Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Cecil Peoples Made a Bit of an Ass Out of Himself at King of the Cage this Weekend, You Guys

(Reached for comment, Peoples stood by his assertion that the MagnaFlow Exhaust Products corner is the most prestigious corner in the world. VidProps: YouTube/ZombieProphetMMA)

Man, is it really too much to ask that Cecil motherfucking Peoples just referees and/or judges one fight without doing or saying something ridiculous to make himself the center of attention? Apparently yes, it is. Witness this video, in which MMA’s favorite head-in-the-clouds official puts on a command performance of his own tenuous grasp of reality prior to Friday night’s King of the Cage heavyweight title match. Not only does Peoples mutter something into the microphone about the KOTC championship being “the most prestigious belt in the world” during his prefight instructions to Daniel Cormier and Tony Johnson Jr., but then he does some kind of weirdo karate chop bullshit to start the bout. I swear, this guy.

Thankfully Peoples — who ends his comments to the fighters by saying “Let’s dance!” — doesn’t do anything to screw up the actual fight. You have to consider that a cut above his average appearance as an MMA judge/ref. Seriously though, what’s it gonna take before state athletic commissions start looking at Sensei Cecil and thinking, “Do we really want this jackass representing us in any way?”

The whole King of the Cage production in fact seems to be doing its best to overshadow the actual fighting here. From the totally over-the-top ring announcer to Michael Schiavello doing his usual thing to the fact that KOTC has seen fit to do away with the standard “red” and “blue” corners in favor of having the athletes fight out of the “MagnaFlow Exhaust Products” corner and the “Boo-Ya Fightwear” corner, it makes the entire ball of wax seem pretty low-rent. That’s a shame, considering KOTC is something of a venerable old stand-by as far as independent MMA promotions go.

The real rub is that all this peripheral madness makes it easy to overlook Daniel Cormier’s ongoing and impressive ironman performance. When the former Olympic wrestler appears on the undercard of Strikeforce: Houston this coming Saturday it will be his third MMA fight in just 21 days. Eat your heart out, Chris Leben.

Cormier won the XMMA heavyweight title by defeating Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne in Australia on July 31, in a bout where he was filling in for AKA teammate Mike Kyle, it seems. Then it was on to the thriving metropolis of Mescalero, New Mexico, to capture the KOTC belt with the above first-round strangling of Johnson.  His world tour wraps up in the Lone Star state this weekend, with a bout against Jason Riley. Even if he should somehow lose at the Strikeforce show, Cormier will still have pocketed two title belts and more than doubled his total number of MMA fights (all wins, so far) in a little less than a month. Sure, he’s not (yet) doing it against UFC-level competition, but it’s still not too shabby.

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
Chin Up-Hands Down KO- August 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm
Wow. this is what people are making fun of him for? Hyping two fighters and then starting the match like he does everytime he refs a bout? Sigh.
fatbellyfrank- August 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm
@ytrebil, but you love the BIG BABOOSHKA, Goodnight Irene, this ones ovaaaaaa, doncha.
I get the impression ytrebil not happy with this video, oh well, Goodnight Irene!!!
keydogg- August 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm
UFC needs to sign Cormier!!
ytrebil- August 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Fucking hate Australian commentators and their goodnight Irene bullshit.

Also, what the fuck, longest ring announcer ever. I'd have fallen asleep.

Plus both those fat asses rolling around with about as much guile as a pair of baby elephants during feeding.

What a load of horse shit.
mt59801- August 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Hey celeb matchmakers, give us the fight we all want. The two most dangerous men in MMA. Peoples vs Mazagatti.......... make it happen
Charming Charlie- August 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm
If I were an MMA talent manager, I would be pissed if the fighter I booked for a fight was fighting twice in the weeks before. The odds are quite good he'll be too injured to compete.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm
"He's looking for the choke! He wants to ride him like bodacious!"

