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Must-Watch Video: Justin Gaethje’s Barnburner With Luis Palomino at WSOF 19

If you thought it would be damn near impossible to see a better fight this weekend than Hideo Tokoro vs. LC Davis at Bellator 135, think again, dum-dum.

At WSOF 19 on Saturday, featherweight champion Justin Gate-gee (I'm spelling it how it's pronounced from now on. You hear me, Joanna Unj8chick?!) took on AFC and Bellator veteran Luis "Baboon" Palomino. The young phenom was being listed as high as a 5-to-1 favorite over his journeyman opponent, but instead of a quick and easy squash match, what transpired at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Phoenix, Arizona might just have been the greatest title fight in WSOF history.

Scratch that, it was *easily* the greatest fight in WSOF history. Period. Exclamation Point. Smiley face. #YOLO

But Gaethje vs. Palomino wasn't the only highlight of the night. No, another came in the form of noted dirtbag Thiago Silva getting pounded out, prison-style, by late replacement opponent Teddy Holder. A gif of that finish and the full WSOF 19 results are after the jump.

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Posted on: 30 March 2015 - 2:43 pm  |   | 

Chris Weidman Planning Finish Vs. Vitor Belfort

For Chris Weidman, there remains one goal out there left to be accomplished. Weidman scratched off his first career goal when he stunned the MMA world and knocked out Anderson Silva, becoming the UFC middleweight champion. He proved it was no fluke when he defeated Silva in the rematch. Now, with pro MMA getting closer […]

The post Chris Weidman Planning Finish Vs. Vitor Belfort appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 30 March 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Rory MacDonald Will Be Mentally Stronger In Lawler Rematch

Rory MacDonald is never one to take the bland and vanilla approach to press conferences. MacDonald, who challenges Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title at UFC 189 this July, went very detailed when asked to describe himself during the UFC 189 World Tour recently. “I compared myself to a silver-back gorilla and a lion, a […]

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Posted on: 29 March 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Robbie Lawler Not Changing His Style For MacDonald

For Robbie Lawler, the idea of being UFC welterweight champion is one he’s thought about for years. But that doesn’t mean holding the title will change “Ruthless” one bit. Lawler will defend his title at UFC 189 against Rory MacDonald. He improved to 25-10 this past December with a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks […]

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Posted on: 28 March 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Is All This A Show For Conor McGregor? Nope

Conor McGregor has finished each of his last three opponents, including two inside of the first round. Jose Aldo, McGregor’s opponent at UFC 189 and the reigning featherweight champion, has recorded just two finishes since signing with the promotion in 2011. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by “Notorious.” “As far as I am concerned, he is […]

The post Is All This A Show For Conor McGregor? Nope appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

Jose Aldo Believes He Will Always Rule Featherweight Division

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withstood the challenges of Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Kenny Florian. Does he believe what Conor McGregor possesses makes him the one to take him down? Not really. Aldo and McGregor, who are on a whirl-wind tour to promote their UFC 189 main event, […]

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

[VIDEO] Oh, This? Just Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo Talking Smack on Fox Sports Live

A mere...four months out from their featherweight title tilt at UFC 189, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor are already being given the insult-laden media tour treatment. They've already received their own Embedded series, lobbed steroid accusations at each other in various interviews, and most recently, engaged in a bilingual bro-down on Fox Sports Live. It's kind of unprecedented, really.

You can check out the entire cringeworthy interview above, which features such highlights as McGregor claiming to be aroused by the "beautiful aroma" of fear that Aldo is secreting (gross), or Aldo comparing Mcgregor to Scooby Doo (lol!). Honestly, it's pretty difficult to watch two guys throw shade at one another when a translator is involved, but McGregor is the kind of cat who could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves, ya dig?

Meanwhile...Demetrious Johnson sits at home playing Xbox and wondering when the damn camera crews are going to arrive already. :(

After the jump: The first three (or as McGregor would say, "tree") episodes of the aforementioned Embedded series.

The post [VIDEO] Oh, This? Just Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo Talking Smack on Fox Sports Live appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 25 March 2015 - 3:45 pm  |   | 

WSOF 19 Goes Down Saturday From Phoenix

Justin Gaethje defends his World Series of Fighting lightweight title this Saturday night against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 19. Also, the first semifinal in the tournament to crown a light heavyweight champion will take place, as Thiago Silva battles Matt Hamill in a rematch of a fight won by Silva in […]

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

UFC 186 Loses TJ Dillashaw, And Therefore All Fan Interest, to Rib Injury


(WHAT ARE YOU SMILING AT, TJ? CAN'T YOU SEE THAT *WE'RE* THE ONES IN REAL PAIN?!! via Getty.)

Perhaps the most shocking thing about UFC 185 was not the pair of title fight upsets that occurred that night, but that all of the fighters competing in said title fights even managed to make it to fight night at all. There aren't many injury-free fighters like Jeremy Horn these days, to the point that the UFC is forced to abandon plans for a card containing just one title fight more often than not, or just cancel the card altogether. With UFC 186, they were attempting to do the impossible again, booking both the TJ Dillashaw-Renan Barao bantamweight title fight rematch and a flyweight bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyro...Kyjo...some other guy.

What I'm saying is, we probably shouldn't be that surprised to learn that one of those 2 title fights (the one we were interested in, more specifically) will no longer be happening.

Details after the jump. 

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Posted on: 24 March 2015 - 6:51 pm  |   | 

Dethroned: The Top 5 Championship Upsets in UFC History


(Oh, this? Just the face of a man who knows he's about to be chewed out by the Wheaties people. via Getty.)

