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The Heavy Issue With Cutting Weight


(Weight cutting is a very serious issue in MMA, so here’s a picture of John Lineker as a fat baby. via Ian McCall’s Instagram)

By CP reader Jessie Lorenty

Before the first fight even started, UFC 183: Diaz vs Silva was already filled with controversy. Not one but two of the night’s fighters missed weight, and both who did were notorious for taking the weight limit as a suggestion instead of maybe the actual amount of weight that they’re allowed to be at. The first was John Lineker, who showed up heavy for a record fourth time in his UFC career — the first was against Louis Gaudinot (127lbs), then against Jose Maria (129lbs) and the third time against Phil Harris (127lbs). The second fighter was none other then the lesser half of the night’s co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum, who previously missed weight in his fight against Nico Musoke.

Missing the weight limit is sadly not an unusual thing in MMA, but could not have occurred at a worse time for either fighter…

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Friday Link Dump: Anderson Silva Refuses to Wear Reebok, Nate Quarry Returns to Action (Sort of), Delicious Dips For Your Super Bowl + More


(The UFC 183 media day staredowns, via MMAFighting.)

Fight Path: Emmanuel Walo’s Life Changed at the Hands of Armed Looters (MMAJunkie)

Anderson Silva Loyal to Nike, Assures That He Won’t Wear Reebok (BloodyElbow)

Why Miesha Tate Will Come Out On Top Over Sara McMann (Fox Sports)

Anderson Silva Making That Walk Again is Pretty Extraordinary in Itself (MMAFighting)

Feel Good Story: Nate Quarry Agrees to Exhibition Match With 19-year-old Jacob Beckman (WarriorsInstinctMMA)

UFC 183 Bold Predictions: Is Anderson Silva a Suicide Mission for Nick Diaz? (Bleacher Report)

‘Game Of Thrones’. Season 5. Trailer. Here. Now. (Screen Junkies)

Hot Girls of Summer To Help With The Winter Blues (44 Pics) (Radass)

Conan Plays Mortal Combat With Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski (World Wide Interweb)

8 Cancelled Games We Still Want to Play (The Escapist)

Delicious Dips for Your Super Bowl Bash (EveryJoe)

Stay Sweet, K.I.T. And Check Out These Celebrity Yearbook Pictures! (Pop Hangover)

Secrets of Super (Bowl) Heroes, Revealed (Made Man)

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CagePotato Ban: Talking About, or Even Hinting At the Possibility of Gina Carano’s Return to MMA

You see this photo? It was posted by Zoila Frausto over the weekend, with the caption “Today’s training session @csagym was with these two!! They were awesome and I feel so fortunate!” On the right is none other than former Strikeforce featherweight star Gina Carano.

As you might expect, this photo has led to rampant speculation that “Conviction” might be returning to MMA, but for realz this time. And we are here to say that not only is Carano not returning to MMA, but that we as a community need to stop discussing or even hinting at the idea of Carano fighting in the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC, or the long defunct YAMMA pit fighting. In fact, it is far more likely that YAMMA pit fighting will experience a renaissance than Ms. Carano’s MMA career, so for the good of us all, we need to let her go quietly into that good night.

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Tito Ortiz Brushes Off a Potential Fight With Kimbo Slice, And For Once, He’s In the Right


(Does this man strike you as someone who would trade in his dignity for a quick buck? Didn’t think so.)

By CP Reader Marcos Rego

With plenty of dark clouds hanging overhead this week, I thought it would be best to bring some cheer to the wonderful boys and girls of CP in the only way I know how: A series of jokes about Tito Ortiz disguised as an article. (Think of me as that uncle who gave you your first beer at age 15…but less creepy and allowed to go near public schools).

Repressed childhood memories aside, did you hear?! Tito Ortiz thinks fighting Kimbo Slice makes about as much sense as putting Fritos on a pizza. And for once, he’s right!

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CagePotato PSA: No, We Are Not Shutting Down (At Least Not For Now)

By Jared Jones 

Good morning, Nation.

Understandably, the unexpected and immensely saddening departure of Ben Goldstein from CagePotato has led to rampant speculation that we might be closing our doors for good. And to be honest, that very well might be the case. Maybe not today, maybe not a couple weeks from now, but suffice it to say, the loss of BG from the site he built from the ground up — a site that has endlessly entertained hundreds of thousands of tens of dozens of us for over 7 years — hit hard here at Castle Cagepotato. A lot is up in the air right now regarding our future, and I wish I had more answers to put your minds at ease (and also mine, because you know, I kind of work here).

