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UFC Fight Night 58 Weigh-In Results and Video

UFC Fight Night 58 weigh-in results are below via MMAFighting. Durkin came in at 206.8 pounds on his first attempt, but later hit 206 even. Come back to CagePotato.com tomorrow night for live results, unless you have better things to do, and if that's the case we totally understand. FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET) Lyoto Machida (185) vs. CB Dollaway (186) Renan Barao (136) vs. Mitch Gagnon (136) Antonio Carlos Junior (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (206) Elias Silverio (155) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155) Erick Silva (171) vs. Mike Rhodes (171) Daniel Sarafian (186) vs. Antonio dos Santos Jr. (186) FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET) Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (206) Tom Niinimaki (146) vs. Renato Carneiro (146) Darren Elkins (145) vs. Hacran Dias (146) Leandro Issa (136) vs. Yuta Sasaki (135) UFC Fight Pass Prelims (at 7 p.m. ET) Marcio Alexandre (171) vs. Tim Means (171) Vitor Miranda (185) vs. Jake Collier (185)
Posted on: 19 December 2014 - 2:11 pm  |   | 

Tito Ortiz Wants No Part of the Class-Action Lawsuit Against the UFC, Thank You Very Much

(To clarify, "BITCH" is actually an acrostic for "Buddy I Trust Completely, Hooray!") Considering his on-again, off-again relationship with Dana White over the years (which sadly never came to actual blows), one would think that Tito Ortiz would have been chief among the fighters filing the class action lawsuit against the UFC when the list of names was first released. Ortiz has thrown near CagePotato-ian levels of shade at the UFC since "retiring" in the cage at UFC 148, and has repeatedly emphasized above all else that the slave-like treatment of fighters young and old was at the root of his issues with the promotion. It's almost as if he hasn't realized that mo money = mo problems. As it turns out, Ortiz actually *was* approached to get in on the lawsuit and the hundreds of millions of thousands of zero dollars it will yield, but declined the offer because he didn't want to "lend his name to it." Ortiz's lawyer, George Prajin, spoke with MMAJunkie:
Yes, (he was approached). He felt that it was just best to not be a part of that suit. Obviously, everybody wants a better situation for the fighters, as far as pay and benefits. But Tito just felt that at that particular time, he wanted to opt out. Because mainly, they were using him for the publicity aspect, and he didn’t want to lend his name to it. 
It's easy to understand why Ortiz would "opt out" of the suit if you give it more than a moment's thought...
Posted on: 19 December 2014 - 1:40 pm  |   | 

And Now He’s Retired/Angry: Cody McKenzie Blasts the UFC and Everything It Stands For in Farewell Interview

(Fightin' Guy Fawkes McKenzie was the best McKenzie. / Photo via Getty) We're not going to burn another paragraph listing the ways that Cody McKenzie's career has gone poorly in the last year. In fact, McKenzie is exactly the kind of guy who Count Bisping was talking about when he dismissed the UFC class-action lawsuit as sour grapes from promotional washouts. But consider this: The sheer fact that McKenzie made it to the UFC and then earned three victories inside the Octagon means that his MMA career was far more successful than the vast majority of fighters who try their hands at this sport. It's weird to put it in those terms, but Cody McKenzie was an elite fighter, relatively speaking. McKenzie officially announced his retirement from MMA yesterday with the following tweet... Then, he sat down for a long, must-read interview with BleacherReport's Hunter Homistek, in which he described what a miserable, impoverished existence it was to compete in the UFC as a non-star. His words echo those of numerous "low-level" fighters who often lost money trying to compete in the UFC and were treated like average regional-card shmucks forced to scramble for food and lodging. We've compiled all the best bits below...
Posted on: 19 December 2014 - 10:09 am  |   | 

Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira Might Be Headlining UFC Fight Night 61 in Porto Alegre, Brazil

