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Here Comes A New Challenger: Matches to Make – UFC 189


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By Sam Stilson

UFC 189 was a glorious night of MMA. Attendance records, gate receipts and noses were shattered. Old favourites reclaimed their relevance while new prospects proved their hype. Flying knee knockouts seemed commonplace. Dana White’s never ending use of hyperbole actually rang true. To paraphrase Frank Mir, it was the greatest UFC card since UFC 100.

Now that the glow has faded and we’ve all had some time to decompress, let’s look forward to what might be next for the main card competitors.

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UFC 189 Aftermath: For Slavery Fled, O Glorious Dead, When You Fell in the Foggy Dew

Us MMA fans are a diverse and passionate bunch, which is why it’s truly a rare occurrence to see us unite in agreement over a given topic no matter how trivial. Whether it’s a simple fight pick or our reactions to something bigger — the Reebok deal, for instance — you will always find a broad range of reactions, from positive to incredibly negative (also, hurtful, misogynistic, and erroneously punctuated), strewn across every forum and comments section on the web. But not with UFC 189.

In my 5 years of covering the sport, I don’t know if I’ve *ever* witnessed an event quite like UFC 189. Over the course of the night, our reactions unanimously shifted from excited, to shocked, to overwhelmed, to an emotion that is not yet defined but can best be described as “HWAHHHNNNGGG!!!!” We were *all* the Just Bleed guy by the end of Saturday night, and two days later, I’m still not ready to wash the paint off my chest. It just feels right, you know?

UFC 189 was the kind of event that made us remember why we’ve stuck by this sport as it’s biggest promotion has made one disastrous decision after another. It was the kind of event that almost transcended combat sports in its ability to entertain and captivate. It was the kind of event that Matt Saccaro couldn’t find any holes in, you guys.

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UFC 189: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

By Nasir Jabbar

So Nation, as expected the most lavishly-promoted fight in UFC history has gone up in smoke. God. Dammit. What could of caused such wrath from the MMA gods? Oh, yeah. Thanks #UFCFightKit.

Anyways, the UFC did secure a back-up plan for the “Notorious” one in Team Alpha Male stud Chad Mendes. The two-time title challenger had been brought into Las Vegas as stand-by, as luck would of have it, was drafted in the 11th hour. Mendes is still a solid replacement against McGregor considering their heated arguments and arguably a tougher stylistic match-up, even if it’s not the fight we were all hoping for. But before I spiral into a deep depression, let’s get into the A-to-Z preview of this weekend’s still pretty epic event, shall we?

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VIDEO: Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler Threaten to Kill Each Other on the ‘Late O’Clock News’


(Things turn a real left turn after Robbie delivered his “golf ball through a garden hose” diss.)

I have no idea what the Late O’Clock News is, but I think it’s safe to say that host Paul Lemieux has already surpassed every credentialed member of the MMA media in terms of pure charisma and interviewing prowess with this video alone. Of course, the bar has been set pretty low by guys like this, but I’ll take Lemieux’s Onion-esque style of questioning over “How did your training camp go?” 10 times out of 10.

Ahead of their welterweight title fight rematch at UFC 189, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler stopped by the Late O’Clock News to talk some (pre-written) trash about one another while Lemieux cheered them on from the sidelines. It was essentially every Ariel Helwani interview ever, but with corny jokes about dandelions and heart-eating being used to fuel the fire instead of blatant/cringeworthy call-outs.

Video after the jump. 

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Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks Rubber Match in the Works; Date and Venue TBA


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Coming off a their title fight rematch at UFC 181 — which was nearly as exciting and definitely more controversial than the first — new UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and ex-champ Johny Hendricks will fight for the belt a third time, at an event to be named later.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the booking-in-progress yesterday. “We just feel like the trilogy makes sense,” White said. “Do the third fight between these two.”

Hendricks and Lawler have already battled through ten closely-pitched rounds, with Hendricks winning their first meeting (and the vacant UFC welterweight title) at UFC 171 by unanimous decision. Hendricks then took some time off to rehab a torn bicep, while Lawler stayed busy by TKO’ing Jake Ellenberger in May and out-pointing Matt Brown in July. When Hendricks and Lawler met again last month, Lawler convinced two of the judges to let him hold the belt for a while.

