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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 


Friday Link Dump: Pettis Sidelined Again, Fighters React to Reebok Deal, Funniest Help Wanted Signs + More

(Video footage of Albuquerque PD searching Jon Jones’ car. The pipe is to be expected, but the “sh*tload of condoms”? Priceless.)

-Anthony Pettis Injures Elbow, Tentatively Scheduled to be Sidelined for Four-to-Six Months Following Surgery (MMAFighting)

-Edson Barboza Steps in for Anthony Pettis to Fight Myles Jury at UFC on FOX 16 (MMAMania)

-Fighters Respond to the Official UFC Reebok Payscale on Twitter (BloodyElbow)

-As Gripes over UFC Outfitting Deal Pile Up, Will Backlash Be More Than Words? (Bleacher Report)

-10 Reasons to Watch a Rare MMA Co-Promotion and Some UFC fights This Weekend (MMAJunkie)

-Matt Brown: “I Don’t Really Wish Anything Good for Jon Jones at This Point.” (FoxSports)

-Honest Trailers – Fifty Shades of Grey (100th Episode!) (Screen Junkies)

-Know Your 2016 Presidential Candidate: Ben Carson (Every Joe)

-Hot Girls and Tattoos – All The Girls Mom Warned You About (Radass)

-The 20 Funniest Help Wanted Signs (World Wide Interweb)

-8 Weird Simulation Games that Actually Exist (Escapist)


UFC 185 Aftermath/Results: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

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It seems that more often than not these days, the UFC likes to sell us on the invincibility of its champions. “Anderson Silva is the G.O.A.T.” “Renan Barao is one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC right now, if not the greatest.” “Jose Aldo had sex with my blind wife last night and now she can see!” I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the point.

That’s not meant as a knock on the promotion, mind you. I mean, you tell me how else you’re going to market a humble, softly-spoken foreigner who knows maybe a dozen words in English, if not based on his skills in the cage? This is the fight game after all, and Conor McGregor would still be collecting welfare checks if he didn’t possess the actual skill to back up his mouth. Yet time and time again, it seems that the UFC’s go-to strategy for hyping a fighter becomes akin to placing a hex on them. And when/if the champion in question does lose, it isn’t long before the conversation shifts to “Anderson Silva is a roidhead.” “Renan Barao is going to get smoked in the rematch.” “Jose Aldo is only keeping Conor McGregor’s seat warm.”

To be perfectly clear, this isn’t how I feel the UFC was marketing Anthony Pettis heading into his UFC 185 title fight with Rafael Dos Anjos. The promotion was marketing him on his skillset, sure, which again — how could you not when his highlight reel includes a flying off-the-cage ninja kick? I’m saying that this is how the MMA media seemed to be billing Pettis in the weeks leading up to last Saturday. Blame it on the stupidity and/or rampant fanboyism that affects even the unbiased (and more importantly, credentialed) members, blame it on whatever you want, but there was an air of invincibility surrounding Pettis. We were like a deer caught in the headlights of “Showtime’s” greatness, so much so that we barely even took the time to notice that Dos Anjos was there.


Friday Link Dump: Live UFC 185 Weigh-Ins, How to Pronounce Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Crafting a Burger the Heming-way + More

Carla Esparza Must Prove She’s Right Strawweight for the Job (Bleacher Report)

How to Pronounce Joanna Jedrzejczyk? UFC 185 fighters Try – and Fail Spectacularly (MMAJunkie)

US Anti-Doping Agency: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Failed Drug Test Carries Four-Year Ban (MMA Mania)

From Chechnya to New Jersey: Khusein Khaliev’s MMA Odyssey (BloodyElbow)

Roy Nelson Hopes Alistair Overeem Hasn’t Become a Safety First Jackson’s Fighter (FoxSports)

Rousimar Palhares to Undergo Knee Surgery on Friday, Eyes July Return Against Jake Shields (MMAFighting)

Screen Junkies Show: Patton Oswalt Talks DC, Marvel, Star Wars & More! (Screen Junkies)

8 Classic Multiplayer Arcade Games (The Escapist)

28 Innocent Items That Became Accidentally Dirty (Pics) (Radass)

Military Chow: The Four (or Five) Basic Food Groups (EveryJoe)

The Ultimate Foreign Celebrity Commercial Compilation (WorldWideInterweb)

Robert Downey Jr. Presents Real Bionic Arm to 7-Year-Old Boy (Pop Hangover)

For Whom the Dinner Bell Tolls: Crafting a Burger the Heming-way (Made Man)


Gambling Addiction Enabler — ‘UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos’ Edition

By Sam Stilson

Once in a while, Joe Silva likes to set up a card with an easy narrative. ‘Name’ fighters are given tough, but not too challenging opponents. We all pretend it’s a compelling matchup even though everyone knows who’s going to win. The fight happens, the good guy prevails, and it’s on to the next one. Such is the case with UFC 185.

