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UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — Main Card Results & Commentary


(Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi, showing about as much intensity as the average person does while ordering fast food at a drive-through. / Photo via Getty)

Welcome to CagePotato’s liveblog of UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — aka, the stunning conclusion of #FridayNightWars. Tonight on FOX Sports 1, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi battle for the chance to get “pretty damn close” to a middleweight title shot, while Lean ‘n’ Mean Alistair Overeem trades bombs with fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell. Also: Matt Mitrione takes on Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis, and lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon meets Michael Chiesa in a battle of skinny grapplers. Plus, there’s a guy on the prelims who fought 13 days ago. Crazy!

In the immortal words of Jeff Monson: “You like watching people get f*cked for free?” Then follow us after the jump for round-by-round results from the UFC Fight Night 50 main card, which our dear friend Ryan Harkness will be compiling after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET, along with his usual charming commentary. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and follow us on twitter for even more hijinx. Thanks for being here.

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Charles Oliveira Pulled Off UFC Fight Night 50 Card Due to Illness


(When we get around to writing that list of “Top Ten Sort of Decent Rematches That Never Happened,” this one will definitely land around #8. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

After UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira missed weight by five pounds yesterday due to a week-long illness, we at CagePotato expressed our sympathy by calling our bookie ASAP and betting against him. Sadly, Oliveira’s scheduled UFC Fight Night 50 match against Nik Lentz has been canceled altogether, as Oliveira was declared medically ineligible to fight. UFC.com confirms it:

Oliveira, who was getting over a viral infection he contracted in Brazil, had a relapse earlier this week and missed weight for the bout Thursday, coming in at 150 pounds. He did not attempt to weigh in again. This morning, the Brazilian fell ill, and after being seen by a doctor he was pulled from the bout. The UFC Fight Night event at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut will proceed as scheduled with nine bouts.

According to Ariel Helwani, Lentz will be paid his show and win money, but Oliveira won’t be paid a dime, because Dana White is a rotten, heartless person.

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UFC Fight Night 50 Weigh-In Results: Alistair Overeem Continues to Shrink, Charles Oliveira Too Sick to Cut Weight


(‘Jacare vs. Mousasi’ weigh-in highlights via YouTube.com/UFC)

Weigh-ins for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 50 card went down yesterday at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, and they were noteworthy for two reasons:

- Charles Oliveira tipped the scales at 150 pounds for his featherweight prelim contest against Nik Lentz, and was fined 20% of his purse*. (He also earned a spot on the leaderboard.) Oliveira’s excuse didn’t exactly put our minds at ease: “I was sick for the past week in Brazil, and I was pretty bad when I got to the United States,” Oliveira told MMAFighting.com after the weigh-ins. “I couldn’t cut weight, and I’m not feeling well to cut weight, so that’s why I missed weight. I had high fever, headache. I think it was a viral infection. But I was the one who asked for this fight, so I couldn’t withdraw.”

When asked if the illness would affect his performance, Oliveira said “I don’t know, let’s wait until tomorrow.” Yeesh, good luck dude. By the way, Lentz is still a +160 underdog in this match, so get in while the getting’s good. Oliveira previously missed weight for his UFC 152 fight against Cub Swanson, coming in just over at 146.4 pounds, but that fight was made a catchweight bout and Oliveira wasn’t fined.

UPDATE: Oliveira has been pulled from the card due to illness and won’t be paid. Nik Lentz is getting his show money and win money, but not a cut of Oliveira’s purse.

- Also, heavyweight co-main eventer Alistair Overeem weighed-in at a lean and mean 248 pounds, continuing the shrinkage he’s undergone in his UFC career: Overeem was up in the 260′s for his first two bouts in the UFC (263 against Brock Lesnar, 264 against Bigfoot), then dropped to the 250′s for his next two (255.5 against Travis Browne, 257 against Frank Mir). Somehow, he’s misplaced nine pounds since his last fight. The Demolition Man is steadily returning to his old beanpole days — but at least he looks better than Rothwell.

Check out the full UFC Fight Night 50 weigh-in results after the jump (via B/R), and be sure to come back tonight at 10 p.m. ET for our liveblog of the main card!

