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Wanderlei Silva Buries the Nevada Athletic Commission, Continues Descent Into Irrelevance

Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine earlier this week! You know what that means, right? If you guessed an overhaul of drug testing procedures and increased transparency from the Nevada Athletic Commission and the UFC, you’d be wrong. No, what this significant development in MMA means is another Wanderlei Silva pro wrestling-style shoot promo.

He set his sights on the NAC, bashing them for ruining Jones’ reputation and for being the bumbling, corrupt idiots we all sort of know they are (transcript via MMA Fighting). Read it after the jump.

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Classic Fight: Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson’s 2009 “Fight of the Year” at WEC 43


And now, your weekly reminder that Todd Harris is no longer a part of our lives. :(  

In order to get us hyped for Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson III at Fight Night 59 next weekend, the UFC has generously made the pair’s initial meeting at WEC 43 available for viewing on its official Youtube page. In what would be voted “Fight of the Year” by Sherdog when all was said and done, Henderson would defeat Cerrone via unanimous decision and secure the interim lightweight championship in the process.

But rather than give you some paint-by-numbers play-by-play of a fight you can watch with your own two eyes above, we’d rather call your attention to an ultra-brief moment during “Cowboy’s” introduction that we simply cannot stop watching.

At around the 2:13 mark, the camera pans across the audience in attendance at WEC 43 — specifically, those sitting in the premo cageside seats. It’s the classic kind of crowd shot that has given us dozens of gif-worthy moments in the past (“Girl in the White Dresshnnnng), but none that stack up to the woman in the red blouse sitting in the second row.

After hours of research that probably could have been spent doing something more productive, we have yet to clarify whether or not the man sitting to her left is Paul Buentello. What we do know, however, is that she is miserable. Like, 8 months pregnant and waiting for her husband to return home with the pizza miserable. (Ed note: Yes, this took us *hours* to determine. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?)

What in God’s name happened to her? Is she tired? Flu-ridden? Under duress? Is she trying to avoid being caught with her sidepiece on camera like that OSU fan last week? Or did we simply happen to witness the exact moment in which Buentello pitched her his latest catchphrase? Infinite possibilities, each more intriguing than the last…

Check out the full video of Cerrone/Henderson 1 above, if you’re into that sort of thing. I, on the other hand, have some phone calls to make.

-J. Jones

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Is Conor McGregor Worthy of a Featherweight Title Shot? CagePotato Explains Why It Makes Sense [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, BG chewed the fat with the TYT Sports gang about Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. (We also shot a segment wondering what might be next for Jon Jones, but it looks like we already have an answer to that.)

Here’s a bonus clip from our conversation, about the UFC’s reported plan to award Conor McGregor a title shot against Jose Aldo if he can get past Dennis Siver later this month at UFC Fight Night 59. Is this the right move by the UFC? And will McGregor blow through Siver as quickly as he claims? The answers await you in the video above. Thanks for watching, and follow TYT Sports on twitter if you like sports-things.

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Farewell, Fatty Boom-Boom: Reliving Tim Sylvia’s Most Memorable Performances in the Octagon


(“Half the game is 90% mental” — Timothy Deane Sylvia)

Over the weekend, we received the disheartening news that former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia had decided to retire from MMA after showing up at a whopping 371 pounds and being declared medically unfit to compete in his scheduled super-heavyweight contest at Reality Fighting 53. It was the latest in a series of depressing setbacks for the former champion, who its hard to believe was angling for another shot in the UFC as recently as last year.

But long before the rapid weight gain, the desperate cries for attention, and the embarrassing losses, “The Maine-iac” was actually a pretty decent fighter — a “poster child for over-achievement” (as Pat Miletich put it) and testament to the notion that, with enough hard work, even the most athletically maladroit can rise to great heights.

And we know what you’re thinking, “You’re just setting this all up so you can rip on Sylvia’s weight for 1000 words.” And to be honest, we considered it. But rather than kick a man while he’s down, we’re going to play it straight with this: A tribute to the most memorable performances (for better or for worse) from one of the UFC’s most memorable heavyweight champions.

He is Fatty Boom-Boom ”The Maine-iac”, hear him roar.

Sylvia vs. Cabbage Correia

Heading into his UFC debut at UFC 39: The Warriors Return, Sylvia was riding a ridiculous 13 fight win streak that included victories over future UFC alums Jason Lambert, Ben Rothwell, and Mike Whitehead. Paired against the similarly debuting Cabbage Correira, Sylvia brought a near perfect gameplan with him, blistering his iron-jawed foe with stiff jabs and uppercuts from the clinch until Cabbage’s corner was forced to throw in the towel early in the second round. It was such a dominant win that Sylvia was immediately given a title shot against the OG coke-snorting champion, Ricco Rodriguez.

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VIDEO: Watch Joe Rogan Learn About Jon Jones’s Failed Drug Test During His Podcast


(Props: Some Decent Audio via reddit/mma)

So there Joe Rogan was, just chillin’ in the JRE studios yesterday with guest Nick DiPaolo, when the word came through that UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones had failed a drug test for cocaine and was about to enter rehab. The news was a mind-blower, and Rogan had to react to it in real-time, which is no easy task. (I mean, I changed my opinion about the story at least once within the same twitter thread.)

