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Friday Link Dump: The UFC’s Uncertain Future in China, Saluting the Gatekeepers in Every UFC Division, The Dumbest Female Celebrities + More


(Brazilian octagon girl Camila Oliveira starring in a campaign for breast cancer prevention. See more photos and learn how you can help here.)

Where is the UFC Heading in Asia? (TodayOnline)

Nate Diaz’s Manager: ‘F*** no, we aren’t happy’ With New Contract (BloodyElbow)

Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar Scheduled for UFC 181 (MMAFighting)

Daron Cruickshank Meets K.J. Noons at TUF 20 Finale in Las Vegas (MMAJunkie)

MMA Fighters Ricky Lundell and Todd Prace Recall Saving Man’s Life at Gas Station (FOX Sports)

Saluting the Gatekeeper in Every UFC Division Right Now  (BleacherReport)

5 Scary Alien Movies That Make Guys Cry (EscapistMagazine)

The Seven Most Disappointing Book-to-Film Adaptations (ScreenJunkies)

18 Hours in the Life of a Competition BBQ Champion (Men’s Health)

RIP Jan Hooks: “Saturday Night Live” Alum Passes Away At Age 57 (PopHangover)

VIDEO: Ohio State Strength Coach Absolutely Destroys Fan (EveryJoe)

A Thorough Breakdown Of ‘The Natural History of Chicken,’ Netflix’s Most Must-Watch Documentary (FilmDrunk)

Girls of Instagram: Nicole Mejia (46 Pics) (Radass)

The 20 Dumbest Female Celebrities According to Google (WorldWideInterweb)

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UFC Fight Night 54 Results: Recapping the Fights You Care About

UFC Fight Night 54 was the second card in a Saturday double-header. In the main event, Rory MacDonald took on Tarec Saffiedine.

The only “big” fight on the prelims was between Daron Cruickshank and Anthony Njokuani. The fight started with about a minute and a half of evenly-matched striking. Cruickshank managed to double-leg Njokuani but couldn’t keep him on the ground for long. Cuickshank was more aggressive in the striking for the next few minutes, throwing a more diverse array of attacks and just more strikes in general. He used these strikes to get Njokuani off balance and turn a high-crotch single leg into a wonderful slam. Cruickshank finished the first round on top in Njokuani’s guard.

In the second round, Cruickshank tried a takedown, which was blocked. He followed that up with this crazy jumping roundhouse that Njokuani simply sidestepped. It seemed as if Cruickshank’s takedowns made Njokuani afraid to open up. Then Cruickshank hit a gorgeous flying knee. Somehow Njokuani survived it. Cruickshank took him down off the flying knee but then landed an accidental illegal knee to Njokuani’s head. Dan Miragliotta briefly stopped the fight then stood him up. However, this made no difference as Cruickshank shot in for a successful double leg takedown afterward. Njokuani fought to his feet and landed a couple of decent shots. Cruickshank landed several of his own not long after. Cruickshank seemed to get the better of the exchanges throughout the rest of the second round.

A right hand from Njokuani buckled Cruickshank early in the third, but then Cruickshank landed an overhand right of his own to even the score. Cruickshank scored with a great spinning back kick to the body as well. Cruickshank took Njokuani down with a minute left in the fight. Njokuani nearly sunk in an armbar but it was too little, too late. Cruickshank won via unanimous decision.

Get the recap of the rest of the event after the jump.

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Robbie Lawler Earns $210,000 for Beating Matt Brown as UFC on FOX 12 Payroll Nears $1 Million


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Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown put on a show at UFC on FOX 12. It wasn’t the 5-star epic poem many were expecting, but it was still a fun, entertaining fight that made spending a night in front of the TV worth it.

But was it worth it for the fighters?

Heading into the card, media pundits discussed the potential paydays for the card’s fighters. They noted four fighters could earn six figures. Friend of CagePotato Trent Reinsmith summed up our thoughts on the issue:

Three fighters earned six figures. And only five fighters made fewer than $10,000 (this excludes “of the night” bonuses and the mythical locker room bonuses as well).

