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Friday Link Dump: Live UFC 185 Weigh-Ins, How to Pronounce Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Crafting a Burger the Heming-way + More

Carla Esparza Must Prove She’s Right Strawweight for the Job (Bleacher Report)

How to Pronounce Joanna Jedrzejczyk? UFC 185 fighters Try – and Fail Spectacularly (MMAJunkie)

US Anti-Doping Agency: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Failed Drug Test Carries Four-Year Ban (MMA Mania)

From Chechnya to New Jersey: Khusein Khaliev’s MMA Odyssey (BloodyElbow)

Roy Nelson Hopes Alistair Overeem Hasn’t Become a Safety First Jackson’s Fighter (FoxSports)

Rousimar Palhares to Undergo Knee Surgery on Friday, Eyes July Return Against Jake Shields (MMAFighting)

Screen Junkies Show: Patton Oswalt Talks DC, Marvel, Star Wars & More! (Screen Junkies)

8 Classic Multiplayer Arcade Games (The Escapist)

28 Innocent Items That Became Accidentally Dirty (Pics) (Radass)

Military Chow: The Four (or Five) Basic Food Groups (EveryJoe)

The Ultimate Foreign Celebrity Commercial Compilation (WorldWideInterweb)

Robert Downey Jr. Presents Real Bionic Arm to 7-Year-Old Boy (Pop Hangover)

For Whom the Dinner Bell Tolls: Crafting a Burger the Heming-way (Made Man)

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World Series of Fighting Signs MMA/”Crime” Fighter Phoenix Jones

Now that he’s been profiled by ESPN, it would be safe to say that Phoenix Jones (aka Ben Fodor) is quite the hot commodity right now. His recent Twitter postings seem to back this notion, as does the fact that he’s recently gone full War Machine and changed his name. With a 15-2 ammy record and 5-0-1 pro record at just 26 years of age, it’d also be safe to say that the guy’s made enough noise *and* proven himself enough to be called up to the big leagues. (looking at you, guy whose name rhymes with Bee Phlegm Skunk).

Regardless of how you feel about Jones, WSOF President Ray Sefo told MMAjunkie today that the undefeated welterweight has signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting, with his debut expected to take place at WSOF 20 on April 10. No opponent has yet to be named, but our bet is on Afro Ninja.

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Ronda Rousey: The Cleaner

By Chris Huntemann, Columnist

Given that it’s tax season, it’s a good time to remember that are there three guarantees in life: death, taxes and Ronda Rousey once again showing why she is the best female fighter on the planet with a first-round demolition of her opponent.

Rousey’s performance at UFC 184 last month was her finest to date. She submitted Cat Zingano, widely regarded as Rousey’s biggest challenge, in 14 seconds. While Rousey was aided by an absolutely horrible strategy by Zingano, her virtuoso performance led to another discussion of who has what it takes to dethrone Rousey. It also led to a ridiculous conversation of whether or not Rousey could compete against and defeat male fighters in the UFC’s bantamweight division. The less time spent on that absurd notion that accomplishes nothing but trying to discredit the great fighter Rousey is, the better.

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The Myth of the MMA “Super Fight”

By Ryan Anderson

When I was a kid, my favorite video game was Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. What I loved most about the game was progressing through the rogue’s gallery of fighters and finally becoming champion, because it was only after you became champion that you got to greatest aspect of Punch-Out: The “Dream Fight” with Iron Mike himself. It was the original superfight before the term superfight ever existed.

The recent announcement of the boxing “Super/Dream Fight” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally happening (albeit 5 years too late) has once again gotten us MMA fans talking about what our equivalent could be, and on top of that, what actually makes a fight a “Super Fight” and not just a big fight, championship fight or other random main event.

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The UFC and PEDs: Where Do We Go From Here?


(Photo via Getty.)

By Chris Huntemann, Columnist

Usually when I ask that question, it’s in the wake of a pay-per-view and I’m wondering aloud at what’s next for the fighters who competed on it. This time around, I’m talking about something that affects ALL mixed martial artists in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The UFC announced last week that it will implement far stricter, far more comprehensive drug testing in the wake of fighters like Anderson Silva and Hector Lombard failing tests for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), while Jon Jones and Nick Diaz failed tests for cocaine and marijuana, respectively.

