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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]

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

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

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

Suck on that, Marius Zaromskis!

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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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