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October, 2015

Video: Nick Newell Gives Heartfelt Retirement Speech Following WSOF 24 Win

It’s been a hell of a journey for WSOF lightweight, Proving Grounds winner, and friend of the Potato, Nick Newell — one wrought with obstacles to overcome, occasional setbacks, and triumphs that most of us could only hope to achieve. Chief among those triumphs, this picture. I mean, seriously, how awesome is this thing? Sure, all the awards and titles and recognition and all that stuff is great, but how many people get to take a free shot at Danny Trejo and live to talk about it? The answer: Nick Newell, and *only* Nick Newell.

An inspirational figure in more ways than one, Newell kicked off his professional MMA career with 9 straight victories (8 of them finishes), capturing the XFC lightweight title in the process and signing with the World Series of Fighting shortly thereafter. While Newell would suffer his first (and last) professional defeat to lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in 2014, he would spend the next two years getting himself back on the path to a title shot.

At WSOF 24 last weekend, Newell took on Tom Marcellino (a local fighter from where I grew up, coincidentally) in a back-and-forth battle that saw “Notorious” awarded a unanimous decision victory. In a shocking moment immediately following the decision, however, Newell announced his retirement from the sport, stating his desire to go out with his wits still about him. It was a selfless, sobering moment that words simply fall short of describing.

Video after the jump. 

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Friday Link Dump: Mayhem Miller Arrested Yet Again, McGregor Donates 50k, Creepy Snack For Your Halloween Party + More


(He may or may not be fighting a can, but GOOD GOD dis Fedor training footage.)

TUF 19 Winner Eddie Gordon Announces His Release From the UFC (BloodyElbow)

Filling in some of the gaps on Nick the Tooth (MMAFighting)

Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller Back in Jail After Another Alleged Assault on Police Officer (MMAJunkie)

Nick Newell: A Man in Full (Bleacher Report)

Can MMA’s Weight Cutting Problem Be Fixed? (The MMA Corner)

Conor McGregor Donating Lump Sum to Ireland’s homeless (MMAMania)

Theater Chains Are Refusing to Screen Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension (The Escapist)

What’s the Best Spielberg Movie? (ScreenJunkies)

29 Creepy Snacks You Need For a Successful Halloween Party (Radass)

“The Yelper Special” is South Park’s Latest Musical Masterpiece (WorldWideInterweb)

What Do Conservatives Really Want From a New Speaker of the House? (EveryJoe)

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Francisco Trevino Tests Positive for Marijuana Following Loss to Sage Northcutt at UFC 192


(^Trevino to the Fertittas, essentially.)

Francisco Trevino achieved a rare feat in his UFC 192 loss to Sage Northcutt: He failed, spectacularly. Not in his performance — a 57 second TKO loss and something I would never mock a guy for — but in the absolute lack of professionalism he displayed prior to, immediately after, and further after that performance.

First, Trevino showed up five pounds heavy to the weigh-ins. Then, he shoved Herb Dean (never shove Herb Dean). And now, he’s tested positive for marijuana. It’s the trifecta of self-destruction; the only way Trevino could have further ensured that he would be fired would have to grab the mic out of Joe Rogan’s hand and told everyone in the arena to go f*ck themselves.

Details after the jump. 

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Ronda Rousey’s Mom Is Not A Fan of Edmond Tarverdyan [VIDEO]


(“Good…goooood….let the hate flow through you.” via Getty)

At the risk of incurring her wrath myself, I will say that I’ve always found AnnMaria De Mars’ relationship with the MMA media, her daughter, and her daughter’s opponents to be a little…strange. I’m not saying she craves the attention, necessarily, but she certainly doesn’t seem to deflect it. She’s intense, is I guess the best way to put it.

Regardless, it would appear that De Mars maintains a closer eye on her cub than most parents would, especially when said cub is a 28-year-old uber badass and one of the most popular feminist icons on the planet. In fact, the only person in Rousey’s life who you could argue might have more say in her decision making process than her mother is Edmond Tarverdyan, Ronda’s longtime coach and another person who I personally find to be a bit grating.

So when Mama Rousey was recently asked to give her opinion on Tarverdyan, you would probably expect there to be a little bit of tension between them, to put it simply. What you probably wouldn’t expect is for De Mars to unleash the mother of all rants (no pun intended) on the Glendale Fighting Club owner, questioning everything from his abilities as a coach to the quality of his character.

Video after the jump.

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VIDEO: Crazy Woman Breaks Into Urijah Faber’s Home, Sh*ts Everywhere

Urijah Faber was once nearly beaten to death by a gang of Indonesian thugs while vacationing in Bali, and yet I think this might be the nastiest thing that’s ever happened to him.

The story goes like this: Over the weekend, some crazy, likely drunk woman wandered into the former WEC champion’s California home, locked herself in his bathroom, and proceeded to channel the vengeful spirit of Duane Ludwig via a stream of poop and vomit.

Okay, so it’s not all that intricate a story.

