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Gambler’s Gambit: ‘UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor’


(Yup, that pretty much nails it. via Urijah Faber’s Instagram)

By Santino DeFranco 

First, let me say, I’m no professional gambler, but who really is? What I am is a former professional fighter and a trainer of multiple UFC fighters, and I’ve recently (last few years—not, like, today’s my first time) started betting on fights. I’ve also been doing very well with my bets, so I thought I’d share them with you. So strap in for this, the inaugural edition of Gambler’s Gambit, or, Smart Fights to Not Lose Your Ass On at UFC 189.

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CagePotato Presents: A Fight University Breakdown of ‘UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor’ — Starring Santino DeFranco!

Look, we are well aware that we here at CagePotato have never been considered the go-to source for expert fight analysis (or timely delivered news, or comedic-themed MMA content, even…). That was, until now! We are proud to present an exclusive, recurring video series which previews and breaks down the biggest matchups from upcoming UFC events, all technical like. This is Fight University, starring former UFC fighter Santino DeFranco!

If you recall, Santino DeFranco is a 13-4 MMA veteran and TUF 9 alum who has competed under the Bodog, King of the Cage, and K-1 banners and scored wins over Melvin Guillard and Waylon Lowe (among others). DeFranco also happens to hold an MFA in creative writing, and in addition to the exclusive recaps he wrote for us while competing on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, has written for Fightland and Sherdog. Suffice it to say, dude’s qualified.

Check out Santino’s inaugural installment above, which previews the last-minute (but still hotly-anticipated) interim featherweight title fight between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes at UFC 189 this weekend. And if that’s not awesome enough, keep an eye out for Gambler’s Gambit, an updated version of our gambling enabler pieces that DeFranco will *also* be penning for us moving forward. The first entry of that series drops tomorrow!

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UFC 189: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

By Nasir Jabbar

So Nation, as expected the most lavishly-promoted fight in UFC history has gone up in smoke. God. Dammit. What could of caused such wrath from the MMA gods? Oh, yeah. Thanks #UFCFightKit.

Anyways, the UFC did secure a back-up plan for the “Notorious” one in Team Alpha Male stud Chad Mendes. The two-time title challenger had been brought into Las Vegas as stand-by, as luck would of have it, was drafted in the 11th hour. Mendes is still a solid replacement against McGregor considering their heated arguments and arguably a tougher stylistic match-up, even if it’s not the fight we were all hoping for. But before I spiral into a deep depression, let’s get into the A-to-Z preview of this weekend’s still pretty epic event, shall we?

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VIDEOS: McGregor vs. Mendes & Lawler vs. MacDonald ‘Countdown to UFC 189′ Specials

It may not be the fight we (or the UFC) wanted, but dammit, it’s the one we’re going to get this weekend.

Now that Jose Aldo has gone down with a rib injury, Conor McGregor will face Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 189, and as such, the UFC has scrambled to release their traditional Countdown episodes to hype up the match. It’s about time if you ask me, because I had barely heard of the chatty Irishman with the fancy suits and funky tattoos prior to this.

Check out the full McGregor vs. Mendes Countdown special above, then head after the jump to see what welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald have planned for their second go-around in Saturday’s co-main event.

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AAAAAAARGHHH: Jose Aldo Out, Mendes vs. McGregor Now Headlines UFC 189


(Official prediction based on this video: McGregor via triangle choke, round 1.)

Well, this has been a real roller coaster of a week, eh Nation? First Aldo was out, then he wasn’t, then Chad Mendes was being flown into Vegas/paid his show money just in case Aldo did decide to pull out, and now, this.

Jose Aldo is out of UFC 189. For realsies this time. Conor McGregor will now face Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title at UFC 189 on 11 days notice. The news was delivered by Dana White on Sportscenter last night, the video of which you can check out after the jump.

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UPDATE: Jose Aldo’s Rib *Not* Broken, McGregor Fight Still On For UFC 189


(And he couldn’t be more thrilled, Joe!)

