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Cutting Through The Bullshit: UFC 178 Edition

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GIF of the Day: Chuck Liddell Has Run Out of Hand Gestures


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Shaka, fist pose, shaka, fist pose, fist pose. Yep, that about covers it.

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Lightweight Contender Bobby Green’s *Other* Brother Was Shot Last Night


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The continuously trying story of UFC lightweight contender Bobby “King” Green has taken yet another unfortunate turn.

Back in May, Green lost his younger brother, Mitchell Davis Jr., in a drive-by shooting that Green believes was related to Davis’ previous gang ties. In the aftermath of his brother’s death (which also saw two of his uncles and his cousin shot), a hit was allegedly placed on Green himself. Even for a foster child who grew up in a particularly seedy section of San Bernardino, CA — one who had witnessed countless gang atrocities throughout his upbringing — this was a particularly horrific development to say the least.

And now, it appears that Green’s *other* brother has was shot last night as well. The heartbreaking news comes from Green’s Facebook page:

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Here’s the ‘Rocky’-Themed Pasodoble That Got Randy Couture Kicked Off ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [VIDEO]


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Randy Couture‘s brief run as a television dance-show competitor came to an end last night, as he and partner Karina Smirnoff were voted off Dancing With the Stars season 19 following a mediocre pasodoble performance on week 3. Their dance was soundtracked by “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III. You know, because Randy’s a fighter? This is why MMA needs a more iconic song than “Face the Pain.”

Couture looked a little stiffer than he did during his alarmingly decent foxtrot on week 1, although the giant swing into jumping somersault that he pulls off at 1:09-1:17 was pretty badass. Ah well. Genius is never recognized in its own time. And now, we’ll go back to reporting on Randy Couture news that’s actually relevant.

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Gross Injury of the Day: Alan Patrick Pulls Out of UFC 179 Due to Horrifying Fractured Jaw [UPDATED]


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Undefeated Brazilian lightweight Alan Patrick has withdrawn from his UFC 179 matchup with Beneil Dariush due to a fractured jaw suffered in training. Patrick sustained the injury last Thursday while sparring at X-Gym in Rio de Janeiro. As he told Sherdog:

I was training and was hit by a knee. I was using a mouthguard, but it hit the bottom of my mouth. I have never been hit by such a knee before. It went right into my chin. Now, I will have to put a titanium plate on my chin. If I wasn’t going to be hit anymore, I wouldn’t have to do it, but as a fighter, I have to be cautious…In about a month, I’ll be able to resume doing cardio, and after another month, I’ll resume with the soft-contact training. I expect to fight in December.”

We have placed a photo of Patrick’s injury after the jump, because honestly, it’s too gross to leave on the homepage. Brace yourself…

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Videos: CagePotato Breaks Down UFC 178′s McGregor vs. Poirier and Cerrone vs. Alvarez on TYT Sports

Thanks again to TYT Sports — and the sharply-dressed Francis Maxwell — for having me on this morning to break down UFC 178. Here are the other two segments we shot, about Conor McGregor‘s hype-justifying TKO of Dustin Poirier, and Donald Cerrone‘s victorious battle against Eddie Alvarez. Short version: McGregor is the good kind of crazy, and Cerrone has gone from entertaining gunslinger to true elite in the lightweight division. Could both these men have title fights in their immediate futures?

Subscribe to TYT Sports’s YouTube channel right here, and check out our segment on Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso if you missed it earlier.

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Report: The Nogueira Brothers Narrowly Escape Ongoing Hostage Situation in Brasilia Hotel [UPDATED]


(Photo via Mirror.uk. Props to CP reader Airton S for the tip)

In a story eerily reminiscent of the movie Swordfish (minus Halle Berry’s world-renowned torso acting skills), it seems as if Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira just narrowly avoided an ongoing hostage situation in a Brasilian hotel this morning.

According to Globo, the MMA legend and his brother were staying at the Saint Peter Hotel in Brasilia, Brazil over the weekend, when they (along with nearly 300 other hotel guests) were evacuated from the building by fireman due to an apparent “gas leak.” The situation was far more severe in reality, as a crazed gunman had actually taken a hotel employee hostage on the 13th floor*, handcuffed him, and strapped a bomb to his chest (see photo above).

