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So Mickey Rourke’s Homeless, Mentally Unstable Opponent *Definitely* Took a Dive


(The immortal words of Jim Ross don’t even do this finish justice.)

In news that literally anyone could have seen coming, the homeless, mentally unstable man that Mickey Rourke fought in Russia last month has finally admitted to taking a dive.

Speaking to TMZ earlier today, Elliot Seymour confessed that he was paid $15,000 to go down due to a body shot in the second round of Rourke’s return to the ring — 10K up front and the rest when he returned to the U.S. Seymour additionally stated that he was specifically told not to hit the 62-year-old actor in the head, but that he also did not believe Rourke was in on the fix.

“Mickey’s a stand-up guy.” said Seymour. “Being a powerful person, you have a lot of people that are kissing up to you for various reasons.”

A video of Seymour’s full interview after the jump. 

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[VIDEO] Jamie Varner Calls For a Fighters Union Following UFC on FOX 13 Defeat


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True to his word, Jamie Varner was more than holding his own against Drew Dober at UFC on FOX 13 last weekend until bad luck befell him. While attempting to slam Dober to the mat, Varner pulled a Maynard and unintentionally knocked himself out, only waking up to find himself in a fight-ending rear-naked choke.

It was a particularly tough loss for Varner, being his fourth in as many contests and coming in front of his hometown crowd, and one that signaled that perhaps the game had passed by the former WEC champ. So for the second time, Varner called it quits in his post-fight interview, stating that it was a decision he had been planning to make for some time.

In an interview with media members after the fight, Varner expanded upon his reasons for retiring, what the future holds for him, and perhaps most importantly, the idea of starting a fighter’s union. Join us after the jump for the full interview.

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Watch Jon Fitch Scream in Agony as Rousimar Palhares Cranks a Knee Bar at WSOF 16

If Rousimar Palhares cranks a kneebar after his opponent taps out and nobody’s there to see it, does it still produce outrage?

Well, the jury is still out. You see, Rousimar Palhares fought Jon Fitch at WSOF 16 for the promotion’s welterweight championship. Just one problem: UFC on Fox 13 happened last night during pretty much the same time slot. The event, featuring the likes of Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem and Nate Diaz, had enough star power to completely eclipse poor WSOF.

Get the complete results after the jump.

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UFC on Fox 13 Results: Full Fight Highlights from the Entire Main Card

Junior Dos Santos earned a questionable decision over Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fox 13. The fight main-evented one of the more “stacked” (please forgive the cliche) Fox cards in recent memory.

In addition to JDS vs Miocic, the card featured Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz, Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve, and Matt Mitrione vs. Gabe Gonzaga.

How did these matches play out? Check out the video highlight packages below and see for yourself after the jump.

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Watch Carla Esparza Choke Out Rose Namajunas (Legit, Legal Video)

The UFC crowned its first women’s strawweight champion last night. Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas tore through the cast of The Ultimate Fighter season 20 and met one another in the finals.

Namajunas had a great showing in the first round, but in the second and third, Esparza’s wrestling and power became too much for Namajunas to handle. She took Namajunas down at will and controlled her easily, eventually taking her back in the third round and securing a rear naked choke.

Get the fight card’s complete results — including KJ Noons vs. Daron Cruickshank and Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens — after the jump.

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UFC on FOX 13 Weigh-In Results, or, The End of the ‘Nate Diaz: Crazy or Cunning?’ Debate

Earlier this week, CagePotato contributor Trent Reinsmith asked us to consider whether perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz might secretly be a hell of a lot more cunning than we give him credit for. The main takeaway from you readers seemed to be that the article was “retarded”, “fake”, and also “gay.” Quite the cunning linguists, you guys are. #wordplay #layers

While initially skeptical myself, I was at least willing to hear Trent out, as my own recent revelation about Tito Ortiz has forced me to reconsider that any and every MMA fighter might be some kind of evil genius beneath all the punch drunk slurs and mispronounced maxims.

