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


(Jesus, it’s like that time I asked Cris Cyborg to give me a Dutch Rudder all over again.)

From the time Corey Hill nearly kicked his own foot off to Frank Mir’s arm-shattering kimura on Big Nog to whatever the f*ck this is supposed to be, it would be safe to say that us MMA fans have been privy to some absolutely horrendous bone breaks over the years. Yet no matter how gruesome the injury is, we continuously find ourselves drawn toward them, replaying the nasty injuries on a loop like a white chick with a zit-popping compilation.

In Poland last weekend, we were treated to another real doozy of an arm break on the HFO 2 Kunlun Elimination 2016 undercard. During a match between two unnamed amateurs, the fellow in the blue-taped gloves above attempted to counter a Harai Goshi throw by placing his arm on the mat. A quick reminder: NEVER, EVER TRY THIS.

Video after the jump

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

The question of “who would win?” is one we’ve all inevitably asked ourselves when comparing some of MMA’s more famous brothers. The Nogueiras, the Freires, the Millers, the Brothers Diaz…we know that arbitrary things like weight classes and “love for one another” would keep most of these pairs from ever throwing down outside of the occasional family BBQ, but would a promotion even book such a fight if given the chance?

We’re kidding, of course. This is a sport that puts 68 year-old women and quadriplegics in ostensibly life-or-death scenarios without batting an eye, so the thought of booking a real-life Warrior scenario would be enough to make them shit their collective britches. As luck would have it, the World Series of Fighting appears to have shit those very britches.

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


(From El Chapo to Phoebe Buffay, my oh my how Conor’s impression game has fallen.)

It’s funny how much of quote unquote “modern journalism” and/or blogging has become based around sh*t we read on social media, isn’t it? A basketball player throws some shade at another basketball player? We write an article about it. An actor gives an incredibly vague update about a potential project? We write about that, too. Hell, we have at least three pages of archives devoted to Twitter beefs between fighters, for Christ’s sake. Twitter and Facebook are practically the hands that feed us nowadays.

No fighter seems to be more aware of this fact than Conor McGregor. The man damn near shattered the MMA blogosphere with a single tweet, pulled a Jon Snow and came back from the dead with a Facebook post, and then tried to force his way back onto the UFC 200 card with another Tweet, and each time, no less than a thousand articles were devoted to him for doing so.

So when the featherweight champion began tweeting up a storm earlier today, we pretty much knew that the best course of action would be to just sit back and wait for the storm to pass, then round them up and put them in the ONE place you could check them all out (other than, you know, his Twitter). So with that in mind, head after the jump to see what McGregor had to say about stuff and also things.

Shut up, you know you’re gonna.

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


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

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(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)

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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]

The best part: They were actually legal!

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WHAT THE F*CK IS HAPPENING?!!!

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

If Hendo thought that Machida was a piece of sh*t, wait until he gets a load of this guy...

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

This sh*t right here is why all our heroes are ghosts.

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

Surely, no good can come of this.

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

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

Have we really seen the last of Rousey, and will Tate be able to fill her shoes as champion?

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

Even sadder is the fact that Bellator will DEFINITELY book him another fight.

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

Let the great injury purge of 2016 commence.

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Daniel Cormier Injured, Jon Jones Now Faces Ovince St Preux at UFC 197

Another year, another main event lost to injury.

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Friday Link Dump: Jones Gets Sentenced Again, A Call for a New Judging System, Really Sad Wrestling Moments + More

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Best card ever? Best card ever.

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And Now He’s Fired: Jared Rosholt Released by the UFC For Being Boring, Basically

A truly unjust firing for one of the sport's brightest talents. Jeremy Rosewall.

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So Paige VanZant is Pretty Much Crushing It on Dancing With the Stars [VIDEO]

Still doesn't hold a candle to Randy Couture's "Rocky" performance.

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VIDEO: Jon Jones Cited in ANOTHER Traffic Violation, Calls Officer a “F*cking Liar” [UPDATED]

Jon Jones: Turning the entire world into Daniel Cormier fans, one police officer at a time.

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Cris Cyborg Actually Coming to the UFC, Faces Leslie Smith at UFC 198

Now that the allure of Ronda Rousey has been shattered, is it too late for Cris Cyborg to make a real impact in the UFC?

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