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Tito Ortiz Brushes Off a Potential Fight With Kimbo Slice, And For Once, He’s In the Right

(Does this man strike you as someone who would trade in his dignity for a quick buck? Didn't think so.) By CP Reader Marcos Rego With plenty of dark clouds hanging overhead this week, I thought it would be best to bring some cheer to the wonderful boys and girls of CP in the only way I know how: A series of jokes about Tito Ortiz disguised as an article. (Think of me as that uncle who gave you your first beer at age 15…but less creepy and allowed to go near public schools). Repressed childhood memories aside, did you hear?! Tito Ortiz thinks fighting Kimbo Slice makes about as much sense as putting Fritos on a pizza. And for once, he's right!
Posted on: 27 January 2015 - 1:30 pm  |   | 

Replay Of “Countdown To UFC 183″

Check out all three segments to “Countdown to UFC 183″ in the videos below, including a detailed look at the injury suffered by Anderson Silva. The former UFC middleweight champion returns to action this Saturday night at UFC 183 vs. Nick Diaz. Along with Silva-Diaz, Countdown highlights the co-main event between welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and […]

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Posted on: 27 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Ring In “Snowmageddon 2015″ With This Random Collection of Jeff “The Snowman” Monson Videos

If you happen to live in the Northeast (or are Facebook friends with someone who does), you've likely already bared witness to the tundra-esque hellscape known as "Snowmageddon 2015." Whether it's insane traffic delays or a string of window photos reminding you that, yes, snow is a thing that happens in winter, Snowmageddon is here to inconvenience us all, so why not power through it with this random collection of Jeff Monson videos? Because Jeff Monson's nickname is "The Snowman", you see, and its snowing outside. Therefore: relevant news. Come to think of it, perhaps this should have been an article dedicated to Jon Jones. (*gives/receives all of the self-fives*) Regardless, join us after the jump if spending your day off watching a heavily-tattooed anarchist strangle people sounds like a fun time to you.
Posted on: 27 January 2015 - 12:00 pm  |   | 

BTW, NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Was Arrested on Corruption Charges Last Week

("And for my next impression, I give you a fish taking a shit." via The New York Post.) While we here at Castle CagePotato have been in full blown crisis mode these past few days, there has actually been a lot going on in the MMA world worth talking about. Go figure, right? Most notably, perhaps, is that NY State Assembly and supervillian of MMA, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on corruption charges related to accepting millions of dollars in undisclosed income from an NYC lawfirm. And because I gave you my word that I'd start publishing you Taters if you wrote in, after the jump is one such hot taek on Silver's arrest, via CP reader Mike Reilly. Enjoy!
Posted on: 26 January 2015 - 4:00 pm  |   | 

Emotional Loss For “The Mauler” In Sweden

Alexander Gustafsson was emotional after his loss to Anthony Johnson Saturday night at UFC on FOX 14 in front of his Swedish fans. Nevertheless, “The Mauler” composed himself and conducted a post-fight interview inside the Octagon, thanking everyone for their support. After that, Gustafsson provided FOX Sports 2 with even more inside on the loss, […]

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Posted on: 26 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

CagePotato PSA: So About That Last “CagePotato PSA”…

Free Cage Potato dog (It's more "Save" than "Free" now, but the message is still relevant.) By Jared Jones Good morning, Nation. If you've visited CagePotato within the past few days, you've likely read my inspiring and totally original war speech which triumphantly declared that we will not be be going quietly into the night, nor will we be vanishing without a fight, and so on and so forth. You were likely moved to tears by this heartrending and undeniably epic rally cry, and most certainly hugged your loved ones a little tighter before tucking them into bed, reminding them to never, ever take anything in life for granted. And while I wasn't technically wrong in declaring that CP's flame will forever burn, it turns out that my soaring call to arms might have been a bit, presumptuous...
Posted on: 26 January 2015 - 11:38 am  |   | 