Today is a good day, Nation. The best, even.

After initial reports Tuesday claimed that Jose Aldo had fractured a rib in training and would most likely be removed from “the most anticipated featherweight fight of all time” at UFC 189, the UFC released a statement earlier today rebuffing those claims and offering a beacon of hope in the dreary, dystopic landscape that MMA fans have long grown accustomed to (no hyperbole).

That statement is after the jump.

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BREAKING: Jose Aldo Fractures Rib. UFC 189 Headliner in Jeopardy. God is Dead.


(The nightmare begins. via McGregor’s Twitter.)

(*inhales deeply*) (*buries face in couch pillow*)

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!

We all knew that this day would come. Between the next-level trash-talk, the unprecedented world tour, the insane promos — both of which were described by Dana White as “the most expensive ever” – and the talks that the event would need to sell 1 million+ pay-per-views for the UFC to break even (which early figures indicated would happen), we knew that the MMA Gods would simply never allow the UFC 189 megafight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo to come to fruition. We knew this, yet we held out hope.

Which is why, perhaps more than ever before, it hurts so much to say this.

According to various sources (but first broke by Combate’s Anna Hissa), Jose Aldo fractured a rib in training early this morning. Two and a half weeks out from UFC 189. While his fight with McGregor has yet to be officially called off, one has to imagine that it’s only a matter of time.

God. Dammit.

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Friday Link Dump: 20 Minutes With Conor McGregor, The Latest Reebok Inequality Issue, Terrible Movie Reboots + More


(Newly-crowned light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier receives a hero’s welcome from his Fox Sports colleagues. via Karyn Bryant)

Conor McGregor: “The UFC Has Struck Gold With Me” (MMAFighting)

Who’s Got ‘The Edge’ in Alves vs. Condit? ‘Showdown’ Joe Ferraro Breaks it Down (MMAJunkie)

UFC Fight Night 67: Where Does Carlos Condit Fit in the New Welterweight Class? (Bleacher Report)

BJJ Crossroads: Jiu Jitsu is outgrowing the IBJJF (BloodyElbow)

UFC Responds To Reebok ‘Gender Inequity’ Critique (MMAMania)

 Jesse Eisenberg Is A Really Stoned Jason Bourne In ‘American Ultra’ Trailer (ScreenJunkies)

8 Terrible Movie Reboots (Escapist)

Girls of Instagram: Playboy Playmate Jessa Hinton (45 Photos) (Radass)

Dear Minimum Wage Protester (EveryJoe)

101 ONE-ARMED SAVES IN FILM (VIDEO) (WorldWideInterweb)

Cooking with Booze: Beer, BBQ and Brown Sugar Ribs (MadeMan)

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Fight Night Manila Is Tomorrow, So Let’s All Gawk at This Awesome New ‘UFC 189′ Trailer

While we all wait on bated breath for this weekend’s superfight-ish battle between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, the UFC would kindly like to remind us of another, even more hyped showdown on the horizon: That of Conor McGregor and Jose Also. It’s been awhile since the pair’s antics during the UFC World Media Tour captured our attention, and as such, the UFC released a brand spanking new trailer for UFC 198 earlier today — as if to say, “Hey, neither of these guys have gotten injured yet! And they still hate each other!!”

Like the True Detective teasers before it, each trailer for UFC 198 seems to be better than the last one, so check out the promo above and remember: If this fight gets cancelled, we riot.

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VIDEO: Conor McGregor Steals Jose Aldo’s Belch at UFC Dublin Press Conference, Chaos Erupts

“You’re looking at the king! You’re not the king of Dublin, you’re nothing!!”

It’s going to be a real shame when this circus act has to end (with Conor McGregor‘s decapitation).

After the jump: A full replay of the UFC World Tour Dublin press conference, complete with yet another fiercely intense staredown.

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