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The Top Ten Times Dana White Buried His Own Fighters


(Warning: The Danascowl has appeared. Brace for impact. / Photo via Getty)

By Mike Fagan

They say pimping ain’t easy, and that’s probably true for promoting too. (There’s a whole host of other uncomfortable comparisons to be made between the two professions as well.) Pimping is probably a lot harder when you constantly denigrate your talent. “Yeah, Mary? She makes a weird squealing noise when you bang her. But hey, it’s your money.” Yet, that’s exactly what UFC president Dana White does. Here are the top ten instances of Dana White burying his own fighters.

Honorable Mention: Antonio Silva

The UFC buried him. Literally.

10. (Tie) Kenny Florian and Nate Marquardt

Kenny Florian and Nate Marquardt are two very different people. Where Florian is a suave, dark-haired Massachusetts lifer, Marquardt is a ginger mountain man who made sure to list himself first and foremost as a Christian on his Twitter bio. They have one thing in common though: Dana White called them both chokers.

Nate Marquardt lost a close fight to Yushin Okami at UFC 122. Okami was 9-2 in the UFC heading into the fight, and would go on to fight Anderson Silva for the title in his next appearance. That didn’t stop Dana White from calling Marquardt a choker and blasting the Greg Jackson-led corner (more on him in a bit!) for telling Marquardt he was leading on points.

As for Florian, White said he didn’t want to “take anything away from Gray Maynard” and wasn’t “bad-mouthing” or “trying to disrespect” Florian after UFC 118. But that’s exactly what he did when he said Florian “chokes in big fights” before reducing his performance to standing and staring at Maynard. Florian’s five UFC losses came to Diego Sanchez, Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, Maynard, and Jose Aldo — all champions or title challengers. Maybe, just maybe, the overachieving Florian just wasn’t on their level?

9. Jose Aldo

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UFC Booking Alert: Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve, Lyoto Machida vs. CB Dollaway Added to December Cards


(“Whoooo…whoooo…whoooo wrecked another one of my goddamned parlays?” / Photo via instagram.com/alistairovereem)

With three knockout losses in his last four fights, Alistair Overeem has become almost the biggest bust in UFC history. But he’ll get at least one more chance to salvage his career later this year, when he faces fellow Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13 (December 13th, Phoenix). UFC officials confirmed the booking yesterday.

Overeem was most recently spotted enjoying a private performance of Ben Rothwell’s celebratory jig, earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 50. Struve hasn’t competed since his jaw-breakin’ TKO loss to Mark Hunt back in March 2013. Since then, “Skyscraper” has been sidelined due to a heart condition. Struve was slated to face Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 in July, but fainted backstage before his fight and was not allowed to compete.

UFC on FOX 13 will also feature a win-or-get-fired lightweight bout between Jamie Varner and Drew Dober, and will “more than likely” host a heavyweight match between ex-champion Junior Dos Santos and highly regarded contender Stipe Miocic; we’ll let you know when that one is finalized.

UPDATE: And it’s finalized. Dos Santos vs. Miocic has been confirmed as the main event of UFC on FOX 13.

In other UFC booking news…

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The 10 Greatest Finishing Moves in MMA: 2014 Edition

It’s been quite a while since we first penned our list of “The Ten Greatest Finishing Moves in MMA“ and a lot has changed in the time since. While some of our choices are even more relevant now than they were when the list was originally published in April of 2011, most of them seem either inaccurate or simply out of date in light of current circumstances. Knowing what we know now, we’ve decided to update our list to align with today’s MMA landscape. Enjoy. 

#10 – Matt Mitrione‘s Football Tackle

Matt Mitrione has evolved into quite the knockout artist since his time on TUF 10, and it’s easy to see why: He’s incredibly light on his feet for a man his size and is easily one of the most purely violent punchers in the heavyweight division. All the man named “Meathead” needed was a little refinement, go figure. That being said, two of Meathead’s last three KO victories have come less by any sort of striking technique and more by a football-style collision of two giant dudes (phrasing). His 19-second finish of Philip De Fries at UFC on FUEL 9 was the first knockout to come by way of hip thrust in UFC History and his recent win over Derrick Lewis at Fight Night 50 looked like something between a forearm shiver and a

In any case, it’s obvious that Mitrione’s professional football past has largely aided his MMA present, and we hope to one day see him score the KO via Goldberg Spear he has been working towards for years now.

