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Are Events Like UFC Fight Night 32 Why the UFC’s Popularity is Suffering?


(It’s almost 2014. Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort are still main-eventing UFC cards. / photo via Getty)

By Matt Saccaro

Cards like UFC Fight Night 32 are contributing to the death of MMA’s popularity in the US.

In case you haven’t noticed, the UFC’s numbers have been atrocious lately. UFC 165, a card headlined by the light heavyweight champion of the world and future of the company Jon Jones, drew a paltry 325,000 buys. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III—the finale to the greatest trilogy in UFC heavyweight history—drew a slightly higher number at UFC 166.

The UFC has had woes on free television too. TUF is regularly breaking the wrong kinds of records. And the ratings on FOX Sports 1 have been inconsistent at best. They started strong with a tremendous 1.7 million (back to 2011 Spike TV levels) for UFC Fight Night 26, dropped 54% to 824,000 viewers for UFN 27, fell a further 35% to 539,000 for UFN 28, rose to 638,000 for 29, and stayed at that level for the next fight night card on FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Night 31 (a.k.a. UFC Fight for the Troops 3).

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UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson — The One-Fight Liveblog


(Two legendary warriors, each carrying two malfunctioning testicles. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

Our original intention for tonight was to liveblog only the fights you care about. Then we looked at the lineup and quickly realized that unless you live in Brazil or are in some way related to one of the fighters, UFC Fight Night 32‘s main event of Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson is the only bout on the card that’s halfway interesting. And even then, we’re talking about a meaningless light-heavyweight exhibition between two guys who are allowed to use performance-enhancing drugs.

If the UFC is going to put such little effort into a fight card, then we’re going to put an equal amount of effort into covering it. After the jump, Elias Cepeda will be jotting down quick results from the event, and then he’ll give Belfort vs. Henderson the full liveblog treatment whenever it begins. (The main card broadcast starts at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, by the way.)

Let us know if you’re here by typing some gibberish into the comments section. Fanks, God.

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Friday Link Dump: Belfort and Henderson Fight for the Testosterone Championship of Brazil, Dana’s Bold Prediction for UFC 168 + Much More


(Just add water: Bellator ring girl Mercedes Terrell poses for a recent shoot on TheChive.com. Check out more pics of Mercedes — as well as her partner in crime Jade Bryceright here.)

Australian kickboxer Peter Graham is fighting Cheick Kongo tonight at Bellator 107. Check out this sweet front-kick he landed on Eric Prindle in his last Bellator fight. (CagePotatoMMA.tumblr.com)

Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Will Be the First UFC Fight Between Two Athletes on TRT (MMAFighting)

Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping? Yeah, That Sounds About Right (BleacherReport)

Dana White Predicts ‘Weidman vs. Silva 2′ Will Outdraw UFC 167 and Be Biggest Event in UFC History (MMAMania)

Fox Sports Offers “Make Goods” to Advertisers for FS1 Rating Shortfalls (MMAPayout)

Mirko Cro Cop Blasts Jon Jones, Fabricio Werdum, and Other UFC Stars for ‘Unprofessional’ Appearance at Legend 2 Event in Russia (YouTube.com/SaskeDevil)

10 Essential Eminem Videos You Probably Haven’t Seen (Complex)

The 7-Day Shrink Wrap — How to Get Abs in a Week. No, Seriously. (MensFitness)

10 Impressive International Moustaches (MadeMan)

Marvel Misfires: A Tribute to Marvel’s Worst Movie Adaptations (YouTube.com/ScreenJunkies)

Pictures You Don’t Want to Use on a Dating Site (DoubleViking)

20 Photos Taken Right Before Disaster Strikes (WorldWideInterweb)

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Catch the ‘Fight Night 32: Henderson vs. Belfort’ Weigh-Ins LIVE Right Here Starting at 1 p.m. EST [UPDATED w/RESULTS]

The Fight Night 32 card is kind of like your kid’s soccer team, in that you’d begrudgingly tell your friends that it “has potential” when deep, down inside, you really know that it is garbage-ass. Complete, utter garbage-ass. Sure, you’ve got a couple of solid players on your wings, but between the cheaters, the kids who haven’t practiced in a year, and the kids you’ve never even seen before, you just know that noone is going to show up to the game on Saturday.

I got lost in that analogy halfway through. In any case, the Fight Night 32: Henderson vs. Belfort weigh-ins are set to kick off shortly, so join us at 1 p.m. EST for live updates as all 22 fighters hit the scales. Your gay roommate will thank you.

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Wait, So Now Vitor Belfort *Doesn’t* Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy?


(Just to clarify, the dude on the left is two years *older* than the one on the right. Photo via Taringa.)

