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Great Job, Nevada!: Robert Drysdale Finally Handed Down Suspension For Failed Drug Test at TUF 19 Finale


(“You have brought great shame upon your chest hair on this day, Mr. Drysdale.” — Brian Ebersole. Photo via MMAJunkie)

When we last checked in with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s crack team of regulators, we learned that they had yet to drug test middleweight contender/former TRT user/former steroid cheat Vitor Belfort since relicensing him on July 23rd. That NSAC commissioner Anthony Marnell had promised to test Belfort “until the day he retired” before immediately shirking the responsibility to the California State Athletic Commission probably should have come as a big surprise to us. Yet it did not.

And for our second installment of “Great Job, Nevada!”, we return to July, which was apparently a pretty busy month for the NSAC. Aside from the whole Vitor Belfort re-licensing issue, they had to deal with Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale, who tested positive for drostanolone and elevated testosterone, respectively, at UFC 175 and the TUF 19 Finale (respectfully). While Casey was hit with a $5,600 fine and a year-long suspension almost immediately, Drysdale’s case was pushed back for whatever reason, despite the the fact that it had been his second-such failed test in less than two fights under the UFC banner.

In any case, the word has been handed down and it looks like Drysdale is destined to become one of those “what could’ve been”-type fighters…

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Poll: Who Should Jose Aldo Fight Next — Cub Swanson or Conor McGregor?


(Presented without comment.)

It seems Jose Aldo won’t even be given a chance to clean out the cobwebs from his epic war with Chad Mendes last weekend before we start discussing who he will face next. While the crowd vote seems to be swaying in the way of a fast-talking Irishman wid da finest suits money can buy, the MMA media almost unanimously agree that whatever Daddy Dana says is fine Cub Swanson, should he defeat Frankie Edgar at Fight Night 57 next month, would undoubtedly establish himself as the division’s true #1 contender.

Chuck Mindenhall wrote a great piece about the prospect of giving Conor McGregor the next title shot over at MMAFighting, but that was before McGregor was booked to take on Dennis Siver in Boston on January 18th*. Swanson, on the other hand, took to Twitter following Aldo’s victory to ensure fans that he would be given the next title shot “as long as he won his fight against Edgar.”

Unfortunately for Swanson, a verbal agreement for a title shot doesn’t mean sh*t when you’ve got a bonafide star like McGregor waiting in the wings. In his post-scrum interview with Ariel Helwani at UFC 179, Dana White declared that “If everything goes to plan, then we can probably have a fight between [McGregor and Aldo] in the summer.” Not only does this statement directly contradict the title fight Swanson was apparently promised, but it really doesn’t say much for how the UFC feels Siver’s chances are against McGregor either.

It’s a clusterfuck of a situation, basically, but it’s times like these when the voice of *true* reason needs to be heard. We’re talking about the voice of MMA fans so hardcore that they only a follow an uncredentialed blog full of UFC-hating hacks, posers, and h8rs. We’re talking about fans who read a blog that pulls no punches except for when they are forced to by threat of legal action. We’re talking about MMA fans who read a blog that was quoted by The New Yorker and Jezebel this year and not once paused to brag about it. They are called…the Taters.

Join us after the jump to vote in our poll, Taters, lest your humorous insight and spot-on analysis of the featherweight title picture go unheard.

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Friday Links: UFC 179 Weigh-In Results, War Machine’s Latest Jail Letter, Cung Le Demands an Apology + More


(“The Night Earnest Lost His Sh*t at the Kumite” — classic karate footage, via MMALatestNews)

Three Fighters Miss Weight at UFC 179; Scott Jorgensen Fined (MMAJunkie)

Cain Velasquez Has Successful Surgery, Hopes for March Return (MMAFighting)

War Machine Tweets From Jail, Asks Fans Not to Harass Christy Mack (BloodyElbow)

Cung Le Calls for ‘Rightly Owed’ Apology From UFC Following Mishandled HGH Test (MMAFighting, again)

Details: Anthony Johnson Due Back in Court Next Wednesday for Restraining Order Hearing (BloodyElbow, again)

The MiddleEasy WWE Hell in a Cell Preview (MiddleEasy)

The 50 Coolest Celebrity Photos of All Time (WorldwideInterweb)

Adam Sandler’s Story of Trying to See Shaq’s Penis to Conan Got Animated (PopHangover)

The Live-Action Halo TV Show Gets its First Trailer (TheEscapist)

Jaylen Fryberg Named as Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooter (EveryJoe)

Top 4 Models To Follow On Instagram (VFD Marketing)

Creepy Halloween Costumes That Will Give You the Chills (22 Pics) (Radass)

Truly Ridiculous Superstitions From Around The World (DoubleViking)

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Mayhem Miller Pleads Not Guilty to Resisting and Obstructing Officer Charges


(This face says a lot, but lawbreaker? Nahhh son.)

