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(Wow! Booster seats and sporks at McDonalds looked really weird back in the old daysPhoto via idahogirlinalaska)

By Nathan Smith and Josh Hutchinson

Being a “contributor” for is kind of like being a barback at a seedy nightclub in Tijuana. We stock the bar with booze, ice, and clean glassware while staying in the shadows hoping to God that we don’t get yelled at. We try to help out wherever we can so the star bartenders (Ben Goldstein, Jared Jones, Elias Cepeda and Seth Falvo) can toss bottles of shitty Tequila like juggling pins while they pour fruit-flavored cocktails to semi hot chicks that they will inevitably hump later on. A contributor cleans up puke, empties ashtrays and eats shit from all the “made men” (both writers and tenured comment section dick-heads) here at CagePotato but it really is a great gig. Can you imagine the sloppy seconds that Danga sends our way?

Needless to say, most of the day-to-day MMA related news topics are taken care of by the staff writers and that leaves aspiring dipshits like me and Hutchinson to try and come up with a fresh or entertaining story idea on our own. Well, this idea is not fresh but it could be entertaining (at least my portions will be, but I have hope for Hutch since he is the guy who brought the word “dicknailed” to the CP). When Jon Fitch was released from his UFC contract last week, I wanted to write a piece on which higher profile fighters I would cut next if I were part of the UFC brass. Because opinions are like buttholes, Hutch had a thought to debate several of the choices in a YAY or NAY style. Before anyone starts hollering about Clay Guida, Jake Shields or the entire cast from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (that means you Koscheck) take note that we agreed on more than we disagreed and in the spirit of pointless arguments opted to leave the most obvious offenders out. Let’s get started.

FRANK MIR – last disclosed salary: $200,000

(Photo via MMAWeekly)

I was indifferent at first when it came to Frank Mir, but thanks to him beating the shit out of that weirdo Wes Sims in their rematch and then welcoming the former/current sports entertainer, Brock Lesnar, to the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu back at UFC 81, I took a liking to Mr. Mir. Sadly, those warm and fuzzy feelings have dissipated since he magically bulked up (really really really really fast by the way – just sayin’) and decided to conjure his inner Magnus Ver Magnusson while he dedicated himself to strength training with former World’s Strongest Man competitor Mark Philippi. For the record, the Fingal Fingers kick serious ass but I digress.

Mir has always shown that he does not mix the concrete milkshakes into his diet because all of his losses have come via KO or TKO and most of them have been pretty brutal. Then again, getting punched in the face by 250+ pound dudes is not exactly like getting beaten with a pillow. If Daniel Cormier is able to manhandle him, Mir’s walking papers get stamped and FREAKSHOW fights against a guy named Warpath await.

Frank may be a little bit of a douche and is most certainly an asshole but there is no denying the man’s talents. For starters, Mir holds the record for most fights in the UFC heavyweight division AND most submissions in the heavyweight division AND most finishes in the heavyweight division AND he’s fought 5 different UFC champions AND beat four of them AND really I could go on and on like this but that would be a run-on sentence AND on CagePotato we like to keep it grammatically correct. Take into account the two-year layoff from the sport of MMA after a devastating motorcycle accident — all the while he was in his prime mind you — and that makes his later accomplishments all the more impressive.

Argue price all you want but as a former champion, interim champion and being the only one to ever submit (as well as one of two to KO) Big Nog,  I say he’s underpaid. Ok, maybe not underpaid but I’d say he’s earned it. In 22 fights he’s only been to a decision 3 times and all 6 of his losses have come by way of KO. So when Mir steps in the ring you can bet one of two things will happen: We’ll see some slick jiu-jitsu or Mir gets that smug smirk knocked off his face. Either way, the fans win. Think of the fans, Nathan!


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Real talk, guys. If Bisping wasn’t British would he be anything more than an average mid-level fighter? Allow me to spell it out here. Another former Ultimate Fighter winner who got there by beating the likes of Kristian Rothaermel, Ross Pointon, and finally Josh Haynes, one of whom you might actually know. He was then gifted fights against journeymen like Eric Schafer and Elvis Sinosic, both of whom are no longer Zuffa employees. A bullshit win over Matt Hamill and a loss to Rashad Evans forced the Brit down to middleweight where, not long after, Chris Leben introduced “The Count” to his inevitable moniker of “pillow fists,” and went so far as to encourage Bisping to take advantage of some free unanswered shots to his face.

At this point in his career, the UFC decided he would make a perfect coach for his own season of The Ultimate Fighter. Why you ask? Because “FUCK YOU” that’s why. The season set up a fight against Dan Henderson which also marked his first real test against an established top tier fighter, and I’m going to stop the walk down memory lane right there. His career since has followed the exact same path to the same outcome. He gets matched up with a couple of low- to mid-level fighter – WINS – and then gets destroyed by anyone close to the top ten.

This would all be well and good if we didn’t have to listen to the guy talk about being a top fighter who deserves a title shot every time someone sticks a microphone in his face. In fact, I doubt the microphone even matters. Can you imagine what it would be like getting a pint at the pub with this guy? One minute you’re sipping a beer and maybe playing darts and the next you’ve got Bisping standing on the pool table screaming that he will kill the next wanker that mentions Anderson Silva because “I’m one of the best middleweights in the world. Dana said so…Dana said” . . . . . then he collapses into a tear soaked pile on the floor.

This is a guy who:
A. If not for his country of origin, would never have had his name anywhere near talks of a title shot.
B. Based off his performances against top guys is way fucking overpaid at $275,000. That kind of cash could get us almost three Robbie Lawlers and that in my opinion is a far stronger investment all around.

I know. I know. More often than not, The Count acts a lot more like The Count because of his “I could not give less of a shit” attitude during interviews, blog posts or press conferences but the fact remains — he is always in shape for a fight. Granted, the Wolf’s Lair is probably not the best gym he could be at, and a move to a more technical training facility in the US or Canada would probably benefit his career, but he is always game for a scrap. Was he spoon-fed outclassed opponents in order to pad his record early in his UFC career? Maybe. Probably. OK, YES! But he beat all of those opponents and if you doubt it just ask Matt Hamill who I assume is a top-selling telemarketer since his retirement.  I am going to hell for that one.

Has Bisping lost to every big name fighter he has faced? Yes, but he is still a big draw in Europe. All the UFC has to do is have Bisping headline or co-main the FX or FUEL cards twice a year in the UK [Ed. note: You mean "UFC on FS1 UK" cards] and that will justify his paltry salary from the gate money alone. Besides, the UFC doesn’t have very many heels, and since Josh Koscheck is probably going to be on a lot of fishing trip vacations at with his BFF Jon Fitch in the near future, I say keep The Count around for shits and giggles even though he is heading into the twilight of his career at the ripe age of 34. God dammit that makes me feel really old. Thank goodness there is not an age bias for being a porno cameraman or I might find myself in the unemployment line really soon as well.


(Photo via MMAjunkie)

“If you aren’t cheating — you aren’t trying and it’s only cheating if you get caught.”  I don’t know who said that but they are smarter than these chicks and once you are a cheater you are always a cheater in the eyes of the fans. Overeem went on a 1-4 losing skid back in 2006-7 which saw him lose to names like Arona, Nogueira, Rua and Kharitonov but he did pick up his only victory over a guy named Michael Knaap in a fight that took place in his native Netherlands. After that, the natural 205’er blew up like Magnus Ver Magnusson (that’s right – 2 WSM drops in 1 post – bring back the Hussafell Stone god dammit) and was straight killing fools in Japan.  The dude physically looked like he was about to star in a porno where he was going to overpower and then totally plow a Predator, but we knew the dirty truth and were just hoping for the best even though it was just a matter of time before he pissed hot.  Awe  . . . . . . screw it   . . . . . . he kicked Lesnar’s guts back into fake fighting so he isn’t all that bad.  But now that his body has pulled physiology on him – he needs to get on the tread mill and hope to Christ that DW really likes him because after JDS turns his head into a speed bag and he gets his walking papers, The Demolition Man will have a tough time pan-handling because nobody is giving a 6’ 6” yoked dude that looks like a super villain any coin at a Netherland’s off ramp.

No comment. (Ed. note: That is compelling stuff, Hutch.)

On the next page: two more TUF winners whose best days are in the rear-view.

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crappiefloper- March 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Everyone mentioned on this list....cut. Cut the fucking lot of em.seriously
teep- March 7, 2013 at 9:13 am
The heavyweight division does need alot of help, I agree with that. But they really don't have alot of prospects as of now. Maybe the next TUF needs to be for heavyweights. Oh, and cut Mir and Bisping.
tmanifold- March 7, 2013 at 7:30 am
I think we can safely say, at this point, that the Blackzilians are the worst high profile team in mma. They destroy good fighters
fightfan- March 7, 2013 at 4:45 am
I'm always glad to find people who talk about Bisping for what he really is. If Bisping was NOT from the UK, he'd be making about 50-75k per fight & probably would of been cut long ago. And for the record I am pretty sure I seen his last payday was $350,000. Unbeleivable. He was a kickboxing champ, had mma experience and LOST to a guy with cowtipping as his strongest ability. Enough said. Journeyman for the nexgt 2 years untill he is cut and/or retired
Dagnut- March 7, 2013 at 7:47 am
4 wins in a row, a close decision against the no1 contender, a win against a top 5 guy( at the time) and a loss to a steroidal nutcase on his home turf....yeah terrible record clown. Bisbing is an asshole but try and be objective, he is still top 5 and if he's not name 5 fighters in front of him currently fighting at MW??
Dagnut- March 7, 2013 at 7:43 am
Cut a fighte who has never lsot 2 in a row? who before his very close decision lost to Sonnen had beat 4 guys in the top ten at theta time? are you stupid? you must him or not you can't deny the you guys not remember how close it was in the MW division? Fights between Miller , Sonnen, Marquardt, Akyimha where all going to decision... people have a very short memory...Bisbing and 4 wins, a very close loss to Sonnen, a win over Stann, and a loss to a steroidal nutter on his home turf...try and be objective you clowns, Bisbing is still top 5, and if he's not name 5 MW's in front of him?
Dagnut- March 7, 2013 at 3:19 am
If ever an article showed the ineptitude of the writers on this site this is the one. Laughable. Cut frank MIr? yeah that makes loads of sense because the HW division is so deep right now, and sure who needs former champions? how could they possible be a draw?...great fucking dolt!! how stupid can you be?
Then on to bisping, who cares if hes mid level? you NEED mid level fighters..Bisping draws a crowd...get it? this is a business ...and if we are being honest about it all his loses have come against guys on HRT.
Then the final piece of genius, lets cut the biggest draw in the heavyweight division after 1 loss... brilliant logic...honestly its like you guys fell of the WWF gravy train with Lesnar. Simpletons.
RSparrow- March 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm
Hey, without the barbacks.. the bartenders couldnt get the drinks out fast enough to the drunk bitches.... see, you guys are special in your own way.
Spitting into the wind- March 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Wow. This list was fucking terrible. You have really outdone yourself with this shit.
Elduderino129- March 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Speaking of Josh Haynes. Anyone else see that Vegas Strip show? Mr. Haynes is now a beat cop on a reality tv show about drunks in Vegas.
How far we fall...
fightfan- March 7, 2013 at 4:48 am
LOL!! Yep. TRUtv. At the end of his fighting days he was fighting at LW and WW, the class he was best fit at. But watching that Vegas Strip show......I have NO clue how he fits into that uniform. He looks to be well over 200 lbs and is wearing auniform that is about 3 sizes to small.
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm
Because of my USERNAME on CP, I'd like for MIR to stay. Thx. :)
jds05- March 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm
We all know bisping aint going away dan hardy has said retirement is comin soon who would the ufc use to headline uk cards
boomer- March 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm
even if i did agree with some of these candidates the "writing" and ATTEMPTED "humor" are so piss poor that i can't even pretend to give a fuck one sentence longer. shits weak!
masterbaitntackle- March 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Dylan....Dylan....Dylan.....Dylan....and Dylan!
DARKHORSE06- March 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm
Dammit CP(!), you guys are retarded. Reem and Mir? Are you high? Seriously? Why wouldn't you target Ben Rothwell and Del Rosario? I knew you guys were/are Rothwell nut-huggers.
Evens and Bisbing can stick around, just at a vastly reduced rate. Both have heart and come with media savy that takes years to develop.

When are you guys gonna do that thread on the dumbest MMA fighters ever?
Fried Taco- March 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm
They say if you still want to have sex with a girl when she is making a derp face, then you are truly in love.
ReX13- March 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm
You assholes want to keep anybody at 265?
The12ozCurls- March 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Just you sweetheart :)