21 Nov 2014 13:22:05 PM
21 Nov 2014 13:22:05 PM
20 Nov 2014 06:11:53 AM
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TUF 20 got its first semi-finalist on last night’s episode, when #14-ranked Randa Markos tapped out #6 seed Felice Herrig in the first round with a brilliant modified armbar. Now carrying wins over Herrig and Tecia Torres, Markos has become the season’s Cinderella story — but keep in mind that her next fight will be a true buzzsaw against the winner of Rose Namajunas vs. Joanne Calderwood.
Also on the episode, Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez squared off in the Coaches’ Challenge, which was a non-physical competition for the first time ever, on account of Pettis’s gimpy knee. So if you feel like watching a semi-awkward UFC trivia competition hosted by Bruce Buffer, that’s after the jump.Read More DIGG THIS
19 Nov 2014 12:24:20 PM
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In advance of their welterweight title fight rematch at UFC 181 (December 6th, Las Vegas), the UFC has released the full video of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 1 — the Fight of the Year candidate that took place at UFC 171 in March. Hendricks won the bout by unanimous decision (48-47 across the board) following a wild brawl that we stopped trying to score after the second round. In particular, the third round, which starts at the video’s 15:18 mark, is an incredible testament to both fighters’ ability to give and receive damage. It’s a true classic, and not a bad way to spend a half hour if you’re bored at the office today.Read More DIGG THIS
19 Nov 2014 10:52:11 AM
That was a rhetorical question, of course, because everybody wants to see another exploding ear in an MMA fight. Exploding ears are in our DNA, bro.
In the wake of Leslie Smith’s cauliflower ear blowing up at UFC 180, BloodyElbow has dug up an even messier clip of welterweight Rance Jones Jr. popping Dion Rizzuto’s ear at Atlas Fighting Championships 4 back in September. At the 1:14 mark, you will see a geyser of blood so propulsive that it must have drenched a few cageside spectators.
And that’s how the ebola virus began to spread in the United States.Read More DIGG THIS
17 Nov 2014 13:01:40 PM
On Saturday night at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 74 in London, Irish lightweight Joseph Duffy — the man responsible for giving Conor McGregor and Norman Parke their last defeats — scored a beautiful knockout of Julien Boussuge, just 36 seconds into the fight. Boussuge made the critical error of diving at Duffy’s legs, and Duffy timed him perfectly with a knee strike, straight into the face. Boussage went down like a dead man, Manhoef-style.
Cage Warriors also released footage of the Nathaniel Wood vs. Steve McCombe finish from Saturday’s event, in which McCombe verbally submitted after having his forearm snapped with a kick. That’s after the jump, if you’re morbidly curious.Read More DIGG THIS
16 Nov 2014 07:08:47 AM
Remember Leonard Garcia? Turns out he got submitted this weekend in under two minutes by Daniel Pineda at Legacy FC 37 and subsequently retired.
This is likely a good decision for the 35-year-old, who was 3-7 in his last three years of competition. More fighting would’ve only led to increased risk of permanent injuries while the fame, notoriety (and money) continued to decrease.
Garcia is perhaps most notable for being a staple in the WEC’s featherweight division in the promotion’s heyday. That’s where he was most successful, establishing a 4-3-1 record in that promotion.Read More DIGG THIS
15 Nov 2014 07:20:05 AM
As is often the case with Russian alley fights, context and backstory are completely irrelevant here. But basically, this video features a guy in a hooded jacket demolishing two consecutive foes with two perfect punches. The first victim gets falling tree’d with a left hook. The second one eats an off-balance haymaker and drops to the ground, temporarily dead.
Watch that second knockout again and you will notice two things. 1) The dude got knocked out while trying to throw a leg kick. In a street fight. So, so embarrassing. 2) The second knockout victim also had a cigarette in his mouth at the time, which was ejected like a bullet due to the force of the punch. Those two details combine to make this video a late front-runner for 2014 Unsanctioned Fight of the Year. If you have any better candidates, let us know.
* I’m going to assume these people are Russian, because the full video of this incident was originally uploaded to the FromRussiaWithLOLs YouTube account. And that’s what passes for fact-checking around here.Read More DIGG THIS
14 Nov 2014 13:28:30 PM
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for — Chael Sonnen‘s debut appearance as a professional sports-talker on ESPN. In this clip that aired earlier today on SportsCenter, Sonnen breaks down tomorrow night’s UFC 180 main event between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt, answering discussion questions from some random stiff* who mispronounces Werdum’s name, disses Roy Nelson’s gut, and ends the segment by bringing up the return of Brock Lesnar. Actually, that part spurred Chael’s best line:
“I called [Lesnar's] manager Paul Heyman this morning. I said, ‘Paul, it’s Chael. I’ve got a new job on SportsCenter. If you give me a quote regarding Brock, it’ll really make me look good.’ He said ‘Chael,’ and I quote: ‘I’m sleeping,’ and then he hung up.”
* I mean, I’m sure some of you people watch ESPN and know who Chael’s straight-man is, but I don’t, and he’s not worth googling.Read More DIGG THIS
13 Nov 2014 07:09:04 AM
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After losing an upset decision to Randa Markos on episode 1, Tecia Torres was brought back into the TUF 20 bracket as an injury replacement for Justine Kish — and the Tiny Tornado made the most of her opportunity. Check out these video highlights from Torres’s win against “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings on last night’s episode. Rawlings did her best to make it a competitive brawl, but Torres earned a unanimous decision after two rounds thanks to her trademark aggressive striking.
Despite the fact that she began the season on Team Melendez, Torres was technically fighting for Team Pettis in her role as an injury fill-in. And so, Team Pettis dominates the round-of-16 by a final score of 7-1. Damn, Gilbert…even Rampage did better than that.Read More DIGG THIS
10 Nov 2014 07:25:17 AM
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.Read More DIGG THIS