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Conor McGregor vs. The Haters: UFC Fan Q&A in Brazil Turns Hostile [VIDEO]

(Any time you need a security detail to do a live interview, you're gonna have a bad time. / Props: UFC) Since UFC featherweight Conor McGregor is in Rio this weekend to mean mug at Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes at UFC 179, the promotion decided to book him for a fan Q&A at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium. Yes, the UFC had an Irish superheel do a live show in front of a bunch of Brazilians who hate him, and yes, it was kind of a fiasco. As Helwani summed it up: "This is like Andy Kaufman in Memphis. They hate him and he's eating it up...Never experienced something like this. Basically every fan is coming to the mic to tell Conor how much they hate him." Here are some highlights... 0:44: McGregor tells the crowd that the "Brazilian mamacitas" like his hair. 3:45: "It was your MOTHER." 4:28: "The next time Jose steps into the Octagon after Saturday night, it will be to face me." The crowd cheers, then starts chanting something that is either "Aldo" or a death threat. 6:49-7:13: One of the attendees goes on a rant that the translator doesn't even try to pass along to McGregor, perhaps out of fear. Eventually, he huddles up with McGregor to give him the basic gist of what was said. 8:15: The guy is still talking. Paula Sack attempts to restore order. McGregor never responds to what was said and the next fan steps up to the mic.
Posted on: 24 October 2014 - 3:46 pm  |   | 

CagePotato Roundtable #34: What is the Single Worst Tattoo in MMA?

(And this debate is ALLLLLLLL OVVVERRRRR!!!) Don't let the "A" in MMA fool you, mixed martial arts fighters are *not* artists...at least, not  in the traditional sense of the term. Look no further than the hilariously atrocious inkwork that so often adorns their bodies for proof of this. Between the non-tribal tribal arm bands, the last name tramp stamps, and the ill-advised branding attempts, MMA fighters (and their fans -- see above) sport some of the worst tattoos you'll ever see outside of a prison cell. But who has the worst tattoo of them all? The CagePotato Roundtable investigates...  Ben Goldstein Matt Horwich's musical pencil is like something out of a nightmare. It's a bunch of unrelated visual signifiers held together by an inscrutable logic, and the only thing being conveyed is dread. You wake up sweating after seeing this thing, and you tell your wife, "Shit, I had that dream about my stepfather again, but this time he was a pencil," and she looks at you, trying to feign sympathy, but the apparition simply can't be verbalized. Words will never do it justice, because it's so much more than just "pencil, musical notes, angry face," it's what the pencil represents. That goddamned abusive drunk piece of shit, who hated himself because he couldn't write songs like Neil Diamond, so he took it out on you and your mom. That face. You could put it on a cantaloupe, a hammer, the front of a steamboat, and it would still be him. Look, I get it, Matt Horwich is eccentric. His concept of reality is not the same as yours. I'm trying to avoid judgment here, but I just can't relate to the sort of mind that would put this on his body. It's awful. A worn-down pencil with a ragged eraser. A face devoid of most human characteristics. And three notes — whole note, half note, quarter note! — flying upwards. It's not a singing pencil. It's a scowling pencil with musical notation ejecting from the end that is responsible for deletion, not creation. It's a contradiction, and it's unsettling. The pencil seems to be straining to get these notes out, and for what? To express that the artistic process is torture? Does the pencil wish it was a violin instead? Does Matt Horwich even remember getting this tattoo, or did it just kind of appear one day? You're seeing it too, right? The pencil with the face? I'm not crazy, am I?
Posted on: 24 October 2014 - 1:49 pm  |   | 

Listen In To Conor McGregor’s Fight Club Q&A

UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor hosted a live Fight Club Q&A session from Brazil for UFC 179 today. The event got out of hand once Brazilian fans starting asking the questions, including one asking McGregor if his father was a “transgender prostitute.” “Notorious” handled the the situation pretty good, and you can see a replay […]

The post Listen In To Conor McGregor’s Fight Club Q&A appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 24 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Great Job, Nevada!: Vitor Belfort Has Been Drug Tested Exactly Zero Times Since Being Re-Licensed by NSAC

(Well, the visual evidence is definitely on Belfort's side.) Back in July, UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer for his failed drug test for elevated testosterone in February. It went pretty well, which is completely unsurprising since a big-money fight against Chris Weidman hung in the balance. Belfort was given a conditional license, and his title challenge against Weidman was immediately booked for December 6th in Las Vegas. But NSAC commissioner Anthony Marnell left Belfort with this dire warning: "[W]e're going to drug test you to the day you retire...We, in my opinion, should be in and around your career until the day you call it quits." Hell yeah! Nevada is gonna be up in them guts, son! [Ed. note: Gross.] Except, no, not really. The truth is, Belfort hasn't been drug-tested at all (!) since July 23rd, and the NSAC has no intention of testing him before his fight against Weidman, since that fight will now likely take place in California in late February at UFC 184. MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani breaks it:

