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Friday Link Dump: GSP’s Quells Comeback Rumors, Reasons to Watch UFC on FOX 18 + More


(An early contender for KO of the Year, compliments of heavyweight Jeff Hughes at Caged Madness 40)

Paul Daley: Josh Koscheck Pulling Out of Bellator 148 Shows He Had “No Balls to Begin With” (MMAFighting)

Georges St-Pierre and Manager Quell Comeback Reports (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC on FOX 18 (MMAJunkie)

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Following Main Event Falling Out, UFC 196 Downgraded to ‘Fight Night 82′


(Ba-dow bum, bum, bum, another one bites the dust…)

The injury-forced withdrawals of both Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum from UFC 196 presented the UFC with a peculiar, if not unfamiliar scenario, and left many fans wondering what magic the promotion still had up its sleeve after all these years. Would Dana & Co. book a freakish but totally watchable fight to serve in its place, ala UFC 153? Would they bring Ben Rothwell in to save the day, ala what they should have done with Fight Night 76? Or would they throw their hands in the air and outright cancel the event, ala UFC 176? The options were literally limitless.

As it turns out, however, the UFC went and pulled a rabbit out of its hat that not many of us saw coming, bumping up the co-main event between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson to main event status and shifting the card from its previous pay-per-view spot to the totally free (depending on your cable package) Fox Sports 1 network instead.

“A non-Fight Night, numbered UFC event on free TV? What madness is this?!” we cried with a mix of astonishment and jubilation. It was an unprecedented move, to be sure, and one that unfortunately was too good to be true…

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And Now He’s Retired: Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh Hangs ‘Em Up at 43 Years Old


(via Getty)

I’ve always been a bit of an oddball MMA fan when it comes to picking my “favorite” fighters. While respecting the otherworldly athleticism of a Jon Jones, the otherworldly physique of a Alistair Overeem, or the otherworldly riddum of a Georges St. Pierre, I would never list any of those guys in even my top 10 favorites. What can I say? Being a fan of Jon Jones (the fighter, at least) is just too easy for an anti-establishment renegade like myself — like being a Lakers fan in the early aughts or a Patriots fan ever.

This is all a way of saying that I always found myself drawn to fighters who were more, well, human. I’m talking about the “everymen” of the sport — the guys who started off on the coveted bar fighting circuit or doing a little training on the side before finding out that they had some translatable skills to bring to the game. I’m talking about your old school, cornfed, perpetually 40-year-old-looking dudes who may have never been a champion, but always made sure to 1) show up and 2) turn in a memorable, fan-pleasing performances. I’m talking about your Jeremy Horns, your Chris Lytles, and your Anthony Peroshes.

Which is why I’m both saddened and relieved to learn that, following a pair of tough first round losses to Sean O’Connell and Gian Villante, “The Hippo” will be hanging up his gloves for good.

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Cain Velasquez Injured Yet Again, Fabricio Werdum Now Faces Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 [UPDATE]


(Hello ER my old friend, I’ve come to lie with you again…)

You might not know this about Cain Velasquez, but the former heavyweight champion is what some would call “prone to injury.” In fact, Velasquez has spent far more time on the shelf during his tenure with the UFC than he has been fighting, competing just 6 times (and against a grand total of 3 different opponents) dating back to the night he first lost his belt to Junior Dos Santos in 2010.

So when it was first announced that Velasquez would inexplicably be receiving an immediate rematch against Fabricio Werdum following his one-sided defeat at UFC 188, the booking was met with a certain amount of trepidation. Rightfully so, it would seem, as today brings the news that Velasquez has has been forced to withdraw from UFC 196 just two weeks out with a back injury.

Details after the jump. 

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Friday Link Dump: CM Punk Talks “No Joke” UFC Debut, Where is Conor McGregor’s Belt?, The Planet’s Hottest Opera Singer + More


(Oh this? Just Ilir Latifi starring in an MMA-themed techno-pop music video.)

