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Conor McGregor Has Retired From MMA, Apparently, And WAIT, WHAT?!!!


(via Getty)

Well, ain’t this some shit.

According to multiple sources, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has suddenly, inexplicably, opted to retire from mixed martial arts. Except that he probably hasn’t. Except that he *has* been pulled from his UFC 200 rematch with Nate Diaz. Honestly, no one really knows what the Hell is going on right now, but head after the jump for all the details.

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Friday Link Dump: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez Title Fight Set, Cuomo Signs MMA in NY Bill, Worst Fight Bookings in UFC History + More


(“Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts” starring Chris Weidman: Surprisingly Funny. via The Kicker)

Dagestani Dynasty: How Fighting Became the Nurmagomedov Family Business (BloodyElbow)

Rafael dos Anjos to Defend Title Against Eddie Alvarez on UFC Fight Pass (MMAFighting)

MMA Now Officially Legal in New York; UFC Slates Nov. 12 Event at Madison Square Garden
(MMAJunkie)

For UFC on Fox 19, the Real Intrigue Is on Fight Pass
(Bleacher Report)

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And The Latest UFC Fighter to Be Busted for Banned Substances Is…Lyoto Machida?!!


(Say it ain’t so, Lyoto…)

The UFC’s recently-implemented, USADA-partnered drug-testing program has been quietly gaining steam at a predictable-but-still-scary rate since it was officially implemented last October, most recently catching Frank Mir in what may very well be a career-ending mistake earlier in the month and busting Viscardi Andrade just earlier in the week for a similar violation.

While the anti-doping agency’s settlement with Yoel Romero shows that the system is not exactly fool-proof yet, it’s still doing a respectable job of cleaning up the sport’s dirtiest fighters and hitting them where it hurts the most.

One of the last fighters that you would ever expect to be lumped into that category, however, is former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

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Friday Link Dump: Jones Gets Sentenced Again, A Call for a New Judging System, Really Sad Wrestling Moments + More


(Jon Jones’ full probation hearing, via UFC Fight Pass…er…FancyMMA)

Jon Jones Must Attend Courses, Get Approval to Drive After Probation Violation (MMAFighting)

Bellator 155: Marloes Coenen to Face Julia Budd for Women’s Featherweight Title (Bleacher Report)

In Age of ‘Needle-Movers,’ does UFC Contender Neil Magny Still Have a Path to the Top? (MMAJunkie)

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And Now He’s Fired: Jared Rosholt Released by the UFC For Being Boring, Basically


(A fittingly memorable photo for a fittingly memorable fighter. Farewell to thee, Jeremy Rosewall.)

Because some of you fans (and to be fair, some of us in the media) are still convinced that MMA is a sport and not a form of entertainment, there has been a bit of a reaction to the firing of UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt — if “(*wanking motion*)” counts as a reaction nonetheless.

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Tank Abbott Pulled From Dan Severn Superfight For the Most Tank Abbott of Reasons


(For reference, this is “in shape” Tank Abbott.)

(*wipes away tear*)

Guys, I’m not quite sure how to break this, so I’ll just come right out and say it. You remember that mother of all freakshow fights between Tank Abbott and Dan Severn that was supposed to headline that insanely-awesome looking UR Fight card this weekend? You know, the one that was set to feature Sonnen vs. Bisping in a grappling match, Angle vs. Mysterio in a professional wrestling match, and Roy Jones Jr. killing a guy? The one that was basically the summation of everything great about America in an era dominated by PC feminazi libtards who want to take away our guns?

It’s off. The fight is off and my heart is literally tearing in two right now.

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Friday Link Dump: UFC 196 Sets Record PPV Numbers, Jones & Cormier At It Again, Animated Movies That Make Guys Cry + More


(“Stupid Things People Ask UFC Fighters” via MMAInterviews)

Dana White: UFC 196 Did 1.5 Million PPV Buys (BloodyElbow)

Reps From Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier Camps Detail Pre-Press Conference Altercation (MMAFighting)

A Man of His Word: UFC Commentator Jon Anik Gets ’209′ Tattoo (MMAJunkie)

The Mental Game: Does Ronda Rousey Have What It Takes to Regain Her Throne? (Bleacher Report)

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And Now He’s Retired (Again): Severe Heart Condition Ends Chris Leben’s Bellator Return Before It Begins

Chris Leben UFC interview

If you were one of the almost everyone who thought that nothing good could come of Chris Leben’s unretirement, then boy do we have some good news for you. And by good news, we of course mean “somehow even more terrible news.”

The longtime UFC veteran, who called an end to his 11-year career back in January of 2014 only to sign with Bellator last month, has recently been forced out of his promotional debut according to MMAJunkie…and not for the reasons you might think.

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A Former BJPenn.com Writer Has Accused Penn Of Some Pretty Horrific Stuff


(Say it ain’t so, BJ. via Getty.)

If you’ve ever wondered what current day CagePotato would look like with slightly more readers and slightly less credibility, look no further than BJPenn.com. The site that owes its namesake to the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ has become one of the more ridiculed destinations for MMA news over the years (next to, you know, *us*), having been accused of blatantly stealing videos and entire articles from other MMA sites without attributing the proper credit on several occasions. It’s also been criticized as being regularly prone to grammatical mistakes, which is arguably even more shamful. Shamful, indeed.

But we’re not here to take pot shots at one of our peers, we’re here to talk about the rather horrific accusations that one of the BJPenn.com’s former writers have lobbed at the man himself following a falling out with the website.

Details after the jump. 

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Rampage Jackson Settles Lawsuit With Bellator…By Heading Back to Bellator


Together again at last. (FLAWLESS Photoshop work by yours truly.)

If you’re like us, you’ve not only forgotten that Quinton Jackson has been locked in a bitter contract dispute with Bellator for over a year, but that he in fact violated that contract in order to re-sign with the UFC and take a fight against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 last year — a fight which, again, you may have also forgotten ever happened.

Well, he has been, and the falling out has been vicious — like, “Rampage vs. the UFC” vicious – with both parties claiming breach of contract against the other and preliminary injunctions being upheld and overturned seemingly at random. Today however, it looks like Rampage has squashed yet another of his many beefs, and will be heading back to one of his many former promotions as a result.

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