For the sake of closure (we hope?), Lawler vs. Hendricks III is the right move — somebody’s gotta get knocked out eventually, right? — and Rory MacDonald will have to wait a little longer for his shot. We’ll let you know when this fight gets tied to a specific event.

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UFC 181 Salaries & Medical Suspensions: Robbie Lawler Earns Top Payday, Anthony Pettis Faces Another (Possibly) Lengthy Suspension


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The year of The Rhino  ”Ruthless” continues, as Robbie Lawler walked away from UFC 181 last weekend with not only the belt, but the biggest payday of all 22 competing fighters. Lawler earned just over 200K ($220,000) for his efforts, surpassing Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez ($200,00 each) on the night’s list of top earners.

On the injury side of things, it looks like several fighters who competed at UFC 181 could be facing lengthy layoffs, chief among them being Pettis (Ed note: WHY GOD, WHYY?!!). So join us after the jump to check out the full list of salaries and medical suspensions.

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000

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CagePotato Rants About UFC 181′s Hendricks vs. Lawler Robbery on TYT Sports [UPDATED]

In light of all the crazy crap that went down at UFC 181 this weekend, our friends at TYT Sports invited CagePotato founding editor Ben Goldstein back on their show to break down all the important storylines. (Johny Hendricks was robbed! CM Punk OMFG! Anthony Pettis P4P greatest?? Etc.) Strong takes all over the place.

First up, here’s Ben talking with TYT Sports hosts Francis Maxwell and Lindsay McCormick about the Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler rematch, which was awesome despite Glenn Trowbridge ruining it with his 49-46 scorecard. What were the judges looking at, exactly? And is an immediate rubber match in order, or should the UFC give that Rory MacDonald kid a shot?

Subscribe to TYT Sports on YouTube and twitter; more of our UFC 181 analysis videos will be released through the evening. Thanks for watching.

UPDATE: Follow us after the jump for our breakdown of Anthony Pettis’s thrilling submission win against Gilbert Melendez, and the inevitable discussion of CM Punk‘s UFC signing.

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UFC 181 Video Highlights: Josh Samman’s Devastating KO of Eddie Gordon, Urijah Faber’s Eye-Poke Submission of Francisco Rivera…Oh, And the Title Fights Too

FOX Sports released some highlight videos from Saturday’s UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 event, and as usual, the clips from the main card fights are woefully incomplete, showing everything but the actual finishes. So eff ‘em — we’ve buried those after the jump. Luckily, the highlight clips from the FOX Sports 1 prelim fights actually showed the money shots.

The video above shows Josh Samman‘s devastating second-round head-kick knockout of TUF 19 winner Eddie Gordon. It was an incredibly cathartic moment for Samman — coming after an extended injury layoff and the car accident death of his girlfriend — and also earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night check.

Below, Urijah Faber picks up yet another submission victory in a non-title fight, though this one came with some controversy. In the slow-motion replay at the 0:30 mark, you can see Faber basically fish-hook Francisco Rivera’s eye-socket. (Two fouls in one!) Rivera goes down in agony, and Faber bulldog chokes him. But referee Mario Yamasaki didn’t see the foul, and it goes down as a legitimate win for Faber. Rivera plans to appeal the result.

After the jump: Highlights from four UFC 181 main card fights. They left out Todd Duffee‘s KO of Anthony Hamilton because the fight was so short they’d pretty much have to show the finish, and God knows we can’t have that.

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UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II — Main Card Results & Commentary


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Kwanzaa — which is traditionally observed from December 26th to January 1st — has come early, my friends. Tonight’s UFC 181 pay-per-view card is headlined by Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, in a rematch of one of the greatest fights of 2014. Plus: Anthony Pettis‘s first lightweight title defense after winning the belt over 15 months ago, a heavyweight scrap between Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub, and the first appearance of the Duffman in two years. Should be pretty okay.

Our old friend Aaron Mandel will be sticking live “Hendricks vs. Lawler” results after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and let us know how you feel in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma. Let’s do this…

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Catch the ‘UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II’ Weigh-Ins LIVE Right Here Starting at 7 p.m. EST

Johny Hendricks, Anthony Pettis, and the rest of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete on tomorrow’s UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II card are set to hit the scales any minute now, so join us after the jump for live updates, results, and a depressing look into the mind of the average UFC fan via #UFCYoutubeComments.

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