Until about an hour ago, that was, at the UFC on FOX 13 weigh-ins. Scheduled to face Rafael Dos Anjos in a pivotal lightweight matchup, Diaz showed up a whopping 5.6 pounds overweight and, in a shocking twist, appeared to give less than zero fucks about it. I’m just saying, if I spent a year-long hiatus from my job complaining about not getting paid enough, I sure as hell wouldn’t force the athletic commission to deduct 20% of my paycheck upon my return. So let’s all just go ahead and put that debate to bed.

The rest of the UFC on FOX 13 weigh-in results are after the jump. 

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Video: These Spinning Elbow Knockouts Are the Gift That Just Keeps on Giving (Concussions)


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It might not be as devastating as Theo Michailidis’ KO of Corrin Eaton, but the spinning elbow knockout Jordan Cameron scored on Luke Mark Catubig at the debut Hex FS event in Melbourne, Australia this past weekend was arguably just as flashy. Besides, it’s the second spinning elbow KO we’ve brought you in as many days, so what are you complaining about?

The savage finish improved Cameron’s record to 2-0-1. As for the now 3-4 Catubig, well, it might be time for Joe Rogan to have that talk with him.

-J. Jones

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Falling Tree Knockout of the Day: Theo Michailidis Wrecks Corrin Eaton With a Spinning Back Elbow


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I don’t know anything about London-based featherweight Theo Michailidis, other than the fact that he’s fought a bunch of guys with charmingly foreign names. (Kenzos Xristos! Giorgi Papuasvilli! Alex Bilobrovaka!) Last Saturday at BCMMA 9, Michailidis took on the relatively normal-named Corrin Eaton, and blasted him in the jaw with a devastating spinning back-elbow near the end of the first round. Eaton stiffens up and falls directly backwards; falling tree knockout has been achieved. Also, I think the ref’s t-shirt says “MAKE TEA NOT WAR,” which is 1) incredibly British, and 2) kind of unexpected in a combat sports setting.

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Knockout of the Day: Serbian Kickboxer Ljubo Jalovi Scores a Vicious Flying Knee at Tatneft Cup 2015


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Heading into the Tatneft Cup 2015 finals last weekend, Serbian K-1 champion Ljubo Jalovi had compiled a 22-8-1 record with a ridiculous 95% knockout ratio. Paired up against Israeli K-1 champion Alex Trofimov — who himself holds an 88% KO ratio — it was safe to say that not many were expecting the fight to go the distance. They were not disappointed.

After a break in action midway through the first round, Jalovi loads up on a flying knee from halfway across the ring that drills Trofimov square in the jaw. Trofimov goes down faster than your mom after a couple glasses of pinot grigio and is probably still telling his family that he can’t wait until he fights in the Tatneft Cup 2015 finals this weekend. (They want to tell him what happened, but don’t have the heart. Not yet.)

-J. Jones

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[VIDEO] Joe Rogan Offers a Brutal Assessment of Brendan Schaub on the JRE Podcast — “You Are Not an Elite Fighter”

“You are not an elite fighter. You are predictable. The reality is, I don’t see you beating elite guys. Werdum, Cain is another level than you.”

As if Brendan Schaub‘s first round TKO loss at the hands of Travis Browne last weekend wasn’t bad enough, the verbal shellacking he received on The Joe Rogan Experience last night might’ve been even more devastating.

Sitting in with The Fighter and the Kid co-host Bryan Callen, Schaub tried to explain what went wrong against Browne at UFC 181, and when his words fell short, the always honest Rogan stepped in to dole out some brutally honest advice for a guy he considers his friend, all but demanding that he retire from the sport before he receives anymore brain damage.

“This is the reality of it: I worry about your commitment to fighting,” said Rogan, “and I worry about where you stand… not your commitment to training, not your commitment to give it your all. I think you have one foot out the door.  I think you’re looking at where the future is going to take you and that you can’t do this forever. I think that’s a very dangerous place to be in fighting.”

When Schaub disagreed with Rogan’s assessment, things only took a turn for the worse…

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