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August, 2015

Yoel Romero vs. Jacare Souza Joins Already Stacked UFC 194 Card in December


(There’s probably a fight happening somewhere in this picture, but I’ll be damned if I can see anything but Mike Beltran’s awesome beard. Look at how it flows with the wind, Nation, like a field of wheat or those giant rubber wipers at a carwash that you would always pretend were octopus tentacles when you were a kid. Remember being that age, your mind full of wonder and excitement at even the simplest of things? Now there is only cynicism. Cynicism and self-loathing brought about by your lack of a beard as cool as Mike Beltran’s……………………………

…………………………………………….I have completely forgotten what I was talking about.)

We know that declaring any UFC card in today’s era as “stacked” is all but the kiss of death, but you guys, UFC 194 is stacked. That it only has three fights booked so far is a testament to how stacked it is, and unfortunately also a testament to how doomed it is to lose at least one of those fights within the coming weeks.

But for now, the December 12th-scheduled card will feature a pair of title fights in Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo and Chris Weidman vs. Taylor Swift’s BFF. As if that wasn’t enough, the UFC announced earlier today that another key middleweight matchup will take place on the card as well: 4th-ranked Yoel Romero vs. 3rd-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

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Strawweight Kinberly Novaes Reveals She Recently Won a Title While (Unknowingly) 12 Weeks Pregnant


(And just six months later, a baby boy superman punched his way to freedom. via Noxii)

(*sigh*)

In perhaps the most bizarre entry in the I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant canon since the show’s inception, Brazilian fighter Kinberly (not a typo) Novaes recently competed, and won, a strawweight title fight in Brazil while 12 weeks pregnant.

How did this happen? Well, it all started when Novaes signed her bout agreement for RFA 29: USA vs. Brazil against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger…

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Knockouts of the Day: Check Out This Pair of Off-the-Cage Superman Punches

If any MMA movie ever is to be believed, the Superman Punch is not only the defining strike of our fine sport, but one that is both attempted and landed with 100% percent accuracy, be it in a sparring match, street fight, professional contest, or otherwise. Here’s Krzysztof Soszynski landing one in the Tapped Out trailer (with a sweet, MTV Cribs-style triple take to emphasize its awesomeness). Here’s, um, Krzysztof Soszynski landing one in the Here Comes the Boom trailer. It’s the first punch thrown in the Never Back Down trailer, and it’s thrown at literally the exact same moment (53 seconds in, by Heath Herring and Forrest Griffin, respectively) in the trailers for Never Surrender and Unrivaled.

It’s not hard to see why the Hollywood community has become so enamored with the Superman Punch — it’s an inherently dramatic technique that can be absolutely devastating when executed properly, and when combined with the cage-jumping antics of an Anthony Pettis? It’s enough to make Hector Echevarria cream his jock strap.

Case in point: the above gif of 6-2 Nick Laney landing a hellacious, off-the cage Superman Punch on Sebastian Kozok at Battlezone FC 8. Although the fight took place back in 2013, the incredible finish has only recently begun to make waves after popping up on reddit MMA this morning.

After the jump: A video of Laney’s incredible KO, and footage from another superb Superman punch that happened just last weekend.

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Anderson Silva Suspended For One Year & Fined $380,000 Following the Greatest NSAC Hearing Ever


(“Tell them, she was not empressed wid my performance.”)

Anderson Silva has always been a bit of an odd duck. He’s trolled the MMA media, he’s trolled fighters, and he’s even trolled Steven Seagal into thinking he was a legitimate force in MMA. As every genius is also a bit a loon, Silva’s behaviors in the cage were very much a reflection of his personality outside of it. Wow, that might be the classiest line ever written in an article about erectile disfunction.

The point is, the G.O.A.T’s long-awaited NSAC hearing regarding his positive tests for Drostanolone (among other substances) both before and after UFC 183 took place yesterday, and the only way to describe it would be “the UFC 162 of NSAC hearings.” Silva showed up, clowned around, and took a huge blow to his reputation (not to mention his wallet) by the time all was said and done.

All the details and highlights from this circus are after the jump.

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And Now, In Actually “Earned” Title Shots: Donald Cerrone Faces Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 17


(via Getty.)

The UFC has rematch fever, babayyy!! Thankfully, this one actually makes the smallest bit of sense.

Nearly three years after they first clashed horns at Fight Night 27, Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos will do battle again, only this time, the lightweight title will be on the line. Fox Sports’ Damon Martin broke the news of the Dos Anjos-Cerrone rematch earlier today, which is scheduled to transpire at UFC on FOX 17 in the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on December 19th.

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Cain Velasquez Receives Immediate Rematch Against Fabricio Werdum, Because UFC Title Shots, Amiright?


(The controversial finish to Velasquez vs. Werdum 1, in which Cain clearly tapped after being dominated for two and a half rounds. Via Getty.)

UFC title fights, amiright you guys? It seems that it’s getting more and more difficult for us self-proclaimed “experts” of the sport to accurately predict who’s next in line for one, what with Alexander Gustafsson receiving his on the heels of a TKO loss and Ronda Rousey all but locked in to defend hers against Floyd Mayweather next. But amidst the chaos that is the UFC title picture, there’s always been one weight division that we can count on for consistency: Heavyweight.