Anyways, Faber eventually had to call on the cops to bust open his bathroom door, but not before recording the entire incident via Snapchat. Not much has been revealed about the woman in question up until this point, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if she was sent to deliver a message on TJ Dillashaw’s behalf.

But yeah, that’s the second poop-centric story we’ve now covered in the past week. What a sport.

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Meanwhile, In Boxing: Gabriel Bracero DESTROYS Danny O’Connor in PBC Main Event


(Referee Arthur Mercante Jr’s follow-up People’s Elbow seemed a touch unnecessary, IMO.)

Gabriel Bracero is not exactly what you’d call a “power puncher.” With just 5 knockouts in his 24 professional wins (the last of which came back in 2012), he’s probably one of the last welterweights in the game that you’d expect to see walk away from Saturday’s PBC on NBC Sports Net main event with a ”Knockout of the Year” contender under his belt. BUT THAT’S JUST WHAT HE DID, YOU GUYS.

Paired up against Irish-American Danny O’Connor in a rematch of a 2011 contest that saw Bracero emerge victorious by unanimous decision, “Tito” needed just 41 seconds to ensure that there would be no trilogy match, capitalizing on a lazy left hand by O’Connor with an absolutely devastating overhand right that shut his opponents lights out.

Video after the jump. 

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Video: Check Out This INSANE Exchange/Finish From Wednesday’s ‘TUF Latin America 2′


(Props: r/MMA)

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we may have just witnessed this generation’s Frye vs. Takayama.

It’s hyperbolic bordering on blasphemous praise, I know, but just give this video a watch and I promise that i will not disappoint. On Wednesday’s episode of TUF: Latin America 2 – a show that I literally had no idea was currently airing, yet alone featured Kelvin Gastelum and Efrain Escudero as coaches — Team Escudero’s Marco Polo Reyes took on Team Gastelum’s Christian Soto in a lightweight elimination round bout.

While I can’t attest to how the first round and half went down, I can say that the finishing sequence was absolutely BONKERS.

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TJ Dillashaw Leaves Team Alpha Male, All But Confirming Conor McGregor’s Psychic Abilities


(“And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII-EEEEE-IIIIIIIIIII will always love youuuuuuuuuuuuu….” via Getty)

Not too long ago, we passed along a video of Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber’s dual interview on FS1, which was easily the greatest interview the channel had ever seen ever. Though the two TUF 22 coaches maintained the kind of playful repartee that has injected a much-needed sense of levity into this season’s show, McGregor held nothing back when the subject of Faber’s Team Alpha Male teammate, TJ Dillashaw.

“You shouldn’t be letting him in your sh*t, cause he’s a snake in the grass,” said McGregor. “You brought him into [The Ultimate Fighter] thinking he was there to help you. He was there to help him. He’s not your boy. I sense disloyalty.”

Not a week later, Faber lobbed a slew of accusations at former Alpha Male coach and the man behind Dillashaw’s success, Duane Ludwig, accusing him of everything from racism to attempting to extort TAM in an effort to solve his own financial woes. And now, it appears the bottom has finally dropped out.

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So Fedor Emelianenko’s Return Opponent Has Been Revealed And He’s…Not Good


(via Super Fight League

Look, I don’t know what we were expecting when it was announced that Fedor Emelianenko would be un-retiring from MMA — shattering a decades old CagePotato ban in the process — to take on a mystery opponent hand-picked by the sketchy Japanese businessman for the low, low rate of two and a half million dollars. I mean, once you rule out the UFC and Bellator heavyweight rosters, who are you even left with? Jeff Monson? Sergei Kharitonov? The guy who shivved Alex Emelianenko in the showers last month?

But even ruling out the Monson’s and Ishii’s that Fedo has already beaten, you’d think that the man worthy of bringing “The Last Emperor” out of retirement would at least have one of the following:

-Name/Nostalgia value

-A professional record of at least 5 fights

-A win in the last two years

Based on how I just phrased that, how many of those attributes do you think Emelianenko’s opponent has?

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Horrible Video of the Day: Amatuer Fighter Gets Tapped Out, Then Craps Himself

(don’t make a Tim Sylvia joke…don’t make a Tim Sylvia joke…)

As MMA fans, we’ve seen some rather nasty things occur inside the cage. We’ve seen a guy celebrate his victory by projectile vomiting, we’ve seen a guy lose a fight by…projectile vomiting, we’ve seen ears explodelegs snap in half, the worst cases of staph infection known to man, and a guy’s foot begin to peel off mid fight.

One thing we haven’t been treated to on many occasions, thankfully, is a fighter voiding his bowels in the cage. I mean, sure, there are those rumors about what happened to Chuck Liddell after Rashad Evans snatched the life out of him at UFC 88, and we all know that Tim Syl-no, Jared, you’re better than this. But at an amateur event in Beckley, West Virginia over the weekend, one poor bastard literally got the shit kicked out of him, it seems.

Caution: You might want to put down you breakfast before watching this.

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