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UFC 187: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

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Gambling Addiction Enabler: ‘UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier’ Edition


(The UFC 187 open workout highlights, where Chris Weidman once again proves to be the most likeable human being ever. via MMAJunkie.)

By Dan George

This Saturday night, the UFC will be looking to rebound from a lackluster UFC 186 outing that was decimated  by a shocking drug testing failure, a judge changing his mind at the eleventh hour and an injury which forced the cancellation of the original main event. Thankfully, the UFC was able to roll it’s drugs, courts and cancellation issues into one fighter this time around, which allowed the stacked card to remain relatively intact.

Will Vitor Belfort roundhouse kick his way to becoming the new UFC middleweight champion? Will the winner of Johnson vs. Cormier be considered the true light heavyweight champion? How soon after the main event winner is announced will we see the predictable “I got next” tweet from Jon Jones that is immediately deleted?

The short answers to those questions: No, no, and 30 seconds. But join us anyway as we examine the UFC 187 betting lines (courtesy of 5dimes) and try to steer clear of the land mines known as the undercard while swinging for the fences on the main card.

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UFC 187: A Complete A-to-Z Preview


(This seems like a good a time as any to remind you that this is a thing that exists.)

By Nasir Jabbar 

Nation, UFC 187 is approaching us, and what was once being touted as one of the greatest cards in Zuffa history is now simply “a very good one.” The card took some bumps and bruises — quite literally when original UFC 187 headliner Jon Jones broke a pregnant lady’s arm during his now infamous hit-and-run (too soon?) — but nonetheless, there’s still two title fights and a few important match-ups to determine the next line of challengers to look forward too.

So you know the drill, instead of the same ol’ recycled text recapping each fighter’s recent matches and predicting how they will win this weekend, I’ve compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 187. Join me?

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[VIDEO] Wanderlei Silva Reacts to Judge Reversing Lifetime MMA Ban

It’s been awhile since Wanderlei Silva gave us a career update via a dimly-lit video recorded in a rape dungeon, and while many fans have all but completely forgotten about his existence in that time, the former PRIDE and UFC star has kept busy attempting to valiantly restore some credibility to his name. And today, it appears he may have actually made a little headway in that quest.

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Alexander Emelianenko Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault


(Looks like someone’s got their next tattoo appointment booked!) 

Perhaps it’s appropriate that last weekend’s Game of Thrones episode stirred up such a controversy for its disturbing ending, because today, MMA’s answer to Ramsay Bolton (discounting Joe Son, Hermes Franca, War Machine, etc.) has finally been brought to justice.

I’m talking about Alexander Emelianenko, of course, the beastly, abhorrent brother of Fedor who has been terrorizing Russia over the past few years with crimes including assault on a senior citizen, assault on a group of hecklers, theft, assault, hooliganism, assault, and also theft. Most recently, Emelianenko found himself facing sexual assault charges after allegedly drugging a 27-year old woman and “extorting her for sexual favors.” If convicted, Emelianenko was looking at a maximum of 6 years behind Russian bars, which is equivalent to approximately 28,000 years American.

According to RapsiNews, Emelianenko was convicted of sexual assault by a jury of his peers earlier this morning, and will now face 4 and a half years in prison.

Details after the jump. 

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VIDEOS: Kickstart Your Week With the Full ‘UFC 187 Countdown’ Special

Although it might not be the card it once was, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone complaining about the lineup of this weekend’s UFC 187 card. You’ve got Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier for the “undisputed but actually still quite disputable” light heavyweight title in the night’s main event, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort in an “Oh Thank God, they’re both finally healthy” middleweight title fight, and names like Cerrone, Arlovski, Dodson, and Thug Rose punctuating the rest of the card. I mean, it’s no Fight Night: Broomfield, but it’s still really something.

So in order to get us hyped up for this week’s action, the UFC has generously made their Countdown series for the event available online via their Youtube channel. You can check out a full preview of Cormier vs. Johnson above, then head after the jump to hear Belfort talk about the power of Jesus while Weidman challenges Matt Serra to a hoagie-off and fails miserably.

(Fair warning: I can not confirm with 100% certainty that either of those things happen in the Weidman-Belfort Countdown, but am simply taking an educated guess.)

