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December, 2015

Fight Night 80 Highlights/Results: Namajunas Dominates VanZant, Chiesa & Northcutt Notch Submission Wins + More

While looking through the lense of hindsight, it’s almost impossible to imagine how Paige VanZant was ever listed as a 2-to-1 favorite over Rose Namajunas heading into their Fight Night 80 main event. Yet she was, and we can only imagine that a lot of people made some money off a rare miss by the Vegas bookies.

Over the course of five rounds, our girl Rose utterly dismantled VanZant in every department. Her striking was impeccably crisp, her takedowns came at will, and her submissions were what ultimately won her the day. Vanzant looked completely outmatched from start to finish, repeatedly latching onto to hapless headlock throws THAT NO FIGHTER SHOULD EVER ATTEMPT AGAIN. But what she lacked in polish, VanZant more than made up in grit. On multiple occasions throughout the fight, a bloodied and battered Vanzant appeared to be caught in what any logical person would consider a fight-ending submission — first it was a rear-naked choke, then an armbar so brutal that it may have rearranged her DNA — but not once did she stop pressing forward and throwing nything she could think of at her clearly superior opponent. So on this day, we raise a glass to both competitors and say, congratulations on one epic goddamn war.

But the main event wasn’t the only fight that delivered, so head after the jump for a full list of Fight Night 80 results.

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The Trailer For Jose Aldo’s Biopic Is Sex, Violence, More Sex, and Lots of Slo-Mo


(Wait a minute…THOSE AREN’T REEBOK SHORTS.)

Did you guys know that Jose Aldo had a biographical film about his life coming out? Well, I didn’t, and I pretty much know everything about MMA these days (excluding fight dates, title holders, and 80% of the rosters on Fight Pass cards).

Well, he does, and it’s called “Mais forte que o mundo – A história de Jose Aldo” or Stronger Than the World – The Jose Aldo Story (sounds like someone’s been ripping off Chad Dundas, no?). Chronicling Aldo’s rise from the slums of Brazil to his championship runs in the WEC and UFC, Stronger Than the World takes an interesting approach to Aldo’s story by a) casting someone that looks nothing like him and b) delving into Jose Aldo: gifted lover. Also, they throw a Showtime Kick in there, because apparently Aldo did that and we’re all just remembering it wrong.

Trailer after the jump.

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UFC 194: A Complete A-to-Z Preview


(Oh, just f*ck and get it over with already. via Getty.)

By Nasir Jabbar

The MMA gods have, for the most part, safely guided one of the most stacked cards in UFC history to fruition. Amidst those ever-prevalent claims of oversaturation, the UFC have mustered up an ubercard for the ages. Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will finally defend his title against interim champion Conor McGregor. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on No.1 contender Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. Then you’ve got Romero vs. Souza, Maia vs. Nelson…the list goes on and on.

Nation, it’s been an emotional journey. An unprecedented world media tour. Fractured ribs. Interim titles. More heated staredowns. These have all led to this mammoth main-event. I don’t know about you, but I’m giddy with excitement as months of trash-talking all culminate this weekend. To honour this epic event, I’ve compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 194. Join me?

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Despite Violent, Shocking Loss, Ronda Rousey Affirms Her Loyalty To Edmond Tarverdyan


(Now that your faith has been proven, young padawan, your final test will require you to reach deep into your subconscious and unlock the last 4 digits and security code of your credit card… via Getty)

Loyalty: Ain’t it a bitch? In some circles, it’s the measure of a man’s (or woman’s) character. In others, the lack of it can be spotted like a snake in the grass. Those who roll together, well, roll together, I guess you could say.

Take Ronda Rousey and her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, for instance. Without ever having met the guy, the general consensus on him seems to be that he’s not all that great a person. Ronda’s mother hates him, for starters (like, “wouldn’t piss on him were he on fire” hates), and his sketchy credit history/current legal troubles doesn’t exactly paint him as a what you’d call an honest person. As a coach, there’s also the glaring fact that, until she was knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey was the *only* UFC fighter to achieve success under his tutelage.

