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Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy: Breaking Down the TUF Nations Finale’s Main Event



(Skilled martial artists *and* masters of disguise.)

By Santino DeFranco

Fortunately for us MMA fans, watching The Ultimate Fighter Nations finale — which goes down this coming Wednesday, April 16th, in Quebec City — is a much better way to spend your time than watching the actual TUF Nations TV series. And fortunately for the UFC, it has exactly a 100% chance of receiving better TV ratings too. Continuing with the “Nations” theme, the card is headlined by a Redcoat Brit named Michael Bisping and an American Green Beret, Tim Kennedy. Wait, wasn’t this supposed to be Australia vs. Canada? Close enough, eh.

Although Joe Silva’s geography may not be the greatest, he sure as hell knows how to make an interesting match up with this main event. Not only could this fight have title implications down the road, each of these fine fellows has a few different ways to win the match, making it much more interesting to break down from a technical standpoint. Not to mention, I always enjoy a scrap built upon a foundation of shit-talking, even if it did start as little more than Twitter quips and bizarre short videos of a bad impersonation of The Count by a clothing company.

Either way, there’s animosity — fabricated or real, I don’t really care. I want to see these two men punch each other repeatedly. Maybe we’ll even be lucky enough to see Bisping spit on random people outside of the cage and land multiple illegal blows. That stuff may be against the rules, but it always makes the post-fight-interwebers implode with hyperbolic rage, and that can be just as entertaining as the fights themselves.

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Update: Werdum vs. Browne to Headline UFC on FOX 11, Bisping vs. Kennedy Cleared for ‘TUF Nations’ Finale


(Ugh. It’s like the UFC poster-designers don’t even *care* anymore. / Actual props: MMAHeat)

UFC president Dana White confirmed today that the heavyweight title eliminator between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne will serve as the main event for UFC on FOX 11 (April 19th, Orlando). Reportedly, the UFC was trying to find an even bigger fight to headline the card, but they couldn’t make it happen, so Vai Cavalho vs. Hapa will have to do. For a free show, we ain’t complaining.

Werdum has gone 3-0 since returning to the UFC in 2012, racking up wins over Roy Nelson, Mike Russow, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Browne has his own three-fight win streak going, with consecutive knockouts of Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett, all in the first round. The winner will face reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the end of this year, assuming his shoulder heals according to schedule.

In semi-related news, beloved middleweight heel Michael Bisping has finally been cleared to compete again, after spending some time being jerked around by eye-doctors. Due to complications from a detached retina, Bisping has been inactive since his gouge-powered TKO win against Alan Belcher in April. Now, the Count will finally get to face off against his American nemesis Tim Kennedy at the Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia live finale, April 16th at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City.

(Question for all my fellow Patrick Cote superfans in the house: How crazy was the last episode of TUF Nations? I mean, when the one guy and the other guy started shoving each other, and the first guy was like “I came here to win bro,” and the other guy just started screaming in French and threw a chair through a glass door? And later, when those other two guys fought and the Australian almost hit that flying armbar, then…you know what, I’ll stop. I don’t want to spoil it for the rest of you. You’ve been DVR’ing the show, right?)

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Injury Updates: Pettis Hoping for Early July Return, Bisping Possibly Facing Additional Layoff


(via Fox Sports.)

Suffice it to say, the past couple years have been injury-plagued (or perhaps even, cursed) ones for the UFC, but especially so for the promotion’s champions and biggest stars. Dominick Cruz has been out of action since Eisenhower was in office, Jose Aldo fought just once in 2012, and Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis, and Cain Velasquez have all undergone major surgeries recently. Jon Jones is arguably still recovering from his war with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, as his next title fight with Glover Teixeira has been delayed some three times since initially being announced.

But not all is hopeless; Jones and Aldo both have their next fights lined up, and Cruz and Silva have either vacated their titles or been removed from the title picture, freeing up some space in their respective divisions. And Pettis, who underwent successful knee surgery back in November to fix a torn PCL suffered in his title-earning win over Ben Henderson at UFC 164, expects to be back in action just in time for the UFC’s annual Fourth of July card.

“The doctor said six to eight months, so I’m hoping six months,” Pettis told UFC Tonight yesterday evening. Unfortunately, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Klapper also appeared on the program (video above) and seemed slightly less positive about the lightweight champion’s recovery timetable:

In my opinion, this is about the toughest thing you can come back for. Of all the injuries that can happen to a knee, when you’re talking about the ACL or the meniscus, these are the structures in the front. It’s easy for us as surgeons to get there. When you’re talking about the back of the knee, where the arteries and nerves are, a much trickier area to get to, the results are not as terrific as they are with the structures we rebuild in the front. I would pray for him. Coming back in July? That’s really optimistic.