(Photo props: Ryan Loco) Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will return from a 15-month hiatus when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61, February 22nd at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Or, maybe Evans vs. Teixeira won't headline that card. The matchup was first reported by Globo today, but the problem is, Teixeira hasn't been medically cleared to train: Teixeira's manager, Jorge Guimaraes, has called the report premature. Guimaraes says that Teixeira, who was medically suspended after his UFC 179 loss to Phil Davis, has yet to be cleared to return to competition by Brazil's athletic commission. "Glover hasn't even been cleared to fight on that date yet by the athletic commission due to his injuries," Guimaraes told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani. Teixeira caught a 45-day medical suspension following UFC 179 on October 25th, which should be complete by now — so maybe he's dealing with new injuries that we don't know about. At any rate, Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira seems like a somewhat necessary meeting between one fighter who hasn't competed all of 2014 due to a knee injury, and another fighter who lost both his fights in 2014 after winning 20 straight.
Posted on: 18 December 2014 - 3:30 pm  |   | 

Jon Jones Wants You to Know That He is the *Real* Victim of All This UFC 182 Fight Hype

("Hey pussy, are you still there?" via...who are we kidding, it's already been taken down.) The lead-up to Jon Jones' title tilt with Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 has been an unusually heated affair for the long-standing light heavyweight champion. While we've seen Jones irked in the past, we've never seen him break kayfabe in the form of a full-on fist fight at a press conference before, which usually marks the beginning of a new chapter in a person's life. The beef between Bones and Cormier appears to be legitimate and has earned the matchup a ton of additional eyes, so it would be a huge mistake on the UFC's part *not* to use this hate-filled storyline to market the fight, right? Especially while in the midst of a(nother) pay-per-view slump? The Grudge Match™ has been one of the most reliable marketing gimmicks of the Zuffa era -- second only to "If ___ beats ___, then pound-for-pound." -- and surely a scheme that will likely earn Jones a hefty bump in his cut of the PPV revenue. But according to the champ himself, all the money in the world isn't worth everyone knowing that he is a two-faced, fakey fakerson. (Ed note: Sorry, my 7-year-old nephew is in town for the holidays and keeps jacking my laptop.) As Bones recently told UFC Tonight (via MMAMania):
When I first saw [the now infamous ad for UFC 182] I was a little offended by it. That UFC -- someone who is supposed to be backing my brand and making me look good -- would put up something like that for the general public to see. I don't think it’s really healthy for the world to see their champion -- for the world to see UFC's champion -- saying I would kill someone. That really took me off guard. I didn’t really think it was in my best interest, but it was for UFC’s best interest, so I kind of had to swallow my pride. I said it.
Posted on: 18 December 2014 - 2:26 pm  |   | 

The UFC 178-181 PPV Buyrate Estimates Are About as ‘Meh’ as You’d Expect

(Pretending that Mighty Mouse wasn't headlining the card may have been a brilliant marketing strategy — but it wasn't enough to make UFC 178 a success.) Reddit user thisisdanitis passes along the latest UFC pay-per-view buyrate estimates from Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer newsletter, which provide more proof that the UFC's PPV business just ain't what it used to be. Here we go... UFC 178 (Johnson-Cariaso, Cerrone-Alvarez, McGregor-Poirier): 205,000 buys UFC 179 (Aldo vs. Mendes): 160,000-200,000 buys UFC 180 (Werdum vs. Hunt): 185,000-200,000 buys UFC 181 (Hendricks vs. Lawler, Pettis vs. Melendez): 380,000 [Update: Meltzer is now calling the UFC 181 estimate "between 375,000 and 400,000 buys."] The UFC 178 estimate is the most surprising to me, because the event was so highly anticipated among hardcore MMA fans as a "stacked" card with Event of the Year potential, and it still barely broke 200k. Of course, casual fans only look at the main event, and Demetrious Johnson is basically the worst PPV draw on the roster. It's almost as surprising that UFC 180 performed as well as it did, considering that the card had no stars outside of the main event. And 380,000 buys for UFC 181 is very good, relatively speaking. That's like the equivalent of 650,000 buys in 2009.
Posted on: 18 December 2014 - 10:53 am  |   | 

CM Punk Defends His UFC Existence on SportsCenter, ESPN MMA Live [VIDEOS]

