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OMFG: Renan Barao Withdraws From UFC 177 After Botched Weight Cut, Joe Soto Replaces Him Against TJ Dillashaw

(Please, Renan, you're scaring the children. / Photo via MMAWeekly) As karmic retribution for the UFC trying to sell us a garbage-ass pay-per-view, Renan Barao withdrew from his UFC 177 headlining fight against TJ Dillashaw earlier today, following complications during his weight cut. According to a statement provided to MMAFighting.com by Nova Uniao, "Barao felt dizzy when leaving the tub in his hotel room and hit his head against the wall. The bantamweight passed out and was rushed to the hospital." A catchweight bout between Barao and Dillashaw was not considered due to safety concerns. Barao is currently recovering in a Sacramento hospital. As a result of the withdrawal, the UFC has drafted — get this — former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto to step in on a day's notice against Dillashaw. Soto is riding a six-fight win streak, and was set to make his UFC debut tomorrow night against Anthony Birchak (never heard of him) on the prelims. So now, tomorrow's pay-per-view event is UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto. Card subject to change. Refunds now available. UFC 177 was so star-deprived that Renan Barao himself was the biggest name on the card. And now he's gone. God help us all. UFC 177 will proceed with just eight fights on the card. When we woke up this morning, there were ten, but then Henry Cejudo did his thing, and now this. Unreal. "(Barao) is scared," Dillashaw said after the bad news broke. "He doesn’t want it. His coaches wanted the rematch more than he did. He's never missed weight before. It's kinda funny he does it now." Also:
Posted on: 29 August 2014 - 10:03 pm  |   | 

Check Out A Simulation Of Saturday’s UFC 177 Main Event

EA Sports has put together a simulation to predict this Saturday night’s main event fight at UFC 177 between bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. Earlier this year, Dillashaw stunned Barao with a fifth round TKO victory, dominating the former champion for the better part of 20-plus minutes. According to the simulators, the outcome […]

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Posted on: 29 August 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 

Obviously, Henry Cejudo Has Pulled Out of UFC 177 Due to ‘Medical Reasons’ [UPDATED]

(Photo via Getty) The most unreliable fighter in mixed martial arts has done it again, folks. UFC.com confirms that former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has withdrawn from his scheduled UFC 177 match against Scott Jorgensen "due to medical reasons." This is the same guy who no-showed the weigh-ins for Legacy FC 25 last November due to a reported stomach flu, blew weight by 3.5 pounds before his win over Elias Garcia in January, pulled out of a Legacy FC title fight against Damacio Page this past May due to "personal reasons," then withdrew from the main event of Legacy FC 34 last month for undisclosed reasons, just before signing with the UFC. In retrospect, it's kind of baffling that the UFC signed this flake in the first place — although the promotion hedged its bets by burying Cejudo vs. Jorgensen on the UFC 177 prelims.
Posted on: 29 August 2014 - 4:24 pm  |   | 

‘ONE FC: Reign of Champions’ Results + GIFs — Aoki, Askren, Huerta Score First-Round Finishes

(Roger Huerta destroys Christian Holley with the help of ONE FC's "Sure, knee 'em in the head when they're down, we don't really care" rule. / GIF via ZP) ONE FC: Reign of Champions (aka ONE FC 19) went down today at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, featuring Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren, and the return of Roger Huerta after a two-year absence and four-fight losing streak. Quick results are below, and more GIFs are after the jump, via ZombieProphet. - Shina Aoki def. Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:15 of round 1; Aoki retains the ONE FC lightweight championship - Ben Askren def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via TKO, 1:24 of round 1; Askren becomes the new ONE FC welterweight champion, and secures his second-straight first-round stoppage. How 'bout that! - Jadamba Narantungalag def. Koji Oishi via unanimous decision; Narantungalag becomes the new ONE FC featherweight champion - Roger Huerta def. Christian Holley via TKO (knees & punches), 3:13 of round 1 - James McSweeney def. Cristiano Kaminishi via KO (punch & soccer kick), 1:17 of round 1 - Herbert Burns def. Hiroshige Tanaka via unanimous decision - Mohamad Walid def. Vaughn Donayre via submission (armbar), 1:05 of round 1 - Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Ali Yaakub via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:34 of round 1 - Ann Osman def. Ana Julaton via split-decision
Posted on: 29 August 2014 - 2:24 pm  |   | 