Lawler earned $210,000, the highest pay of the night. Matt Brown received $46,000.

Anthony Johnson made the easiest $106,000 of his life in a 44-second drubbing of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who took home $114,000 to act as a human punching bag–not bad!

Jorge Masvidal, too, made a pretty penny. He received $84,000 in his victory over Daron Cruickshank.

Here are the figures for the entire card (all via MMAJunkie):

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Friday Links: Dana White’s Rich Guy Problems, WSOF Books Burkman vs. Fitch III, Every Face Punch From ‘Road House’ + More


(That Elliott dude is basically Spider from Goodfellas. He’s going to snap back at Dana one day and get shot for it. / Props: TheMMAMoguls)

UFC Embedded: In Which Dana White Is Banned From Gambling at the Palms (MMAFighting)

Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch III booked for WSOF 11 co-headliner (MMAJunkie)

Dan Henderson Feeling ‘Pretty Good’ Off TRT, But Doesn’t Think Banning It Solved the Real Problem (MMAWeekly)

Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Beat Up Two Huge Men so Badly They Filed Charges (BleacherReport)

UFC on FOX 12: Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal Booked for July 26 in San Jose (MMAMania)

When Road Rage Turns Into Street Fighting (Break)

Patrick Cummins Gets His Next UFC Fight Booked (Sherdog)

The Most Hilarious Things About the Lawsuit Filed Against Johnny Manziel (EveryJoe)

Disney Princesses With Steve Buscemi Eyes (PopHangover)

A Brief History of NBA Teammates Yelling at One Another (Complex)

Classic Crush: Betsy Russell, ‘Private School’ Superbabe of the ’80s (HolyTaco)

The 20 Most Amazing Railway Stations in the World (HiConsumption)

Every Face Punch From ‘Road House’ (FilmDrunk)

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UFC Fight Night 40 Results: Matt Brown TKOs Erick Silva in Instant Classic and Other Highlights


(Matt Brown about to do the Captain Morgan pose on Erick Silva. / Photo via Getty)

Matt. F*cking. Brown.

No, really. Matt Brown. If you didn’t see his main-event fight against Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 40, you have to. You owe it to yourself. Our words can’t really do it justice suffice it to say it was pure violence. The first round saw Silva nearly score a liver-shot KO over Brown and then submit him with a rear naked choke. But after Brown escaped the choke, he managed to reverse his fortunes. He landed some combinations that would put down a horse, but somehow Silva survived the beating throughout the latter half of the first round and the entirety of the second. Finally, in the third frame, Silva succumbed to the force of nature that was Brown. This fight was a breath of fresh, bloody air when MMA needed one.

In the co-main event, Constantinos Philippou defeated Lorenz Larkin via knockout, but not just any kind of knockout. It was a faceplant KO. Here’s the GIF. The end result of the fight doesn’t convey how competitive it was though. Both fighters had one another in danger until Larkin’s lights went off.

After the jump: Something worse than Beatus the Robot and the fight card’s complete results.

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UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva — Liveblogging the Fights You Actually Care About


(Props: MMAJunkie)

Nine months ago, Matt Brown was poised to break into the UFC’s welterweight title picture. Then, he hurt his back, and the division blew up without him. Tonight, “The Immortal” returns to the Octagon in his home state of Ohio to fight the dangerous (but inconsistent) Brazilian scrapper Erick Silva, who is a 2-1 favorite here for some inexplicable reason. It’s a pretty damn compelling fight, actually. But there’s no way we’re gonna waste an entire Saturday night typing out play-by-play for the rest of this mess.

In this installment of “Liveblogging the Fights You Actually Care About,” CP weekend editor Matt Saccaro will be giving you live results for the Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva main event, as well as Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank — barnburner alert! — and whatever else he feels like covering. Plus, quick results from the rest of the event, and our usual analysis of video game commercials and frozen pizza.

The FOX Sports 1 main card begins at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, and we’ll start throwing down results after the jump shortly thereafter. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest.