(Props: Zombie Prophet) Serious question: Are you guys tired of hearing about CM Punk already? The former WWE superstar (known to his momma as Phil Brooks) has a long road of training ahead of him before he makes his UFC debut sometime next year, but he's been keeping his name in the streets with some media appearances here and there. Yesterday, he visited the ESPN studios to cut promos — or "interviews," whatever — for SportsCenter and MMA Live. Some notable quotes from the SC spot... - "Am I ready [to fight] today? I mean, probably not, but I'd fight anybody right now. Whether that's a smart decision or not remains to be seen...I used to not be able to walk or swim, and I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but I'm gonna get there, and I'm excited to climb that mountain." - "I'm comfortable on the ground. Whether I get taken down and I'm on my back, I'm confident in my ability to stand back up, I'm confident in my jiu-jitsu, and it's only gonna get better from now until the day I fight." - In response to Matt Brown's recent criticism of his UFC signing: "There's probably a lot of fighters that are...they're just upset. And I can understand that, and more power to you, I understand your point of view. My job is to do what's good for me and my family, and along the way if I change your mind, Matt Brown, awesome." - On Vince McMahon and Dana White: "They're both driven, they're both set in their ways, they both have an idea of what is best for their company, and everything like that, and I think that's how they're the same. How they're different, I think, is the difference in the generation. Vince is very old-school, Dana is more open-minded, there's more of a warmth on the UFC side that I'm experiencing. And Dana's more open-minded, obviously — he hired me." - "Listen, there's always people throughout my entire life who have told me that I can't do something. Nobody ever thought I would make it to the WWE, nobody ever thought I'd be the champion. And nobody ever thought I'd be in the UFC...and I very much use the negativity that comes my way to fuel me, to prove people wrong." The MMA Live video is after the jump.
Posted on: 18 December 2014 - 10:08 am  |   | 

Today in Head Trauma: Gray Maynard Signs 8-Fight Extension, Jens Pulver Unretires AGAIN + More

(Woah, hold on a second, Nate. We both see those tiny Christina Aguilera monsters scurrying around on the canvas, right? Photo via Getty.)  Thanks in part to Joe Rogan's heartfelt and brutally honest call for UFC heavyweight and close friend Brendan Schaub to retire, head trauma has once again been thrust into the limelight of the MMA blogosphere (along with, you know, that multimillion dollar lawsuit thingy). And honestly, it's a difficult discussion to have when the people calling for so-and-so's retirement are the very same who have a good chuckle every time some dude gets felled like a oak tree. If we tune in each weekend with the expectation (and dare I say it, hope) of seeing a fighter get his lights turned off, then who are we to tell them when *we've* grown tired of seeing it happen? Look no further than the case of Gray Maynard, for instance. Just a few years ago, Maynard was considered to be one of the toughest fighters in the lightweight division -- a man who was just barely edged by Frankie Edgar after inflicting some trauma of his own on the former champ. In the time since, "The Bully" has dropped four out of his past five contests, with every last one of those losses coming via an increasingly difficult to watch form of TKO. The cries for Maynard to simply give up on his dream and retire have grown louder with each skull-shattering loss, but the TUF 5 alum has refused to hear them. In a move that is sure to draw the same cringeworthy reaction from those critics, Maynard recently signed an eight fight extension with the UFC that will most certainly account for a couple more black spots on his brain in the not-so-distant future. After the jump: More details on Maynard's eight-fight deal. Plus, Pat Barry goes on the defensive (no!), and Jens Pulver unretires again (NOOOO!!!!).
Posted on: 17 December 2014 - 5:52 pm  |   | 

SadGIF of the Day: Cody McKenzie Gets Knee-KO’d at M-1 Challenge 54

(Homeless man takes dive at Russian MMA ev--oh wait no, that's just Cody McKenzie. GIF via caposa) After a promising start, Cody McKenzie's MMA career has turned into one extended shrug emoticon. In just 12 months, the former UFC lightweight/featherweight has given us the Nike shorts incident, a victorious debut at 180 pounds (!), and drew a pint of blood to make welterweight. Blugh. Today, Cody showed up at M-1 Challenge 54 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was knocked out in the first round thanks to a well-timed knee from Beslan Isaev. So why was Cody McKenzie, of all people, booked for a fight in Russia in the first place? Who knows. If we had to guess, we'd say that his salmon-fishing boat took a wrong turn at the Bering Strait. Cody now returns to the U.S., where he'll prepare to be the star witness in the class-action lawsuit against the UFC. (Do witnesses even give testimony in class-action lawsuits? I have no idea how this works. But it is, indeed, a funny image.)
Posted on: 17 December 2014 - 3:42 pm  |   | 

