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January, 2015

UFC 182 Photo: Jon Jones Reminds Daniel Cormier of His Place in Life


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2015′s first “Photo of the Year” nomination goes to MMAFighting‘s Esther Lin, who captured the demoralizing moment at UFC 182 when Jon Jones palmed Daniel Cormier‘s head at the end of round 4, after taking the former Olympic wrestler down repeatedly. Cormier can barely summon the will to get angry; his spirit had already been broken.

In terms of Jones trolling his opponents following dominant rounds, this ranks right up there with the time that Jones went through Rampage’s legs just to be a jackass. Classic heel stuff. You can see the rest of Esther Lin’s UFC 182 photos right here.

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VIDEO: Donald Cerrone’s UFC 182 “F*ck You” Kicks — The Indiana Jones Remix


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Oh the ‘f*ck you’ kicks? Yeah. That’s what that was. I was either trying to kick and break my leg or his. I was very upset.

That’s how Donald Cerrone described his assault on Myles Jury‘s legs at the end of their co-main event at UFC 182. Cerrone was super bummed that his fight with Jury wasn’t the sort of barnburner that fans are used to from Cowboy, and said that hearing the fans boo burned his soul. And so, he took his anger out on Jury’s ass — a thrashing that looks even more savage when you add Indiana Jones whip-sounds. Enjoy.

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#TheTimeIsNow — But Only Because of Jon Jones


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By Matt Saccaro

MMA reached its zenith at UFC 182 on Saturday, but if you looked at and listened to the crowd throughout the night you’d have hardly recognized that.

The audience was sparse and half-dead. They’d have done a wave to entertain themselves if the first four fights of the PPV — four decisions featuring unimpressive and sluggish performances — hadn’t already put them to sleep. An incessant stream of “this event sucks” tweets rolled in. This script has played itself out in the past. A card that’s supposed to be the pinnacle of the sport turns out to be a boring, uninteresting, overhyped amalgam of everything wrong with it, only this time we spent an extra $5. It appeared the poor showings, as well as the restless (and partially absent) audience would ruin one of the most anticipated UFC cards in recent memory.

Then Jon Jones fought Daniel Cormier.

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And Now He’s Retired: Tim Sylvia Retires Due to Morbid Obesity (And Possible Brain Problems)


(Tim Sylvia, in his bantamweight debut. / Photo via Getty)

UFC 182 was certainly the talk of the town this weekend, yet we couldn’t help but notice a former UFC Heavyweight Champion call it a day after going on an Arby’s world tour to train for his most recent bout.

According to The Underground, Maine’s own Tim Sylvia retired yesterday, shortly after his super-heavyweight fight against Juliano “Banana” Coutinho at Reality Fighting 53 was cancelled. Sylvia, who was planning on entering the battlefield at a whopping 371 pounds, was not cleared to fight by  the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT., and thank the good Lord for that.

However, manager Monte Cox confirmed on Facebook there was a problem with his pre-fight MRI, and the bout was cancelled due to other issues apart from his weight. Nevertheless, the face-off picture of a bloated Timmeh surfaced on social media and MMA sites around the world, and that was enough for its experts to stare at it without blinking for the whole duration of the UFC 182 main card (except for the main event, of course).

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Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 182 Edition


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After an abundance of trash talk, a pre-fight press conference brawl, asking pussies if they’re still there, technical breakdowns, and moving betting lines, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier duked it out for five rounds in an early “Fight of the Year” candidate, which went exactly how most of us thought it would. The main card of UFC 182, however, was pretty putrid.

Our excitement was at an all-time high, which is rare nowadays when it comes to MMA in general. This truly felt like 2008 all over again, but sometimes, we rely on nostalgia to compare upcoming fight cards that may or may not be worth viewing live.

Nevertheless, Jones vs. Cormier lived up to the billing, as both light heavyweights engaged in a dogfight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV., this past Saturday night.

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UFC 182 Results: Watch Jon Jones Taunt Daniel Cormier After Thrashing Him for Five Rounds

Jon Jones harnessed his inner professional wrestler after defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 — though “defeating” is wording it a bit lightly. Jon Jones outclassed Cormier throughout most of the fight. He even managed to trump the Olympic wrestler in the takedown and clinch-work department throughout the 25-minute ordeal.