The problem with this kind of card is that the bookies know who’s going to win too. This makes earning a buck off of watching people fight a bit of a challenge. Unless of course you like lengthy parlays or winning quarters off of 5-1 favourites. Still, this is MMA after all and crazier things have happened than a longshot winning a fight. Take for instance, the fact that Clay Guida has beaten both men vying for the lightweight title. Yes, this Clay Guida.

So with that in mind, let’s take a more in depth look at tomorrow’s UFC 185 card and see where we can earn some money to contribute towards CagePotato’s Patreon*.

*By “CagePotato’s Patreon” I of course mean blackjack and hookers. 


At Long Last, It’s Finally “Showtime” for Anthony Pettis

By Trent Reinsmith 

There’s a scene in The Simpsons episode, “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” where a fight breaks out between Fat Tony’s gang and the Yakuza. While the battle rages in front of the Simpson residence, there is one Yakuza dressed in a white suit that stands with his arms crossed doing nothing. Seeing this, Homer remarks to Marge, “That little guy hasn’t done anything yet. Look at him. He’s going to do something, and you know it’s going to be good.” That’s how I felt watching UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis face Gilbert Melendez in the co-headlining fight at UFC 181.


Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos Booked for UFC 185 in Dallas

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Anthony Pettis will defend his lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, which takes place March 14th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Twitter personality Front Row Brian was first to break the news, which was officially announced during the UFC 182 prelims.


UFC 181 Salaries & Medical Suspensions: Robbie Lawler Earns Top Payday, Anthony Pettis Faces Another (Possibly) Lengthy Suspension

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The year of The Rhino  ”Ruthless” continues, as Robbie Lawler walked away from UFC 181 last weekend with not only the belt, but the biggest payday of all 22 competing fighters. Lawler earned just over 200K ($220,000) for his efforts, surpassing Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez ($200,00 each) on the night’s list of top earners.

On the injury side of things, it looks like several fighters who competed at UFC 181 could be facing lengthy layoffs, chief among them being Pettis (Ed note: WHY GOD, WHYY?!!). So join us after the jump to check out the full list of salaries and medical suspensions.

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000


UFC 181 Video Highlights: Josh Samman’s Devastating KO of Eddie Gordon, Urijah Faber’s Eye-Poke Submission of Francisco Rivera…Oh, And the Title Fights Too

FOX Sports released some highlight videos from Saturday’s UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 event, and as usual, the clips from the main card fights are woefully incomplete, showing everything but the actual finishes. So eff ‘em — we’ve buried those after the jump. Luckily, the highlight clips from the FOX Sports 1 prelim fights actually showed the money shots.

The video above shows Josh Samman‘s devastating second-round head-kick knockout of TUF 19 winner Eddie Gordon. It was an incredibly cathartic moment for Samman — coming after an extended injury layoff and the car accident death of his girlfriend — and also earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night check.

Below, Urijah Faber picks up yet another submission victory in a non-title fight, though this one came with some controversy. In the slow-motion replay at the 0:30 mark, you can see Faber basically fish-hook Francisco Rivera’s eye-socket. (Two fouls in one!) Rivera goes down in agony, and Faber bulldog chokes him. But referee Mario Yamasaki didn’t see the foul, and it goes down as a legitimate win for Faber. Rivera plans to appeal the result.

After the jump: Highlights from four UFC 181 main card fights. They left out Todd Duffee‘s KO of Anthony Hamilton because the fight was so short they’d pretty much have to show the finish, and God knows we can’t have that.


UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II — Main Card Results & Commentary

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Kwanzaa — which is traditionally observed from December 26th to January 1st — has come early, my friends. Tonight’s UFC 181 pay-per-view card is headlined by Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, in a rematch of one of the greatest fights of 2014. Plus: Anthony Pettis‘s first lightweight title defense after winning the belt over 15 months ago, a heavyweight scrap between Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub, and the first appearance of the Duffman in two years. Should be pretty okay.

Our old friend Aaron Mandel will be sticking live “Hendricks vs. Lawler” results after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and let us know how you feel in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma. Let’s do this…