But despite all of this, despite the fact that she won’t even be able to eat an apple for another six months, Rousey let us all know in a recent interview that no, there is no way in Hell she is leaving Tarverdyan’s side at Glendale Fight Club.

Holm must be ecstatic.

Hear what Rousey said after the jump. 

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Must-See Video: Ozzy Man Reviews The Now-Infamous 9 Second Super Fight League KO

A few months back, we passed along a video of a supremely arrogant Super Fight League champion (well, former Super Fight League champion now) named Jason Solomon receiving his comeuppance in the form of a vicious 9 second knockout to challenger Amitesh Chaubey at SFL 43. The video went viral shortly thereafter, as most depictions of karmatic justice are sure to, and eventually wound up in the hands of Ozzy Man, an Australian comedian/entertainer known for compiling hilarious running commentaries of everything from Classic Dad Saves to Animal Fights to Burning Man.

Anyways, Ozzy Man decided to lend his voiceover talents to Solomon vs. Chaubey yesterday, and the results were some must-see Internet.

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Get Hype: ‘UFC 194 Embedded’ Is a Masterpiece of Buildup


(No, Jose, I WILL NOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!)

An eight city world media tour. Eleven months of anticipation. Countless interviews, insults, and face-to-face staredowns. A pair of injuries and a newly-established interim champion. It has been a long road to get to the biggest featherweight title fight in the history of the sport, but this weekend, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally do battle.

But before they do, how about one last video to send your anticipation levels through the damn roof?

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CM Punk’s Debut Opponent Will Be Discovered on a Web Series, Because Of Course He Will

With Ronda Rousey’s shocking loss still in the rearview mirror and the biggest featherweight fight of all time on the horizon, it seems that the MMA world has all but forgotten about CM Punk.

It has been almost a year to the date since Punk (aka Phil Brooks) was signed by the UFC to fill the void left behind by Brock Lesnar, and all seemed to be going smoothly with his preparation until he pulled the most MMA thing of them all and got himself injured. But now, it looks like a definitive timetable has been set for Punk’s return, as well as the opponent he will be making his MMA debut against. Sort of.

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Video: Conor McGregor’s Full Interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live


(“So Conor, how do *you* think Reebok is doing so far?”)

Conor McGregor, if nothing else, is one charismatic individual. He’s a quick thinker ( or perhaps “tinker”) and crack wit — as his back and forths with Urijah Faber on TUF 22 have demonstrated — and incredibly well-spoken when compared to the average fighter, even he if he does sometimes say things he later regrets.

Fame, respect, money, movement…these are all things that interest the “Notorious” one, and regardless of whether you think he’s “fake” or “real,” it would be tough to argue that he’s not achieving damn near every one of those tings. His interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night was a continuation of his meteoric rise since joining the UFC, and covered everything from the fallout of UFC 189 to his sparring match with “The Mountain” (which quickly escalated from playful sparring session into “a bare-knuckle body brawl,” according to the man himself) to which lavish, exotic pet he should buy after/if he beats Jose Aldo at UFC 194. FWIW, McGregor is leaning toward either tiger or monkey.

Check out the video after the jump.  

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Reebok’s Latest Shirt Snafu Is A Magnum Opus of Incompetence


(This isn’t the shirt in question, but still, just look at this goddamn thing. Larry the Cable Guy wouldn’t be caught dead in this mess.)

At this point in the Reebok-UFC partnership, you’d be hard-pressed to convince us that the former *isn’t* trying to intentionally tank the deal through sheer incompetence, ala Springtime for Hitler. You could probably go so far as to say that the company never really wanted to partner with the UFC in the first place, but were simply called a dummy by Dana White so often and so vociferously that they were eventually forced to cave in.

In either case, it would be hard to remember a sports organization-apparel partnership in recent memory that so negatively affected both parties involved. The payouts for the fighters themselves have been abysmal, the outcry on Reebok’s social media pages vociferous (there’s that word again!), and the apparel designs themselves uninspiring at best and shameful at worst.

But if Reebok’s incompetence hadn’t already reached new heights following the much-scorned release/immediate recall of its “Ireland” shirt, they’ve surely done so now with the work of art that awaits you after the jump.

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