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Quote of the Day: Jose Aldo Attacks Fighter Pay Again — “We Virtually Pay to Fight”

(Photo via Getty.)

Long considered to be one of the more soft-spoken fighters in the UFC’s ranks, featherweight champion Jose Aldo has grown increasingly frustrated, not to mention vocal, about the state of fighter pay in recent months. Like Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, Aldo has simply run out of fucks to give when it comes to airing his grievances about his longtime promotion.

Having already complained about being “devalued” as a lighter weight fighter back in May, Aldo once again blasted the UFC during a Q&A session in Brazil last Friday. (Don’t spend too much time thinking about why we only got around to this today):

We should be treated better. Not only by the UFC but also by media. We are well treated by the fans. We make a lot less money than we should. We deliver shows and should be well paid. We virtually pay to fight. To become a boxer is complicated but would be very good.

To run this quote through the Michael Bisping translator: Jose Aldo is just a disgruntled, lazy washout whose career didn’t pan out the way he hoped.


FRIDAY LINX: Ex-NBA Center Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut, Official UFC 183 Poster, Best Cosplay of the Year + More

(Legendary NBA benchwarmer Darko Milicic lost his kickboxing debut against Radovan Radojcic last night in Serbia, due to a gnarly gash on his shin. So…maybe golfing, then?)

Official UFC 183 poster, featuring Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva and the disembodied ghost-head of Nick Diaz. (CP Facebook)

Dissecting the Fighters’ Antitrust Lawsuit Against the UFC, Part 2 (BloodyElbow)

Rory MacDonald Will Not Get the Next Welterweight Title Shot (FOX Sports)

A Lesson in Street MMA: It’s a Disadvantage to Fight With Your Pants Around Your Ankles (MiddleEasy)

Former UFC Champion Anderson Silva Negotiating With Reebok, But Still ‘Loves’ Nike (MMAFighting)

Six Other Seth Rogen and James Franco Films That Should’ve Been Canceled (ScreenJunkies)

The Year in Cosplay: Our 100 Favorites From 2014, Part One (TheEscapist)

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Video Review (GameTrailers)

The 20 Dumbest Criminals of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

Girls of Instagram: Nina Agdal (Radass)

Jimmy Kimmel Shares the Funniest Videos of 2014 That You Probably Never Saw… (PopHangover)

The 50 Best Gym Exercises — With Instructions And Videos (AskMen)

10 Ways to Ruin Christmas for Everyone (EveryJoe)

Hotties in the Wild (DoubleViking)


Jon Jones Wants You to Know That He is the *Real* Victim of All This UFC 182 Fight Hype

(“Hey pussy, are you still there?” via…who are we kidding, it’s already been taken down.)

The lead-up to Jon Jones‘ title tilt with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 has been an unusually heated affair for the long-standing light heavyweight champion. While we’ve seen Jones irked in the past, we’ve never seen him break kayfabe in the form of a full-on fist fight at a press conference before, which usually marks the beginning of a new chapter in a person’s life. The beef between Bones and Cormier appears to be legitimate and has earned the matchup a ton of additional eyes, so it would be a huge mistake on the UFC’s part *not* to use this hate-filled storyline to market the fight, right? Especially while in the midst of a(nother) pay-per-view slump?

The Grudge Match™ has been one of the most reliable marketing gimmicks of the Zuffa era — second only to “If ___ beats ___, then pound-for-pound.” — and surely a scheme that will likely earn Jones a hefty bump in his cut of the PPV revenue. But according to the champ himself, all the money in the world isn’t worth everyone knowing that he is a two-faced, fakey fakerson. (Ed note: Sorry, my 7-year-old nephew is in town for the holidays and keeps jacking my laptop.)

As Bones recently told UFC Tonight (via MMAMania):

When I first saw [the now infamous ad for UFC 182] I was a little offended by it. That UFC — someone who is supposed to be backing my brand and making me look good — would put up something like that for the general public to see. I don’t think it’s really healthy for the world to see their champion — for the world to see UFC’s champion — saying I would kill someone. That really took me off guard. I didn’t really think it was in my best interest, but it was for UFC’s best interest, so I kind of had to swallow my pride. I said it.


