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VIDEO: Is Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia The Biggest Title Fight Mismatch Ever? CagePotato Weighs In


("Well, in my professional opinion...*fart sounds* *hums Batman theme*")

Once again, our friends at Owned Sports have called upon us, as well as Zane Simon, Sydnie Jones, Erik Fontanez, and Tommy Messano, to answer the tough questions surrounding UFC 190. On today's agenda: Is Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia the biggest mismatch ever?

While undeniably a squash match, we argued that Rousey vs. Correia lies in the Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen territory of title fight mismatches -- a fight between an ultra dominant champion and a brazen, yet almost completely outgunned challenger which has been (underwhelmingly) sold using the classic "grudge match" storyline. That was until yesterday, however, when new evidence surfaced and proved outright that, yes, this is in fact the biggest mismatch of all time.

Check out the video after the jump, then head over to OwnedSports.com for more videos on daily fantasy sports.

The post VIDEO: Is Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia The Biggest Title Fight Mismatch Ever? CagePotato Weighs In appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 30 July 2015 - 6:04 pm  |   | 

Inside The Octagon Featuring Ronda Rousey

Dan Hardy and John Gooden offer up insight and thoughts for Saturday night’s main event at UFC 190 between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia in the latest edition of “Inside the Octagon.”

The post Inside The Octagon Featuring Ronda Rousey appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 30 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

BTW, You Guys Should Give BG’s Final MMA Piece on Judo Champion Edith Bosch a Read


(Edith Bosch [far right] and Ronda Rousey [second from right] hold up their bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics.)

While we here at CagePotato are still mourning the loss of founding editor Ben Goldstein, we've been thrilled to learn that he has found gainful employment in the financial services industry (Ed note: What, actually making money for a living? SELLOUT!!). But before he leaves behind the barren landscape that is MMA writing for good, Ben recently put together what may very well may be his crowning achievement as a writer (his magnum opus on The 50 Worst Fighters in UFC History included): A 2831 word masterpiece/interview with Judo champion Edith Bosch.

Who is Edith Bosch? Only the last person to defeat UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in a Judo competition. How good is the article? So good that we've violated our "You Guys" ban in order to tell you how good it is, you guys.

Check out BG's piece over at Owned Sports, and stay tuned for more content between CagePotato and Owned Sports in the future.

The post BTW, You Guys Should Give BG’s Final MMA Piece on Judo Champion Edith Bosch a Read appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 30 July 2015 - 4:30 pm  |   | 

Who (or What) Is to Blame for UFC 190′s Nonexistent Marketing Campaign?


(Photo via André Durão/Globo.)

By Santino DeFranco

Did Ronda Rousey anger the UFC gods, or is somebody in the marketing department getting fired?

What the hell is Rousey, the UFC’s cash cow up until a quaint little Irishman stole her limelight, doing headlining a barely advertised card in Brazil after about a thousand UFC events in a few weeks time? It makes me wonder if this is intentional, or if this is a marketing blunder.

Let’s put our tinfoil hats on for a bit and pretend like we can get to the bottom of something using pure speculation, and very little else.

The post Who (or What) Is to Blame for UFC 190′s Nonexistent Marketing Campaign? appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 30 July 2015 - 1:37 pm  |   | 

Jake Shields Wants To Break Rousimar Palhares

Jake Shields is a former Strikeforce champion and title contender when he was in the UFC. This Saturday night, Shields will take on Rousimar Palhares for World Series of Fighting welterweight gold. Shields (31-7-1) is a perfect 2-0 since coming over to the WSOF, scoring first round finishes vs. Brian Foster and Ryan Ford. In […]

The post Jake Shields Wants To Break Rousimar Palhares appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 29 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Here Comes A New Challenger: Matches to Make – UFC on FOX 16


(via Getty.)

By Sam Stilson

All hail King TJ! This past weekend's UFC on Fox show proved without a shadow of a doubt that TJ Dillashaw is the real deal. His obliteration of former pound-for-pound staple Renan Barão was masterful and effectively silenced all the 'lucky punch' rabble-rousers.

In addition to the main event, we got a Fight of the Year candidate, a new(old) women's bantamweight challenger and an odd, yet refreshing display of MMA sportsmanship, on national TV no less.

So what's next for our main card competitors? Let's play 'Being Joe Silva.'

The post Here Comes A New Challenger: Matches to Make – UFC on FOX 16 appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 28 July 2015 - 8:01 pm  |   | 

VIDEO: CagePotato Breaks Down Which UFC 190 Heavyweight Has the Brightest Future Prospects for ‘Owned Sports’

Believe it or not, there are actually sports entities out there who value -- or are at least willing to put up with -- our opinions on MMA-related matters. I know, right? I'm just as shocked as you.