Of all the MMA fighters to hop aboard the TRT train in recent months, Vitor Belfort has far and away received the most shit for it from fans and pundits alike. Maybe it’s because he’s a Brazilian who’s been conveniently tucked away in Brazil for his past few fights, crushing hapless, pasty dudes with techniques straight out of a video game, or maybe it’s because he’s a former steroid user who has comically sidestepped around every question concerning TRT since undergoing the treatment. Your guess is as good as ours.

In any case, the one aspect of TRT that Belfort has remained steadfast in defending since his usage was made public was the idea that he *needed* it to compete with today’s younger fighters, who are practically overflowing with the stuff. “Basically what TRT is for me is to not be at a disadvantage,” Belfort has stated, “Low testosterone is something that can cause serious health problems and even death. You can have problems, big problems, if it’s untreated. So the treatment is for you to live longer and have a better life by having less health problems.”

OK, so Belfort basically needs TRT to survive, is what he’s saying –which, fine, we’ve heard that excuse before. But you’d think a statement like that would essentially condemn Belfort to TRT usage for the rest of his career (or life, really), because were he to suddenly stop using TRT, it would prove that he never really needed it in the first place, right?

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The 10 Greatest Light Heavyweight Title Fights In UFC History


(Photo via Getty)

By Adam Martin

That might be the greatest title fight in the history of the light heavyweight division — and I don’t even know who won! What an incredible fight!

Those are the words UFC color-commentator Joe Rogan uttered last weekend at the end of the five-round epic at UFC 165 between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson, a fight Jones won via razor-thin unanimous decision.

Although Rogan is often known for his hyperbole, he might have been dead-on that night. Was “Bones” vs. “The Mauler” really the greatest 205-pound title fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship? To determine the veracity of that statement, I went back and watched the best light heavyweight fights ever held inside the Octagon, and after countless hours of tape study, I feel as though I’ve come up with a very fair list.

Below I’ve listed what in my opinion are the top 10 light heavyweight fights in UFC history based on a mixed criteria of competitiveness, excitement level, hype, how the fight played out in comparison to its expectations, and how it ended. So without any further ado, let’s get started…

10. Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 1, UFC 104

(Photo via Getty)

Kicking off the list is the controversial first fight between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, a fight that still ranks up there with the worst-all time judging decisions in MMA history.

Machida had just knocked out Rashad Evans at UFC 98 and, in the fateful words of Joe Rogan, the “Machida Era” had commenced. However, “Shogun” had a thing or two to say about that as the former PRIDE star was coming off of two TKO wins over Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman, and he wanted to prove to everyone it was he, not Machida, who was the best light heavyweight in the world at the time.

For five rounds, Machida and “Shogun” went toe-to-toe in the Octagon and although Machida definitely had his moments in the match, it appeared to most observers that there would be a new light heavyweight champion crowned, as Rua landed a ton of brutal leg kicks to Machida that left the champ’s torso and thighs looking like a bruised peach.

But while “Shogun” arguably won every round of the fight, the judges somehow saw the fight in favor of Machida, with all three scoring the bout 48-47 in favor of “The Dragon” despite the volume of leg kicks thrown by Rua, leading judge Cecil People to idiotically declare that leg kicks don’t finish fights. UFC president Dana White saw things differently, however, and set up an immediate rematch at UFC 113 where Rua KO’d Machida into oblivion — a happy ending to an infamous screwjob.

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CagePotato Roundtable #26: What Is the Greatest Comeuppance in MMA History?


(Bro, you need a male nurse.)

After spending last week’s roundtable discussion paying tribute to the most foul people associated with our sport, this week we’ll be focusing on great comeuppances — cases when a fighter got too cocky and karma caught up with him mid-match. Some of our picks are knockouts, some are submissions, and all are extremely satisfying to relive. Read on for our picks, and please continue to send your ideas for future CagePotato Roundtable topics to tips@cagepotato.com.

Ben Goldstein


(Props: Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com)

It’s one of the most well-known (and feared) unwritten rules in baseball: You never jinx a no-no. When a pitcher has gone a few innings without giving up a hit, you shut the fuck up about it. Teammates aren’t supposed to acknowledge it in the dugout, broadcasters aren’t supposed to mention it on air. These days, you’re not even supposed to tweet about it. If you even so much as whisper the words “no hitter” into your sleeve from the bleachers, the baseball gods will smite you for your hubris and it’ll all come crashing down.

MMA offers all kinds of painful penalties for celebrating early, and you’d think that everyone would have learned the lesson by now. But every once in a while, some asshole comes along and claims that he’ll achieve some lofty feat way before he has any right to. Call it a jinx, call it karmic retribution, but those fighters tend to fall on their face, while the rest of us revel in their defeat. You shouldn’t have tempted fate, buddy. You should have stayed humble. You shouldn’t have jinxed the no-no.