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Friday Links: The Other ‘War Machine’, Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Retire Next Year, Disturbing Stock Photos + More


(Ugh. Would someone please tell that goof in the middle that gladiators don’t smile? / Photo via Reddit MMA)

TRT Ban Will Force UFC Headliner ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Into Surgery After Saturday’s Fight (MMAJunkie)

Interview: Bec Rawlings Discusses Creepy Fans, The TUF 20 House, and How the Media Is Blowing Drama Out of Proportion (MiddleEasy)

UFC’s ‘War Machine’ Won’t Change His Nickname After Jonathan Koppenhaver’s Alleged Assault (MMAFighting)

Video: Dana White Says Alistair Overeem Won’t Be Cut, Ben Askren Is an ‘Absolute Moron’ (BloodyElbow)

Boxing News: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Planning to Retire in 2015 After 2 More Bouts (Sherdog)

Georges St-Pierre Will Get Title Shot If He Returns in 2015 (BleacherReport)

Mike Tyson Flips Out on Canadian TV (Break)

Why Do These Stock Photos Even Exist? [31 Pics] (Radass)

The 10 Most Terrifying Place on Earth (AskMen)

When Good Stars Go Bad: Eight Actors and Their Most Villainous Film Roles (ScreenJunkies)

Which Sci-Fi Utopian World Would Be Best for Raising a Family? (EveryJoe)

The 15 Worst Marriage Proposals of All Time (PopHangover)

Video: The Most Brutal Aussie Rules Football Hits (Steakwood)

Six Takeaways from Apple’s iPhone 6 Reveal Event (EscapistMagazine)

The 20 Greatest Sitcom Babes of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

When Good Games Are Too Hard (GameFront)

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The 7 Biggest UFC Busts of All Time: 2014 Edition

It’s been quite a while since we first penned our list of the 7 Biggest UFC Busts of All Time, and a lot has changed in the time since. While some of our choices are even more relevant now than they were when the list was originally published in July of 2009, most of them seem either inaccurate or simply out of date in light of current circumstances. Knowing what we know now, we’ve decided to update our list to align with today’s MMA landscape. Enjoy.

#7 – Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale had already achieved the distinction of being one of the most credentialed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors and sought-after coaches in all of MMA when he signed with the UFC last year. He had also picked up six straight first round submissions in professional competition, and was primed to make some huge waves in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

But oh, if only it were that simple. Drysdale was first scheduled to take on Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163 until he was forced out of the bout at the last minute due to a “lingering staph infection” and definitely not the fact that he had been denied a therapeutic use exemption for TRT days prior. He was then scheduled to face Cody Donovan at UFC 167, but was denied licensure after an out-of-competition drug test came back with an absolutely absurd 19.4:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.

You’d think the UFC would have shitcanned Drysdale right then and there, but The Baldfather is nothing if not a softie for guys with a great ground game (lol!). Drysdale was given another shot at the TUF 19 Finale in July, and to his credit, he actually managed to show up and submit Keith Berish in just over 2 minutes. The post-fight drug test, however, would reveal that Drysdale was once again competing with an unnatural level of testosterone flowing through his veins. But hey, at least his T/E ratio was only 12:1 this time!

One fight. Two failed drug tests. And to our knowledge, Drysdale is still employed by the UFC. Let’s hope he can get his sh*t together long enough to pick up one legitimate win before all is said and done.

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UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — Main Card Results & Commentary


(Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi, showing about as much intensity as the average person does while ordering fast food at a drive-through. / Photo via Getty)

Welcome to CagePotato’s liveblog of UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — aka, the stunning conclusion of #FridayNightWars. Tonight on FOX Sports 1, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi battle for the chance to get “pretty damn close” to a middleweight title shot, while Lean ‘n’ Mean Alistair Overeem trades bombs with fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell. Also: Matt Mitrione takes on Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis, and lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon meets Michael Chiesa in a battle of skinny grapplers. Plus, there’s a guy on the prelims who fought 13 days ago. Crazy!

In the immortal words of Jeff Monson: “You like watching people get f*cked for free?” Then follow us after the jump for round-by-round results from the UFC Fight Night 50 main card, which our dear friend Ryan Harkness will be compiling after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET, along with his usual charming commentary. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and follow us on twitter for even more hijinx. Thanks for being here.

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UFC Fight Night 50 Weigh-In Results: Alistair Overeem Continues to Shrink, Charles Oliveira Too Sick to Cut Weight


(‘Jacare vs. Mousasi’ weigh-in highlights via YouTube.com/UFC)

Weigh-ins for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 50 card went down yesterday at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, and they were noteworthy for two reasons:

- Charles Oliveira tipped the scales at 150 pounds for his featherweight prelim contest against Nik Lentz, and was fined 20% of his purse*. (He also earned a spot on the leaderboard.) Oliveira’s excuse didn’t exactly put our minds at ease: “I was sick for the past week in Brazil, and I was pretty bad when I got to the United States,” Oliveira told MMAFighting.com after the weigh-ins. “I couldn’t cut weight, and I’m not feeling well to cut weight, so that’s why I missed weight. I had high fever, headache. I think it was a viral infection. But I was the one who asked for this fight, so I couldn’t withdraw.”

When asked if the illness would affect his performance, Oliveira said “I don’t know, let’s wait until tomorrow.” Yeesh, good luck dude. By the way, Lentz is still a +160 underdog in this match, so get in while the getting’s good. Oliveira previously missed weight for his UFC 152 fight against Cub Swanson, coming in just over at 146.4 pounds, but that fight was made a catchweight bout and Oliveira wasn’t fined.