I mean, yeah, you could argue that Brock Lesnar shouldn’t have earned one following a 1-1 stint in the organization, or that Andrei Arlovski‘s opponents (Tim Sylvia aside) were little more than fall men brought in to, well, fall, but not nowadays! Nowadays, title shots must be earned, which is exactly why the next man to face newly-crowned champion Fabricio Werdum will be…the guy who he just beat. Yay matchmaking!

Details after the jump. 

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CagePotato Ban: Any Further Discussion of Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather, At All


(OMG NO THEY F*CKING DON’T.)

This has got to stop, you guys.

It has been 11 days since Ronda Rousey made her last title defense: a 34-second blitzkrieging of Bethe Correia at UFC 190. Eleven. Yet we still can’t stop talking about her.

Let me take that back a step. It’s not our inability to stop talking about her that is so frustrating — why would it be? She’s as charismatic and captivating a presence as we could ever hope for in our sport — it’s that we can’t stop talking about her for all the wrong reasons. Sure, she’s quite possibly the most dominant female athlete of all time, a budding movie star, a bestselling author, a marketing dynamo, a feminist icon, and an inspiration to an entire generation of new fans, but what we really need to know is: Could she beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight? How about Bryan Caraway? The resurrected corpse of Chief Jay Strongbow, maybe? 

Just two days after Rousey’s win over Correia, Fox Sports ran with the above story. The author, Clay Travis, was wholeheartedly sold on the idea of having Ronda Rousey fight Floyd Mayweather because:

1.) It would make soooo much money, you guys

2.) The fans want to see it

3.) Rousey would probably win, which, yay! since Mayweather’s a d-bag

And truth be told, it’s hard to argue with any of Travis’ points, at least at face value. Rousey vs. Mayweather would almost certainly shatter pay-per-view records, and yeah, who wouldn’t want to see a convicted domestic abuser get his comeuppance at the hands of a woman? It’s that Jennifer Lopez movie come to life, y’all! (Matter of fact, can we have Rousey fight J-Lo after she’s through with Floyd? It would sell billions! BILL-YUNS!!!)

But here’s the problem with booking a fight between the greatest boxer of all time and a woman, aside from what I just typed: It’s short-sighted, hypocritical, unintentionally misogynistic, and completely asinine.

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VIDEOS: Check Out the First Promos for ‘TUF 20-Something: Team Faber vs. Team McGregor’

Whether we like it or not, it looks like the UFC is moving ahead with this whole “Conor McGregor on The Ultimate Fighter” thing. Sure, you could argue that it’s a terrible idea for a promotion to put their biggest star (well, second biggest) on ice for 6 months, on a show notorious for coaching injuries, against a guy he’s not going even going to fight…but hey, the UFC doesn’t need you telling them what you want, dum-dums!

So sit back, relax, and bask in these glorious 15-second promos for TUF 20-Something: The Chin vs. The Mouth. If these previews are to be believed, the theme of this season is SCREAMING, which, even knowing how easily Urijah Faber could take my insides and put them on my outside, I just cannot take seriously. I mean, just look at how adorable “The California Kid” looks while trying to be intimidating. He’s like a little Teddy Ruxpin bear trying to psyche me up for a game of dodgeball.

McGregor’s promo is after the jump.

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Here We Go Again: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor Set for December 12th in Las Vegas


(*squeals*)

I don’t know if it’s possible, but the hype surrounding Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor might be greater now than ever before. Not only do we have moments like the one above to remind us how much these two truly despise one another, but toss in the fact that McGregor will now be entering the fight sporting a belt of his own — one that he by earned by defeating Aldo’s greatest rival until now, no less — and you’ve got yourself a whole new wrinkle of this rivalry to exploit. The amount of smack McGregor is going to talk about Aldo pulling out of UFC 189 alone will make for must-see TV.

In any case, it was announced late last night that Aldo and McGregor are once again set to do battle in what will surely be the biggest featherweight title fight ever, and possibly the biggest fight in the history of the promotion. The Date: December 12th. The venue: The MGM Grand in Las Vegas (a.k.a “Definitely Not Cowboys Stadium”). Said Yahoo’s Kevin Iole

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Fight Night 73 Highlights/Results: Teixeira Submits OSP, Nunes Batters McMann, MMA Judges Screw Up Another One + More

Having dropped his past two contests two a couple of nobodies named Jon Jones and Phil Davis, it seemed as if the tide was turning against Glover Teixeira heading into his main event showdown with Ovince St. Preux last weekend. And at the end of first round, which saw Glover nearly finished compliments of a brutal liver kick, it seemed as if we might be right.

But then, the tide turned. Falling back on his underrated wrestling/Jiu-Jitsu game, Teixeira rallied and dominated OSP on the mat for the next two rounds before sinking in a fight-ending rear-naked choke that put St. Preux to sleep. Just like that, a former title challenger finds himself back in the title picture…and he’s already got his trash-talking game ON POINT.

But Teixeira — OSP wasn’t the only surprise we were treated to at Fight Night 73, so head after the jump for highlights and a complete list of results.

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