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October, 2014

So It Turns Out Rick Story Derailed the Gunnar Nelson Hype Train With a Broken Ankle


(Well, that’s a little different than how I would’ve played it.)

The only thing more surprising than Rick Story’s five round routing of Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson at Fight Night 53 last weekend was probably the fact that one of the judges actually awarded the fight to Nelson — and by “surprising” I of course mean “in line with everything we’ve come to expect about the state of MMA judging.” But today (yesterday), a truly surprising fact of the fight was dropped by Story via Twitter.

As it turns out, not only was Story able to temporary derail the “Gunni” hype train while fighting on foreign soil, but he was able to do so with a broken ankle to boot. Sounds like a real “Horror” story, amiright fellas? (*crickets*)

According to Story, he suffered the brutal injury to his left ankle in the second round of the five round main event, and is unsure of whether or not it would require surgery or what his return timetable would be. Let’s hope his entrance into the top 15 of his division (at #12) will provide him some comfort in these trying times.

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Royce Gracie Joins Bellator as Brand Ambassador — Wait, WHAT??


Well this is freakin’ bizarre. Bellator announced today that it has named UFC pioneer Royce Gracie as its official brand ambassador. As part of his role, Gracie “will host seminars, be involved in autograph and promotional appearances, as well as aiding in the International expansion of Bellator around the world.”

Gracie becomes the fourth UFC Hall of Famer to be hired by Bellator/Viacom in some capacity, following fighters Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar*, and Fight Master/Gym Rescue personality** Randy Couture. Here’s the full press release via Bellator.com:

“The Godfather of MMA” Joins Bellator As Royce Gracie Becomes Promotional Brand Ambassador

Newport Beach, Calif. (October 8, 2014) – Known simply as the pioneer of mixed martial arts, Royce Gracie is widely considered the most influential and important figure the sport has seen. Engaging in some of the most memorable fights in MMA history during his time with the UFC and PRIDE Fighting Championships, Gracie has now joined Bellator as an official brand ambassador for the Viacom-owned promotion.

“I have known Scott for a long time and have always respected him as not only a promoter but as a martial artist who has always treated fighters with respect and truly understands their value,” Gracie said. “Bellator and Viacom want to give fans exciting fights and enable fighters to continue to grow and most importantly provide for their family, and it’s something I want to be a part of. UFC has done a great job over the past twenty years in building this sport and taking it globally and I’m glad to have been part of that, but Bellator is a growing organization I am honored to be a part of, and with the dedicated and talented people already associated with the company, we can further the growth of mixed marital arts as a sport worldwide.”

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Oh, This? Just a Double Knockout In a 2 on 1 Russian MMA Bout [VIDEO]

A freakshow MMA fan I may be, I must admit that I’ve never quite understood the appeal of 2 vs. 1 MMA, Tag Team MMA, or anything of the like (except for Hip Show, that is!). How something as blatantly tilted and insanely dangerous as having two trained fighters team up against one can even be legalized boggles my mind, and more or less plays into the notion that MMA is a trend sport in need of exploiting (except for Hip Show!).

That being said, I won’t act like I didn’t jump out of my seat while watching this video uncovered by the UG, wherein the clearly disadvantaged fighter knocks out *both* of his opponents in roughly 3 seconds. The fight took place somewhere in Siberia, of course, and that is literally all I know about this video, and quite frankly, all I need to know. Other than the fact that 2 vs. 1 fighting will never hold a candle to Hip Show.

Hip Show.

-J. Jones

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The Hong Kong Lab That Handled Cung Le’s Drug Test Is Somewhat Less Than Legit


(“Tastes fine to me.” / Photo via Getty)

When the UFC suspended Cung Le for 12 months following a positive test result for excessive Human Growth Hormone, Le’s team immediately cast doubts on the UFC’s testing methods. Notably, his sample was sent to a non-WADA approved laboratory, and was destroyed afterwards. A new report from MMAJunkie reveals more information about the lab in question, which doesn’t sound like it would be anybody’s first choice to test the athletes of a major sports promotion. Here’s the important stuff:

The Hong Kong Functional Medical Testing Center (HKFMTC) resides in Hong Kong’s southern Yau Tsim Mong District, about an hour’s ferry ride from the Macau’s Cotai Arena where August’s UFC Fight Night 48 was held.

The company’s website offers to test your metabolic function, examine hair for heavy metals or nails for drugs of abuse, for example. It also offers a service called “autism medical testing.” The company opened its doors in February, according to an online records search, and recently put out a job posting for its marketing department.

Following the Aug. 23 event, a phlebotomist hired by the UFC took blood samples from headliners Cung Le and Michael Bisping immediately after their fight and shipped them to the HKFMTC, the promotion told MMAjunkie…It’s unclear how the HKFMTC tested the samples, and the UFC declined to answer any additional questions on the procedures used in connection with the event. On the drug testing firm’s website, there is no specific mention of testing for human growth hormone, though the company does offer a test of the endocrine system including “growth factor analysis.” It’s certain, though, that HKFMTC is not accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which sets guidelines used for HGH testing. The nearest WADA-accredited lab is in Beijing, a four-hour flight from Macau.

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MMA Highlight Reel of the Day: “Spinning Sh*t”


(Props: Mmm MMA)

Yes, we are throwing spinning shit now. Here are the all-time greatest spinning backfist and spinning kick knockouts in MMA history. There is so much gold here; take a look before the UFC pulls it for multiple copyright infringements.

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WAG Alert: 24 Photos of Jenna Renee, Fitness Model and Travis Browne’s Fiancée


(Photo via Fitness Gurls. Full gallery is after the jump.)

