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Jason High Released From UFC After Shoving Referee at UFC Fight Night 42


(At least he’s taking it well. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

The axe has finally dropped on Jason High, following his regrettable shoving of referee Kevin Mulhall at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 42. UFC president Dana White confirmed High’s firing in yesterday’s installment of “The Download,” his weekly address on UFC.com. Though White didn’t watch the “Henderson vs. Khabilov” event live due to illness (more on that later), he acted swiftly as soon as he heard what happened:

“What I did find out is that I guess that Jason High kid got up and pushed a referee – he’s cut,” White said in disgust. “I’m going to cut him. I look at that the way (Paul) Daley put his hands on his opponent after a fight was over. You don’t ever, ever f****** touch a referee, ever. You’re done here. He’s been apologizing on Twitter, but he’s done.”

I feel bad for High. It’s not like he went full-Yvel on Mulhall, and yet he could be shut out of the UFC for life, for a single bad decision. On the other hand, an example needs to be set that you never put your hands on an official, no matter how much you think the stoppage sucked. On the other, other hand:

“Say that Chael Sonnen was the one that lightly pushed the ref and that Jason High failed the drug test. Does Dana instantly fire Chael and then go on TV to publicly defend High?

There’s some truth to that. Maybe High’s biggest crime was simply being expendable.

Dana also confirmed in the “Download” column that the UFC will be paying Ross Pearson his win bonus after Pearson was blatantly robbed against Diego Sanchez, and hoped that the judge who scored the fight 30-27 for Sanchez (Jeff Collins) never judges another professional fight. Also, he was struggling with allergies while relaxing in Maine and buying cars while drunk:

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‘In the Blood’ Fight-Picking Contest: And the Winner Is…

Thanks to everybody who entered last week’s UFC Fight Night 42 fight-picking contest! The competition was tight, but the best prediction came from Scott Sawitz, who had Jon Dodson TKO’ing John Moraga in round 2. (The official stoppage came via doctor’s orders at the end of round 2, but close enough.) Scott, we’ll send out your copy of In the Blood this week.

Honorable mention goes to Evan Zivan, who predicted a Diego Sanchez win by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3), which was pretty close to what happened, due to incompetent and/or corrupt judging. Evan, we’ll send you a five-card pack of UFC Knockout 2014 Trading Cards if you’d like, because Topps sent us a bunch of these things for some reason.

Thanks again, and pick up a DVD copy of In the Blood on Amazon right here.

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ICYMI: Greg Jackson Puts on Russian Accent While Cornering Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 42


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Broken English is the universal language. As a master instructor and communicator, Greg Jackson understands that — which is why he cornered Rustam Khabilov as his “Sergei” character during UFC Fight Night 42 on Saturday.

Of course, Jackson is notorious for putting on different voices to bring the best out of his students. Remember when he imitated a drag-queen competition judge while cornering Donald Cerrone? (“Go get some Donald Cer-o-nay! You betta sissy that walk, child!”)

Greg Jackson: The Tobias Fünke of MMA.

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Ross Pearson Seeks Justice After Worst Call of All Time, Officially Appeals Decision


(Ross Pearson’s strategy will be staring at the commission officials until they wet themselves. / Photo via Getty)

If you didn’t see Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 last night, let us break it down for you: Ross Pearson hit Diego Sanchez in the face repeatedly far more than Diego Sanchez hit him. But when the decision was announced, it was Sanchez’s hand that was raised. Worst decision in MMA? Yeah probably. And we’re not alone in thinking that.

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The UFC Can Learn a Lesson From Bellator: How to Promote Bad Fights


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By Matt Saccaro

The UFC said “Hey, did you hear there’s UFC FIGHTS™ on tonight? The finest athletes in the world are facing off and it’ll be action packed. Watch it!”

So we took their word for it, and watched. The athletes faced off, but they weren’t the finest in the world, and it wasn’t action packed. The athletes were green, regional-caliber competitors and there was more labored breathing and bouts of stalling than action.

Then the next event came. “It’s FIGHT WEEEEEEK! UFC FIGHTS™ are on again. The finest athletes in the world are doing battle in the Octagon™. Be sure to watch!”

We were skeptical, but being loyal MMA fans, we watched again. We were let down again. We voiced our concerns, only to be told we weren’t Real Fans if we didn’t appreciate the fights the UFC gave us. Not wanting to lose our MMA streed cred, we watched the next event that promised the top 1% of fighters battling in the Superbowl of MMA only to be disappointed.

This is what being an MMA fan has been like for the past year or two–especially since the UFC went full “World Fucking Domination” on us.

Fight cards are tougher to sit through because the talent levels are lower. Sometimes there’s two of these regional-level, star-sparse cards on the same day! And I’m not ragging on UFC Fight Night 42 specifically; on paper the card was pretty decent for a free Fight Night Card. I’m referring to the general lowering of the bar in terms of card quality that’s become undeniable as of late. The most insulting part is all these events are, for the most part, marketed the same way: Here’s awesome UFC Fights. They’ll be good. Watch them or you’re not an MMA fan.

And judging by the decline in interest (and PPV buys), lots of viewers decided they weren’t fans. And I’m not going to go on for much longer because I’ve written about the issue of over-saturation extensively on CagePotato, but the UFC can learn an important lesson from Bellator regarding how it promotes less-than-stellar fights: Be honest.