Jon Jones Talks About “Rumble,” Previous Contenders

Fresh off a self-imposed Twitter hiatus, UFC light heavweight champion Jon Jones was all over the social media scene Saturday night during UFC on FOX 14. As he watched his next challenger emerge in the main event, “Bones” commented on a number of items. He is now expected to face Anthony Johnson, who finished Alexander […]

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Posted on: 25 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

UFC on FOX 14 Live Results and Play by Play

Another weekend, another installment of UFC action – this one coming from Stockholm, Sweden and airing on the main FOX channel itself. The main event: a top light-heavyweight contender scuffle between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, with the winner presumably earning a crack at champ Jon Jones somewhere down the line. Scrappy stalwarts Dan […]

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Posted on: 24 January 2015 - 7:56 pm  |   | 

UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson — Live Results & Commentary

(Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson, and DMX in the camouflage, ready to ask some hard-hitting questions./Photo via Getty) The UFC showcase on FOX returns tonight for its 14th installment, featuring a huge light heavyweight title eliminator on deck. Alexander Gustafsson will be looking to book his rematch against Jon Jones, as he dukes it out against rising contender Anthony Johnson in the five-round main event inside Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The winner of this bout will most likely square off against the champion later this year. In the co-main event, Dan Henderson will try to prove he's not way over the hill like most of us think he is, as he faces Gegard Mousasi. Both combatants are coming off submission losses, looking to storm back into the win column. Also on the card, Phil Davis battles Ryan Bader, and kicking off the FOX action will be Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia.
Posted on: 24 January 2015 - 7:30 pm  |   | 

UFC Expecting History At Sweden Card

The UFC invades Stockholm tonight with a No. 1 contender match in the light heavyweight division, as UFC on FOX 14 goes down. Alexander Gustafsson, a native of Sweden, battles Anthony Johnson in a five-round headline fight. Also, Dan Henderson takes on Gegard Mousasi in a meeting of former Strikeforce champions. Courtesy the UFC, check […]

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Posted on: 24 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Cris Cyborg-To-UFC Picks Back Up

UFC president Dana White has stated in the past that getting certain fighters signed to deals can be a headache. Cris “Cyborg” Justino has worked through White in the past to try and come to an agreement to fight inside the Octagon. Now, her management team is dealing with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. Fertitta recently […]

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Posted on: 24 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

CagePotato PSA: No, We Are Not Shutting Down (At Least Not For Now)

By Jared Jones  Good morning, Nation. Understandably, the unexpected and immensely saddening departure of Ben Goldstein from CagePotato has led to rampant speculation that we might be closing our doors for good. And to be honest, that very well might be the case. Maybe not today, maybe not a couple weeks from now, but suffice it to say, the loss of BG from the site he built from the ground up -- a site that has endlessly entertained hundreds of thousands of tens of dozens of us for over 7 years -- hit hard here at Castle Cagepotato. A lot is up in the air right now regarding our future, and I wish I had more answers to put your minds at ease (and also mine, because you know, I kind of work here). But if this really is the end, what a shame it would be. In a media landscape that so often seems content with blind obedience, CagePotato has served as one of the few voices of dissent -- and dare I say it, reason -- throughout the years. And while it's true that we may take that dissent a little far at times, we do so only out of a genuine love for the inspiring, depressing, overly-serious, and routinely absurd sport that is mixed martial arts, and the hope that it may one day become the global juggernaut it aims to be. Like any other sport, MMA needs to be kept in check and called on its bullshit in order to truly progress, and the loss of guys like BG seems to indicate that fewer and fewer people are willing to heed that call. I've been a writer at CagePotato for over three years. Before that, I was a commenter -- a lone member in CP's then-bustling community of sarcastic a-holes and bitter trolls. Ben offered me a shot at the big mid time directly out of college, and I've been dealing with a near constant barrage of angry readers and angrier tweeters ever since. I've loved every last second of it (even skeletor), so believe me when I say that I have a lot invested in what CP has become, and what it will be moving forward. But it's like I said, I don't have all (or any) of the answers right now. What I do know is that as it stands, myself, Mike Fagan, and Alex Giardini will continue to steer this ghost ship into its uncertain future. We may never be able to replicate what CagePotato was like during the Goldstein Era™, and truthfully, we probably won't even try to. Ben's voice was as unique and intuitive as any in the sport, and any attempt to replicate that voice would only draw unflattering comparisons to the genuine article. What we are going to do, however, is rise from the ashes like the mightiest, most triumphant goddamn Phoenix you've ever seen. Like we did when Old Dad left. Like we did when we nearly shut down by the UFC that one time and also that other time. Like we've done time and time again. We were quoted by the goddamn New Yorker, goddammit, and I'll be goddamned if I'm going to let this place go out without a goddamn fight. This means branching out. Trying new ideas. Crafting unique, hard-hitting, and consistently humorous content. And most importantly, it means collaborating with the true voice of CagePotato: You, the readers. This is a call to arms, Potato Nation. We need your support, your input now more than ever. Do you have a story pitch, a potential lead, or a half-brained idea in need of development? Contact us. Contact me. I promise, I will do my absolute best to hear out every last one of you. And as long as you're willing to work for free, hell, I'll even get you published. You gotta start building that fancy writer's resume somewhere, right? The point is, we can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July 23rd of January will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world CagePotato Army declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!"
Posted on: 23 January 2015 - 1:07 pm  |   | 

