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Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 183 Edition


(Silva hilariously reacts to the news that Diaz has missed his open workouts, via ZombieProphet.)

Can we level with you for a second, Nation? Last week, we dropped a ridiculous amount of money on a Krylov + Sicilia + Bader + Lusty Gusty parlay. Three quarters of the way through it, we felt like the precogs in Minority Report, and were already buying up rounds at the bar for complete strangers. “As soon as Gustafsson levels Rumble, free Patron for everyone!” we shouted to a chorus of cheers and back pats. The air of confidence surging through us was addictive, to the point that we even asked our high school crush, Jenny Bracegirdle, out on a date. Just coffee, but still, we were feeling it.

And then, the rug was swept out from under us, as it so often is. We mean literally. We couldn’t pay our tab, and the bouncers wrapped us in a rug and heaved us into a dumpster. Needless to say, Jenny Bracegirdle has yet to return our calls.

The point is, we could use a little extra cash this weekend, and we’re sure you could as well. Which is why we brought back our gambling expert, Dan George, to break out an old favorite and potentially save us from yet another weekend spent nursing our fractured egos (also, wrists). So join us after the jump for the return of the Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 183 Edition.

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Distinguishing “The Fighter” From “The Mixed Martial Artist”: Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz


(Countdown to UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz via the UFC’s Youtube channel)

By CagePotato reader Rory Daniel

The phrase “fighting is in our DNA” is thrown around a lot these days and has inspired many a high quality piece of merchandise (LMAO), but does it actually have any bearing on real people? Like many hyperbolic, stupid, “sportsy” statements, it is both frustratingly vague and can be applied to both of this weekends main eventers, albeit in completely different ways.

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Friday Links: Nick Diaz Is a National Treasure, GSP Has No Plans to Return in 2015, Killer Video Game Soundtracks + More


(We could watch these Nick Diaz quotes all day. In fact we *will* watch them all day. See lots more right here.)

Manager: George St-Pierre’s 2015 Plans, For Now, Don’t Include Return to Octagon (MMAJunkie)

WSOF’s Signing of Alleged Domestic Abuser Thiago Silva Is a Startlingly Poor PR Strategy (BloodyElbow)

Why 2015 Will Finally Be the UFC’s Breakout Year (AskMen)

UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy Pushes Boundaries of What It Means to Be an Independent Contractor (MMAFighting)

Boxing Titles and MMA Cuts: UFC Cut Man Don House’s Double Life (FOX Sports)

UFC on FOX 16 Slated for Chicago’s United Center on July 25th (Sherdog)

The 7 Drunkest Episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (ScreenJunkies)

Russia’s Elizabeth Kondakov Is Damn Sexy for a Hockey Player (Radass)

The 100 Dirtiest News Headlines of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

Review: Archer Wasn’t Kidding About Going Back To Square One (TheEscapist)

VIDEO: Knife-Wielding Jamie Lynn Spears Breaks Up Fight at a Pita Shop (EveryJoe)

Oscar, Shmoscar: Check Out Who’s Nominated For A Coveted Golden Raspberry Award (PopHangover)

7 Great Video Game Soundtracks From 2014 (GameFront)

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UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz Extended Preview — “A Fighter With No Fear Meets a Legend With No Limits”


(Props: UFC on YouTube)

For a UFC non-title fight, Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is as big as it gets. This UFC 183 extended trailer doesn’t contain much in the way of trash-talk or snappy soundbites, but it’s a nice reminder that, holy crap, this fight is actually happening at the end of the month. The video also does a good job of giving importance to the UFC 183 co-main event of Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley — the young rookie with a heart of iron vs. the dynamic veteran who’s truly scary when he’s firing on all cylinders.

Speaking of Gastelum and Woodley, the UFC has released videos of their most recent dominant wins, which you can watch after the jump. Enjoy…

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Anderson Silva to Earn Middleweight Title Shot With UFC 183 Win Over Nick Diaz


(Anderson Silva, posing in front of Jon Jones’s coffee table.)

