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NBD, But CagePotato Was Just Quoted By THE F*CKING NEW YORKER


(This glorious occasion calls for only the most glorious of gifs, so take it away, Howard Dean.)

So recently, The New Yorker ran a profile on women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, entitled, “Mean Girl: Why the world’s best female fighter loves to be hated.” Among the topics covered were Rousey’s weight-cutting routine/diet, her rise to prominence in MMA, her budding film career, and her infamous snubbing of Miesha Tate following their rematch at UFC 168. It hit on most of the notes we’ve come to expect in an article about Rousey — she’s confident bordering on crazy, she’s both beauty and the beast (#nailedit), etc. — but perhaps most interesting about The New Yorker’s profile of Rousey was the sources that the author, Kelefa Sanneh, chose to reference.

Being the classy publication that The New Yorker is, one might assume that they would pull their quotes about Rousey from respected, credentialed members of the MMA media, like Old Dad or Ariel Helwani, or better yet, forgo the cheap, bottom-barrel ramblings of online media in general to quote something from the actual printed press, right?

HAHA NOPE THEY ONLY QUOTED US. (*phones D. White, tells him to bite my bird*)

The above selection, taken from the second paragraph of the piece (a highly underrated paragraph in any article, IMO), quotes not only our Hot Potato gallery of Rousey from back in 2011, but this article published just last May. Checkmate, other MMA blogs. Check. Mate.

Let it be written that on this day, validation was spelled C-A-G-E-P-O-T-A-T-O.

After the jump: A few more interesting takeaways from The New Yorker’s profile of Rousey, and Dana White’s ongoing efforts to bury his former fighters.

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Is MMA About to Enter a New Golden Age?


(Photo via Getty)

By Matt Saccaro

“It’s always darkest before it’s totally black.”-Mao Zedong (supposedly).

This quote aptly described MMA’s immediate future, or at least it seemed to until very recently. Card quality, fan interest, and–most importantly–numbers were all declining; 2014′s PPV buy ceiling of 350,000 was 2009′s floor. MMA was headed for a perplexing time when it was simultaneously bigger than ever but smaller than ever, when the fighters were more talented than ever but less popular than ever.

A series of fortunate events and new found circumstances can change all that. To make a Back to the Future reference, the horrific, Biff Tannen-owned Hill Valley that represented MMA’s future may well become the nice, stable Hill Valley in which George McFly is a successful fiction author and Marty McFly bangs his girlfriend in the back of a pickup truck. That is to say, MMA might be approaching a level of popularity, constancy and quality that many (including myself) didn’t think it was capable of reaching in the current climate.

What’s the reason for this cautious optimism?

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Friday Links: A Day in Dublin With Conor McGregor, Dana White Hoping for Ronda vs. Gina in December, Kids Swearing in Movies + More


(It’s Ireland. You gotta have at least one pikey-fight. Screen-cap via MMAMania; be sure to come back to CagePotato tomorrow 3 p.m. ET/noon PT for our liveblog of UFC Fight Night Dublin: McGregor vs. Brandao.)

Some must-see highlights from our friends around the Internet…

A Day in Dublin With Conor McGregor (MMAFighting)

The McGregor vs. Brandao Weigh-In Staredown Was Pretty Intense (gfycat)

Pat Barry Is Losing His Mind Without Rose Namajunas in His Life (MiddleEasy)

Nick Newell: Illegal Blows Changed Fight, Warrant Rematch with WSOF Champ Gaethje (Sherdog)

Chris Lytle: I’m Not Filling Chael Sonnen’s Shoes on FOX Broadcast (MMAJunkie)

Dana White Hoping for Gina Carano Signing on Monday, Fight Against Ronda Rousey in December (Shaun Al-Shatti)

The Most Outrageous Body Modifications You’ve Ever Seen (EveryJoe)

Get Excited for Comic-Con With These 52 Fantastic Cosplay Pics (Radass)

The 50 Funniest Russian Dating Site Photos (WorldWideInterweb)

Tim McGraw Slaps Female Fan for Grabbing His Leg on Stage (DrunkenStepfather)

Charlie Sheen is Completely Wasted Walking Through Taco Bell Drive-Thru (PopHangover)

Redhead of the Month: Emily Archer (HolyTaco)

Doom Goes Back to Its Roots: More Gore and Spine-Ripping Action (GameFront)

Kids Swearing in Movies: The Supercut (ScreenJunkies)

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Ronda Rousey Wins ‘Best Female Athlete’ at 22nd Annual ESPY Awards


(Ronda could not be reached for comment, as she is currently in a state of cat-like readiness. / Photo via Getty)

Last night in Los Angeles, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey became the first MMA fighter to win an ESPY Award, when she claimed “Best Female Athlete” honors at ESPN’s 22nd annual sports awards ceremony. Rousey was nominated alongside basketball players Maya Moore and Breanna Stewart, and Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, none of whom have ever KO’d a woman in 16 seconds. Rousey was also nominated in the “Best Fighter” category, along with UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, but the category was won for the fifth time by Floyd Mayweather.

