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13 Random MMA Fighters Who Somehow Have Their Own Wikipedia Pages

(This guy getting punched out by Jacob Volkmann has a Wikipedia page, yet Ilir Latifi does not. I *dare* you to identify him without using Google.)

By Seth Falvo

Much to my surprise, UFC light-heavyweight Ilir Latifi still does not have a Wikipedia page. Despite earning a first-round submission victory at UFC Fight Night 37 and headlining an event — never mind how random that match felt — Latifi still has to settle for being a footnote on the pages of the cards he has fought on. That’s pretty ridiculous, considering that Wikipedia doesn’t exactly have high standards for page-worthy topics. (See: Chess-related deaths, uncombable hair syndrome.) has its own page. John Morgan of MMA Junkie has his own page as well. Oh yeah, and so do these 13 MMA fighters, arranged in alphabetical order:

Zak Bucia

(Image courtesy of Sherdog)

Notable Achievements: Jobbed to James Terry on two different Strikeforce undercards. Almost worthy of a spot in MMA’s Weird-Stomach-Tattoo Hall of Fame. Almost.
According to Wikipedia: “He is the current WSCA (Wyoming Sports Combat Association) Welterweight Champion.”


Report: ‘Cris Cyborg’ To Compete in Two Muay Thai Fights in One Night, Because She’s Just That Nasty

(Photo via Esther Lin/Invicta FC)

It hasn’t even been two weeks since Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino fought and won in MMA against Marloes Coenen at Invicta FC 6, but the new featherweight champion has booked not one but two Muay Thai fights for herself on August 25th in Thailand. “Cyborg will take on France’s top kickboxer Angelique Pitiot and Italy’s Annalisa Bucci, with one taking three rounds and the other two rounds,” Wombat Sports reports.

“Cyborg” represents the famed Brazilian Chute Boxe team, which has Muay Thai as its base, but according to the report, the fighter has never previously been to the kickboxing style’s motherland of Thailand. While many fighters travel to exotic locations in the weeks after fights for vacation, Justino is going to Thailand to fight two women back-to-back just because she can.

Say what you will about her questionable Tito Ortiz-driven decision of turning down a contract with the UFC, but this lady isn’t afraid to fight for her money, that’s for sure. We don’t know much about her two scheduled opponents but considering the fact that five rounds of shadow-boxing — much less actual fighting — gets us winded, we’re quite impressed with Cyborg’s latest goal.

Oh yeah, Kim Couture is also on the card, fighting Thai fighter Petchrocha Looksaikongdin. First off, we didn’t realize that “Sugar Free” (ugh) was still competing. Secondly, fighting someone with that many syllables in their name, in their own backyard, doesn’t seem like a great idea for Kim, who is no stranger to unfortunate beat-downs.

After the jump: Cris Cyborg destroys some broad named Edna in a Muay Thai rules bout back in 2006.


Knockout of the Day: Sheila Bird Sleeps Christina Barry in Just 11 Seconds at AFC 12

(Put her in a body bag! No seriously, could someone please dispose of that corpse as quickly as possible? I’m starting to feel queasy.) 

No, that is not a screenshot from The Ring, that is the aftermath of the last time we saw Sheila Bird compete in this thing we call MMA. It took place back in July of 2011 against Kim Couture, and using the combination of a leg scissor choke and some of the worst referee negligence this side of Marius Zaromskis vs. Andrey Koreshkov, Bird not only came away with the win, but provided one photographer with the opportunity to stare into the fleeting remnants of Couture’s soul before she stole it. It was the first documented case of Shang Tsunging in WMMA history.

What are we going on about? Well, Ms. Bird stepped back into the octagon last weekend, and although the end result was nearly as horrific for her victim this time out, it was equally as decisive. Bird needed just 11 seconds to pack Christina Barry’s lunch and jam it down her throat brown bag and all at AFC 12 on Friday, so head after the jump to check out the brutal finish.


