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Friday Links: A Four-Second Heavyweight Knockout, Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson Booked for UFC San Jose, Best Beers to Drink at Breakfast + More


(Another lightning-fast knockout from UCMMA, just two months after the last one. Hey, could somebody get us the name of the blonde Hot Potato at 0:28-0:41? #hnnnnng)

Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson Booked for San Jose UFC on FOX Event (FoxSports)

When It Comes To PPV The UFC Could Learn A Lesson From Boxing (BloodyElbow)

After Rash of Weigh-In Gaffes, Cage Warriors to Dock 60 Percent of Cash (MMAJunkie)

A 16-year-old Conor McGregor at his very first UFC event, with a totally freaked-out Chuck Liddell. (Facebook.com/CagePotato)

Jack Slack: Remembering Jimmy Ellis (Fightland)

MMA Referee Leon Roberts Sinks Rear-Naked Choke on MMA Fighter Who Wouldn’t Stop Punching His Opponent (MiddleEasy)

Miguel Torres Signs With GLORY Kickboxing, Will Make Debut in June (MMAFighting)

The 50 Best Comic Book Movies of All Time (Guyism)

Meet Kyndal Kyaire, the Girlfriend of Johnny Manziel (EveryJoe)

Fantasy-Casting the Upcoming “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” Movie (Holytaco)

Not My Best Day #7: How to Deal With Frenemies and Park-Flashers (PopHangover)

10 Places You Should Not Bring Your Mother On Mother’s Day (Mommyish)

This Wes Anderson Porn Parody Is So Accurate That You’ll Be Shocked When Bill Murray Doesn’t Show Up (Crushable)

The 11 Best Beers to Drink at Breakfast (HiConsumption)

Screen Junkies Show: Who’s the Baddest Movie Monster of Them All? (ScreenJunkies)

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Must-See Video: Paddy Pimblett Scores a Sub of the Year Nominee Over Conrad Hayes at Cage Warriors 68

Today’s lesson: You should never judge a fighter by his name. Example A: Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett. Believe it or not, Paddy Pimblett is not the name of some off-brand Irish cereal cartoon, nor is he a pre-adolescent street urchin with rickets and a pegleg whose only wish for Christmas this year is to get adopted by a rich old man. No, Paddy Pimblett is actually a 6-1 MMA fighter from Liverpool, England who scored a submission of the year nominee at Cage Warriors 68 last Saturday via a flying triangle armbar over Conrad Hayes. So, there’s that.

Honestly, calling Paddy’s sub a “flying triangle” doesn’t really do it justice. While defending a high single leg takedown against the cage midway through the first round, Pimblett more or less Spidermans up the cage while working a kimura/trapping Hayes’ arm. Then, while hanging in mid-air, Pimblett starts throwing some Silva vs. Lutter-esque elbows from the top before locking up a triangle. After Hayes tries to slam himself out of the sub in vain, Pimblett uses the opportunity to throw a few more vicious elbows before adding an armbar on top of it all to force the tap.

Just a masterful display of improvisation on Pimblett’s part, and a much-needed win for MMA fighters named Paddy in general. Not since Paddy O’Furniture knocked out Mark Coleman in a Denny’s parking lot after UFC 12 has such a victory been scored. But what do you think, Nation? Sub of the Year-worthy or not?

-J. Jones

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Knockout of the Night: Nicolas Dalby Makes Sergei Churilov Do the “No Bones Dance” at Cage Warriors 66

Although Rolles Gracie’s “Flair Flop” at WSOF 5 will forever be immortalized as the greatest involuntary reaction to a KO of all time (with Kaleo Gambill’s post-fight beat-off being the clear but distant runner-up), we’ll be damned if Sergei Churilov didn’t give him a run for his money at Cage Warriors 66 last weekend.

In a fight for the promotion’s vacant welterweight title, Nicolas Dalby and Churilov engaged in a back-and-forth slugfest that ranked among the best of the year. Churilov was getting the better of the exchanges until midway through the fourth round, when Dalby unleashed a head kick that had the Ukrainian doing the “No Bones Dance” across the ring (or “Gumbying” as the kids I just made up are calling it).

A few follow-up punches were all that Dalby needed to walk away with the welterweight title in hand, and while he may have gotten the victory, it is Churilov who will surely get the last laugh when his post-KO dance is celebrated in gif form for years to come. I mean, just look at those moves!

The man is clearly a big Kevin Bacon fan is all I’m saying.

-J. Jones

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Submission of the Day: Ian Entwistle’s Diving Heel-Hook at Cage Warriors 62 [VIDEO]


(Props: Cage Warriors/themmaclinic via r/MMA)

Though Saturday’s Cage Warriors 62 event had to proceed without its headliner, there were more than enough wild moments to make up for it. Case in point: this impressively acrobatic heel-hook that English lightweight Ian Entwistle landed on Liam James just 24 seconds into their bout. Watch as Entwistle dodges a right cross from James and immediately wraps up his opponent’s rear leg, dragging it to the mat and sinking a heel-hook in the blink of an eye. The victory marked Entwistle’s fourth-straight win by submission. Good stuff, mate.