But if this really is the end, what a shame it would be. In a media landscape that so often seems content with blind obedience, CagePotato has served as one of the few voices of dissent — and dare I say it, reason — throughout the years. And while it’s true that we may take that dissent a little far at times, we do so only out of a genuine love for the inspiring, depressing, overly-serious, and routinely absurd sport that is mixed martial arts, and the hope that it may one day become the global juggernaut it aims to be. Like any other sport, MMA needs to be kept in check and called on its bullshit in order to truly progress, and the loss of guys like BG seems to indicate that fewer and fewer people are willing to heed that call.

I’ve been a writer at CagePotato for over three years. Before that, I was a commenter — a lone member in CP’s then-bustling community of sarcastic a-holes and bitter trolls. Ben offered me a shot at the big mid time directly out of college, and I’ve been dealing with a near constant barrage of angry readers and angrier tweeters ever since. I’ve loved every last second of it (even skeletor), so believe me when I say that I have a lot invested in what CP has become, and what it will be moving forward.

But it’s like I said, I don’t have all (or any) of the answers right now. What I do know is that as it stands, myself, Mike Fagan, and Alex Giardini will continue to steer this ghost ship into its uncertain future. We may never be able to replicate what CagePotato was like during the Goldstein Era™, and truthfully, we probably won’t even try to. Ben’s voice was as unique and intuitive as any in the sport, and any attempt to replicate that voice would only draw unflattering comparisons to the genuine article.

What we are going to do, however, is rise from the ashes like the mightiest, most triumphant goddamn Phoenix you’ve ever seen. Like we did when Old Dad left. Like we did when we nearly shut down by the UFC that one time and also that other time. Like we’ve done time and time again. We were quoted by the goddamn New Yorker, goddammit, and I’ll be goddamned if I’m going to let this place go out without a goddamn fight. This means branching out. Trying new ideas. Crafting unique, hard-hitting, and consistently humorous content. And most importantly, it means collaborating with the true voice of CagePotato: You, the readers.

This is a call to arms, Potato Nation. We need your support, your input now more than ever. Do you have a story pitch, a potential lead, or a half-brained idea in need of development? Contact us. Contact me. I promise, I will do my absolute best to hear out every last one of you. And as long as you’re willing to work for free, hell, I’ll even get you published. You gotta start building that fancy writer’s resume somewhere, right?

The point is, we can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July 23rd of January will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world CagePotato Army declared in one voice:

“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”

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And Now He’s Retired: Cung Le Will No Longer Be Throwing Spinning Sh*t


(Warrior. Photo via Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Well, we probably should have seen this coming.

In the media firestorm following his Fight Night 48 drug-testing fiasco and subsequent (but unrelated) class-action lawsuit against the UFC, Cung Le has decided to retire from MMA. Fans of spinning sh*t, pour one out.

In eight years of professional competition, Le collected a 9-3 record that included wins over Rich Franklin, Patrick Cote, and Frank Shamrock — the latter of which earned him the Strikeforce middleweight championship. After rattling off back-to-back wins at the age of 40 in 2012, Le came under fire when he tested positive for HGH following his 4th round TKO loss to Michael Bisping at Fight Night Macau in August. While photos of Le’s suspiciously jacked physique had raised a heap of questions prior to the fight, it was the UFC’s mishandling of his urine sample that raised a ton more.

Seeking to clear his name, Le immediately (and rightfully) challenged the results of his test, which in turn led to his 12-month suspension being lifted due to “lack of evidence.” When the UFC failed to sincerely apologize for dragging his name through the mud, Le asked to be released of his contract before being named as one of the chief plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed against the promotion. Despite this, Le was still listed as a member of the UFC’s active roster until his retirement was announced yesterday.

After the jump: Check out Le’s prepared statement, the UFC’s response, and a brief tribute to some of his most memorable moments in the cage.

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Guy Who Beat Conor McGregor That One Time Books UFC Debut for UFC 185


(“You’re a skinny, pencil-necked little…okay, I give up! I GIVE UP!!”)

If the name Joseph Duffy sounds familiar to you, it’s not just because you’ve spent more than 5 minutes in South Boston. No, Joseph Duffy Shaughnessy O’Hoolihan (actual full name) is actually an Irish-born MMA fighter with an impressive 12-1 record who was recently signed by the UFC, and not that this had anything to do with it, but he’s also the last man to defeat Conor McGregor.