Conor McGregor, Dana White and UFC 197′s Biggest Question: ‘Where’s My Belt?’ (Bleacher Report)

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson Rematch Set for UFC 197 (BloodyElbow)

Just Two More Wins and Jeff Monson Can Retire – or Can He? (MMAJunkie)

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VIDEO: Check Out the First Staredowns Between McGregor and Dos Anjos, Holm & Tate


(Like all great artists, McGregor is a man who operates in periods. Picasso had his Blue Period, Dali had his Dada period, and McGregor has clearly entered his “Gay Persian discotheque owner from the 80′s” period.)

And so, it begins.

Following their incredible first round finishes of Jose Aldo and Donald Cerrone, respectfully, featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will do battle at UFC 197 with the latter’s gold on the line. To describe the bout as anything other than “unprecedented” would be an injustice, to say the very least.

In the co-main event of the evening, Holly Holm will get her wish and defend her title against the ever-present top contender Miesha Tate, hoping to become the first female not named Ronda Rousey to defend the bantamweight title in the process. Again, the word “unprecedented” comes to mind.

Earlier today, the first press event for UFC 197 was held, giving both pairs of fighters a chance to lock eyes. Check out the staredowns after the jump.

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BJ Penn Officially Ends Retirement, Aims to Make a Run at Featherweight Title


(Oh, don’t put us through this again, BJ…)

No matter how many times we say it, it appears that fewer and fewer MMA fighters are willing to abide by our ban on unretirement. The latest fighter on that list: BJ Penn.

Yes, after hinting at a union with Greg Jackson and calling out Nik Lentz last week, Penn officially announced his second unretirement on today’s MMA Hour, stating “I’m coming back for honor. I’m coming back to do this, give everything I got.”

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BJ Penn Calls Out Nik Lentz, Gets Utterly ANNIHILATED By His Response


(via Penn’s Instagram)

Let’s cut right to the chase.

Despite not scoring a win since 2010, having his soul stolen by Frankie Edgar in his last octagon appearance, and admitting that he “shouldn’t have come back” before emotionally retiring for realsies in the evening’s post-fight press conference, BJ Penn…wants to come back. And not only that, he wants to come back to face Nik Lentz, who has been goading him into a fight on social media for months now, in March. This is sad, we’re all sad for hearing it, so on and so forth…

It all started when Penn snapped the above photo with Greg Jackson, with the caption “We coming!” Jackson later told reporters that he was “very optimistic” about Penn’s future following a meeting with the former two-division champion, who then proceeded to formally challenge Lentz to a fight at UFC 197 on March 5th.

Penn chose an ambitious timetable for his return, to say the very least, and yesterday evening, Lentz responded with what must be the most cold-blooded takedown in the history of combat sports.

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Royce Gracie Is Facing Some Serious Financial Charges, You Guys


(And pays 100% under-the-table!!)

When first taking in the idea of seeing 49 year old Royce Gracie and 51 year old Ken Shamrock do battle in the Bellator arena, I was struck with a rather obvious, yet repeatedly forgotten realization. Mainly, that former greats of MMA (or any sport, really, but *especially* MMA) only decide to put the gloves back on for 1 of 3 reasons:

1. They feel that they’ve still got something to prove, a belt/championship to attain, an spouse’s face to rub it in, etc.

2. They miss it.

3. They’re broke.

In the case of Royce Gracie, who will be returning from a 9 year, steroid-shamed absence from the sport at Bellator 149, it’s become apparent recently that his motivations lie closer to #3 than #1.

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Friday Link Dump: Jacare Calls for Rematch With “Dirty” Yoel Romero, Mir vs. Hunt to Headline Fight Night Brisbane + More


(Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz returns from a lengthy injury layoff once again next weekend, so let’s celebrate by watching him beat the tar out of Takeya Mizugaki.)

Jacare Souza Not Happy With ‘Dirty’ Romero, Wants Rematch or Fight with Weidman (BloodyElbow)

Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt Targeted for UFC Fight Night Brisbane (MMAFighting)

Dana White: Ryan Bader Will ‘Deserve His Shot’ at UFC Title With Win Over Anthony Johnson (MMAJunkie)

The Question: Will Others Follow McGregor, Cerrone in Switching Weight Classes? (Bleacher Report)

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