Hear From The “UFC Tonight” Crew Regarding UFC 177

“UFC Tonight” took a closer look at the main event Saturday night between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the bantamweight title at UFC 177. Stepping in as a guest host, Daniel Cormier let it be known that he feels there is one key area where the contest could shift. “I think fight starts even […]

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Posted on: 29 August 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Friday Links: Rockhold vs. Machida in the Works, TUF: Latin America Episode 1, Funniest ‘Final Destination’ Death-GIFs + More

(WEC NEVA DIE. Props: YouTube.com/UFC) Dana White: Luke Rockhold Will Probably Fight Lyoto Machida, Not Michael Bisping (BleacherReport) TUF Latin America: Episode 1 (MMAShare) Nevada Attorney General Goes After Wanderlei Silva, Wants NSAC to Deny Brazilian's Motion for Drug Test Dismissal (MMAMania) Stunning New Visions from Brit Bliss (Babes of MMA) Matt Wiman Returns From 22 Month Layoff to Face Isaac Vallie-Flagg @ UFC Fight Night Austin (UFC.com) "Big" John McCarthy's Son Will Be a Judge at UFC 177 (Sherdog) Here's a GIF of Michael Chandler Dancing Like a Goof and King Mo Shaking His Head at Him (twitter) Manny Pacquiao Selected 11th Pick in Philippines Basketball Draft (TerezOwens) Megan Fox's First Pitch at a Korean Baseball Game Was a Little Low and Inside (DrunkenStepfather) Is Ultimate Dodgeball on the Verge of Becoming the Next Cool Sport? (AskMen) Shadow of Mordor Hands-On Preview: Natural Enemies (GameFront) Madden 15: An Interview With Creative Director Mike Young (MiddleEasy) 17 of the Funniest Deaths From the Final Destination Series (ScreenJunkies) Playboy Releases “When It’s Okay to Catcall Her” Flowchart (PopHangover) Police Accidentally Kill 'Cops' Crewman During Shootout (EveryJoe) 39 Sexy Pics of 'Glee' Stunner Dianna Agron (Radass) Best Cult Classic Ever - From Evil Dead to Rocky Horror (EscapistMagazine) The 20 Funniest Moments In Sorority Girl History (WorldWideInterweb) What I Learned Working on Every Simpsons Ever (MadeMan)
Posted on: 29 August 2014 - 12:08 pm  |   | 

UFC Working Towards Random Drug Testing By End Of 2014

UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, is planning to introduce random and unannounced drug testing for fighters – even when they are not scheduled to compete. In a report by ESPN, Ratner confirmed plans to begin the process by the end of 2014. “We are meeting with different companies right now and we’re […]

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Posted on: 28 August 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 

The UFC 177 Danavlog Asserts That Dana White Might Not Be Such a Sleazeball After All

Recently, UFC President Dana White was named the 8th biggest sleazeball in all of professional sports by GQ magazine, placing just behind War Machine and just ahead of Lance Armstrong. While we've had our barbs with The Baldfather in the past, even we think it might be a little much to lump him in with the likes of a woman-beating multiple felon and a steroid-abusing sociopath who built his entire empire on a throne of deceit and manipulation. I mean, sure, DW may fly off the handle and do something detrimental to the sport every now and again, and he may treat any media member who has the balls to call him out for doing so like a hostile witness in a murder trial, but for the most part, he seems relatively harmless for a multi-millionaire in charge of (what was once) the world's fastest growing sport, right guys? (*narrowly ducks beer bottle*) Just take a look at the UFC 177 Danavlog -- which grants us a behind-the-scenes look at the drama-filled evening of UFC 175 -- if you don't believe me. Whether he's informing Matt Mitrione that his fight with Stefan Struve had been cancelled at the last minute, bitching out Joe Rogan for his infamous "f-up" during Ronda Rousey's post interview, or simply posing for photos with fans, White handles it all with the grace of someone who definitely wouldn't drive a railroad spike through a dog's head to intimidate a rival promoter, unlike some of his former peers.
Posted on: 28 August 2014 - 4:32 pm  |   | 

Bellator Signs Another Former UFC Hall Of Famer

UFC Hall of Fame fighter Stephan Bonnar has signed with Bellator MMA, the promotion announced on Wednesday. Bonnar, who retired following a loss to Anderson Silva in 2012, has been doing announcing work with Titan FC. He was inducted into the hall of fame alongside Forrest Griffin, as the two were in the finals of […]

