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Random News Alert: Rich Franklin In Talks to Become ONE FC Vice President

(We probably could've used a better picture. / Photo via Getty) Here's the latest in headlines you'd never expect: Former UFC champ Rich Franklin is apparently in talks with ONE FC to become its vice president. Rich Franklin reported the news this morning on his Facebook page, saying the following: I have been in talks with ONE FC about taking a job with them. They offered me a position as VP. I will be heading to ONE FC headquarters in the next few weeks to work out the details. I met with Dana and Lorenzo at the end of last year and they gave me their blessing. I will keep you posted. As MMA Junkie reported, Franklin still has a fight on his UFC contract and stated that he wanted to fulfill his obligations. Taking a desk job with another MMA promotion almost definitely means that his fighting days are done.
Posted on: 19 April 2014 - 12:35 pm  |   | 

Martial Arts Fail of the Week: This Makes Point Fighting Look Like Frye-Takayama

Remember last week's Martial Arts Fail--the one with the worst karate demo known to man? This week, we have a follow-up to that video in the form of a sparring match between two black belts from what appears to be the same school. That's right, a sleuthing member of Reddit unearthed the dojo's identity. Apparently, this Taekwondo McDojo is called the World Martial Arts Association and is headquartered in Brooklyn. If the words of an anonymous Redditor who claims to have once been a student can be believed, they charge $40 a class, and $600 per belt test. Here's the full thread on Reddit, in case you're interested in this sort of thing. The funniest (or saddest) part, however, isn't on Reddit or YouTube, but on the school's own website...
Posted on: 19 April 2014 - 11:58 am  |   | 

Ronda Rousey Is Chuck Liddell? In Eyes Of Dana White She Is

UFC president Dana White has known Chuck Liddell for many years, managing him, directing him and now working alongside him. So when White looks at Ronda Rousey and sees her willingness to do whatever the UFC needs, he can make an easy comparison. “Ronda called me and said, ‘I want to fight,’” said White, during […]

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Posted on: 19 April 2014 - 10:00 am  |   | 

Bellator 117 Results: Lima Batters Hawn’s Leg to Become Bellator Welterweight Champion

Bellator crowned a new welterweight champion at Bellator 117, and also determined who'd fight in the finals of the season 10 lightweight tournament. In case you missed the fisticuffs, here's our recap: Patricky "Pitbull" Freire vs. Derek Campos This lightweight tournament semifinal started with some feeling out. A flying knee from Pitbull missed its mark, as did a spinning back kick from Campos. Midway through the round, Pitbull landed a sick hook to the liver followed up by a hook to the head--easily the best combo of the round at that point. Shortly after this, a brawl ensued against the cage. Campos landed some jabs, Freire landed a knee and a right hand. They reset, but then Campos pressured Freire again, landing quite a few shots. Campos' success continued until the end of the first round; he started to get the better of every exchange while Pitbull looked slow and uninterested. Campos' luck ran out in the second round. Pitbull tagged him with a nasty right hand that floored him. Campos managed to rise to his feet only to be floored yet again. Pitbull mounted him and finished him with ground and pound when Campos rolled over onto his stomach and covered up. What a comeback. Freire will be fighting the winner of Marcin Held vs. Derek Anderson in the lightweight tournament finals.
Posted on: 18 April 2014 - 11:21 pm  |   | 

[VIDEO] Marlon Wayans Fantasizes About Ronda Rousey on Conan, Continues to Be Unfunny

(Skip to the 2:50 mark to see what we're talking about.) Every time I hear that Marlon Wayans has another fart-joke-disguised-as-a-movie coming out, I have to remind myself that this is the man who wrote/starred in Don't Be a Menace and Scary Movie or I'd probably walk into oncoming traffic. I mean, sure, Wayans has been relentlessly eroding our cultural understanding of things like "satire" and "parody" for over a decade now, but it's hard to blame him when you realize how much money he is making to do so. Despite appearing to be a talentless hack like myself on the outside, Wayans is probably still a generally funny guy (unlike myself) on the inside, right? Well, his recent appearance on Conan would seem to suggest otherwise. Apparently a big fan of our fair sport, Wayans recently appeared on Conan to promote his latest effort, Ghost Fart 2, and the topic eventually shifted to a tweet he had sent out about another Conan alum, women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. "This is hot!! Girl on girl! #ufc @ufc @rondaroussey I just wanna smell her training gloves and feet wraps..." wrote Wayans during Rousey's staredown with Sara McMann, which the UFC bizarrely chose to retweet because hey! A sort-of famous person acknowledged us! In any case, Conan called out Wayans for his tweet, and Wayans proceeded to discuss his fantasy of having Rousey armbar his penis. It was the kind of joke you'd expect from the guy who honestly thought White Chicks was a funny enough premise to run with for 90 minutes, and I fully expect either Rousey or Dana White to respond negatively to it in the coming days. I apologize for wasting your time. -J. Jones 
Posted on: 18 April 2014 - 2:00 pm  |   | 