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UFC Fight Night 50 Video Hype: Jacare Souza’s Origin Story, Derrick Lewis’s ‘Two Lives’ + More

We ain’t even gonna front — UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi is one of the best free cards of the year, and you have no reason not to watch the action-heavy six-fight four-fight main card tomorrow night on FOX Sports 1. Get familiar with the lineup by watching these new preview videos from the UFC YouTube channel.

Above: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza describes his journey in MMA and his thoughts on opponent Gegard Mousasi. (By the way, props to whoever designed the X-Gym doors. Super classy.) Below: Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis discusses the violent experiences that shaped his early life, and how he’s matured through MMA.

After the jump: Ben Rothwell vows to beat Alistair Overeem‘s ass, and the full “Countdown” episode for UFC Fight Night 50, which includes a look at the Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa matchup.

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Sign of the End Times: FOX Sports Pushes Back ‘UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi’ Main Card to Avoid Competing With Bellator


(Disclaimer: This week’s Bellator show may not actually feature Michael Chandler dancing like a cracker-ass doof and King Mo shaking his head at him.)

Until yesterday, UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi (aka The Massacre in Mashantucket) was scheduled to have a six-fight main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET this Friday on FOX Sports 1. But in an unexpected and downright bizarre turn of events, FOX Sports confirmed last night that it will be bumping the first two main card fights down to the prelims — Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz and John Moraga vs. Justin Scoggins — and starting the main card an hour later, at 10 p.m. ET.

This is great news for die-hard MMA fans, considering that the Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull 2 main card — which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Spike TV, also this Friday — will be wrapping up right around then. So why would FOX Sports make this change on three days’ notice? There’s only one explanation: They didn’t want the first hour of their main card to be blown out by Bellator’s headliners. That’s right, the UFC has conceded the #FridayNightWars scheduling battle to Scott Coker, who is most likely grabbing his nuts right now.

Keep in mind that the entire UFC Fight Night 50 preliminary card will be aired on FOX Sports 1, starting at 7 p.m. ET. And if that broadcast does a weaker number than the Bellator show on Spike, who cares? Prelims aren’t supposed to draw a big number, right? What FOX Sports and the UFC are doing is making sure to avoid any unfavorable comparisons during the meat of their broadcasts; they don’t want the 9-10 p.m. slot on FS1 to be a ghost town because everybody’s down the dial watching a potential dogfight between Pat Curran and Pitbull Freire.

It was a game of cable-scheduling chicken, and the UFC swerved first, which is shocking for anybody who remembers the UFC at its ruthless counter-programming peak — the UFC that would book a free Anderson Silva fight on short notice just to bury Affliction. And so, Bellator earns a moral victory, and MMA fans without two television sets or DVR service don’t have to choose which event to watch on Friday. Hell, if you live in Connecticut, you could probably watch both main cards in person, since the venues are only ten miles away. The true winner of #FridayNightWars? The fans.

Follow us after the jump for the current broadcast info and fight cards for UFC Fight Night 50 and Bellator 123 on Friday…

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The Unsupportable Opinion: I’m Watching Bellator Instead of UFC This Friday, And You Should Too


(Bobby Lashley has swelled up to Guy on the Right proportions. That’s worth your attention, right there.)

By Shep Ramsey

Unless you’ve been trapped in your basement savoring celebrity nudes for the past few days, you can’t ignore the UFC vs. Bellator showdown this Friday night. Both MMA organizations are going head-to-head, and to make the pot even sweeter, both events take place in the not-so-glorious state of Connecticut.

Are Dana White and Scott Coker both there to lobby for MMA regulation in nearby New York, or petition for the return of the Hartford Whalers? No.

Not since Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson’s match of “Who Can Run Faster, You or Me” has the sporting world been on the edge of their seats for something of this magnitude. But first, a brief rundown of what’s been happening in each promotion.

Let’s begin with Bellator, the little-brother league that used to hold tournaments not only for its fighters to earn title shots, but also to give champions 14-month periods of rest between fights. Viacom, the mega broadcast company that currently pulls the strings, recently axed Bjorn Rebney from his presidential post for being a “dickrider,” and brought former Strikeforce mastermind Scott Coker into the fold to run this promotion before it runs itself into the ground. I mean, who else brought you the demise of Fedor Emilianenko, premiere women’s MMA battles, Frank Shamrock getting his arms broken by kicks, a post-fight brawl involving Californian gangs, and Gus “Call of the Century” Johnson?