Rogan can’t hold back laughter when he hears Dana White’s official statement about how proud he is of Jones for seeking treatment. “I’d like to talk to him on the phone and find out what he really thinks,” Rogan says. “We’re going to have an interesting conversation that I can’t talk to you people about.”

“Here’s how you fix this,” DiPaolo says, “you have a rematch where they’re both coked up.”

Rogan wraps his head around the story on air, while Redban does some twitter-sleuthing to find out where Jones likely was when he did the coke that led to his failed test, and pins it down to a visit to Brazil. (Skip to 7:51.) Then that turns into a conversation about income inequality in Brazil. Anyway, click here to watch the full episode.

Related:
Reebok says relationship with Jon Jones as sponsored fighter ‘has not changed’ (MMAFighting)
UFC should strip Jon Jones of title following cocaine controversy (BloodyElbow)
Jon Jones quotes that rub fans the wrong way (reddit)

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Conor McGregor’s Financial Advice: Blow All Your Money, Stay Hungry [VIDEO]

Leading up to UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Whoever, the UFC is going full speed ahead on the Conor McGregor hype-train. (Count the number of times that Dennis Siver appears in this “McGregor Era” promo. Zero. The answer is zero.) And in all of their promotion, McGregor is made out to be a phenom, an uncrowned king, one of the biggest stars in the world — potentially, at least.

But this UFC Ultimate Insider segment on McGregor uses a different tactic: Presenting McGregor as a real human being. He has a sister who he used to scrap with as a child, and parents who were worried about their son giving up a stable life as a plumber to pursue cage-fighting. His mom maybe still doesn’t know what MMA is. (“Da boxin’ kind of gave him a complete different outlook,” she says.) At the 1:54 mark, Conor’s father Tony describes one of his son’s early fights against “an Eastern European guy…ex-Special Forces from Russia.” Tony can barely get through the story before he gets choked up. “That was a defining moment for me,” Tony says. “Boy become man.”

It’s a powerful moment, and it makes McGregor so much more relatable than all of his usual bluster. I also enjoyed this charming — and so utterly Irish — monologue that McGregor makes on the topic of money:

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VIDEO: CagePotato Breaks Down UFC 182′s Jones vs. Cormier Fight on TYT Sports


(Props: TYTSports on YouTube)

We have no idea why they keep inviting us do this, but once again, the good folks at TYT Sports had CagePotato’s founding editor Ben Goldstein on their show today to discuss Jon Jones‘s dominant decision win against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182, as well as Jones’s now-complete transformation into a super-heel. There aren’t many controversial things you can say about the greatest fighter in the world winning a fight, but we always have a good time hanging with the TYT crew. Check out our conversation above, and stay tuned for videos about what’s next for Jones and Cormier, and the prospect of Conor McGregor fighting Jose Aldo in an Irish soccer stadium. (Assuming he beats Dennis Siver.) (Which he will.)

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VIDEO: Donald Cerrone’s UFC 182 “F*ck You” Kicks — The Indiana Jones Remix


(via MMA – Mixed Martial Arts)

Oh the ‘f*ck you’ kicks? Yeah. That’s what that was. I was either trying to kick and break my leg or his. I was very upset.

That’s how Donald Cerrone described his assault on Myles Jury‘s legs at the end of their co-main event at UFC 182. Cerrone was super bummed that his fight with Jury wasn’t the sort of barnburner that fans are used to from Cowboy, and said that hearing the fans boo burned his soul. And so, he took his anger out on Jury’s ass — a thrashing that looks even more savage when you add Indiana Jones whip-sounds. Enjoy.

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UFC 182 Results: Watch Jon Jones Taunt Daniel Cormier After Thrashing Him for Five Rounds

Jon Jones harnessed his inner professional wrestler after defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 — though “defeating” is wording it a bit lightly. Jon Jones outclassed Cormier throughout most of the fight. He even managed to trump the Olympic wrestler in the takedown and clinch-work department throughout the 25-minute ordeal.

But the coup de grace wasn’t any martial arts technique, it was a classic homage to professional wrestling that came after the bell:

Get more on Jones-Cormier and the fight card’s complete results after the jump!

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UFC 182 Weigh-In Results and Video — Jones and Cormier Avoid Each Other, Dufresne Misses Weight


(The Jones/Cormier “face-off” starts at 31:35.)

Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, and the rest of the fighters competing on tomorrow’s UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier card are set to hit the scales in just a few minutes from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. With any luck, a fight will break out that we’ll all totally love but act like we’re ashamed about later. Not that any incident that may or may not occur between Jones and Cormier tonight will top Mirko Cro Cop’s fracas with Kazuyuki Fujita at Inoki Bom. That shove was straight vicious, son. Like, whatever lies between “hospital” and “cemetery” on the Cro Cop scale of vicious. Mortuary vicious.

What was I talking about again? Oh right, the weigh-ins. Joins us after the jump for the fastest UFC 182 weigh-ins results on the web.

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