29 Apr 2016 13:44:36 PM
Friday Link Dump: Diego Brandao Gets the Boot, Time Dana White Went Ballistic, Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms + More
(UFC 200 Embedded, episode 2. Check out episode 1 here.)
29 Apr 2016 13:44:36 PM
(UFC 200 Embedded, episode 2. Check out episode 1 here.)
19 Apr 2016 06:31:05 AM
(Nothing like starting a fight on camera to avoid looking bad.)
At the risk of inciting his well-documented wrath, we feel compelled to say that TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao might be a bit of a loose cannon. Aside from the short fuse he displayed while in the TUF house, the man has also threatened to stab Dustin Poirier with a pen and attacked a Carnaval reporter on camera in the recent past, which doesn’t exactly speak to the zen-like qualities that martial arts is supposed to inspire.
Brandao’s latest arrest, however, is like something out of a War Machine fan fiction novel.
Details after the jump.Read More DIGG THIS
28 Sep 2015 11:28:40 AM
(via UFC on FOX)
The UFC returned to action on Sunday morning after a nearly unprecedented 3-week hiatus, delivering a star-studded(ish) card from Japan that saw Josh Barnett, a lover of Japanese culture if there ever was one, face off against Roy Nelson, inventor and sole proprietor of the “triple bacon cheeseburger” sushi roll, in the evening’s main event.
Despite not competing in the cage since a quick KO loss to Travis Browne in December of 2013, Barnett showed up to the contest looking to be in the best shape of his life, and it paid benefits over the course of the five round affair. “The Warmaster” set a UFC heavyweight record 146 significant strikes and UFC record 95 significant clinch strikes en route to a decision victory over “Big Country,” who you can guarantee got screwed out of a performance bonus by his good buddy Dana White when all was said and done.Read More DIGG THIS
19 Jul 2014 14:35:47 PM
Conor McGregor wowed Irish audiences with his destruction of Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 46. The Irish crowd was in love not only with McGregor, but with the sport itself. Their enthusiasm was infectious, bringing the festivities up from an 8/10 to a 10/10.
The action started off with a bang–especially on the prelims which saw four out of fix fights finished in dramatic fashion. Of note, The Wiki-less legend Ilir Latifi brutalized Chris Dempsey via TKO in the first round. He blasted Dempsey’s leg with kicks, and then just bum rushed him with punches. We’d describe it in more technical terms but that’s pretty much exactly how the fight looked.
The main card started off just as strong as the prelims. Norman Parke steamrolled through Naoyuki Kotani. Parke used him as a punching bag throughout the entire first round, landing punches, kicks, knees, and elbows and nearly finishing him as well. In the second, Parke picked up where he left off and finished Kotani with a barrage of elbows.
Brad Pickett and Ian McCall met next. McCall was too quick for Pickett, who planted his feet and endlessly missed right hands. McCall’s footwork was too fluid, his rhythm was too atypical, his pace was too fast and his striking was too fast and precise for Pickett to mount any meaningful offense. McCall pulled away with this one easily, winning a unanimous decision.Read More DIGG THIS
19 Jul 2014 11:30:01 AM
(“D’ya loik me man-pannies? Tree peepul DOYD makin’ deese noat-hoaggers.” / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting)
The people of Dublin are in for a treat today, as hometown hero Conor McGregor does battle with Diego Brandao in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46. (We recommend listening to this traditional Irish folk song to get psyched up for it.) Also on the card, emotionless Icelander Gunnar Nelson will look to maintain his undefeated record against Zak Cummings, and these two old-timey gentlemen square off in the flyweight division.
The event isn’t airing on TV out here in North America, but CagePotato Fight Pass Correspondent Barry “Bear” Siragusa will keep you updated with live round-by-round results from the main card, which will be available after the jump beginning at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest and let us know your thoughts in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma.Read More DIGG THIS
18 Jul 2014 11:24:46 AM
(It’s Ireland. You gotta have at least one pikey-fight. Screen-cap via MMAMania; be sure to come back to CagePotato tomorrow 3 p.m. ET/noon PT for our liveblog of UFC Fight Night Dublin: McGregor vs. Brandao.)
Some must-see highlights from our friends around the Internet…
A Day in Dublin With Conor McGregor (MMAFighting)
The 50 Funniest Russian Dating Site Photos (WorldWideInterweb)
Tim McGraw Slaps Female Fan for Grabbing His Leg on Stage (DrunkenStepfather)
Redhead of the Month: Emily Archer (HolyTaco)
Kids Swearing in Movies: The Supercut (ScreenJunkies)Read More DIGG THIS
4 Jun 2014 08:17:22 AM
(No, Conor. It was certainly *not* as good for us as it was for you. / Photo via @TheNotoriousMMA)
After tearing ligaments in his thumb, UFC featherweight Cole Miller has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled main event meeting with Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 46 (July 19th; Dublin). UFC officials announced yesterday that TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao will be subbing in for Miller against the Irish rising star.