For today’s installment of the CagePotato Tri-County Blotter, we once again return to former UFC middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who you *might* recall was detained by SWAT units last week following a standoff with police, that he live-tweeted. While Orange County police were originally paying Miller a visit to bring him in on stalking, domestic violence, and criminal contempt charges, his three-hour standoff forced them to slap an obstructing an officer and resisting arrest charges as well.

According to ABC7 in Los Angeles, it appears that Miller will be fighting those last two aforementioned charges, and thank God for that.

“MMA fighter Jason @mayhemmiller pleads not guilty to resisting and obstructing officer charge,” tweeted ABC7′s Julie Sone yesterday.

Additionally, MMAFighting has obtained police records which claim that Miller was able to post the $200,000 bond after spending 7 days in jail. NOTE TO CITIZENS OF MISSION VIEJO: Lock up your daughters, lock up your wives, lock up your back doors and run for your lives.

As luck would have it, Miller has already taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the manner in which he was arrested…

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Friday Links: GSP Cleared to Train Again, Medieval Knight MMA, Brandon Vera Books First Post-UFC Fight + More


(The exact moment when Kenny Florian met the love of his life, Clark Gilmer. Crazy. Props to Karyn Bryant/MMA HEAT)

Georges St-Pierre Medically Cleared to Resume Training (UFC.com)

Report: Fabricio Werdum Nearly Poisoned to Death in Mexico During UFC 180 Training Camp (MMAMania)

Today’s Lesson From M-1: Always Bring a Knight to an MMA Fight (MiddleEasy)

Miesha Tate Has A Few Words Of Advice For You — So Pay Attention (AskMen)

Justin Bieber Is Now Being Trained to Box by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (BleacherReport)

Brandon Vera Makes One FC Debut Against Igor Subora at ‘Warrior’s Way’ on Dec. 5 (Sherdog)

Must-See GIF: Giant Swing, Leg Lock, Flair Flop Celebration (gfycat)

Gallery: Star Wars Episode VII Leaked Concept Art (ScreenJunkies)

Smoke On This: Afroman Remixes “Because I Got High” For Marijuana Reform (PopHangover)

The 50 Worst Photos Ever Taken by Professional Photographers (WorldwideInterweb)

Manly Man Impaled by Frozen Paintball, Doesn’t Flinch (EveryJoe)

NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery – Day 4 (Gamefront)

Who You Are…According to Your Fridge (Radass)

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And Now He’s Fired: TUF 14 Alum Steven Siler Given the Boot Following Three-Fight Skid


(via Fox Sports) 

Like Chris Camozzi before him, Steven Siler was perhaps one of the more unexpected success stories to come out of The Ultimate Fighter. After being paired against the heavily-favored WEC vet Micah Miller in his TUF 14 elimination bout and emerging victorious via third round submission, Siler was viciously knocked out of the tournament by eventual season winner Diego Brandao. Like countless veterans of the reality show before him, most expected to see Siler put on a couple decent performances in the UFC before being released for simply not being up to par.

But as losses so often do, Siler’s quick defeat to Brandao actually fueled his 5-1 start in the promotion. While “Super” was always considered a grappling specialist with limited standup skills once was, his unanimous decision victory over fellow TUF standout Cole Miller at UFC on FX 2 painted him as a different fighter entirely. His combinations were quick and precise, his footwork on point. Siler lit up Miller for three rounds and sent a message to the featherweight division that he was a force to be reckoned with. A dominant victory over Joey Gambino would follow, along with wins over Kurt Holobaugh and former WEC champ Mike Brown.

The past year and a half, however, has been an incredibly frustrating period for Siler…

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Chris Weidman Saves 92-Year Old Neighbor’s Life, Seems Pretty Chill About It [UPDATED]

Move over Good Guy Dos Santos, there’s a newer, gooder samaritan in town and his name’s Chris Weidman. As in current middleweight champ, Jewelry Gallery of Oyster Bay spokesperson, and slayer of the GOAT (2x) Chris Weidman.

You see, Weidman was just hanging out in his Long Island home this morning, likely discussing deli meats and the traffic assjam on the 111 with Matt Serra, when his 92-year old neighbor stumbled out of her home, covered in blood and in desperate need of help. While most New Yorkers would have told the old bird to fack off before diving back into their pastrami on rye with dijon mustard (I missed lunch today), Weidman actually decided to do something about it. His wife detailed the incident on Instagram:

Shout out to this man @chrisweidmanufc who just saved our 92 year old neighbors life. She fell onto a glass table and had pieces stuck in her head. She was in her driveway bleeding out in the rain trying to call her daughter on the phone. Chris ran over and brought her inside, cleaned her up and called 911. #myhero

Wow, what a guy. I fully expect Weidman to be repaid for his act of heroism in the form of another life-destroying hurricane, because bad things only happen to good people. There is no God, is what I’m trying to say.

