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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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Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, Rampage vs. Maldonado, Bisping vs. Dollaway Confirmed for UFC 186


(Former UFC light-heavyweight champion. Undefeated in Bellator. High-score on the Pop-a-Shot. / Photo via Getty)

It’s official: UFC 186 (April 25th, Montreal) will be headlined by a rematch between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and ex-champ Renan Barao, and will also feature the UFC return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against “The Iron Hillbilly” (actual nickname!) Fabio Maldonado. Both matchups were previously rumored last week, but UFC president Dana White confirmed them yesterday during an appearance on TSN’s SportsCenter.

But that’s not all, folks. White confirmed five more matchups for the card, which are as follows…

Rory MacDonald vs. Hector Lombard: Yeah, we already knew about this one. The winner gets the next welterweight title shot. Or maybe the Hendricks/Brown winner gets it. Or maybe Kelvin Gastelum gets it? Cripes, who knows.

Michael Bisping vs. CB Dollaway: Bisping is coming off his guillotine-choke loss to Luke Rockhold at that nutso Sydney card, while Dollaway was recently blown up by Lyoto Machida. Fun fact: Bisping hasn’t won two fights in a row since 2011.

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UFC Booking Alert: Rory MacDonald vs. Hector Lombard at UFC 186


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Rory MacDonald‘s next fight will be against the resurgent Cuban judoka and former Bellator middleweight champ, Hector Lombard at UFC 186 in Montreal this April. The initial report came from Vendetta Fighter, but was later confirmed by MMA Fighting.

Late last year, Fans and pundits alike thought MacDonald would face the winner of Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks II. A controversial decision in Lawler’s favor put the brakes on that since it forced the UFC to book a trilogy between the two welterweights.

MacDonald, left without a dancing partner, will face off with one of the top welterweights in the division in Lombard. We like to think UFC matchmaker Joe Silva booked this fight based on both fighters’ terrible nicknames. We’ve got Rory “The Waterboy” “Ares” “The Red King” vs. Hector “Lightning” “Showweather” Lombard. Ugh. How about the loser AND winner take their nicknames out back and shoot them?

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Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 182 Edition


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After an abundance of trash talk, a pre-fight press conference brawl, asking pussies if they’re still there, technical breakdowns, and moving betting lines, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier duked it out for five rounds in an early “Fight of the Year” candidate, which went exactly how most of us thought it would. The main card of UFC 182, however, was pretty putrid.

Our excitement was at an all-time high, which is rare nowadays when it comes to MMA in general. This truly felt like 2008 all over again, but sometimes, we rely on nostalgia to compare upcoming fight cards that may or may not be worth viewing live.

Nevertheless, Jones vs. Cormier lived up to the billing, as both light heavyweights engaged in a dogfight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV., this past Saturday night.

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FRIDAY LINX: Ex-NBA Center Darko Milicic Loses Kickboxing Debut, Official UFC 183 Poster, Best Cosplay of the Year + More


(Legendary NBA benchwarmer Darko Milicic lost his kickboxing debut against Radovan Radojcic last night in Serbia, due to a gnarly gash on his shin. So…maybe golfing, then?)

Official UFC 183 poster, featuring Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva and the disembodied ghost-head of Nick Diaz. (CP Facebook)

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Rory MacDonald Will Not Get the Next Welterweight Title Shot (FOX Sports)

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Former UFC Champion Anderson Silva Negotiating With Reebok, But Still ‘Loves’ Nike (MMAFighting)

Six Other Seth Rogen and James Franco Films That Should’ve Been Canceled (ScreenJunkies)

The Year in Cosplay: Our 100 Favorites From 2014, Part One (TheEscapist)

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Video Review (GameTrailers)

The 20 Dumbest Criminals of All Time (WorldWideInterweb)

Girls of Instagram: Nina Agdal (Radass)

Jimmy Kimmel Shares the Funniest Videos of 2014 That You Probably Never Saw… (PopHangover)

The 50 Best Gym Exercises — With Instructions And Videos (AskMen)

10 Ways to Ruin Christmas for Everyone (EveryJoe)

Hotties in the Wild (DoubleViking)

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Friday Links: Nate Diaz Is Upset Again, Rory MacDonald’s New Nickname, Channing Tatum Reaction GIFs + More


(This entire fight card was just upstaged by Megan Olivi‘s outfit. My goodness.)

UFC’s Nate Diaz: I’m ‘underappreciated, underpaid, under-all-kinds-of-sh-t’ (MMAJunkie)

XFC Planning Legal Action Against WSOF Over Kalindra Faria (FightNetwork)

Rory MacDonald Changes Nickname Before Expected UFC Title Shot… (MMAFighting)

…but you know how we feel about that. (twitter)

Melvin Guillard and Ali Abdel-Aziz Argue About WSOF’s Importance on WSOF Conference Call (BloodyElbow)

Put Down Your Tickets and Tokens, It’s Time to Watch Melvin Manhoef Work Out at a Dave and Busters (MiddleEasy)

17 Channing Tatum Reaction GIFs for All Occasions (ScreenJunkies)

The Warcraft Movie Actually Looks Pretty Good (Gamefront)

Your Daily Dose of Kim Kardashian Ass-Photoshops (Radass)

Weird Thanksgiving-Flavored Foods That Actually Exist (EveryJoe)

Gallery: Supermodels Without Makeup (WorldWideInterweb)

The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin on Why It’s OK To Be A Fanboy (AskMen)

10 Hours of Princess Leia Walking Around NYC (PopHangover)

Movie Bob Review: ‘Dumb and Dumber Too’ Is Just Dumber (TheEscapist)

Hotties in the Wild (DoubleViking)

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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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