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Ali Bagautinov Tested Positive for EPO Before UFC 174 Title Fight, Catches One Year Suspension


(“Dear God, please let the lab lose my sample.” / Photo via MMAJunkie)

Recent flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for one year following a positive test for erythropoietin (EPO), a unapproved hormone that increases red blood cell production. (See also: Lance Armstrong, Chael Sonnen.) The British Columbia Athletic Commission on Thursday confirmed the news today.

Bagautinov failed a random drug test that was administered on June 2nd, 12 days before his unanimous decision loss to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 174 in Vancouver. As BCAC Commissioner Dave Maedel explained (via MMAJunkie):

These results were not available prior to the UFC 174 event due to lab processing times…I have suspended Mr. Bagautinov’s licence to compete in British Columbia for a period of one year.

So not only was UFC 174 the poorest-selling PPV in nine years, it also produced one more victim of MMA’s newest supervillain — the random drug-test. Seriously, increased drug testing is wiping out high-profile fighters left and right lately, which tells you all you need to know about how widespread the doping problem is in this sport. Keep fighting the good fight, athletic commissions.

We’ll update you when Bagautinov releases the inevitable statement blaming his doctor or nutritional supplements.

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Dude Wipes: The Definitive CagePotato Review


(Unboxing the care package Dude Wipes sent CagePotato. Thanks, Dude Products!)

By Matt Saccaro

The MMA world peered at Tyron Woodley‘s ass and saw “DUDE WIPES” emblazoned across his most private chasm. In that moment, an MMA meme was born.

Dude Wipes, in some ways, are the ultimate expression of the ridiculous Dude-Bro culture ingrained in MMA–or that marketers think is ingrained in MMA. Whether through derision, revulsion, or legitimate curiosity, Dude Wipes became one of the top trends on Twitter during the fights. While some were happy to simply laugh at Dude Wipes and write them off as some kind of oddity, CagePotato wanted to know more. Myself and everyone else on the CagePotato editorial staff will never let it be said we won’t go to any heights (or depths) to the get stories that matter most to MMA. Dude Wipes, we believed, was one of those stories.

Thus, I went out to Walgreens and Target the morning after UFC 174, but found no Dude Wipes. Dejected, I resorted to making a post about them citing several Amazon reviews. But fate tossed me a life preserver in the shape of a Dude Wipe. Dude Products, makers of Dude Wipes, found out about my dilemma and hooked me up. I was excited to get my hands (and butt cheeks) on some Dude Wipes. Check them out:

I also got two wristbands that say “Fresh ass dude” and “#DudeWipes” on them; they’re shown in the video.

So how did they measure up to my expectations? Find out after the jump.

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Wild Rumor of the Day: UFC 174 Did Less Than 100,000 Pay-Per-View Buys


(*crickets* / Photo via Getty)

Yesterday, MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer reported that UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw pulled an estimated 200,000-215,000 pay-per-view buys. While that number is certainly on the low end of UFC buyrates, it’s not a disaster by any means. Keep in mind that UFC 169 — a card that featured a Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber rematch, Jose Aldo defending his featherweight belt against Ricardo Lamas, and a high-profile heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir — only earned an estimated 230,000 buys back in February. On paper, UFC 173 was arguably a weaker offering, but the buyrate wasn’t that far off. Basically, it could have been a lot worse.

The bad news is, last weekend’s UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov event might have done a historically awful, Bellator-caliber buyrate. First, here’s Meltzer discussing the early estimates in his newsletter yesterday:

“It’s too early to get accurate numbers, but every indication we’ve gotten was very bad, and that it showed a steep decline from UFC 173, which was among the lower numbers of the last eight years. UFC PPV shows usually range from 200,000 to 500,000 Google searches after the event, and are usually in the top few searched for items in the country. A bad show may only do 100,000. Bellator’s show last month hit 100,000. A big show can top 500,000, with the shows that hover around 1 million buys usually doing anywhere from 1 million to 5 million searches. This show did less than 20,000, unheard of for a PPV…

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UFC 174 Snapchat Contest: The Winners!