Conor-Effect Results In Great Ratings For UFC, FS1

On the heels of quite a bit of promotional work throughout the many FOX networks, the recent UFC Fight Night 59 card paid off, delivering the most viewership since 2009. Conor McGregor’s recent win over Dennis Siver, coupled with a co-main event between lightweights Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson, was watched by more than 2.7 […]

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Posted on: 23 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Update UFC Rankings Are In…..

Fresh off his second round TKO victory over Dennis Siver, Conor McGregor has climbed to fourth in the UFC’s featherweight division. The official rankings were recently updated. McGregor, who is expected to meet champion Jose Aldo later this year, moved ahead of Cub Swanson. Dennis Bermudez, Jeremy Stephens and Clay Guida all climbed a spot, […]

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Posted on: 22 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Ten Unrelated Thoughts About Running a Mid-Level MMA Blog — A Goodbye Letter From BG

(Author’s note: Please listen to this song while reading the column below. When it ends, listen to it again.) By Ben Goldstein 1. I was 26, I had just gotten fired for the first time, and I was scared about making rent in New York without a job. A guy I sort of knew hired me to launch a blog about MMA for a media company based in Los Angeles. It was more money that I was making as a low-level editor for a low-level men’s magazine, and I could do it from home. Seemed like a better plan than unemployment. 2. My God, that was over seven years ago. George W. Bush was president. MMA was “the world’s fastest growing sport.” Everything seemed possible. 3. Running CagePotato was the greatest job I ever had because I could write what I wanted without being edited or censored. Developing a roster of like-minded outlaw-writers was a blast (see list of thank-yous, below), and the job helped me discover talents I didn’t even know I possessed. Plus, working from home meant I never had to use an office bathroom stall next to a co-worker after lunch. Some of you don’t understand what a luxury that is. 4. Running CagePotato was the hardest job I ever had because it was the first time I had genuine responsibility in my professional life. I was judged for my site’s performance, and people depended on me showing up every day. Sometimes, I got yelled at.
Posted on: 22 January 2015 - 12:00 pm  |   | 

