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CagePotato PSA: Farewell, ‘New Dad’

(This is closest any of us ever got to Liddell without getting punched.)

Bad news, guys. As of yesterday, CagePotato senior editor Mike Russell has parted ways with this site. It wasn’t our choice, and it wasn’t his choice either. Sorry if that’s more cryptic than it should be, but we’d prefer to keep the details private for now.

What’s important is, Mike spent the past two years tirelessly writing and reporting for the Potato Nation’s entertainment, and we’re incredibly grateful for his efforts. He’ll be impossible to replace — and we can’t afford to replace him anyway, so hang on to those resumes for now.

After first impressing us in late 2009 with his artful mix of journalism and photoshop, Mike started as a full-time editor for CagePotato in April 2010. His introduction post immediately launched the old dad/new dad meme that has haunted our site ever since. On his first day (!), he had his martial arts credentials questioned by a butt-hurt Gus Johnson. Pissing off a public figure in the MMA world is something of a rite of passage on this site, and doing it within 12 hours of employment is a record that will probably never be broken.

Since then, “MRuss/GusBuster” has been our go-to guy for everything from Canadian fight news, to exclusive interviews with MMA stars, to podcast production, to hilarious photo galleries. We’ve placed links to some of Mike’s CP career highlights after the jump. Read on, and wish him well in the comments section…

- Shawn Tompkins: ‘The Coach’ Was One of The Good Guys

- Check Out Gus Johnson’s New Clothing Line

- Exclusive: Eddie Bravo Talks About the Royler Gracie Rematch Situation and Much More

- Gallery: 25 Police Sketches that Look Remarkably Like MMA Personalities

- And Now Your Wednesday Moment of Zen: Chuck Liddell’s New Nickname Courtesy of CagePotato’s Youngest Reader

- Gallery: Five Presents Under the Zuffa Tree This Year

- Exclusive: Instead of Dwelling on His Problems and Past Mistakes, George Sotiropoulos Is Focusing On Coming Up With Solutions

- Source: Jon Jones Capture of Robber Was a Staged PR Move

- Diaz and Butt-Head: I Pulled the Fire Alarm [Video]

- On This Day in MMA History… (various)


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NomadRip- April 5, 2012 at 10:59 am
I'd put in a resume, but I'd want at least Machida money to have to wade through and attempt to transcribe James Toney interviews.

Good luck to you, MRuss!
sfdgdhfg- March 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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Believe you will love it.
credit card and f ree s hipping.
I bought two pairs. Cheap, good quality, you can
go and ship with there
gdsds- March 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm
Share a website with you ,
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Believe you will love it.
credit card and f ree s hipping.
I bought two pairs. Cheap, good quality, you can go and ship with there
dranokills- March 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm
glad that douche is gone, he was a douche the day he arrived, hes still a douche, just glad I don't have to put up with your lame shit anymore. fuck off....forever yours with hearts and fucking roses...DRANO
J-Dog- March 30, 2012 at 11:51 am
Later Mike! Keep in touch buddy. Really sorry to see you go from the site. I hope one of those irons in the fire pans out for you.
linzhanal- March 30, 2012 at 10:23 am
macreadysshack- March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am
So, there are three options here: 1. He was drafted for the attack on 'merica. 2. He dead. 3. A maob boss kidnapped his family and has forced him to become the world's lamest assassin (who would ever suspect?). 4. Okay there are FOUR main options here: 1. Draft 2. Dead 3. Mob 4. He was laid off due to cutbacks as the junior most PAID employee. No. There are five. Five main options: 1 draft. 2. Dead. 3. Mob. 4. Laid off, and finally, 5. Jail and 6. He wore too many funny hats. Damn. There are SIX. SIX main options ....
macreadysshack- March 29, 2012 at 8:15 am
MIke's interviews were the gold standard for interview pieces, in my opinion. I think he's got the sense of humor (at least in writing) right up there with heart disease but his interviews rocked.
BTW Rest In Peace Judo John - you are loved and you will be missed terribly.
ReX13- March 29, 2012 at 5:53 am
You notice how MRuss is like Curt Cobain over here -- now that he's gone everybody is all NO WAY BRO I LOVED THAT GUY.
MediumRare- March 29, 2012 at 4:58 am
"It wasn’t our choice, and it wasn’t his choice either."
My guess it was the law's choice. Parole officer finally caught up with you?
Kimbo Lesnar- March 29, 2012 at 4:53 am
Oh noes! Where will we find a new new dad? Sorry for the loss CP. It should have been Danga...
2Dogs- March 29, 2012 at 4:47 am
Thanks for the memories man. Salute!
ghostboner- March 29, 2012 at 12:40 am
I remember that time you changed mr. misanthropy's name to dick misanthropenis. Good one.
Dan The Viking- March 29, 2012 at 11:23 am
That was me.
ghostboner- March 29, 2012 at 12:38 am
Adios GussBuster. Keep on bustin them Gusses's. Don't be a stranger. Unless you getting locked up, which would explain the "it's not him, it's not us" business. I told you Chris Hansen would catch up with you eventually.
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- March 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm
when the fuck did CP become FB??? damn, disappear for a week and shit done changed. oh yeah, Later Russ you fucking Canadian bastard, guess you're not bringing home the bacon anymore... ha!
KarmaAteMyCat- March 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm
MRUSS FOR GOP 2012!!!!!!!!!!
skeletor- March 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm
fuck you danga
jasonmoles- March 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Thanks for everything, Mike.
RwilsonR- March 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Did Danga file a sexual harassment claim against MRuss? Is that the issue? We told you Danga was going to be nothing but trouble as an employee.
Mike Russell- March 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm
Thanks to The Potato Nation for accepting me (eventually) as one of its own and turning your sights on Danga.

This site was great when Ben started this thing on his own five years ago, and it still is. With the contributors that are sticking around, it will continue to thrive. I'm proud to say I was a part of the CP legacy.

As for what I'm going to do next, I have a few irons in the fire and am hopeful I can continue to cover this great sport. I'll keep you posted.

Take care, you hooligans. Look out for each other.

RwilsonR- March 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Good luck Mike. Let us know where you land.
El Guapo- March 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Goodbye, my love..
google- March 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm
atleast he wont be posting my personal info anymore when i disagree with him.
skeletor- March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm
Oh great. Never quite lived up to the memory of old dad and left just as quickly. It's no wonder Karma loves this site so much and is always looking for it's approval, CP is just like his mother. Oh well MRuss was the best thing this site had going for it. I'm just curious as to which shit stain commentator will fill the empty space.
mDino- March 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm
so what now fellow nation? is our loyalty to be punished further, by forcing us to read Danga articles, and the occasional piece by elias capeda(?) well, hands down the best thing about this site now is carmen valentina.
FightZen- March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm