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Six MMA Trilogies as Pointless as Penn vs. Edgar


(Okay, but can he beat a motivated, featherweight Penn? Photo Courtesy of Getty Images.)

By Seth Falvo

We here at CagePotato.com aren’t the types to say “We told you so,” which is convenient, because we couldn’t even gather enough interest in BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar III to mock it beforehand. The fight ended predictably; Penn continued to be no match for Edgar, and “The Prodigy” hinted at yet another retirement from MMA after it was over. Given the trilogy’s one-sided nature and predictable ending, we’re tempted to call it the most pointless trilogy in our sport’s history. But doing so would do the following trilogies a grave injustice:

Bryan Robinson vs. Andrew Reinard

Third Fight: Tuesday Night Fights, 01/24/2002.
Scoreboard: Robinson, 3-0.

A quick glance at the record of every ironman in MMA will reveal multiple victories over fighters who can best be described as “victims” and “warm bodies.” Reinard is Exhibit A: You can watch his entire three-fight career in only forty-eight seconds.

[Author Note: Robinson vs. Reinard is a stand-in for every pointless trilogy that other MMA ironmen have been involved in. Coincidentally, Robinson himself accounts for
seven (?!?) of Travis Fulton's career victories.]

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Wanderlei Silva Admits to Skipping Drug Test, Claims He Was Taking Diuretics Related to Wrist Injury


(By the way, the hearing was streamed live on Fight Pass, which means that UFC is finally starting to take our advice. It’s about damn time! / Props: MMAWeekly)

Wanderlei Silva appeared at an “informational meeting” yesterday held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, in which he was asked to explain his mysterious disappearance when a sample-collector showed up at his gym last month to give him a random drug test. And while Silva himself didn’t say a word during the meeting — instead speaking through his lawyer, Ross Goodman — he managed to dig himself into a deeper hole.

Chael Sonnen was right: Silva did intentionally run out the side door when the tester arrived. From Sherdog’s recap

Prior to Goodman’s statement, the NSAC had Jim Guernsey, an independent sample collector with approximately 34 years of experience, to detail the events of May 24, when he arrived at Silva’s gym to retrieve a blood and urine specimen from the fighter. After unsuccessfully trying to track down Silva via telephone and at his home, Guernsey found the UFC veteran at his Las Vegas gym. However, Guernsey would not find the cooperation he was seeking.

“I explained that the Nevada Athletic Commission had asked me to get a blood and urine sample from him. He said OK and was finishing eating and visiting with the people around him… After they finished, he asked me if he could talk to his manager or trainer,” said Guernsey, who provided his account from detailed notes he took that day. “I asked him if this person was at the gym and he said yes. I told him that was fine and gave him a little space. I think he had just finished working out.

“He walked up to the front desk and I followed a little way behind him,” Guernsey continued. “He went into an office in the middle of the gym and came out after just a few seconds. He walked back to the front counter and then walked past the office toward the back of the gym and went around the corner to the right. I casually followed behind him, and when I turned around the corner I realized there was an exit there and a bathroom. I didn’t see him anywhere. I went into the bathroom and looked around and didn’t see him there … I kept looking around for a few minutes, and I still couldn’t find him. I came to the conclusion that he left.”

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Wednesday Links: Wanderlei Silva Wants In Against Vitor Belfort (LOL!), Paul Daley Working on UFC Return (Double LOL!!), Bulking Up For Dummies + More


(UFC 174 Free Fight: Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis via the UFC’s Youtube page.)

After Chael Sonnen Removal, Wanderlei Silva Wants Vitor Belfort Rematch (Bleacher Report)

Jacare Souza Will Return at UFC 176 (MMAFighting)

Paul Daley Interested in Working His Way Back Into the UFC (BloodyElbow)

Chael Sonnen Continues Mighty Struggle Against Truth, But Now He’s on Losing End (MMAJunkie)

Bulking Up for Dummies (DoubleViking)

Meet Claudia Ochoa Felix, World’s Sexiest Drug Cartel Assassin (Allegedly) (HolyTaco)

Who is the Best Fighting Character of All-Time? (Hint: It’s Scorpion. We already covered this.) (EveryJoe)

Honest Trailers: The Lion King (ScreenJunkies)

27 Laws Around the World So Peculiar You Won’t Believe They’re Real (Guyism)

Video Game Company Scraps Planned Female Avatar Because It’s Somehow ‘Too Hard To Make’ (Crushable)

Dumb and Dumber To Trailer (ClevverMovies)

Kate Upton Turns 22 Today. Here Are Her Hottest Pictures of All Time (Radass)

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Wanderlei Silva Gets Booed at TUF Brazil 3 Finale; End Times Are Upon Us [VIDEO]


(Props: r/MMA)

So it’s come to this: Chael Sonnen is a Brazilian hero, and the mere mention of Wanderlei Silva‘s name spurs a chorus of boos from a Brazilian crowd. The insane moment shown above happened at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale yesterday in Sao Paulo, following Antonio Carlos Jr.’s win over Vitor Miranda. Despite sharing his side of the story, Wanderlei has apparently become a villain among his own people for torpedoing the Sonnen fight due to an allegedly dodged drug test. Can the Axe Murderer ever come back from such disgrace, or will he spend the rest of his days banished to the deserts of Las Vegas?

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VIDEO: Wanderlei Silva Denies Fleeing From Drug Test, Still Thinks He’s Fighting at UFC 175


(Where’s your crazy heavy metal music and strobe-lights now, playboy? / Props: wandfightteam)

After Chael Sonnen accused Wanderlei Silva of literally running from an unannounced NSAC drug-test — which reportedly led to his removal from UFC 175 — Silva has released his side of the story in a new video released today. According to Silva, the whole thing is “all a big confusion.” Sadly, he doesn’t seem to realize that the fight with Sonnen has already been scrapped. Here’s his full statement:

“This is all a big confusion. Everything I’ve heard, I heard it just like you, from the Internet. Last Saturday, a guy showed up at my gym with several papers in English saying that I had to sign the papers. I asked him if all the documents were written in English and he said yes. He did not show me any identification. So I told him that I can’t read English very well and I would need my lawyer present to able to sign any documents. Then I had to leave since it was the day of Barao’s fight and I was very busy here in Vegas.

“In 20 years of career and 50 professional fights, I never refused to test or failed to apply for a license to fight. My fight will be in Las Vegas on July 5, so we were more than one month from the fight. And my plans were to do all of my obligations once I get back from Brazil since I’m going to Brazil for the TUF Brazil Finale. Once I am back in Las Vegas I will reach out to the NSAC to submit myself to any blood or urine test like I always have done. [Ed. note: Oh, so he wanted to do the drug test *after* he got back from Brazil? Makes perfect sense to me. Give this man his license!]

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Three Years Ago, Chael Sonnen Predicted This Would Happen [VIDEO] [#TBT]


(Props: Ariel Helwani)

Holy crap, that’s eerie. CHAEL, WHAT AM I THINKING RIGHT NOW??

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Wanderlei Silva “Literally Ran Away From His Drug Test,” According to Chael Sonnen


(*sigh* What could’ve been…)

Wanderlei Silva’s sudden withdrawal from his UFC 175 clash with bitter rival Chael Sonnen came as a surprising, if not foreseeable turn of events yesterday. Despite his willingness to throw down with Sonnen on the TUF Brazil 3 set or at a Mr. Olympia event, Wandy has been a bit more trepidatious when it’s come to actually signing on the dotted line, resulting in the grudge match being shuffled between three different cards.

It was originally believed that the reason behind Wanderlei’s removal from UFC 175 was that he simply no-showed for his pre-fight medical exams. However, today brings a few developments that would lead one to the conclusion that Silva never planned on fighting Sonnen in the first place. According to MMAFighting, Silva both failed to apply for a fight license despite being given “ample time,” and when asked to partake in a random drug test at UFC 173 last weekend, flat-out refused to do so.

Of course, when you hear Sonnen’s side of the story, things only get weirder…

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BREAKING: Wanderlei Silva Out, Vitor Belfort In Against Sonnen at UFC 175


(And just like that, Wandy disappeared in a cloud of smoke, his greatest April Fools prank of all times in the books.)

According to Brazilian outlet Combate, the twice-delayed grudge match between TUF Brazil 3 coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen tentatively scheduled for UFC 175 has finally reached its breaking point. Wanderlei has no-showed for his pre-fight medical exams with NSAC, and somehow, been replaced by Vitor Belfort against Sonnen in the evening’s co-main event:

The card for UFC 175 on Wednesday suffered a decent turn of screenplays. After starring with Chael Sonnen moments of biggest rivalry TUF Brazil 3, Wanderlei Silva ’s out of the fight against the U.S. that would loudmouth in the July 5 event in Las Vegas. 

The Combate.com found that his replacement will be none other than Vitor Belfort, who returns to work for the UFC in Las Vegas, after all the controversy involving his name and the use of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). The fight between Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort remains the penultimate event, which will feature two title fights: the weights of female-cocks between Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis, and the weight-average, between Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman.

OK, I feel as if something might have been lost in translation there (female-cocks, LOL!).

How Vitor Belfort has suddenly been licensed to fight is anyone’s guess. A month ago to the day, Dana White stated that Belfort “had a lot of work to do” before he would be approved for a license in the wake of the TRT ban, and that the approval process “doesn’t happen just like that.” Further muddling things are the rumors currently running rampant that the fight will be held at 205 lbs yet serve as a #1 contender fight for the middleweight title. Welcome to the wacky world of MMA, ladies and gentlemen.

We will have more on this insane story as it develops.

-J. Jones

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Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva Was Postponed Because of Silva’s Injuries During ‘TUF Brazil’ Brawl


(Screen-cap via r/MMA)

The constantly-shifting date of the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva fight has become one of the UFC’s most baffling mysteries. But finally, we have an explanation. UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMAJunkie last night that the bout was bumped back five weeks to UFC 175 because the brawl between Sonnen and Silva on TUF Brazil 3 left the Axe Murderer pretty busted up:

“What happened was Wanderlei got hurt in that fight,” White said following Wednesday’s TUF Nations Finale. “He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured.

“He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight f—ing coaching a show. I’m done being angry now. I was angry when it happened. It’s just disgusting…

“There’s a bunch of idiots in the media saying, ‘That thing looks contrived,’” White said. [Ed. note: It's nice to see that Dana still reads CagePotato!] “It was far from contrived. That thing was a disgusting display of what shouldn’t happen, and if I was there it would have never happened…

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This Is the Greatest MMA Screen-Cap of 2014, So Far [UPDATED]


(Props: Reddit_MMA)

Remember how we mentioned yesterday that BJJ champion Gabrielle Garcia made a guest-appearance on TUF Brazil 3, sometime before her bust for the testosterone-boosting drug Clomiphene? Well, this is what that moment looked like.

The combination of Gabi’s Tom Hardy-esque physique combined with that hilarious-in-retrospect caption makes this my favorite MMA-related screen-cap of the year, hands down. A new Potato Awards category will have to be created just for this image. I mean got damn, that lady big.

If you think you have a better MMA screen-cap from 2014, please shoot us a link in the comments section.

Update: Crooklyn passes along another Wandy/Gabi screen-cap from TUF Brazil 3, with an even greater caption…

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