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VIDEO: Jacare Souza Annihilates Two Sparring Partners With Vicious Body Shots

(An artist’s recreation of what it’s like to train with Jacare. Actual video after the jump.)

The evolution of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s striking has really been a beautiful thing to witness. Like Rafael Dos Anjos — and to a lesser extent, Thales Leites — Souza has gone from a one-dimensional grappler to an absolute terror in every aspect of the fight game. So what if he was among the best in the world in that one dimension? Seeing a guy who can KO Derek Brunson with a check-hook one minute and submit Gegard Mousasi with a guillotine the next is what this sport is all about!!

Now preparing for what is surely a #1 contender bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 194 — a fight that has been rescheduled three times due to various injuries and illnesses on both ends — it appears that Souza has stepped up his striking game to an even more ferocious level. Just check out the video above, where “Jacare” channels his inner Bas Rutten and drops two of his sparring partners with vicious body shots while the rest of his gym just kind of looks on in horror.

Video after the jump.


Four Brief Thoughts on Josh Neer’s Gym Fight Video and the Ensuing Investigation

(Still a better fight than Dan Kelly vs. Patrick Walsh.)

By Jared Jones

By now, you’ve probably seen the video of UFC/Bellator veteran Josh Neer brutalizing Patrick Martin, a non-professional fighter who was talking a whole heap of mess to Neer on the social medias, in his Iowa-based gym. Reactions have ranged from “Dude got what was coming to him” to “Neer is a scumbag who should be brought in on assault charges”, so we figured we might as well weigh in on the story in the most cynical way possible. Starting with…

1. Dude *did* have it coming to him


[VIDEO] Anderson Silva KO’s Training Partner, Then Continues to Pummel Him After the Fact

As anyone who appeared on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter could surely tell you, Anderson Silva can be a bit of an arrogant prick while training. It’s not that he means to be, but when you’re one of the baddest dudes on this or any other planet, you almost have to show off every now and again, right? Lord knows that if I possessed the fighting skills of Anderson, I’d be walking into every Buffalo Wild Wings on the eastern seaboard with a “Come at Me, Bro” t-shirt on, just waiting for some roided-up Jersey trash to challenge my authority.

Less than a month out from his hotly-anticipated return to the octagon against Nick Diaz at UFC 183, it appears that Silva felt it necessary to remind one of his training partners of this exact factn. It’s the only explanation I can think of as to why Silva would not only KO the poor bastard (who was wearing full headgear, BTW) during a sparring session, but continue pummeling him for a good ten seconds after doing so. Seriously, what the hell, Anderson?

The footage was filmed by Globo and posted by Guilherme Cruz earlier today. My theory: The guy he was sparring with made an off-the-cuff remark about the Silva family barbecue just moments before this video started rolling.

-J. Jones


VIDEO: CagePotato Writer Elias Cepeda Gets Gut-Shotted by Pro Kickboxer at Glory 11 Open Workouts


CagePotato was in Chicago Thursday afternoon for the Glory 11 open workouts. We saw main eventers Tyrone Spong and Nathan Corbett murder some pads as well as a number of other world-class kickboxers in the Glory heavyweight tournament and on the undercard work out.

Unfortunately for this writer, I forgot to bring donuts in to the CagePotato office on my designated day last month so our leader Ben Goldstein had to think of a fitting punishment. Sparring with a pro kickboxer was what he came up with.

Originally Glory’s PR team said they’d try to get newly crowned middleweight champ and KO artist Joe Schilling to knock me around for a bit, but he was still a bit sore from his last win in late September. Kru Paul Mihas out of Toronto’s Ultimate Martial Arts was in the house because he has two fighters on the Glory 11 card and he offered to let another of his guys punch me for a round.

Matt Speciale took a break from warming up his two teammates who are fighting today to school me during some “timing sparring.” The idea behind timing sparring is to throw shots at well under half power just to be able to work on distance and timing without banging up one another too badly.


[VIDEO] Ronda Rousey Gets Her Spar On With Three-Division World Boxing Champ Vic Darchinyan

(Meh, we liked it more when Carmen Electra was involved.)

You see, Potato Nation? Boxing and MMA can co-exist without controversy.

Although the stand up game has been little more than a means to an end (specifically, an end involving the involuntary disintegration of your elbow) in the MMA career of Ronda Rousey thus far, the UFC’s inaugural women’s champion was recently videotaped sparring with three-division world boxing champion Vic Darchinyan nonetheless. And to her credit, Rousey looked a hell of a lot more competent in the striking department than the one-trick pony she has been made out to be by many of the sport’s fans and pundits alike.

It’s a skill that will come in handy against Cat Zingano if Ronda values that moneymaker of hers. Rousey and Zingano are set to coach opposite one another on the upcoming co-ed season of The Ultimate Fighter, which kicks off September 4th on FOX Sports 1. Then again, if the odds are any indication, Rousey has already beaten Zingano by first round armbar, so why she’s even bothering to train is beyond us. Another upcoming tastefully nude photoshoot, perhaps? PERHAPS? TAKE THE HINT, RONDA.

-J. Jones


[VIDEO] Jon Jones One-Punch KO’s His Rastafarian Sparring Partner

(Pass the punchie pon the left hand side…)

Just two days out from his showdown with former UFC light heavyweight champion and bitter frenemy Rashad Evans, it appears that current champ Jon Jones has elevated his training level from Keanu Reeves to “Threat Level Midnight.” Believe it or not, his enthusiasm has had an adverse effect on the mental and physical well-being of his training partners.

Take the following video, for instance, in which Jones is matched up against who we can only assume is Nick Diaz’s pot dealer. Seriously, if we weren’t such knowledgeable MMA fans, this video would look more like the singer of Shadows Fall stumbled off his tour bus into what he believed was a cafeteria, feeling irie and looking for the nearest bag of Doritos Cool Ranch, only to be knocked the fuck out by a large African American man with hands as quick as lightning and twice as powerful. The poor bastard.

Check out the video after the jump. 


“You Can Dress Up Mother Nature, But You Can’t Fool Father Time”: Stankie and Efrain Go Toe-to-Toe

(You can bet that one of these two men went to bed reeking of Bengay and whiskey after this. Click the image to view the video, courtesy of

At long last, the video has surfaced.  Al “Stankie” Stankiewicz and Efrain Escudero lace up the gloves and step in the Octagon.  It starts with a little good-natured ribbing, followed by a very credible Stankie impression by Kyle Kingsbury, and then Efrain finds out the hard way that Stankie isn’t joking about his strong desire to kick some ass one more time.

Say what you will about Stankie’s skills in the cage, but if I can move and punch like that when I’m sixty-seven, I’ll be happy.  Actually, if I’m still alive by then, and if the world has not deteriorated into a post-apocalyptic wasteland where we do battle over watering holes and run from roving packs of wild dogs, that will be enough for me.  

Way to show these young punks what it means to have an enduring warrior spirit, Stankie.  I’d be proud to call you my crazy grandfather figure, if only my actual crazy grandfather wasn’t always banging around up in the attic, yelling about how the neighborhood has gone to hell ever since the Irish moved in.

Related: Stankie, In His Own Words