-KOTC announcer guy

cecils_pupils- August 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Sorry CP but I gotta pick a bone with you. Your third Cecil link in this article links to post about the Varner-Shalarous fight in which you posted the following:

Nelson Hamilton seemed to get it right with his 29-27 tally for Varner, but local yokel Cameron Quwek had it 29-27 for Shalorus, meaning he gave all three rounds to the Iranian, minus the point deduction. Ridiculous. Putting the anti-climactic cherry on top, Cecil Peoples cast the final vote — a 28-28, making the match a split draw.

Out of all the questionable decisions from Cecil, this fight was one of his most accurate IMO. This was a bout where none of the judges scored it the same, but Cecil's score was the most accurate. Scoring it 29-27 for either fighter was a joke.
cecils_pupils- August 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm
C'mon now guys... cut him a break. He said "let's dance" and he meant it. That move he pulled-off to start the round was one that made him famous from back in the day on Soul Train:

steampunk22- August 16, 2010 at 11:58 am
Can someone please edit People's into the SlapChop commercial, with that move? Much appreciated.
2DaDeath- August 16, 2010 at 11:57 am
That isn't the first time People did that ridiculous karate chop-kick-thing to signal the start of a fight.

Aside from that, i thought it was a pretty entertaining fight. I guess that's why you guys didn't just show us a quick highlight of all the embarrassing stuff?
MountainWarriorMMA- August 16, 2010 at 11:57 am
I don't know how many times I've seen a fight with Cecil as a judge and he scores the fight drastically different than the other judges and everyone else in the building saw it.
Peetee- August 16, 2010 at 11:44 am
Another LSD backflash of the days he spent as one of Michael Jacksons zombie dancers in Thriller.
DaltonSwayze- August 16, 2010 at 11:27 am
Man that weird crane kick stance just made me giggle like an idiot in my stupid cubicle.
El Guapo- August 16, 2010 at 11:26 am
Motropolis +1 & a Free Tshirt

Yeah, we already knew Cecil "The Last Dragon" Peoples wasn't all there. That announcer's the one who deserves his own headline. Dude looks like he's half Vanilla Ice, half Stephen Quadros, full child molestor. Take a looksie for youself and tell me he doesn't. I dare you..
MoTropolis- August 16, 2010 at 11:20 am
In Cecil's defense, a hadoken fireball usually comes out of his hands when he does that move. He prolly didnt want to risk it with so many innocent bystanders in the vicinity.
PhantomGreen- August 16, 2010 at 11:14 am
very animated gif worthy
825IVER- August 16, 2010 at 10:59 am
no clips of mayhem miller's commenting? He kept messing up it was hilarious.
just some dong- August 16, 2010 at 10:56 am
Hang on, after watching the first 3:30 of that video, it was Peoples who you thought was the embarrassment? Sure he was silly, but Captain Chinstrap was fucking awful.
Videodrome_NOW- August 16, 2010 at 10:43 am
C'mon what' so irrational about calling the KOTC heavyweight title "The most prestigious belt in the world"?
Tito Ortiz is fucking retarded, and it's clear now he was educated...scratch that...learnt by Cecil Peoples. Now, how to kill two birds with one stone.... ?
steampunk22- August 16, 2010 at 10:42 am
Cormier isn't looking too bad actually. Especially considering he fought just two weeks ago, and is fighting AGAIN in a week. Chris Leben ain't got shit on this guy!

Gonna have to put away a decent name though before the UFC comes calling.

Denny Slim607- August 16, 2010 at 10:41 am
I don't know how Mayhem held it together after hearing both the intros and the ref lay down the law LOL
steampunk22- August 16, 2010 at 10:38 am
I'm actually kind of impressed that they got Everlast for their fight announcer at the beginning.

nicey- August 16, 2010 at 10:37 am
SERIOUSLY, how is this guy still licensed to judge and shit? There has GOT to be some type of accountability for officials/judges/refs right? .. right?? RIGHT??

apparently not.