Khabib Nurmagomedov Confirms That He Was the Kid in That Russian Bear-Wrestling Video

From Combate via BloodyElbow: "Yes, I was. It was a secret video and I do not know how that got on the Internet." Nurmagomedov told Combate.com via a translator. "That was long ago, I almost do not remember, I was a boy at the time." Well, mystery solved. Nurmagomedov and his impressive 21-0 record will meet Rafael Dos Anjos on the UFC on FOX 11 prelims this Saturday.
Posted on: 18 April 2014 - 12:54 pm  |   | 

MMA’s Catch-22 Drug Trap: Why So Many Fighters Fall Into Addiction

(MMA competition can provide the stability necessary for a person to beat addiction. It can also create the physical and emotional chaos that leads to drugs in the first place.) By Santino DeFranco For months I’ve wanted to get started on an article discussing drug use among MMA athletes, but just haven’t gotten my fingers to the keyboard. For some reason, after seeing Dennis Siver’s positive test for HCG recently — probably the least worrisome drug I’ve ever seen someone test positive for — I’ve decided to get going with it. In addition to the positive tests for performance enhancing substances that we've seen dozens of times in this sport, there has been an alarming number of positive drug tests for recreational and prescription drugs as well. We’ve also seen countless fighters wage personal battles with substance abuse outside of the ring/cage, with several ending in death — accidental as well as suicide. It’s the recreational drugs and prescription painkillers that have caught my attention as something that may need to be addressed. After seeing so many fighters struggle with drug abuse over the years like Joe Riggs, Drew Fickett, Karo Parisyan, along with those that have passed away from drug-related circumstances like Shane Del Rosario and Shelby Walker, I started to wonder: Is MMA leading athletes to become addicted to drugs, or are people who are more prone to drug use entering the world of mixed martial arts? What I found out is that the answer to both previous questions is yes. Those more prone to use drugs do enter MMA, and MMA in return, leads those to use drugs and subsequently become addicted to them. It’s a hell of a lot more complex than that, but simply put, MMA fighters, as well as boxers, are kind of screwed.
Posted on: 18 April 2014 - 12:23 pm  |   | 

The Greatest Fights in MMA History Tournament: Vote Now in the Finals!

It all comes down to this. The semifinal round of our Greatest Fights in MMA History Tournament is in the books, and two finalists have emerged after a pair of close battles... - Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 1 defeated Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1, with 55.6% of the vote. And so, a recent epic replaces an older one in the pantheon of all-time great MMA fights. Had to happen eventually. - Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 1, with 52.8% of the vote. I'm surprised it was this close. Kudos to Silva vs. Sonnen 1 for making it competitive, and for their scrappy underdog run in this tournament overall. So which fight deserves to call itself The Greatest Fight in MMA History — Henderson vs. Rua 1 or Frye vs. Takayama? Vote now, and come back on Wednesday when we reveal the winner!
Posted on: 18 April 2014 - 9:00 am  |   | 

Dana White Has No Way Of Contacting Diaz Brothers

UFC president Dana White wants to get both Nick and Nate Diaz back inside the Octagon and fighting as soon as possible – and as many times as possible. White’s stated numerous times that he is a fan of both fighters, but the trouble they bring with them when it comes to negotiating deals appears […]

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Posted on: 18 April 2014 - 9:00 am  |   | 

Jake Shields Signs With World Series of Fi-Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

(If you think I'm going to waste my time thinking of a funny caption for this photo, you are out of your damn mind. / Props: Esther Lin) Fresh off his kind-of-unfair-but-whatever firing by the UFC, welterweight veteran Jake Shields has signed a multi-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting, according to BleacherReport's Jeremy Botter. "I am very excited to be fighting for the World Series of Fighting. They have one of if not the best welterweight divisions in the world* and I look forward to fighting great fighters like Jon Fitch, Rousimar Palhares, Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris and more," Shields said in a statement to Bleacher Report. "I also believe I will now be in an environment where fighters are embraced which will allow my performance at my very best! My first fight for WSOF will be soon so stay tuned. My thanks to the MMA community and fans for all the love and support." Between the guys that Shields listed, and other UFC castoffs like Yushin Okami and Melvin Guillard, WSOF isn't just taking the UFC's leftovers — they're constructing a bizarre alternate reality in which we've all warped back to the year 2007 or something. WSOF should rename itself "UFC Classic" and see if they can draw Matt Hughes out of retirement. The crazy part is, people are legitimately excited about this. Here's one representative tweet we got after the news broke:
Posted on: 17 April 2014 - 9:20 pm  |   | 