On Wednesday, MMAFighting.com spoke to NAC executive director Bob Bennett, who said he currently has no plans in place to randomly test Belfort because the UFC recently informed the commission that the Weidman vs. Belfort fight would probably take place in California next year. (Note: the UFC has yet to publicly announce the official date and location of the title fight, however, UFC president Dana White recently said it would happen in February.) Bennett also said the commission had yet to test Belfort, despite the fact that the title fight was official for two months before Weidman had to pull out. Weidman confirmed he had not been tested, as well.

Bennett was confident that California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster "will spearhead" the Belfort testing, if the fight does in fact end up in California.

Posted on: 24 October 2014 - 11:17 am  |   | 

MMA’s Last Taboo: Sexual Abuse and the Sport’s Silent Victims

("The reason I put it into the book is there are a lot of people that have a secret like this...and if that's weighing you down, then get rid of it." / Frank Shamrock on his own experience with sexual abuse) By Brian J. D'Souza The storylines emerging from the latest all-female season of The Ultimate Fighter are the usual potpourri of banal tripe: Angela Hill passes gas; Felice Herrig is disliked by her cast mates; Carla Esparaza has a crush on Urijah Faber, and so forth. As much as the search for the UFC’s first flyweight champion should make headlines, there’s a darker undertone to the proceedings that Oprah Winfrey would much more suited to handle than FOX media personality Karyn Bryant—the issue of sexual abuse and how it relates to MMA. Outside of mentions like former UFC champion Frank Shamrock revealing he’d been sexually abused in his groundbreaking autobiography Uncaged, overall, there has been little or no press on MMA athletes who have been sexually abused. The moratorium on coverage might be because MMA is a relatively new sport; it might be because journalists feel uncomfortable asking these kinds of personal questions or it may be an attempt to protect the victims. Either way, the decision to open up lies solely with the athletes. Athletes in other combat sports, like boxing, have talked openly about their experiences with sexual abuse. Prior to the 2012 Olympics, USA Boxing president Hal Adonis caused a massive ripple effect when he was quoted in the New Yorker as saying “Half of our girls have been molested; half of our girls are gay,” of the US women’s boxing team. While Adonis faced widespread condemnation and was suspended for two years in the wake of his insensitive and politically incorrect comments, several Team USA female boxers have told their stories of personal tragedy: lightweight Queen Underwood spoke about being molested by her father to the New York Times in February 2012; flyweight Tyrieshia Douglas told the New Yorker that she’d been beaten and raped in foster care; middleweight Claressa Shields—the only US boxer to win a gold medal at the 2012 games—revealed to Essence magazine that she’d been raped by a family acquaintance as a child.
Posted on: 24 October 2014 - 9:08 am  |   | 

Yep, Now Diego Sanchez Is Injured and Out of UFC 180

(Photo via Getty) Due to a knee injury suffered on Tuesday, UFC lightweight Diego Sanchez has withdrawn from his highly-anticipated bout against Norman Parke Joe Lauzon TBA at UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt, the accursed Mexico City card scheduled for November 15th that has already lost one Mexican poster-boy in Cain Velasquez. The UFC confirmed Sanchez's withdrawal this evening, adding that the event's main card will now include a bout between Edgar "Not Leonard" Garcia and Hector "Not Lombard" Urbina. Okay, so maybe there's a bright side. But still...is it too late to move this damn card north to San Diego or something? Because at the moment, the biggest Mexican star on the lineup is Kelvin Gastelum, for God's sake. Bad times.
Posted on: 23 October 2014 - 10:47 pm  |   | 

Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver Booked for January UFC Event on FOX Sports 1 [UPDATED]