Today in Head Trauma: Gray Maynard Signs 8-Fight Extension, Jens Pulver Unretires AGAIN + More

(Woah, hold on a second, Nate. We both see those tiny Christina Aguilera monsters scurrying around on the canvas, right? Photo via Getty.) 

Thanks in part to Joe Rogan’s heartfelt and brutally honest call for UFC heavyweight and close friend Brendan Schaub to retire, head trauma has once again been thrust into the limelight of the MMA blogosphere (along with, you know, that multimillion dollar lawsuit thingy). And honestly, it’s a difficult discussion to have when the people calling for so-and-so’s retirement are the very same who have a good chuckle every time some dude gets felled like a oak tree. If we tune in each weekend with the expectation (and dare I say it, hope) of seeing a fighter get his lights turned off, then who are we to tell them when *we’ve* grown tired of seeing it happen?

Look no further than the case of Gray Maynard, for instance. Just a few years ago, Maynard was considered to be one of the toughest fighters in the lightweight division — a man who was just barely edged by Frankie Edgar after inflicting some trauma of his own on the former champ. In the time since, “The Bully” has dropped four out of his past five contests, with every last one of those losses coming via an increasingly difficult to watch form of TKO.

The cries for Maynard to simply give up on his dream and retire have grown louder with each skull-shattering loss, but the TUF 5 alum has refused to hear them. In a move that is sure to draw the same cringeworthy reaction from those critics, Maynard recently signed an eight fight extension with the UFC that will most certainly account for a couple more black spots on his brain in the not-so-distant future.

After the jump: More details on Maynard’s eight-fight deal. Plus, Pat Barry goes on the defensive (no!), and Jens Pulver unretires again (NOOOO!!!!).


The Experiment Ends: Cris Cyborg Throws in the Towel on a Possible Drop to Bantamweight

(If the internet wasn’t broken before, it sure as hell is now. via Cyborg’s Instagram)

Are you sitting down, Potato Nation? We hope so, because we just got word of a story so shocking, so unexpected, that it will rock you to your very core. We’re talking something bigger than the Reebok deal, the fighter lawsuit, and most certainly bigger than the “The Time Is Now” press conference. Are you ready?

Cris “Cyborg” Justino has CANCELLED her drop to the bantamweight division. As She told Tatame:

I can’t. From now on, I will only fight at my weight or in a catchweight. I haven’t fought in a long time and that’s why I want to go back to my division.

We know, we know, nobody could have possibly seen this coming.


FilmPotato: Gina Carano Lands Role as “Vixen” in Kickboxer Remake

(Needless to say, the casting agents were “empress wid their performance.” I’ll see myself out. via Getty)

When it was announced that we would be seeing a Kickboxer remake starring Georges St. Pierre and Dave Bautista back in May, I had the totally reasonable reaction of threatening to “eat a baby” if a remake of The Raid was also announced, which happened just days later. True to my word, I am now on something of a hiatus from public life, and would just like to let Mrs. Annabelle Smith of 247 Bakersfield Road, MN know that it was nothing personal.

Aaaaaaanyway, a press release sent out by Radar Films earlier this week (which we would have brought to you yesterday had CP’s mainframe not imploded) announced that another familiar face to MMA fans would be joining the project as well: former Strikeforce champ and In the Blood star Gina Carano. Carano has been cast as “Vixen”, a fight promoter and “boa constrictor of this fighting jungle” who hopefully wears outfits like this and bites her lip a lot.

More details on the Kickboxer remake (w/relevant gifs) are after the jump. 


UFC 181 Salaries & Medical Suspensions: Robbie Lawler Earns Top Payday, Anthony Pettis Faces Another (Possibly) Lengthy Suspension

(Photo via Getty.)

