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GIF Party: MMA Fail 101

ATTENTION PAUL BUENTELLO: Please do this at Bellator 48.  PLEASE.

“The only great failure in life is the failure to try.” -Some old wise man, probably with a large beard

Fail is sort of like porn. You can’t really define it properly, but you know it when you see it. And brother, we’ve seen some fail watching our favorite sport. It can happen anytime, from walking out to the ring, to celebrating your victory (see above), and anytime between. We here at CagePotato hold MMA and fighters in our highest regard … but we still like to point and laugh every once in a while. Allow us to present to you our first (in what we assume will be many) installment of MMA Fails.

Special thanks go out to anyone and everyone who ever GIF’d a video, including the fine people at UpstandingCitizens, MMA-Core, IronForgesIron, and MMATKO.  Props.

Now let’s get it on!


All fights start on the feet, and that initial free-movement phase can be tricky.  How to close the distance?  There’s plenty of opportunities to reach for the stars and pull off something ninja, but that also leaves a fighter open to failure.

Option A:  Rush in with something spectacular

Luis Palomino was *this close* to being everyone’s hero that night.

What was his plan?  Was this going to be a Chun Li heel stomp?

Amazingly, there is no GIF version of this with an oil slick or banana peel.

The classic fight-opening gambit fail.  Good thing Jennum had ninjustu.


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agentsmith- July 12, 2011 at 10:15 am
No love for the puking guy?
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 5:47 am
You forgot the kenny florian/sean sherk face plant into the ring post though.
Buster Hyman- July 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm
finally some good shit on cp again. cheers.
Shaky- July 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Rex = consistently wicked funny awesome
Fried Taco- July 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Everyone still thinks that Jennum was trying to do some kind of flip kick, but the truth is he was really trying to use his mullet as a weapon.
danomite- July 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm
can we get a tribute to akira shoji? that guy was fucking awesome in every sense of the word (except the one where awesome means you win a lot).
DangadaDang- July 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
Wait, did that flip actually end Dokonjotoolongtotype Mishima's career?
ArmFarmer- July 11, 2011 at 11:32 am
I hate on the bad ones, so I'll give props to the good ones. This was a good one.
NomadRip- July 11, 2011 at 10:56 am
Trophy guy probably wins, but there are a whole lot of fighters who came close to becoming statistics in this series. This made my spine hurt.
chrismw- July 11, 2011 at 10:55 am
This is why i love CP
djp1988- July 11, 2011 at 10:11 am
(Puts on monocle, smokes from pipe) Jolly good show, sir.
Jugger- July 11, 2011 at 9:47 am
"Sometimes the pocket chases you down..." LOL.

"..a toe in the manhole clinched it." Ha. I see what you did there.

Good post, CP!
cwr- July 11, 2011 at 9:41 am
When people shit on CP and bitch about how terrible everything is on this site I will reference articles like this as justification for my daily reading. Fun read. This article definitely gets a "nice, playa" from me.
Machiavelli- July 11, 2011 at 9:36 am
Butterbean kicks like Rex!