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(Absolutely savage 6-second finish from today’s One FC featherweight title fight between Timofey Nastyukhin and Rob Lisita, via Zombie Prophet.)

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On UFC 199, Luke Rockhold, Dominick Cruz, and the Nasty Phenomenon of the “Sore Winner”

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By Asaph Bitner

Society tends to deride those who remain defiant even after a decisive and fair defeat. Someone who’s beaten and fails or refuses to accept this is looked at with pity, even anger. George Carlin already eloquently expressed a counter to this view, and so I’d like to highlight the inverse of this phenomenon, which can actually be a severe problem. I speak, of course, of the sore winner.

Generally (and, ok, a bit trivially) speaking, victory is power. When winners, specifically in sports, and even more specifically in MMA, cross a certain line of decency and abuse that power, we encounter what is perhaps the most unsportsmanlike behavior of all. There aren’t necessarily scientific tests for determining sore winner status in MMA, but here’s one fairly reliable-looking indicator: the winning fighter using their victory to violate the losing fighter’s dignity in some way.

That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with trash talk before a fight, or in its resumption once the immediate post-fight haze has passed. Conor McGregor and Chael Sonnen, two prodigious talkers of trash, pour industrial amounts of verbal acid onto their opponents before and after fights, but they always seem to have a sense of respect for the man they’ve just pummeled in the immediate moments following a win.

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MotIVated Penn: USADA Violation Knocks BJ Penn Out of UFC 199


(Go get some fluids Bay-bee Jay!!)

BJ Penn’s comeback has been squashed before it could even begin, Nation.

Just 11 days out from his mildly-anticipated showdown with Cole Miller at UFC 199, Penn has been forced off the card after disclosing the use of a banned IV during training camp. Both the UFC and Penn have subsequently released official statements on the matter, which you can check out after the jump.

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Following Venator FC III Loss, Mayhem Miller Wants to Change “His Whole Life” [VIDEO]


(“So then the officer grabbed me like this and demanded to know which orifice I was hiding the bath salts in and…what were we talking about again?”)

Following a couple high profile, highly-criticized signings and the most epic press release of all time (not that we had anything invested in it), Italian promotion Venator FC held its third event over the weekend. It was a night of surprises, to say the least, with perhaps the most surprising thing being that the event didn’t end up being the absolute shitshow that it seemed primed to be.

In the main event of the evening, UFC veteran and contemptible asshole Rousimar Palhares was obliterated inside of a minute by heavy underdog Emil Meek. In a light heavyweight matchup, TUF 3 alum Matt Hamill faced off with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and met a similarly brief/violent end, and even Cody McKenzie managed to secure his first victory in over two years via his signature guillotine.

But atop the shitshow mountain stood Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who was plucked from a 4 year absence (the majority of which he spent in the back seat of a squad car) to face fellow UFC vet Luke Barnatt in a middleweight title fight. Mayhem’s return seemed doomed from the beginning when he showed up to the scales a whopping 24 pounds overweight, but after being pulled from the fight and rebooked at light heavyweight against Mattia Schiavolin, the stage was finally set for what would surely be a disastrous performance.

Shockingly, however, Miller not only looked halfway decent in the cage, but appears as if he might actually be on the path to redemption.

Video after the jump. 

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Friday Link Dump: Mayhem Miller Gets New Opponent, Bellator 155 Predictions, The Worst Games of All Time + More


(“The Notorious” Conor McGregor clears up his situation with UFC brass on Sportscenter.)

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[VIDEO] Jason Miller Shows Up 24 POUNDS Overweight, Pulled From Venator FC Bout With Luke Barnatt


(“209 pounds? Yeah, it must be the shorts.”)

You guys remember how Jason Miller was recently plucked from whatever Mission Viejo drug den he’s been rotting away in and booked for a fight against fellow former UFC middleweight Luke Barnatt, right? Or that even after being booked in said fight, he seemed to be under the impression that he was fighting UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett? How about the fact that he was *then* arrested and held on a million dollars bail, or that the President of the promotion that booked him then used a satirical statement we wrote as his company’s actual press release?

Well, it might shock you to learn that Miller hasn’t exactly used this fight as an opportunity to turn his life around, as some have suggested it would be. At this morning’s weigh-ins, Miller showed up a staggering 24 pounds over the middleweight limit and has subsequently been pulled from his fight.

Video and details after the jump.