Increased drug testing and harsher penalties can only help the UFC, and mixed martial arts in general. But what brought on this increase in failed tests?

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The UFC: In Order to Rebuild It, We Must Destroy It

By CP Reader Scott Johnson 

I rented my first UFC event from the local Blockbuster video store back in 1999. I had seen many of the commercials advertising this No Holds Barred spectacle where “Two men enter, one man leaves”, and as a lifelong pro wrestling fan, I was interested to see this new entity. I paid $3.74 and went home with my VHS copy of UFC VI with visions of barbarism and gore dancing in my head, expecting to see nothing short of legalized murder.

What I got wasn’t far off. Immediately after seeing a portly bar brawler by the name of David L. “Tank” Abbott take eighteen seconds to knock a 400 lb. John Matua into a living death, I was hooked. I would go on to rent every single tape that I could get my hands on and started purchasing every PPV event I could (Ok, technically my girlfriend’s dad was unknowingly purchasing them but whatever…)

I mention this only to establish that I am not someone who is new to the UFC brand, nor am I what the hardcore fans would consider a “TUF Noob.” I was there when Frank Shamrock was ending hopelessly overmatched Russians in a matter of seconds. I was watching when Matt Hughes performed an unconscious powerbomb on Carlos Newton, beginning a reign of domination not yet seen in what would be referred to as the “New Era of Mixed Martial Arts.” I spent many of hours passionately defending the intricacies of Jiu Jitsu to my friends, who laughed and referred to talented fighters like Pat Miletich and Mikey Burnett as “a bunch of pantie grabbers.”

That being said, I want you to understand how much it pains me to make my next statement. As a loyal fan of the UFC, I must make the “Ultimate” sacrifice in order to help what I have loved so much for so long. I have to stop watching what has become one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

I have to stop watching UFC. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you…

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Shipping Up to Providence: A Brief Conversation With Robert “Wreck-It Rob” Sullivan


(Photo via Bellator)

By CP Reader Chris Huntemann

With the last name Sullivan, you would think Method MMA and Baltimore BJJ’s Robert Sullivan would be popular with a certain sect of people. And you would be right.

Sullivan fought for the third time late last month for CES MMA, an organization based out of Providence, R.I. He notched his second win in the organization via unanimous decision and seems to have built a small following up there, if you ask Sullivan.

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Gallery: Ronda Rousey’s Full Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Pictorial

Although we’ve seen a lot more of her in other photoshoots, it would be difficult to claim that Ronda Rousey’s recent pictorial for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition was not…how do I put this…effective? Great marketing? The women’s bantamweight champion is rather attractive, is what I’m saying, and these photos only add credence that claim.

Currently scheduled to face top contender Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184, Rousey took a slight break from training to cement herself as the first MMA fighter to ever appear in the SI swimsuit edition. Join us after the jump for the full gallery and a behind-the-scenes video of Rousey’s shoot.

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What Was More Heartbreaking: Anderson Silva’s Leg Break or Positive Test?

By Nasir Jabbar

After a couple nights spent crying into a pillow and questioning everything I have come to know about this (occasionally) great sport, I’ve finally mustered up some courage to write about the whole Anderson Silva positive drug test.

To be honest, UFC 183 had a freakshow feel to it the moment the main event was announced, then it was just a straight up fiasco which included botched weight cuts, a fighter collapsing on fight night, and most notably, both main-eventers failing their drug tests.

Silva has been involved in huge back-to-back fights and the post-fight aftermath has proved to be even bigger. Both situations are unforgettable, but it got me thinking, which was more heartbreaking?

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On Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Compounding the Misery of MMA Fans

By CP Reader Farooq Ahmed

The UFC and its “war on drugs” continues.

MMA fans by now know that both Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz failed drugs tests leading up to/after their UFC 183 headlining act. On a fight card that promised so much leading up to the main event, the fight itself turned out to be more of a frustration between the two middleweights than anything to write home about.

But hey, no big deal right? Anderson Silva is back, Nick Diaz gave the people what they wanted and we all felt like we got our money’s worth.

Disaster.

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