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Posted on: 28 August 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Demian Maia Diagnosed With Bone Infection in Shoulder, Out Indefinitely

(A bone infection is one thing, but a case of nipple eyes? There's no coming back from that.)  A fun fact about Demian Maia: In his 19 fight UFC career, the Jiu-Jitsu ace had *never* pulled out of a scheduled contest. Until last weekend, that is, when a bone bruise in his shoulder saw him replaced by Jordan Mein against Mike Pyle at Fight Night 49. Unfortunately, it appears that Maia's injury has developed into something much more serious, which has postponed his return to the octagon indefinitely. MMAFighting has the details:
[Maia] suffered a bone bruise in his shoulder while training, which later developed a staph infection. That staph infection has now led to a bone infection, which hospitalized the Brazilian welterweight this past week. Maia's manager Eduardo Alonso told UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani that Maia is being treated for osteomyelitis, a serious bone infection commonly caused by bacteria. Alfonso said that the infection is on Maia's right clavicle bone, and will require a six-week antibiotics treatment through IVs, and then follow with a course orally.
As if that wasn't bad enough already...
Posted on: 28 August 2014 - 12:00 pm  |   | 

UFC Planning to Implement Random, Enhanced Drug Testing for All Fighters

(Until now, the UFC has mainly relied on the "screenshot comparison" method.) In the wake of some high-profile UFC drug-test failures for performance enhancers like HGH and EPO this year — as well as a resurgence in positive tests for old-school steroids — the UFC has announced plans to implement random, out-of-competition drug testing for all of its fighters. ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto broke the news last night. Until now, UFC brass has claimed that the expense of such a program would be prohibitive, and the promotion has left much of the drug-testing responsibility in the hands of local athletic commissions, only supporting random testing on an occasional basis. But with the PED epidemic growing worse in MMA, the sport's leading promotion will be making the financial investment necessary to combat the problem, and UFC officials hope to have the new drug-screening system in place by the end of the year. From the ESPN report: According to UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, the promotion is in discussion with "four to five" independent drug-testing agencies and is hopeful to officially partner with one by the end of 2014. The end goal is unannounced, year-round blood and urine tests on the UFC's stable of approximately 500 athletes using an independent sample collector. "We are meeting with different companies right now and we're going to have out-of-competition testing," Ratner told ESPN.com. "We're not sure when it's going to start, but we're working on it right now. "Unannounced blood and urine is going to happen, hopefully in the next three or four months. When you're talking about 500 fighters, there are a lot of logistics. Having fighters in foreign countries makes it tougher, but we're coming up with a plan and (agencies) are making proposals to us in the next two weeks"...
Posted on: 28 August 2014 - 10:39 am  |   | 

Jose Aldo Admits That He Shoved Chad Mendes Just to Hype Their Fight [NO DOY]

("Okay, forget the shoving thing, I've got a better way to promote us. Have you ever seen the music videos of this man Weird Al?" / Photo by Leandro Lima) In a regrettable instance of an MMA fighter breaking kayfabe, UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo went on record yesterday saying that his unsolicited shove of Chad Mendes earlier this week was only done to hype their fight. I know, I know...ShockedJohnCena.gif. Here's what Aldo said to local media (via MMAFighting), following a faceoff with Mendes in Sao Paulo on Wednesday that did not result in shoving: "We were talking to Andre (Pederneiras) in a meeting about how we could improve our fight promotions. It’s part of the show. But I told Andre after (the staredown) that it’s not my style," Aldo said. "It was not staged, we were talking (trash) to each other and it happened. … We (Aldo and Pederneiras) tried to spice things up, but that’s it...

"I’ve never pushed anyone during a staredown before," he said. "I should behave better. I'm not saying I regret it. We did it, it was good. There was a good thing about it that people are now talking about it, but it’s not who I am. It won’t happen again."

