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

The hits just keep on coming, Nation.

Late last night, it was reported by CBC.ca that a fatal hit-and-run incident involving an unidentified 34-year-old man had occurred outside of the H20 Lounge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to circulate that the unidentified man in question was none other than former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo, rumors which were sadly later confirmed by CP’s own former editor Mike Russell.

Details after the jump.

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Friday Link Dump: Remembering Kimbo Slice, Inside Russia’s Shady Fight Circle, Best Biergartens in America + More


(Oh this? Just a guy spraying piss on his opponent during a weigh-in. Nothing to see here.)

Feature: Russia’s Shady Fight Sport Oligarch (BloodyElbow)

For a Guy Who Doesn’t Seem to Like MMA, ‘Rampage’ Jackson Can’t Stop Coming Back for More (MMAJunkie)

Remembering Kimbo Slice (MMAFighting)

Patricky “Pitbull” Freire Finally Ready to Sit the Bellator Lightweight Throne (Bleacher Report)

Top Five UFC Opponents For Fedor Emelianenko (Low Kick)

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CM Punk Finally Healthy, Fight Against Mickey Gall Booked For UFC 203


(via UFC.com)

It has been, oh, I dunno, six or seven or twelve or fifteen years since CM Punk aka Phil Brooks first signed with the UFC, and the buzz surrounding his debut has never been lower thanks to — again, I’m just spitballing here — no less than eleventeen successive injuries that have kept him on the sidelines since the first Bush was President.

So before you hardcore Punkites (is that what you’re called?) completely flip your shit and start giving GTS’s to everyone in your office, perhaps takes this news with a grain of salt. As announced on the UFC’s Twitter last night, Punk will finally make his promotional debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September.

Details after the jump. 

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


(Well thank God this isn’t having a noticeable effect on DW yet.)

There are a couple reasons that we haven’t been reporting on the alleged sale of the UFC, which has been making the rounds here in the MMA blogosphere for the past week or so. For starters, most of these reports have been little more than hearsay and conjecture, and not to take some journalistic high ground here, but any article that begins with “UFC Sold to blah blah blah” and ends with “But nothing is finalized yet” is some amateur hour clickbait bullshit that even we are not prepared to publish. Of course, there’s also the fact that the UFC has been threatening legal action against anyone who *was* reporting on the story, which is a headache that we really didn’t feel like dealing with.

Today, however, it seems like this thing is actually going through, so head after the jump for all the details.

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


(Ahhhh the good ol’ days, right Georges?)

It’s been three years since Georges St. Pierre last competed in the octagon, three years the former champ has gloriously spent selling booze, signing boobs and unearthing dinosaur bones. It’s a life that stood in stark contrast to what we come to see from St. Pierre in the latter stages of his career — the self-doubt, the anxiety, the onslaught of strikes he was beginning to absorb in each fight — and one that GSP himself admitted to being more than content with. Georges St. Pierre was one of the all-too rare fighters to recognize that his best days were behind him and that is was best to step away from the sport while he still had his facilities intact.

And now, he’s ready to take it all back.

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


(via UFC on FOX)

In Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Rory “I Refuse to Write His Nickname” MacDonald, we were expecting one of the more technical battles you’ll ever see in the octagon; one was a kickboxing and karate master with a wealth of experience behind him, the other an archetype of the modern MMA fighter whose only losses had come to the top 1% of his division. Suffice it to say, a sloppy haymaker-fest it would not end up being (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Our predictions, as it turns out, were mostly spot-on. What we might not have expected, however, is that Thompson would almost completely shut down MacDonald’s attack over the the course of five rounds and reduce his face to the mashed-up pile of blood and gore that only Robbie Lawler before him was able to do.

It was quite possibly Thompson’s best performance to date, and one that cemented his name as the next title contender (after Tyron Woodley, for whatever reason). As for the “Red King” (dammit, I said it!), well, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board, by which I mean that he may very well have to hire a team of scientists and graphic artists to draw him up a new nose, because he won’t have much of a fighting future left with the one he’s got.

Head after the jump for a complete recap of Fight Night 89.

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Friday Link Dump: Catch the ‘Fight Night 89: Thompson vs. MacDonald’ Weigh-Ins LIVE Right Here!

Jorge Masvidal Replaces Claudio Silva, faces Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201 (MMAFighting)

Report: Two Groups Bid in Excess of 4 billion Dollars for UFC (Bloody Elbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 89 (MMAJunkie)

After Years of Flirting, It’s Now or Never for Fedor Emelianenko and UFC (Bleacher Report)

The 8 Worst Downfalls In UFC History (Low Kick)

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Will Brooks Signs With UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at the TUF 23 Finale

It’s been a long time coming for “Ill Will” Brooks.