My God, an injured UFC champion is becoming a more frequent occurrence than a tween star meltdown these days (I’m sorry). At least Pettis has that amazing UFC healthcare to fall back on, whereas Bieber only has enough money to turn major highways into his own private race tracks. I guess it’s not easy growing up anywhere.

Keeping with the string of terrible, injury-related news, UFC Tonight also touched on a potential health issue that could further delay Michael Bisping‘s octagon return. News on that after the jump…

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UFC Full Blast: One-Eyed Bisping Critiques Machida vs. Munoz, Josh Thompson Freaks Out Over Melendez vs. Sanchez [VIDEOS]


(Props: FOX Sports)

I kind of like these “Full Blast” videos that the UFC has been putting out lately. Usually when I’m watching UFC fights at home, I’m surrounded by my half-wit friends who say things like, “Why doesn’t that guy on the bottom just get up and kick the other dude in the head. Game over.” And I’m like, uggggggggh. So it’s cool to see what people with actual first-hand insight on the sport have to say.

Of course, not every fighter’s approach to a Full Blast segment is the same. As you can see above, heel-superstar Michael Bisping prefers the snarky approach, making sure to remind us how boring Mark Munoz is, and how he could whoop Munoz and Lyoto Machida at the same time. On the other hand, he gives legitimate respect to Machida for his perfectly executed head-kick knockout, and for the gentlemanly way that the Dragon stopped his follow-up punch in mid-flight. Also, Bisping and Conor McGregor are the Scut Farkus and Grover Dill of MMA. Please spread awareness.

After the jump, UFC on FOX 10 headliner Josh Thomson starts out doing color-commentary for the Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez slugfest at UFC 166, then switches directly into enthusiastic fan mode. (Can you blame him? That fight was bananas.) Skip to the 2:43 mark to see Thomson absolutely losing his mind.

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It Looks Like Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy Might *Finally* Have a Date Set for Their Grudge Match


(Kelsoburn.gif via Kennedy’s twitter.)

For what has felt like years now, middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy have been locked in a (revolutionary?) Twitter war, throwing petty and occasionally hilarious insults at one another like the sweet burn seen above. For a while, the dispute held about as much credibility as your average internet argument, as neither man seemed truly willing to sign on the dotted line. With Bisping out nursing an ironic eye injury and Kennedy busy picking off Brazilians like they were members of Al Qaeda, the digital back and forth quickly began to lose steam amongst MMA fans with Twitter accounts and unlimited free time.

Earlier this month, however, Bisping was cleared by his doctor to resume fighting and was immediately offered a bout with Kennedy. Yesterday morning, Fox Sports broke the news that Kennedy and Bisping have finally set a tentative date for their grudge match: April 16th, at the TUF Nations finale (no, I don’t know what the fuck a TUF Nations is either). Kennedy confirmed the matchup via his Twitter, and barring the results of Bisping’s upcoming tests with the UFC’s doctors, this fight is all but a lock. At the risk of sounding jingoistic…(*clears throat*)…USA! USA! USA!!

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Everyone Excited for Potential Nick Diaz vs. Michael Bisping Fight Except For, You Know, Nick Diaz


(Video via Fighters Only)

Earlier this week, Nick Diaz friend and teammate Gilbert Melendez (who fights Diego Sanchez this Saturday at UFC 166) offered his opinion that “I think with the right opportunity, for the right thing, [Diaz will] come out [of retirement].”

One-eyed British superstar Michael Bisping then shouted out on twitter that “if Diaz wants a fight at 185 I would happily welcome him to the division.”

UFC prez Dana White chimed in on twitter himself next saying that “I love that fight.”

With that, the rumor ball got rolling about a possible middleweight match up between Bisping and Diaz, who has not fought since March and who has not won since 2011. Bisping is currently sidelined by a serious eye injury. Nick, of course, has thus far stayed silent on the possible matchup with Bisping and is also in the midst of his second fake retirement.

The first came after he lost a close decision to Carlos Condit and was then suspended for a failed drug test, and the second and current one came after he lost a tough decision to welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre last March. Diaz is only thirty years old but has been fighting professionally since he was a teenager and appears weary of taking part in anything short of mega-fights at this point in his career.

So, there’s really no new developments in this story yet until Nick himself comes out and…no, wait, Mike Bisping wants to tell us all something and he wants to do it while cooking steaks in his home.

In the above video, Fighters Only magazine visits with their countryman Bisping at home while the cocky Brit cooks dinner for his family. Bisping once more accepts the theoretical fight with Diaz and also talks about several other issues. Highlights after the jump.

