By Zach Heim, with Chad Blessinger
In part one of our exclusive interview with Ken Shamrock, we caught up with "The World's Dangerous Man" and previewed his upcoming bout with Kimbo Slice. In part two, we delve into some of Shamrock's recent business ventures, as well as preview his upcoming bare-knuckle match against Knuckle star James Quinn McDonagh.
CagePotato: It seems that you are busier this year than you've ever been. Self-defense and fitness (ProFit101), with the energy drink, and your ministry to name a few endeavors. Have you always been this busy or are you consciously keeping yourself really busy at this point?
Saturday’s UFC on FOX 15 card will feature a solid mix of past champions and headliners, along with a bevy of up-and-coming prospects. Sprinkle in a little female action and you have the makings of a solid night. Here’s a look at the media notes, courtesy the UFC, for the card: MIDDLEWEIGHT SHOWCASE Four of […]
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Interview: Ken Shamrock Talks Kimbo Slice, Bare Knuckle Boxing, Personal Protection, and His Ministry — Part 1
By Zach Heim, with Chad Blessinger
Ken Shamrock is a busy man these days. 2015 finds the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” involved in a Bellator main event against Kimbo Slice, a professional bare knuckle fight, a ministry for God, stock trading, and at least four other business and professional ventures. He is busier than ever building a future for himself off of 30 years of hard work, and lucky for us, we managed to get a few minutes with Shamrock to discuss a variety of topics.
CagePotato: You were supposed to fight Kimbo Slice a long time back until a last-minute cut over your eye forced you to bow out. Tell us about that experience.
UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste has stayed clear of the headlines for a while, leaving her “feud” with Ronda Rousey in the past for the time being. Now, though, Celeste is back, but this time showing off her incredible figure. Check out the pictures she posted on Twitter recently in describing what the “best cut […]
Maveryk Allen Johnson will get to see his proud father’s first title defense, if he can stay awake long enough. Demetrious Johnson and his wife, Destiny, welcomed the newborn on Wednesday. Maveryk weighed in at eight pounds and 13 ounces, just a few away from “Mighty Mouse,” who is the reigning UFC flyweight champion. “Officially […]
April 15th has never been known to be a forgiving or even modestly pleasant occasion, historically speaking. It marked the death of Lincoln, the sinking of the Titanic, the Great Mississippi Flood, the Boston Marathon bombing, and perhaps worst of all, it's tax day. Tax day, you guys. Tax day. It also happens to be the day of my birth.
But it's not all bad. General Electric was formed on April 15th, 1892. Jackie Robinson made his major league debut on April 15th, 1947. And just earlier today, Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder. But arguably greater than GE or Jackie or the fact that McDonalds opened it's first restaurant on this most historic of dates, was the fight that occurred between between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns.
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Fresh off his victory over Gabriel Gonzaga, Mirko Cro Cop finds himself in the Top-15 of the latest UFC rankings. Cro Cop, a former top contender in multiple promotions, debuted at No. 15 in the heavyweight rankings. Stefan Struve also moved up a spot to 14th at heavyweight. A handful of fighters moved up two […]
Interim UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum feels he is in the same mind-set as before his career-defining win over Fedor Emelianenko. Werdum will unify the title with Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in Mexico this June. He won the interim title with a finish of Mark Hunt last year after an injury knocked Velasquez out. […]
("When you need me, I'll be there, 'cause we're BEST FRIENNNNNNDS...." Photo via WWE)
By Chris Huntemann, Columnist
Comparing mixed martial arts to professional wrestling tends to draw the ire of many am MMA fan. While former WWE and UFC world champion Brock Lesnar eventually earned the respect of UFC fans by putting on dominant performances, he was originally greeted with a less than warm reception. Fellow former WWE world champion CM Punk signed with UFC to less than open arms and is expected to compete in his first MMA bout later this year (or early 2016). Pro wrestling and MMA also crossed paths once again last month, when UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a special appearance at Wrestlemania to help Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run off Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.
All of this interplay between pro wrestling and MMA lately got me thinking; How do some of MMA’s top teams compare to great pro wrestling stables of the past and present? MMA fans are well aware of Rousey’s “Four Horsewomen,” which consists of Rousey and her teammates Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and recent Invicta FC signee Marina Shafir. The group is big pro wrestling fans and while I’m personally not a fan of the name, they’ve wasted no time promoting themselves.
So which pro wrestling stables would I compare to current MMA teams? Here are a few of my suggestions...
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The UFC heads to New Jersey this Saturday night, returning to FOX for UFC on FOX 15. In the main event, middleweight contenders Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold square off. Also, the co-main boasts fellow 170-pound contenders in Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Chris Camozzi after an injury knocked Yoel Romero out. Max Holloway and Cub […]
By Cody Severtson
UFC Fight Night: Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga II. -- one look at the headliner of last Saturday's mid-afternoon card could only think of one thing...or maybe one other thing. It was an event that featured many debuts, a few upsets, a tonne of terribly boring decisions, a completely uninterested crowd, and surprisingly, a pretty sweet finale. So let's break it down, shall we?
"It wasn’t a COMPLETELY terrible card" is probably the highest praise you could give Fight Night 64. There were some spots of brilliance; Cro Cop’s vengeance, Maryna Moroz's massive upset, and Aleksandra Albu successfully debuting, which will give CagePotato at least 6 more Hot Potato articles to "write" in the next year. There was, however, a good hour and a half stretch in the middle of the main card (and pretty much the entirety of the undercard) where absolutely nothing worthwhile happened. Fight Night 64 was a card that had us asking ourselves a question that we've been asking more and more these days:
Is this really what qualifies as the highest level of MMA?
