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Submit Your Questions Now for Our Video Q&A With ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas!


(Why u mad, tho? / Photo via Invicta FC)

In advance of her upcoming Invicta FC 6 match against Tecia Torres (July 13th; Ameristar Casino Hotel; Kansas City, MO), CagePotato sponsored fighter “Thug” Rose Namajunas will be shooting a video Q&A where she answers questions from you, the Potato Nation faithful. So what do you want to know about Rose’s life, training, and Jedi-like flying armbar skills that we haven’t previously covered? Submit your questions to the comments section below or our Facebook page by tomorrow morning; we’ll award a CagePotato t-shirt to whoever writes the best question that we decide to use. Thanks so much, and please follow Rose on twitter @RoseNamajunas!

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Video: Pat Barry Armbarred His Doppelganger at a Colorado BJJ Tournament Over the Weekend [SCANNERS.GIF]

Compliments of “HD’s” Facebook Page, here’s a video of kickboxing powerhouse — and now, submission savant — Pat Barry competing and winning at the 4th Annual Colorado State Championships — Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Submission Grappling last Saturday. We cannot emphasize enough that we are not trolling here.

In fact, the only thing more beautiful than the armbar Barry is able to secure starting at the 4:05 mark is that it came following at least two eyes pokes and roughly three minutes of positional dominance by his opponent, who eerily resembled…Pat Barry. #HEADSPLOSIONGIF

While it wasn’t exactly as flashy an armbar as the one Barry’s girlfriend, Rose Namajunas, pulled off in her last fight, it’s great to see that Barry’s ground game is beginning to evolve to the level of his striking game nonetheless. His newly-displayed ground skills will surely be put to the test when he faces off against Shawn Jordan at UFC 161 in June, so let’s hope he’s up to the challenge. Not that we have a dog in this fight or anything.

Barry’s next match would be an altogether different story, unfortunately. We wish we could tell you that Barry fought the good fight, and that he secured a silver medal with his effort. We wish we could tell you that — but the Colorado BJJ scene is no fairytale world.

Video after the jump. 

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The 25 Most Essential MMA Twitter Feeds: 2013 Edition


(Despite what your grandmother thinks, Twitter is not a euphemism and does not warrant a squirt of Dawn in your mouth.)

By Jason Moles

Back in 2010, the brain trust at CagePotato HQ compiled a list of the 25 most essential MMA Twitter feeds to follow. Boy, do we sure know how to pick ‘em. Miguel Torres, Kimbo Slice, Mayhem Miller, Reed Harris, Shane Carwin, and Strikeforce have all since faded out of relevance or gone off the deep end. Wait, Reed does what now? Are you sure? Nevermind — we’re back with an updated list of who you should really be following on Twitter, and this time we’ve actually put some thought into it instead of blindly tossing darts at our screen while simultaneously using a Shakeweight. Please note, this is 2013 and if you don’t already know you should be following Dana White, Arianny Celeste, or Ariel Helwani, you’re probably the reason Jon Jones is defending his title against Chael Sonnen this Saturday at UFC 159. Speaking of the gangster from West Linn…

twitter.com/sonnench

Bio: “Godfather of integrity; dual masters in dominance and modesty; once outboxed Hemingway; & author of this year’s bestseller, available NOW on Amazon”

If you thought Sonnen refused to break kayfabe only when the cameras were rolling, you must not have been paying attention because his gimmick is boundless. The People’s Champion maximizes his 140-character limit with every emasculating jab at his opponents, peers, and detractors in the MMA media. The American Gangster is the only man on Twitter to follow absolutely no one, not even his own mother.

