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CagePotato Tribute: The Failure to Intimidate

(Gina Carano, rising above her fears. Pic:

When signing a business contract, one must be acutely aware of the fine print. Companies often try to sneak in language and terms which may later allow them to catch the other party off guard and emerge victorious in the battle for the almighty dollar.

I’d like to think that signing a contract for an MMA bout is a bit more straightforward. You’re told upfront in no uncertain terms that the opposing party’s objective is to physically hurt you. It’s a special breed that can accept those terms and believe in themselves enough to sign on the dotted line.

Despite that rampant self-confidence—or perhaps because of it—many fighters attempt to psyche out their opponent and gain the upper-hand before the first punch has even been thrown. When successful, it makes for an easier night’s work. When it fails, the would-be intimidator is left looking foolish. The comeuppance may come in a laugh at his expense or a lop-sided asswhooping, but either way it’s a sight to behold.

Join us for a closer look at what happens when fear is not a factor in mixed martial arts.


Bonello’s Bark Proves Worse Than His Bite

Tony Bonello walked into his bout with Murilo Rua with an undefeated 15-0 record and a massive chip on his shoulder. With allegations of worked fights in his native Australia, Bonello was looking forward to a breakthrough performance that would put him on the map in the US scene and prove that he was more than a can crusher.

Bonello’s trash talk in the staredown was as unwarranted as it was aggressive. But tough talk can be tough to back up when directed at a seasoned product of the Chute Boxe Academy. As Bonello barked slurs in his direction, the calm, wide smile on Ninja’s face reflected great confidence in what he had planned for his foe. Though it only lasted a scant three minutes and fifteen seconds, the bout couldn’t have ended quickly enough for Bonello. “The Gun” failed to fire a single round before Rua began a violent drubbing chock-a-block with indignities such as passing the black belt’s guard, elbows from the crucifix position, full mount, and the always popular knee-on-belly/rape choke combination.

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fatbellyfrank- November 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm
@ Xeno and El Guapo, I dont normally shit on my own countrymen and I'm happy to be corrected if I called it wrong, but it seemed to me like he was way over the top during the instructions and blew his wad before the start of Rnd1, and Guap, your dead right he took a hell of a pounding
El Guapo- November 28, 2011 at 11:19 am
Regarding the Ninja Who-Ahhh fight; You guys are incorrectly shitting on Bonello, you guys, as it was Rua who started the whole thing by blatantly dissing his opponent right off the bat. That's the only reason I even remember the fight, as it wasn't much of a match.

Bonello was already in his corner when Ninja, upon first entering the cage, straight laughed in Tony's face before going to his corner. After that Bonello was pissed and just wanted to throw bombs even tho he's supposed to be a jits specialist.

Anyhow, just wanted to clear that up, since the video started after Rua's entrance. And props to Bonello for being one of the toughest S.O.B.'s I've ever seen. Dude took some shots!
CrushCo- November 28, 2011 at 9:54 am
@XENO: You're right, we do have an abundance of ascii symbols. It's one of the worst parts of living here.
We do have a couple of organizations here: Extreme Fight Championship and King of Kombat. I've been to a number of King of Kombat shows, though lately they've been on the same night as major events so I wasn't able to make it out.
Roger Huerta, Tim Kennedy, and I believe Yves Edwards all call Austin home.
XENOPHON- November 28, 2011 at 9:29 am
Don't like Texas much. No surf and too many %)^)^@(....
That being said, Austin is a bitchen city - with some hot trim to be had. Question is, are there ever any MMA venues held there?
XENOPHON- November 28, 2011 at 9:25 am
Nothing wrong Bonello posturing for this fight with Ninja. Think he is the only over amped man to ever get into a fight?
XENOPHON- November 28, 2011 at 9:24 am
I'd like to see Aleksander Emelianenko come to either Bellator, or Zuffa - shame Hep B is an issue.
While I'm at it, what happened to Josh Barnett returning back to the UFC?
fatbellyfrank- November 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm
I remember Bonello's little performance, he was frothin at the mouth as the ref gave fighters instructions, then proceeded to get his ass royally kicked all over the cage, I love it when idiots get owned
Mofo- November 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Lastly, blue balls alert. Where the fuck is the Gina Carano tie in?
Mofo- November 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm
I gotta point out that Aleks landed his jab as Thompson bumrushed him and only fell because he lost balance. He then didn't "exchange blows", because he didn't even get hit during the exchange. He followed a pattern: block a punch, land a counter with one hand, miss with the next hand because Thompson's head was bouncing from the previous punch, rinse lather and repeat. Nicely done.
Mofo- November 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm
@CrushCo & @BG and @MRuss
Come on. We give you enough page views. Get outta here with that cheapass "next page" bullshit. It's condescending and makes it clear that we are nothing but page views to you. I'm so hurt. I thought we had a thing here, CP!
pinkyslayer- November 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm
because it's a cheap, totally unnecessary way to get more page views. theres absolutely no need for it, CP had all of its lists on one page for years.
FightZen- November 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm
I want to love that Carano pic, but her underwear makes it looks like she has a package.
StinkFacer- November 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Why do people bitch about pressing next page? Are you paying to click your mouse on a link? Oh, you're too lazy? Sucks, player.
rangerrexxx- November 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm
The Carano connection is that she is a stone cold fox!
skeletor- November 27, 2011 at 11:27 am
good read. How about the many attempts of Ken Shamrock and Tito.
CrushCo- November 27, 2011 at 11:12 am
Thanks for the kind words, fellas. If we can scrape together enough other examples, maybe I'll shoot for a sequel, so keep 'em coming.
Dizzylittlelord- November 27, 2011 at 10:56 am
great article, mirko vs wandy was good simply because of how the whole thing ended, how about bj penn vs sanchez
Vovchanchyn Check- November 27, 2011 at 10:16 am
great article
bigashs2- November 27, 2011 at 10:14 am
How about the entire TUF12 season? Koscheck trying desperately to get under GSP's skin, only to have everything backfire... And he didn't even get to motorboat his azz.

Or my personal favourite... Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry. Hardonk comes out and dismisses the glove touch, instead opting to YAWP manly style in his former friend and training partner Barry's face. Barry was a bit taken aback, until 2 minutes later when he stood over a heap of Jell-O former known as Hardonk.
TheWarsawExpress- November 27, 2011 at 9:52 am
Dan Hardy v. GSP comes to mind. Does anyone remember those stupid contact lenses Hardy wore to the weigh in?
fucksaltines- November 27, 2011 at 9:43 am
One failed intimidation I can recall is Hendo vs. Wandy #2 at the beginning when Hendo just smirks while the rules are being explained to them.
MMA Mafia- November 27, 2011 at 9:42 am
You forgot the one where CP tries to intimidate its fans by trying to use that "next page" bullshit for whatever reason. Well it worked on soon as I saw it I left this article for the next one. Well done.
CheechFace- November 27, 2011 at 9:40 am
Nice article but blatant false and misleading advertising.
Where is the Carano connection?