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The UFC Picked a Hell of a Week to Go to Mexico City…


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On Saturday night, protesters in Mexico City set fire to the front doors of the National Palace and attempted to break inside, in response to the abduction and mass murder of 43 students by drug cartel gangsters in September. Protests have been escalating since late last week, as outraged citizens and families of the victims blame local government officials and crooked police for the horrific incident.

The National Palace is about 7.5 miles away from the Arena Ciudad de México, which will host UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt this weekend, a card that has already been torn apart by injuries. Things were bad enough when the card lost Cain Velasquez as a headliner — now the UFC will have to pull off a show during a period of civil unrest, where people are literally trying to burn a palace down. International attention is on Mexico City right now for the worst possible reasons. Can an American cage-fighting promotion bring some healing to this terrible moment?

Short answer: No, of course not. At this point, UFC 180 has to be one of the top 5 most cursed events ever, and I honestly feel bad for the UFC, which really doesn’t happen often. Stay safe, everybody.

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Falling Tree Spinning Backfist Knockout of the Day: Jessica Middleton Smashes Holly Torrez at Blackout FC 26


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An amateur women’s slugfest Saturday night at Blackout FC 6 in Kansas City, MO, ended in a memorable knockout, as hard-hitting bantamweight prospect Jessica Middleton finished Holly Torrez with a nasty spinning backfist.

Torrez (wearing the sports bra) was the aggressor early on, keeping Middleton (in the purple rash guard) on the defensive and bloodying her nose with wild striking attacks. But at the video’s 2:31 mark, Middleton cracks Torrez with a spinning backfist, and two things happen: 1) Torrez suddenly gets very timid — or maybe she just realizes that she’s gassed — and 2) Middleton decides she’s going to keep throwing that damn spinning backfist until she knocks Torrez out with it. Amazingly, her plan works.

Early in the second three-minute round, Middleton gets some space and makes another attempt at the backfist, and lands it harder than ever; Torrez stiffens up and falls straight to the mat in classic falling tree style. Afterwards, Blackout FC announcer Gerald Harris presents Torrez with the event’s Knockout of the Night award, which is a gift certificate for a custom mouthpiece. It ain’t exactly fifty large, but we all have to start somewhere.

Related:
Falling Tree Head Kick Knockout of the Day: Female Fighter Gets Starched at ‘Say Uncle Fight Night 2?
Must-See: This Female Slugfest From KCFA 10 Is So Bad It’s Good

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OSP vs. Shogun: Actual (LEGAL) Footage of the Brutal Finish

Sometimes we hate being right. Last night on Twitter, we predicted Ovince St. Preux would run through Mauricio “Shogun” Rua without effort. We had no idea how prescient our tweet would be.

As you can see above, OSP dispatched the Pride legend without even exerting himself. It only took 34 seconds. To make it worse, Shogun absorbed a ton of unnecessary damage as Mario Yamasaki let OSP batter the Brazilian’s skull. Such slack-jawed gawking aside, this fight was entertaining for the violent spectacle that it was. OSP isn’t a man to write off, and Shogun definitely needs to retire in this point.

There were some other fights last night as well, but they weren’t really anything to write home about (and if you did wrote home about them, you’d get a reply that’s like “What are you talking about? Who the fuck are these people?”). But in case you’re one of the TRUE HARDCORE ULTIMATE BAD BOYZ who comments about how much we hate MMA on our Facebook page, we’ll post the card’s full results. Check them out after the jump.

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Wanderlei Silva Continues His Fighter Pay Crusade in New Video ‘For the Warriors’


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Now that he’s been permanently drummed out of the sport for dodging a random drug test in May, Wanderlei Silva is continuing his quest to become the voice of ethics in MMA, or something like that. His latest video (titled “Round 2 – For the Warriors. Pelos Guerreiros”) is another assault on unfair fighter pay and the general mistreatment of MMAA fighters by promotions.

Silva begins by explaining that fighters’ love of the sport can blind them to people taking advantage of them, but when promotions — and he’s really only talking about the UFC, here — are worth billions and fighters need to beg for money, something is very wrong. “What would happen if the events shared, in a more dignifying manner, their profits with the athletes?” Silva asks. “The athletes are already out there giving their blood, imagine if they got paid better.”

While the video doesn’t reach “screaming in a basement with heavy metal blasting” levels of intensity, Silva does get rather fired up talking about the responsibility of promoters to take care of their fighters. He seems especially pissed about fighters having to travel in economy class with only one trainer’s flight being covered, and the UFC’s time-honored practice of burying its own fighters. But, “things will change once they start to feel it in the only place that matters to them. Which is not in their heart because they don’t have one. It’s in their pockets.” SHOTS FIRED.

Other notable quotes include…

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Video: Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold Exchange Pleasantries at the Fight Night 55 Pre-Fight Press Conference [LOL JK]

 

(*channeling Jay Leno*)

So apparently, UFC middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold are not the biggest fans of each other. Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? Turns out they have something of a long-running feud dating back to when Bisping broke gym code and declared himself the “unofficial Strikeforce champion” following a sparring session with Rockhold. And now the two will ehhhh…fight this weekend at Fight Night 55 in Sydney, Australia. You know what seems odd to me about all this? That Vitor Belfort hasn’t declared himself the “unofficial Strikeforce G.O.A.T” yet!

At the pre-fight press conference in Sydney yesterday afternoon, Bisping and Rockhold continued to trade barbs — Rockhold mocked the fresh cut above Bisping’s eye he recently suffered in training, while the Brit calmly reminded Rockhold that he had “no f*cking idea” what he was getting himself into. Even Chris Weidman, who was in attendance with his trusty sidekick Ray Longo, got in on the action when asked how he thought the fight would play out. Check out some highlights from the conference above, then make sure to catch the weigh-ins tonight starting at 9 p.m. EST.