Aljamain Sterling sees just another number by the name Takeya Mizugaki ahead of their bantamweight bout this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 15. Sterling and Mizugaki will be open up the prelims on FOX from the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Originally, Sterling (10-0) was going to fight veteran Manny Gamburyan at the card. […]
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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 64 from Krakow, Poland. The main card features a rematch between heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop. Gonzaga won the first meeting, knocking out Cro Cop and moving directly into title contention. Other main card bouts include Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz, Pawel Pawlak vs. […]
The Week in Review: Rampage Forced Off UFC 186 (UH-DOI!), The Return of Mike Swick, + A Big Step Forward in UFC Drug Testing
Greetings, Nation. If you haven't noticed by the all but complete lack of posts this week, I've been away from the office (and in fact out of the state) to deal with some legal issues pertaining to a...gambling snafu. Yeah, let's go with that.
My recent absence aside, the cutbacks across the board here at Castle CP have forced us to severely limit the amount of posts we can put up per day. So I, in my infinite wisdom, figured a John Oliver-esque recap of the week's events in a single post would be the best way to keep you in the know moving forward, should CP happen to be your lone source of MMA news. Which if it is...
But let us begin with perhaps the biggest story of the week...
The first time Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga stepped foot inside the Octagon together, Gonzaga left with a highlight-reel victory. This Saturday, the two will meet once against at UFC Fight Night 64 from Poland on UFC Fight Pass. In the video below, check out a replay of that first meeting. FightLine will have […]
Chris Weidman has always struck me as a straightforward, down-to-earth, and perhaps most importantly, genuine guy. A little bro-ish maybe, but not unlike any Long Islander I've ever met in that regard, and besides, he saved his 92-year-old neighbor's life once, so stop putting him on trial, will ya, Nation? Because that's what you're always doing and that's what you're doing now! Like you're so f*cking perfect, with your ironic derby hats and your market fresh wifi and your premature arthritis-causing porn addiction that you told the doctor was actually from working at a steel mill all these years. You're 23 years old and have never even been to a steel mill, dammit, and you've got the city hands to prove it!! Get a job, drink Budweiser heavies, and leave Chris Weidman alone!!
I guess what I'm saying is, Chris Weidman is the kind of guy who has put in the long hours at said fictional steel mill. That's how you become the best, through hard work and hard work alone. Just ask Fred Ettish, or Omarosa. Weidman's a man's man (his name states as much!), a kingslayer, and an honest Abe -- a solid dude all around. He's the kind of guy who, when you ask him about what he did on his first date with his lovely wife, proceeds to tell you a story that begins as a classic tale of a man wooing his best friend/wrestling buddy's sister and ends like a scene out of an underwhelming but financially successful Ben Stiller movie. Because what's he gonna do, lie and say they they met on Tinder? Because Tinder was even around then, dum-dum? Honestly, it's way too early for you guys to be this drunk.
I won't spoil Weidman's tale of true love for you -- you know, besides what I wrote in the headline -- but suffice it to say (*in field reporter voice*), "Sometimes love can get a little...shitty. Back to you in the studio, Chris and Diane!"
Video after the dump*.
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The sting of losing the UFC welterweight title still doesn’t sit well with Johny Hendricks. Hendricks could have waited for a rematch with Lawler later this year, but opted instead to fight – and defeat – Matt Brown in March. Now, “Bigg Rigg” is hoping he has done enough to warrant another crack at wearing […]
I have no idea what the Late O'Clock News is, but I think it's safe to say that host Paul Lemieux has already surpassed every credentialed member of the MMA media in terms of pure charisma and interviewing prowess with this video alone. Of course, the bar has been set pretty low by guys like this, but I'll take Lemieux's Onion-esque style of questioning over "How did your training camp go?" 10 times out of 10.
Ahead of their welterweight title fight rematch at UFC 189, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler stopped by the Late O'Clock News to talk some (pre-written) trash about one another while Lemieux cheered them on from the sidelines. It was essentially every Ariel Helwani interview ever, but with corny jokes about dandelions and heart-eating being used to fuel the fire instead of blatant/cringeworthy call-outs.
Video after the jump.
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By David Golden
Reaching the highest levels of success in a sport as physically demanding as mixed martial arts can leave an athlete battered and bruised. Often fighters make it to the UFC only to leave defeated both physically and mentally. Many of these fighters disappear into obscurity never to be heard from again, serving as little more than ill warnings to young prospects of the sport.
But every so often a fighter who has been cut from the UFC shows great determination and drive as they work their way back onto the active roster. A return trip to the UFC is something usually reserved for those fighters who have great potential or those who have built up impressive win streaks in smaller promotions showcasing their skills. These are the fighters who often serve as the best examples for young upstarts. Determined and driven fighters like these can make excellent teammates and mentors to fighters who are trying to break through and find their way to the big show.
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The last article on MMA that I published in 2014 was Shill ‘Em All, Part 5: Goodnight and Good Luck. It was a series about the constraints of the MMA media due to both carrots and sticks offered by promoters that won BloodyElbow.com’s “Best MMA Writing Award” in 2013. Last Friday, at the UFC’s media tour stop in Toronto, I found myself encountering the vitriolic stick used by the UFC that often keeps important questions from being asked.
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