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Invicta FC 6 THUGBLOG: How Is Rose Namajunas Like a Honey Badger? Let Her Count the Ways…


(Ew, and she eats snakes??” / Photo by Jade Kimmel for WMMARoundup)

CagePotato sponsored fighter “Thug” Rose Namajunas will be returning to action this Saturday at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg (Ameristar Casino Hotel; Kansas City, MO), where she’ll be taking on undefeated strawweight Tecia Torres. Now making her final preparations for the fight, Rose has written a guest-blog for us about her spirit animal. Check it out below, follow her on twitter at @RoseNamajunas, and stay tuned for our video Q&A where she answers your burning questions. Good luck, Thug!

By Rose Namajunas

Back in my amateur days, Kaitlin Young once told me I reminded her of a honey badger. We’ve all seen that fabulous video of the Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger and if you haven’t you need to!

I was very honored to be associated with such a creature being a nature/animal lover and especially coming from such a talented fighter like Kaitlin Young. I definitely saw what she was getting at. However, thinking back on it there are a lot more similarities between the honey badger and I than I was aware of at the time.

The honey badger at first glance doesn’t look like much and can be very easily underestimated. Its small stature being very misleading is something I relate to all too well. Even those who are somewhat aware still have no idea. They can’t! There isn’t enough imagination one can have that can fathom my capabilities. I don’t exactly look like Brock Lesnar or anything!

The honey badger is strong, tireless, and impenetrable. However, I don’t believe its strength or endurance comes from physical ability more than it comes from its “don’t give a ____” mentality. It is the honey badger state of mind that allows it to attack any animal regardless of size or whatever disadvantage it faces. To this day I have always been matched up with people who have either a size advantage or are more experienced. I rise to any challenge and conquer. While others are surprised, to me it is what I deal with daily in practice. I stand my ground and fight, breaking the limitations others have placed on me.

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Invicta FC 6 Video Exclusive: ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas Trains Fancy Kicks, Eats Burrito


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Oh, we’re throwing spinning sh*t now? CagePotato sponsored strawweight “Thug” Rose Namajunas is returning to the cage against Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg (July 13th; Kansas City, MO), and we’ve got exclusive training footage of Rose training some fancy spin-kicks with Grudge Training Center head coach Trevor Wittman, and showing off her version of a fighter’s diet. Where *do* you put it all, Rose?

Follow Rose on Twitter @RoseNamajunas, and the rest of her crew of supporters and sponsors: @HYPEORDIE@SuckerPunchEnt, @AlienwareMMAFeartheFighter, and @TrevorWittman!

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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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