UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withstood the challenges of Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Kenny Florian. Does he believe what Conor McGregor possesses makes him the one to take him down? Not really. Aldo and McGregor, who are on a whirl-wind tour to promote their UFC 189 main event, […]
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A mere...four months out from their featherweight title tilt at UFC 189, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor are already being given the insult-laden media tour treatment. They've already received their own Embedded series, lobbed steroid accusations at each other in various interviews, and most recently, engaged in a bilingual bro-down on Fox Sports Live. It's kind of unprecedented, really.
You can check out the entire cringeworthy interview above, which features such highlights as McGregor claiming to be aroused by the "beautiful aroma" of fear that Aldo is secreting (gross), or Aldo comparing Mcgregor to Scooby Doo (lol!). Honestly, it's pretty difficult to watch two guys throw shade at one another when a translator is involved, but McGregor is the kind of cat who could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves, ya dig?
Meanwhile...Demetrious Johnson sits at home playing Xbox and wondering when the damn camera crews are going to arrive already. :(
After the jump: The first three (or as McGregor would say, "tree") episodes of the aforementioned Embedded series.
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Justin Gaethje defends his World Series of Fighting lightweight title this Saturday night against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 19. Also, the first semifinal in the tournament to crown a light heavyweight champion will take place, as Thiago Silva battles Matt Hamill in a rematch of a fight won by Silva in […]
Perhaps the most shocking thing about UFC 185 was not the pair of title fight upsets that occurred that night, but that all of the fighters competing in said title fights even managed to make it to fight night at all. There aren't many injury-free fighters like Jeremy Horn these days, to the point that the UFC is forced to abandon plans for a card containing just one title fight more often than not, or just cancel the card altogether. With UFC 186, they were attempting to do the impossible again, booking both the TJ Dillashaw-Renan Barao bantamweight title fight rematch and a flyweight bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyro...Kyjo...some other guy.
What I'm saying is, we probably shouldn't be that surprised to learn that one of those 2 title fights (the one we were interested in, more specifically) will no longer be happening.
Details after the jump.
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By Scott Johnson
UFC 185 was a very interesting anomaly in the world of MMA, in which two incumbent champions were dethroned by the challengers who were considered underdogs going into the fight. Carla Esparza was only considered a slight favorite heading into her fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk so the surprise there was minimal, but there weren't many people expecting to see Rafael Dos Anjos topple Pretty Tony Pettis. Hell, most of us were already looking forward to Pettis vs. Nurmagomedov, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and now the UFC Lightweight division has a new champion in its mix.
In the spirit of these events, I’ve compiled what I consider to be the top five upsets in UFC championship history. I have no doubts that there will be a difference in opinion as to which fights belong here or which order they should be in, but in the words of the great Oskar Schindler, “Fuck you, it’s my list and I’ll put who I want on it.”
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After taking a few weeks off, Bellator returns with Bellator 135 this Friday night on Spike TV. The main card will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Marcao Galvao. This marks the second meeting between the two fighters. Also, L.C. Davis takes on Hideo Tokoro, Francis Carmont meets Guilherme […]
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Fight Night 62 Aftermath/Results: Maia Dominates LaFlare, Koscheck & Baszler Edge Closer to Retirement in Night of Thrilling Finishes
Fight Night 62 was one of those cards that, while appearing just abysmal on paper, actually turned out to be a rather entertaining affair. I mean, sure, the main card broadcast dragged along at it's typical sloth-like pace -- something that the UFC desperately needs to change but sadly never will -- and the main event wasn't exactly the kind of barnburner we've come to expect from a Demian Maia fight (sarcasm), but Fight Night 62 more than made up for its lack of name power with exciting finishes. It was also a card that signaled the (competitive) end of at least two MMA careers and the possible resurgence of another, so join us after the jump for a full breakdown of what went down in Rio over the weekend.
The Octagon returned to Brazil Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 62 with plenty of interesting finishes and bouts despite a lack of ranked fighters. In the main event, Demian Maia dealt Ryan LaFlare his first pro defeat with a decision victory. The former No. 1 contender to the UFC middleweight belt, Maia kept himself […]
Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 62’s main card. The action takes place inside the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and airs on FOX Sports 1. Originally, the card was to feature a No. 1 contender match in the bantamweight division between Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao. That, along with […]
Friday Link Dump: Can One-Dimensional Fighters Thrive in the UFC?, The UFC 189 Press Conference, Ultimate NCAA Buzzer Beaters + More
("Oh hey Conor, didn't see you sitting there-GO FUCK YASELF.")
The Question: Can a 1-Dimensional Fighter Still Thrive in the UFC? (Bleacher Report)
VIDEO: UFC 189 World Tour Press Conference (MMAFighting)
Is Pro-Gaming A Sport? (Ed note: No, no it is not.) (TheEscapist)
The Ultimate NCAA Tournament Buzzer Beaters Compilation (WorldWideInterweb)
“Animals of Tumblr” Are Hilarious (Pop Hangover)
Demetrious Johnson was a guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming flyweight title defense vs. Kyoji Horiguchi. Johnson, the only person to hold the 125-pound title, has successfully defeated Chris Cariaso, Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the title in 2012 in a tournament finale […]
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By CP Reader Ramsey O'Shea
If the circulating reports have any truth to them, it looks like Ronda Rousey will make her next title defense against Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190 on August 1st. According to my local gambling expert, Vegas oddsmakers should list Rousey as something around a kajillion-to-one favorite over her Brazilian opponent out of the gate, a betting line which will only continue to swing in Rousey's favor as fight night approaches.