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Michael Bisping Reportedly ‘Rushed to Hospital’ For Another Eye Surgery [UPDATED]


(Isn’t this how most super-villains get their start? / Photo via @bisping)

Michael Bisping‘s eye-problems may have taken a turn from “very annoying” to “career threatening.” Just a week after undergoing a corrective eye-surgery to fix the detached retina that had been plaguing him since April, the UFC middleweight contender reportedly had to undergo another surgery to alleviate severe pain in the same eye. John Joe O’Regan from Fighters Only magazine alerted us to the situation this morning in a post on the UG:

Bisping rushed to hospital for eye surgery
im staying at mike’s for a few days here in LA; i just got in from visiting Alliance in San Diego and saw his girlfriend, she had just got back from taking him to Pasedena hospital. He’s undergoing surgery, his eye was causing him agony apparently.”

We have no other details at this time, but we’ll alert you if Bisping or the UFC releases a statement. Get well soon, good sir.

Update, from @johnjoeoregan: “Mike Bisping went to the hospital in pain but didn’t require surgery, contrary to previous report. Just got checked out”

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Michael Bisping Pulls Out of ‘UFC Fight Night 30′ Main Event With Eye Injury, Lyoto Machida Replaces Him Against Mark Munoz


(Michael “Winky” Bisping | Photo via @ArielHelwani)

Michael Bisping has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled October 26th UFC Fight Night 30 main event bout against Mark Munoz because of a detached retina. Bleacher Report‘s Damon Martin has the story.

“Bisping first dealt with the injury earlier this year after his win over Alan Belcher at UFC 159 in April.

The belief was that the eye was healed and ready to go, but another setback happened to Bisping during training, while getting ready for Munoz, and he was forced to visit his doctor again where he was given the diagnosis.

According to Bisping’s management team at Paradigm Sports Management, who spoke to Bleacher Report on Friday evening, the British fighter already had the necessary corrective eye surgery on Thursday and will now begin his rest and rehabilitation.

Bisping is expected to have no contact whatsoever on the eye for the approximately the next three months, and then they hope he can return to full sparring and a fight in four to six months.

The timelines are obviously estimates based on the surgery and typical recovery time, but Bisping could potentially return sooner or later depending on how he heals up.”

Lyoto Machida, who was set to face Tim Kennedy less than two weeks after UFC Fight Night, at Fight for the Troops 3 on November 6th, has been tabbed to replace Bisping against Munoz. Kennedy is now left without an opponent, and has been doing his best on twitter to find a new one.

First, Kennedy, called out former middleweight champion Rich Franklin:

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CagePotato Roundtable #26: What Is the Greatest Comeuppance in MMA History?


(Bro, you need a male nurse.)

After spending last week’s roundtable discussion paying tribute to the most foul people associated with our sport, this week we’ll be focusing on great comeuppances — cases when a fighter got too cocky and karma caught up with him mid-match. Some of our picks are knockouts, some are submissions, and all are extremely satisfying to relive. Read on for our picks, and please continue to send your ideas for future CagePotato Roundtable topics to tips@cagepotato.com.

Ben Goldstein


(Props: Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com)

It’s one of the most well-known (and feared) unwritten rules in baseball: You never jinx a no-no. When a pitcher has gone a few innings without giving up a hit, you shut the fuck up about it. Teammates aren’t supposed to acknowledge it in the dugout, broadcasters aren’t supposed to mention it on air. These days, you’re not even supposed to tweet about it. If you even so much as whisper the words “no hitter” into your sleeve from the bleachers, the baseball gods will smite you for your hubris and it’ll all come crashing down.

MMA offers all kinds of painful penalties for celebrating early, and you’d think that everyone would have learned the lesson by now. But every once in a while, some asshole comes along and claims that he’ll achieve some lofty feat way before he has any right to. Call it a jinx, call it karmic retribution, but those fighters tend to fall on their face, while the rest of us revel in their defeat. You shouldn’t have tempted fate, buddy. You should have stayed humble. You shouldn’t have jinxed the no-no.

If you’ve been following the UFC for a long time, you might remember a former lightweight champion by the name of Benson Henderson. (He was the guy who held the belt between Frankie Edgar and Anthony Pettis? Long, curly hair? He could do all things through Christ who strengthened him? Does any of that ring a bell?) Anyway, this Benson Henderson guy was known for edging out very close decision wins in title fights — the kind of fights that could have gone either way, but kept falling in his favor. He got a reputation as a point-fighter who never went in for the kill, who only took risks involving toothpicks.

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