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December, 2014

Win a Body Fortress Prize Package in Our ‘Gym Motivation’ Twitter Contest!


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WANT TO WIN SOME BODY FORTRESS SUPPLEMENTS OF YOUR OWN?

Tweet your best “gym motivation” photos to @CagePotatoMMA by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31st. The photos can be funny, sexy, or downright stupid. Original photos — like, ones that you took or created yourself — get bonus points. Please tag @bodyfortress and include the hashtag #CPBF when tweeting

We’ll post the best entries on CagePotato.com in mid-January. The grand prize winner will receive one container of Body Fortress Creatine HCL, one container of Body Fortress Super NOS Blast, one container of Body Fortress Whey Isolate, one container of Body Fortress Glutamine, and a hydrator bottle. (A $98 value.) Three runners-up will receive one container of Body Fortress Super NOS Blast and a hydrator bottle. (A $40 value.) Check out the detailed contest rules and legalese below, and good luck out there!

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Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas Set for TUF 20 Finale Main Event This Friday


(Props: TheUltimateFighterFX)

It’s official: Former Invicta FC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and fan-favorite Rose Namajunas will square off in the main event of the TUF 20 Finale — this Friday, December 12th, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas — with the winner being crowned the UFC’s inaugural women’s strawweight champion.

The booking was revealed on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, in which Esparza earned a unanimous decision win over Jessica Penne, and Namajunas submitted Randa Markos with a kimura in the first round. Highlights of the Esparza vs. Penne semifinal fight are after the jump. The complete TUF 20 lineup is below…

MAIN CARD, FOX SPORTS 1 (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT)
Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas
Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens
Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons
Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor
Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne

PRELIMINARY CARD, FOX SPORTS 1 (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)
Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig
Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD, UFC FIGHT PASS (6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT)
Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly
Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan

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Prediction: Stefan Struve Knocks Out Alistair Overeem in 15 Seconds at UFC on FOX 13


(I can’t stop this feeling, deep insiiiiiide of meeeeeeeee… via Getty)

You see this image right here? This was what happened the last time Alistair Overeem said he was going to “destroy” an opponent in the first round. He was quickly TKO’d by a hairy Wisconsin, who then danced over his semi-conscious body like some kind of pasty apparition. Before that, here’s what happened when Overeem called Antonio Silva “a dead man” after claiming he would finish him inside the distance.

The point is, Overeem has something of a habit of overlooking his opponents, and just once, I wish that he would refrain from making such lofty predictions for an upcoming fight and all but condemning himself to underperform, or worse, get KTFO. Scheduled to face Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13: Miocic vs. Dos Santos this weekend, Overeem has once again fallen back on old habits, claiming that he will finish Stefan Struve inside the first minute of the fight on the UFC on FOX 13 “Road to the Octagon” special:

I’m really not that impressed by him. I’m a striker, and I like to knock people out. I’m going to knock him out in the first 30 seconds. I’m a mean motherf-cker, and it’s going to come out in the fight.

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Wild Rumor of The Day: Bellator Is Interested in Signing Alberto Rodriguez, AKA Alberto Del Rio/Dos Caras Jr.


(It’s still “As Real As It Gets” to me, damn it!)

By Seth Falvo

Mention the name “Alberto Rodriguez” to the average MMA fan, and you’ll likely be met with a blank stare. Mention “Alberto Del Rio,” and there’s a distinct possibility that said fan will rant and rave about CM Punk, fake wrestling and the sanctity of guys with bad tattoos punching each other inside of a cage being destroyed. Mention “Dos Caras Jr,” and you’ll almost assuredly engage said fan in a discussion about the freak show awesomeness and/or awfulness of PRIDE.

That those three names all belong to the same person is almost irrelevant when compared to the reactions that those names bring out. That Bellator is rumored to be interested in signing the man shouldn’t surprise you slightly. Via The Wrestling Observer (by way of UPROXX):

“We can confirm that Bellator is looking to sign professional wrestlers to fighter contracts. Alberto Del Rio is one of their targets of interest.

As previously reported, WWE tried to include MMA in their no-compete clause when he was let go from the company. Del Rio reportedly agreed to certain parts of the no-compete clause; it isn’t known whether MMA was part of that. FOX Sports writer Damon Martin posted the following to Twitter, claiming that Del Rio is “itching for a fight”

“Sources within Spike TV and those close to Bellator MMA claim that the promotion has a plan to bring in professional wrestlers as MMA fighters. The company has what is described as a “gameplan” to bring in current and former wrestlers to bolster their roster. Bobby Lashley is currently part of the promotion.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “DOS CARAS JR. IS COMING TO BELLATOR! DOS CARAS JR. IS COMING TO BELLATOR! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!” But let’s over-analyze this rumor, shall we?

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Knockout of the Day: Serbian Kickboxer Ljubo Jalovi Scores a Vicious Flying Knee at Tatneft Cup 2015


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Heading into the Tatneft Cup 2015 finals last weekend, Serbian K-1 champion Ljubo Jalovi had compiled a 22-8-1 record with a ridiculous 95% knockout ratio. Paired up against Israeli K-1 champion Alex Trofimov — who himself holds an 88% KO ratio — it was safe to say that not many were expecting the fight to go the distance. They were not disappointed.

After a break in action midway through the first round, Jalovi loads up on a flying knee from halfway across the ring that drills Trofimov square in the jaw. Trofimov goes down faster than your mom after a couple glasses of pinot grigio and is probably still telling his family that he can’t wait until he fights in the Tatneft Cup 2015 finals this weekend. (They want to tell him what happened, but don’t have the heart. Not yet.)

