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UFC 199 Aftermath: And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth…


(“Ehh budday, do you like apples?” (*holds tongue*) “Well go f*ck yourself, apple.” via Getty.)

“If…you believe the son of God came down to earth 2,000 years ago, and he killed himself for our sins, and he can walk on water…if you can believe that, then you can believe that I can knock the f–k out of Luke Rockhold two weeks from Saturday.”

When Michael Bisping first uttered these words to Luke Thomas after being called up on two weeks notice to face rival Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, they actually made a lot of sense. Surely, we were just as likely to see a man walk on water as we were to see Michael Bisping defeat a man who had absolutely obliterated him less than two years ago in their first meeting. And until very recently, I’d sooner commit the ultimate sin than see Bisping, a man whose assholery we have mocked for years, claim the middleweight title from anyone.

And yet, he did, and we’re honestly kind of stoked for him right now.

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[VIDEO] Catch the UFC 199 Press Conference LIVE Right Here, Right Now!

Gather round, Nation! The official press conference for this weekend’s UFC 199 is starting right now. Featuring a pair of title fight rematches — middleweight champion Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber — and a slew of intriguing undercard bouts, UFC 199 is sure to keep the promotion’s current run of momentum going, so join us after the jump for what will surely be a trash-talk filled evening.

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On UFC 199, Luke Rockhold, Dominick Cruz, and the Nasty Phenomenon of the “Sore Winner”

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By Asaph Bitner

Society tends to deride those who remain defiant even after a decisive and fair defeat. Someone who’s beaten and fails or refuses to accept this is looked at with pity, even anger. George Carlin already eloquently expressed a counter to this view, and so I’d like to highlight the inverse of this phenomenon, which can actually be a severe problem. I speak, of course, of the sore winner.

Generally (and, ok, a bit trivially) speaking, victory is power. When winners, specifically in sports, and even more specifically in MMA, cross a certain line of decency and abuse that power, we encounter what is perhaps the most unsportsmanlike behavior of all. There aren’t necessarily scientific tests for determining sore winner status in MMA, but here’s one fairly reliable-looking indicator: the winning fighter using their victory to violate the losing fighter’s dignity in some way.

That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with trash talk before a fight, or in its resumption once the immediate post-fight haze has passed. Conor McGregor and Chael Sonnen, two prodigious talkers of trash, pour industrial amounts of verbal acid onto their opponents before and after fights, but they always seem to have a sense of respect for the man they’ve just pummeled in the immediate moments following a win.

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Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold Booked as UFC 199 Headliner


(If ‘t be true thee receiveth one stepeth clos’r to me, I shall knocketh thee out.)

Following Chris Weidman’s shocking and completely unforeseeable withdrawal from UFC 199, the UFC was basically left with two options for a replacement opponent: Ronaldo Souza or Michael Bisping. The former had just come off a win over Vitor Belfort, and the latter somehow beat Anderson goddamn Silva in his last octagon appearance, so either would have made for a more than suitable replacement on such short notice, to say the least.

Unfortunately for “Jacare,” a meniscus injury suffered at UFC 198 last weekend has removed him from the short list of potential opponents, and now, nearly ten years to the day after he made his UFC debut, “The Count” will be receiving his first title shot.

After the jump: A “Greatest Hits” collection, if you will, of Bisping and Rockhold talking sh*t to each other, + an update on Weidman’s injury.

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Chris Weidman Injured, Out of UFC 199 Bout With Luke Rockhold [SHOCKED FACE]


(Coming soon to a hospital near you.)

In a dramatic twist that would shock even the most seasoned MMA fan, word has it that Chris Weidman — as in the previously unbreakable, punch-a-hole-in-your-f*cking-chest Chris Weidman — has been forced to pull out of his UFC 199-scheduled rematch with Luke Rockhold due to an injury suffered in training.

We know what you’re thinking, and yes, this is probably the end of the physical world as we know it.

Details after the jump.

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Quote of the Day: Chris Weidman’s Loss to Luke Rockhold Was “Needed and Deserved”


(No caption needed, that’s just a straight-up brilliant photo. via Getty.)

