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And Now *She’s* Fired: Sheila Gaff Axed by the UFC Following Consecutive First Round TKO Losses


(She might not have been the best fighter in the division, but Gaff had the best throwing-a-punch face in the biz. Photo via Getty.)

In a move signifying that equality in the octagon has finally been achieved, bantamweight Sheila Gaff has been released from the UFC. Following a pair of first round TKO losses to Sara McMann and Amanda Nunes at UFC 159 and UFC 163, respectively, Gaff’s departure was passed along by the German website GroundandPound.de yesterday.

After the two defeats in the heavily occupied bantamweight class Gaff must now make a fresh start elsewhere.

Disappointments and defeats belong to every fighter in this career, but I will go on,” said Gaff. “Most of all I am sorry that I could not show my fans what I can really do. In the last two weeks the love and uplifting words from many of my fans have helped. Thanks also for the support of sponsors MMA Spirit,  Geva and Olimp.

And it is here that we see the dichotomy of the UFC rankings system. The women’s bantamweight division currently consists of just 12 fighters. The men’s flyweight division has 18 fighters. Ian McCall, who went 0-2-1 in his first three UFC contests, was ranked #3 in the flyweight division going into his UFC 163 bout with Illarde Santos. Gaff, on the other hand, was ranked #10 and axed after two losses. There’s not much deeper of a comparison to be made here, but I just thought it was worth noting…

So…how about this weather?

-J. Jones

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UFC 163: The New Guys (And Girls!)


(Amanda Nunes: Like Michael Chandler if he didn’t spend upwards of 30 seconds playing pattycake with his opponents.)

It’s been awhile since we’ve familiarized you guys (and ourselves) with the hard-working underlings of an upcoming UFC card, but with so many foreign faces throwing down at UFC 163 this weekend, we decided to dust off an old feature for the sake of education. Don’t worry, this article will contain more knockout videos and fart jokes than it will actual information, as per the CagePotato decree.

Amanda “Lioness” Nunes
Experience: 7-3, with notable victories over Julia Budd (see above), Vanessa Porto, and Ediane Gomes. Despite her somewhat modest record, Nunes carries a wealth of experience fighting in top-level promotions such as Strikeforce and Invicta, where she went 2-2. We also hear that her farts smell like Febreeze. Specifically Mediterranean Lavender, which is odd considering she’s Brazilian and all.
Will be facing: Sheila “The German Tank” Gaff (10-5, 0-1 UFC)
Lowdown: Even having dropped two of her last three, the hard-hitting Nunes is arguably in a better position than her opponent, who is facing a quick turnaround after being dominated by Sara McMann in her own UFC debut at UFC 159. In a perfect world, we will see these two strikers throw caution to the wind and go all Merrill Hess on each another until one of them falls down. Actually, that’s the most likely scenario — three cheers for insanely high expectations based on preconceived notions of inequality!

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Gina Carano Isn’t Getting an Easy Opponent for Her Strikeforce Return in June

(Hopefully Amanda doesn’t make Gina reconsider this whole fighting thing like Cyborg did)

If you think Strikeforce is going to give Gina Carano an easy return bout. think again.

According to Tatame, the former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion will take on Amanda Nunes when the promotion returns to Texas June 18 for an event anchored by a light heavyweight bout between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and a yet-to-be-named opponent and the two remaining opening-round heavyweight grand prix bouts between Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett versus Brett Rogers. The news was revealed to the Brazilian MMA news website by Nunes’ manager, who said they are currently in talks with Strikeforce for the bout.

The bout will mark the first fight in close to two years for Carano, who took a break from competition to focus on her burgeoning acting career. She stars as the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” which opens April 22.

Nunes (6-1) is a tough fighter known for her knockout power, having finished each of her last six opponents by TKO or KO.

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