Sure, the ESPY’s are just a fan-voted* popularity contest, but Rousey’s win is kind of a big deal. Since 2007, various UFC stars (including Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, and Randy Couture) have been nominated for Best Fighter, but have lost every single time to Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. UFC fights have popped up twice in the “Best Upset” category as well — Frankie Edgar’s UFC 112 defeat of BJ Penn in 2010, and Chris Weidman’s UFC 162 KO of Anderson Silva, which was nominated this year — but mixed martial arts has always walked away empty handed.

It’ll be a while before an MMA champion can draw more votes than the biggest star in boxing. Maybe that will never happen. But if Ronda Rousey is the most compelling, dominant, and popular female athlete in sports right now, that’s great publicity for the sport as a whole. So let’s enjoy it before Rousey buzzes off to Hollywood full time to become an unholy hybrid of Milla Jovovich and The Rock.

* I submitted a write-in vote for that chick who just killed it on American Ninja Warrior. Ah well. Maybe next year.

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Quote of the Day: Floyd Mayweather Does Not Know Who Ronda Rousey Is, And Incorrectly Guesses Her Gender


(Props: David Greisman)

“I don’t even know who he is.” — Floyd Mayweather on Ronda Rousey

Guys, the MMA vs. boxing debate is over, and we lost. MMA is such an obscure freak show that boxing’s biggest star has never even heard of the UFC’s (allegedly) biggest star, but he assumes that “Ronda” is a man’s name because WHY IN THE FUCK WOULD ANYBODY ASK A MALE FIGHTER IF HE COULD BEAT UP A FEMALE FIGHTER? This Ronda person must be a man. The alternative would be preposterous. Some bad motherfuckers have girls names, you know?

So while UFC president Dana White, Joe Rogan, and various fans and media dumbasses have discussed the fantasy matchup of Rowdy vs. Money May, Floyd has just been living his life, blissfully unaware, hiring women to carry his money suitcases. But fighting women in a ring or cage, for money? How sick do you have to be to even come up with something like that?

Expendables 3 hits theaters on August 15th.

Update:

Indeed. The DeRousey Era is upon us.

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The 21 Best Accessories in MMA History


(Alistair Overeem wielding Mjolnir / Photo via Getty)

Sometimes fans need more to remember a fighter by than just a performance or a gimmick. They need an accessory to associate that fighter with–and the very best fighters understand this and know how to accessorize.

We brainstormed at Castle CagePotato as to what accessory was the greatest of all time. After several thought-sessions ended in magic ice cream binges and Martin Luther cosplay sessions, we decided to just list off all the best ones rather than just decide which one among them was the best:

1. Fedor Emelianenko’s sweater.

2. Donald Cerrone‘s cowboy hat.

3. Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s Dagestani hat.

4. David Rickels’ caveman club and dinosaur.

Get the rest after the jump!

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Cris Cyborg Dropping to Bantamweight for Invicta FC Fight in December


(Honestly? I still think Frankie wins this one seven times out of ten. / Photo via TitoCouture)

Yesterday, Shannon Knapp announced that Invicta FC 8 (September 6th; Kansas City, MO) will be the first Invicta event to air live on Fight Pass, and will be headlined by two title fights — Michelle Waterson defending her atomweight belt against Yasuko Tamada, and Stephanie Eggink fighting Katja Kankaanpaa for the promotion’s vacant strawweight title. The card will also feature Roxanne Modafferi vs. Tara LaRosa, Ediane Gomes vs. Tonya Evinger, and the return of Veronica Rothenhausler in a 155-pound bout against Charmaine Tweet.

One notable absence from the stacked all-female card is Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, who hasn’t competed in an MMA bout since last July. But there’s a good reason for that — Cyborg is in the process of transitioning to 135 pounds. As MMAJunkie reports:

“Cyborg” Justino is targeted for Invicta FC 10 against a TBA opponent, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said. She was targeted on two previous occasions to meet Ediane Gomes before injuries and event scheduling nixed the matchup. Justino could make her second appearance at 135 pounds in February or March, Knapp added.

