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The Unsupportable Opinion: MMA/The UFC Is NOT Slowly Swirling Down the Shitter


(MMA’s heyday, according to at least one guy.)

“The night is always darkest before the dawn.” — Two-Face, quoting Plato or some shit.

MMA is facing a crisis, Nation. Or so we’re being told. Not one of irrelevance, a lack of funding, or societal ignorance like it faced during the so-called “Dark Ages,” but one of complacency, of apathy. Over the past several years, we have seen the sport rise to a level of popularity we previously thought unattainable. With more major network deals, cross-promotion with major brands, and movies featuring UFC stars popping up by the day, it’s hard to argue that MMA is exactly struggling to generate interest amongst fans.

But somewhere between the death of Strikeforce and the Fight Pass subscriptions, MMA (or at least, its premiere organization) reached a tipping point. Despite an ever-burgeoning roster, the quality of the average card started to slip. Viewership began to decline. Truly “stacked” cards started to come further and further between, as did the number of marketable stars present on them.

While the UFC was busy making efforts to dominate the fucking world, its stateside presence slowly began to diminish with each lackluster “Fight Night” card, the majority of which have been spread across three channels and subscriptions-only networks. It isn’t helping that the UFC is now nickel and diming those of us hoping to watch their international events and prelims, adding to the growing “UFC is in trouble” sentiment among fans. The UFC has gotten greedy, and our view of the sport has slowly begun to shift from optimistic to apathetic as a result.

Is it simply a case of the UFC expanding too fast and oversaturating it’s niche market, as many followers of the sport will tell you? Or have fans simply lost interest in the sport now that it has become a globally recognized, increasingly expensive commodity?

Actually, the answer is a firm “no” to both of those questions. MMA is NOT rapidly descending into the watered-down, passionless, corporate-sponsored hellscape we all think it is, and everyone needs to man (or woman) the fuck up and stop acting like the sport is a lost cause.

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Sexy Miesha Tate GIFs, Old-School Nick Diaz Photos, And More Highlights From the CagePotato Tumblr


(Hey, is that a Timex?)

We’re celebrating something special today, Potato Nation: CagePotato’s Tumblr has surpassed 100 followers!

We’re very grateful that our fans and many members of Tumblr’s MMA community have followed us. If you haven’t yet, here are some of the highlights from our first few weeks that you missed — and that you’ll still be missing on a regular basis until you follow us right here.

- To start off, we have an excellent GIF set of Miesha Tate from this season of TUF. This, for obvious reasons, is our most successful post to date.

- There exists a statue of one kid armbarring another kid. It’s in Germany although I’d have expected something like that to be in Brazil instead (or even Japan because of their Judo connection).

- World champions Renan Barao and Jose Aldo in a sparring match. They’re likely not going 100%, but it’s still pretty cool to watch.

See what Conor McGregor was doing with his money, as well as some sick, old-school UFC artwork after the jump.

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PSA: Follow the CagePotatoMMA Tumblr Page for Even More of What You Love


(The Potato Empire continues its virus-like expansion. None shall be spared.)

Hey Potato Nation!

We have an announcement to make: CagePotato has its own Tumblr page now! On our new Tumblr, we’ll be sharing the MMA news and opinions you know and love, kick-ass MMA videos from the very depths of the Internet, our frequently snarky but never unjustified commentary, and maybe we’ll even be re-blogging a few things while we’re at it.

Fun fact: Tumblr and CagePotato were founded in the same year. Who knows, maybe yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer is eyeing CagePotato right now, ready to swoop in with a billion-dollar acquisition. We can dream, right?

Anyway, our Tumblr page is going to be a place where we share the content that’s a little too much for Twitter but not pressing enough to warrant its posting it on the site. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Follow the CagePotato Tumblr here: CagePotatoMMA.tumblr.com

Matt Saccaro

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[UPDATED] Win a CagePotato Signature Shirt in the Return of the Caption Contest!

We’ll be the first to admit that sometimes, we’re so busy trying to report on the day-to-day happenings of the MMA world that we occasionally (re:often) lose sight of some of the benefits of being an MMA site that dabbles in everything from lowbrow to subpar comedy. Mainly, our ability to give out free shit to the funniest Taters trolling the comments sections (or the forums if they are really, really lonely).

That’s why we are proud to announce that, in honor of our mobile site finally being up and running, we will be bringing back the caption contests and comments of the week on a regular basis here at CagePotato, in the hopes that you guys will stop treating us like the goth kid with psoriasis at the MMA lunch table. Believe it or not, as sour as your opinions often are, we still enjoy hearing them, especially when they come in the form of a relentlessly dark or unnecessarily crass assessment of a candid photo.

Our newest caption contest awaits you after the jump, and we will be giving our signature “We Pull No Punches” shirts (pictures below) to the top three entries. So feel free to swing for the fences on this one as many times as your heart desires.

And today’s photo is…

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Daddy’s Home, Kids

(Video courtesy YouTube/City and Colour)

I know, I know. You kids weren’t ready for mom and dad to split up, and you’re not going to make this easy, but I want to assure you that I’m going to do everything I can to make things work for all of us.

I’m not going to be one of those strict stepdads who is always telling you to turn your music down or scolds you for cursing. I’m also not going to be the creepy, moustached stepdad who says inappropriate things and wears obscenely short Adidas shorts and aviator sunglasses so he can leer at your female friends around the pool.

No, I’m going to be the cool stepdad that keeps the unlocked garden shed stocked with Lucky Strikes, Playboys and whiskey and if any of it mysteriously goes missing, I’ll just replenish the cache with no questions asked as my way of saying, "Thanks for letting me bone your mom."

Now let’s get to those burning questions you’ve had since you first heard I was taking over for Ben Fowlkes as the Senior Editor of your beloved community. We’ll start with the ones that immediately followed the pages of some variation of "NOOO!!!! I’m never coming here again" and "Who the hell is Mike Russell?"

Here goes nothing…

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We’re Twittering!

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Yeah bro! If you have a Twitter account, please add us at Twitter.com/CagePotatoMMA. We’ll be using it to keep you updated on important shit coming out of CagePotato HQ, as well as our random MMA-related observations. Thanks so much, and spread the word!

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