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#ThrowbackThursday: Ben Henderson Scores His Last Finish to Date Over Donald Cerrone at WEC 48


(Henderson and Cerrone clash for the first time at WEC 43. Photo via Getty.)

Throwback Thursday is a new recurring column that pays tribute to the stars of an upcoming UFC event by taking a look back at some of their earliest defining moments. For our second edition, we focus on Ben Henderson’s last fight to end in a finish ahead of his Fight Night 42 main event clash with Rustam Khabilov this weekend. 

Contrary to what he might tell you, former lightweight champion Ben Henderson does not actually finish fights. At least, not since making the leap from the WEC to the UFC back in April of 2010. Prior to his 9 fight, 8 decision run in the UFC, however, Henderson was a finishing machine, picking up submission victories over the likes of Jamie Varner and Anthony Njokuani and even a quick TKO over Shane Roller while making his name under the WEC banner.

His final finish (and final victory) in the WEC came at the now legendary WEC 48 over rival Donald “Go Get Some” Cer-ron-eyyy.

This might be hard to believe, but back at WEC 43, Henderson actually captured the promotion’s interim lightweight championship via a controversial unanimous decision over Cerrone (pictured above) that both fans and many media members felt should have gone the other way. I know right? Crazy times, those were.

Anyway, Cerrone would score a third round rear-naked choke over Ed Ratcliff in his rebound fight at WEC 45, and Henderson would unify the belts with a third round sub of his own over Jamie Varner at WEC 46, thusly setting up the epic rematch that fans had been begging for at WEC 48. You hear that, Jon Jones? THAT IS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO WORK.

Join us as we look back at Henderson vs. Cerrone 2, complete with a full fight video, after the jump. 

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VIDEO: The Worst Girl-on-Girl Yard Fight in the History of the World [UPDATED]


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This sad fight between a pair of talentless female stumblebums is basically the girl version of “Say Goodnight!” I could run down every single awkward thing about it, but instead I’ll just pull out my favorite quote…

Girl in all black: “You better quit hittin’ me in mah face, bitch!”
Girl in gray yoga-pants: “THAT’S THE POINT, IT’S A FIGHT!”

Watch to the end for a shocking twist. Winner: Yoga pants girl via DQ (use of foreign object).

UPDATE: Deadspin has the complete eight-minute (!) version of the video right here.

Previously: This Female Slugfest From KCFA 10 Is So Bad It’s Good

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Must-See: ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans Discusses His Top 5 Fight Scenes Ever


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Gareth Evans is the badass Welsh writer/director behind The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, two of the most insane, over-the-top, and entertaining action flicks released in the last decade. In this clip, Evans discusses his five favorite movie fight scenes, which have all influenced his work in one way or another. Short version: Evans loves him some Jackie Chan, and the mall battle from Police Story (skip to 7:05-10:53 in the video) might be Jackie’s masterpiece. Plus, the Roddy Piper vs. Keith David alley-fight scene from They Live makes an appearance, because how could it not?

Even if you haven’t seen The Raid movies, it’s fascinating to hear Evans break down these scenes from a filmmaker’s perspective. Check it out.

Previously: The 10 Greatest Fight Movies of All Time

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UFC Fight Night 35 Aftermath: Rockhold TKO’s Philippou With Body-Kick, Dana White Returns Fire on GSP at Post-Fight Press Conference


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Erasing the bitter memory of his unsuccessful Octagon debut, Luke Rockhold began building his own UFC highlight-reel last night at UFC Fight Night 35 with a first-round body-kick TKO of Costa Philippou. Rockhold picked up a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for the effort. At the post-fight press conference, Rockhold did what every surging middleweight does after a big win — he called out Michael Bisping:

“I’m looking at anyone in the middleweight division to get myself back into (title) position,” Rockhold said. “I already let it be known Bisping’s out there. A lot of people are calling him out, but Bisping went on national TV and told everybody he was the unofficial Strikeforce champion. He calls it a joke and this and that, but I say he’s got bad taste and he needs to pay for it.”

In other bonus news, featherweight Cole Miller won Submission of the Night for his second-round rear-naked choke of Sam Sicilia — which Miller followed up by calling out Donald “Clownboy” Cerrone in the post-fight interview — while middleweights Yoel Romero and Derek Brunson both got $50,000 bumps for FOTN. Highlights from both those matches are embedded at the end of this post.

Romero — who earned his third-consecutive KO/TKO win in the UFC by stopping Brunson with savage ground-and-pound in the third round — claims to have not pooped his pants during the match, despite damning Vine evidence to the contrary. However, Romero can’t deny the dick-punch he landed on Brunson. That was ugly, bro.

In injury news…

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[VIDEO] …And Now, The Most Brutal Guillotine Choke You Will *Ever* See. Ever.


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Not Dan Miller. Not Scott Jorgensen. Not Frank Mir or Big Nog or even Cody McKenzie. Nothing you have ever seen or heard about the guillotine choke can prepare you for the guillotine choke you are about to witness.

Taking place during a bout between Gamlet Driaev and Raul Tutarauli at Championship USSR: Battle 6 last Saturday, it’s safe to say that this might be not only the most brutal guillotine choke ever executed in MMA History, but the most insane finishing sequence in MMA History. A near double-KO, an armbar attempt, a guillotine in which Driaev lifts Tutarauli into the air like a child’s plaything, a technical submission,*and* a TKO thrown in for good measure?

Pack it in, boys and girls. Ain’t nobody topping this guillotine anytime soon.