("Moi suit is made otta 100% albino python. And moi shoes didn't come from Payless, I can assure ya dat." / Photo via Getty) MMAJunkie is reporting that UFC featherweight star Conor McGregor is being targeted to fight fellow 145'er Dennis Siver at a yet-to-be-announced event on January 18th, which will take place at Boston’s TD Garden. Update: The UFC has confirmed the booking. From the Junkie report: The Jan. 18 event, which falls on a Sunday, would follow the NFL’s NFC Championship Game on FOX and air on FOX Sports 1, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie. A lightweight matchup is already rumored for the event; according to FOX’s “UFC Tonight,” Donald Cerrone will face off with Myles Jury. Fresh off his one-round whoopin' of Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, McGregor will be in attendance at the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes this Saturday at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, just in case one of them slips in the tub. And while McGregor also just offered to fight the opponent-less Diego Sanchez at UFC 180, the UFC would rather have "Notorious" face somebody in his own weight class, pick up another win before challenging for the belt, and let's face it, make them some more money in front of a pro-Irish crowd. Siver most recently won a three-round war against non-wiki-fighter Charles Rosa at UFC Fight Night 53 earlier this month, which followed a PED-fail-related no-contest against Manny Gamburyan and a loss to Cub Swanson. Siver is a dangerous striker and very experienced, but is he a step up from Poirier? Nah, not really. Crazy fact: The UFC now has Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Conor McGregor all scheduled to fight in January. I can only draw one conclusion — the world is going to end in February, and the Zuffa top brass is hiding this information from the public while they prepare their escape from this doomed planet. #questioneverything
Posted on: 23 October 2014 - 5:04 pm  |   | 

Why Nick Diaz Has Everything to Lose Against Anderson Silva at UFC 183

(Silva vs. Diaz fan-made poster, via Shawn James) By legendary CagePotato commenter/lurker "Old, Bald and Irish" Of all of the upcoming matchups on the horizon for the UFC, one of them stands above the rest: Nick Diaz versus Anderson Silva at UFC 183. Now, if this match happened two years ago, the hype would be off the charts. But today, the MMA community is looking at this event with curiosity rather than fevered passion. Sure. Eyeballs will be on this fight — mostly to see what Anderson Silva will look like in the ring following his horrific injury. But Nick Diaz as his opponent? Eh…maybe not so much. What the hell happened? It was just a short year-and-a-half ago when the MMA world was going wild for UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz (aka UFC 158: CANADA!...America’s Hat). This was MMA alchemy at its finest. Georges had defended his belt seven times and was clearly the king of his weight class. Nick was the trash talkin’, dope smokin’, Nashville brawlin’ fanboy favorite. UFC 158 pulled in 950,000 pay-per-view buys. Not too shabby, especially compared to the buyrates the UFC has been pulling in lately. Both guys had hardcore MMA fan heat going in, but after St-Pierre dismantled Diaz, it proved what we pretty much knew going into the fight: Georges is a better wrestler, striker and tactician than Diaz. Period. After beating up a past-his-prime BJ Penn, the “super fight” with St. Pierre did nothing to help Nick’s reputation. Quite the contrary, it damaged it even more and showed why Diaz isn’t on anyone’s Top 10 P4P list anymore. Now, after retiring “for realz” and spending nearly two years out of the cage (*COUGH* “ring rust” *COUGH*) Diaz is coming back to take on one of, if not the, greatest fighter in MMA history. What? I’m looking for Nick’s silver lining, but short of a pot-fueled-double-middle-fingered-gogoplata or a pants-shitting-KO, I don’t see an upside for the scrappy pugilist from Stockton. Let’s take a few moments to be negative bastards and look at the probable and unfortunate near-future for the elder Diaz…
Posted on: 23 October 2014 - 4:15 pm  |   | 

Full Fight Video: Felice Herrig Out Points Heather Clark (Again) on TUF 20

(Props: TheUltimateFighter on YouTube) After a 2-week hiatus, TUF 20 returned last night with a much anticipated grudge rematch between #6 seed Felice Herrig and #11 Heather Clark. As luck would have it, the fight went down in very similar fashion to their first encounter, with Felice using her Muay Thai background to set up her consistently improving takedowns and generally outwork Clark all around. The UFC has made the full fight available via its Ultimate Fighter Youtube channel, so check it out above. Also on last night's episode, it was revealed that #9 seed Justine Kish had torn her ACL and would therefore be removed from the tournament. In her place, #3 Tecia Torres -- who was upset by #14 Randa Markos back in episode 1 -- was reinstated to face #8 Bec Rawlings in a later episode. The twist: Torres will now fight for Team Pettis, who are currently up five to nil over Team Melendez. After the jump: Clark and Herrig continue their war of words on TUF Talk, which is apparently a thing that exists now.
Posted on: 23 October 2014 - 3:44 pm  |   | 

UFC Embedded, Episode 1 Featuring Jose Aldo

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo didn’t hold back when it came to discussing his upcoming opponent and a possible future one during the first installment of UFC 179: Embedded, which you can see in the video below. Aldo will defend his title this Saturday night at UFC 179 against Chad Mendes, and FightLine will have […]