Following his vicious first round KO via knee over Julien Boussuge at Cage Warriors 74, Duffy signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in December. Although we have yet to confirm whether or not the deal included the Ferrari race down Sunset Blvd. clause that comes standard with the signing of *all* Irish fighters, UFC officials announced earlier today that Duffy’s first bout has been booked.

“Irish Joe” will face “Vabulous” Vagner Rocha (actual nickname) at UFC 185 on March 14, in what may or may not be worthy of a main card slot depending on who drops out due to injury.

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Friday Links: Nick Diaz Is a National Treasure, GSP Has No Plans to Return in 2015, Killer Video Game Soundtracks + More


(We could watch these Nick Diaz quotes all day. In fact we *will* watch them all day. See lots more right here.)

Manager: George St-Pierre’s 2015 Plans, For Now, Don’t Include Return to Octagon (MMAJunkie)

WSOF’s Signing of Alleged Domestic Abuser Thiago Silva Is a Startlingly Poor PR Strategy (BloodyElbow)

Why 2015 Will Finally Be the UFC’s Breakout Year (AskMen)

UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy Pushes Boundaries of What It Means to Be an Independent Contractor (MMAFighting)

Boxing Titles and MMA Cuts: UFC Cut Man Don House’s Double Life (FOX Sports)

UFC on FOX 16 Slated for Chicago’s United Center on July 25th (Sherdog)

The 7 Drunkest Episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (ScreenJunkies)

Russia’s Elizabeth Kondakov Is Damn Sexy for a Hockey Player (Radass)

The 100 Dirtiest News Headlines of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

Review: Archer Wasn’t Kidding About Going Back To Square One (TheEscapist)

VIDEO: Knife-Wielding Jamie Lynn Spears Breaks Up Fight at a Pita Shop (EveryJoe)

Oscar, Shmoscar: Check Out Who’s Nominated For A Coveted Golden Raspberry Award (PopHangover)

7 Great Video Game Soundtracks From 2014 (GameFront)

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[VIDEO] Chuck Liddell Says What We’re Pretty Much All Thinking About Jon Jones’ Cocaine Scandal


(If what we’re all thinking is, “I need to start partying with Jon Jones!!”)

I don’t know about you guys, but I was shocked (shocked I tell you!) and disgusted when I heard that Jon Jones — a multi-millionaire athlete in the prime of his career — was a dirty cocaine user. I mean, Krokodil is like, *way* fancier than coke and it gets you sooooo much higher. What a noob, right?

And when Jones bounced out of his 30-day rehab stint 29 days early? Clearly a cry for help from a man with such an addiction problem that he tested clean two weeks after he failed and then beat an Olympian until he cried two weeks after that. He’s basically Lindsay Lohan with Gibbon arms.

The point of my sarcastic rant is, Jon Jones is going to be fine. He slipped up once (well, twice) and will hopefully use this experience to better himself and refocus on certain areas of his life that he perhaps let get a little out of control. You know it, I know it, and Chuck Liddell knows it. So when TMZ Sports (via MMAWeekly) caught up with the former light heavyweight champion last night, he was quick to tell us all what we needed to hear: Calm the f*ck down and give Jon Jones a break.

Video after the jump. 

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Power-Ranking the Bevy of Fights Booked Today, January 15th, With GIFS


(There’ll be plenty more of this after the jump. Trust me.)

It’s February 18th, 2016 (or something like that), which can only mean one thing: There dun been a whole lotta MMA fights booked today! And rather than give you some paint-by-numbers fight booking breakdown (looking at you, Goldsteen), I’ve decided to do pretty much that, but with gifs. So without further askew, let’s get to it!

#6: Matt Hamill vs. TBA — WSOF 4-Man Light Heavyweight Tournament

Oh, hadn’t you heard? Following his retirement from the sport in 2011, unretirement in 2012, firing from the UFC and signing with the WSOF in 2013, and re-retirement before ever fighting for the WSOF in 2014, Matt “The Hammer” Hamill has once again unretired! Fuck yeah, consistency!

Although he won’t be getting that rematch with Rampage Jackson in Bellator he was hoping for, Hamill has in fact signed an exclusive contract with World Series of Fighting, and is expected to make his debut as part of a 4-man tournament for the promotion’s light heavyweight belt. There’s no word on who he’ll be facing yet (our guess is another UFC veteran, which is all this tournament is made up of), but we feel confident not giving two shits about this fight regardless. Ranking:

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