Back in May, it was revealed that Brooks had been released from his Bellator contract despite holding the promotion’s lightweight title at the time. While not exactly a shock given Brooks’ very public clashes with the promotion in recent months, it was still surprising to see that Bellator would be willing to let their champion and a man on an 8-fight win streak go in favor of, I dunno, guys like this.

According to Bellator President Scott Coker, however, “It was very simple.”

“Will Brooks’ contract is ending, and we made a decision not to renew it. We’re going to give him a full release, so we’re not going to be in the Will Brooks business any longer,” said Coker to MMAjunkie.

Insightful stuff. Anyways, many of us imagined that it’d only be a matter of time until Brooks signed with the UFC, and last night, it was announced that he’d done just that.

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Just ‘Cause, Here’s Bob Sapp Getting Into An Embarrassing Press Conference Brawl


(“You feel that breeze? That’s all you’ll need to do to make me quit. BEAST OUT.”)

I might be alone in this, but I was under the impression that Bob Sapp had retired from professional fighting and disappeared off the face of the earth the minute after he was ambushed by Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. As it turns out, Sapp actually emerged from hiding last year and picked up a victory over Akebono in a kickboxing match at Rizin 2. So technically, this means that Bob Sapp has scored more victories in the past year than Anthony Pettis and Renan Barao combined. What a world.

Anyways, it appears that Sapp will be returning to the cage for the first time since 2013 next month, where he’ll face off with Aori “The Heavyweight Supernova” Gele in an openweight MMA bout under the Road FC banner. While promoting the event at a press conference this morning, Sapp nearly came to blows with Gele and forced Hong Man Choi, of all people, to break up the action. I don’t mean to spoil it, but suffice it to say, the UFC 178 media day brawl it was not.

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VIDEO: This Backflip Guard Pass Is the Coolest Thing You’ll See All Week


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We’ve seen all varieties of guard passes in MMA over the years: Chad Mendes’ front flip, Mark Hunt’s atomic butt drop, and perhaps most impressively, Ze Wu’s flying cartwheel groin stomp. We’ve seen Mark Coleman put himself into guard for reasons that remain a mystery to this day, but the one thing that all of these guard passes all seem to have in common? They don’t really work.

Yes, it’s a sad fact that the world of stylistic guard passes are, well, more style than substance when it comes right down to it, but that’s something Russian lightweight Dzhihad Yunusov was looking to change while competing at an Akhmat event this morning. Squaring off against Konstantin Veselkin and finding himself stifled by his opponent’s guard, Yunusov opted to skip the foreplay and get right to the main event — to deliver an incredibly muddled metaphor — back-flipping over Veselkin’s legs and right into side mount in one of the sickest sequences you’ll see this year.

As if that wasn’t enough, Yunusov then went on to submit Veselkin with a god dang Ezekiel choke in the closing moments of the second round. I think it’s safe to say that we should all probably be keeping an eye on this kid.

After the jump The full fight between Yunusov and Veselki.

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

Make it happen, Dana.

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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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UFC 199 Aftermath: And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth…

Michael Bisping. Is the middleweight champion. God help us all.

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

HO. LEE. SCHNIKES.

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Friday Link Dump: The UFC 199 Weigh-Ins, MMA vs. Boxing: Chapter LXVIII, Best Booze-Based Father’s Day Gifts + More

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[VIDEO] Catch the UFC 199 Press Conference LIVE Right Here, Right Now!

Before the battle of fists comes the battle of words.

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UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs Garbrandt

Fight Night 88 Highlights/Results: Garbrandt Sleeps Almeida, Stephens Upsets Barao + More

Could Cody Garbrandt be the next big thing at 135? It sure as hell seems like it.

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Friday Link Dump: Scoring Fights With Big John McCarthy, Nate Diaz’s Five Biggest Wins, How to Make the Ultimate Slider + More

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

A big loss, and not just in MMA, can be devastating. Those who choose that moment to treat their defeated opponents with malice should rightly be scorned by all.

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

BJ Penn's comeback has been squashed before it could even begin.

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

"If you don't learn from an experience, that's 'cause you haven't thought about it long enough."

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

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

Well color me flabbergasted.

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Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold Booked as UFC 199 Headliner

Two fighters. One title. Zero chill.

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

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

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

Fabricio Werdum looked to solidify his legendary status at UFC 198, and did so with the WORST. GAMEPLAN. EVER.

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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

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Wanderlei Silva Struck By Car While Riding Bicycle, Shoulder Surgery Seems Likely

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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[VIDEO] Paige VanZant Cracks ‘DWTS’ Final Five With Game of Thrones-Inspired Dance

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

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