The year of The Rhino  ”Ruthless” continues, as Robbie Lawler walked away from UFC 181 last weekend with not only the belt, but the biggest payday of all 22 competing fighters. Lawler earned just over 200K ($220,000) for his efforts, surpassing Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez ($200,00 each) on the night’s list of top earners.

On the injury side of things, it looks like several fighters who competed at UFC 181 could be facing lengthy layoffs, chief among them being Pettis (Ed note: WHY GOD, WHYY?!!). So join us after the jump to check out the full list of salaries and medical suspensions.

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000


Friday Link Dump: Visa Issues Knock “Tiger” Off UFC 182, Secrets of the Pettis Kick, Actresses Who Got Nude for an Oscar + More

(UFC 181 Embedded, Episode 4. Swing by CP for the official weigh-ins at 7 p.m. ET)

- Visa Issues Force Rustam Khabilov Out of UFC 182, Danny Castillo in Need of New Opponent (MMAJunkie)

- Luke Thomas Is Pissed: Ray Rice, RG3, Mickey Rourke, and More (BloodyElbow)

- UFC 181 Bold Predictions: It’s Time for Johny Hendricks, Anthony Pettis to Roar (Bleacher Report)

- Jack Slack: Secrets of the Pettis Kick (Fightland)

- Urijah Faber Discusses Fighting on Prelims Again, Pros and Cons of New Reebok Deal (MMAFighting)

- Don’t Ask Johny Hendricks If You Can Hold His Belt (The UG)

- Get Naked, Win Oscar: Reese Witherspoon and 5 Other Actresses Who Bared It All for an Academy Award (Screen Junkies)

- Ten 2014 Albums to Play Over the Holidays (MadeMan)

- All 32 NFL Team Logos As Dicks. Don’t Ask Why, Just Pick Your Friends Favorite Teams And Send It To Them (Radass)

- 5 Unique Winter Vacation Destinations (EveryJoe)

- How Video Games Can Reprogram Your Brain to Think, See, and Hear Better (TheEscapist)

- Watch Nick Offerman Sing About His True Love — Whiskey (PopHangover)

- The Best Movie Trailers of 2014 (WorldWideInterweb)


Not This Again: Matt Hamill Wants Out of Retirement and a Rematch With Rampage Jackson in Bellator

(“F*ck yeah I’ll watch this again!” — Nobody, ever. Photo via Getty.)

We have lamented at length about Matt Hamill‘s decision to unretire the *first* time and the uninspiring results it garnered, but alas, it appears the TUF 3 alum simply refuses to listen.

That sounded wrong. What I meant to say was that our words have fallen on…goddammit, this was a terrible analogy to use.

Matt Hamill is un-retiring, again, despite recently retiring from MMA (again) due to “a nagging injury” that forced him out of his expected WSOF debut in May. And not only that, but now he’s calling for a rematch with Rampage Jackson in Bellator over Twitter.

“@scottcoker I want a fight with @rampage4real. The Hammer is coming back and want to come to @bellator,” tweeted Hamill last night.

Eesh. Where do we begin…


Cris Cyborg’s Bantamweight Debut Delayed, Will Instead Defend Invicta FC Featherweight Title Early Next Year

(via Invicta FC.)

You may recall that Cris Cyborg (aka Cristiane Justino) was expected to make her highly-anticipated bantamweight debut at Invicta 10 this Friday, in a move that was being heralded as “the beginning of the end of the Rousey Era” by hyperbolic MMA writers across the board (you don’t know). That was until about a month ago, however, when an ankle injury forced Cyborg out of her matchup against an opponent who we’re pretty sure was never even named.

In any case, it has now been a year and a half since we last saw Cyborg compete — save a Muay Thai match here and there — and her Invicta featherweight title has presumably been collecting dust in the same dark corner where her stripped Strikeforce featherweight title sits. So with time working against her, Cyborg has decided to postpone her bantamweight debut in order to simply compete again. She spoke with MMAFighting earlier this morning:

I haven’t fought in a long time. With this injury, I believe the best option now will be fight in my division. I can’t wait anymore, I need to fight. I’m the featherweight champion and Invicta FC needs me to defend my belt.