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April, 2016

Glover Teixeira Viciously Knocks Out Rashad Evans in the UFC on FOX 19 Main Event [VIDEO]


(via UFC on FOX)

Outside of his occasional appearances in the FOX studio as an analyst, Rashad Evans has become an increasingly unfamiliar face to MMA fans in recent years. Following a particularly stubborn series of leg injuries that forced the former light heavyweight champion out of potential bouts with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson among others, “Suga” returned to the cage for the first time since 2013 back in October, dropping a unanimous decision to Ryan Bader in a performance that seemed to signal that the 12-year veteran’s time as an elite 205er had come and gone.

At first, Saturday’s UFC on FOX 19 event seemed like it could be the perfect stage for Evans to mount a comeback. The TUF 2 winner and TUF 10 coach was set to face Mauricio Rua, a cagey-but-declining veteran facing many of the same career woes as himself, and was being listed as the early favorite across the board. Of course, Rua then went down with an injury, and Evans was instead paired against the incredibly dangerous Glover Teixeira instead.

When Evans and Teixeira met in the middle of the octagon at Saturday’s event, the former’s air of confidence seemed to have dissipated entirely — understandably so, given the events of the past few years. It was a different man fighting in the cage that night, and the result was a knockout loss that may very well have spelled the end of an incredible career.

After the jump: Evans’ emotional post-fight interview with Heidi Androl, and the complete list of UFC on FOX 19 results.

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Friday Link Dump: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez Title Fight Set, Cuomo Signs MMA in NY Bill, Worst Fight Bookings in UFC History + More


(“Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts” starring Chris Weidman: Surprisingly Funny. via The Kicker)

Dagestani Dynasty: How Fighting Became the Nurmagomedov Family Business (BloodyElbow)

Rafael dos Anjos to Defend Title Against Eddie Alvarez on UFC Fight Pass (MMAFighting)

MMA Now Officially Legal in New York; UFC Slates Nov. 12 Event at Madison Square Garden
(MMAJunkie)

For UFC on Fox 19, the Real Intrigue Is on Fight Pass
(Bleacher Report)

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With Lyoto Machida Sidelined, Dan Henderson Booked Against Hector Lombard at UFC 199


(Jeez Hendo, we turn around for two seconds and you’re already back on the Cowboy Cerrone diet?!)

Thanks to Lyoto Machida‘s shocking and untimely admission to using banned substances, Dan Henderson has found himself without a dance partner for this weekend’s UFC on FOX 19 card and appears none to pleased about it. The 45-year-old is on the heels of a quick KO loss to Vitor Belfort — his third such loss in his past six fights — but is apparently still hankering to lose a few more brain cells in as timely a fashion as possible.

With most of the middleweight division already tied up, Henderson’s options for a short-notice brain cell removal artist were extremely limited. Thankfully, the UFC went and found Hendo an opponent who not only tested positive for banned substances in recent history, but could knock more than a few brain cells loose if he so desired: Hector Lombard. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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And The Latest UFC Fighter to Be Busted for Banned Substances Is…Lyoto Machida?!!


(Say it ain’t so, Lyoto…)

The UFC’s recently-implemented, USADA-partnered drug-testing program has been quietly gaining steam at a predictable-but-still-scary rate since it was officially implemented last October, most recently catching Frank Mir in what may very well be a career-ending mistake earlier in the month and busting Viscardi Andrade just earlier in the week for a similar violation.

While the anti-doping agency’s settlement with Yoel Romero shows that the system is not exactly fool-proof yet, it’s still doing a respectable job of cleaning up the sport’s dirtiest fighters and hitting them where it hurts the most.

One of the last fighters that you would ever expect to be lumped into that category, however, is former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

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The Progidy is Back: BJ Penn Booked Against Denis Siver at UFC 199

Like most MMA fans who prefer not to see the legends of the sport continue to fight well past the twilights of their careers, we did not exactly take the news of BJ Penn’s unretirement well. Following his *last* unretirement fight — a one-sided, horrific beatdown to rival Frankie Edgar at the TUF 19 Finale – a teary-eyed Penn openly admitted to reporters that he never should have returned to the sport, leading most of us to believe that he had finally learned the lesson that so few fighters do.

