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April, 2016

Friday Link Dump: Diego Brandao Gets the Boot, Times Dana White Went Ballistic, Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms + More


(UFC 200 Embedded, episode 2. Check out episode 1 here.)

UFC Released Diego Brandao Following Assault and Battery Charges (BloodyElbow)

Scott Coker on Dada 5000: ‘We did everything we could’ to Evaluate Him (MMAFighting)

Boy Among Men: A 15-year-old Gets His Night in the Cage on the Fringes of MMA (MMAJunkie)

Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey Are Responsible for the UFC’s Resurgence
(Bleacher Report)

10 Times Dana White Went Absolutely Ballistic (Low Kick)

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Valerie Letourneau to Meet Joanne Calderwood in UFC’s First Ever Women’s Flyweight Bout


(No joke, this is the first Google image result you’ll get when you search “Valerie Letourneau marketable.”)

As much as the UFC has done for women in MMA in general, it’s kind of a shame that their stage to shine has been limited to just two weight classes for close to three years now. Invicta does a great job showcasing a few other divisions, sure, and their brand will (hopefully) only continue to grow now that they’re broadcasting all their events on Fight Pass, but the UFC could always stand to fill in the gap between strawweight and bantamweight. There’s a lot separating a Joanna Jedrzejczyk from a Ronda Rousey, after all, and I say that with the utmost respect and with no negative connotation whatsoever.

Luckily, it looks likes the promotion will be doing just that, or testing the waters at least, as it booked the first ever female flyweight fight in UFC history this afternoon.

Details after the jump.

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Ronda Rousey Returns…to Acting, Inks Three Movie Deal With Lifetime


(He was an immortal witch hunter with a heart of gold. She was anything but Expendable. This summer, Vin Diesel and Ronday Rousey star in “The Last Do-Nothing-Bitch Hunter.”)

With each passing day, it seems that the likelihood of seeing Ronda Rousey‘s return to octagon diminishes exponentially. She may be back to eating solid foods once again, but even some five months removed from her knockout loss to Holly Holm, Rousey is still very much struggling to come to terms with her future in the sport.

“I’m still grieving the person that could have won it all. But I have to live up to the fact that I’m not her,” said Rousey in an interview as part of her shoot for the Time 100. But with no date set for her return, it leaves one to wonder just what career path we’ll see Rousey take in the meantime.

The obvious answer seems to be “acting.” Even if the former champion doesn’t exactly have the range of a Helen Mirren or a Topanga from Boy Meets World, Rousey’s got a handful of feature film roles under her belt and an SNL hosting gig to boot, so it’s not like she’s a rookie in the art of playing make believe for lots and lots of money. The woman is feministic superhero, for crying out loud. Her built-in audience is literally 50% of humanity!

What I’m getting at is, maybe the news that Rousey has signed a three movie deal with the Lifetime network shouldn’t be all that strange to learn. But it is. It soooo is, you guys.

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UFC 200 Just Booked Its New Main Event, And It’s Exactly What You Think It Is


(“You think I’m just going to let you steal Conor McGregor’s spotlight, Jon?”)

With the whole Conor McGregor fiasco now behind us, the question of who exactly would headline UFC 200 in his place has become a somewhat pressing matter for The Baldfather and company. We may still be some three months out from UFC 200, but when discussing the reasons why McGregor was pulled from the event, Dana White was adamant that the promotion’s 10 million dollar promotional schedule had absolutely zero room for leeway. By that logic, the UFC would need to announce a new main event ASAP or risk eating that $10 million.

When it came down to it, there was only one non-McGregor fight worthy of headlining an event as monumental as UFC 200: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II. The former was fresh off a win over Ovince St. Preux last weekend and the latter still hates him with the fire of a thousand suns (not to mention, has his belt), but with Jones potentially out six months due to a foot injury, it seemed like the UFC would once again have to scramble to find a suitable main event.

Thankfully, it has, and it’s exactly the fight you think it is.

