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(Fight Night 82 weigh-ins, kicking off at 7 p.m. EST)

BJ Penn ‘Guarantees’ He’s Fighting at UFC 196; Dennis Siver Leading the Pack
(FOX Sports)

How Elvis, Family and Beating Up a Girl Helped Forge UFC Star Stephen Thompson (Jonathan Snowden)

Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres Rematch Set for UFC on Fox 19 (BloodyElbow)


Fight Night 80 Highlights/Results: Namajunas Dominates VanZant, Chiesa & Northcutt Notch Submission Wins + More

While looking through the lense of hindsight, it’s almost impossible to imagine how Paige VanZant was ever listed as a 2-to-1 favorite over Rose Namajunas heading into their Fight Night 80 main event. Yet she was, and we can only imagine that a lot of people made some money off a rare miss by the Vegas bookies.

Over the course of five rounds, our girl Rose utterly dismantled VanZant in every department. Her striking was impeccably crisp, her takedowns came at will, and her submissions were what ultimately won her the day. Vanzant looked completely outmatched from start to finish, repeatedly latching onto to hapless headlock throws THAT NO FIGHTER SHOULD EVER ATTEMPT AGAIN. But what she lacked in polish, VanZant more than made up in grit. On multiple occasions throughout the fight, a bloodied and battered Vanzant appeared to be caught in what any logical person would consider a fight-ending submission — first it was a rear-naked choke, then an armbar so brutal that it may have rearranged her DNA — but not once did she stop pressing forward and throwing nything she could think of at her clearly superior opponent. So on this day, we raise a glass to both competitors and say, congratulations on one epic goddamn war.

But the main event wasn’t the only fight that delivered, so head after the jump for a full list of Fight Night 80 results.


Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC on FOX 13 Edition

(Photo via Getty Images)

Before the main card action was underway this past Saturday night, we had a pretty eventful weekend already.

The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale saw a new women’s strawweight champion crowned, as Carla Esparza submitted Rose Namajunas in the final, after a string of pretty decent fights.

Then came UFC on FOX 13, headlined by a heavyweight fight featuring Junior dos Santos against Stipe Miocic. The prelims were strange but sufficient, Henry Cejudo winning his debut, younger-than-he-looks Joe Riggs suffering an injury in his Bellator superfight against Ben Saunders, John Moraga being dropped by Willie Gates after complaining about a low blow to the official, last-minute food poisoning for Derek Brunson, Jamie Varner retiring after a loss with hopes of starting a fighter union, Ryan Jimmo’s terrible seats, Phil Baroni’s shlong, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk outpointing Claudia Gadelha (who pulled a Paul Daley in the heat of the moment, but apologized right away) to go on to face Esparza in the near future.


Watch Carla Esparza Choke Out Rose Namajunas (Legit, Legal Video)

The UFC crowned its first women’s strawweight champion last night. Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas tore through the cast of The Ultimate Fighter season 20 and met one another in the finals.

Namajunas had a great showing in the first round, but in the second and third, Esparza’s wrestling and power became too much for Namajunas to handle. She took Namajunas down at will and controlled her easily, eventually taking her back in the third round and securing a rear naked choke.

Get the fight card’s complete results — including KJ Noons vs. Daron Cruickshank and Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens — after the jump.


The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale: Esparza Taps Namajunas to Become the First Women’s UFC Strawweight Champ

(Shaking is customary, but wiggling is also acceptable. / Photo via Getty)

The UFC will crown its first-ever women’s strawweight champion tonight in Las Vegas, as Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas meet in the main event of the TUF 20 Finale. Also on the lineup: A featherweight(-ish) bout between Charles Oliveira and Jeremy Stephens, a lightweight slugfest between KJ Noons and Daron Cruickshank, and Jessica Penne and Randa Markos battle it out for the TUF 20 bronze-medal.

Live results from the FOX Sports 1 main card will be after the jump beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, courtesy of Matt Saccaro. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and shoot us your own thoughts on twitter @cagepotatomma. Thanks for being here.


TUF 20 Finale Weigh-In Results: Charles Olivera Misses Weight AGAIN, Aisling Daly Comes in Heavy as Well

(Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza make it official. Props: YouTube/UFC. The complete weigh-in video is after the jump. It’s worth watching for Angela Hill’s hair and Bec Hyatt’s middle finger.)

The TUF 20 Finale weigh-ins went down earlier today in Las Vegas, and headliners Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas hit their 115-pound strawweight limits on the button. But not everyone was so successful. Featherweight Charles Oliveira missed weight for the third time in his UFC career, hitting 147 pounds on his first attempt, and only shedding a half-pound after an hour. As a result, 10% of his purse will go to opponent Jeremy Stephens. The last time we saw Oliveira, he had missed weight by five pounds before UFC Fight Night 50, and was pulled off the card due to health concerns.

