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VIDEO: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz Staredown Nearly Erupts Into a Massive Brawl

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely noone, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were not able to keep things civil at yesterday’s UFC 196 press conference. In the evening’s staredown, Diaz put his fist a little too close to Conor’s face for the Notorious one’s liking, and McGregor responded by punching — not slapping, punching — Diaz’s hand out of his face.

What resulted was a bench-clearing skirmish that — had we been in Nashville — would have almost certainly resulted in the featherweight champion getting curb stomped.

After the jump: A full video of the skirmish with actual sound, plus McGregor and Diaz’s profanity laced interview on Fox Sports Live that followed.

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VIDEO: Donald Cerrone Lassos Alex Oliveira, Claims Sole Ownership of “Cowboy” Nickname

While the triumphant freakshow that was Bellator 149 may be getting all the coverage, the UFC put on a decent little show of their own over the weekend. Though not without its fair share of unfortunate, injury-related withdrawals, Fight Night 83 wasn’t the worst night of fights by a long shot. And hey, no one almost died! (Too soon? Too soon.)

In the evening’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone dueled with late replacement Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in the former’s first trip up to the welterweight division. Word had it that the loser of the match would have to change his nickname to “Ranch Hand” per a gentleman’s agreement made in the locker room, but that’s neither here nor there. In an effort to once again remind us that it’s not all head kicks and “fuck you kicks” when it comes to Donald Cerrone, the former title challenger took Oliveira to the mat early and, for lack of a better word, just tooled him from there.

The triangle that Cerrone locked up just over halfway through the round had Oliveira tapping faster than that time Sage Northcutt put on an uncomfortably tight, ab-smothering turtleneck, so check out the full highlights from the fight above.

After the jump: Chris Camozzi obliterates Joe Riggs‘ arms & face and the world feels sadder for having witnessed it.

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Kazushi Sakuraba Was Damn Near Beaten to Death at Rizin FF This Morning [VIDEO]

Of all the MMA fighters who have competed well past their prime, there have been few tales more woeful than that of Kazushi Sakuraba. One of the true legends of the sport, Sakuraba first started competing professionally back in 1996, compiling nearly 50 matches against a who’s who of the sport in the time since. And not a one of his fights — not his 26 wins, nor his 17 losses, two draws, and one No Contest — came easily.

There are few fighters, nay, human beings on this Earth who can claim to have absorbed as much punishment as Kazushi Sakuraba has, and as is so often the case, the years are clearly starting to wear on “The Gracie Hunter” to increasingly distressing results.

This morning, Sakuraba emerged from a four year absence (and a four fight losing streak) to take on Shinya Aoki in the main event of Rizin FF SARABA, night one. The results were at best what you’d expect from a 46 year-old man, and at worst a snuff film that will make every “PRIDE Neva Die!!” fan cry into their lunch.

Video after the jump. 

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[VIDEO] Roy Jones Jr. Got Falling Tree KO’d in Russia Over the Weekend


(Would you believe us if we told you that canvas was a Serta? via Uproxx)

I’m not sure if it’s a bigger revelation that Roy Jones Jr. is still boxing at 46 years of age or that he’s still winning at 46 years of age (well, for the most part), but, uh, he is, you guys.

He may not be fighting the stiffest of competition, but Jones Jr. has managed to go 8-0 since 2011, defending the (German) WBU Cruiserweight title on three separate occasions and raising a solid middle finger to those of us who have been calling for his retirement for years.

Last weekend, though?

Well, last weekend wasn’t so kind on ol’ Roy, it wasn’t so kind at all, and now it seems like those critics have been coming out of the woodwork to say “I told you so.” Because we care and stuff.

Video after the jump.

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The Trailer For Jose Aldo’s Biopic Is Sex, Violence, More Sex, and Lots of Slo-Mo


(Wait a minute…THOSE AREN’T REEBOK SHORTS.)

Did you guys know that Jose Aldo had a biographical film about his life coming out? Well, I didn’t, and I pretty much know everything about MMA these days (excluding fight dates, title holders, and 80% of the rosters on Fight Pass cards).

