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TUF 20 Video Highlights: Felice Herrig vs. Randa Markos Ends in First-Round Submission


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TUF 20 got its first semi-finalist on last night’s episode, when #14-ranked Randa Markos tapped out #6 seed Felice Herrig in the first round with a brilliant modified armbar. Now carrying wins over Herrig and Tecia Torres, Markos has become the season’s Cinderella story — but keep in mind that her next fight will be a true buzzsaw against the winner of Rose Namajunas vs. Joanne Calderwood.

Also on the episode, Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez squared off in the Coaches’ Challenge, which was a non-physical competition for the first time ever, on account of Pettis’s gimpy knee. So if you feel like watching a semi-awkward UFC trivia competition hosted by Bruce Buffer, that’s after the jump.

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Kill a Half Hour Watching Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler’s First Fight at UFC 171


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In advance of their welterweight title fight rematch at UFC 181 (December 6th, Las Vegas), the UFC has released the full video of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 1 — the Fight of the Year candidate that took place at UFC 171 in March. Hendricks won the bout by unanimous decision (48-47 across the board) following a wild brawl that we stopped trying to score after the second round. In particular, the third round, which starts at the video’s 15:18 mark, is an incredible testament to both fighters’ ability to give and receive damage. It’s a true classic, and not a bad way to spend a half hour if you’re bored at the office today.

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Hey, Who Wants to See Another Exploding Ear in an MMA Fight? [VIDEO]

That was a rhetorical question, of course, because everybody wants to see another exploding ear in an MMA fight. Exploding ears are in our DNA, bro.

In the wake of Leslie Smith’s cauliflower ear blowing up at UFC 180, BloodyElbow has dug up an even messier clip of welterweight Rance Jones Jr. popping Dion Rizzuto’s ear at Atlas Fighting Championships 4 back in September. At the 1:14 mark, you will see a geyser of blood so propulsive that it must have drenched a few cageside spectators.

And that’s how the ebola virus began to spread in the United States.

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Knockout of the Day: Joseph Duffy Wrecks Julien Boussuge With a Knee to the Dome at Cage Warriors 74


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On Saturday night at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 74 in London, Irish lightweight Joseph Duffy — the man responsible for giving Conor McGregor and Norman Parke their last defeats — scored a beautiful knockout of Julien Boussuge, just 36 seconds into the fight. Boussuge made the critical error of diving at Duffy’s legs, and Duffy timed him perfectly with a knee strike, straight into the face. Boussage went down like a dead man, Manhoef-style.

Cage Warriors also released footage of the Nathaniel Wood vs. Steve McCombe finish from Saturday’s event, in which McCombe verbally submitted after having his forearm snapped with a kick. That’s after the jump, if you’re morbidly curious.

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Falling Tree Spinning Backfist Knockout of the Day: Jessica Middleton Smashes Holly Torrez at Blackout FC 26


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An amateur women’s slugfest Saturday night at Blackout FC 6 in Kansas City, MO, ended in a memorable knockout, as hard-hitting bantamweight prospect Jessica Middleton finished Holly Torrez with a nasty spinning backfist.

Torrez (wearing the sports bra) was the aggressor early on, keeping Middleton (in the purple rash guard) on the defensive and bloodying her nose with wild striking attacks. But at the video’s 2:31 mark, Middleton cracks Torrez with a spinning backfist, and two things happen: 1) Torrez suddenly gets very timid — or maybe she just realizes that she’s gassed — and 2) Middleton decides she’s going to keep throwing that damn spinning backfist until she knocks Torrez out with it. Amazingly, her plan works.

Early in the second three-minute round, Middleton gets some space and makes another attempt at the backfist, and lands it harder than ever; Torrez stiffens up and falls straight to the mat in classic falling tree style. Afterwards, Blackout FC announcer Gerald Harris presents Torrez with the event’s Knockout of the Night award, which is a gift certificate for a custom mouthpiece. It ain’t exactly fifty large, but we all have to start somewhere.