As for the UFC, the promotion started out as an addictive source of violence after two casino heirs-turned-bodybuilders used their papa’s money to hire King Kong Bundy in a dress, and revolutionized the sport of MMA. Nowadays, UFC head honcho (and the sole reason why MMA exists) Dana White, has turned on the fans, media, and even fighters because nobody is watching the 2,034 shows his company puts on a year. Basically, it’s your fault that the UFC is watered down, and if you don’t like it, don’t watch it, but keep in mind, you’re a piece of trash for not watching and supporting fighters who are away from their families for six weeks. And fuck the media for telling you otherwise, because if they’re not with UFC, they have no business writing editorials or opinion columns that their employers pay them for.

So here we are on the eve of UFC Fight Night 50 (which really feels like 250) and Bellator 123 (which feels like 123, considering we have no idea what happened from 1 to 81). You have to pick one, and this writer is going to pretend that dual television sets, DVR, or sketchy Internet streams don’t exist. Which one is it going to be?

You bet your ass we’re watching Bellator…well, at least I am.

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Is MMA About to Enter a New Golden Age?


(Photo via Getty)

By Matt Saccaro

“It’s always darkest before it’s totally black.”-Mao Zedong (supposedly).

This quote aptly described MMA’s immediate future, or at least it seemed to until very recently. Card quality, fan interest, and–most importantly–numbers were all declining; 2014′s PPV buy ceiling of 350,000 was 2009′s floor. MMA was headed for a perplexing time when it was simultaneously bigger than ever but smaller than ever, when the fighters were more talented than ever but less popular than ever.

A series of fortunate events and new found circumstances can change all that. To make a Back to the Future reference, the horrific, Biff Tannen-owned Hill Valley that represented MMA’s future may well become the nice, stable Hill Valley in which George McFly is a successful fiction author and Marty McFly bangs his girlfriend in the back of a pickup truck. That is to say, MMA might be approaching a level of popularity, constancy and quality that many (including myself) didn’t think it was capable of reaching in the current climate.

What’s the reason for this cautious optimism?

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UFC Booking Roundup: Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell, Andrei Arlovski vs. Bigfoot Silva 2 Added to September Cards


(You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”)

Dana White might insist that he’s not trying to compete with Bellator on September 5th — but the UFC is making damn well sure that its Connecticut card will be worth watching. In addition to Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza 2 being confirmed as UFC Fight Night 50′s main event, the following matches have also been added to the FOX Sports 1 card…

- Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell: Coming off a redemptive win against Frank Mir in February and a layoff for elbow surgery, Overeem will take on fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell, who will be competing for the first time since his August 2013 TKO of Brandon Vera and subsequent nine-month suspension for elevated testosterone. (Again, UFC Fight Night 50 is taking place on an Indian reservation, so Overeem and Rothwell probably won’t have to deal with any inconvenient random drug tests before the match.)

- Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis: Mitrione was supposed to compete at last weekend’s UFC 175 event until his opponent Stefan Struve collapsed in the locker room and was pulled at the last minute. “Meathead” has now been re-scheduled against Derrick Lewis — better known as “The Black Beast” — who has gone 2-0 in the Octagon so far, with both wins by first-round TKO. Lewis most recently finished Guto Inocente at the TUF 19 Finale. I smell a slugfest.

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Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza 2 Moved to UFC Fight Night 50 in Connecticut


(Jacare Souza, smiling like a man who clearly doesn’t remember getting upkicked in the face six years ago. Photo via Combate/Globo)

In the wake of UFC 176′s cancellation, scheduled co-main event fighter Gegard Mousasi posted the following on Facebook:

 

Mousasi later erased the post, but it was too late — the UFC responded to his sarcasm by reassigning his rematch with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to Fight Night 50, the September 5th card being held on an Indian reservation in Connecticut, ten miles away from a Bellator show.

To be honest, we doubt the UFC brass had any malicious intent with this booking, but it’s still a kick in the nuts to go from a pay-per-view event at the Staples Center to a Friday night FS1 card in Ledyard, CT. Mousasi vs. Souza hasn’t officially been named as the UFC Fight Night 50 main event, although that’s certainly a possibility, considering that the only other notable fight on the lineup right now is Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa. We’ll keep you posted.

Fun fact: UFC Fight Night 50 comes smack in the middle of an eight-week stretch that will feature 10 UFC events. So yeah. The eyes of the world will be watching.

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