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Fight Flicks Review: Fight Life Offers a Candid, If Well-Traveled Look Into the Mind of an MMA Fighter

There’s a moment early on in Fight Life in which Jake Shields laments (or comes as close to it as he can while retaining his trademark roboticness) the negative effects his career has had on his personal life.

“Everyone’s always like, ‘What are your hobbies?’ and unfortunately, I don’t really have any hobbies because MMA is my hobby, my job, my career. My whole life revolves around it at this point, you know?”

It’s a statement that both serves as the mission statement of the aptly named Fight Life and one that would perhaps support the idea that MMA fighters are not the most intriguing subjects around which to base a documentary. Fighters fight for their families, or to overcome demons from their past, or simply because it’s all they know. While these may be considered fresh revelations to the most casual of MMA fans, it’s nothing that a seasoned fan of the sport hasn’t been treated to a zillion times over in the lead-up to a UFC event or boxing match. As a result, Fight Life winds up feeling less like an intimate look into the personal lives of guys like Shields and Beerbohm and more like an 80-minute Countdown episode.

Chronicling the lives of Jake Shields and Lyle Beerbohm (among others) in the lead-up to their 2009 fights with Robbie Lawler and Duane Ludwig, respectively, the documentary from James Z. Feng is an equally inspiring and underwhelming look at the daily struggles and triumphs of the professional mixed martial artist. Part of the blame for the film’s shortcomings can be placed on its subjects — or at least Shields, who has never been a charismatic individual despite his accomplishments. But really, the biggest issue facing the film is its outdated perspective. MMA has undergone several huge changes in the time between when Fight Life was shot and its release, and neither Shields nor Beerbohm have exactly become the dominant forces that the documentary attempts to set them up as.

That’s not to say that Fight Life is absent of any compelling moments, however…

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Wild Rumor of the Day, Pt. 2: Nick Diaz’s Father Is the Unabomber

Subject: Nick Diaz‘s father is… Ted Kaczynski
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:12 AM
From: [redacted]lawncare@gmail.com
To: tips@cagepotato.com

“That’s right. The fucking unabomber. Ted would have been in California exactly 1 year and a month before nick was born (blowing up some poor fucker at university of cal/berkeley. And while I know it’s a stretch based off that little information. Check out this picture of a young Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski. (I know.. mind blowing) This would also explain Nick’s anxiety when it comes to social interactions and hatred for authority. It’s in his genes. He is programmed from the womb this way…..You’re welcome!

War out,

Chris.”

Come on Chris, that’s absurd. Diaz may have grown up without a biological father, but there’s no way th-HOLY CRAP THEY LOOK IDENTICAL.

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Let’s Count the LOL-Worthy Moments in This Amazing/Awful Video About the Nick Diaz-Mayhem Miller Feud

So apparently Anderson Silva and Jay-Z have joined forces under the latter’s Life+Times network to launch a new web series focused on MMA rivalries called STATIC. In episode two, STATIC takes a hilariously overdramatized look back at the Mayhem Miller vs. Nick Diaz rivalry a.k.a The Nashville brawl and the aftermath that followed. It is ridiculous for so, so many reasons.

1. Nothing like a close-up of a some dude who is neither Jason Miller nor Nick Diaz to kick off a video about the rivalry between Jason Miller and Nick Diaz.

2. “Where I come from, people like that get slapped.” — Nick Diaz, referring to Ariel Helwani but edited to make it seem relevant.

3. Oh, I see. That was all just part of the intro. The actual segment devoted to Diaz vs. Miller starts with that footage of Diaz incomprehensibly ranting/flipping off his camera while driving. Definitely the best way to let fans know that this rivalry is, like, *super* serial.

4. Holy shit, the voice of whoever’s narrating this.

5.  = My reaction to every piece of Mayhem Miller-related news in the past two or so years.

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Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz: The UFC Dream Fight That Will Probably Never Happen


(“No scared, homie. Trust me — no scared.” / Photo via MMAFighting)

On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Anderson Silva‘s manager Ed Soares stated that the former UFC middleweight king is looking to return to competition in early 2015, and Nick Diaz is one of the opponents that Soares has in mind for his next opponent.

“Nick Diaz has said he’s wanted to fight him before,” Soares explained. “You could argue that Nick Diaz and Anderson probably have some of the best boxing in MMA, so we’ll see what happens.”

Due to an existing CagePotato Ban, we decided not to pass along Soares’s statement initially. But the idea is starting to gain some traction. During yesterday’s installment of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that Diaz would be willing to come out of retirement to fight Silva, “if the money was right”:

According to Helwani, Diaz said that a bout against Silva is a fight he’s wanted for a long time, and that he considered such a matchup as potentially one of the biggest fights in MMA history.

