Ladies and gentlemen, meet the future of the sport.
This little tyke is Tarec Saffiedine‘s two-year-old son, shown here during a recent sofa-training session. From his vicious leg kicks (look familiar?) to his jackhammer-esque ground-and-pound, Sponge Jr. already possesses the kind of skills that would make the Ruffo Brothers and Pretty Boy Bam Bam piss themselves. And he’s still so young in the sport. Can you imagine how nasty this kid will be when he’s five?
* Ed. note:We were planning to have this up last week, but I had to figure out how to put videos into other videos and make them link to those videos, and blah blah blah Brittney Palmer, but you’ll see what I mean at the end of this one.
There’s nothing more entertaining than a bad street fight. With that in mind, CagePotato is kicking off a new collaboration with our old friend Gerald Harris, in which the MMA fighter/comedian overdubs some hilarious new dialogue to infamous street fight videos.
MMA’s awkward march into the mainstream continues! Last night on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, lovable meathead Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) co-hosted a Halloween party, and showed off his Chuck Liddell costume. It isn’t clear if the pitcher of beer was meant to be part of it. A scene from the episode is above; a photo of Andy doing the classic Iceman pose is after the jump.
Please share your own ridiculous Halloween costume plans in the comments section.
The long skirts, the nonsensical shrieking — all these dudes need is a rolling pin to shake at the camera, and this would basically be what greets me at the door when I come home drunk every Saturday night. Props to HolyTaco for the find.
ATTENTION, POTATO NATION. As part of our ongoing efforts to dominate every aspect of the MMA media landscape, we’re putting together a weekly video series called “MMAshed Potato,” in which we run down the week’s top MMA stories and must-see videos. I know what you’re thinking — a weekly series in which a dude stands in front of a green-screen and makes snarky comments? Totallyunprecedented!
Anyway, we sent three of our friends to film test pilots at Break Media headquarters in L.A., gave them a list of topics and themes to work off of, and filmed the ensuing chaos. (The shoot took place right after UFC 126, so forgive us if this stuff feels like ancient history.) Guys, we don’t ask you for much, but if you have any love at all for this site, you’ll do the following: Watch all three videos after the jump, and vote for your favorite host in the homepage poll over there on the right. And please feel free to share constructive criticism in the comments section. Thanks so much…
After trying to sit through an episode of American Dad one day, I made a vow to myself that despite my appreciation for Family Guy, I’m pretty much done with Seth MacFarlane side-projects and spin-offs. I’ve never watched The Cleveland Show. I kind of assumed it was just an outlet for all the cringe-worthy racial humor that was left on Family Guy‘s cutting-room floor, and that MacFarlane will eventually create TheJoe Swanson Show, so that he can make more jokes about handicapped people. Maybe that’s an unfair bias. I wouldn’t know.
Anyway, here’s a clip of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson doing a guest turn on The Cleveland Show as an avenging super-slave named Kunta Kinte 9000 who shoots missiles out of his arms. Jackson thinks it’s hilarious. He also thinks this is funny, so take that with a grain of salt.
Props to our buds at Asylum.com for putting Georges St. Pierre to good use when he stopped by their offices the other day. To recap, GSP is not impressed by your work, not impressed by Matt Hughes, not impressed by Taylor Swift, and somewhat impressed with that orange. Hopefully GSP keeps the running gag going and delivers his catchphrase to every losing fighter in tomorrow night’s TUF 12 elimination round.
By now, you may have already seen that video going around of Pat Barry kicking the stuffing out of our punch-machine at the UFC Fan Expo. When KLM Vending dropped off the machine at our booth, they gave us strict orders to not let any drunken tough-guy idiot try to kick the bag. But when HD Barry drops by and starts rolling his shorts up, you’re pretty much helpless to do anything except smile nervously and move out of the way.
Of course, Pat wasn’t the only one who was drawn to the punch-machine at the CagePotato.com Fan Expo booth. As VH and ReX already explained, we had a thick crowd of participants and gawkers all weekend, many of whom turned into hooked rubes who couldn’t stop pleading for "one more turn" on the thing. And my God did they take it seriously. So here’s our video tribute to their efforts, edited by Break Media’s Matty Sumida and soundtracked by Fort Minor. Enjoy, and we hope to see you guys at the next one…
Hopefully this will silence the haters who think Alan Belcher‘s grappling isn’t on Demian Maia’s level. MMAGirls.net brings us this video of the Talent demonstrating the ol’ RNC on his six-month-old daughter Ava, who already seems to understand that tapping out is for bitches. Watch as the level of concern in the room goes from "awww, what’s he doing to that baby?" to "seriously, what’s he doing to that baby." Belcher most recently finished Patrick Cote — a full-grown man — by the same technique at UFC 113.
(Warning: Audio is very NSFW. And absolutely hilarious.)