(I really need to eat something.)

[UPDATE]

After the jump: Weidman recounts the crazy story to MMAFighting.

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Christy Mack Posts Surgery Update Photos, Is Predictably Slut-Shamed By the UG

It has been just two months since Christy Mack was heinously assaulted by former boyfriend Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, and the adult film star is still facing a long road to recovery. While her ex-boyfriend has been claiming that she “got what she deserved” while awaiting trial ever since, the adult film community has rallied to support Mack, raising nearly $100,000 to pay for the long list of medical expenses that she has ahead of her.

In the time since her assault, Mack has remained all but silent on social media, only occasionally emerging to thank her fans for their ongoing support. Recently however, Mack posted a photo update to to her Instagram page and let us know how her recovery is going, along with the following description:

Sometimes half of your temp teeth decide to fall out to match the rest of your face. Thanks to Dr. Motykie for fixing the damage to my nose, and Dr. Adam Lousignont of Las Vegas for the temp tooth fix… again. Left was Monday right is today. What a difference a few days makes! I’m starting to breathe out of my nose again and today I’m going to get my glasses. One day soon I’ll be going to New York to see Dr. Toscano and get my permanent teeth.

Just an awful, awful situation that Mack has been subjected to, and one made even worse thanks to the heartless reaction she has received from the always reliable Internet.

You see, because Ms. Mack happens (or happened) to work in porn, she is therefore a target of perpetual cynicism, sexism, and misogyny — a truly vile and heartless creature who deserves no sympathy other than that found in the form of a rehashed punchline. And while we all know that the UG forums have devolved from a once respectable place of humorous information-sharing to a TMZ-esque cesspool of hate and gossip (not unlike some place you know, amiright?), their treatment of Mack’s recovery has lowered the bar to a level that not even James Cameron could attempt to rescue.

So without further adieu, I give you the most horrific jokes made about Christy Mack on the “Pre and Post Surgery” UG thread

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Chan Sung Jung Enters Mandatory Military Service, Will Not Return to Action for Two Years


(So this is what boot camp is like in South Korea, eh? *immediately purchases plane ticket*)

It has been well over a year since the MMA world has laid an eye on Chan Sung Jung. If you recall, “The Korean Zombie” broke approximately half the bones in his body against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 before dislocating his shoulder in the fourth round, and only recently popped up in July to angle for a fight with Nik Lentz on Twitter. A perennial fan favorite with 2 Fight of the Year awards to his credit, Jung was scheduled to face Akira Corassani at Fight Night 53 before reinjuring his shoulder and further delaying his return.

And unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be seeing the Zombie for a lot longer. Like Dominick Cruz long. In an interview with MMAFighting earlier today, Jung’s manager, Brian Rhee, revealed that his client would be stepping away from the sport for two years (!!!) to fulfill the mandatory military service required by all South Korean male citizens.

He feels bad for his fans and thankful to the UFC, Dana and the Ferttitas for letting him be a professional fighter,” Rhee said. “He’s going to rehab, train and comeback stronger than ever after the end of the 2 years!”

Jung, 27, is scheduled to report to basic training on October 20.

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Blatant Troll Job of the Day: Floyd Mayweather “Looks Forward” to Putting on His First MMA Show


(Photo via ThingsMMAFightersWillNeverSee.com)

Floyd Mayweather and MMA: a duo as complementary and universally beloved as peanut butter and motor oil. It seems as if “Money” has been teasing a crossover to mixed martial arts (in one capacity or another) for close to a decade now, with MMA fans and media members lapping up his every word like it was a dog dish full of Beyonce’s booty sweat. Because surely, a man who earns a greater payday in one boxing match than the UFC’s entire roster does in a year (exaggeration?) needs “the world’s fastest growing sport” to get dat premo Fight Pass dough.

But like I said, us MMA bloggers love to talk about old Floyd, no matter how obvious, apparent, or a third synonym it is that he’s trolling us. Take his recent interview with Fight Hype magazine, for instance, in which Mayweather discusses how he is, like, totally going to host an MMA event soon. For realz. Third person narrative abounds:

We believe in treating our boxers and our MMA fighters fair. I want a lot of MMA fighters to get in touch with you because Mayweather Promotions, I look forward to putting on my first MMA show also and having me some MMA champions. Like I said before, Floyd Mayweather loves to think outside the box. We’re not just one-dimensional. We’re very versatile, and we have an open mind. When I get into the MMA game, I want them to make more money than they’re making because from what I hear, they’re not being treated fair. 

You hear that, broke fighters and MMA agents? Floyd Mayweather will treat you fairly, because Floyd Mayweather is a kind, compassionate human being (exceptions: former employees, security guards, the mother of his children).

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