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Friday Link Dump: UFC 196 Sets Record PPV Numbers, Jones & Cormier At It Again, Animated Movies That Make Guys Cry + More


(“Stupid Things People Ask UFC Fighters” via MMAInterviews)

Dana White: UFC 196 Did 1.5 Million PPV Buys (BloodyElbow)

Reps From Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier Camps Detail Pre-Press Conference Altercation (MMAFighting)

A Man of His Word: UFC Commentator Jon Anik Gets ’209′ Tattoo (MMAJunkie)

The Mental Game: Does Ronda Rousey Have What It Takes to Regain Her Throne? (Bleacher Report)

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UFC 196 Highlights/Results: Conor McGregor and Holly Holm Suffer Shocking Defeats


(“While the world did gaze with deep amaze, At those fearless men but few, Who bore the fight that freedom’s light, Might shine through the foggy dew…” via Getty)

In 1993, the Gracie family brought in fighters of various fighting disciplines from all around the world — kickboxers, wrestlers, street brawlers, and even a sumo for good measure — with the goal of proving that Jiu Jitsu was the one style that could conquer them all. Twenty three years later, it appears that their theory still holds water.

In a night of absolutely thrilling fights, the aura of invincibility surrounding Conor McGregor — and to a lesser degree, Holly Holm — was shattered by the grappling attack of Nate Diaz and Miesha Tate, respectively. While there are many lessons to take away from the shocking events that unfolded at UFC 196 (and we’ll get into a few below), it is the one that we’ve been hearing for the past two decades that was perhaps the most resounding.

Jiu Jitsu conquers all.

Head after the jump for the full results & highlights from UFC 196. 

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VIDEO: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz Staredown Nearly Erupts Into a Massive Brawl

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely noone, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were not able to keep things civil at yesterday’s UFC 196 press conference. In the evening’s staredown, Diaz put his fist a little too close to Conor’s face for the Notorious one’s liking, and McGregor responded by punching — not slapping, punching — Diaz’s hand out of his face.

What resulted was a bench-clearing skirmish that — had we been in Nashville — would have almost certainly resulted in the featherweight champion getting curb stomped.

After the jump: A full video of the skirmish with actual sound, plus McGregor and Diaz’s profanity laced interview on Fox Sports Live that followed.

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OPINION: Was the UFC Purposefully Under-Promoting UFC 196 Until Now?


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By Bjorn Hansen

Something was wrong. There was something missing. It wasn’t so much about what happened, as much as it was about what didn’t happen. The MMA field of psychic energy lacked a directed focus. It was split in several directions. There was one thing we should have all been talking about, yet it seemed we were all looking past it. We saw the potential, but ignored its likelihood. What I mean to say is, I certainly didn’t feel like we were collectively counting down to potential MMA history…and yet…the greatest page of MMA History could have been written this March 5th.

Let me back up for a moment. Let’s talk for a second about how we got there.

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Video: Yesterday’s UFC 196 Press Conference, In All It’s Profanity-Laced Beauty


(via the UFC.)

It wouldn’t take a genius to predict that a mic battle between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz would be entertaining from start to finish, but I don’t think that any of us could have predicted how balls-to-the-wall bonkers yesterday’s UFC 196 press conference ended up being. Both Ireland and Stockton were represented in full, and the result was a conference that felt less like a media day and more like a Def Jam comedy special. A few choice pull quotes:

McGregor: “I like Nick’s little bro. He’s like a little cholo gangster from the hood, but at the same time, he coaches kids Jiu Jitsu on Sunday morning and goes on bike rides with the elderly. He makes gang signs with the right hand and animal balloons with the left.”

Diaz: “Fuck you.” (this was the majority of Diaz’s trash talk)

Diaz: “You fight midgets.”

McGregor: “Most people, when they get that red panty night, they ring home to their wife, ‘Baby we did it!’ Nate rings Nick, ‘Baby, we did it!’”

Check out a handful of highlights from the conference above, then head after the jump for the whole affair.

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Nate Diaz Wins the Conor McGregor Sweepstakes, Welterweight Bout Set For UFC 196


(Incredibly gangster UFC 196 fan made trailer via ATE Channel)

When it was announced that Rafael Dos Anjos had gone down with a foot injury just 11 days prior to his lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor, the list of suitable replacement opponents for the Notorious one was quickly narrowed down to two guys: Donald Cerrone or Nate Diaz. Of course, Diaz being the perpetual cog in the UFC’s wheel, it seemed as if “Cowboy” would eventually be granted the matchup by virtue of pure convenience.

But wouldn’t you know it, it seems that Diaz had a slight change of heart, and has now agreed to face McGregor at UFC 196 in a five round main event.

If you’ll excuse us for a moment….

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Rafael Dos Anjos Pulls Out of UFC 196, UFC Now Seeking Replacement Opponent for McGregor


(The curse of El Chapo continues…)

For the second time in as many contests, Conor McGregor has been scheduled to face a Brazilian champion, only to have said champion go down with an injury just weeks before the fight. If that sounds like we’re dick-riding the featherweight champion, we’re not. Just stating the facts, people.

In either case, Rafael Dos Anjos has in fact pulled out of his UFC 196 main event due to a broken foot suffered during training, leaving the Notorious one in need of yet another last-minute replacement. And here’s where things are getting interesting…

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Following Main Event Falling Out, UFC 196 Downgraded to ‘Fight Night 82′


(Ba-dow bum, bum, bum, another one bites the dust…)

The injury-forced withdrawals of both Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum from UFC 196 presented the UFC with a peculiar, if not unfamiliar scenario, and left many fans wondering what magic the promotion still had up its sleeve after all these years. Would Dana & Co. book a freakish but totally watchable fight to serve in its place, ala UFC 153? Would they bring Ben Rothwell in to save the day, ala what they should have done with Fight Night 76? Or would they throw their hands in the air and outright cancel the event, ala UFC 176? The options were literally limitless.

As it turns out, however, the UFC went and pulled a rabbit out of its hat that not many of us saw coming, bumping up the co-main event between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson to main event status and shifting the card from its previous pay-per-view spot to the totally free (depending on your cable package) Fox Sports 1 network instead.

“A non-Fight Night, numbered UFC event on free TV? What madness is this?!” we cried with a mix of astonishment and jubilation. It was an unprecedented move, to be sure, and one that unfortunately was too good to be true…

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Cain Velasquez Injured Yet Again, Fabricio Werdum Now Faces Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 [UPDATE]


(Hello ER my old friend, I’ve come to lie with you again…)

You might not know this about Cain Velasquez, but the former heavyweight champion is what some would call “prone to injury.” In fact, Velasquez has spent far more time on the shelf during his tenure with the UFC than he has been fighting, competing just 6 times (and against a grand total of 3 different opponents) dating back to the night he first lost his belt to Junior Dos Santos in 2010.

So when it was first announced that Velasquez would inexplicably be receiving an immediate rematch against Fabricio Werdum following his one-sided defeat at UFC 188, the booking was met with a certain amount of trepidation. Rightfully so, it would seem, as today brings the news that Velasquez has has been forced to withdraw from UFC 196 just two weeks out with a back injury.

Details after the jump. 

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