W-1 MMA 7 “Reloaded” Recap: O’Neil Upsets Davis, Kim Couture still Sucks

I’ll never figure out how Kim Couture is still getting fights. She isn’t skilled. She isn’t exactly loved by the MMA community. And while you’ll get media attention for putting her on your fight card, it’s usually at the expense of having your good fighters ignored so that the inevitable freak show bout can receive extra criticism. Is any attention truly better than no attention?

Kim Couture fought Suzie Montero, a Muay Thai fighter who once fought Gina Carano, who was making her MMA debut. If this fight was a warm-up for Kim Couture’s planned transition to professional kickboxing, then perhaps Kim should train more. Or at least she should train with consenting sparring partners. Couture now drops to 3-6 in her MMA cash grab.

The saddest part is that W-1 MMA had some real news emerge from last night’s card. For starters, W-1 announced that it has agreed to terms with UFC veteran and TUF Season 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. While details are still unclear, Stevenson is expected to make his debut with the promotion in early 2012. The fight will be Stevenson’s first fight since being cut from the UFC in August.


Monson vs. Gonzaga to Headline W-1 MMA’s Inaugural U.S. Event in Miami October 15

By Mike Russell

(After as one year hiatus, W-1 is back with a solid inaugural U.S. show.)

Apparently rumors of the demise of Warrior One (W-1) MMA were greatly exaggerated as the Toronto, Ontario-based promotion that made waves with its stacked Canadian cards the past two years but hasn’t held an event since last October, is back with another impressive offering — this time for American MMA fans in Florida.

W-1: Reloaded is set for October 15 at the Bank United Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and according to W-1 president Jack Bateman, the reason his organization has not held an event in almost a year is that it underwent an ownership restructuring and he and his new partners were carefully laying the groundwork for the promotion’s foray into the U.S. because they wanted to make sure they took their time and did it right.

“Everything has come together and I couldn’t be happier with the way the company has evolved and the quality of our first event in the States,” Bateman told Monday. “I have a great group of partners who are at the top of their specific fields and whose skill sets bring a lot to the table when it comes to promotion and putting on events like we’ve come to be known for putting on. We have some big signings we’ve been working on and will be having a few of those names on our next card in Miami on October 15.”


Outrage of the Day: No Action Taken Against Kim Couture-Sheila Bird Referee Len Koivisto

That’s not a photo, it’s a two minute video loop. (Pic:


Remember that little incident a couple of weeks back when referee Len Koivisto did everything but hold a mirror below Kim Couture’s nose to make sure that she was finished breathing before finally calling an end to the bout? Those of you who lashed out at him for his incompetence may now issue him a heartfelt apology in our comments section. You see, as MMAJunkie reported yesterday, the Calgary Combative Sports Commission—a council of supposed experts and professionals that oversee our sport—have decided that his actions warrant neither a reprimand nor retraining.

In the course of their investigation, which clearly didn’t include video of the sub-two minute fight, they found Koivisto to be a man who “has always taken his ring official’s duties very seriously and conducts himself with a great deal of professionalism.”

So, that’s it, right? He’s a veteran referee who’s never shown himself to lack the knowledge required to oversee a mixed martial arts fight. Oh wait, he totally has…


Friday Afternoon Link Dump

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMACanadaTV)

- The end of Strikeforce? (SI)

-The Electric Dock Ellis Acid Test: An Attempt To Recreate His Drug-Addled No-Hitter, On Xbox (DeadSpin)

- Paulo Filho training for Satoshi Ishii (Tatame)

- ‘We’ are the champions: in defense of referring to your sports team in the first person (Clutch.MTV)

- 5 UFC fighters who could squash ‘The Spider’ (BleacherReport)

- Dana White talks UFC 133, Overeem and his meeting with Vince McMahon (MMAFighting)

- Calgary Commission finds no fault in ref who stopped Couture-Bird fight way too late (MMAJunkie)

- Comic-Con 2011: Spielberg says Jurassic Park 4 is underway (ScreenJunkies)

- MMA Agent Malki Kawa talks shop (CageWriter)

- The hottest chicks from comic book flicks (MadeMan)

- Overeem declares boxing superior to MMA (FiveKnuckles)

- Bobby Lashley out of next week’s Titan FC event (FiveOuncesofPain)


Kim Couture Was Under an Indefinite NJSACB Medical Suspension When She Fought Saturday

(Someone was jealous of the attention her fighter friend was getting…Unfortunately she didn’t realize it had nothing to do with fighting.)