Jenna Renee is a living fitness motivation gallery. The Florida-bred model and personal trainer has lent her physique to numerous magazines and is a rising star on Instagram with over 60,000 followers. Last night, Jenna announced her engagement to UFC heavyweight Travis Browne — congrats, guys! — and we’d like to celebrate this joyous occasion by posting a bunch of photos of her. Check out 24 of our favorite Jenna Renee photos in the gallery below, and visit her Twitter page and personal blog for more.

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Hilariously Misguided Quote of the Day: Wanderlei Silva Wants to “Make MMA Like the NFL”


(Out of the streets, inside elevators — it’s all relative.)

The irony of Wanderlei Silva’s recent moral crusade against the UFC, which has come following a drug-test scandal and his subsequent retirement from the sport, has not been lost on us. Sure, Silva’s been able to raise some fair points about the current state of fighter pay, as well as the UFC’s tendency to overwork/underpay guys like Renan Barao, but it’s also hard to hear those points coming from the mouth of a guy who absolutely refuses to accept any wrongdoing in his own most recent transgressions.

Of course, that these state of the unions are often delivered in the form of black-and-white, basement-shot vlogs makes for a humorous outlier in the equation, and often lead to many quotable moments from the former PRIDE star. But none of Silva’s highly entertaining, often misguided rants hold a candle to the gem he dropped during an interview with Bloody Elbow’s Submission Radio yesterday.

Complete audio of the interview is after the jump, but let’s just look at a few of the highlights.

On when Wanderlei started thinking about retiring

“I started a couple of months ago, because I looked at the way the sport goes right now and how the owner of the events treats the guys, how the guys are talking about the guys, how the guys fighting the guys, next some guy retired, this other guy is a kid. Man, I look at that and I can’t fight these guys anymore.”

Must…resist…urge to…Rockeyeroll.gif….

On Improving Nevada State Athletic Commission

“We need to make the clear rules. The clear rules about the commission, the clear rules about the contract, you know?

“This commission, nobody knows who put these guys there. Nobody knows who took these guys. Nobody knows. Nobody knows nothing. We need to know who gives the power to these guys, who gets behind these guys. You know, because we don’t know. We never know.

“We need to open the book and I want to know everything.”

…can’t…stop…self…must…use…

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Gamblers Beware: Michael Bisping Opens as a 2-1 Underdog Against Luke Rockhold


(Clearly, trash-talking skills have not been factored into the odds here.)

We’re just over a month out from the highly-anticipated middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold at Fight Night 55, and tensions between the two could not be higher (think Nick Diaz and Joe Rogan binge-watching Scooby Doo episodes on Netflix. That high.). Both guys are coming off big wins over Cung Le and Tim Boetsch, respectively, and the winner could easily find himself in title contention for the first time in their UFC career. But the most important question regarding this pivotal matchup remains: Yeah, but can I make any money off it?

Well, if the early odds are any indication…maybe? According to BestFightOdds, Bisping is currently being given slightly worse than 2 to 1 odds (+223)against Rockhold despite coming off arguably the most impressive performance of his career (and against another roided-up opponent, no less). Rockhold, meanwhile, is hovering around the 3-to-1 mark (-339) as a favorite.

Our thoughts…

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MMA in the Wild: Brutal Suburban Kangaroo Fight Goes the Distance

I like to think that these two kangaroos are actually neighbors who started fighting because one of them insists on mowing his lawn at 5:30 a.m. Maybe one of them is the same kangaroo who won that last kangaroo fight by rear-naked choke, and he’s tried his best to give up the street life and live as a normal taxpayer in the suburbs, but he still reverts into gangster mode whenever he’s insulted. Maybe last week, his neighbor commented on what a nice pouch his wife has, and was super gross about it. (“You think she has room for me in that pouch?”) And then this morning, the dude started mowing his lawn before the sun was up again, and it’s like, “HEY ASSHOLE, DO YOU REALIZE THAT I MANAGE A BAR, AND I DON’T EVEN GET HOME UNTIL AFTER 2 A.M.?” And then they started fighting. Five years ago, bar-manager kangaroo would have destroyed this guy. But now he’s got the thing with his knees and he hasn’t been in the gym. Getting old sucks.

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Paulo Filho Claims That an Anxiety Attack, Not a Seizure, Led to His Removal From ‘Fatality 7′ Card


(Whether or not said anxiety attack was related to these tattoos remains unknown.)

As if it wasn’t troubling enough when we learned that Paulo Filho was forced to withdraw from Fatality Arena 7* due to an apparent seizure last week, today’s development brings an even more depressing insight into the absolute car wreck that is Filho’s life.

As it turns out, there was no seizure (hooray!), but rather, Filho suffered a last minute anxiety attack as a result of antidepressant withdrawal (JackDonaghycryingintoapillow.gif).

Filho opened up about his ongoing troubles with MMAFighting.

I’m not an epileptic. I never had a seizure.

I was a mess. I decided not to use antidepressants, so it wouldn’t kill my reflexes, but I had a terrible day at home. My house looked like a party the day of the fight, lots of people going there. Nobody respected me. It was like Paulo Filho was going to bungee jump instead of getting into a fight, get punched and kicked in the face. I couldn’t focus. My house was like hell that day.

I didn’t want to take medication, so I had a panic attack. I lay down in my bedroom, thinking what I would do. I just froze. I couldn’t move. And for the first time in my life, I respected myself. When things like that happened before, I kept going and fought, and it didn’t end well. People watched me fight like crap and had no idea what had happened. So I decided to respect myself this time.

I agreed to fight because I needed the money. That’s the truth. But I was depressed, I was feeling low. I’ve been trying to find a way to get better, so I gave myself another opportunity. I’m not taking anything away from Amilcar, he’s a great athlete, and a fight is a fight, but inside my head I always think I’m going to win.

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