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CagePotato Roundtable #29: What’s Your Wildest MMA Prediction for 2014?

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(2014: The year that Dana White buys this dog. For Bjorn Rebney. Too soon?)

When former CagePotato.com contributor Jason Moles announced his retirement in 2013, it appeared that there wouldn’t be a “Crazy Enough to be True” predictions column for 2014. Rather than let the opportunity to make outlandish assumptions about the state of our favorite sport pass us up, we’ve decided to offer our wildest ideas in the form of a CagePotato Roundtable. Read on for our picks, share yours in the comments section, and please continue to send your ideas for future CagePotato Roundtable topics to tips@cagepotato.com.

Ben Goldstein


(Mariusz Pudzianowski defends his UFC Poland Super-Heavyweight Title against honorary polack Bob Sapp. / Photo via Sherdog)

Though the UFC once laid claim to the title of fastest-growing sport, the promotion has begun to hit its ceiling in the United States. And they know it — which is why they’ve been pushing so hard for World Fucking Domination lately. After finding major success in international markets like Canada and Brazil, the UFC has been busy laying the groundwork in overseas locales as far-flung as Singapore, India, Turkey, and Poland.

The problem is, none of these upcoming markets have the talent pool available to produce a world champion in the foreseeable future. Or a top contender. Or a fighter who could credibly compete anywhere on a pay-per-view main card. That’s why I’m predicting that 2014 will see the unveiling of individual UFC titles for countries/continents. I mean, Vitor Belfort is already the middleweight champion of Brazil, right? They might as well give him a belt and make it official.

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Report: Tito Ortiz Arrested on Suspicion of DUI This Morning


(Sorry, Tito. Not every vehicular experience can be this positive. / Photo via Getty)

Other than his efforts to unite Cris Cyborg and Miesha Tate in an unholy training alliance, Tito Ortiz has been laying pretty low since he sunk Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view due to a laughably predictable neck injury. Unfortunately, our first Tito-related headline of 2014 isn’t a positive one. As KTLA reports, Ortiz was busted for a DUI early this morning after he drove his Porsche into a concrete median:

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Tito Ortiz was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence after a single-car collision in West Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said in a press release.

The popular athlete, whose birth name is Jacob Christopher Ortiz, was taken into custody around 4:00 a.m. after his car crashed on the 405 Freeway near Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards, the CHP said.

“Ortiz was driving northbound on the I-405 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the concrete center median,” the press release said.

Ortiz, 38, was driving a 2012 Porsche Panamera and had two passengers in the car, according to the CHP. The vehicle was moderately damaged and no one was injured, the CHP said.

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The 39 Most Incredible MMA Photos We Posted on Facebook This Year [GALLERY]


(MMA face-swap of the century: Tito and Jenna at the Grammys, via JCSUPERMAN on the UG)

CagePotato isn’t just an outdated MMA blog featuring incredibly biased articles and a non-functional comment section. The truth is, CP is an online media empire, which includes our daily complaints and arguments on Twitter, MMA GIFs and videos on our Tumblr page, and the amazing/ridiculous photographs and memes we post on Facebook.

We spent all morning combing our Facebook photo gallery and hand-picked 39 of the most memorable images that we posted in 2013, which we’ve laid out below along with their original descriptions. Enjoy, and if you’re not following us yet, get with the damn program.


January 8th: Chael Sonnen before he was a superstar heel, and Jeff Monson before he was a walking art gallery. #oldschool #mma


January 9th: Photo of the day: Ed O’Neill chokes out Royce Gracie on the set of Modern Family.

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Sad Quote of the Day: Forrest Griffin “Can’t Shoot a Basketball, Can’t Throw a Ball, and Has to Brush His Teeth With His Left Hand” These Days


(And to top it all off, his depth perception has somehow gotten *worse*. Photo via Getty.)

Remember how Ronda Rousey told Miesha Tate that she “should get used to wiping her ass with the other hand?” Well, if Forrest Griffin is to be believed, alternate arm ass wiping is probably a reality she’ll be facing down the line regardless of what Rousey does to her at UFC 168.