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Rose Namajunas vs. Alex Chambers Video Highlights From TUF 20 Episode 7


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Team Melendez was in a tough spot heading into last night’s episode of TUF 20, after going winless in the first six preliminary fights. Luckily, they still had their ace in the hole — “Thug” Rose Namajunas, who stepped up in a big way and earned a first-round rear-naked choke submission against Alex Chambers.

Check out highlights from the fight above, which show an ever-evolving Namajunas frustrating Chambers with flashy kicks before taking her down and sinking the choke. Other than the heavy right hand that Rose eats at the 0:56 mark, it was a virtually flawless performance, and one that surely put her housemates on notice. Also on the episode…

- Team Melendez struggles with some infighting related to Heather Jo Clark and Lisa Ellis’s fraternizing with Team Pettis.

- Clark learns that she’s suffered a full ACL tear in her right knee, and will be out of action for the rest of the competition.

- Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team stop by to say what up.

- Rose Namajunas discusses how she endured sexual abuse growing up in Milwaukee, and advises other females to seek help if they’re experiencing similar abuse in their own lives. Much respect to Rose for making this issue public.

After the jump: Rose and Pat Barry sit down with Karyn Bryant to discuss the episode on FOX Sports Live’s “TUF Talk.” Rose and Pat are still the best.

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Submission of the Day: Tyler Stokes Taps Jesse Thacher With Kneebar From Back Mount


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On Saturday night at Phoenix FC 1 in Overland Park, Kansas, an impressively bearded flyweight by the name of Tyler Stokes stopped Jesse Thacher in unique fashion with a kneebar from back mount.

Stokes slips to the mat while throwing a kick just seconds into the fight, but pops up and surprises Thacher with a haymaker to the jaw, then takes his back. About 20 seconds later, Stokes grabs Thacher’s left leg and pulls it straight up over Thacher’s head. Thacher taps immediately, and Stokes celebrates with a tumbling routine.

Not a traditional kneebar, Thacher’s submission is fairly close to the “Suloev Stretch” that Kenny Robertson pulled off in the UFC last year. Do we have a new dark horse candidate for 2014′s Submission of the Year Potato Award?

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Falling Tree Knockout of the Day: Damacio Page Annihilates Brian Hall at Legacy FC 36


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Friday night at Legacy FC 36, bantamweight veteran Damacio Page knocked out Brian Hall about as ferociously as one person can knock out another person. Less than two minutes into the bout, Page landed a sledgehammer overhand right that put Hall into falling tree mode. It was one of those super creepy knockouts where Hall was totally unconscious, but his eyes remained open (aka, “The Living Death”). Page is now 4-0 under the Legacy banner, with all four wins by stoppage.

Expect to see this knockout on some end-of-year lists, although this is still the 2014 KOTY frontrunner in my book.

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Video: Melvin Manhoef DESTROYS Doug Marshall at Bellator 125


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Melvin Manhoef‘s Bellator debut did not disappoint. The hard-swinging Dutchman flattened Doug Marshall in less than two minutes, knocking “The Rhino” ice-cold with a haymaker to the top of his dome. Watch the video of the nasty finish above, and get full Bellator 125 results right here.

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Video: Amir Kahn, MMA Fighter With Tourette’s Syndrome, Scores TKO Win in Pro Debut at ONE FC 20

A 20-year-old featherweight from Singapore named Amir Khan scored an impressive win in his professional debut earlier today, when he TKO’d Malaysian journeyman Jian Kai Chee midway through the first round of their fight at at ONE FC 20. And while we don’t usually report on obscure international fights, Khan is special: He suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, as evidenced by a prominent tic in which he frequently turns his face to the side, and appears to be vocalizing through the fight.

What’s interesting to me is how Khan doesn’t display the tic whenever he’s storming on Chee with strikes. It kind of reminded me of that scene in The King’s Speech where King George VI realizes that he doesn’t stammer while cursing. (Hot take: Punching people cures Tourette’s.) Anyway, I thought it was worth sharing.

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