In a way, we picked a great event to kick off our semi-recurring Snapchat contests, since most of you spent UFC 174 bored off your asses and looking for a way to pass the time. As promised, we’re giving away packs of Topps’ UFC Knockout 2014 cards to the best three snaps sent to cagepotatomma during the fights…

First place: girafarig, who sent us some amazing illustrations of the night’s winners, laid on top of her own face/body. Damn gurl, you killed it. We’re going to send you two packs of Knockout cards for your efforts. In fact, I’d like to post all of girafarig’s entries before we go any further…

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UFC 174 Update: Brendan Schaub’s Blown-Up Face Wasn’t as Bad as It Looked



(Photos by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports, via MMAJunkie)

Brief summary of Brendan Schaub‘s experience at UFC 174 on Saturday: He out-works Andrei Arlovski on the feet and and the ground during one of the least entertaining fights of the year, then somehow loses a decision and leaves the Octagon with his jaw swollen up like Quagmire. On the bright side, doctors will not have to amputate.

Schaub confirmed late Saturday night that he was medically cleared before he left the arena, and his only serious injuries were psychological ones. (Schaub will be sharing his thoughts about the fight on today’s installment of his podcast, so keep an ear out for that.) Meanwhile, Andrei Arlovski isn’t exactly in a celebratory mood either. After the fight, the Pitbull lamented his performance and tried to explain why it was so flat:

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Let’s Talk About Dude Wipes for a Minute (or Several Minutes)


(“Official sponsor of Tyron Woodley at UFC 174 (logo on the ass, of course)” / Photo via DudeProducts.com)

If you missed UFC 174 last night, count yourself lucky. It was a terrible card that saw fans literally flocking out of the arena in droves before the main event–a fight where flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson defended his belt against Ali Bagautinov–even ended.

But there was one saving grace: Dude Wipes.

No, really. Tyron Woodley had an ad for Dude Wipes plastered on his ass (which was intentional placement by Dude Products, makers of Dude Wipes). Within minutes, “Dude Wipes” was trending worldwide on Twitter. What, pray tell, is a Dude Wipe? Here’s the story, according to the founders:

Whether it was some unexpected physical activity or the aftermath of the lunchtime burrito, we realized, as guys, we are destined to smell. Something needed to be done. So on behalf of Dudekind [Editor's note: Ugh] we created The Award Winning Dude Wipes™ to combat stank and put you back on your game wherever or whenever nature calls. 

If you’re still wiping with just toilet paper, you’re a chump and your ass hates you for it. Any red-blooded American knows Dude Wipes™ are something you never leave the crib without.

Dude Products even created some promotional material:

Being the disheveled, grubby, low-minded, basement dwelling neckbeards we are, Dude Wipes sounded right up our alley! We wanted to buy a pack of the dudeliest wipes on Earth and review them for all MMA fans. Alas, after making a perilous trek through Father’s Day traffic to FOUR separate stores, we couldn’t find any (and we weren’t asking a clerk to check for fucking Dude Wipes).

So instead of reviewing them ourselves, we’re going to post reviews from Amazon–both positive and negative.

Let’s start it off with the most glowing reviews…

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UFC 174 Results: Demetrious Johnson Retains Title, MacDonald Dominates Woodley


(“Dear God, please guide my hands in this fight, and protect me from this American baldness disease.” / Photo via MMAJunkie)

The UFC is in Vancouver tonight for UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov, featuring a crop of fights that all have the potential to end with the loser being carried out on a stretcher. (NOW LEMME GET A HELL YEAH!) In the main event, Demetrious Johnson — still the only flyweight champion in UFC history — will try to make his fourth belt-defense against a dangerous Dagestani named Ali Bagautinov. Plus: “The Canadian Psycho” Rory MacDonald faces Tyron Woodley in the co-main, Ryan Bader slugs it out with Rafael Cavalcante, Andrei Arlovski makes his long-awaited Octagon return against Brendan Schaub, and Ryan Jimmo will hopefully challenge Ovince St. Preux to a dance-off.

Handling the liveblog for the UFC 174 main card is our own returning champion, Barry “Bear” Siragusa, who will be sticking round-by-round results after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, follow us on twitter for additional commentary, and remember to send us your immediate Snapchat reactions for a chance to win some Topps UFC Knockout trading cards. Thanks for coming.