-J. Jones

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Knockout of the Day: Fighter Touches Gloves, Kind of Just Stands There, Gets KTFO’d [VIDEO]


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When an MMA fighter gets KO’d immediately after a glove-tap, it often means that his opponent was being a cheap dick about it. But in the lightning-fast knockout you see above, all blame should lay upon the victim. See, if you’re going to touch gloves before a fight, do it fast and then get out of the way. DON’T lumber forward with your feet flat and your chin out. And after you do your little fist-bump, for the love of God, get your damn hands up or you will be head-kicked into an embarrassing reverse somersault, like this idiot.

If you’ll notice, the guy on the left doesn’t initiate the tap, but he’s courteous enough to oblige when dipshit over there dangles his arm out like an overcooked noodle. Guy On The Left sees an opportunity, and snatches it with a front-leg roundhouse to the face. The impact is loud, and it is awesome. The only disappointing part is that the shirtless guy still looked like he was ready to bang some more. Ah well. Let this be a lesson to the rest of you aspiring fighters: After the ref starts the fight, “Wait, bro, I wasn’t ready” isn’t really a valid excuse.

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[VIDEO] Ronda Rousey’s Training Partner/Bestie Scored Another First Round Sub Over the Weekend and it Wasn’t an Armbar


(Classic Marina, always having to one up her big shot BFF.) 

If you tuned into The Ultimate Fighter at all this season (which judging by the ratings, you probably didn’t), you might have noticed the brooding brunette oft seen standing at Ronda Rousey‘s side, assisting her in training demonstrations, flipping off Miesha Tate, and other such shenanigans. Her name is Marina Shafir, and aside from being Rousey’s longtime training partner/B.F.F, she’s also an undefeated amateur MMA fighter who had secured three straight wins via first round armbar (sound familiar?).

That was of course, until last weekend, when Shafir captured the Tuff-n-Uff women’s featherweight title via a first round submission of Tabitha Patterson at the aptly titled “Future Stars of MMA.” The victory was Shafir’s second in a row to come at the 59 second mark, but in the interest of providing you with some motivation to view the fight video after the jump, we will leave the technique with which Shafir secured said victory up in the air.

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‘TUF 18′ Semifinal Fight Video: Sarah Moras vs. Julianna Pena


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Last night’s TUF 18 semifinal fight between Team Tate members Julianna Pena and Sarah Moras was actually a rematch. In April 2012, the two fighters met at a Conquest of the Cage event in Washington, and Moras won by doctor’s stoppage TKO at the end of two rounds, after popping Julianna’s elbow with an armbar. (As Moras explained during last night’s episode, Pena refused to tap.)

The majority of the TUF 18 cast was rooting for Moras to repeat history, as Pena had become the most despised female fighter in the house. The Venezuelan Vixen had other plans, however. Check out the video above to watch the complete two-round scrap, which Pena dominated in the standup and on the mat. Though Sarah searched for another armbar in round 2, she found herself bloodied by Pena’s elbows, and tapped to a guillotine choke when she turtled to escape the abuse.

Pena’s victory earned what might have been the saddest, least enthusiastic round of applause in TUF history. But screw the haters — she’s punched a ticket to the Finals against the winner of Raquel Pennington vs. Jessica Rakoczy.

Sarah Moras actually lost twice in this episode, if you count her living-room wrestling match fiasco against Anthony Gutierrez. You can watch that clip after the jump.

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MMA in the Wild, Pt. 4: The Griffin vs. Bonnar of Kangaroo Fights Ends in Rear-Naked Choke


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For once, our “MMA in the Wild” tag isn’t just a metaphor for unsanctioned yard-fights between rednecks. This terrifying footage was taken in New South Wales, Australia, back in 2010, and features the most savage ‘roo-on-’roo fight we’ve ever seen. Long known as the best pure strikers in the animal kingdom, kangaroos have apparently added Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to their combat arsenal. Humankind, your days are numbered.

For over four long minutes, these two jacked-up marsupials trade belly kicks and head slaps, neither one giving an inch. At the video’s 4:15 mark, one of the ‘roos stumbles to the ground and the other immediately sets upon him with soccer kicks and stomps. The grounded fighter tries to get back to its feet, escapes a front head-lock, and pulls guard. But when it tries to go upright again, it leaves its neck hanging out, and the other kangaroo sinks the rear-naked choke with startling ease.

There are no referees in the animal kingdom, and a tap will not grant you mercy; there is only the cold, brutal reality of nature. The winner squeezes the life out of the loser, and at the 5:17 mark, the winner realizes that he’s been filmed the whole time by two of those…what do you call them…ah yes, humans. It’s a tense moment. Finally, the kangaroo decides that one kill was enough for today, and hobbles off to recover from the battle.

The kangaroo apocalypse is coming. You’ve been warned.

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Insane Submission of the Day: The ‘Modified Americana,’ a.k.a The ‘Inverted Twister Cruciplata’


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Grappling arts have existed for millennia, and yet human beings continue to find new and exciting ways to fuck each other up. The latest example of mind-blowing grappling ingenuity comes to us from Cage Warriors 60 on Saturday, where a lightweight submission artist named Ivan “Buki” Buchinger tapped Mick Sinclair in the second round with a…well…it’s hard to say, really.

Sherdog ID’s the move as a “scarf-hold armlock,” which is basically true — and more descriptive than the ring-announcer’s vague claim of a “modified Americana” — but the positioning of Buchinger’s body, and the way that he sets up the hold by trapping Sinclair’s right arm with his legs before cranking on the neck makes this submission unique and kind of astounding.

Side note: Buchinger got his ass handed to him by Conor McGregor when they fought last December. But still, good sub, mate.

Previously: Omo-Peruvian-Necktwister Inventor Coty Shannon Hits a Sideways-Peruvian-Gogo-Bowtie in Second MMA Fight

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