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[VIDEO] Spend the Next Three Minutes Watching This Awesome ‘UFC on FOX 8′ Phantom Cam Footage

Is it a coincidence that the UFC debuted the Phantom Cam around the same time that they announced the addition of the “pointless” flyweight division? Probably, but we’ll be damned if it isn’t the greatest technological achievement this side of the Blood-Bath Mat. The fact that the PhanCam actually allows us full-sized adults to watch a flyweight fight without having a seizure is just icing on the blood cake.

Slow motion makes everything better, plain and simple. Ask The Discovery Channel. Ask the end of this video. Ask Dave freakin’ Chapelle. And as such, the recently-released Phantom Cam footage from UFC on FOX 8: Johnson vs. Moraga somehow elevates the already FOTN-worthy brawl between Ed Herman and Trevor Smith (among others) to previously unimaginable levels of awesome. So enjoy, then invest in one of those blood towels to scare the shit out of your house guests. Seriously. Do it. I promise you that I won’t see a penny from it.

-J. Jones, inventor of the Blood-Bath Mat. 

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CagePotato Databomb #5: Breaking Down the UFC Lightweights by Striking Performance


(Click chart for full-size versionFor previous Databombs, click here.)

By Reed Kuhn, @Fightnomics

Last week we broke down the UFC Featherweight division in key striking metrics. This week we’ll look at the largest (numerically) UFC division, the Lightweights. A full explanation of the chart and variables is included at the end of this post.

The Winners

Sniper Award: Daron Cruickshank finally showed off his striking skills in his second UFC appearance against Henry Martinez on the UFC on FOX 5 card in Seattle. With nearly 50% accuracy, he looked like he was practicing on a heavy bag before mercifully dropping an iron-chinned Martinez with a head kick KO. Interestingly, the “Detroit Superstar” is set to face another division sniper, John Makdessi, in March at UFC 158.

Energizer Bunny Award: Tim Means is two wins into his UFC career, and has almost doubled the standing output of his two opponents. He also maintained good accuracy and scored two knockdowns in those performances.

Biggest Ball(s) Award: Melvin Guillard has been punching above his weight for a long time in the UFC. To date Guillard has 12 knockdowns, putting him 3rd all-time in the UFC behind Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell. Not bad for a lightweight.

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Fight Booking Roundup: Jordan Mein Gets Dan Miller in Debut, Cruickshank Takes On Makdessi at UFC 158


Mein looks to continue his winning ways in UFC debut. Props: MMAMadhouse.com

Jordan Mein (26-8) has put together an excellent record on smaller shows, losing only to Tyron Woodley by split decision and beating the likes of Forrest Petz, and has gotten a call up to the big leagues at UFC 158. Unfortunately for him, he’s drawn one of the toughest outs in MMA – Dan Miller, as his UFC debut fight. The UFC announced the fight last week.

The match up for the Montreal card, headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, is yet another welterweight one that totally probably doesn’t mean that Dana White is nervous he’ll have to do match up musical chairs again like he did at UFC 137 when Diaz and GSP’s ACL decided to gunk everything up. UFC 158 ain’t going to be all welterweights, though.

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In Case You Missed It: Daron Cruickshank’s One-Kick Walk-Off Knockout of Henry Martinez [VIDEO]


(Props: RASTANITRO. Skip to 3:12 for the money shot.)

Though Yves Edwards was awarded UFC on FOX 5‘s official Knockout of the Night bonus for his beatdown of Jeremy Stephens, it was TUF Live contestant Daron “The Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank who produced the most dazzling KO on the prelim broadcast, with his second-round slaying of Henry Martinez. Honestly, that $65,000 should belong to Daron — walk-off knockouts and one-hitter quitters are awesome enough individually, but when they’re combined (with the traditional raising of the arms after the victor realizes what he’s done), the knockout becomes a thing of true beauty.

Cruickshank bumps his official UFC record to 2-0 as a lightweight, including his previous decision win over Chris Tickle. Any ideas on who he should fight next?

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