The incident began around 8 a.m. this morning, when the suspect was spotted climbing up the side of the building by several concerned guests. While information is limited, it is believed that the gunman has a grudge with the Brazilian government and “is calling for ‘the fall of Dilma’ among other things.” Dilma, of course, refers to Brazil’s 36th and current President Dilma Rousseff.

A spokesman for the Brasilian police stated that it has not yet been confirmed whether the white cylinders seen on the hostage’s vest are actual bombs or not, but that “Security evacuated the hotel and three negotiators are trying to resolve the situation peacefully. A bomb disposal unit is on the scene.”

We will update you on this situation as it develops.

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VIDEO: CagePotato.com Appears on TYT Sports to Discuss Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso Fight at UFC 178

The classy dudes at TYT Sports were kind enough to have me on their show this morning to discuss the top three fights at UFC 178. First up, this breakdown of the main event, Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso.

I haven’t watched the video yet because I don’t like looking at my own face or hearing the sound of my own voice, but I definitely remember what we talked about. Basically, I ran down the lopsided two-round beating that Johnson gave Cariaso, why Mighty Mouse’s performance was impressive and not impressive at the same time, and why staying in the flyweight division might not be in Johnson’s best interest, career-wise.

Give it a look, and please subscribe to TYT Sports on YouTube for more UFC 178 analysis videos from yours truly, which will be posted by this evening.

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UFC 178 Salaries: McGregor, Johnson, Cruz Are Well-Compensated for Their Time


(Dominick Cruz made $2,459.02 per second for his 61-second destruction of Takeya Mizugaki. / Photo via Getty)

The UFC paid out $1,433,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the 22 fighters who competed at UFC 178, with seven of those fighters comfortably landing in six-figure territory. Leading the list is — you guessed it — Conor McGregor, who tacked on $125,000 in bonuses to his already respectable show-money, for a grand total of 200 large. The second-biggest check went to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who gets paid under a quirky “$129k to show, $54k to win” arrangement.

The full list of disclosed payouts is below, along with our usual underpaid/overpaid picks. Note that these figures do not include additional revenue from sponsorships, undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or percentages of pay-per-view revenue that certain UFC stars are entitled to.

Demetrious Johnson: $183,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
Chris Cariaso: $24,000

Donald Cerrone: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
Eddie Alvarez: $100,000

Conor McGregor: $200,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.)
Dustin Poirier: $34,000

Yoel Romero: $108,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Tim Kennedy: $120,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

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Videos: Conor McGregor’s UFC 178 Post-Fight Interview and Media Scrum, Because You Can’t Get Enough of This Guy


(Conor McGregor UFC 178 post-fight interview. “I don’t just knock them out, I pick the round.” #mysticmac / via UFC)

If Honest Dana is to be believed, Conor McGregor is the biggest star in UFC history. (Screw you, Ronda! Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!) Of course, the amount of hype and interest behind the Irish featherweight is very real. From his cocky one-liners to his impeccable attire to his flashy striking, “Notorious” is the total package. So here are a couple more videos of Conor McGregor cuttin’ promos after his big win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178. Watch them. You know you want to.


(Short version: McGregor discusses his love for new clothes, the thumb injury that briefly made him consider pulling out of the fight, and makes a short joke about Chad Mendes. He also describes a steak in a way that will probably make you hungry. / via MMAFighting)

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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier: Actual Full Fight Video Highlights

Remember last week when we went apeshit over MMA sites purporting to have full-fight video highlights but not actually delivering?

In case you don’t remember, loads of site posted “full fight video highlights” of the fight between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. The only problem was the highlights were missing the most important part: The knockout.

The highlight video above is much better. While it cuts away right before the fight is stopped, it shows just enough of Conor McGregor‘s first-round KO of Dustin Poirier for you to get the idea of how it went down.

And do you know what else is awesome? Pretty much all the other “full fight video highlights” from UFC 178 are the same. They actually show the parts you want to see. Chalk up another victory for the Potato Nation. It seems our irreverence is finally starting to make a difference in the world of MMA SEO clickbaiting.

Watch the other highlights after the jump, and be sure to enjoy your 40-seconds of violence and anodyne commentary!