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Wednesday Links: Travis Browne’s Anti-Wrestling Elbows, Details on TUF: Latin America, The World’s Most Violent Plants + More


(“And after your opponent hits the ground, make sure you walk away with your arms raised, like you just performed the world’s greatest magic trick.” / Funny stuff from Mixed Martial Animations)

A Cheerful Nick Diaz Reacts to the News of Shogun Rua’s Mugging in Brazil (PopCandiesTV)

Hector Lombard ‘Not Impressed’ by Fellow UFC Contender Matt Brown (MMAJunkie)

Jason DeLucia vs. Trent Jenkins: Previously Unseen Alternate Bout From UFC 1 (YouTube)

Managers Express Concerns Over Bellator’s Sticky Contracts (BloodyElbow)

Rosters, Start Date For TUF: Latin America Revealed (FiveOuncesofPain)

TJ Dillashaw Hitting Pads on an Airplane (UFC Instagram)

The 2014 NBA Playoff Coaches and Their Serial Killer Equivalents (HolyTaco)

Meet Cherie DeVille: Adult Film Star, Gamer and Doctor (EveryJoe)

What Your Choice of Social Media Says About You (Guyism)

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the ‘Wolfenstein’ Series? (EscapistMagazine)

Bras Optional — 41 Photos (Radass)

The World’s Most Violent Plants (Ranker)

Tetyana Veryovkina: Lingerie Model of the Day (DrunkenStepfather)

Not My Best Day: The Friend Zone (PopHangover)

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Wednesday Links: How to Box Like Nick Diaz, Disturbing ‘Fight Church’ Allegations, The NFL Lightens Up on Weed + More


(Ten common Nick Diaz boxing combinations, illustrated with fight footage. Very cool. / Props: Julian Bati via Reddit MMA)

Ugly Sex Abuse & Cover-Up Allegations Dog ‘Fight Church’ Pastor (BloodyElbow)

NSAC Approves Licenses for Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson (MMAFighting)

Joe Lauzon’s Son Born With Cancer, But Four-Month-Old Joey ‘Responding Very Well’ Following Chemotherapy (MMAMania)

MMA Bill Passes New York State Senate, Heads to State Assembly for Fifth Straight Year (Sherdog)

Young Joe Rogan (CP tumblr)

Yard Fight of the Day: First It Was a Shovel, Now It’s a Scooter (BREAK)

13 Tiny Bikinis That Are Barely Doing Their Jobs (HolyTaco)

New NFL Policy To Raise Marijuana Testing Threshold, Reduce Penalties (ESPN)

34 People Who Are Literally Too Stupid to Insult (PopHangover)

The Worst Superhero Performances on Film (Ranker)

Emily Ratajkowski Wants To Show You These Pictures (BoredomBase)

27 Photos of Liu Bolin, The Human Chameleon (OfficiallyFun)

Calling for Backup: The 8 Best External Hard Drives (HiConsumption)

How to Dress Like Bruce Springsteen (MadeMan)

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Phone Thief Hijacks Josh Thomson’s Twitter and Calls Out Nick Diaz


(Photo via Getty)

It’s deja vu in the MMA world as Josh Thomson claims that his phone was stolen after his twitter issued an inflammatory call-out of Nick Diaz early this morning.

Stern words, sterner than Thomson is usually known for (unless he’s talking about gay marriage). July 26th, in case you forgot, is the date of UFC on FOX 12, located in Thomson’s hometown of San Jose.

Thomson sent out a series of tweets several hours later, claiming that his phone was stolen and that he’d never tweet such sordid things:

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21 Times the UFC Proved They Cared More About Entertainment Than Sport


(#22: Building doors out of wet cardboard for dramatic effect.)

The UFC is not a sports organization. They’re an entertainment company that dabbles in athletic competition. Here’s the proof:

1. Firing Jake Shields.

2. Firing Yushin Okami.

3. Firing Jon Fitch.

4. Not firing Dan Hardy (“I like guys who WAR“)

5. Giving Chael Sonnen a title shot coming off a loss.

6. Giving Nick Diaz a title shot coming off a loss.

7. Bringing a 1-0 Brock Lesnar into the UFC.

8. James Toney.

9. Signing Sean Gannon after he beat Kimbo Slice via exhaustion in an illegal bare-knuckle street fight.

10. Putting Kimbo Slice on a main card after he went 0-1 in the TUF House.

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25 MMA Reaction GIFs for All Occasions


(Matt Hughes doesn’t need to say it. But yes, it’s whatever.)

Reaction GIFs are the world’s most perfect means of communication. Why waste time typing out actual words about how you’re feeling when you can just link to other people’s facial expressions? The next time you find yourself in a heated comments section, fire off one of these MMA-related reaction GIFs. Use the next page links to move through the list, and enjoy…

When you’ve defeated a bitter rival:

When you just laughed at something you shouldn’t have laughed at:

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Nick Diaz Threatens Johny Hendricks With an Ass-Whoopin’, But Seems Pretty Happy For the Most Part [VIDEO]


(“You wanna see drama queens act drama, you wanna see real motherfuckers act real?” Um. Yes?/ Props: SPORTSNETCANADA)

Yeah, yeah…I know we should be discussing the UFC’s new welterweight champion right now, and not Nick Diaz, Gangster in Exile. But it’s always hard to avert your eyes from Diaz talking crazy into a camera. (We missed you, homie!) Diaz was actually brought to UFC 171 on the promotion’s dime, mainly so he could cause trouble and shout at people. He also made himself available for media interviews at the event, telling reporters that he feels ready to return to the UFC after a year-long hiatus.

Check out the above clip of Diaz’s Q&A with Joe Ferraro. While the content of the interview isn’t surprising — Johny Hendricks will get an ass whoopin’ right to his face, bro; Diaz isn’t coming back to the UFC for anything less than an immediate title shot — Diaz’s delivery is a little different. He actually seems…happy? Excited to be at an MMA event and among his peers? He’s smiling, for God’s sake. We have our own theories…

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