But a broken spirit and a declining skill set is nothing that Master Jackson can’t fix, and as such, The Progidy…er…The Prodidy…The Prodigy is back!

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VIDEO: Watch Derrick Lewis Flatten Gabriel Gonzaga at Fight Night 86

Thanks to the power of social media, UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis has quickly risen from another one of the division’s many forgettable faces to one of the sport’s most entertaining personalities. The Black Beast’s Instagram page is a goldmine of fighter-bashing memes and generally strange cultural observations, and the man’s sense of humor can best be described as “don’t give a f*ck” with a heaping side of “come at me, bro.”

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that once inside the octagon, Lewis is nothing short of a stack of C-4 attached to a pair of tree trunks. Whether in victory or defeat, each and every one of Lewis’ eight UFC bouts have ended via some form of hellacious knockout, and his most recent performance against Gabriel Gonzaga was no different.

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Friday Link Dump: Nurmagomedov Gets an Opponent, GSP Gets a History Channel Show, Dirty Jokes in Kid’s Cartoons + More


(UFC 200: Road to the Octagon)

Khabib Nurmagomedov Remains on UFC on FOX 19 Card With Short-Notice Opponent (MMAJunkie)

UFC 199 Headliners React to New CSAC Weight-Cutting Rules (MMAFighting)

Kenny Florian Set to Compete at IBJJF NY Open (BloodyElbow)

Cat Zingano vs Julianna Pena Official for UFC 200 in July (MMAMania)

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Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes Booked for UFC 200, As Ronda Rousey’s Self-Imposed Exile Continues


(via Getty.)

Following her shocking upset win over Holly Holm at UFC 196, the general consensus seemed to be that she would defend her title against rival Ronda Rousey next, despite the fact that Rousey a) had not competed since her loss to Holm at UFC 193 and b) still had not offered a timetable for her return. Regardless of the UFC’s plans, Tate told reporters shortly after the fight was announced that she didn’t foresee Rousey returning to the octagon anytime soon.

“She’s obviously said that she’s so emotional to the point where she’s considering crazy things and it’s like this is a broken woman,” said Tate during an appearance on The Jay Mohr Show. “I don’t know if she’ll ever come back the same.”

For the time being, it appears that Tate might be onto something. Last night, it was announced that Tate would be making her first title defense at UFC 200, and the opponent was probably the last person you’d expect…

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Dear God, No: Is Dada 5000 Actually Considering Another MMA Fight?


(Unless he plans on actually using that sledgehammer, this is going to end poorly.)

Vince Lombardi was once famously quoted as saying that “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” that is the true measure of a man. Then again, he also died of stupid butthole cancer because he was too proud to get a proctoscopic exam, so what the f*ck does he know?

What we’re getting at is, there comes a time in everyone’s life where throwing in the towel doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re refusing (or unable) to get up. In the combat sports world especially, we’ve seen countless fighters place ego above all else and continue fighting well beyond the point that their bodies have told them to stop, and to what end? (More often than not,  few wholly unnecessary concussions.

So if you were, say, a 38-year-old guy who nearly died from kidney failure while competing in your first MMA fight in 5 years, you’d probably hang up the 4 oz. gloves for good and thank your God for bringing you out of that coma you were in, right? Well, not if you’re Dada 5000 you wouldn’t!

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And So It Begins: The #PotatoCurse Claims Its Second Victim, Tony Ferguson


(Wait, it was the *other* guy who got injured for once? You’re kidding…)

For close to a week now, we’ve been hinting that a great rash of injuries was set to befall the UFC. Chalk it up to our well-documented knack for predicting the future, chalk it up to the series of Rube Goldbergian traps we placed in the homes of several prominent MMA fighters, but we haven’t help but shake the feeling that 2016 will bring with it an injury curse that makes the injury curse of 2012 look like a series of bumps and bruises.

The Great Injury Curse of 2016 — henceforth to be known and referred to as the #PotatoCurse by *all* MMA media entities — got off to a promising start last week, claiming Daniel Cormier just weeks out from his highly-anticipated title fight rematch with uber rival Jon Jones. Last night, the #PotatoCurse claimed its second victim in the form of lightweight Tony Ferguson, forcing him out of his #1 contender bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov and destroying the second straight UFC main event in as many weeks.

Details after the jump.

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