In any case, CagePotato managing editor (and lone remaining member of the Old & New Dads Alliance™), Jared Jones, recently appeared alongside Erik Fontanez of MMA Hot Sauce/MMAWeekly and Tommy Messano of MiddleEasy to break down UFC 190, and more specifically, which of the four heavyweights competing on the main card have the brightest future prospects, as part of an ongoing series for Owned Sports. As you can expect, our taek was equal parts hot and nonsense.

Check out the video above, make fun of my hair/face/attire, and while you're at it, swing over to OwnedSports.com for more videos on daily fantasy sports.

The post VIDEO: CagePotato Breaks Down Which UFC 190 Heavyweight Has the Brightest Future Prospects for ‘Owned Sports’ appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 28 July 2015 - 6:30 pm  |   | 

T.J. Dillashaw Confident In His Abilities

Dominick Cruz was the first fighter to wear the UFC bantamweight title. Current champion T.J. Dillashaw wants to defend his 135-pound title against Cruz – assuming “The Dominator” can stay healthy. Cruz was stripped of the title after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. He is currently sidelined once again, but is anticipating a return either late […]

The post T.J. Dillashaw Confident In His Abilities appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 28 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Ronda Rousey Destroys Sara McMann In This UFC 190 Primer

This coming Saturday night, Ronda Rousey will face off against another unbeaten contender, as she defends her bantamweight title at UFC 190 against Bethe Correia. In the video below, check out Rousey vs. a fellow Olympic medalist in Sara McMann.

The post Ronda Rousey Destroys Sara McMann In This UFC 190 Primer appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 27 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

UFC on FOX 16 Highlights/Results: Dillashaw Puts the Stamp on Barao, Tate Earns Another Shot at Rousey + More


(via UFC on FOX)

It's hard to a remember a more meteoric rise to absolute dominance than that of TJ Dillashaw, the TUF 14 runner up who will almost certainly find himself in those ever-coveted "pound-for-pound" talks following his brilliant performance against Renan Barao at UFC on FOX 16 last Saturday.

To think that, a little over a year ago, Dillashaw was being given no chance against the former "pound-for-pound" king when they first clashed in the cage is almost absurd given his pair of performances against Barao. And in the rematch, Dillashaw was arguably even more impressive, eating almost everything his Brazilian rival could throw at him while returning fire with a fury. Dillashaw's footwork was incredible, his combinations video game-esque, and his accuracy reminiscent of early Anderson Silva. How Barao was able to withstand the final flurry that came in the 4th round was a credit to his chin, his heart, and the abnormally slow hand of Herb Dean.

Elsewhere on the FOX 16 card, Miesha Tate overcame an early onslaught, Edson Barboza and Paul Felder threw spinning sh*t, and Joe Lauzon auditioned for his post-fight career as a referee, so check out all the highlights after the jump.

The post UFC on FOX 16 Highlights/Results: Dillashaw Puts the Stamp on Barao, Tate Earns Another Shot at Rousey + More appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 27 July 2015 - 3:35 pm  |   | 

T.J. Dillashaw Highlights UFC On FOX 16

The bantamweight title was on the line Saturday night at UFC on FOX 16 from the United Center in Chicago. For the second straight time, T.J. Dillashaw dominated Renan Barao, retaining the title with a fourth round TKO victory. Last year, Dillashaw finished the Brazilian in the fifth in a fight he was completely controlling. […]

The post T.J. Dillashaw Highlights UFC On FOX 16 appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 26 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Live Coverage Of UFC On FOX: Dillashaw Vs. Barao 2

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 16. Tonight’s card comes to us from the United Center in Chicago, with a title fight and No. 1 contender match all set to headline. In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight championship against former titleholder Renan Barao. Dillashaw won the title from Barao […]

The post Live Coverage Of UFC On FOX: Dillashaw Vs. Barao 2 appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 25 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Complete UFC On FOX: Dillashaw Vs. Barao 2 Weigh-In Results

Weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 16 card went down earlier today, and FightLine has complete results. In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight title against former champion Renan Barao. Dillashaw won the belt with a fifth round TKO victory over Barao last year, and the two have had a pair of planned […]

The post Complete UFC On FOX: Dillashaw Vs. Barao 2 Weigh-In Results appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 24 July 2015 - 9:32 pm  |   | 

McGregor or Not, It’s Time for the UFC to Put ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ on Hiatus

By Chris Huntemann, Columnist

Forrest Griffin. Stephan Bonnar. Rashad Evans. Michael Bisping.

Colton Smith. Eddie Gordon. Corey Anderson. Davey Grant.

