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[VIDEO] Watch John Lineker Obliterate Michael McDonald in the ‘Fight Night 91′ Main Event


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In a sport as wild and unpredictable as MMA often is, perhaps it’s fitting that, less than a week after the “biggest card in UFC history” left us feeling cold and mostly underwhelmed, a humble, under-the-radar, and most importantly free card like Fight Night 91 would come along and collectively blow our goddamn socks off. It even finished wrapping up before midnight, if you can believe it!

What Fight Night 91 may have lacked in star power, it more than made up for in just excellent displays of guys and girls punching each other in the face. In the main event of the evening, devastating face-puncher John Lineker took on the similarly hard-hitting Michael McDonald in a bantamweight contest, and the result was right up there with Lineker’s battle against Francisco Rivera in terms of just how much face was punched inside the span of three minutes.

Video after the jump. 

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UFC 200 Results/Highlights: Nunes Obliterates Tate, Lesnar Tops Hunt in Underwhelming Night of Fights


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There were a lot of ways that UFC 200 could have gone wrong, and for a minute there, it seemed as if at least a few of them were destined to be realized. The one thing we failed to overlook in all of the lead-up to the quote unquote biggest card in UFC history, however, was that the fights themselves would be what left us underwhelmed when all was said and done.

And yet, here we are. Despite being stacked with recognizable talent and solid matchups from top to bottom, UFC 200 simply fell flat for the most part, ending the Zuffa Era™ with a faint whisper instead of the triumphant bang that we were all expecting.

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It’s Official: The UFC Has Been Sold For $4 Billion to WME-IMG

For the past couple months now, rumors have been circulating that the UFC was being auctioned off to the highest bidder, with the estimated price being somewhere in the $4 BILLION range. Considering that the UFC was only worth about $2 million when it was purchased by Zuffa back in 2000, that figure was quite an accomplishment in and of itself to say the very least.

Of course, following those rumors came the UFC’s typical form of rebuttal — having Dana White bully and straight up lie to members of the MMA media on Twitter (or what he would likely define as “good journalism“). But following the UFC’s landmark UFC 200 event on Saturday night, reports once again began circling that the UFC had in fact been sold to an investment group led by WME-IMG for the staggering price of $4 billion.

Details after the jump. 

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Check Out the Trailer For ‘The Hurt Business’ Starring Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, + More!

Hey Nation! Your fearless leader here, excited to pass along the news that CagePotato will be teaming up with The Vlader Company to bring you exclusive content from the upcoming MMA documentary, The Hurt Business. Profiling the likes of Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, George St-Pierre, and Rashad Evans – the documentary focuses on the mindset and struggles (both mentally and physically) that MMA athletes go through and why the violent sport keeps growing at a massive speed.

Check out the official teaser trailer and synopsis for The Hurt Business after the jump, and swing by to CP for more exclusive clips and footage in the coming weeks!

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Fight Night 90 Aftermath: The Only Constant is Change


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I remember the exact moment I knew that Rafael Dos Anjos was going to lose last night.

It came just prior to the co-main event tilt between Roy Nelson and Derrick Lewis, oddly enough. While hyping up the featured bouts of the evening, Jon Anik referred to Dos Anjos’ then win streak as “legendary.” He had made a similar comment earlier in the evening (something about Dos Anjos looking to secure his legacy as “one of the greatest lightweights to ever step foot in the octagon,” which I guess was technically true), but I had brushed it off, as I do with most commentators, as a case of simply needing some words to fill time.

But the moment that word hit my ear, I pricked up in my seat a bit.

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With Jones Out, Anderson Silva vs. Daniel Cormier Booked for UFC 200

When Jon Jones was pulled from his UFC 200 headliner against Daniel Cormier yesterday, there were more than a few fighters willing to step up and face the last-second challenge. Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Gegard Mousasi…I think Conor McGregor threw his name in there at one point…the point is, it looked as if Cormier was going to get that big payday after all.

One name we didn’t expected to see pop on the list of potential contenders, however, was Anderson Silva. He’s a natural middleweight for starters (though he has moved up to light heavy on a few occasions), and until recently, was expected to face Uriah Hall at UFC 198 until gallbladder surgery forced him out. Then again, UFC 200 is about pulling off all the stops, and with all due respect to the other names on that list, they are GARBAGE PEOPLE when compared to Silva.