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Friday Link Dump: NAC Overhauls Drug Program, TUF Vet Corey Hill Passes Away, Machida vs. Romero Booked (!!) + More


(The Fight Night Manila weigh-ins, via the UFC’s Youtube channel.)

Brandon Halsey Missed Weight, Stripped of Title, Fight With Grove Remains On (The UG)

Federal Trade Commission Re-Opens UFC Investigation, Contacting Promoters, Fighters and Managers (BloodyElbow)

Nevada Athletic Commission Massively Overhauls Drug Program, Topped by Lifetime Bans (MMAFighting)

UFC Veteran Corey Hill Dead at 36, Reports Manager (MMAJunkie)

New UFC Strawweight Michelle Waterson is Very, Very Flexible (Fox Sports)

Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero Set as Main Event for TUF: Brazil 4 Finale (Bleacher Report)

Honest Trailers – Pitch Perfect (Screen Junkies)

Video: Another Crazy Brawl Inside a Brooklyn McDonald’s (EveryJoe)

Padma Lakshmi is Hotter Than Hell’s Kitchen (40 Photos) (Radass)

The 22 Funniest Real Estate Agent Names Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

Mad Max: Fury Road – What a Lovely Day It Is (The Escapist)

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Fight Night Manila Is Tomorrow, So Let’s All Gawk at This Awesome New ‘UFC 189′ Trailer

While we all wait on bated breath for this weekend’s superfight-ish battle between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, the UFC would kindly like to remind us of another, even more hyped showdown on the horizon: That of Conor McGregor and Jose Also. It’s been awhile since the pair’s antics during the UFC World Media Tour captured our attention, and as such, the UFC released a brand spanking new trailer for UFC 198 earlier today — as if to say, “Hey, neither of these guys have gotten injured yet! And they still hate each other!!”

Like the True Detective teasers before it, each trailer for UFC 198 seems to be better than the last one, so check out the promo above and remember: If this fight gets cancelled, we riot.

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Hot Potato: Photos of the UFC’s New, Filipina Ring Girl, Red Dela Cruz

Yesterday’s Fight Night 66 media day workouts was a landmark occasion for a variety of reasons. Not only did it kick off the UFC’s first ever trip to the Philippines ahead of this weekend’s fight between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber — which is being hailed as “the closest thing to a superfight we’ve had in some time” (!!!!) — but it also set the stage for the UFC to introduce its first-ever Filipina ring girl. Please, try and contain your excitement.

That ring girl was none other than Red Dela Cruz, a popular Filipina model and PXC ring girl who was chosen from a pool of a couple hundred applicants as part of the UFC’s Asia Ring Girl search. A monumental occasion, indeed. In any case, check out our favorite photos (plus a bonus video) of Ms. Cruz after the jump, and make sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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CagePotato Open Discussion: With the Reebok Deal a Bust, Where Do We Go From Here?


(If you’re the UFC, I guess the answer is “Not for your fighters.” HI-OH!)

By David Golden

A week has passed since the pay structure of the UFC’s exclusive Reebok sponsorship was made public, and the immediate reaction to the deal from both fighters and fans seems to be…let’s say less than positive. Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub were among the vocal minority who seemed completely shocked by the figures, and it’s easy to see why. The structure of the deal effectively turns off an important revenue stream for many fighters and gives them a stipend that is predetermined and minimally effective in many cases. Making matters worse, outside brands have not only been banned as sponsors from UFC events but will no longer be able to participate as vendors at UFC fan expos.

This might have been the saving grace for some fighters hoping to bring in additional income, but that outlet has also been blocked. There has been talk of some secondary sponsorship coming some time down the road but all signs point to that being controlled by the UFC as well. If there isn’t an opportunity for fighters to source their own sponsorship or at least make the money they believe they are worth, then this deal could turn out to be disastrous for the UFC.

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Fight Night: Hunt vs. Miocic Aftermath: Oh God, The Humanity (Or Lack Thereof)


(It was at that point that the once bloodthirsty Adelaide crowd, draped in tattered shawls and dirtied robes, began to cry out for mercy. via Getty)

We’ve had the discussion a million times over. Probably more. When a fighter loses the ability to protect himself — whether out of stubbornness, pride, stupidity, or some combination of the three — it falls upon the referee, or his cornerman, or the ringside physician, to do it for him. “A fighter is his own worst enemy,” we so often say, cheaply dismissing a much bigger issue that impacts all combat sports while doing next to nothing to ensure that these fighters can actually be saved from themselves.