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is three weeks away from his fun little circus-fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183, and if he wins, the UFC will give the Spider another chance to get his middleweight title back. UFC president Dana White revealed the plan last night on FOX Sports 1’s UFC Tonight:

Diaz and Anderson Silva are fighting, and obviously if Anderson Silva wins that fight, and whether Vitor or Weidman win, then you have Anderson Silva versus either one of those guys,” White said.

“Obviously” is not the word I would have used here. For one thing, beating a semi-retired welterweight in a tune-up fight shouldn’t clinch anybody a middleweight title shot, even Anderson Silva. And also, what if Chris Weidman beats Vitor Belfort at UFC 184 next month (a likely scenario now that Belfort is totally off his meds)? Is anybody clamoring for a third fight between Silva and Weidman, outside of the Spider Superfans who remain convinced that the knockout and the broken leg were both “flukes”?

Keep in mind that middleweight contenders Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero — both of whom are still undefeated in the UFC — will be sluggin’ it out at UFC 184. Anderson Silva may be an “obvious” money-maker, but shouldn’t the Jacare/Romero winner be the rightful owner of the next middleweight title shot?

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The Greatest Erotic MMA Fan Fiction of All Time


(Come up with your own caption, perverts. / Photo via Getty)

UFC Fight Night 56 happened last night and it was pretty boring. During the lull in action, we wondered if there was a prominent MMA fan fiction scene. It turns out there was! The only drawback: A vast majority of the stories featured prominent fighters having sex with other prominent fighters.

We’re not really sure how to say this with our characteristic irreverent tone, so we’re just going to flat out say it: There’s a shit load of MMA slash fic out there. We found it. It’s…well, you need to see for yourself. We don’t like to exaggerate in the headlines but this stuff is far out.

Please don’t construe this as us trying to insult the author. We’re the guys who watch Ultimate Surrender, so we can’t judge how anyone gets their rocks off. We just thought these stories were kind of funny. We think it’s great someone is passionate enough about MMA to write this kind of stuff, honestly. Here are some excerpts from the more wild stories:

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Why Nick Diaz Has Everything to Lose Against Anderson Silva at UFC 183


(Silva vs. Diaz fan-made poster, via Shawn James)

By legendary CagePotato commenter/lurker “Old, Bald and Irish”

Of all of the upcoming matchups on the horizon for the UFC, one of them stands above the rest: Nick Diaz versus Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

Now, if this match happened two years ago, the hype would be off the charts. But today, the MMA community is looking at this event with curiosity rather than fevered passion. Sure. Eyeballs will be on this fight — mostly to see what Anderson Silva will look like in the ring following his horrific injury. But Nick Diaz as his opponent? Eh…maybe not so much.

What the hell happened?

It was just a short year-and-a-half ago when the MMA world was going wild for UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz (aka UFC 158: CANADA!…America’s Hat). This was MMA alchemy at its finest. Georges had defended his belt seven times and was clearly the king of his weight class. Nick was the trash talkin’, dope smokin’, Nashville brawlin’ fanboy favorite.

UFC 158 pulled in 950,000 pay-per-view buys. Not too shabby, especially compared to the buyrates the UFC has been pulling in lately. Both guys had hardcore MMA fan heat going in, but after St-Pierre dismantled Diaz, it proved what we pretty much knew going into the fight: Georges is a better wrestler, striker and tactician than Diaz. Period.

After beating up a past-his-prime BJ Penn, the “super fight” with St. Pierre did nothing to help Nick’s reputation. Quite the contrary, it damaged it even more and showed why Diaz isn’t on anyone’s Top 10 P4P list anymore. Now, after retiring “for realz” and spending nearly two years out of the cage (*COUGH* “ring rust” *COUGH*) Diaz is coming back to take on one of, if not the, greatest fighter in MMA history. What?

