testing that they administer, yet the lab in Hong Kong contracted to do the testing was not WADA approved, which was surprising since there was a WADA approved lab available in Beijing China. The blood sample was collected post-fight when the natural hGH levels are the least reliable as the body in an attempt to heal itself will naturally release more hGH, but even more of a concern is that the more reliable and WADA required test for hGH known as the IGF-1 test was never conducted on the sample…

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‘WTF?’ of the Year Candidate: Cody McKenzie Gives Up a Pint of Blood to Make Weight for Battlegrounds MMA Tournament


(Cody’s the guy in the middle who looks like Fat Mac from ‘It’s Always Sunny.’ / Photo via facebook.com/gobgmma)

Good Lord, where do we start with this one. Cody McKenzie needs little introduction: He’s the grubby-looking guy from Alaska with the good guillotine who went 3-4 in the UFC at lightweight and featherweight, and wore a pair of basketball shorts with the tag still attached during his last UFC fight against Sam Stout, because he left his real shorts at his hotel and was hoping to return the shorts to Foot Locker after the fight, I guess?

Following his UFC dismissal, Cody McKenzie — because he’s insane — took a 180-pound catchweight fight against a dude named Mark Dobie up in British Columbia, and won by first-round submission. Tomorrow, he’ll be competing in that Battlegrounds MMA eight-man welterweight tournament called by Chael Sonnen and JR. Today, McKenzie came in at 172.4 pounds on his first weigh-in attempt, so he went backstage, HAD A PINT OF GODDAMNED BLOOD SUCKED OUT OF HIM EW EW EW and made the 171-pound limit on his second attempt. McKenzie will be facing Brock Larson in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

I have no idea how this was allowed to happen. “Battlegrounds MMA One” is going down in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a state that has an actual athletic commission, which was supposed to be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of the fighters in this potentially grueling single-elimination tournament. Were any commission members around while Cody was doing this? And for God’s sake, what did they do with the blood? Please tell me they didn’t just pour it down the toilet, where it could potentially affect the Tulsa water supply.

Cody McKenzie has never been the picture of health, but I have a feeling he might look especially bad tomorrow night. Stay tuned…

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UFC 177′s PPV Numbers Confirm That Nobody Cares About Little Bantamweights, Either


(“I’m not mad at you, TJ, I’m just disappointed.”)

Let’s be honest, UFC 177 was all but doomed to be a pay-per-view failure before it even got out of the gate. The only fight with even a trace of heat on it was the main event, an all-too-soon rematch between Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw, which lost one of its players the day before the event was scheduled to take place. Toss in the fact that the card was reduced to just 8 fights after Henry Cejudo went and Henry Cejuodo’d and you’ve got yourselves the makings of a real stinkeroo right there.

And while it’s true that UFC 177′s PPV figures are supremely underwhelming – MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer pinpoints the number around 125,000 buys — the card really performed better than it had any right to. Despite losing its main event at the last minute, UFC 177 still outperformed UFC 174, which final estimations pinned between 95,000 to 115,000 buys. In any case, UFC 177 marks just the third time in the modern era that a UFC pay-per-view has scored below 200,000 buys, along with 174 and UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie, which netted just 180,000 buys.

The concerning issue here is that the amount of exposure given to the lighter weight classes through FOX events has had little impact on the pay-per-view numbers generated by its most reliable stars — specifically, Demetrious Johnson, who has headlined three UFC on FOX events but has yet to see any increase in his PPV sales despite his success. As Meltzer explained…

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Rant of the Day: Khabib Nurmagomedov Accuses Anthony Pettis of Being a Beautiful Playboy


(“Khabib not only top UFC fighter, but also #1 t-shirt merchant in Las Vegas strip.” / Photo via Nurmagomedov’s Instagram)

When undefeated Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov entered the UFC in 2012 and rattled off six consecutive victories — no small feat, especially in the talent-loaded lightweight division — Nurmagomedov’s name started circulating as a guy who could imminently challenge for the 155-pound title. Then, he took some time off for Ramadan. Then, he caught a knee injury.

Suddenly, Nurmy is becoming a forgotten man, especially in the wake of Donald Cerrone‘s dominant win over Eddie Alvarez last weekend. And so, it’s time for “The Eagle” to start saying crazy stuff about champion Anthony Pettis in order to grab fans’ attention again. Here are some highlights from a new interview with MMA Junkie:

I think Anthony Pettis is scared. He’s never had a good wrestling opponent, now I’m a contender. I have very good wrestling, and Anthony Pettis has only the lucky punch. I think he understands this, and he doesn’t want this fight.

Anthony Pettis is a pretty boy. He’s a playboy. He’s very beautiful and he’s good to market. But the real champion is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Everybody knows. I sent him the message on Twitter. He didn’t give an answer. I see he’s scared. He only likes striking guys. He doesn’t like wrestling guys who are aggressive with top control. I deserve my title shot; give me my title shot

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And Now He’s Fired: Chris Camozzi Announces Second UFC Release After Four Straight Losses


(Photo via Camozzi’s Instagram/Vital Imagery)

For the past four years, TUF 11 alum Chris Camozzi has become one of the most reliable, if not completely overlooked staples of the UFC’s middleweight division. In an era of the sport that sees champions go an entire year without defending their belt, Camozzi was the increasingly rare kind of fighter that neither turned down an opponent nor pulled out of fights due to injury more often than he didn’t. He was a workhorse, a gamer — a guy the UFC could consistently count on to kick off a pay-per-view (or carry the FS1 prelims) — and should be remembered as one of the promotion’s most consistent scrappers during his two-tour run in the octagon.

But Camozzi’s fallen on hard times as of late. He’s dropped his past four fights in a row to increasingly lower ranked fighters, most recently suffering a controversial split decision loss to Rafael Natal at Fight Night 50 in September. And yesterday, word of his release from the UFC was made public by none other than Camozzi himself, who posted this even-headed and grateful goodbye on the blog of his MMA apparel website, PerformanceMMA. Give it a read after the jump.

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Holly Holm Likely to Debut at UFC 181 in December — But Fight With Milana Dudieva Is Uncertain


(Holly Holm tags Juliana Werner at Legacy FC 30. / Photo via Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

According a report on UFC Tonight, undefeated bantamweight talent Holly Holm is likely to make her UFC debut at UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2, December 6th in Las Vegas. While her opponent hasn’t been finalized yet, a fight against Russian scrapper Milana Dudieva was mentioned as being in the works.

However: Dudieva’s manager Anton Linder vaguely tweeted today that “other issues have occurred” which might prevent Holm vs. Dudieva from happening, and Dudieva herself clarified that the matchup is not official, so stop spreading rumors. We’ll update you when we know more.

Holm has been recovering from a broken arm that she sustained in her fifth-round TKO victory against Juliana Werner back in April. The win bumped Holm’s pro MMA record to 7-0 with six wins via KO/TKO. Dudieva most recently won her own UFC debut with an awfully controversial split-decision against Elizabeth Phillips at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau. Dudieva would be a great “barometer for Holm’s ability,” if the fight really takes place. If not, the UFC will have to find another sacrificial lamb for Holm to devour.

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