And Now He’s Retired: Cung Le Will No Longer Be Throwing Spinning Sh*t

(Warrior. Photo via Victor Fraile/Getty Images) Well, we probably should have seen this coming. In the media firestorm following his Fight Night 48 drug-testing fiasco and subsequent (but unrelated) class-action lawsuit against the UFC, Cung Le has decided to retire from MMA. Fans of spinning sh*t, pour one out. In eight years of professional competition, Le collected a 9-3 record that included wins over Rich Franklin, Patrick Cote, and Frank Shamrock -- the latter of which earned him the Strikeforce middleweight championship. After rattling off back-to-back wins at the age of 40 in 2012, Le came under fire when he tested positive for HGH following his 4th round TKO loss to Michael Bisping at Fight Night Macau in August. While photos of Le's suspiciously jacked physique had raised a heap of questions prior to the fight, it was the UFC's mishandling of his urine sample that raised a ton more. Seeking to clear his name, Le immediately (and rightfully) challenged the results of his test, which in turn led to his 12-month suspension being lifted due to "lack of evidence." When the UFC failed to sincerely apologize for dragging his name through the mud, Le asked to be released of his contract before being named as one of the chief plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed against the promotion. Despite this, Le was still listed as a member of the UFC's active roster until his retirement was announced yesterday. After the jump: Check out Le's prepared statement, the UFC's response, and a brief tribute to some of his most memorable moments in the cage.
Posted on: 22 January 2015 - 10:45 am  |   | 

Dave Herman’s Wife Posts Video of Tasering/Arrest, Claims Husband Was “Assaulted by Police”

Former Bellator/UFC Dave Herman had a less than ideal Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to say the very least. After being spotted with a missing tail light and leading Indiana police on a "3 mile chase" early Monday morning, Herman was tasered, hauled into custody, and slapped with a litany of felony and misdemeanor charges including but not limited to Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery Against Law Enforcement. Oh yeah, and his wife and infant son witnessed the whole thing. That last part bears mentioning, because as it turns out, Herman's wife, Madeleine, was recording the majority of the incident with her computer prior to Herman's arrest. In addition to contesting the report filed again "Pee Wee" yesterday, Madeleine also teamed up with retired Marine, libertarian talk show host, and activist Adam Kokesh to release the video of Herman's arrest. Suffice it to say, the video paints a slightly different picture of what went down than the police report. Video after the jump. 
Posted on: 21 January 2015 - 1:12 pm  |   | 

“The Mauler” Believes He Will Defeat Johnson, Jones

Alexander Gustafsson is one of the bigger light heavyweights in the world. So is his opponent, Anthony Johnson. The two meet this coming Saturday night from Stockholm in the main event of UFC on FOX 14, with the winner securing a future title fight vs. Jon Jones. During a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” Gustafsson […]

The post “The Mauler” Believes He Will Defeat Johnson, Jones appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 21 January 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Yep, Mirko Cro Cop Is Coming Back to the UFC. Seriously.

(Mirko, good to see you again, old buddy!! Uh....Mirko?) Well, it's official: We have entered the era of the UFC signing UFC washouts. As first reported by BloodyElbow last night and confirmed by the UFC shortly thereafter, Mirko Cro Cop has once again signed with the UFC. As in 40-year old Mirko Cro Cop. As in 0-3 in his past 3 UFC fights and 3-4 in his past 7 overall Mirko Cro Cop. There aren't enough TheRockeyeroll gifs on the Internet to do this news justice. Why, OH WHY did the UFC re-sign Cro Cop, you ask? Out of spite, obviously:
The source says that Bellator MMA had been "very close" to signing Filipovic but that the UFC got wind of the deal and stepped in with a big offer. The source says this was "almost certainly" for no other reason than to keep Filipovic away from Bellator and Spike TV and to deprive Bellator frontman Scott Coker - formerly the head of Strikeforce - ammunition with which to work.
(*exhale*) Where do I begin?
Posted on: 21 January 2015 - 10:00 am  |   | 

Special “Look Ahead” At The Year In UFC

Jon Anik, Brian Stann and Dominick Cruz offered up their thoughts during a special look ahead to the upcoming year in the UFC. UFC president Dana White joined the crew for an exclusive interview, all of which you can see in the video below:

The post Special “Look Ahead” At The Year In UFC appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 21 January 2015 - 9:08 am  |   | 


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