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Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold Booked as UFC 199 Headliner


(If ‘t be true thee receiveth one stepeth clos’r to me, I shall knocketh thee out.)

Following Chris Weidman’s shocking and completely unforeseeable withdrawal from UFC 199, the UFC was basically left with two options for a replacement opponent: Ronaldo Souza or Michael Bisping. The former had just come off a win over Vitor Belfort, and the latter somehow beat Anderson goddamn Silva in his last octagon appearance, so either would have made for a more than suitable replacement on such short notice, to say the least.

Unfortunately for “Jacare,” a meniscus injury suffered at UFC 198 last weekend has removed him from the short list of potential opponents, and now, nearly ten years to the day after he made his UFC debut, “The Count” will be receiving his first title shot.

After the jump: A “Greatest Hits” collection, if you will, of Bisping and Rockhold talking sh*t to each other, + an update on Weidman’s injury.

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Chris Weidman Injured, Out of UFC 199 Bout With Luke Rockhold [SHOCKED FACE]


(Coming soon to a hospital near you.)

In a dramatic twist that would shock even the most seasoned MMA fan, word has it that Chris Weidman — as in the previously unbreakable, punch-a-hole-in-your-f*cking-chest Chris Weidman — has been forced to pull out of his UFC 199-scheduled rematch with Luke Rockhold due to an injury suffered in training.

We know what you’re thinking, and yes, this is probably the end of the physical world as we know it.

Details after the jump.

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UFC 198 Results/Highlights: Miocic Shocks the World, Souza Breezes Past Belfort, Cyborg Savages Smith + More


(“Hey Fabricio, it’s me Dan. I know this probably isn’t the time to tell you this, but you really dun f*cked up, kid.”via Getty)

Fabricio Werdum may have only been a -185 favorite heading into his UFC 198 title tilt with Stipe Miocic on Saturday, but the consensus across the board seemed to be that he would either utilize his vastly-improved striking skills to put away his Cleveland-born opponent on the feet or take him to the mat and submit him using his world-renowned Jiu Jitsu. This was the man who defeated Cain Velasquez, after all, and was hoping to kickstart his legacy as “the greatest heavyweight of all time” with a big win in front of 45,000 Brazilian fans.

The Fabricio Werdum that actually showed up at UFC 198, however, could not have looked further from the greatness he so desired. Chalk it up to blind confidence or whatever you will, but “Vai Cavalo” — a man who has not only submitted 3 of the greatest heavyweights of all time, but dominated the likes of Mark Hunt and Travis Browne in recent appearances — appeared to temporarily lose complete control of both his body and mind on Saturday night. It was quite possibly the most mind-blowingly stupid performance since Koji Oishi tried to block Nick Diaz’s punches with punches, and the result was a new champion who was all but handed the belt on a silver platter.

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Friday Link Dump: UFC 198 Weigh-In Replay, More on Wanderlei Silva’s Accident, Reliving Every ‘Friday the 13th’ Kill + More


(Full video: UFC 198 weigh-ins via the UFC’s Youtube.)

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Brazil continues to be an absolute terror for mixed martial artists on two-wheeled modes of transportation.

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Injury Roundup: Anderson Silva Out of UFC 198, Dennis Siver Pulled From BJ Penn Fight [UPDATED]

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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It appears that Dancing With the Stars has found its Khaleesi.

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Alistair Overeem Is the Karate Kid, and Other Highlights From ‘Fight Night 87′

Ubereem is dead. All hail Newbereem.

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[VIDEO] Check Out This HORRIFIC Arm Break From a Polish MMA Fight

It's like that time I asked Cris Cyborg to give me a Dutch Rudder all over again.

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WSOF Just Booked the First Ever (?) Brother vs. Brother MMA Fight

"One hundred percent, it's going to make our Mom cry. That's a guarantee."

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Conor McGregor Tweeted Some Things, And Some People Had Some Thoughts on Them

One thing's for sure: There will almost certainly be some lengthy thinkpieces and podcasts rants devoted to these tweets by week's end.

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

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

Who do you like to take this history-making matchup?

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

Move over, Meredith Baxter Birney. There's a new player in town.

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

Conor who?

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

Jon Jones returned from a 15-month absence and underwhelmed in victory, which can only mean one thing: HE'S LOST IT.

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

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

"I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote."

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

The best part: They were actually legal!

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

WHAT THE F*CK IS HAPPENING?!!!

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

Could this be the end for Rashad Evans?

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