Which of these groups doesn’t belong? Well, actually, they both belong. But that’s part of the problem. These fighters are all winners of The Ultimate Fighter. (Except for Bonnar, of course, who did more for the show in his loss to Griffin at the end of the first season than the entire second group combined.)

While the first group of fighters have enjoyed tremendous success in the UFC – winning world titles and in Griffin and Bonnar’s case, becoming Hall of Famers – the second group have barely made a dent in the UFC, and Smith was released outright after three straight losses.

The first season of The Ultimate Fighter saved the UFC from certain demise, and the first few seasons churned out incredible talent like the aforementioned fighters, as well as other stalwarts like Matt Serra, Nate Diaz, Ryan Bader and Roy Nelson. While later incarnations of the show have produced promising fighters like Tony Ferguson and a champion in UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, by and large the quality of talent has dropped dramatically over the last few seasons.

The post McGregor or Not, It’s Time for the UFC to Put ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ on Hiatus appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 23 July 2015 - 7:02 pm  |   | 

Beautiful Backside Of Paige VanZant

Check out the latest social media offering from UFC strawweight contender Paige VanZant. The Team Alpha Male fighter is currently enjoying some time away from active competition, but she is set to return to the Octagon in September vs. Alex Chambers. Life is beautiful! pic.twitter.com/pecnNhmaYW — Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) July 23, 2015

The post Beautiful Backside Of Paige VanZant appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 23 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Jose Aldo Is Threatening to Sue Chael Sonnen and the UFC for Defamation, Apparently


(Aldo, seen here checking out his new fighter kit.)

While Jose Aldo has never been one to mince words with the UFC brass, the idea that he might actually bring legal action against his employers has never been something we considered with much gravitas. That is...UNTIL NOW. MAYBE. (Probably not).

See, when Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 189 with what was at first being called a fractured rib, the UFC -- as it so often does -- went into something of a panic mode, stating that the featherweight champion's rib was *not* fractured and bringing in their own team of doctors to dispute the seriousness his injury. Dana White took things a step further in claiming that Aldo's "fear of making weight" was behind his withdrawal from UFC 189, a sentiment which Chael Sonnen more or less echoed while questioning Aldo's injury on his podcast, You're Welcome.

During the most recent episode of Sonnen's aforementioned podcast, however, the former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger revealed that his speculation could land him (and his former promotion) in some (more) legal trouble if he didn't shut up about it already.

The post Jose Aldo Is Threatening to Sue Chael Sonnen and the UFC for Defamation, Apparently appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 22 July 2015 - 8:02 pm  |   | 

Legendary Cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran Fired by UFC Following Anti-Reebok Comments

It would be hard to remember a recent event in UFC history (aside from some of those Fight Pass events held in the 4 corners of the world, which barely even count) that didn't feature the graceful handiwork of Jacob "Stitch" Duran. The legendary cutman has been an integral part of the UFC for 14 years, both behind-the-scenes and in some special occasions, in front of the cameras -- who can forget the scene after Forrest Griffin's upset of Mauricio Rua at UFC 76?

In a recent interview with BloodyElbow, however, Stitch had the gall, THE AUDACITY, to speak up about how the UFC's exclusive apparel deal with Reebok was not only affecting fighter sponsorships/incomes, but those of cutmen as well. He did this calmly, succinctly, and without any ire aimed at the UFC, LIKE A REAL ASSHOLE, stating that the loss of sponsorships and lack of compensation might force him to "start looking at more boxers" for work.

But because speaking up against Reebok is tantamount to speaking up against mein fuhrer, it was revealed this morning that perhaps the best cutman in the business has been released by the UFC for his comments. The media reaction has been overwhelming critical of this dirty, underhanded move by the UFC, so check out their best reactions after the jump.

The post Legendary Cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran Fired by UFC Following Anti-Reebok Comments appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 22 July 2015 - 5:37 pm  |   | 

Rowdy Action: Ronda Rousey Vs. Sara McMann

In a bout hyped as a battle of two former Olympic medalist, it was the judo skills of Ronda Rousey coming out on top. Rousey bested Sara McMann to successfully defend her female bantamweight title, and she’ll look to do the same this coming August 1 at UFC 190 vs. Bethe Correia. Check out a […]

The post Rowdy Action: Ronda Rousey Vs. Sara McMann appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 22 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Fight Replay: T.J. Dillashaw-Renan Barao For UFC Title

In one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, T.J. Dillashaw out-worked Renan Barao in claiming the UFC bantamweight championship. The two will rematch one another this Saturday night at UFC on FOX: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 on FOX. Check out the complete fight replay of that first encounter in the video below:

The post Fight Replay: T.J. Dillashaw-Renan Barao For UFC Title appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 21 July 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 


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