So now, following reports from both Globo and TMZ, it looks like Silva vs. Cormier will in fact be going down this weekend after all.

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Jon Jones Flagged With USADA Violation, Pulled From UFC 200 [UPDATED]


(Dana White breaks the news of Jones’ violation, via MMAJunkie)

Un. F*cking. Believable.

That’s pretty much the only way to sum it up, Nation. Just three days out from his rematch with Daniel Cormier — aka the most anticipated main event on the most anticipated fight card of the year — Jon Jones has been flagged with a potential USADA anti-doping violation and pulled from UFC 200.

Even when we’re preparing ourselves for the worst possible scenarios, it seems that MMA finds a way to somehow screw things up even worse. What a sport this is.

After the jump: Daniel Cormier reacts to Jones’ removal.

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What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Anti-Jinxing UFC 200

By Asaph Bitner 

One of the best on-paper and most hyped MMA cards in memory is fast approaching, and anticipation is building to a fever pitch. And as everyone raises their hopes for what they wish will be a transcendent celebration of civilized violence at UFC 200 this weekend, we pessimists of this lovely sport start to ready our cringe faces.

But what if we could prepare ourselves for the worst? Soften the 4-ounce-gloved blow to our souls that the MMA gods are sure to deliver in their infinite, cruel, brawlability?

Well, here’s your pre-gut-punch padding, dear readers: a fight-by-fight breakdown of all the ways in which the gourmet chicken salad that is UFC 200 could turn into a total chicken s**t-show.

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Friday Link Dump: Jacare Souza Calls Out GSP, The 200 Biggest Moments in UFC History + More


(The UFC 200 press conference call, via Submission Radio.)

Hunt: ‘Lesnar’s Been Juicing His Whole Career’ (Bloody Elbow)

‘Jacare’ Souza Calls George St. Pierre a ‘Chicken’, Vows to Break His Neck if He Moves Up to Middleweight (MMAFighting)

Cody Garbrandt Faces Takeya Mizugaki at August’s UFC 202 (MMAJunkie)

Ranking the 200 Biggest Moments in UFC History (Bleacher Report)

12 People In MMA Who Outraged Dana White (Low Kick)

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Carlos Condit Not Retiring After All, Faces Demian Maia at UFC 202

Following his razor thin split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, it looked as if Carlos Condit might be hanging up his gloves for good. It was his second title fight loss in as many attempts (not counting his interim title win over Nick Diaz), the UFC didn’t appear to have any interest in booking an immediate rematch, and Condit himself had mentioned some concerns about the future of his mental well-being. When looking back on his illustrious 39-fight career, it just didn’t seem as if Condit had anything left to prove, which made his impending decision all the more sensible.

On the other hand, pride. If Georges St. Pierre, BJ Penn, and Fedor Emelianenko still believe that they have another title run left in them, then why shouldn’t Condit? A win over any top 10 opponent should put him right back in the running, so really, it’d be foolish for Condit *not* to put his health on the line for one last shot at glory, if you think about it.

Thankfully, it appears that this line of thinking is something that “The Natural Born Killer” can get behind, which is why he’s announced that he will in fact be returning to take on fellow top contender Demian Maia at UFC 202.

Details after the jump. 

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Former UFC Fighter Ryan Jimmo Killed in Apparent Hit-and-Run Homicide [UPDATED]

Our hearts go out to Jimmo's family.

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Game Changer (?): The UFC Has Apparently Been Sold For 4.2 BILLION DOLLARS

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Georges St. Pierre Announces He’s “Ready to Return,” Calls for Title Fight With Michael Bisping

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Fight Night 89 Results/Highlights: Thompson Outguns MacDonald, Cerrone Batters Cote + More

The meteoric rise of Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson continued at Fight Night 89 last weekend with arguably his most impressive performance to date.

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Points to Sapp for not ending this thing by crying in a heap on the floor.

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Dan Henderson Calls For Michael Bisping Rematch And If You Don’t Support This You Are Garbage

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Kimbo Slice Dead At 42. World Definitively Less Awesome. Sadness Reigns Supreme.

The Youtube sensation, the King of the Brawlers, and a genuinely kindhearted family man is now gone. Words can't describe our heartbreak.

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BREAKING: Brock Lesnar Returns, Faces MARK F*CKING HUNT at UFC 200

HO. LEE. SCHNIKES.

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