Griffin recently appeared on The MMA Hour to discuss life after the UFC, and when asked if there ever a possibility we’d see him unretire (because us MMA journalists simply cannot leave well enough alone), Griffin gave a typically candid response:

I physically can’t (come back). I didn’t want to be done, in the beginning. When I announced my retirement, that was actually when I was trying to come back and I realized, it just wasn’t viable. It passed me by. My shoulder is done. I brush my teeth with my left hand now. That’s just the way it goes. I can’t shoot a basketball, I can’t throw any kind of ball. I was right handed.

The last three years, I was kinda fighting with one arm, on and off. My training camp was, I don’t want to call it Frank Mir style, but it was Frank Mir style. It’s like, I’m going to work on whatever hurts the least today. What are we doing today? Well, what’s not broken today? That’s what we’re going to do today.

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Bellator Faces a Pivotal Crossroad Heading Into the Next Season


(The high point for Bellator. Photo via Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com)

By Matt Saccaro

The ninth season of Bellator demonstrated what the Viacom-owned promotion is capable of when it’s given a platform on a stable, popular network—but can what season nine showed us elevate Bellator to the top while simultaneously revitalizing the stagnating MMA market in the United States?

It’s tough to tell, though we can glean a semblance of an answer when we look at an event that was simultaneously the high point and low point for Bellator during its ninth season: Bellator 106, the PPV that wasn’t. The card encapsulated everything that was right and wrong with Bellator.

What was wrong:

-Focusing on well-past-their-prime talent—Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz—and the “these guys used to be in the UFC” marketing line in order to sell a PPV. The cancellation of the PPV because Ortiz suffered yet another injury.

-The conclusion of the knock-off Ultimate Fighter, “Fight Master,” being won by Joe Riggs, another peaked-in-the-mid-2000s, ex-UFC fighter.

-The dubious interim title fight between King Mo and Emanuel Newton that defied the “title shots are earned and not given” mantra that made Bellator special.

What was right:

-Bellator’s homegrown talent like Michael Chandler, Daniel Straus, and Pat Curran being proudly put on display for the MMA world to see.

-Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez was one of the best fights of the year.

-The card being free on Spike TV meant it was the most-viewed in the promotion’s history with 1.1 million viewers.

These takeaways from Bellator 106 can be applied to the promotion’s efforts as a whole.

Bellator’s reliance on ex-UFC fighters in concerning. Rampage drew the second-highest ratings in Bellator history with 793,000 viewers in his fight against Joey Beltran, but banking on older, expensive fighters isn’t sustainable. At 35 years old, Rampage has a limited time left in the sport. The same goes for 38-year-old Tito Ortiz, who hasn’t even fought for Bellator yet since he can’t stay healthy. Placing the weight of a promotion’s future on surgically reconstructed knees and necks is a terrible idea.

Bellator apologists might argue that Rampage and Tito were brought in to garner the casual fan’s attention and in doing so promote the lesser-known, Bellator-made fighters…

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Friday Link Dump: Tito Ortiz Talks Recovery, Josh Barnett Undergoes WADA, The Bloodiest Fights in MMA History + More


(If this video could somehow serve as our logo moving forward, that would be just great. #sweetmemories Via Reddit MMA.)

2009: The UFC Comes Full Circle, Thanks to One Daring Adventurer (MMAFighting)

The Top 20 Bloodiest Fights in UFC History (Gee, wonder where they got that idea. BloodyElbow)

Tito Ortiz Expects Full Recovery, Return to Gym in 6 Weeks (Bleacher Report)

Josh Barnett to undergo UFC-sponsored random WADA testing ahead of UFC 168 (MMAJunkie)

Frank Mir as the Mad Hatter. Creepy. As. Fuck. (CagePotatoMMA.tumblr.com)

The New Journey for Enson Inoue (Part One) (CagedInsider)

The Jamie Foxx Workout (MensFitness)

5 Laws from Around the World That Make No Sense (DoubleViking)

The Best Sports GIFS of October 2013 (Complex)

6 Things I Learned While Watching Guy Fieri Testify at an Attempted Murder Trial (FilmDrunk)

The Ultimate Scare Prank Freak Outs (WorldWideInterweb)

How Did This Get Made? Ep. 74: Halloween III (Earwolf)

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The Unsupportable Opinion: Death Was the Best Outcome for Bellator’s Inaugural PPV


(MMA gets another PPV that never was)

When your dog is terminally ill, you put it down.