UPDATE: Oliveira has been pulled from the card due to illness and won’t be paid. Nik Lentz is getting his show money and win money, but not a cut of Oliveira’s purse.

- Also, heavyweight co-main eventer Alistair Overeem weighed-in at a lean and mean 248 pounds, continuing the shrinkage he’s undergone in his UFC career: Overeem was up in the 260′s for his first two bouts in the UFC (263 against Brock Lesnar, 264 against Bigfoot), then dropped to the 250′s for his next two (255.5 against Travis Browne, 257 against Frank Mir). Somehow, he’s misplaced nine pounds since his last fight. The Demolition Man is steadily returning to his old beanpole days — but at least he looks better than Rothwell.

Check out the full UFC Fight Night 50 weigh-in results after the jump (via B/R), and be sure to come back tonight at 10 p.m. ET for our liveblog of the main card!

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Throwback Thursday: Alistair Overeem’s Eight Greatest Squash Match Performances


(Simon says, “Die.” Photo via sescoopes)

If the bookies are to be believed, Alistair Overeem should tear through Ben Rothwell like tissue paper at Fight Night Mashantucket tomorrow. Currently listed as high as a 7 to 1 favorite over “Big” Ben, Overeem is already making some pretty bold claims about his next run at a title, which cannot possibly backfire a second time. Hell, Overeem might even throw Anthony Johnson a pity beatdown on his way to said title, just for kicks. He’s THAT confident.

Then again, confidence has never really been an issue for Overeem, and it’s easy to see why. When he is paired up against anyone less than a top contender, Overeem fights as if he’s been beamed down from a distant planet (let’s call it, “Pectoria”) to remind us humans of how puny and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of it all. Even his nickname, “The Demolition Man”, is otherworldly in its awesomeness.

And while it’s true that Overeem has struggled against upper echelon competition throughout his career, it’s also true that there isn’t a fighter alive who crushes cans quite like he does (not that Rothwell is by any means a can). Ubereem is the foremost purveyor of squash matches, indeed, so let these eight videos serve as a testament to his greatness.

In Which The Uber Makes Gary Goodridge Cry Out in Agony

By the time Gary Goodridge got around to fighting Alistair Overeem, he was a 42-year-old (though oddly enough, introduced as 32) relic of his former self who was waist deep in the eight-fight losing streak that would end his MMA career. Overeem, on the other hand, had just obliterated Mirko Cro Cop‘s testicles at DREAM 6. To say that these men’s careers were heading in opposite directions would be a slight understatement.

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UFC Fight Night 50 Video Hype: Jacare Souza’s Origin Story, Derrick Lewis’s ‘Two Lives’ + More

We ain’t even gonna front — UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi is one of the best free cards of the year, and you have no reason not to watch the action-heavy six-fight four-fight main card tomorrow night on FOX Sports 1. Get familiar with the lineup by watching these new preview videos from the UFC YouTube channel.

Above: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza describes his journey in MMA and his thoughts on opponent Gegard Mousasi. (By the way, props to whoever designed the X-Gym doors. Super classy.) Below: Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis discusses the violent experiences that shaped his early life, and how he’s matured through MMA.

After the jump: Ben Rothwell vows to beat Alistair Overeem‘s ass, and the full “Countdown” episode for UFC Fight Night 50, which includes a look at the Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa matchup.

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Beef of the Day: Alistair Overeem and Anthony Johnson Are Just a Couple of P*ssies (Their Words, Not Ours)


(“But why is the lady having sex with the horse when she could be eating it?” via FighterXFashion.)

If Hollywood ever opted to do a straight-up remake of Predator starring only MMA fighters (not that they ever, *ever* should), I’d like to think that Alistair Overeem and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson would be prime candidates for the Dutch and Dillon roles, respectively, based purely on body mass. I say this despite the fact that the former has been rapidly shrinking down from heavyweight and the latter steadily ballooning up from welterweight in recent years.

Come to think of it, it’s entirely possible that Rumble has been slowly accumulating/absorbing Overeem’s mass through some sort of voodoo this entire time. Johnson and Overeem are former “Blackzilian” training partners, for one, which means that Rumble could have easily secured the hair strand/toenail clipping/jar of sweat necessary to conduct such a voodoo ritual, and both appear to hate the everloving sh*t out of each other. It’s the only logical explanation outside of “Johnson was never a true welterweight and Overeem owed his Herculean physique to steroids” that I can honestly think of.

But back to the rivalry between these two, which was reignited when Overeem busted up Jon Jones in a training session that in turn led to the cancellation of Jones vs.Cormier at UFC 178. Johnson inserted himself into the situation by more or less claiming that Overeem did it on purpose before calling him out, to which Overeem responded by calling Johnson a “p*ssy.”

Looking to continue the middle school method of hyping a fight that hasn’t been booked yet, Johnson lashed out at Overeem on Twitter this morning:

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