But the coup de grace wasn’t any martial arts technique, it was a classic homage to professional wrestling that came after the bell:

Get more on Jones-Cormier and the fight card’s complete results after the jump!

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Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos Booked for UFC 185 in Dallas


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Anthony Pettis will defend his lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, which takes place March 14th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Twitter personality Front Row Brian was first to break the news, which was officially announced during the UFC 182 prelims.

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UFC 182 Results: Jon Jones Earns Decision Win Against Daniel Cormier


(Daniel was expecting more trash talk, more mind games. Instead, Jon began whistling a melody so beautiful that Daniel felt his heart might fold in on itself. And for four-and-a-half minutes, all he could do was stand there listening. / Photo via Getty)

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is the greatest UFC title fight/rivalry in a long-ass time, and it’s finally going to happen tonight in Las Vegas. After a rough 2014, we MMA fans needed this. We deserve this. The time is actually now, for once.

Also on the UFC 182 main card: Donald Cerrone looks for his sixth consecutive win against confident young contender Myles Jury, Josh Burkman gets a “welcome back!” fight against Hector Lombard (yikes), hot flyweight prospect Kyoji Horiguchi meets Louis Gaudinot, and Nate Marquardt fights Brad Tavares just because.

Our man Mike Fagan will be dropping round-by-round results from the “Jones vs. Cormier” PPV after the jump, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and follow us on twitter for additional commentary. Thanks for being here.

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UFC Raises “Jones vs. Cormier” PPV Price by $5; Higher Price Also in Effect for UFC 183 and UFC 184


(Dana White acts like it’s so easy to “get a couple more friends.” But what if you’re a reclusive MMA blogger who eats peanut butter with a spork?)

Just like the promotion did with UFC 168 in December 2013, the UFC is using the surge of attention around UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier to raise the price of the pay-per-view broadcast by $5. MMAPayout alerts us that UFC.TV and multiple PPV providers are charging consumers $59.99 HD/$49.99 SD for tonight’s event. Notably, those higher prices will also be in effect for the other two PPV cards the UFC already has scheduled in 2015, UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz on January 31st and UFC 184: Weidman vs. Belfort on February 28th. As MMAPayout explains:

Last year’s down PPV business forced Standard & Poors to lower Zuffa’s outlook and threatened to lower their credit rating if things didn’t turn around by the end of Q1 2015. Now having said that, it makes sense as to why Q1 2015 has been scheduled with some of UFC’s biggest stars and match-ups. As for the price hike, looking back at UFC 168, it did an estimated 1.025M PPV buys with the hiked PPV price, so it doesn’t appear to have been much of a deterrent. It’s pretty much a safe bet to say that the UFC’s takeaway from the UF 168 experiment was that their customers have no problem paying extra for a major event. In 2015, it looks like they are taking that experiment a bit further by scheduling the first three events of the year with the price hike.

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Tim Sylvia Weighs In at 371 Pounds (?!?) for Reality Fighting 53, Declared Medically Unfit to Fight


(But you know what? He carries it well. / Props: Kirik Jenness)

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia was scheduled to fight Juliano “Banana” Coutinho tonight in the super-heavyweight main event of Reality Fighting 53, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Unfortunately, Sylvia was not cleared to fight by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation — after hitting the scales yesterday at 371 goddamned pounds.

Three. Seven. One. That’s sixty pounds heavier than Sylvia was when he lost to Ray Mercer, and we thought that was rock-bottom for him. This is the same guy who was begging for another shot in the UFC back in May. At this point, he would have to lose 106 pounds to hit the heavyweight division’s 265-pound limit.

But there might be more to the Department of Athletic Regulation’s decision to bar Timmy from fighting than his weight. Sources close to the event have indicated to CagePotato that there was actually a problem with an MRI that Sylvia was required to take before the match. Sylvia’s manager Monte Cox confirmed that Sylvia was required to undergo additional medical tests at the last minute due to his age. At any rate, concern for his brain health may have played a bigger role than the number on the scale.

We’ll update you when we know more. In the meantime, good Lord, Tim, please get on The Biggest Loser or something.

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