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December, 2014

Quote of the Day: Jose Aldo Attacks Fighter Pay Again — “We Virtually Pay to Fight”


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Long considered to be one of the more soft-spoken fighters in the UFC’s ranks, featherweight champion Jose Aldo has grown increasingly frustrated, not to mention vocal, about the state of fighter pay in recent months. Like Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, Aldo has simply run out of fucks to give when it comes to airing his grievances about his longtime promotion.

Having already complained about being “devalued” as a lighter weight fighter back in May, Aldo once again blasted the UFC during a Q&A session in Brazil last Friday. (Don’t spend too much time thinking about why we only got around to this today):

We should be treated better. Not only by the UFC but also by media. We are well treated by the fans. We make a lot less money than we should. We deliver shows and should be well paid. We virtually pay to fight. To become a boxer is complicated but would be very good.

To run this quote through the Michael Bisping translator: Jose Aldo is just a disgruntled, lazy washout whose career didn’t pan out the way he hoped.

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Crazy Enough to Be True: Ten Wild MMA Predictions for 2015


(Heading into 2015, these are the two most famous people associated with MMA. I’ve got nothing snarky to add to that.)

By Seth Falvo

With yet another year coming to an end, CagePotato.com is reviving an old holiday tradition: MMA predictions for the upcoming year that are so wild and outrageous that some of them might actually come to fruition. If you’re looking to read statements along the lines of “JOSE ALDO REMAINS DOMINANT AT FEATHERWEIGHT YOU GUYZZZ,” kindly move along; there are plenty of other two-bit MMA writers “brave” enough to state such obvious things for you. Still here? Then let’s grab some eggnog and see what 2015 has in store for us.

1. CM Punk‘s First UFC Opponent Won’t Even Have a Sherdog Profile When the Fight Is First Announced.

Look, the last thing that I want to do is get all high and mighty about the UFC’s decision to sign CM Punk; the UFC is a sports entertainment company, so why wouldn’t they sign the hottest free agent in sports entertainment? But at the same time, Punk’s qualifications to fight in the major leagues are non-existent. We’re dealing with a guy who, up to this point, has dabbled in jiu-jitsu and sparred a few times. Forget a UFC-caliber fighter — most people can’t even beat an experienced amateur fighter after less than a year of serious training. So let’s not even joke about whether or not CM Punk’s first UFC opponent will have his own Wikipedia page, because he obviously won’t. If the UFC expects any sane athletic commission to sanction a bout featuring Punk, they’re going to have to find somebody so obscure that not even the folks at Sherdog will know who he is.

2. A Member of the Official UFC Rankings Committee Is Accused of Partaking in a “Pay for Rankings” Scandal.

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Rampage Tells Scott Coker to “Shut Up,” Explains Why He Shredded Bellator Contract


(Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in 2016, after he fights twice in the UFC, angrily leaves, and resigns with Bellator. / Photo via Getty)

The story of the weekend isn’t Lyoto Machida’s 61-second destruction of C.B. Dollaway, it’s the UFC’s signing of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The UFC announced Rampage’s return to the company during the UFC Fight Night 58 broadcast Saturday night, though rumors had circulated days before the official announcement.

The legal implications of the signing are more interesting than any of the in-cage ones since Scott Coker tweeted Rampage was still under contract to Bellator and that the promotion would protect its rights in court.

However, Rampage posted a statement to his website Sunday claiming he legally voided his contract with Bellator. Get it after the jump.

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Watch Lyoto Machida Ryan Bader C.B. Dollaway in Just 61 Seconds (And More UFC Fight Night 58 Highlights)

Sick of watching the same NOS and Metro PCS commercials 4,000 times just to watch one or two good fights on a Fox Sports 1 card?

Well, CagePotato has you covered with a recap and highlights of the two fights that mattered most at UFC Fight Night 58: Lyoto Machida vs. C.B. Dollaway and Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon.

Machida ran through Dollaway like Grant took Richmond. Seriously, the fight was reminiscent of Machida’s 2012 performance against Ryan Bader but even more devastating and one-sided. After being hit with a body kick from Machida, Dollaway recoiled back to the cage and turtled. Machida followed up with vicious strikes. Dollaway crumpled to the mat. The fight was over before it started.

See Renan Barao choke out Mitch Gagnon and Erick Silva slice through Mike Rhodes after the jump.

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Report: Rampage Jackson Signs With the UFC, But Is Still Under Contract at Bellator [UPDATED]


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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has returned to the UFC, according to a report from Sherdog.

Rampage had criticized the UFC and Dana White on multiple occasions after leaving the Zuffa-owned organization for Bellator.

Like with every single failed business relationship Rampage has ever been in, it started off amicably. Rampage even said he was “tongue kissing” with Bellator.

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UFC Fight Night 58 Results: Lyoto Machida Wrecks CB Dollaway With a Body Kick in Round 1, Barao Submits Gagnon

UFC Fight Night 58 is the last UFC event of year, but it’s not exactly a “YEAR-END EVENT!” worth getting excited about. It’s more like that last bit of food of your plate after a long, arduous dinner, and you have no real interest in cramming it down your throat — in fact, the very thought of doing that makes you want to barf — but come on, you’re not really going to leave one bite on your plate, are you? Who does that? It’s just one bite! Eat it!