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Tim Kennedy Argues With Yoel Romero Backstage At UFC 178 About #Stoolgate, Shirtless Debate Ensues

Tim Kennedy, bruised and battered, pulls a fit backstage and gets in Yoel Romero's face after #stoolgate at UFC 178 this past weekend in Las Vegas. Shirtless men arguing after the jump.

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UFC 178 - Press Conference

Cutting Through The Bullshit: UFC 178 Edition

We're not going to tell you whose stock has risen up the heavens, or who should fight who next after UFC 178. Let's just get to the juicy parts, and leave the bull at the door.

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UFC 178 Results: Dispelling the “Lighter Weight Classes Can’t Draw” Myth

Just because Demetrious Johnson couldn't fill an arena if they gave away free beer and free tickets doesn't mean the same is true for every lighter weight fighter.

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UFC 178 Results: Johnson Submits Cariaso, Cerrone Out-Points Alvarez, McGregor Flattens Poirier,

Round-by-round results from the UFC 178 pay-per-view card will be right here starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Come and get it.

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Bellator 126 Results and GIFs: Halsey Destroys Shlemenko, Held Dominates Freire

The whistling of Conor McGregor's hypetrain heading into UFC 178 made it easy to forget about Bellator 126. However, as always, CagePotato has you covered with a Bellator recap post.

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What Your Favorite Fighter Says About You: 2014 Edition

It’s been quite a while since we first penned our “What Your Favorite Fighter Says About You" lists and a lot has changed in the time since.

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Friday Links: The Dana White/Gina Carano Romance Goes Sour, Chael Sonnen Gets His Own Podcast, Girls With Dimples + More

Some must-see highlights from our bros around the blogosphere.

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Injury Roundup: Jose Aldo Hospitalized With Kidney Stones, Conor McGregor Rumored to Have Busted Hand

EVERYBODY PANIC!!!

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Behold: The Most Awkward Cat Zingano Interview of All Time

"Are you nice and relaxed? You seem relaxed."

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Nick Diaz Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges

Diaz's next court appearance is slated for November 6th, less than three months before he's scheduled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

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Another Ex-Girlfriend of Anthony Johnson Accused Him of Battery in March, Police Report Reveals

Johnson will never answer to these charges in a court of law. The only punishment he might receive is the permanent loss of his UFC contract, which seems likely at this point.

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Hot Potato: 15 Photos of STACKED MMANitro Ring Girl Allira Cohrs

Check out 15 of our favorite photos of Allira in the gallery, and make sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Renzo Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (!!!!) to Headline Metamoris 5, Rory MacDonald Also Scheduled

SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY!

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VIDEO: Jessica Penne Chokes Out Lisa Ellis on TUF 20, Episode 3

On last night's episode of The Ultimate Fighter, Team Melendez's Lisa Ellis had the chance to avenge her Invicta FC loss to Team Pettis fighter Jessica Penne. It didn't go so well.

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The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Edgar vs Penn

Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson Set as UFC Fight Night 57 Main Event in Austin

UFC Fight Night 57 will also feature a lightweight bout between Bobby Green and Edson Barboza in the co-main event spot.

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Wanderlei Silva to Appeal Lifetime Ban Handed Down By “Kangaroo Court” NSAC

"You want a brawl, come to me and you'll have, motherfuckers!!!!"

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Is World Series of Fighting’s “Pay the Fighters Half” PPV Model Crazy Enough to Work?

Even a terribly-performing pay-per-view show can generate real money for fighters, if half of the money actually goes to them.

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Nate Diaz Ends His One-Man Labor Strike, Will Face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13

This booking ensures that UFC on FOX 13 will do terrible ratings, since we all know that Nate Diaz is not a needle-mover.

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GIF of the Day: Marlon Vera KO’s Enrique Briones via Upkick on ‘TUF: Latin America’

The timing of the shot was outstanding, as Briones was just getting to his feet; had the kick landed a quarter-second earlier, it would have been illegal.

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NSAC BLOODBATH: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Hit With Fines and Community Service, Wanderlei Silva Gets Lifetime Ban at Disciplinary Hearing

Today was Judgement Day for a trio of misbehaving UFC stars.

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