It’s hard not to see Chris Weidman‘s brutal defeat at the hands of Luke Rockhold on Saturday as being swept under the rug in favor of all this “Conor McGregor obliterating Jose Aldo” business. If you ask us, it’s for the best, because we happen to appreciate Chris Weidman: The Person just as much as Chris Weidman: The Fighter. Rockhold can be as handsome as he wants, but he ain’t saving no old ladies in between fights and shitting in the trash cans of his future wife, that’s for sure. Dude’s got the personality of a Wheat Thin compared to The Chris, and we say that as the unbiased, legitimate, journalistically integritous reporters that some of you on Facebook seem to think we are.

In any case, Weidman took his first career loss like a champion, sticking around for his post-fight interview and gutting it through Joe Rogan’s always insufferable questions. As you might expect, he’s been keeping away from social media in the days since, because like we said, some of you people on it are the worst. Yesterday, however, Weidman broke his silence via a Facebook post that is just so f*cking classy, you guys, so check it out after the jump.

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UFC 194 Aftermath: Prophecy Fulfilled


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Back in 2008, a fresh faced (well, maybe “fresh faced” is a little disingenuous) Conor McGregor was quoted as saying that he would be the future champion of the UFC’s lightweight division — “I’m the fucking future” was how he summed it up, I believe. Over the next four years, McGregor would put together a string of vicious performances that seemed to align with that belief, becoming CWFC’s first two-division champion in the process.

It was on April 6th, 2013 that McGregor was first tested on the world’s premier mixed martial arts stage, and to say that he passed with flying colors would be a bit of an understatement. McGregor tore through Marcus Brimage like tissue paper, starching the TUF 13 alum in just over a minute and collecting a well-earned 60 G’s (babayy!!) in bonus money to boot.

McGregor’s naysayers used a lot of words to describe his subsequent rise to fame — “protected,” “unearned,” and “all talk” among them — but time after time when it came to fight night, there McGregor would be, his hand raised, a thoroughly bewildered and semi-unconscious opponent beside him. He talked the talk, he walked the walk, and on Saturday, Conor McGregor fulfilled the prophecy that he and he alone created in devastating fashion.

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UFC 194: A Complete A-to-Z Preview


(Oh, just f*ck and get it over with already. via Getty.)

By Nasir Jabbar

The MMA gods have, for the most part, safely guided one of the most stacked cards in UFC history to fruition. Amidst those ever-prevalent claims of oversaturation, the UFC have mustered up an ubercard for the ages. Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will finally defend his title against interim champion Conor McGregor. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on No.1 contender Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. Then you’ve got Romero vs. Souza, Maia vs. Nelson…the list goes on and on.

Nation, it’s been an emotional journey. An unprecedented world media tour. Fractured ribs. Interim titles. More heated staredowns. These have all led to this mammoth main-event. I don’t know about you, but I’m giddy with excitement as months of trash-talking all culminate this weekend. To honour this epic event, I’ve compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 194. Join me?

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CagePotato Presents: The Top 10 Fights to Watch For the Rest of 2015


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By Chris Huntemann

Summer is winding down, which means we’re in the latter stages of 2015. It also means football season is finally here. But do you know what else it means? There’s still a whole slew of mixed martial arts fights that we have to look forward to, so with that in mind, here are the top 10 fights that you, Potato Nation, should check out or – at the very least – set your DVR to as we wind down the year:

10. Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir (UFC 191 – Sept. 5)

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UFC on FOX 15 Highlights/Results: Rockhold Dominates Machida, Holloway Batters Swanson + More


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Heading into last weekend’s stacked UFC on FOX 15 card, headliners Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold were being given little more than a coin flip’s chance against one another in their middleweight #1 contender match. But once the cage door closed, it was another story entirely. Rockhold dominated Machida — a guy who had looked nearly untouchable himself since dropping to 185 lbs — in every aspect of the game (but especially on the ground) en route to a second round submission. Physically, Rockhold appeared as if he was fighting down a weight class, a facet made all the more confounding when you consider that he was facing a former light-heavyweight champion.

UFC on FOX 15 was a “changing of the guard” card in many respects, with the biggest prospects (Sterling, Holloway, VanZant) going a perfect 3-0 over veterans of the game. It was also a night that finally closed the book on whether or not we should permanently erase TUF 19 from our memories. (Hint: Yes, yes we should.). So join us after the jump for all the highlights and a full list of results.

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