Also on the card, Martin Sheridan challenged Chinzo Machida for Most Violent Knee-KO of the Year. Check out Sheridan’s first-round win over Jordan Desborough after the jump…

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Ulysses Gomez Collapses While Cutting Weight; Cage Warriors 62 Main Event Scrapped


(Photo via Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

The physical stress that fighters endure during weight cuts can inflict more long-lasting damage than anything they do inside the cage. MMA’s most recent death was reportedly due to weight-cut-related complications, and just last month Brian Melancon retired because of worsening kidney problems.

MMA’s latest weight-cutting cautionary tale comes to us courtesy of flyweight Ulysses Gomez, who collapsed while cutting weight for his Cage Warriors 62 headlining fight against Neil Seery and was hospitalized. Even though Gomez wanted to move forward with Saturday’s fight anyway, Cage Warriors made the only sane decision and scrapped it. If you’ll recall, Gomez vs. Seery was one of the non-UFC fights we were most looking forward to this weekend, so this sucks on multiple levels.

Once considered one of the greatest 125-pounders in the world, Gomez couldn’t find success on the sport’s largest stage, going 0-2 in the UFC. He was released by the promotion February, and was subsequently denied the chance to try out for TUF 18. The Cage Warriors 62 main event was supposed to be Gomez’s return to competition. Unfortunately, his layoff will continue until he gets his next fight booked.

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Fight of the Day: Paul Daley Puts on a Thai Plum Clinic Against Jimmy Pocket Lukasz Chlewicki at Cage Warriors 57

Remember when we told you that Paul Daley was scheduled to slaughter some poor Polack at Cage Warriors 57 last weekend? Well, as luck would have it, he all but slaughtered some poor Polack at Cage Warriors 57 last weekend. Crazy, right?

To his credit, +800 underdog Lukasz Chlewicki didn’t seem too afraid to stand and bang with “Semtex,” which when you look at Daley’s highlight reel, is akin to sticking your foot in a bear trap and hoping to win the Boston Marathon. Unfortunately, Chlewicki’s persistent clinch work would turn out to be the cause of his demise, as the visibly larger Daley would use the opportunities to put on a Muay Thai clinic. Punishing elbows and vicious knees befell Chlewicki until a Marvin Eastman-esque goat vagina was opened up on the right side of his shiny, bald head, forcing the ringside physician to call the fight between the first and second round.

Chin up, Lukasz. You might have had your ass kicked by one of the best ass-kickers outside of the UFC, but let’s look at the positives:

1) You ended the fight in the same state of matter as you began it in.

2) You were able to chew solid foods the next day.

3) You were fighting in a cage.

-J. Jones

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Despite Fireable Performances at UFC on FUEL 7, Matt Riddle and Che Mills Sign Multi-Fight Deals With Legacy FC, Cage Warriors


(When Keepin’ it Real Goes Wrong: Breakdance Edition. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.) 

Like the mighty osprey as it descends from the sky to feast on a trout, the fallout from Matt Riddle’s UFC on FUEL 7 bout with Che Mills was swift and fierce. Not only was Mills lambasted/fired for putting on a piss-poor performance, but Riddle was similarly bashed by Dana White for his efforts in victory and released from the promotion shortly thereafter (following his second failed post-fight drug test). Despite the setback, Riddle stated that he was happy to finally be freed from the hypocritical bonds of Zuffa to crush some cans, so much so that he would probably never come back to the UFC if they asked him to.

In either case, it looks like Riddle will be given plenty of opportunities to do just that in the Texas-based organization Legalize It Legacy Fighting Championships, which Riddle announced he had signed a multi-fight deal with over the weekend via Twitter:

You have to appreciate how Riddle, being the witty bastard that he is, managed to reference both his recent quotes about beating his kids and the State of Texas’ history with blood baths in one masterfully written tweet. That’s what he was doing, right?

And in other news, Riddle’s opponent at UFC on FUEL 7, Che Mills, has successfully landed on his feet as well…

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Hot Potato: 15 Photos of Cage Warriors Ring Girl Natalie Lawrence


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Props to the tireless talent-scouts at Babes of MMA for alerting us to Natalie Lawrence, the foxy new ring girl for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Natalie, who joins blonde bombshell Brooke Lynette, is a 24-year-old model and pageant competitor from London, who comes from “a mixed background of english, portugese, indian.” (Sounds tasty!) Check out some of our favorite photos of Ms. Lawrence in the gallery below, and get to know her better on Facebook and Twitter.

Weird side-note: Natalie’s boobs aren’t real, unfortunately. How do we know this? Because there’s actually a video of her breast-enlargement surgery on YouTube.

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Hot Potato: 14 Photos of U.K. Ring Girl Hayley Sams


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Hayley Sams is a 25-year-old glamour model and ring girl from Birmingham, England, who has held round cards for BAMMA and Cage Warriors. Her modeling credits include appearances in Front magazine, Zoo, Daily Star, and Loaded. Show her some love on Twitter @miss_sams, and check out more of our favorite Hayley Sams photos below…

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Hot Potato: 10 Photos of Cage Warriors Ring Girl Brooke Lynette


(Full gallery is after the jump. Thanks to Babes of MMA for the tip!)

Brooke Lynette is a 26-year-old London-based model who gigs as a ring girl for the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Originally hailing from Scotland, Brooke describes herself as an MMA geek, music lover, and Chael Sonnen admirer, and also runs a side-business called Beauty by Brookelyn, specializing in beauty treatments and hair extensions. Follow her life on twitter @Brrrookelyn, and check out more of our favorite Brooke Lynette photos in the gallery below…

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