Sample Tweet: “15 – the number of letters in the word hydropneumatics as well as Chael beats Jones. #4/27/13″

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Rose Namajunas Returns Against Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 6 in July


(Must-see: This “All Angles” mini-documentary on Rose’s fantastic win earlier this month. Props: YouTube.com/InvictaFC)

Attention, fans of flying armbars and blood-drinking: CagePotato sponsored fighter Rose Namajunas has been officially booked to return at Invicta FC 6: Cyborg vs. Coenen II, July 13th at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Her opponent will be Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Torres, an American Top Team-bred strawweight who most recently won a lopsided decision against Paige VanZant at Invicta FC 4 in January.

While both women hold pro records of 2-0, Torres can claim to be slightly more experienced, as she went 7-0 as an amateur compared to Rose’s 4-0 amateur record. Before her MMA career, Torres also competed extensively as an amateur kickboxer. Even at age 6, she was pretty nasty.

It’s a solid step up in competition for Rose — and we have total faith that Thug will be able to give the Tiny Tornado all she can handle. Stay tuned for more coverage on Rose Namajunas and Invicta FC 6, and check out the complete fight lineup after the jump…

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[VIDEO] Pat Barry Completely Loses His Sh*t Celebrating Rose Namajunas’ Win at Invicta FC 5

It’s a pretty well known fact that UFC heavyweight Pat Barry is a pretty eccentric guy. The same can be said for his girlfriend, Invicta FC strawweight Rose “Thug” Namajunas — in fact, it’s probably what drew them to each other in the first place.

Anyway, Rose recently scored her second professional win via 12-second flying armbar at last weekend’s Invicta FC 5, as you well know. While we were thrilled for her for obvious reasons, our excitement paled in comparison to that of “HD,” who proceeded to jump up from his ringside seat and leap onto the cage like he had just finished stomping a mudhole in Christian Morecraft following Rose’s big win. Thank God there were no small children in his way, or we may very well have witnessed a massacre worse than Cyborg vs. Muxlow that night.

Barry’s (literally) over-the-top celebration should come as no surprise to those of us who have seen him corner Namajunas before, but damn, I just really want what those two have. Not love, I’m talking about brutal knockout power and the ability to pull off flying armbars. I can force someone to love me with those two things.

After the jump: A video of Namajunas’ brilliant submission from Invicta FC 5, because big whoop wanna fightaboutit?

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Upsets, Beatdowns, and Sideways Glances: the Stories of Invicta FC 5


Obligatory.            PicProps: Patrick Walters, CP OG

Invicta FC put on its fifth event last night, closing out a very successful first year for the promotion.  A thirteen-fight card at Kansas City’s Ameristar Casino highlighted Invicta’s swelling roster of talented fighters and solidified the promotions reputation for delivering entertaining MMA bouts.  The show featured debuts of three champs from Strikeforce and Bellator, plus a pair of Invicta championship matchups.  And it fucking rocked.

The card started with a pair of quick submissions, including CagePotato’s own Rose Namajunas, who set the internet on fire with a twelve second flying armbar victory.  According to initial reports, that is the 5th fastest victory in MMA history, and fastest in the women’s division.  Namajunas was understandably jubilant in her win, saying later that she would like all of her fights to be of the blink-and-you-missed-it variety.  She also pointed out that she was still a prospect just starting out at 2-0, and that title talks could wait until she gained more experience.

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Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson — iPPV Stream and Open Discussion Thread

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Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson kicks off today at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, featuring a horde of female talent including Jessica Penne, Michelle Waterson, Vanessa Porto, Cris Cyborg, Sarah Kaufman, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Kaitlin Young, Julia Budd, Bec Hyatt, and last but not least, WMMA staredown queen Rose Namajunas. Rose will be kicking off the prelims rocking CagePotato’s familiar Devil’s Horns logo, so don’t be late — purchase your Internet pay-per-view ticket in the streaming player above and throw down your thoughts in the comments section throughout the night.

And one more thing: Our own Doug “ReX13″ Richardson has been allowed into the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City as a member of the media (LOL!), and he’ll be posting additional updates during the show on our twitter page, @cagepotatomma. Don’t miss it.

