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The “Fake Black Belt Gets Exposed at UFC Gym” Video — An Explainer

By now, you might have seen this video circulating around Facebook or various MMA forums. In short, we have a chubby man writhing around on a mat, complaining of an injured leg, while the person behind the camera calls his jiu-jitsu credentials into question. Essentially, you’re witnessing the live debunking of a fraud — the BJJ equivalent of those Stolen Valor videos. But the story is a little hard to follow at first glance. So…

Who is that guy on the mat?
His name is Jeremy Varney, an alleged martial artist and former MMA promoter from Hawaii. Varney was in the news four years ago when an event he was promoting was robbed under very mysterious circumstances. Varney claimed that “the purse money for the fighters had been stolen out of one of the inspector’s vehicles…and then we gave them the option [that] if they wanted to fight, they could fight and I would pay them at a later date, or they could just walk if they wanted to.” Most of the fighters walked, and the event was canceled.

At some point, Varney was hired as the head BJJ coach for the UFC Gym in Flower Mound, Texas. Here’s a bio for Jeremy that listed him as a “brown belt in BJJ GI from Gracie Bara [sic] Hawaii.”

Who’s the guy behind the camera and doing most of the speaking during the video?
That’s a BJJ purple belt and amateur MMA fighter named Justin Farwell, who trains at North Texas MMA, close to the UFC Gym in Flower Mound.

So how did Varney and Farwell come into each other’s lives?

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UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz Extended Preview — “A Fighter With No Fear Meets a Legend With No Limits”


(Props: UFC on YouTube)

For a UFC non-title fight, Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is as big as it gets. This UFC 183 extended trailer doesn’t contain much in the way of trash-talk or snappy soundbites, but it’s a nice reminder that, holy crap, this fight is actually happening at the end of the month. The video also does a good job of giving importance to the UFC 183 co-main event of Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley — the young rookie with a heart of iron vs. the dynamic veteran who’s truly scary when he’s firing on all cylinders.

Speaking of Gastelum and Woodley, the UFC has released videos of their most recent dominant wins, which you can watch after the jump. Enjoy…

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[VIDEO] Anderson Silva KO’s Training Partner, Then Continues to Pummel Him After the Fact

As anyone who appeared on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter could surely tell you, Anderson Silva can be a bit of an arrogant prick while training. It’s not that he means to be, but when you’re one of the baddest dudes on this or any other planet, you almost have to show off every now and again, right? Lord knows that if I possessed the fighting skills of Anderson, I’d be walking into every Buffalo Wild Wings on the eastern seaboard with a “Come at Me, Bro” t-shirt on, just waiting for some roided-up Jersey trash to challenge my authority.

Less than a month out from his hotly-anticipated return to the octagon against Nick Diaz at UFC 183, it appears that Silva felt it necessary to remind one of his training partners of this exact factn. It’s the only explanation I can think of as to why Silva would not only KO the poor bastard (who was wearing full headgear, BTW) during a sparring session, but continue pummeling him for a good ten seconds after doing so. Seriously, what the hell, Anderson?

The footage was filmed by Globo and posted by Guilherme Cruz earlier today. My theory: The guy he was sparring with made an off-the-cuff remark about the Silva family barbecue just moments before this video started rolling.

-J. Jones

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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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