Fight Night 65 was, if nothing else, a continuation of our cultural apathy for fighter safety, gently tucked beneath a guise of momentary outrage and Twitter rants. It was the kind of card that would’ve made Matt Saccaro dismiss us all as purveyors of a barbaric bloodsport wherein the costs highly outweigh the gains, were he still covering MMA. (Thankfully, a former governor surfaced to pick up his scraps.)

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Friday Link Dump: Pettis Sidelined Again, Fighters React to Reebok Deal, Funniest Help Wanted Signs + More

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Jon Jones and Daniel Comier on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Fall of Jon Jones: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

CP Reader Scott Johnson takes an in-depth, all angles look at the demise of the now former light heavyweight champ.

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The New Reebok Fighter Payout Structure Has Been Revealed and Boy Is It Something

The tl;dr version: This deal is garbage. It has always been garbage.

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Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch Now Headlines Fight Night NOLA, With Ryan Bader Scratched Altogether

By the law of multiplying negatives, this new main event should be a hell of a scrap!

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The Week in Review: “Oh, F*ck My Life” Edition

A slew of injuries, a greasing accusation, and the 15 year anniversary of the most epic fight of all time. Just another week in mixed martial arts, ladies and gentlemen.

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Has Everyone Already Seen This Video of Clint Hester’s Superman Elbow Knockout?

So I’m trolling my way through r/MMA this morning because I am a legitimate MMA journalist and [...]

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Michelle Waterson Signs With the UFC, Faces Angela Magana at ‘TUF 21′ Finale in July

If you think "The Karate Hottie" is being handed a gimme fight to launch her up the rankings, well, you're right.

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Here Comes a New Challenger: Matches to Make — UFC 186

Despite its many, many failings, UFC 186 wasn't a half-bad display of mixed martial arts...for Bellator, or WSOF, of even a Fight Pass show.

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Jon Jones Stripped of Title & Suspended Indefinitely, Johnson vs. Cormier Title Fight Now Headlines UFC 187

A truly unbelievable turn of events for perhaps the greatest athlete to ever step foot in the octagon.

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VIDEO: Jon Jones Runs From Reporters After Bailing Himself Out of Jail

"Bones" was arrested for "felony leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries" and was booked at 7:11 p.m Monday evening.

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BREAKING: Albuquerque PD Issue Felony Warrant for Jon Jones’ Arrest

The Jon Jones hit-and-run saga has just taken a turn from bad to much, much worse.

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UFC 186 Highlights/Results: Johnson Subs Horiguchi at the Bell, Rampage Underwhelms in Return, + More

Demetrious Johnson remains the most flawless fighter in the UFC, yet somehow the most poorly marketed.

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Jon Jones Being Sought By Albuquerque Police for Role In Alleged Hit and Run [UPDATED]

To loosely quote Dave Chappelle, "Man, Jon Jones is f*ckin up."

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Friday Link Dump: OneFC 26 Results, UFC 186′s Glum Ticket Sales, Gomi vs. Lauzon @ UFC on FOX 16 + More

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To the Slaughter: The 8 (Or So) Most Memorable Sacrificial Lambs in MMA History

These brave souls have graciously jumped on a grenade time and time again for the betterment of our sport, and now, we pay tribute.

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Check Out This Unearthed Footage of a Young Andre the Giant in a French Kung Fu Movie

A stern reminder that Andre and Hong Man Choi are destined to throw down in this life or the next.

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Here Comes A New Challenger: Matches to Make – UFC on FOX 15

With so much fresh blood in the water, let’s take a look at the most logical next fights for our main card competitors.

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UFC on FOX 15 Highlights/Results: Rockhold Dominates Machida, Holloway Batters Swanson + More

UFC on FOX 15 showcased a changing of the guard across several divisions (and Souza vs. Camozzi happened).

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An Interview With Ken Shamrock — Part 2

"It wasn’t submissions. It wasn’t fighters. It was bare-knuckle that drew people to come see these events. As time went on, people got educated."

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Interview: Ken Shamrock Talks Kimbo Slice, Bare Knuckle Boxing, Personal Protection, and His Ministry — Part 1

"To me it’s ridiculous. I don’t think Kimbo's going to handle me, whether it’s stand-up or on the ground."

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