I’m looking for Nick’s silver lining, but short of a pot-fueled-double-middle-fingered-gogoplata or a pants-shitting-KO, I don’t see an upside for the scrappy pugilist from Stockton. Let’s take a few moments to be negative bastards and look at the probable and unfortunate near-future for the elder Diaz…

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Nick Diaz Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges


(And yes, that is how you formally enter a “not guilty” plea in Stockton. / Photo via NateDogg209)

According to an ESPN report, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz pleaded not guilty yesterday to eight DUI-related charges stemming from incidents in November 2013 and earlier this month. Diaz’s plea was entered in San Joaquin County Court in California, through his attorney Mandeep Singh Sidhu.* His next court appearance is slated for November 6th, less than three months before he’s scheduled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

Diaz’s charges include DUI, DUI with an alcohol or drug level above .08, unsafe speed for prevailing conditions, failure to appear after written promise**, driving with a suspended license, and a resisting arrest charge that Diaz picked up while trying to vomit up his alcohol at the Lodi Police Department.

Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White have both gone on record saying that Diaz’s superfight against Silva won’t be jeopardized by these charges as long as he deals with the situation and shows up for his court appearances, which is the just about the biggest “as long as” in MMA history. Not showing up is kind of what Diaz is known for.

I have two suggestions for the UFC at this point…

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Nick Diaz Arrested on Suspicion of DUI, Driving With a Suspended License, Destruction of Evidence [UPDATED, AGAIN]


(Oh, *now* you’re smiling?! / Nick Diaz mugshot via lodinews.com)

Because the Man is always trying to keep a good homey down, UFC welterweight star Nick Diaz was arrested in Lodi early last Saturday morning, September 6th, on suspicion of DUI, obstructing a police officer, destruction of evidence* and driving with a suspended license.

According to Sgt. Mike Kermgard of the Lodi Police Department, Diaz was arrested by Cpl. Eric Bradley at 2:20 a.m. after being stopped while driving down the 600 block of East Pine Street, wherever that is. Diaz is expected to be arraigned later this month.

The older brother of UFC lightweight Nate Diaz and estranged son of the Unabomber, Nick Diaz is scheduled to meet former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a superfight at UFC 183 on January 31st. This incident will not interfere with that fight happening, trust me. We’ll pass along more details when we have them.

* I’m gonna take a wild guess and say, “he threw his weed out the window.” Nope. The truth is even more unsavory than that — Diaz caught the destruction of evidence and obstructing an officer charges when he tried to make himself throw up after the traffic stop. See Update #2 below.

UPDATE #1: The UFC has released a brief and comically vague statement on UFC.com…

We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering the facts. We understand that there is a legal process that will now take place and that Nick Diaz will have the opportunity to address the situation in the near future.

UPDATE #2: This was actually the second DUI charge that Diaz has picked up over the past ten months. Here’s the full story, via MMAFighting:

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LookOutaWhale’s Latest Creation Gives the Diaz-Riggs Hospital Brawl the Animated Treatment It Deserves

We all know the story of Nick Diaz‘s barnyard hospital brawl with Joe Riggs following their legal, in-ring brawl at UFC 57, but the real question is: Have we ever seen it set to wonky animation and with actual interview clips taken from Riggs and Diaz? Until now, that answer has been a dispiriting “no,” but thankfully, MMAnimation master lookoutawhale has bequeathed us with “The Animated Tales of Nick Diaz”, and my God is it glorious.

While “Diesel” may have come away the unanimous decision win at UFC 57, it was Diaz who won the “real” war. That’s according to Diaz himself, of course, but I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if the anti-bullshit superhero would embellish even the slightest detail of a story as infamous as this. Although if you ask me, Stockton’s finest should be thanking his lucky stars that Riggs wasn’t packing heat that night. Or maybe Riggs should be.

Check out “The Animated Tales of Nick Diaz” above, then let us know if you think Diaz’s undeniable realness will help him fare any better against Anderson Silva in January.

-J. Jones

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