Well Kim Couture’s fight Saturday night just got even more controversial.

According to a report by MMAJunkie, representatives from both the Association of Boxing Commissions and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board say that Couture shouldn’t have been allowed to fight by the Calgary Combative Sports Commission as she still has not been cleared from an indefinite suspension levied by an NJSACB physician after her unanimous decision loss to Munah Holland at Ring of Combat 32 in Atlantic City in October.


If You Can’t Make It, Fake It: The Five Least-Successful Crossover Stars in MMA History

James Toney UFC MMA walkout shirt
(James Toney, shown above with one boxing glove, one MMA glove, and an artist’s depiction of what he might look like if he lost 85 pounds.)

By Jared “DangadaDang” Jones

During its rise to popularity, Mixed Martial Arts has become known for the incredible physical conditioning, talent, and (depending whose side you’re on) heart of its athletes. It is a sport built on dedication; simply put, no amount of pink gloves and flirting with overweight TUF alums will make you an MMA fighter.

But as with any sport’s increase in mass appeal, MMA has seen its share of hacks, wannabes, scallywags and jabronis attempting to grab 15 more minutes of fame through a career in “that Ultimate Fighting stuff.” In light of James Toney’s continuing efforts to shake the MMA world with the use of side check kicks, I give you the five worst instances of C-to-D-list celebrities giving MMA the old community-college try.

5. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson
Kimbo Slice MMA UFC photos

The phrase “meteoric rise” comes to mind — one minute you were watching Kimbo smoke blunts in the background of semi-public orgies and the next he was being touted as the most formidable opponent to take Brock Lesnar’s crown. Mr. Ferguson landed on our radars through a series of brutal street fight videos in which he fought guys named “Afro Puff,” “Byrd,” “Chico,” and “Mayor McCheese.” These internet videos went viral so ferociously that the now-defunct EliteXC built him up to be their marquee star by feeding him other hopeless big lugs like “Bo” and “Tank.”

Kimbo was given his first “legitimate” opponent in James Thompson as the headlining bout of EliteXC: Primetime in May 2008. Despite possibly tapping to a guillotine in the first round and being on the receiving end of over 1,000 elbows in the second, Kimbo was able to pull off a rare standing-TKO of Thompson late in the third. (Good lookin’ out, Dan.)


Video Evidence: Worst. Referee. Ever.

On a slow Sunday, we’ll often loosen the strict criteria we normally use to separate the wheat from the chaff. A short list of some of the “freakish” things that will often make their way to the site once we’ve lowered our usually-high standards: Kim Couture getting beat up; video of a rarely seen submission; a failure of referring so severe that it would make Cecil Peoples blush. Today, however, you won’t have to settle on any one of those things. Behold, we bring you all three in one incredible video.

Kim Couture took on Sheila Bird in the “co-main event” of Friday night’s AX Combat 1 card. Few punches were thrown and even fewer landed in the opening minute of the bout before Bird attempted to throw Couture from the clinch. It’s not clear if the throw was ill-performed or if Kim has been working on her Judo, but either way they end up on the ground with Sheila in guard and Kim working for a triangle. Bird worked her way to north-south where she rained down multiple heavy hammerfists en route to locking in a leg scissor choke. This choke was in deep from the onset, and Kim had hardly any time or ability to work for an escape before passing out. Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this choke in MMA, it still seems more at home in a professional wrestling match. Perhaps also feeling nostalgic for the WWF’s heyday, the official for this bout–Len Cloivisto–does his best impression of a pro wrestling referee.