It’s not yet decided whether Justino will vacate her current Invicta FC featherweight title, Knapp said…A date is not yet set for Invicta FC 10, which is expected to stream live on UFC Fight Pass as part of the all-female MMA promotion’s multi-year deal with the UFC’s digital network.

To aid Justino’s drop from her natural featherweight class, at which she’s fought since battering Gina Carano to win the title in the now-defunct Strikeforce, manager George Prajin said she will work with Tony Aponte, a performance and conditioning specialist who’s worked with ex-UFC champ B.J. Penn and Heath Herring, among others.

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Holly Holm Signs Multi-Fight Deal With the UFC; Debut Date/Opponent TBA


(Photo via HollyHolm.com)

After months of occasionally hostile negotiations, former world-champion boxer Holly Holm has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC. Dana White confirmed the news on twitter this evening. The 32-year-old Jackson/Winkeljohn product sports a flawless 7-0 record in MMA as a bantamweight, and last competed in April, when she scored a fifth-round TKO against Juliana Werner, but broke her arm in the process. Holm’s UFC debut date and opponent are still uncertain.

Due to her elite boxing pedigree — and her savage arsenal of kicks — “The Preacher’s Daughter” has often been name-checked as one of the two fighters (along with Cris Cyborg) who could hypothetically give UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey problems down the road. Still, an immediate meeting with Rousey doesn’t seem likely at this point. As FOX Sports puts it, “Holm creates a different kind of animal for Rousey to deal with if she can survive an early UFC schedule to earn the title shot.” Rousey herself is recovering from a broken hand, and is also expected to undergo “minor knee surgery” in the near future.

We’ll keep you posted as the UFC’s plans for Holm solidify.

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VIDEO: Cat Zingano Returns to (Jiu-Jitsu) Competition, Immediately Pwns Some Broad with a Flying Armbar

The last time we checked in on Cat Zingano, she had just been cleared to train for the first time in over a year following the knee injury that forced her out of a TUF 18 coaching gig and a beatdown at the hands of fight with Ronda Rousey. Over that period, Zingano tried her hardest to remain fresh in our minds by posting a few gruesome knee drain videos here and there, but time passed, Rousey continued to destroy all challengers placed before her, and Zingano’s name was all but lost amongst the Holms, Cyborgs, Caranosand Mayweathers of the WMMAsphere.

But now, video has surfaced of Zingano back in action. “Alpha” returned to competition in triumphant fashion at Grappler’s Quest, a grappling tournament being held as part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas last Saturday, picking up a 14 second submission via flying armbar. According to some spectators, the sub was “undeniable in its illness.”

To be honest, Cat’s opponent (Liz Exell) just looked like she was happy to be there. Still, check out a video of the sweet submission above, then fill the comments sections with cries of how Rousey vs. Zingano needs to happen yesterday.

-J. Jones

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Signing Cris Cyborg Would Put a Spotlight on the UFC’s Drug Problem — And That’s a Good Thing


(A vision of a terrifying future? / Photo via FightNext)

By Trent Reinsmith

On July 5 UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey positively destroyed #2 ranked contender Alexis Davis. The fight, UFC 175’s co-main event, was Rousey’s fourth UFC title defense, and lasted just 16 seconds, making it the second shortest title fight in UFC history. The fight was so short that the UFC didn’t even make a highlight video available. If they had, it would have been the entire bout.

Leading into the contest, commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg tried to sell fans that Davis was going to be a tough test for Rousey. She wasn’t. Davis landed a total of two strikes during the fight, while Rousey landed 16. Most of Rousey’s strikes came after she kneed Davis to the body and threw her to the ground. Once on the mat, Rousey unloaded a series of punches to Davis’ head, and Yves Lavigne mercifully waved off a fight that had to leave some wondering why the matchup was booked in the first place.

At the post-fight media scrum, UFC president Dana White fielded the inevitable question: When will the UFC sign the one female fighter that many feel will give Rousey some true competition, Cris “Cyborg” Justino? Instead of dismissing the question with a tirade about managers, drugs, weight cutting and death — which is White’s usual play — he turned the question around to the media in attendance and asked if they wanted him to sign Justino to the UFC.

White found only one media member that was opposed to the organization signing the current Invicta FC featherweight champion.

After polling the media, White said he didn’t want to hear the media’s “bullshit” if he does sign Justino. “This shit is going to fucking flip as soon as I sign her, about drug testing and all the other bullshit. It will be the biggest fucking topic. It will be the biggest fucking story for you guys to write on whether she’s — oh my fucking God. The script will flip immediately.”

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