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UFC 174 Snapchat Contest: Send Us Your Post-Fight Reactions, Win a Pack of UFC Knockout 2014 Trading Cards From Topps!

As you might be aware, CagePotato recently started an official Snapchat account — cagepotatomma — where our loyal fans have been spamming us with weird drawings and photos of their televisions. And yes, the occasional blurry photo of male genitalia, but whaddya gonna do.

So here’s what I propose: During UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov this Saturday, I’d like all you Snapchatters out there to send us your immediate photo-reactions to any of the fights that take place. (Not videos, because we can’t share those.) We will re-post the best ones early next week, and award the top three entries a mini-box of UFC Knockout 2014 Trading Cards from Topps, which all contain an autographed card or a piece of memorabilia, and don’t even hit stores until June 25th.

Keep in mind that any photos you send us via Snapchat may be posted on our website/Facebook page/whatever, so please don’t send us anything you’ll regret later. Any other questions, let us know in the comments section or shoot ‘em to us on twitter. To help spur your imagination, we leave you with a random sampling of photos that our fans have already sent us, which continue after the jump. Come back to CagePotato tomorrow night for our liveblog of UFC 174, and happy snapping!

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Ali Bagautinov Fails Drug Test…in 2012, Banned From the International Sambo Federation


(Bagautinov apparently tested positive for over four times the legal limit of AWESOME. Photo via Getty.)

While details are scarce at the moment, it would appear as if Dagestani flyweight Ali Bagautinov, who is currently scheduled to challenge Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title at UFC 174 in June, has been banned from the International Sambo Federation following a positive test for Methylhexaneamine in 2012. Again, how this news was only recently discovered is anyone’s guess, but here’s the gist of it (via a report on MMABoxing.ru translated by Bloody Elbow):

Report on Anti-Doping (Mr. Ali Bagautinov Shamil’evich)
In accordance with Art. 14.2.2 Doping provisions FIAS report that athlete Mr. Ali Bagautinov Shamil’evich violated Art. 2.1 Anti-Doping regulations FIAS (presence of a prohibited substance methylhexaneamine in an athlete’s sample). Commission Hearing doping cases FIAS has adopted the following sanctions against the athlete:
- 2 years ineligibility from 9 November 2012 to November 8, 2014
- Cancellation of the athlete received during the FIFA World Sambo 2012, which held in Minsk (Belarus), including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
- Part or all of the financial support that is associated with sports activities, or other related activities, grants ever recieved by an athlete will be withheld and FIAS it’s national federations in accordance with Art. 10.10.3 Doping provisions FIAS

Methylhexaneamine is a banned substance most often found in nasal sprays that has also been marketed as an energy-boosting dietary supplement in recent years. It has been banned by several sports commissions due to safety concerns (having been linked to the deaths of at least 5 people), and was brought into the public eye last year when Toronto Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman tested positive for it. Additionally, boxer Brandon Rios was suspended by the China Professional Boxing Association after testing positive for the drug following his loss to Manny Pacquiao in December of 2013.

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Andrei Arlovski Re-Signs With UFC, June Bout Against Brendan Schaub Reportedly in the Works [UPDATED]


(To answer your questions, you can buy it here, and it also comes in shark. / Photo via Andrei’s Instagram)

After a six-year absence from the promotion, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will be returning to the Octagon this year. UFC president Dana White confirmed Arlovski’s signing on Twitter yesterday, and MMAJunkie reports that a bout between Arlovski and Brendan Schaub is being targeted for UFC 174 (June 14th; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). UPDATE: Arlovski vs. Schaub is official, and Schaub is pretty psyched about it.

Though Arlovski endured a rough patch in 2009-2011 where he lost four consecutive fights — marked by knockout losses to Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers, and Sergei Kharitonov — the “Pitbull” actually ended his first UFC stint on a three-fight win streak, including a decision victory against current heavyweight title contender Fabricio Werdum and TKO’s of Marcio Cruz and Jake O’Brien. His departure was contract-related (and immediately profitable), and since then, Dana White has always been highly complimentary of Arlovski as a fighter and as a person, even while criticizing his career choices.

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