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January, 2015

UFC 182 Weigh-In Results and Video — Jones and Cormier Avoid Each Other, Dufresne Misses Weight


(The Jones/Cormier “face-off” starts at 31:35.)

Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, and the rest of the fighters competing on tomorrow’s UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier card are set to hit the scales in just a few minutes from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. With any luck, a fight will break out that we’ll all totally love but act like we’re ashamed about later. Not that any incident that may or may not occur between Jones and Cormier tonight will top Mirko Cro Cop’s fracas with Kazuyuki Fujita at Inoki Bom. That shove was straight vicious, son. Like, whatever lies between “hospital” and “cemetery” on the Cro Cop scale of vicious. Mortuary vicious.

What was I talking about again? Oh right, the weigh-ins. Joins us after the jump for the fastest UFC 182 weigh-ins results on the web.

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Left Kick, Cemetery: Mirko Cro Cop KO’s Satoshi Ishii at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 [VIDEO]


(Props: Zombie Prophet)

Four months after Mirko Cro Cop scored a doctor’s stoppage TKO against Satoshi Ishii at Inoki Genome Fight 2, the two heavyweights met in a rematch on New Year’s Eve at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 in Tokyo. This time, Cro Cop’s victory was even more decisive, as the 40-year-old MMA legend smashed Ishii with his trademark left high kick then finished the Japanese judoka with punches just as the second round ended.

After the fight, a weird pro-wrestling-style brawl took place, in which Kazuyuki Fujita barked some noise at Cro Cop, Cro Cop shoved him, Fujita ripped his shirt off, and a bunch of people (including Bob Sapp?!) rushed the ring…

At the 0:20-0:21 mark, you can see legendary PRIDE announcer Lenne Hardt clutching Fedor Emelianenko‘s arm for safety. Japanese New Year’s Eve MMA, man. This is what our lives have been missing.

After the jump: Shinya Aoki walks out to some truly awful entrance music at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014, submits random journeyman Yuki Yamamoto with a twister in 81 seconds, then flips the crowd his middle fingers on his way out of the building.

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Following Cung Le Debacle, UFC Ends Its Out-of-Competition Drug Testing Program


(White, seen here introducing the UFC’s latest catchphrase, ”Whaddya gon’ do?” Photo via Getty.)

Of all the things that went so, so wrong for the UFC in 2014, the biggest positive that could be taken away was easily the promotion’s decision to begin drug-testing its athletes in house and year-round. As luck would have it, 2014 also went down as one of the druggiest years in MMA since the PRIDE days (allegedly). Random, out-of-competition drug testing was an expensive but necessary step forward and one that helped quell the near-constant questions regarding the legitimacy of the organization’s product. And it was working, dammit.

That was, until the UFC started farming out their drug testing to fly-by-night laboratories like the one that handled Cung Le’s sample. You know, the one which led to a 12-month suspension for the high-profile middleweight (that was quickly overturned) and played a huge role in Le’s request to be released of his contract as well as his class-action lawsuit against the UFC that followed? Yeah, that one.

Well put your minds at ease, Potato Nation, because the UFC’s short-lived attempt to run an out-of-competition drug testing program is over. HIP, HIP, HOORAY!!

Dana White broke the news during a media session on Thursday afternoon at the MGM Grand. Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter has the details:

“Our legal team completed screwed that up. We f—-d it up, and we will f–k it up again. That’s what the commission is there for,” he said.

White continued by saying that, while they have come to the realization that the promotion cannot oversee its own drug testing program, Zuffa will instead give more money to athletic commissions to help fund additional testing.

“What we’ll do is we’ll help fund it, so they can do more drug testing,” he said. “Our legal department screwed that whole thing up. We’ve got no business handling the regulation.”

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No Holidays for the Injury Bug: Tarec Saffiedine, Costa Philippou Pull Out of Upcoming Fights


(#TheTimeIsNow…to throw this poster in the damn garbage pile.)

While we at CagePotato decided to take the day off yesterday to spend time with our children, the UFC injury plague was hard at work on January 1st, steady knockin’ fighters off of main cards. Here’s the latest casualty list…

- UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC Fight Night 60 main event against Matt Brown on February 14th due to a groin injury. The UFC will have to hustle to find a decent replacement opponent for Brown, because no other fight on the lineup screams “headliner.” We’re not trying to be a dick or anything, but when your event is so weak that a Tarec Saffiedine injury destroys it, maybe you deserve whatever happens to you?

- Thanks a rib injury, middleweight vet Costa Philippou has pulled out of his UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver main card bout against Uriah Hall. The UFC is currently looking for a short-notice replacement opponent for Hall. UFC Fight Night 59 goes down Jaunary 19th in Boston, and…oh my God…this is terrible. Folks, I regret to inform you that Jose Aldo has decapitated Conor McGregor and is using his head as a football. We’ll let you know when Dennis Siver gets a new opponent. Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute reports on Jose Aldo’s impending murder trial.

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Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks Rubber Match in the Works; Date and Venue TBA


(Our minds haven’t fully processed this yet. / Photo via Getty)

Coming off a their title fight rematch at UFC 181 — which was nearly as exciting and definitely more controversial than the first — new UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and ex-champ Johny Hendricks will fight for the belt a third time, at an event to be named later.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the booking-in-progress yesterday. “We just feel like the trilogy makes sense,” White said. “Do the third fight between these two.”

Hendricks and Lawler have already battled through ten closely-pitched rounds, with Hendricks winning their first meeting (and the vacant UFC welterweight title) at UFC 171 by unanimous decision. Hendricks then took some time off to rehab a torn bicep, while Lawler stayed busy by TKO’ing Jake Ellenberger in May and out-pointing Matt Brown in July. When Hendricks and Lawler met again last month, Lawler convinced two of the judges to let him hold the belt for a while.

For the sake of closure (we hope?), Lawler vs. Hendricks III is the right move — somebody’s gotta get knocked out eventually, right? — and Rory MacDonald will have to wait a little longer for his shot. We’ll let you know when this fight gets tied to a specific event.

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