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UFC 197 Aftermath: In Which We Debate “Pound-for-Pound” Rankings For the 4,300th Time


(via UFC on FOX)

Following a 15-month absence from the sport that saw him basically break every traffic law known to man, former/still-sort-of-current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones returned to the ring on Saturday to take on heated rival Daniel Cormier Ovince St. Preux for the coveted interim LHW belt, because f*ck it, we’re just giving out interim titles to everyone now! (begins Oprah-style “And YOU get an interim belt!” chant*)

As you might expect, Jones looked every bit as dominant as he always has — outgunning OSP on the feet, the mat, and even throwing some fancy spinning sh*t in there — while still displaying some signs of a man who has spent more of the past year in the court than he has in the cage. If you’re the MMA media, this can only mean one thing: Jon Jones has lost it.

The guy who literally broke his opponent’s arm with a kick in the second round? That wasn’t a guy who would have had a chance at beating Daniel Cormier, according to all the leading experts (chief among whom happens to be, you guessed it, Daniel Cormier). I’m not sure if Cormier would still be injured in the fantasy scenario that we so often like to peddle as “analysis” or even “news” here in the MMA game, but the moral here is that Jon Jones got very lucky on Saturday night. Because REASONS.

After the jump: We break down the rest of UFC 197 with takes hot enough to melt steel.

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Friday Link Dump: Watch The UFC 200 Press Conference LIVE, Greatest Jon Jones Moments, Surprising Presidential Celebrity Pals + More

Preview: 1st ‘Last Chance’ Olympic Wrestling Qualifying Tournament (Bloody Elbow)

In Conor McGregor’s Catfight with the UFC, There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around (Bleacher Report)

Evangelista Santos: From Cockfighting to Bellator (MMAFighting)

To Interim, or Not to Interim? That is the Question, and UFC fighters are Torn (MMAJunkie)

The Nine Greatest Jon Jones Moments (Low Kick)

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BREAKING: Conor McGregor Releases Statement, Says He “Is Not Retired” [UPDATED]


(Don’t give us that look! This is all your fault, you pasty, charismatic bastard!! via Getty.)

In the 48 hours that have followed the shocking (and completely unbelievable) news that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor had decided to “retire young,” the MMA world has been whipped into a frenzy, with the speculated reasons behind his sudden departure ranging from the death of Joao Carvalho to a conspiracy involving  a superfight with Georges St. Pierre at Madison Square Garden (seriously, that’s what one of the sports radio jocks out here in Boston actually believed was the case).

Today, however, McGregor has broken his silence with a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page, which you can check out below.

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Check Out This SCARY Soccer Kick KO From the ‘TUF 23′ Premiere [VIDEO]


(Based on our reaction, we henceforth name this technique “The Florida Evans Kick“)

So the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter premiered on FS1 last night, and though we have long since stopped being what you’d call “regular viewers,” that doesn’t mean we can’t occassionally highlight some of the more memorable/brutal moments from the long-running reality show.

A prime example: The light heavyweight matchup between Khalil “The Warhorse” Rountree vs. Muhammed “Mo Muscle” DeReese, which ended with some of the most horrific (and legal!) soccer kicks you will ever see.

Video after the jump.

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Conor McGregor Has Retired From MMA, Apparently, And WAIT, WHAT?!!!


(via Getty)

Well, ain’t this some shit.

According to multiple sources, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has suddenly, inexplicably, opted to retire from mixed martial arts. Except that he probably hasn’t. Except that he *has* been pulled from his UFC 200 rematch with Nate Diaz. Honestly, no one really knows what the Hell is going on right now, but head after the jump for all the details.

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Diego Brandao’s Latest Arrest is PEAK War Machine Diego Brandao


(Nothing like starting a fight on camera to avoid looking bad.)

At the risk of inciting his well-documented wrath, we feel compelled to say that TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao might be a bit of a loose cannon. Aside from the short fuse he displayed while in the TUF house, the man has also threatened to stab Dustin Poirier with a pen and attacked a Carnaval reporter on camera in the recent past, which doesn’t exactly speak to the zen-like qualities that martial arts is supposed to inspire.

Brandao’s latest arrest, however, is like something out of a War Machine fan fiction novel.

Details after the jump. 

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