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VIDEO: Bryan Caraway Fish-Hooks Erik Perez at UFC Fight Night 42


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As if we needed any more reasons to dislike Bryan Caraway, the UFC bantamweight contender was spotted fish-hooking opponent Erik Perez last night at UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov. Caraway went on to win by rear-naked choke submission in the second round. If you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying, I guess.

Fish-hooking — the act of sticking your fingers in a dude’s mouth and yanking — is one of the fouls listed in the Unified Rules of MMA. Unfortunately, the ref didn’t see it, which was just one of many officiating screw-ups that plagued last night’s card, from questionable stoppages to premature stand-ups to indefensible hometown decisions.

Check out a close-up screen-cap of the fish hook incident after the jump, and let us know what you think.

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UFC Fight Night 42 Results: Benson Henderson Submits Rustam Khabilov, Diego Sanchez Wins B.S. Hometown Decision Against Ross Pearson


(“My God, that is the flattest nose I’ve ever seen. Rustam, would it be okay if I prayed for you?” / Photo via MMAFighting)

The UFC visits Albuquerque for the first time this evening with UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov, a fun little card focusing on Southwestern talent under 170 pounds. In the main event, former lightweight champion Benson Henderson will go for the finish like he always does (LOL!) against Dagestani suplex-monster Rustam Khabilov. Plus: Hometown hero Diego Sanchez takes on Ross Pearson, former flyweight title challengers John Dodson and John Moraga will bounce around the Octagon faster than the human eye can detect, and Bryan Caraway will be booed loudly against Mexican bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez.

Handling the liveblog for tonight’s FOX Sports 1 main card will be none other than Ryan Harkness, who will be typin’ out round-by-round results after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page for all the latest updates, and as always, follow us on twitter for additional deep thoughts.

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UFC Fight-Picking Contest: Win a Copy of ‘In the Blood’ Starring Gina Carano!


(Stay tuned for our Fight Flicks review of the movie, coming later this week.)

Today marks the home video release of In the Blood — that GIF-tacular action movie starring Gina Carano — which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Our dear friends at Anchor Bay Films have hooked us up with a Combo Pack that contains the flick in all three formats, and we figured we’d put it up for grabs in another UFC fight-picking contest. You want it? Well listen up.

This Saturday, UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov goes down at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check out the fight card here, and submit a prediction for any fight on the lineup in the comments section below. The most accurate guess will win the In the Blood combo pack. Your picks should be in this format…

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Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva Re-Re-Booked for UFC 175 Co-Headliner, Dos Santos vs. Miocic Switched to Sao Paulo Main Event


(Silva gives the universal gesture for “Ay man, times is hard, maybe I’ll get your money next week?”)

The mystery of when Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will actually fight each other — if at all — has taken another twist. The TUF Brazil 3 coaches were first slated to settle their television rivalry at UFC 173 on May 25th in Vegas. Then, it was bumped to a week later in Sao Paulo, Brazil. And now, according to UFC president Dana White, the matchup has been pushed back five more weeks, and will serve as the co-main event of UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida. Allegedly. Pending any sudden injury announcements.

The latest re-scheduling has caused a ripple effect of fight-reshuffling behind it. Since Chael vs. Wandy had been scheduled to headline the 5/31 Sao Paulo Fight Night card, the new headliner of that event will be Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic. And since that fight was slated as the UFC 173 co-headliner, the UFC is scrambling for another fight to support Barao vs. Dillashaw and Lawler vs. Ellenberger. Just let me know when this stuff starts to become a little confusing. I actually keep a cheat-sheet in my pocket to keep it all straight. It’s a little scrap of paper that says “www.wikipedia.com“.

Anyway, we’ll update you when Sonnen vs. Silva is canceled.

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UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque Adds Dodson vs. Moraga Rematch, Return of Sergio Pettis


(John Dodson throws some straight-up Street Fighter 2 shit at Tim Elliott back at UFC on FOX 3. / Photo via Tracy Lee)

Unsurprisingly, the fight lineup for UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov (June 7th, Albuquerque) is loading up with Southwestern talent. Two more noteworthy matchups were added today

- Former UFC flyweight title challengers John Dodson and John Moraga will face off at UFC Fight Night 42, for the second time in their careers. Dodson and Moraga previously met at the infamously terrible Nemesis MMA: Global Invasion card in the Dominican Republic back in 2010; Dodson won a unanimous decision and most likely didn’t get paid a damn penny for his efforts. Now, the two Johns are doin’ it again for actual money, in front of actual people. Just like the main event, this matchup pits a local Greg Jackson/Albuquerque fighter (Dodson, Khabilov) vs. an Arizona-based fighter (Moraga, Henderson).

- In bantamweight news, 20-year-old prospect Sergio Pettis will try to rebound from his hype-deflating January loss against Alex Caceres when he takes on Yaotzin Meza — another Arizona-based fighter and teammate of Ben Henderson at MMA Lab in Glendale. Meza is 1-2 in the UFC, most recently dropping a decision to Chico Camus, making this one of those “loser might not get fired, but why take a chance?” kind of fights.

Southwestern MMA fans, check in: Are you excited for this one so far, and what other New Mexico/Arizona talent would you like to see on the card?

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