By Scott Johnson 

UFC 185 was a very interesting anomaly in the world of MMA, in which two incumbent champions were dethroned by the challengers who were considered underdogs going into the fight. Carla Esparza was only considered a slight favorite heading into her fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk so the surprise there was minimal, but there weren't many people expecting to see Rafael Dos Anjos topple Pretty Tony Pettis. Hell, most of us were already looking forward to Pettis vs. Nurmagomedov, but the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and now the UFC Lightweight division has a new champion in its mix.

In the spirit of these events, I’ve compiled what I consider to be the top five upsets in UFC championship history. I have no doubts that there will be a difference in opinion as to which fights belong here or which order they should be in, but in the words of the great Oskar Schindler, “Fuck you, it’s my list and I’ll put who I want on it.”

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Posted on: 24 March 2015 - 5:30 pm  |   | 

Bellator’s Back Friday With Bantamweight Title Fight

After taking a few weeks off, Bellator returns with Bellator 135 this Friday night on Spike TV. The main card will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Marcao Galvao. This marks the second meeting between the two fighters. Also, L.C. Davis takes on Hideo Tokoro, Francis Carmont meets Guilherme […]

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

Fight Night 62 Aftermath/Results: Maia Dominates LaFlare, Koscheck & Baszler Edge Closer to Retirement in Night of Thrilling Finishes


(Photo via Getty.)

Fight Night 62 was one of those cards that, while appearing just abysmal on paper, actually turned out to be a rather entertaining affair. I mean, sure, the main card broadcast dragged along at it's typical sloth-like pace -- something that the UFC desperately needs to change but sadly never will -- and the main event wasn't exactly the kind of barnburner we've come to expect from a Demian Maia fight (sarcasm), but Fight Night 62 more than made up for its lack of name power with exciting finishes. It was also a card that signaled the (competitive) end of at least two MMA careers and the possible resurgence of another, so join us after the jump for a full breakdown of what went down in Rio over the weekend.

The post Fight Night 62 Aftermath/Results: Maia Dominates LaFlare, Koscheck & Baszler Edge Closer to Retirement in Night of Thrilling Finishes appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 23 March 2015 - 12:13 pm  |   | 

Look Back At What Went Down At UFC Fight Night 62

The Octagon returned to Brazil Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 62 with plenty of interesting finishes and bouts despite a lack of ranked fighters. In the main event, Demian Maia dealt Ryan LaFlare his first pro defeat with a decision victory. The former No. 1 contender to the UFC middleweight belt, Maia kept himself […]

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

Main Card Coverage Of UFN 62 From Brazil

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 62’s main card. The action takes place inside the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and airs on FOX Sports 1. Originally, the card was to feature a No. 1 contender match in the bantamweight division between Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao. That, along with […]

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Posted on: 21 March 2015 - 4:00 pm  |   | 

“Mighty Mouse” On Flyweight Ranks, Dillashaw Super-Fight

Demetrious Johnson was a guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming flyweight title defense vs. Kyoji Horiguchi. Johnson, the only person to hold the 125-pound title, has successfully defeated Chris Cariaso, Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the title in 2012 in a tournament finale […]

The post “Mighty Mouse” On Flyweight Ranks, Dillashaw Super-Fight appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 20 March 2015 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Six Things More Likely to Occur Than Ronda Rousey Losing To Bethe Correia


(Props: Fox Sports)

By CP Reader Ramsey O'Shea

If the circulating reports have any truth to them, it looks like Ronda Rousey will make her next title defense against Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190 on August 1st. According to my local gambling expert, Vegas oddsmakers should list Rousey as something around a kajillion-to-one favorite over her Brazilian opponent out of the gate, a betting line which will only continue to swing in Rousey's favor as fight night approaches.

This is not what you'd call a gambler's paradise, folks, so much so that I asked the top statistician I know to punch up some numbers and find me a handful things more likely to occur than a Bethe Correia win at UFC 190. Here's what he came up with...

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Posted on: 19 March 2015 - 2:44 pm  |   | 

The Only Video Worth Seeing Today: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Arrives in Poland to Raucous Reception

In terms of the news cycle, today would be one of those days that we in the MMA writing biz refer to as "two ducks fucking on a rubber pond." I never quite understood how that phrase applies to anything really, but the point is that it's something of a dead zone out there. Sure, we could tell you that one of "the world's most notorious UFC pirate" was finally caught, or that Reza Madadi is once again free to pursue a life of Snatch-like escapades, but you don't really care about any of that, do you?

So instead of reading up on all that nonsense, why not just check out this video of newly-crowned women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk being greeted by a raucous crowd of media, family, and friends upon arriving home in her native Poland? Joanna might not have received the full fledged mariachi band treatment that Junior Dos Santos did after winning his title, but it's still pretty sweet to see "The Viper" (our new nickname for her, btw) doing anything but scaring the ever-loving shit out of poor Carla Esparza. Agreed? Agreed.

The post The Only Video Worth Seeing Today: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Arrives in Poland to Raucous Reception appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 18 March 2015 - 3:44 pm  |   | 

Alexander Shlemenko Pops for Elevated Testosterone And This Sh*t Isn’t Even Funny Anymore


(Photo via Bellator)

Let's kick off today's "top" story with a classic Russian joke: What did the Alexander Shlemenko say to the dirty syringe?

"I must take you."

Get it, because Ivan Drago said that once, and he's Russian? I am criminally underpaid for this kind of material.

Anyway, the point is that former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko has tested positive for elevated testosterone following his KO win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133 last month. Because apparently "Bellator drug test" are a thing that is happening now.

The post Alexander Shlemenko Pops for Elevated Testosterone And This Sh*t Isn’t Even Funny Anymore appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 17 March 2015 - 1:45 pm  |   | 


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