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21 Highly Disturbing Examples of MMA Fan Art


(The Predator in five-ounce gloves? Forget about it. / Props: Jose Ramiro)

While cruising DeviantArt.com this afternoon, we came across a bunch of freaky UFC/MMA-related fan art that makes Hassy’s obsession with Mark Hunt look downright normal. Check out 20 of the most disturbing examples, which continue after the jump, and click all the images for full-size versions.

Previously: 20 Incredible Works of MMA Fan Art


(Chuck never looked like that. Ever. / Props: greysonfurrington)

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UFC Fight-Picking Contest: Win a Copy of ‘In the Blood’ Starring Gina Carano!


(Stay tuned for our Fight Flicks review of the movie, coming later this week.)

Today marks the home video release of In the Blood — that GIF-tacular action movie starring Gina Carano — which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Our dear friends at Anchor Bay Films have hooked us up with a Combo Pack that contains the flick in all three formats, and we figured we’d put it up for grabs in another UFC fight-picking contest. You want it? Well listen up.

This Saturday, UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov goes down at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check out the fight card here, and submit a prediction for any fight on the lineup in the comments section below. The most accurate guess will win the In the Blood combo pack. Your picks should be in this format…

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Is Gina Carano Training at Black House?


(via r/MMA)

This picture of Gina Carano has been making its rounds on the Internet this weekend. As you can see, it depicts Gina Carano either pre-workout or post-workout holding a Black House t-shirt within a Black House gym.

Carano, herself, hasn’t announced anything. It’s entirely possible that she’s just visiting the gym. If that’s the case, this photo will no doubt lead to tons of errant speculation.

However, it’s possible that Carano is starting to get back into fighting shape. After all, UFC president Dana White said that Carano in the UFC was simply “a matter of getting a deal done.” But Dana is known to be among MMA’s greatest prevaricators, so we won’t put too much stock in what he says.

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UFC Booking Alert: Ronda Rousey to Face Alexis Davis at UFC 175


(Did you know: Ronda Rousey doesn’t listen to music, only the screams of past opponents. / Photo via Getty)

Ronda Rousey‘s next opponent has been determined. It’s not Holly Holm. It’s not Gina Carano, and it’s definitely not Cris Cyborg.

It’s Alexis Davis, who’s currently 3-0 in the UFC and is on a five-fight win streak overall.

Dana White announced the fight over twitter last night.

To be honest, we’re a little disappointed. Find out why after the jump.

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On This Day in MMA History: The Gina Carano Lip Bite Gif Was Born (Also, Nick Diaz Fought Frank Shamrock)


(Oh God…can’t…control…the hnnnnnng.)

Although Gina Carano may have stepped away from our beloved sport years ago, her ability to captivate and stimulate MMA fans in gif form remains unmatched to this day. But none of the truly amazing photos, screengrabs, or gifs Carano has been responsible for over the years hold a candle to the night she was captured biting her lip at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz on April 11th, 2009 — five years ago today.

In fact, nothing Carano has done since — not the sexy dance or Haywire or even fighting for the Strikeforce Women’s championship — quite compares to the glorious night she bit her lip while staring directly into the soul of our wieners, and I say that with all due respect. Because above all else, Carano has always been a bit of a trailblazer. She brought women’s MMA into the mainstream and was one of the sport’s first crossover stars, to the point that she is still being used to promote WMMA despite leaving it behind some 5 years ago. She also was the first female fighter to bite her lip on camera, capturing the imagination of the country in doing so. And for that last thing, we give thanks.

But there is an unsung hero in all this, a person who truly helped launch Carano’s lip-biting career into the stratosphere and one who finally deserves his due credit. I’m talking about the Strikeforce cameraman who was given the simple assignment of filming Gina Carano sitting ringside and used the opportunity to forever cement his place in MMA History, of course. I don’t mean to overstate this, but the way he ever so slightly pushed in on Carano (phrasing) just in time for the lip bite is a moment of filmmaking history comparable to Spielberg’s dolly zoom shot in Jaws.

Georgia O’Keeffe spent most of her career trying to capture the essence of female sexuality, strength, and femininity, and this anonymous Strikeforce cameraman managed to do it in under 15 seconds. So on this day, we salute you, Strikeforce cameraman responsible for the Gina Carano lip-bite gif (“Reeeeal men of geeenius…”).

Oh yeah, Nick Diaz vs. Frank Shamrock also went down on this day five years ago. We’ve thrown a full video of their fight after the jump, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Gina Carano Gets Her Underwear Ripped Off While Handcuffed, And Other Interesting GIFs From ‘In the Blood’ [Gallery/Clickbait]


(Don’t worry, Gina gets out of this one with her honor intact. / Props to BJPenn.com for the find.)

Y’know, I wasn’t sure if I was going to waste 108 minutes watching the new Gina Carano action movie, In the Blood. But apparently, there’s a scene in which Gina, while handcuffed, has her jean shorts and panties roughly removed by a scummy local police officer, and I’m going to be honest — that is very relevant to my interests.