If you’ve been following the UFC for a long time, you might remember a former lightweight champion by the name of Benson Henderson. (He was the guy who held the belt between Frankie Edgar and Anthony Pettis? Long, curly hair? He could do all things through Christ who strengthened him? Does any of that ring a bell?) Anyway, this Benson Henderson guy was known for edging out very close decision wins in title fights — the kind of fights that could have gone either way, but kept falling in his favor. He got a reputation as a point-fighter who never went in for the kill, who only took risks involving toothpicks.

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Thy Gangster’s Will Be Done: Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans Set For UFC 167


(Further proof that Chael Sonnen is a direct descendant of Prometheus.) 

One of the most well known Bible verses is Matthew 6:10, which in the King James version reads: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Although scholars believe that the verse was/is a plea for all of mankind to obey the will of God, recent evidence indicates that it was clearly describing the will of Chael P. Sonnen. For ye, whenever the “American Gangster” speaketh, so the UFC shall maketh it a reality.

Two days ago, we reported that the mushroom cloud of anger that Wanderlei Silva has become would have to wait until next year to rearrange Sonnen’s butt face (and to think, he coulda been in the NFL if it weren’t for his bum back). Being that Chael loves fighting more than Jack Donaghy loves negotiation, he figured he might as well keep busy while his (next) Brazilian nemesis recuperated by calling out his UFC Tonight co-worker Rashad Evans in “The Axe Murderer’s” place.

Which brings us to today’s announcement: The Oregonian will indeed be facing Evans at UFC 167, because shit happens when you were one half of the highest selling UFC PPV of all time. The event will mark the UFC’s 20th anniversary and will transpire at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 16th.

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Today in TRT News: Rothwell Jumps on the Testosterone Train, Brazilian Commission Loses Its Only Accredited Testing Facility


(Doughy, smooth IFL Ben and lean, hairy UFC Ben. Man, that acai berry stuff really works wonders.)

Ben Rothwell has requested and received a Therapeutic Use Exemption for TRT at his upcoming UFC 164 bout in Milwaukee. So has former heavyweight champ Frank Mir, but he’s no stranger to the TRT TUE game.

MMA Junkie obtained the information from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services recently. According to Junkie, both fighters were not available for comment but Rothwell’s opponent Brandon Vera was.

“The Truth” was not amused. “It won’t help,” he said of Rothwell’s TRT use.

In a related story, legendary fighters and noted TRT users Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson will indeed fight as we gave you a heads up about the other day; the match will be held at 205 pounds and it appears that neither fighter will face many obstacles in using TRT to their hearts’ content. Belfort has tested positive for a banned substance before, prompting the chief executive of the world’s most important athletic commission, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Keith Kizer, to opine that he didn’t think Vitor would ever be likely to receive a TUE for TRT in the state.

As states like Nevada and New Jersey go, so usually do the rest of the United States. Belfort has fought three out of his last four fights in Brazil with the other taking place in Canada. But hey, Brazil has a regulatory commission, right? They surely do: The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA).

The doctor who serves as medical director for that commission, Marcio Tannure, recently told MMAFighting.com that “Henderson needs to send him the exams to prove his medical conditions (hypogonadism) to apply for a TRT use, and they will analyze the request,” and that Belfort has blood tested before and after fights to ensure that “his levels are good.” Usually, fighters with TUEs for TRT still have to maintain “normal” testosterone levels.

In the Southern hemisphere, the national Brazilian star Belfort is the one in good standing, his prior failed drug test not being a deterrent to CABMMA in granting him a TUE whereas Henderson, who is allowed his TUE in the states, is the one who appears to face more of a hurdle. Coincidence, I’m sure.

However, don’t expect either Belfort or Henderson to be denied TUEs for TRT because, well, CABMMA’s drug testing isn’t considered to be quite as legitimate by international standards any more. BloodyElbow has the info:

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Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Planned For Nov. 9th Brazil Card


(Vitor and Dan in 2006, tanned to the gills and ready to rock. / Photo via MMAWeekly)

On Tuesday’s installment of UFC Tonight, it was announced that the UFC is looking to book former champions Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson against one another for a fight November 9th in Brazil. The fight would be a rematch of their October 2006 Pride 32 bout, which resulted in a decision win for Henderson and a steroid suspension for Belfort.

UFC Tonight did not specify what weight the fight would take place at; both men have campaigned at middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight in the past. However, it will be a safe bet that the TRT will be coursing freely through the veins of both future hall of famers, though, as Brazil ain’t exactly Nevada or New Jersey when it comes to drug testing credibility.

If Belfort agrees to the fight, it will be an interesting move given how fickle and picky he’s been with proposed match-ups in recent months. He’s turned down Tim Kennedy, ignored an offer from Lyoto Machida and said he wouldn’t fight at middleweight unless it was for the belt, before challenging Chael Sonnen (at what weight, no one knows). Sonnen accepted publicly but now it appears Belfort will go for Henderson — who is on a two-fight losing streak compared to Belfort’s two-fight win streak.

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