Cheater? Rousimar Palhares Doesn’t Believe So

Rousimar Palhares’ decision to keep a submission locked up on Mike Pierce after the bell sounded cost him his career in the UFC. Now, as the reigning World Series of Fighting welterweight champion, Palhares continues to hear complaints about his submission locks. Over the weekend, Palahres (17-6) forced Jon Fitch to tap to a kneebar. […]

The post Cheater? Rousimar Palhares Doesn’t Believe So appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

Rampage Jackson Ready To Return To Action

The itch to compete has returned for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While many have questioned whether or not the 36-year-old can still fight at the highest level, it appears as if he wants to give it a shot. I'm ready to get back in the cage again..I never thought I would […]

The post Rampage Jackson Ready To Return To Action appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

Coverage Of UFC On FOX 13: Dos Santos Vs. Miocic

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic. Tonight’s card comes to us live from the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Action airs on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and FOX, including a main event between heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic. Other main card bouts […]

The post Coverage Of UFC On FOX 13: Dos Santos Vs. Miocic appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 13 December 2014 - 2:14 pm  |   | 

TUF 20 Finale PBP and Results

Welcome to the TUF 20 Finale play-by-play and results post for the main card – where men are men and girls HAVE TAKEN OVER THE OCTAGON. Tonight, the first-ever UFC strawweight title will be awarded to either Carla Esparza or Rose Namajunas, who both cut through the lesser denizens of the TUF House like a hot […]

The post TUF 20 Finale PBP and Results appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 12 December 2014 - 8:59 pm  |   | 

Felice Herrig Loves Showing Off At Weigh-Ins (Photo)

Felice Herrig offered up a collage of some of her more memorable weigh-in attires, something she’s likely to continue with later today. Herrig will weigh-in with the rest of The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale lineup in Las Vegas, and you can catch the proceedings on FightLine. For now, check out Herrig’s previous “outfits” for weigh-ins: […]

The post Felice Herrig Loves Showing Off At Weigh-Ins (Photo) appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 11 December 2014 - 1:11 pm  |   | 

“Notorious” Promises Another First Round Finish

Conor McGregor promised to finish off Dustin Poirier inside the first round when the two featherweights met earlier this year. Now, just over a month away from returning to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 59 against Dennis Siver, “Notorious” is offering another prediction. “I will KO him inside 2 minutes,” McGregor posted on Twitter. […]

The post “Notorious” Promises Another First Round Finish appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

“Showtime” Delivered, Now, What’s Next?

It took a few extra months, but Anthony Pettis finally made his first successful title defense Saturday night at UFC 181, besting Gilbert Melendez and retaining the lightweight belt. Now, “Showtime” will look to continue his climb to becoming the best. “I saw the division develop over the last year,” said Pettis, during the post-fight […]

The post “Showtime” Delivered, Now, What’s Next? appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

“Ruthless” Now UFC Champ After Years Of Work

Robbie Lawler had to wait and listen to the scorecards be read off before he could celebrate Saturday night at UFC 181. That’s not how he wanted it to happen. Lawler became the welterweight champion, scoring a split decision over Johny Hendricks in the main event. He talked about his plan going in during the […]

The post “Ruthless” Now UFC Champ After Years Of Work appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 7 December 2014 - 12:55 pm  |   | 

UFC 181 Coverage, Results, PBP

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II. Set from Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Events Center, the main card boasts a pair of world title fights. In the headliner, Johny Hendricks defends his welterweight title against Robbie Lawler, while lightweight champion Anthony Pettis meets Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event. […]

The post UFC 181 Coverage, Results, PBP appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 6 December 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 

“UFC Tonight” Hosts Breakdown UFC 181’s Fights

On this past Wednesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight,” Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on the main and co-main event for this evening. In the UFC 181 headline fight, Robbie Lawler challenges Johny Hendricks for the welterweight title. Earlier this year, Hendricks earned a decision to claim the vacant belt. “This is […]

The post “UFC Tonight” Hosts Breakdown UFC 181’s Fights appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 6 December 2014 - 1:15 pm  |   | 


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