Twelve more amazing Gina Carano GIFs from In the Blood are in the gallery after the jump. Special thanks to swedishfishrule for making most of them, and feel free to complain in the comments section about how Gina Carano has nothing to do with MMA anymore, and we shouldn’t be covering stuff like this. Maybe read this article about how Dana White would give Carano an immediate UFC title shot if she decided to return to fighting, and Ronda Rousey is totally down with that idea. That should make you feel better, right?

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ICYMI: Holly Holm Lands Gorgeous Head Kick KO at Legacy FC 30, but Breaks Her Arm


(Photo via Getty)

Holly Holm is two things.

To the sane, she’s a potential money opponent for Ronda Rousey in a sea of female fighters who simply aren’t up to snuff. Holm is closer to Rousey athletically than most other women in MMA.

To the delusional, she’s the Woman to Beat Rousey™. This sentiment is great for selling a PPV, but let’s not kid ourselves. While Holm is head and shoulders above the division, Rousey is mountains above it.

Still, MMA fans like to speculate about such matters. And whenever a fighter like Holm wins a fighter–or a fighter like Cris Cyborg loses one…in a different sport–this speculation reaches a fever pitch.

Holm fought this past Friday at Legacy FC 30. Holm outclassed her opponent, Juliana Werner, throughout the fight and finished her off with a devastating head kick in the fifth round (check out the GIF via @ZProphet_MMA).

This is good news, isn’t it? Cyborg losing a Muay Thai fight erases all her credibility (we don’t actually think this but Dana White probably does), so Holm winning in such a devastating way must’ve impressed White, right?

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Video: Gina Carano Teases Meeting With Dana White on “The Arsenio Hall Show”


(via The Arsenio Hall Show)

Despite the increasing amount of evidence that suggests it, we still aren’t buying into the idea that Gina Carano might actually return to MMA. We’ll continue to use her tentative connection to the sport as a justification to cover her burgeoning movie career, because deal with it, but the idea of seeing Carano return to the octagon, let alone against a legitimate killer in Ronda Rousey under the UFC banner? Come on, son.

During her recent appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, however, Carano hinted that a return to the ring (as it’s called in Long Island-based, high-end jewelry store commercials) is quickly becoming more than an outside possibility. In addition to telling Arsenio that she is meeting with Dana White and the UFC next week (!), Carano discussed how, despite her decision to initially step away from the sport, her passion for MMA never truly left. I can only assume that she simply neglected to mention “Except for those 5 minutes I spent in the cage with Cris Cyborg“:

There’s not a workout that I go through that I’m not fighting somebody in my mind and it’s never gone away. I love it. It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it, I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or I’m gonna retire and say, ‘I’m never gonna do it.’ So now is the moment.

To recap: Arsenio Hall is still on TV, Gina Carano might fight again, and Robbie Lawler just narrowly fell short of capturing the welterweight title. In 2014. Where’s the reverse button on this time machine, amiright?

-J. Jones

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VIDEO: Gina Carano’s Nightclub Fight Scene From ‘In the Blood’


(Props: ESPN (?) via MiddleEasy)

You’ve seen the poster and you’ve seen the trailer — now watch this complete nightclub fight scene from Gina Carano‘s upcoming action movie, In the Blood. Are there Superman-punches? Yes. Is there an armbar? Yes. Does the armbar make the same generic “thump” sound as the Superman-punch, for some reason? You’d better believe it. Do we get a flash of Carano’s undies as she rolls around on the floor, which happen to match her red dress? Yeah, bro. Do a trio of basic bitches attack Carano one-by-one after she’s destroyed a dozen full grown men, as if *hair-pulling* might be her weakness? Don’t ask.

And yes, as long as Gina Carano keeps insisting that she might return to MMA one day, we’re going to keep talking about her.

Deal.

With.

It.

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Ranking the Four Most Likely “Huge Announcement” Opponents for Ronda Rousey

As many of us noted following Ronda Rousey‘s quick win over Sara McMann at UFC 170, the women’s bantamweight division is quickly running out of viable contenders. Watching Rousey dispatch any and all opposition has been thrilling these past couple of years, sure, but it has also shown fans just how far above the skill level of her competitors “Rowdy” truly is. And unlike the middleweight division during the Silva era, the women’s bantamweight division is simply too shallow to keep feeding Rousey journey(wo)men and expecting fans to pay the price of admission.

With the division housing their quote unquote “biggest star” rapidly approaching purgatory, the UFC appears to be in dire need of a change-up. That’s where Joe Rogan steps in, as he did during an interview with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show (audio above) last Friday, stating that a “huge announcement” regarding Rousey’s next opponent is coming our way:

I can say no more than I’ve already said. I will tell you this, and this is a KROQ exclusive, within the next probably week or so a huge announcement will come about women’s fighting and I’ll be back in [the studio] and we’ll talk some more. It’s going to be crazy. Madness. I wish I could [talk about it now], but I would betray the confidence of my friend and employer.

Knowing Rogan as well as we do (I think Seth bumped into him at an expo one time, maybe?), this can only mean that Rousey’s next opponent is one of four people. Join us after the jump as we definitively rank those opponents in order of probability.

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