Anyway, tonight’s card comes to us live from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and features Lyoto Machida vs. CB Dollaway, Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon, Shoe Face vs. Brawlin’ Barista, and Erick Silva vs. Uncredited Non-Wiki Victim #3. Papa Goldstein will be plugging in all the UFC Fight Night 58 results after the jump, and we might even liveblog the fights we’ve mentioned above, if we feel like it. Follow us after the jump, refresh the page periodically for the latest updates, and follow us on twitter for even more commentary.

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FRIDAY LINX: Ex-NBA Center Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut, Official UFC 183 Poster, Best Cosplay of the Year + More


(Legendary NBA benchwarmer Darko Milicic lost his kickboxing debut against Radovan Radojcic last night in Serbia, due to a gnarly gash on his shin. So…maybe golfing, then?)

Official UFC 183 poster, featuring Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva and the disembodied ghost-head of Nick Diaz. (CP Facebook)

Dissecting the Fighters’ Antitrust Lawsuit Against the UFC, Part 2 (BloodyElbow)

Rory MacDonald Will Not Get the Next Welterweight Title Shot (FOX Sports)

A Lesson in Street MMA: It’s a Disadvantage to Fight With Your Pants Around Your Ankles (MiddleEasy)

Former UFC Champion Anderson Silva Negotiating With Reebok, But Still ‘Loves’ Nike (MMAFighting)

Six Other Seth Rogen and James Franco Films That Should’ve Been Canceled (ScreenJunkies)

The Year in Cosplay: Our 100 Favorites From 2014, Part One (TheEscapist)

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Video Review (GameTrailers)

The 20 Dumbest Criminals of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

Girls of Instagram: Nina Agdal (Radass)

Jimmy Kimmel Shares the Funniest Videos of 2014 That You Probably Never Saw… (PopHangover)

The 50 Best Gym Exercises — With Instructions And Videos (AskMen)

10 Ways to Ruin Christmas for Everyone (EveryJoe)

Hotties in the Wild (DoubleViking)

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UFC Fight Night 58 Weigh-In Results and Video

UFC Fight Night 58 weigh-in results are below via MMAFighting. Durkin came in at 206.8 pounds on his first attempt, but later hit 206 even. Come back to CagePotato.com tomorrow night for live results, unless you have better things to do, and if that’s the case we totally understand.

FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET)
Lyoto Machida (185) vs. CB Dollaway (186)
Renan Barao (136) vs. Mitch Gagnon (136)
Antonio Carlos Junior (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (206)
Elias Silverio (155) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155)
Erick Silva (171) vs. Mike Rhodes (171)
Daniel Sarafian (186) vs. Antonio dos Santos Jr. (186)

FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (206)
Tom Niinimaki (146) vs. Renato Carneiro (146)
Darren Elkins (145) vs. Hacran Dias (146)
Leandro Issa (136) vs. Yuta Sasaki (135)

UFC Fight Pass Prelims (at 7 p.m. ET)
Marcio Alexandre (171) vs. Tim Means (171)
Vitor Miranda (185) vs. Jake Collier (185)

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Tito Ortiz Wants No Part of the Class-Action Lawsuit Against the UFC, Thank You Very Much


(To clarify, “BITCH” is actually an acrostic for “Buddy I Trust Completely, Hooray!”)

Considering his on-again, off-again relationship with Dana White over the years (which sadly never came to actual blows), one would think that Tito Ortiz would have been chief among the fighters filing the class action lawsuit against the UFC when the list of names was first released. Ortiz has thrown near CagePotato-ian levels of shade at the UFC since “retiring” in the cage at UFC 148, and has repeatedly emphasized above all else that the slave-like treatment of fighters young and old was at the root of his issues with the promotion. It’s almost as if he hasn’t realized that mo money = mo problems.

As it turns out, Ortiz actually *was* approached to get in on the lawsuit and the hundreds of millions of thousands of zero dollars it will yield, but declined the offer because he didn’t want to “lend his name to it.” Ortiz’s lawyer, George Prajin, spoke with MMAJunkie:

Yes, (he was approached). He felt that it was just best to not be a part of that suit.

Obviously, everybody wants a better situation for the fighters, as far as pay and benefits. But Tito just felt that at that particular time, he wanted to opt out.

Because mainly, they were using him for the publicity aspect, and he didn’t want to lend his name to it. 

It’s easy to understand why Ortiz would “opt out” of the suit if you give it more than a moment’s thought…

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And Now He’s Retired/Angry: Cody McKenzie Blasts the UFC and Everything It Stands For in Farewell Interview


(Fightin’ Guy Fawkes McKenzie was the best McKenzie. / Photo via Getty)

We’re not going to burn another paragraph listing the ways that Cody McKenzie‘s career has gone poorly in the last year. In fact, McKenzie is exactly the kind of guy who Count Bisping was talking about when he dismissed the UFC class-action lawsuit as sour grapes from promotional washouts.

But consider this: The sheer fact that McKenzie made it to the UFC and then earned three victories inside the Octagon means that his MMA career was far more successful than the vast majority of fighters who try their hands at this sport. It’s weird to put it in those terms, but Cody McKenzie was an elite fighter, relatively speaking.

McKenzie officially announced his retirement from MMA yesterday with the following tweet…

Then, he sat down for a long, must-read interview with BleacherReport’s Hunter Homistek, in which he described what a miserable, impoverished existence it was to compete in the UFC as a non-star. His words echo those of numerous “low-level” fighters who often lost money trying to compete in the UFC and were treated like average regional-card shmucks forced to scramble for food and lodging. We’ve compiled all the best bits below…

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