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Invicta FC 5 Videos: Rose Namujunas Fight Week Highlight Reel and Live Weigh-In Stream @ 6:30 p.m. ET


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Props to our pal Rose Namajunas and Sucker Punch Entertainment for sending us some behind-the-scenes footage of Thug’s fight-week activities in the days leading up to Invicta FC 5. You will see: Rose working pads with Trevor Wittman. Rose peeling potatoes while wearing the traditional head-wrap favored by grandmothers the world over. Rose on the phone, discussing mean-mugging strangers at the grocery store for the interview that she gave us two days ago. (Dude, I’m on the other end of that phone. Bloooooosh.) And so on. Check it out, and follow Rose on YouTube and Twitter!

After the jump: Rose, Cyborg, Karate Hottie, Jessica Penne, Bec Hyatt, and all the rest will be hitting the scales today for the Invicta FC 5 weigh-ins, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.  Watch the action live in the player below…

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Interview: Rose Namajunas Discusses Thug Life, Pat Barry’s Charm, And Her Invicta FC 5 Fight This Friday


(“I think putting ourselves in dangerous situations makes our lives exciting.” / Photo courtesy of Denise Truscello @ WireImage via Getty)

By Ben Goldstein

With her fight against Kathina Catron leading off the Invicta FC 5 prelims this Friday, we called up CP’s favorite (and only!) sponsored fighter Rose Namajunas to get to know the woman a little better. So what did she have to say about pre-fight nerves, Pat Barry, and mean-mugging strangers at the grocery store? Read on and find out. And be sure to follow Rose on twitter @RoseNamajunas for more updates from her life.

CAGEPOTATO.COM: First of all, who gave you the nickname “Thug”?

Rose Namajunas: My neighborhood friends. When I was little, I was the only white girl, I was smaller than everyone else, and for some reason I just acted harder than everybody else — just fearless, you know? So they kind of dubbed me that because of the intimidating scowl I always had on my face. That’s what gave me that name.

I’ve noticed that scowl before your fights, and even in your weigh-ins. Do you have to get yourself into that Thug-mode — is it a separate persona — or are you that intense all the time?

That’s just one aspect of my personality. I have a playful, fun-loving side, and I also have a very sensitive and emotional side to my personality. But it’s definitely one of the main things that most strangers will pick off of me from a first impression, that I really come off as this intimidating type of person. Like I said, it’s just one aspect of my personality, but I’m always practicing a staredown with strangers. Even going to the grocery store, I might mean-mug somebody just to see if I get a weird feeling from them. It’s practice. And I think that’s one thing that fighters don’t really practice that much, is their intimidation and their mind games, and the intimidating looks that you can give to people. It really can win or lose you the fight if you have that down. Mike Tyson was phenomenal at that game, of intimidating his opponents — he won the fight before it even started.

Has a stranger ever tried to fight you because you were looking at them funny in the grocery store?

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Not to Brag, But CagePotato Is ALL UP IN Rose Namajunas’s Banner for Invicta FC 5


(selfhighfive.gif, son. Image via Sucker Punch Entertainment)

This is not an April Fool’s Day joke: CagePotato.com will be sponsoring undefeated strawweight Rose Namajunas for her Invicta FC 5 fight against Kathina Catron, this Friday at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, and we’re very, very psyched about it. Check out this first-look at Rose’s sponsor banner, which features our logo in big-ass fashion; she’ll also be sporting it on her gear during the fight.

If you’re not familiar with “Thug Rose“— or only know her as Pat Barry’s abusive girlfriend — stay tuned, because we have some fun interviews and videos coming soon that will help you get to know her a lot better before she kicks off the Invicta 5 IPPV at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT this Friday on Ustream. (Just $9.95, kids! Pre-order now!) In the meantime, follow us after the jump for the most horrifying Harlem Shake video ever recorded, starring you know who. And if you really want to help us out, please follow these folks on twitter: @RoseNamajunas @HypeOrDie @SuckerPunchEnt @BrianButler_Au

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