Posted on: 28 August 2014 - 9:34 am  |   | 

Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran Reshuffled to Fight Night Austin, Which Also Gets Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz

(Photo via Getty.) Although they were originally scheduled to throw down at Fight Night Halifax in October, it appears that the spine injury Paige VanZant recently suffered will in fact delay her long-awaited UFC debut against fellow stunner Kailin Curran. Instead, "12 Gauge" and "Punkie Bruise-ter" (our tentative nickname for Curran) will now square off at Fight Night 57, which goes down on November 22nd from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. This is normally the part of the article where we'd start listing Van Zant and Curran's relevant/recent wins, but with a *combined* record of 6-1 and their only notable opponent being Tecia Torres (who defeated VanZant via UD at Invicta 4), let's just skip the formalities, shall we? Also joining Fight Night 57 will be a flyweight clash between Joseph Benavidez and Dustin Ortiz. After being KO'd by Demetrious Johnson in their rematch at UFC on FOX 9, Benavidez bounced back in style at UFC 172, submitting Tim Elliott with a guillotine so vicious that it forced him to tap with his feet. Ortiz, on the other hand, has made it two in a row since being outworked by John Moraga at Fight Night 35, notching split decisions over Ray Borg and highly-touted prospect Justin Scoggins in back-to-back appearances. After the jump: Kailin Curran kicks the shit out of two interns on The Jason Ellis show. You know, for science.
Posted on: 27 August 2014 - 2:48 pm  |   | 

Hot Potato: 20 Photos of Christine Hallauer, One FC Ring Girl

The fact that we've never done a Hot Potato gallery on Christine Hallauer is a cruel injustice. But as Babes of MMA reminds us, the strikingly gorgeous ONE FC ring girl will be back in action this coming Friday at ONE FC: Reign of Champions in Dubai, and that's reason enough to show you a bunch of her photos today. Christine is a Swiss-Filipina model from Perth, Australia, who has appeared on magazine covers for FHM's Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines editions, as well as Men's Health Singapore and Muse. According to her bio, she earned a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University in Western Australia, and "When she's not appearing before a camera or introducing MMA fights to eager crowds, she's working in the oil and gas industry in Australia—reaping the rewards of her academically focused career." Basically, she's the Shane Carwin of MMA ring girls. Check out 20 of our favorite Christine Hallauer photos in the gallery after the jump, and visit her Facebook page and official site for lots more. And if you missed 'em before, take a look at our previous galleries on ONE FC ring girls Felixia Yeap, Maya T., Mila G., and Park Si Hyun.
Posted on: 27 August 2014 - 1:32 pm  |   | 

Get The Latest UFC Rankings Right Here

The latest official UFC fighter rankings have been released, and thanks to a double-event weekend, there was plenty of changes. In the pound-for-pound Top-15, Chris Weidman and Demetrious Johnson flipped fourth and fifth, while Johny Hendricks passed Ronda Rousey for eighth. Also, Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier each moved up a spot, and Gilbert Melendez, […]

The post Get The Latest UFC Rankings Right Here appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 27 August 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Could UFC 183 Be The Stage For The Old “Spider” To Return?

Ed Soares, manager for former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, believes the decision to pair “The Spider” with Nick Diaz makes complete sense. “Arguably, these guys are two of the best boxers in mixed martial arts, they both wanted to fight Roy Jones, Jr., they’re both coming off two losses, they both have been out […]

The post Could UFC 183 Be The Stage For The Old “Spider” To Return? appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 26 August 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Cung Le Feels Like He Did Himself Proud At UFC Fight Night 48

Former Strikeforce champion Cung Le never recovered from a nasty jab that left his right eye swollen shut and bleeding, falling to Michael Bisping Saturday at UFC Fight Night 48. Le, who has competed just a dozen times in his MMA career due to work in films, the loss was a tough one. He did […]

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

UFC Fight Night: Henderson Vs. Dos Anjos Coverage, Results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos. Tonight’s card comes us from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with bouts airing on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass. Now, on to the fights! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results. PRELIMINARY CARD […]

The post UFC Fight Night: Henderson Vs. Dos Anjos Coverage, Results appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 23 August 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 

Check Out All The Action Going Down At UFC Fight Night: Bisping Vs. Le

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 48 “Bisping vs. Le.” Today’s card comes to us from the CotaiArena in Macau, China and airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Now, on to the fights! Remember to keep hitting refresh for the latest results. In early prelim action: Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via […]

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Posted on: 23 August 2014 - 9:03 am  |   | 

Benson Henderson Set For Seventh Straight UFC Main Event

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson isn’t growing out his hair until he loses a fight. Or until he wins the belt back. Instead, it’s one person who is controlling how long “Smooth’s” locks get. “It can’t be cut for a little while,” said Henderson, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “The wife doesn’t […]

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Posted on: 22 August 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 


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