This is not what you'd call a gambler's paradise, folks, so much so that I asked the top statistician I know to punch up some numbers and find me a handful things more likely to occur than a Bethe Correia win at UFC 190. Here's what he came up with...
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Flash back to August of last year. Joe Soto was preparing to make his long-awaited UFC debut against Anthony Birchak at UFC 177. Then, just hours before stepping on the scale for weigh-ins, Soto was asked to make the move from the prelims to the pay-per-view main event, taking on bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw for […]
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In terms of the news cycle, today would be one of those days that we in the MMA writing biz refer to as "two ducks fucking on a rubber pond." I never quite understood how that phrase applies to anything really, but the point is that it's something of a dead zone out there. Sure, we could tell you that one of "the world's most notorious UFC pirate" was finally caught, or that Reza Madadi is once again free to pursue a life of Snatch-like escapades, but you don't really care about any of that, do you?
So instead of reading up on all that nonsense, why not just check out this video of newly-crowned women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk being greeted by a raucous crowd of media, family, and friends upon arriving home in her native Poland? Joanna might not have received the full fledged mariachi band treatment that Junior Dos Santos did after winning his title, but it's still pretty sweet to see "The Viper" (our new nickname for her, btw) doing anything but scaring the ever-loving shit out of poor Carla Esparza. Agreed? Agreed.
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Behind a dominating five-round decision victory over Anthony Pettis, new UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos finds himself ranked ninth in the overall pound-for-pound Top-15. Dos Anjos won the belt this past weekend and immediately entered the rankings. The loss dropped Pettis to No. 10 overall. Cain Velasquez, Ronda Rousey, T.J. Dillashaw and Robbie Lawler […]
Let's kick off today's "top" story with a classic Russian joke: What did the Alexander Shlemenko say to the dirty syringe?
"I must take you."
Get it, because Ivan Drago said that once, and he's Russian? I am criminally underpaid for this kind of material.
Anyway, the point is that former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko has tested positive for elevated testosterone following his KO win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133 last month. Because apparently "Bellator drug test" are a thing that is happening now.
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The Octagon heads to Brazil this coming Saturday night with UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare. In the main event, Demian Maia takes on Ryan LaFlare on FOX Sports 1. The current lineup, along with Maia and LaFlare discussing their fight, can be found below: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET) Welterweight: Demian Maia […]
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By Chris Huntemann, Columnist
Ed note: As part of a new, ongoing series here at CagePotato, Maryland-based writer Chris Huntemann will be sitting down with several local MMA prospects, discussing everything from training regiments to what got them into the sport. Enjoy.
When it comes to mixed martial arts, Maryland welterweight fighter Cole Presley couldn’t have picked a much better fighter to emulate than former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
“I once heard GSP say ‘in racing you need a good driver and a good car. If you have a very good car but a bad driver, you’re not going to win the race. If you have a very good driver and a bad car, you’re not going to win either. So I have a good car and a good driver, which is even more important,’” said Presley, who fights with Clinch Academy in Frederick, Maryland, and is fighting for the inaugural Shogun Fights welterweight title on April 18 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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It seems that more often than not these days, the UFC likes to sell us on the invincibility of its champions. "Anderson Silva is the G.O.A.T." "Renan Barao is one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC right now, if not the greatest." "Jose Aldo had sex with my blind wife last night and now she can see!" I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the point.
That's not meant as a knock on the promotion, mind you. I mean, you tell me how else you're going to market a humble, softly-spoken foreigner who knows maybe a dozen words in English, if not based on his skills in the cage? This is the fight game after all, and Conor McGregor would still be collecting welfare checks if he didn't possess the actual skill to back up his mouth. Yet time and time again, it seems that the UFC's go-to strategy for hyping a fighter becomes akin to placing a hex on them. And when/if the champion in question does lose, it isn't long before the conversation shifts to "Anderson Silva is a roidhead." "Renan Barao is going to get smoked in the rematch." "Jose Aldo is only keeping Conor McGregor's seat warm."
To be perfectly clear, this isn't how I feel the UFC was marketing Anthony Pettis heading into his UFC 185 title fight with Rafael Dos Anjos. The promotion was marketing him on his skillset, sure, which again -- how could you not when his highlight reel includes a flying off-the-cage ninja kick? I'm saying that this is how the MMA media seemed to be billing Pettis in the weeks leading up to last Saturday. Blame it on the stupidity and/or rampant fanboyism that affects even the unbiased (and more importantly, credentialed) members, blame it on whatever you want, but there was an air of invincibility surrounding Pettis. We were like a deer caught in the headlights of "Showtime's" greatness, so much so that we barely even took the time to notice that Dos Anjos was there.
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AnnMaria De Mars has used social media to respond to remarks made by Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Now, in an interview with Submission Radio, she’s continuing her verbal assault against the current Invicta FC champion. Cyborg, who competes at 145 pounds, has pushed for Ronda Rousey to come up to meet her either at a catchweight […]
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