The post UFC Embedded, Episode 1 Featuring Jose Aldo appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 23 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Late Replacement Main Events: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Jared Jones In a year that has seen nine pay-per-view headliners slip through the UFC's fingers, Cain Velasquez's injury and subsequent removal from UFC 180 might the biggest blow of them all (I hear a nasty tumble down a flight of stairs is to blame for all this). The TUF curse has now gone international, folks, and while I'm not prepared to start nailing the UFC's coffin shut, I will say that the champ's most recent injury has cast an ominous shadow over the UFC's first trip to Mexico. Then again, the UFC was able to book a hell of a replacement opponent for Fabricio Werdum in Mark Hunt, and an interim title fight between the two is probably the best thing us fans could ask for, all things considered. Late replacement main events are always a mixed bag, but before we start rioting, let's all take a deep breath and try to remember a few last-minute headliners that actually worked out... The Good UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones (This and all photos hereafter via Getty.) That's right, the event that marked the beginning of the end for light heavyweights with title aspirations was never meant to happen. Having just ended the Machida Era™ at UFC 113 in stunning fashion, Mauricio Rua was actually scheduled to face Rashad Evans at UFC 128 until a knee injury forced the latter out of the contest. Rua, who had just had his own knee repaired following the Machida fight, was then matched up against a resurgent and likeable at the time contender named Jon Jones, who had unleashed an And-1 mixtape of asskicking on Ryan Bader just two events prior. Although it was Rua who held the tremendous experience edge, it was Jones who would dominate the fight from start to finish. Flying knees, oblique kicks, and likely an eye poke or five from the challenger had Rua in defense mode until a particularly vicious knee put him away in the third round. Despite being called up to the biggest fight of his life on a month's notice, Jones emerged a champion and sent a chilling message to the rest of the light heavyweight division. That message: "Hey pussy, are you still there? None of you will ever defeat me."
Posted on: 23 October 2014 - 11:51 am  |   | 

New Main Event Announced For UFC 180

A knee injury has forced UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez out of a planned November title defense vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180. In place of Velasquez-Werdum, officials have tabbed Mark Hunt vs. Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. Velasquez suffered a right knee injury in training and will not be able to headline the […]

The post New Main Event Announced For UFC 180 appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 22 October 2014 - 11:39 am  |   | 

Correia Hopes She Gets Chance To Punch “Cupcake”

Bethe Correia has been picking apart members of the “Four Horsewomen” stable one-by-one, hoping to work her way to a title fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Correia, though, received her own call-out recently when Miesha Tate made it known that she would like to challenge the unbeaten fighter. The Brazilian responded in an […]

The post Correia Hopes She Gets Chance To Punch “Cupcake” appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

Ronda Rousey Has Complete Respect For Cat Zingano

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on an episode of Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time” podcast to discuss her career and future. While Rousey maintains hope for a January 3 fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 182, she made it known that nothing has been finalized just yet. Zingano is coming off a victory over […]

The post Ronda Rousey Has Complete Respect For Cat Zingano appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

Vitor Belfort Looking To 2015 For His Third UFC Title

Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought since landing a head-kick that knocked out Dan Henderson back in November. By the time “The Phenom” finally returns to the Octagon, it will have been well over a year on the sidelines. While many have called into question what kind of fighter Belfort will be without the use of TRT […]

The post Vitor Belfort Looking To 2015 For His Third UFC Title appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 13 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Nude Photos Of Miesha Tate Available

Former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate can say she one-upped Ronda Rousey in at least one department. Though it isn’t for the better. According to the website LAD Bible, Tate is one of the latest celebrities to become involved in a nude photo scandal that has hit Hollywood and professional sports hard. Hackers have obtained nude […]

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Posted on: 10 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

UFC Gold Still On Mind Of “The Spider”

The title-pursuit of Anderson Silva remains a seemingly ever-changing feel. Some interviews, Silva says he has no desire to ever wear the UFC middleweight belt again. In others, it is all he talks about. Recently, Silva interviewed by his manager Jorge Guimaraes on Passando a Guarda and talked about getting himself back into the role […]

The post UFC Gold Still On Mind Of “The Spider” appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 9 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

You Want A Super-Fight? How About “Jacare” Vs. Henderson?

Josuel Distak, a trainer for Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, wants to see his fighter in action sooner rather than later. And with Souza stating he believes he should be the next contender to the UFC middleweight title, that might have to happen at a different weight class – unless he wants to put his ranking on […]

The post You Want A Super-Fight? How About “Jacare” Vs. Henderson? appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 8 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

UFC Fight Night: MacDonald Vs. Saffiedine Live Coverage

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine. Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In early prelim action: Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) at :39 of Round 1 Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (strikes) […]

The post UFC Fight Night: MacDonald Vs. Saffiedine Live Coverage appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 4 October 2014 - 8:00 pm  |   | 


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