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UFC Releases Apology After Dana White Kicks Out a Judge at UFC Fight Night 48


(Poor Dana. He has his good days and his bad days. / Photo via MMA in Asia)

A strange and unprecedented thing happened during the UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le prelims on Saturday. After the first two fights ended in split-decisions, UFC president Dana White grabbed veteran judge Howard Hughes and told him to get lost:

He was involved in the first fight and the second fight,” White said. “I told the guys to go let him grab some beer and some popcorn and go sit down and start watching some fights, not judging them.”

To clarify, Hughes was only singled out because he worked both fights, not because his scorecards were significantly worse than anybody else’s. In the opening bout between Milana Dudieva and Elizabeth Phillips, Hughes was one of the two judges to score it for Dudieva — a result that White said he actually agreed with — and in the next bout between Royston Wee and Yao Zhikui, Hughes was one of the two judges to score it for Wee. White did not agree with that decision, and it sent the UFC prez into “a pretty bad meltdown.”

While it’s kind of refreshing to see a bad judge get pulled off the mound like a nervous pitcher, the incident prompted a storm of criticism from MMA journalists including Kevin Iole and Ben Fowlkes, who felt it was a tremendous conflict of interest for a UFC executive to remove a judge when he doesn’t agree with the results — especially in locales without athletic commissions, where the UFC arranges virtually all of the officiating itself.

The UFC brass must have come to the same conclusion, because the following statement was just published on UFC.com:

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Hot Potato: 19 Photos of Jennifer Nguyen, UFC Macau Ring Girl


(Photo via Jennifer’s ModelMayhem page. Full gallery is after the jump.)

Props to Bloody Elbow photographer Anton Tabuena for introducing us to Jennifer Nguyen, a Vancouver-based model, dancer, and actress of Vietnamese descent who was one of the guest ring girls at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau this weekend. Jennifer has a long list of credits as a magazine and import model, and has been busy conquering Asia lately. You can read her life story here.

Check out 19 of our favorite Jennifer Nguyen photos in the gallery below, and visit her Facebook and Instagram pages for tons more.

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You Need to See Cung Le’s Brutalized Face Right This Instant


(The before shot. / Photo via Getty)

Cung Le just fought Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, though it looks like he just dived into the business end of a wood chipper face-first.

Le performed great for a 42-year-old, but ultimately succumbed to a knee and follow-up punches from Bisping (read a full re-cap here). The TKO wasn’t the most shocking part of the fight, however. No, that was Le’s mangled face–specifically his right eye.

You can use “hamburger meat” or whatever term you’d like. We prefer to think of it as the real-life version of Oberyn Martell’s face at the end of his duel with Ser Gregor Clegane. Take a look after the jump:

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UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le — Liveblogging the Fights We Care About


(I don’t know exactly what they were saying, but it seemed like they agreed on at least a dozen different points. / Props: MMAJunkie)

UFC Fight Night 48 is underway at the CotaiArena in Macau, featuring Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le in the main event, Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim in the co-headliner, and a bunch of non-wiki randoms making up the rest of the card. You don’t care about those guys and neither do we. Fortunately, our Fight Pass correspondent Barry “Bear” Siragusa is going to liveblog the top two fights starting around 10 a.m. ET, and plug in results for the rest. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and let us know how you feel in the comments or on twitter @cagepotatomma.

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Cung Le and Michael Bisping to Undergo Enhanced Drug Testing; Le Defends His Suspiciously Jacked Physique


(Cung Le in November 2011, and Cung Le in August 2014. The only thing that hasn’t changed is his underwear.)

Over the weekend, UFC middleweight Cung Le posted a photo of himself flexing after an intense workout — and immediately raised the suspicions of armchair endocrinologists around the globe. Despite his athletic gifts, Le hasn’t always been the leanest or most muscular fighter out there; in fact, he’s looked rather soft at times, relatively speaking. But now, at the age of 42, he’s showing up looking this jacked? In a sport where aging veterans are getting popped for PEDs left and right, MMA fans were understandably dubious.

In an apparent response to the accusations being flung at Le, the UFC has announced that Cung Le and his opponent Michael Bisping will undergo enhanced drug testing for their UFC Fight Night 48 headlining bout this Saturday in Macau. The testing will be performed at the UFC’s expense, and will include blood-testing, which would theoretically identify non-steroid PEDs like human growth hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO).

Of course, we probably won’t get the results of these tests until weeks after the fact, which does absolutely nothing to prevent potential cheaters from competing. (I kind of agree with Mark Bocek here; if all these drug tests are timed so that big fights still get to proceed as scheduled, it doesn’t reflect well on the UFC’s priorities, or how serious they are about eradicating the PED epidemic.)

But it might be a moot point in this case, because Cung Le doesn’t plan on failing a drug test anytime soon…

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