-J. Jones

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UFC 181 Salaries & Medical Suspensions: Robbie Lawler Earns Top Payday, Anthony Pettis Faces Another (Possibly) Lengthy Suspension


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The year of The Rhino  ”Ruthless” continues, as Robbie Lawler walked away from UFC 181 last weekend with not only the belt, but the biggest payday of all 22 competing fighters. Lawler earned just over 200K ($220,000) for his efforts, surpassing Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez ($200,00 each) on the night’s list of top earners.

On the injury side of things, it looks like several fighters who competed at UFC 181 could be facing lengthy layoffs, chief among them being Pettis (Ed note: WHY GOD, WHYY?!!). So join us after the jump to check out the full list of salaries and medical suspensions.

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000

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[VIDEO] Joe Rogan Offers a Brutal Assessment of Brendan Schaub on the JRE Podcast — “You Are Not an Elite Fighter”

“You are not an elite fighter. You are predictable. The reality is, I don’t see you beating elite guys. Werdum, Cain is another level than you.”

As if Brendan Schaub‘s first round TKO loss at the hands of Travis Browne last weekend wasn’t bad enough, the verbal shellacking he received on The Joe Rogan Experience last night might’ve been even more devastating.

Sitting in with The Fighter and the Kid co-host Bryan Callen, Schaub tried to explain what went wrong against Browne at UFC 181, and when his words fell short, the always honest Rogan stepped in to dole out some brutally honest advice for a guy he considers his friend, all but demanding that he retire from the sport before he receives anymore brain damage.

“This is the reality of it: I worry about your commitment to fighting,” said Rogan, “and I worry about where you stand… not your commitment to training, not your commitment to give it your all. I think you have one foot out the door.  I think you’re looking at where the future is going to take you and that you can’t do this forever. I think that’s a very dangerous place to be in fighting.”

When Schaub disagreed with Rogan’s assessment, things only took a turn for the worse…

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[VIDEO] Wanderlei Silva Offers to Sponsor Fighters Passed Over By Reebok Deal via Social Media

Wanderlei Silva may not be the hero MMA wants right now, but dammit, he’s the hero it needs.

While the sketchy stipulations surrounding his departure from the sport have been well documented, there’s no denying that he has made some thoughtful, not to mention passionate points about issues like fighter pay and treatment in the time since. You might say he’s a phoenix of sorts, rising from the possibly enhanced ashes of his former self to become the symbol of a movement that MMA is in dire need of.

Take his latest video, for instance, wherein he continues his crusade for better fighter pay by breaking down the much talked about Reebok deal. Although Wandy seems cautiously optimistic that the deal might very well be a sign that the UFC is finally starting to heed his cries, he also is aware how badly the deal will screw over up and coming fighters without any real name recognition. To help combat this, Silva has offered to sponsor said screwed-over fighters via his social media:

What can a young fighter offer to his sponsors, if not the space on their shorts? To help, I am giving space on all my social media, which reaches millions of people. Show your sponsors and I will post it to my friends. That way you can offer a lot more exposure to your sponsors and even get new ones. And I want to ask the other fighters, our icons in the sport. It’s the minimum we can do and for me it’s a pleasure to help the next generation. I know what a fighter goes through until he can make a name for himself.

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CagePotato Rants About UFC 181′s Hendricks vs. Lawler Robbery on TYT Sports [UPDATED]

In light of all the crazy crap that went down at UFC 181 this weekend, our friends at TYT Sports invited CagePotato founding editor Ben Goldstein back on their show to break down all the important storylines. (Johny Hendricks was robbed! CM Punk OMFG! Anthony Pettis P4P greatest?? Etc.) Strong takes all over the place.

First up, here’s Ben talking with TYT Sports hosts Francis Maxwell and Lindsay McCormick about the Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler rematch, which was awesome despite Glenn Trowbridge ruining it with his 49-46 scorecard. What were the judges looking at, exactly? And is an immediate rubber match in order, or should the UFC give that Rory MacDonald kid a shot?

Subscribe to TYT Sports on YouTube and twitter; more of our UFC 181 analysis videos will be released through the evening. Thanks for watching.

UPDATE: Follow us after the jump for our breakdown of Anthony Pettis’s thrilling submission win against Gilbert Melendez, and the inevitable discussion of CM Punk‘s UFC signing.

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Stephan Bonnar’s Embarrassing Existence Continues, Jokes About Live-Tweeting a DUI Arrest


(So, you’re telling me marijuana just makes you hungry and interested in conspiracies?/Photo By Getty Images)

UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar hasn’t made it easy for himself departing the largest MMA organization in the world. Apart from drug test woes and being involved in one of the most masochistic segments we’ve ever had to witness on broadcast television before his Bellator 131 snorefest of the year battle against Tito Ortiz (which he lost by split decision), “The American Psycho” surprised and saddened many followers over the weekend into thinking he was live-tweeting an arrest for DUI.

Unlike Renzo Gracie’s inspiring beatdown of alleged muggers, Bonnar was on the verge of inducting himself into the cesspool of idiotic fighters that gave play-by-play coverage of their disgusting actions and unfortunate mishaps in the past.

Below are some of the UFC legend’s fighter’s tweets, mentioning he was pulled over and broke his nine-month reign of sobriety (the tweets have been deleted, so props to MMA Junkie for the transcriptions):

9 months sober ..till tonight. Sorry God
— Stephan Bonnar (@StephanBonnar) December 7, 2014

Holy shit…don’t text and drive. I just got pulled over and said..” Sorry occifer..I had a few beers this morning”.
— Stephan Bonnar (@StephanBonnar) December 7, 2014

Well dipshit me is getting his first DUI an and going to jail…should’ve had at least a dozen by now, so be it
— Stephan Bonnar (@StephanBonnar) December 7, 2014

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