Rousey vs. Mayweather: The MMA vs. Boxing Debate Finally Hits Rock-Bottom

(Joe Rogan talks Rousey vs. Mayweather on ESPN's SportsNation, because it's not like there was an actual event worth discussing or anything.) By Jared Jones I must be confused. You see, when I awoke yesterday morning, I was under the impression that MMA was still a sport with plenty of goings-on worth talking about, not a platform so desolate of intriguing discussion that its only current purpose in this world was to push energy drinks and stir up farcical "Who would win?" scenarios like a goddamn episode of Deadliest Warrior. "There are *two* UFC events alone going down this week," I said to myself, "Not to mention an *actual* TUF premiere, a Bellator event, and who knows what else. Surely there is plenty of real-life, newsworthy information to be had today." So you can imagine my surprise when I awoke to find "Joe Rogan says Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather Jr." as the headline dominating many an MMA site and even some that aren't. And even worse, nearly all of these articles were flooded with the hundreds of comments from people who actually found it necessary to offer their insight into this absolutely imbecilic piece of non-news. (Rousey vs. a cheetah in sweatpants: Who's the better dancer?") "Every fight starts standing, and we all know Floyd's not afraid to hit women," joked a commenter who vehemently expressed his outrage over the idea of allowing Fallon Fox to continue fighting just months earlier. "Floyd's speed would be no match for Ronda's armbar," said another who had chastised his favorite MMA publication for daring to waste his time with a breakdown of the Undertaker's signature move days prior. I bit my tongue at first, because I don't exactly have a foot to stand on when it comes to publishing news items that are ever-so-tangentially related to MMA. But the tipping point occurred during last night's TUF Nations Finale broadcast, when during yet another time-killing session in the FOX studios, Karyn Bryant posed the same question to Daniel Cormier and Anthony Pettis. "This is ridiculous," said Pettis before declaring that Floyd would easily win. Unfortunately, it appeared that the idea of a woman beating a man in a fight was what Pettis found ridiculous, not the question itself as I had hoped.
Posted on: 17 April 2014 - 3:07 pm  |   | 

TUF Brazil Fight Derailed Initial Plans For Silva-Sonnen

According to UFC president Dana White, the reason behind moving the Wanderlei Silva-Chael Sonnen fight had nothing to do with Silva wanting more time and everything to do with the “brawl” the two coaches had on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3. The two are scheduled to meet at UFC 175 in July after being originally […]

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Posted on: 17 April 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Really? Joe Rogan Thinks Rousey Could Beat “Money” Mayweather

UFC color commentator is a firm believer in Ronda Rousey’s skills. So much so he feels the UFC female bantamweight champion would defeat boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a fight. Rogan, appearing on “ESPN’s SportsNation” recently, discussed the idea of a Rousey-Mayweather bout going down. “If Ronda got a clinch on him, it is not […]

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Posted on: 16 April 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Ben Askren Believes The “Work” Is In For Tito Ortiz-Alexander Shlemenko Fight

Ben Askren is taking a page from the book of pro wrestling, as the former Bellator welterweight champion and current ONE FC fighter believes a “work” is in store. Askren, on Twitter, feels that Bellator’s decision to pair Tito Ortiz with current middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at the May 17 pay-per-view is nothing more than […]

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Posted on: 16 April 2014 - 11:00 am  |   | 

Did Chael Sonnen Deserve The “Attack” On TUF Brazil?

Chael Sonnen has said some pretty incredibly rude things to Wanderlei Silva. In press conferences. In interviews. While hosting “UFC Tonight” and other programming on FOX Sports. So, when the UFC decided to pair Sonnen and Silva up as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, they knew what they were doing. As evidence by the […]

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Posted on: 15 April 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Nick Diaz Willing To Take On Roy Jones, If He Buys Out His UFC Deal

If former boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. really wants to test his skills against an MMA fighter, Nick Diaz is ready to step up. Just one problem. Diaz told FightHub TV over the weekend while attending the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley boxing fight in Las Vegas that he would be willing to throw down with Jones, […]

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Posted on: 15 April 2014 - 8:00 am  |   | 

Martin Kampmann Not Surprised “Leg Humping” Jake Shields Released

Martin Kampmann remains “on the sidelines” as far as a return to MMA goes, but there is one person who would get him to jump right back into a fight camp. Georges St-Pierre. “That would be a fight I would really like because he’s considered one of the all-time best welterweights,” said Kampmann, during a […]

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Posted on: 14 April 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

John Howard May Have Lost Ability To Reproduce At UFN Abu Dhabi

John Howard nearly took the full five minutes he was given to recover from an inadvertent low blow at UFC Fight Night 39 Friday vs. Ryan LaFlare. While he eventually was able to continue, the damage was done, as Howard was still grimacing after the bout concluded and LaFlare had been declared the victor. “Doomsday” […]

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Posted on: 12 April 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 


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