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GIF of the Day: Xavier Foupa-Pokam Does His Best Aaron Ralston Impression at BAMMA 11

(Perhaps “Professor X” should consider changing his nickname to “Mister Fantastic.”)

Since being ousted from the UFC following a pair of losses to Denis Kang and Drew McFedries in 2009, the times have been tough on Xavier “Professor X” Foupa-Pokam. He’s won just three out of his past twelve fights (which could be worse *cough* Sean Salmon *cough*) and he had to suffer through this hellacious armbar at the hands of Jack Marshman in his appearance at BAMMA 11 on December 1st just to walk away with a split decision victory.

A credit is due to Pokam for gritting it out through such a dicey moment, but he should also be thanking his lucky stars that he was fighting a relatively inexperienced ground fighter in Marshman, who has apparently yet to learn what even Jim Norton could tell you: The key to a solid armbar comes from elevating the hips, not going palm-to-palm like Frank Mir on an inside shoulder lock. It was a nasty hold, no doubt, but Ronda Rousey would have finished that shit. Just sayin’.

On a side note, can I ask what is with all of the limb-punching going on in MMA lately? First Marshman tries to Hulk-smash through Pokam’s only remaining ligaments that haven’t been shredded like a Julienne salad, then Ben Henderson spends half his fight treating Nate Diaz’s thigh like it was Kyle Maynard’s face. Temporary fad or TECHNIQUE OF THE FUTURE?

-J. Jones

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ArmFarmer- December 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm
I have to apologize, I checked my facts and I was wrong. He only has 10 consecutive 1st round losses, not 12. My bad.
ArmFarmer- December 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Does Salmon just throw all his fights? He has like a dozen 1st round losses in a row. I know he admitted to throwing one of them. Any idea how a guy that won a round against Rashad Evans can't even survive a round in his last 12 fights?
Pen Fifteen- December 10, 2012 at 11:03 am
LOLing at the Sean Salmon reference. Talk about someone who needs to retire.
The12ozCurls- December 10, 2012 at 10:15 am
His arm was getting contorted like Lexington Steele's flacid member at the begining of one of his "acting" scenes.