TUF 20 castmember Aisling Daly also screwed the pooch, coming in at a whopping 118 pounds for her strawweight matchup against Alex Chambers. Daly was given one hour to make weight, but decided not to make another attempt; she will surrender 20% of her purse to Chambers. Complete TUF 20 Finale weigh-in results are below…


Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas Set for TUF 20 Finale Main Event This Friday

(Props: TheUltimateFighterFX)

It’s official: Former Invicta FC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and fan-favorite Rose Namajunas will square off in the main event of the TUF 20 Finale — this Friday, December 12th, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas — with the winner being crowned the UFC’s inaugural women’s strawweight champion.

The booking was revealed on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, in which Esparza earned a unanimous decision win over Jessica Penne, and Namajunas submitted Randa Markos with a kimura in the first round. Highlights of the Esparza vs. Penne semifinal fight are after the jump. The complete TUF 20 lineup is below…

MAIN CARD, FOX SPORTS 1 (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT)
Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas
Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens
Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons
Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor
Randa Markos vs. Jessica Penne

Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig
Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres

Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly
Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan


TUF 20 Fight Highlights: Namajunas vs. Calderwood, Esparza vs. Torres + Six TUF 20 Finale Fights Announced

This isn’t news to you because those knuckleheads at DirecTV already spoiled it, but yeah, here are the video highlights from last night’s episode of TUF 20, in which Rose Namajunas submitted Joanne Calderwood with a kimura, and Carla Esparza won a two-round majority decision against Tecia Torres. With all the quarterfinal matchups now in the books, next week’s semifinal bouts will be…

Carla Esparza (#1) vs. Jessica Penne (#4)
Rose Namajunas (#7) vs. Randa Markos (#14)

Following the episode, six undercard bouts for the TUF 20 Finale (December 12th, Las Vegas) were announced on FOX Sports Live. They are…


DirecTV Just Spoiled the Sh*t Out of the Remaining TUF 20 Quarterfinals

(“Don’t just DirecTV, PredicTV”)

It’s been an entertaining, if fairly routine season of The Ultimate Fighter thus far, despite all the hubbub about “a champion being crowned” and a new division and all that. The fights have been thoroughly enjoyable across the board, the in-house drama kept to a near minimum, and Anthony Pettis is seemingly doing the best he can to remind us why we should care that he’s the lightweight champion. Another season, another dollar, yadda yadda, yadda yadda…

Last week, #4 ranked Jessica Penne (who has been my dark horse pick to win the season since the cast was announced) defeated #5 Aisling Daly via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals alongside #12 Randa Markos. Next week’s episode features a pair of pivotal quarterfinal matchups in #7 Rose Namajunas (THUG ROSE!) vs. #2 Joanne Calderwood and #1 Carla Esparza vs. #3 Tecia Torres, and the only way you’ll ever find out who wins will be to tune in!!

Unless you happen to have DirecTV, that is, in which case you could just scroll ahead to the summary for episode 12 and read it for yourself. Someone dun screwed up alright, and thanks to r/MMA user 3JSand (and our goddamned curiosity), we now know exactly how the semifinals will look.

Join us after the jump for some major spoilers.


Duke Roufus Responds to Team Members’ Abuse Allegations: “Things Have Changed”

(MMA H.E.A.T’s Karyn Bryant talks with Rose Namajunas, Pat Barry, and former Roufusport training partner L-Dogg.) 

The death of kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr. in March was a horrific, completely avoidable tragedy, and one that has spurned several former students of Duke Roufus to speak out against the allegedly abusive and negligent training methods employed by the Roufusport fight club. Chief among the dissenters has been TUF 20 contestant Rose Namajunas, a Milwaukee native and former UFC fighter Eric Schafer, who referred to Roufus as “one of the worst people I have ever met” on a recent UG post in support of Rose. The hard numbers haven’t helped either — Roufusport was recently determined to be the most injury-prone camp in MMA, with fighters withdrawing due to injury in 16.6% of their scheduled fights.

But so it goes, there are always two sides to a story. In an interview with MMAJunkie last night, Roufus — along with former UFC/Roufusport fighter Danny Downes — responded to Namajunas’ allegations.

You know, when I see Rose and (former UFC fighter) Pat Barry, they don’t seem disgruntled. They’re very nice to me. Pat asked me advice at the last Glory (kickboxing) event. Rose came and trained at our gym in spring. Eric Schafer, I know we’ve had some issues. I’ve tried to reach out ever since he left Roufusport, and he didn’t want to ever sit down and chat with me. It’s tough.

I think they left in 2010. It’s 2014. If you look at the results of what the kids are doing right now, and just the evolution of MMA, things have changed. Back then, I don’t think we embraced strength and conditioning as much. We were trying to spar ourselves into shape. My philosophy now, four short years later, is completely opposite of that.