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The ‘Pogo Stick of Doom’ Is The Only Bellator 129 GIF Worth Watching


(“The Pogo Stick of DOOM” / via Zombie Prophet)

Bellator 129 was really terrible — easily the worst event they’ve put on in a long time. We kind of knew it’d be atrocious when we saw there were more catchweight bouts than non catchweight bouts.

So, in true CagePotato fashion, we cut out the bullshit and are telling you only what you need to know.

What happened at the event?

A whole lot of nothing, really. If you’re interested, get the complete results after the jump.

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MMA GIFs of the Day: Two Brutal Soccer Kick Knockouts From ONE FC 21


(All GIFs via ZombieProphet)

There’s only one good reason to watch ONE FC events — the chance to see a knockout that would be totally illegal on this side of the Pacific. Today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ONE FC 21 gave us two knockouts by way of completely brutal soccer kicks. Above, Stephen Langdown straight-up murders Raymond Tan with knees to the head on the ground and a pair of point-blank soccer kicks. Warning: It’s ugly. Below, Anatpong Bunrad crumples Marc Marcellinus with a teep to the gut, then uses his head to score the go-ahead goal.

After the jump: Ev Ting finishes Edward Kelly with a gnarly head-kick of the normal, standing-up variety.

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6 Post-Fight Celebrations Rory MacDonald Should Consider [w/GIFS]


(Woah. He almost looked human there for a second.)

We know exactly two things about Rory MacDonald right now: He will “absolutely, positively, without a doubt” face the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II for the welterweight title (and in Canada, no less!), and he is something of a novice when it comes to the art of the post-fight celebration.

The post-fight celebration is a crucial and oft overlooked aspect of mixed martial arts competition, serving as a triumphant final display of a given fighter’s dominance. As a male peacock displays its feathers to attract a mate, an MMA celebration likewise let’s every member of the opposite sex know that you are the Alpha Male, the pack leader, the mate with the most irresistible “plumage.”

Should Rory manage to defeat the winner of Hendricks vs. Lawler in his own backyard, he will need to bring a lot more to the table than “The Spastic Ape” seen above if he hopes to attract a premo Canadian mistress. With that in mind, here are a few celebrations he should consider working on…

The Bernie

A classic go-to at any wedding, birthday, or gala event, the Bernie would allow Rory to shed the notion that he is a stiff, soulless combination of gears and wires contained within a human skinsuit. He could even combine the Bernie with his pre-fight stare into the abyss for a truly haunting experience.

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MMA GIF of the Day: Fighter Nearly Invents New Punch, Gets Upkicked Instead

On Saturday night at KSW 28, Angolan lightweight Helson Henriquez nearly pulled off what MiddleEasy described as a “Showtime Shogun Punch.” You know, it’s that thing where you grab the fence and launch yourself into the air to land a diving punch into your opponent’s guard? And he would have gotten away with it too, if not for that meddling Anzor Azhiev (aka, the Polish dude on the mat), who landed a perfectly timed upkick to Henriquez’s shoulder, sending him into a tailspin. Henriquez went on to lose the fight by unanimous decision. Nevertheless, this remains the greatest “Yeah, But If That Thing Landed!” moment of 2014.

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GIF of the Day: Chuck Liddell Has Run Out of Hand Gestures


(Props: Reddit MMA)

Shaka, fist pose, shaka, fist pose, fist pose. Yep, that about covers it.

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GIF of the Day: Marlon Vera KO’s Enrique Briones via Upkick on ‘TUF: Latin America’


(Props: MMA-Core)

Episode 5 of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America ended with one of the nastiest knockouts in TUF history, as Team Werdum bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera knocked Team Velasquez’s Enrique “Henry Bure” Briones clean out with an upkick from his guard. The timing of the shot was outstanding, as Briones was just getting to his feet; had the kick landed a quarter-second earlier, it would have been illegal. The victory was the first for the multi-national Team Werdum, who lost the season’s first four matches to Velasquez’s all-Mexican squad.

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14 GIFs of Melvin Manhoef Being Awesome and/or Terrifying


(It just goes on and on, doesn’t it?)

This Friday, MMA/kickboxing veteran Melvin Manhoef will make his Bellator debut against Doug “The Rhino” Marshall, in a fight that Marshall promises “is gonna be off the hook.” [Ed. note: We would have also accepted "off the chizzle."]

In honor of this guaranteed barnburner, we’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite Melvin Manhoef GIFs, which continue after the jump. Check ‘em out, and bear witness to one of the most ferocious fight-finishers and dancers in all of combat sports.

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Broken Limbs Were So Hot This Weekend [GIFs]


(Props: ZombieProphet)

Following in the footsteps of Anderson Silva, Marcos Souza, and Magomed Malikov, a New Mexico-based bantamweight named Adrian “Killa” Cruz shattered his leg during a fight at RFA 18 on Friday night. As usual, it happened while Cruz was throwing a leg kick, which was checked by his opponent Justin Mitchell Linn. And while Cruz’s fracture ranks relatively low on the gnarliness scale, it’s kind of insane that this is at least the fourth time this has happened in the last nine months. Drink your milk, people.

After the jump: Sidemar Honorio kicks Matt Lozano’s arm in half at World Series of Fighting 13 on Saturday.

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Bellator 124 GIFs: Emanuel Newton’s Spinning Backfist, Liam McGeary’s Inverted Triangle

Emanuel Newton ended Bellator 124 on a satisfying note this evening, with a smooth-as-butter spinning backfist knockout of “challenger” Joey Beltran. This is the second spinning backfist KO that Newton has scored under the Bellator banner; he caught King Mo with the same strike at Bellator 90 last February. Watch the GIF of Newton’s latest masterpiece above, and click here for a slo-mo alternate angle, all via Zombie Prophet.

After the jump: Liam McGeary submits Kelly Anundson with an inverted triangle to win the Season Eleven Light Heavyweight tournament, and Ryan Couture chokes out Tom Bagnasco.

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‘ONE FC: Reign of Champions’ Results + GIFs — Aoki, Askren, Huerta Score First-Round Finishes


(Roger Huerta destroys Christian Holley with the help of ONE FC’s “Sure, knee ‘em in the head when they’re down, we don’t really care” rule. / GIF via ZP)

ONE FC: Reign of Champions (aka ONE FC 19) went down today at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, featuring Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren, and the return of Roger Huerta after a two-year absence and four-fight losing streak. Quick results are below, and more GIFs are after the jump, via ZombieProphet.

- Shina Aoki def. Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:15 of round 1; Aoki retains the ONE FC lightweight championship

- Ben Askren def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via TKO, 1:24 of round 1; Askren becomes the new ONE FC welterweight champion, and secures his second-straight first-round stoppage. How ’bout that!

- Jadamba Narantungalag def. Koji Oishi via unanimous decision; Narantungalag becomes the new ONE FC featherweight champion

- Roger Huerta def. Christian Holley via TKO (knees & punches), 3:13 of round 1

- James McSweeney def. Cristiano Kaminishi via KO (punch & soccer kick), 1:17 of round 1

- Herbert Burns def. Hiroshige Tanaka via unanimous decision

- Mohamad Walid def. Vaughn Donayre via submission (armbar), 1:05 of round 1

- Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Ali Yaakub via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:34 of round 1

- Ann Osman def. Ana Julaton via split-decision

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