When the sales for your inaugural PPV are anemic, you should do the same.

Officially, Bellator canceled the PPV because Tito Ortiz withdrew from the main event bout versus Rampage Jackson, and not because of the PPV’s dubious chances of success. But the result is the same as if they had just canceled it outright: Bellator saves face.

Ortiz’s injury and the resulting cancellation of the PPV were a godsend for Bellator. Why? Let’s look at the most likely scenario for what could’ve happened if Bellator went on with their PPV — both if Ortiz had gotten injured and if he hadn’t.

Scenario 1, Ortiz doesn’t get injured and the PPV goes on:

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BREAKING: Tito Ortiz Off Bellator PPV Card With Neck Injury, No Longer “The Healthiest He’s Ever Been” [UPDATED]


(The reason was to avoid another unnecessary ass-kicking, Tito. DUH. Via Ortiz’s instagram.)

Hey, you guys? Oh my God, you guys. You guys are never going to believe this shit. It appears that Tito Ortiz’s neck has once again collapsed under the weight of his massive head (via MMAFighting):

Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view has been hit by the injury bug.

Tito Ortiz suffered a neck injury in training which will keep him out of next weekend’s fight against Quinton Jackson, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Bellator is currently seeking a replacement for Ortiz, and it is unclear at this time whether Jackson will remain on the Nov. 2 card. There is a chance next weekend’s pay-per-view card turns into a Spike show with Jackson being moved to another event.

Well, at least Tito didn’t wait until 3 days after the fight to announce that he had been injured the whole time. It’s what we like to call “progress.” But seriously, bathroom selfie or it didn’t happen.

[UPDATE] Bellator sheds some light on the status of their PPV (via Twitter) after the jump…

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CagePotato Open Discussion: Is Anybody About to Spend $34.95+ on the Bellator PPV?


(That face you make when you realize that you’re an overpaid dinosaur who has long since worn out his welcome. And whatever facial expression Hulk Hogan is making.)

The title pretty much says everything I need to. Bellator is only charging the low, low price of far more than any reasonable person would pay to watch Tito Ortiz fight Rampage Jackson in 2013 for their charmingly misguided PPV experiment. That’s right, $34.95 for standard definition – $44.95 [!?] for HD – to watch a “mixed martial arts tournament* where fighters become warriors**.”

*Except, you know, it isn’t a tournament at all.

** How lovely.

Considering that people already aren’t buying tickets to this show, I have to ask: Are any of our readers about to drop over thirty bucks on this card? Because as much as I hate to admit it, I’m not about to spend that much money on this. Maybe if it was stacked with the fighters who have made Bellator so much fun to watch over the past few years — guys like Alexander Shlemenko, Rich Hale, David Rickels and The Pitbull Brothers — I’d be able to justify dropping thirty bucks on it.

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[VIDEO] Adam Carolla Gives Tito Ortiz a Boxing Lesson on The Adam Carolla Show

About three years before the Matt Hamill biopic of the same name came out, comedian Adam Carolla starred in a great little low budget, boxing-centric comedy called The Hammer. The film not only received positive reviews during its limited theatrical run, but more or less showcased a lot of the skills Carolla developed in his past life as boxing trainer (which is actually how he met Jimmy Kimmel and yadda yadda the rest is history…).

Nowadays, Carolla hosts the incredibly popular talk show/podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, and frequently brings on guests from the combat sports world. Rather than have these fighters demonstrate submission holds on him for a cheap laugh (not that there’s anything wrong with that), Carolla prefers to school them in the art of “the sweet science.” Having previously taught Urijah Faber a thing or two about proper striking technique, Carolla recently invited Tito Ortiz onto his program to hit some mits/plug his upcoming Bellator PPV fight with Quinton Jackson.

As much as I know you readers want me to use this opportunity to throw a lowball insult at Ortiz (it is, after all, what CP has been doing since day 1), I just can’t do it today. Sure, Ortiz seemed to be breathing a little heavy for a guy who is less than a month out from a fight, but Ortiz also seemed pretty willing to listen to Carolla’s advice, and given the former’s credentials compared to the latter’s, I respect him for it. Who knows? Maybe I’m entering a new, less cynical chapter of my life. Maybe…

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