Oh my God, you guys. MiddleEasy has confirmed that Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is actually the son of Jack "Winnebago Man" Rebney, star of one of the first (and most beloved) viral videos of all time. In case you’ve never been introduced to the wonders of Winnebago Man, watch the above video and allow BusinessInsider to explain:
In August 1988, Winnebago Industries hired a video crew to shoot two 10-minute long sales videos. They tapped salesman Jack Rebney, a former broadcast news producer, to star in these commercials. They shot the videos in Forest City, Iowa – the headquarters of Winnebago Industries. Just like any other video shoot, outtakes and mistakes were to be expected, but no one could have anticipated Jack Rebney’s melt down. The RV salesman would constantly yell and curse at himself, his crew, and at the flies that were swarming him.
After the grueling two week shoot, Winnebago Industries got their commercial, but the video crew got so much more. They spliced together the outtakes of the shoot and circulated the video amongst themselves and their friends. Basically, the "Winnebago Man" was passed around on VHS tapes for around 15 years before being posted on YouTube for the world to see.
Jack Rebney currently lives in a cabin in a Northern California forest, and he’s now the subject of a new documentary about the Winnebago Man phenomenon. Until recently, he was completely unaware of his Internet notoriety. Anyway, we just wanted to share our surprise and excitement that Winnebago Man has a connection to the world of MMA. That’s your dad, Bjorn. That’s your dad.
Seems like a lot of you are more interested in hockey this year, but LeBron James may have played his last game with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, and that’s kind of a big deal, particularly for the people of Cleveland, who stand to lose one of the few things they can truly be proud of. In a show of solidarity/desperation, our friends at the Break Creative Lab produced this music video of notable Clevelanders begging LeBron to stay in their town. Yes, they’re mostly hideous, and often tone-deaf. It is what it is, I guess. My favorite moment is when Marc Brown, Norton Furniture Pitchman, shows up at 2:28 to wheeze his line like the half-dead lovechild of Bob Dylan and Skunk Baxter. If LeBron isn’t moved by the raw emotion of this video, then he didn’t deserve Cleveland’s love in the first place.
Between Douglas Crosby’s bizarre message-board diatribe, Anderson Silva’s nonsensical justifications for ruining a main event, and the announcement that Ben Fowlkes is leaving us to start his own Smoothie King franchise — do not request the "protein shot" — we’re all feeling a little emotional right now. So how ’bout we all just take a deep breath and enjoy this complete history of the MMA nipple-tweak? UFC 87 was the first time we’d noticed the bizarre ritual, but lookoutawhale has blown the case wide open, showing that Georges St. Pierre was tweakin’ as early as UFC 50, though he usually did it under the cover of a t-shirt. When first confronted about his nasty little habit, Rush tried to play it off as a combination nervous tic/Sign of the Cross. Eventually, his Team Jackson homeboys followed his lead, and GSP was able to come out of the closet, so to speak, openly nip-twisting in pre-fight face-offs and in the presence of hot models at photo shoots. Hey, you can’t argue with success. Special appearance by Darrill Schoonover!
Last night, many of us were shocked and saddened by a video floating around the ‘net that featured Chuck Liddell, completely naked, working out with his girlfriend, also completely naked. The video was notable for a number of reasons:
(Aoki vs. Sotiropoulos, Shooto: Champion Carnival, 10/14/06. Props: MiddleEasy. Fight starts at the 4:00 mark.)
Before he was a rising lightweight star in the UFC, George Sotiropoulos was just another Australian prospect trying to make a name for himself. In October 2006, Sotiropoulos found himself in the ring with Shinya Aoki, who had become the 170-pound boss of Shooto earlier that year. As you’ll see, Georgie spent the entire first round desperately defending leg-lock attempts. Clearly outmatched in the grappling department, he tried a different strategy as soon as round two started — he punted Aoki directly in the groin. The Tobikan Judan couldn’t continue, and the fight was ruled a DQ loss for Sotiropoulos. It wasn’t the first time that Aoki was stopped due to a foul, and it wouldn’t be the last. In 2005, Aoki earned a DQ victory over Shigetoshi Iwase thanks to a low blow, and his first meeting with Gesias Cavalcante ended in a no-contest due to some illegal elbows to the back of the head. Bad luck or overacting? And speaking of nasty nut shots…
After the jump: Former American Gladiator/"MMA fighter" Justice Smith kicks a man in the balls as hard as he can, in the name of science.
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To make up for this interruption in your normal MMA-coverage service, there’s a brand-new Paul Daley highlight video after the jump that you might be interested in…
Brock Lesnar is quickly becoming the hunting world’s most terrifying pitchman. First there was his battle-cry for Fusion Ammo, which resulted in the unfortunate death of training partner Chris Tuchscherer. Now there’s the above promo for Wildlife Research Center’s Scent Killer 99%, which vows to smash human odor just as well as Brock smashes heavy bags. We can’t help wondering if Lesnar simply yelling about the product was the most effective way to go. If Scent Killer really works, why not have Brock go through an hour-long workout, spray him down with the stuff when he’s done, then put him in an enclosed room with a blindfolded grizzly bear? I don’t hunt, but I feel I’d pick up a bottle of Scent Killer just out of respect.
After the jump, Brock has a special message for Dana White…