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IFL Shoulder-Tattoo Roundup

Matt Horwich IFL tattoos

As many of you are probably unaware, there’s an IFL event going down tonight in Uncasville, CT, which will feature Roy Nelson defending his heavyweight title against Brad Imes, and Ryan Schultz defending his lightweight belt against Deividas Taurosevicius. (You can watch the action live on HDNet beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.) And here’s something you might not know about the IFL: They require all their fighters to get shitty tattoos on their shoulders. Honestly — the photos from the weigh-ins prove it. My favorite is Matt Horwich‘s (above left), which is a screaming pencil with musical notes coming out of its eraser. More insane ink after the jump.

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Ricco, Monson, Loiseau, Guillard to Headline Stacked U.K. CFC Event

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(Rodriguez/Monson 2 is slated for 5/17 in Newcastle.)

A horde of UFC vets will invade Newcastle, England, on May 17th, as the Combat Fighting Championships organization is hosting its first U.K. show at the Metro Radio Arena. The main event is a heavyweight brawl between former UFC heavyweight champ and Celebrity Rehab alum Ricco Rodriguez and Jeff “The Snowman” Monson; the two fighters previously met at UFC 35 (1/11/02), where Rodriguez scored a TKO victory in the third round. The co-headining bout will feature middleweights David “The Crow” Loiseau (who was 4-3 in the UFC) and Terry Martin, who was recently rumored to have been released from his UFC contract after his decision loss to Marvin Eastman at UFC 81 brought his Octagon record to 2-4; at the very least, this confirms that he’ll be working up his record in other clubs for a while. Featured on the rest of the impressively stacked card are Melvin Guillard (who will be facing Cage Rage featherweight Jean “White Bear” Silva), Brad Imes, Melvin Manhoef, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, and a bout between Travis Wiuff (who will be fighting in YAMMA’s heavyweight GP next month) and Cyrille Diabate.

It’s unclear how the CFC — which had previously only hosted shows in Orlando, Florida, and without any significant stars — has managed to generate enough juice to book a card in a British arena with so many recognizable MMA names, but this may be the first direct example of the UFC’s international expansion efforts leading the way for other American promotions to hold non-domestic events; the Metro Radio Arena previously hosted UFC 80. If you’ll be on the other side of the pond you can watch the action on Sky Sports or buy tickets here.

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Bo Cantrell Loses in Spectacular Fashion to Someone Not Named Kimbo

Remember when we told you that Kimbo Slice’s opponent for EliteXC: Renegade had been changed from Mike Bourke to Bo Cantrell, and that Cantrell had recently become infamous as the second consecutive guy that Brad Imes submitted by gogoplata? Well, we finally have the video of the Imes/Cantrell fight. Check it out below, and notice how Cantrell looks like a completely different fighter compared to his laughable non-performance against Kimbo. He quickly drops the much-taller “Hillbilly Heartthrob” to the mat with a barrage of punches, and tries to finish the fight early with some relentless ground-and-pound. But Imes manages to keep his composure and ends up choking Cantrell out with his shin. It’s a crazy world. Too bad EliteXC didn’t put Kimbo up against Imes…

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The Top 10 Worst MMA Nicknames Ever

#10 (tie): Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki & Peter “The Dutch Lumberjack” Aerts

Though it has a long, proud history, the nationality + noun combination is always a risky move when crafting a nickname. If it’s “The Polish ____” it can end up sounding like the setup to a joke. (i.e., “You hear the one about the Polish Hammer? They use it to pound fingernails.” Or something like that, but much funnier.) With any other nationality, like “The Dutch ____,” it can end up sounding like a deviant sex act. Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis gets a pass because hand grenades are badass.

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