Well, he does, and it’s called “Mais forte que o mundo – A história de Jose Aldo” or Stronger Than the World – The Jose Aldo Story (sounds like someone’s been ripping off Chad Dundas, no?). Chronicling Aldo’s rise from the slums of Brazil to his championship runs in the WEC and UFC, Stronger Than the World takes an interesting approach to Aldo’s story by a) casting someone that looks nothing like him and b) delving into Jose Aldo: gifted lover. Also, they throw a Showtime Kick in there, because apparently Aldo did that and we’re all just remembering it wrong.

Trailer after the jump.

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Get Hype: ‘UFC 194 Embedded’ Is a Masterpiece of Buildup


(No, Jose, I WILL NOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!)

An eight city world media tour. Eleven months of anticipation. Countless interviews, insults, and face-to-face staredowns. A pair of injuries and a newly-established interim champion. It has been a long road to get to the biggest featherweight title fight in the history of the sport, but this weekend, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally do battle.

But before they do, how about one last video to send your anticipation levels through the damn roof?

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Video: Conor McGregor’s Full Interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live


(“So Conor, how do *you* think Reebok is doing so far?”)

Conor McGregor, if nothing else, is one charismatic individual. He’s a quick thinker ( or perhaps “tinker”) and crack wit — as his back and forths with Urijah Faber on TUF 22 have demonstrated — and incredibly well-spoken when compared to the average fighter, even he if he does sometimes say things he later regrets.

Fame, respect, money, movement…these are all things that interest the “Notorious” one, and regardless of whether you think he’s “fake” or “real,” it would be tough to argue that he’s not achieving damn near every one of those tings. His interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night was a continuation of his meteoric rise since joining the UFC, and covered everything from the fallout of UFC 189 to his sparring match with “The Mountain” (which quickly escalated from playful sparring session into “a bare-knuckle body brawl,” according to the man himself) to which lavish, exotic pet he should buy after/if he beats Jose Aldo at UFC 194. FWIW, McGregor is leaning toward either tiger or monkey.

Check out the video after the jump.  

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[VIDEO] Jon Jones Finally Speaks About Accident, Suspension, + Vitor Belfort’s “Sketchy” UFC 152 Drug Test


(While not without his faults, Jones remains a much better role model than Peyton Manning.) 

It has been an…eventful six months for former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, or at least, that’s how he describes them in his recent interview with Ariel Helwani. I’ll spare you all the readily available details, but suffice it to say, Jones has screwed up, repeatedly, and it’s cost him nearly everything.

But finally, it appears the maybe, just maybe, his past mistakes are having an effect on his present mindset. With his UFC suspension now lifted and his court case settled, Jones has rededicated himself to recapturing his belt, and the results thus far have been astounding. He may have a long way to go still to earn back our respect, but with the lengthy interview after the jump, he’s at least taking the first step and accepting the blame for what he’s done.

Video after the jump. 

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Behold, the First “Rock Bottom” Knockout in MMA History [VIDEO]


(Hat tip: MiddleEasy)

I’ve been saying that more MMA fighters should start incorporating professional wrestling moves into their arsenal from the very moment that Anthony Pettis channeled Rey Mysterio Jr. to kick Ben Henderson in the face. Mixed martial arts is sports entertainment at the end of the day, and who among us wouldn’t pay to, even three times as much for a ticket if there was even the slightest chance of seeing a knockout via The Worm?

Goldy: “Scotty Too Hotty-esque in his fluidity is Demetrious Johnson, Joe.”

Rogan: “UN-BE-LIEV-A-BLE!!”

Thankfully, it appears that former Bellator bantamweight Luis Nogueira has been listening to my impassioned cries for change and delivered just that in the form of MMA’s first ever Rock Bottom KO.

Video after the jump. 

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[VIDEO] Here’s Conor McGregor Sparring With “The Mountain” From Game of Thrones

Perhaps aware of the fact that he has become the third most talked about thing on the Internet next to Game of Thrones fan theories and your mom, Conor McGregor recently decided to throw down with Hafthor Julius Bjornsson a.k.a “The Mountain” and film it for our entertainment. Why he decided to even playfully spar with a man who could vaporize either one of his already troubled knees with the slightest slip-up is beyond me, but then again, I suspect that the “Notorious” one never thinks that far ahead.

Thankfully for McGregor, this match did not end up with the 6’9, 418 pound goliath crushing his head in ala The Red Viper, who if you think about it, was essentially the Conor McGregor of his time: Cocky, yet collected, and more than likely underestimating his greatest opponent to date. (OH SNAP!)

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