Brandao hasn’t competed since UFC 168 in December, where he missed weight by 6.5 pounds, threatened to stab Dustin Poirier in the neck, then got knocked out in the first round. (Not your best work, dude.) He’s had some bad luck getting a fight since then. First, he was supposed to fight Will Chope in March at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2, but Chope was removed from the card at the last minute after some brutal domestic violence charges from his past were uncovered. Then, Brandao was slated to fight Brian Ortega at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale last weekend, but pulled out two weeks before the event due to an undisclosed injury.
Now, Brandao is in a main event against The King of Dublin — which kind of seems undeserved, but considering that McGregor and Brandao have had their eyes on each other since last year, it could still be an entertaining scrap. The current fight-lineup for UFC Fight Night 46: McGregor vs. Brandao is…Read More DIGG THIS
23 Mar 2014 09:28:00 AM
UFC Fight Night 38 is only hours away but it’s already causing quite a stir in the headlines. The reason? Will Chope was fired from the UFC this morning after an article from Bleacher Report exposed the fighter’s sordid past.
Chope was discharged from the Air Force in 2009 due to repeated instances of domestic abuse. The final straw was assaulting his wife in that same year, and threatening her with a knife. Here are some of the details from the official Air Force Court of Appeals documents:Read More DIGG THIS
6 Jan 2014 11:16:20 AM
It’s such a shame that TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao is going to be forced into retirement at just 26 years of age on account of his mental illness. What’s that? You hadn’t heard that Diego Brandao is suffering from a multitude of mental illnesses? Well maybe you should check out his recent interview with MMAFighting, in which he not only confirms that he threatened to “stab Dustin Poirier with a pen” (you hear a little girl, Ace?) backstage at the UFC 168 weigh-ins, but believes that Poirier was “scared” and “got lucky” in their fight the following night:
He was there, bouncing at the weigh-ins, staring at me. I told him backstage ‘if you ever do that again, I’ll stab you with a pen.’ That’s what happened.
Every time he saw me at the hotel he kept staring at me, and I responded asked what was the problem, if he looking like that because he was hungry or what. When he got inside the cage I saw he was scared. He got lucky (to win).
“Quite honestly,” Brandao added, “I’ve never seen a fighter get lucky so many times in a 30-second period. You’d think that at least some of the punches he threw at me would have missed, but nooooooo.”
I’m kidding, of course. There’s no way that Brandao has ever started a sentence with “quite honestly.”Read More DIGG THIS
30 Dec 2013 08:21:05 AM
(After knocking out Josh Barnett, Travis Browne performed the Warmaster’s trademark throat-slashing victory gesture, which means that legally, he now owns Barnett’s soul for all eternity. / Photo via Getty.)
By Mark Dorsey
Featuring an eagerly awaited rematch between the greatest middleweight of all time and the undefeated phenom who took his belt, UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 was one of the most anticipated UFC cards of 2013. Thankfully, the highly entertaining main card did not disappoint. Showcasing great performances, unsportsmanlike conduct, leg-snapping horror, and a fart heard around the world, UFC 168 left us no shortage of things to talk about. Here’s our clear-eyed look at what went down on Saturday night.
• With the state of WMMA still burgeoning, the co-main event of Ronda Rousey vs. Meisha Tate was an important fight for solidifying Women’s Bantamweight as a legitimate and financially viable division for the UFC. Thanks to the highly publicized rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, the UFC’s two biggest female stars had a high-profile PPV stage to showcase their skills. Thankfully, for the UFC and the fans, Rousey and Tate did not disappoint. Rousey put on a dominating performance and capped it off with a third-round submission victory. The best part? Tate made the fight competitive.
“Cupcake” managed to last three rounds and in the process took Rousey down, escaped multiple submission attempts, and threw some good upkicks from the bottom that had Ronda using caution. On the whole, Tate was outclassed by the better fighter but she showed that Rousey is not invincible — and that’s a good thing. Rousey is an incredible athlete but the UFC cannot base their entire WMMA venture on one fighter. They need contenders and they need the fans to believe that those contenders stand a legitimate chance of winning; otherwise, interest will wane quickly. Rousey looked great, but beatable. That’s exactly what needed to happen. With Sara McMann, Cat Zingano, and Alexis Davis all serving as reasonable challenges, the future of the women’s bantamweight division is looking bright.Read More DIGG THIS