-J. Jones

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Rose Namajunas vs. Alex Chambers Video Highlights From TUF 20 Episode 7


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Team Melendez was in a tough spot heading into last night’s episode of TUF 20, after going winless in the first six preliminary fights. Luckily, they still had their ace in the hole — “Thug” Rose Namajunas, who stepped up in a big way and earned a first-round rear-naked choke submission against Alex Chambers.

Check out highlights from the fight above, which show an ever-evolving Namajunas frustrating Chambers with flashy kicks before taking her down and sinking the choke. Other than the heavy right hand that Rose eats at the 0:56 mark, it was a virtually flawless performance, and one that surely put her housemates on notice. Also on the episode…

- Team Melendez struggles with some infighting related to Heather Jo Clark and Lisa Ellis’s fraternizing with Team Pettis.

- Clark learns that she’s suffered a full ACL tear in her right knee, and will be out of action for the rest of the competition.

- Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team stop by to say what up.

- Rose Namajunas discusses how she endured sexual abuse growing up in Milwaukee, and advises other females to seek help if they’re experiencing similar abuse in their own lives. Much respect to Rose for making this issue public.

After the jump: Rose and Pat Barry sit down with Karyn Bryant to discuss the episode on FOX Sports Live’s “TUF Talk.” Rose and Pat are still the best.

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F*ck It, Let’s All Just Relive Tank Abbott vs. Cabbage Correira I & II [VIDEOS]

A look over today’s MMA “headlines” reveals a more dire trend than usual, Nation. There ain’t shit to talk about, simply put — at least, nothing you Taters would be particularly interested in. I guess I could tell you that one of Conor McGregor‘s training partners has been booked for the UFC’s return to Boston, or that Ian McCall seems on the verge of a psychotic break, or that the suspensions have come in for those 4 Bellator fighters who failed their drug tests at Bellator 127

…Or, we could all just kick back, crack open an A.M. Ale and remember a better time. A time when guys like Tank Abbott and Wesley “Cabbage” Correira were considered elite athletes despite holding a little something extra around the midsection. A time when the term “brawler” could be used to describe someone’s fighting style without question or the smallest sense of irony. A time when men were men, dammit.

Abbott and Correira’s pair of bouts were quick and anything but painless, lasting a combined fight time of just three minutes and thirty-seven seconds, yet managed to capture everything that we loved about mid-2000′s MMA: wild haymakers, the muay Thai clinch, and gas tanks that expired before most of the audience could even find their seats. They were the kind of brawls that you might see in a John Wayne movie, but the fact that they were being contested inside a cage and for money instantly elevated them to near legendary status among true fans of the sport.

So rather than bore you with the same mundane news you could read anywhere else, let’s relive the visual poetry that was Cabbage vs. Tank, starting with their first encounter at UFC 45. After the jump: Abbott vs. Correira, pt. II.

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[VIDEO] Robin Black Breaks Down Michael Bisping’s Keys to Beating Luke Rockhold on “5 Rounds”

If you haven’t been regularly watching Robin Black’s excellent breakdowns over at The Fight Network, you’ve surely been missing out on some of the most technical fight previews and recaps this side of Jack Slack. A former mixed martial artist himself, Black’s passion for the inner workings of the sport is evident in each and every one of his “5 Rounds” breakdowns, which have become so popular that the UFC recently granted him access to their Fight Pass archives to more thoroughly preview upcoming fights.

This weekend, Michael Bisping takes on Luke Rockhold in the main event of Fight Night 55 in what is sure to be the biggest grudge match since Bisping vs. Le, or maybe Bisping vs Rivera, or Bisping vs… you know what, let’s just say it’s the biggest grudge match since Zimmer vs. Martinez and be done with it. Currently a 3-1 underdog, Bisping is going to need to bring the kind of ferocity he unleashed on Cung Le if he is to even stand a chance against the former Strikeforce champ, who has promised to finish him inside the first round.

Luckily for the Brit, Black is here to point out everything Bisping will need to do against Rockhold to earn his second straight win for the first time in 3 years. Check out his full breakdown above and make sure to follow Black over at The Fight Network’s Youtube page.

-J. Jones

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[VIDEO] This Russian Gym Commercial Featuring Fedor Emelianenko Hits You Right in the Feels


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Russians: They have feelings. Who would’ve guessed? And this commercial for a Russian gym starring Fedor Emelianenko will hit you in every. last. one of them.

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Video Highlights: Aisling Daly TKO’s Angela Magana In a Barnburner on Last Night’s TUF 20


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Team Pettis’ Aisling Daly has a style that can be best described as…unorthodox. She throws awkward, repetitive 1-2 combos and standing hammerfists that evoke memories of Jade Chun vs. Taeler Jackson. She attacks with her chin sticking straight up in the air — her head’s on a beanpole, as Joe Rogan might say. When it comes to submissions and scrambling, she often seems like she’s just making it up as she goes along. Uhhh…maybe if I just grab her arm like this…and twist it that way?

But Aisling Daly also has surprisingly decent head movement, an iron chin, and the kind of killer instinct that would make Gary Ridgway blush with envy. Daly is just plain aggressive, and the relentless pace she sets from start to finish will fucking break you. While it’s easy to understand how her less-than-flashy style led her to be picked last despite being ranked #5, her third round TKO of Team Melendez’s Angela Magana on last night’s episode of TUF 20 surely erased anyone’s doubts when it came to her skills as a fighter. “Aisling is just one of those ladies that you just know can fight,” as Pettis summed it up.

Full fight recap after the jump.

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