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And Now He’s Fired: Paulo Thiago Cut by UFC Following Three Straight Losses

(Paulo Thiago gets cracked by Sean Spencer during their fight in September. / Photo via Getty) After losing his last three fights — and seven out of his last nine — Brazilian welterweight veteran Paulo Thiago has been released by the UFC. Thiago most recently competed at last month's UFC Fight Night 51: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski, where he lost a unanimous decision to Sean Spencer on the prelims. Thiago made his UFC debut in February 2009 as a 10-0 prospect, carrying a rad backstory as a B.O.P.E. supercop. He was immediately thrown to the wolves, drawing Josh Koscheck as his debut opponent at UFC 95. Koscheck was a heavy favorite to beat the unheralded newcomer. Instead, this happened: Thiago dropped a decision to Jon Fitch in his next outing, but then posted back to back wins against Jacob Volkmann and Mike Swick. Suddenly, Paulo Thiago seemed like a legitimate threat in the welterweight division. Unfortunately, that was essentially his career peak in the UFC. He would never win two consecutive fights again, and the opponents he lost to went from top-of-the-food-chain (Martin Kampmann, Diego Sanchez) to pretty dangerous (Siyar Bahadurzada, Dong Hyun Kim) to downright obscure (Brandon Thatch, Gasan Umalatov). The last time people were talking about Paulo Thiago, it was because of his gig working security at the World Cup. Before his latest loss to Sean Spencer, Thiago signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, but of course, UFC contracts can be ended at any time by the promoter, because they're not exactly "contracts" in the traditional sense; don't get me started. Good luck with your next gig, Paulo.
Posted on: 22 October 2014 - 4:10 pm  |   | 

New Main Event Announced For UFC 180

A knee injury has forced UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez out of a planned November title defense vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180. In place of Velasquez-Werdum, officials have tabbed Mark Hunt vs. Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. Velasquez suffered a right knee injury in training and will not be able to headline the […]

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Posted on: 22 October 2014 - 11:39 am  |   | 

Here’s the Video of Conor McGregor Saying That Thing About His Balls and Chad Mendes’ Forehead

(Props: BTSport) UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes was doing a segment for BT Sport yesterday, just trying to hype his title fight rematch against Jose Aldo this Saturday at UFC 179. Then, disaster struck. Host Gareth A. Davies asked him if he had a message for Conor McGregor, who was conveniently in the studio at the time. In retrospect, Mendes should have declined the offer. First, Mendes argues that he is in fact only three inches shorter than McGregor. Then, Mendes asks if the Irishman knows what wrestling is. "I can rest my balls on your forehead," McGregor says, causing pandemonium among the partisans in the building. It's the kind of diss you'd hear from a middle-schooler, but when delivered from the smoothie in the suit, it's OMG THE MOST EPIC BURN EVER #SHOTSFIRED #GAMERGATE. McGregor goes on to brag that he'll be bunking up with the Fertittas in their suite this weekend. Poor Chad. I'm sure he'd much rather talk about the actual fight that's happening three days from now, instead of hypothetical grudge matches against cereal mascots. But unfortunately, his opponent is pretty much M.I.A. from the promotional trail, except for random interviews about how he deserves more money. Yes, there is a UFC PPV this weekend. The card looks like this. Who's watching?
Posted on: 22 October 2014 - 10:03 am  |   | 

Cain Velasquez Out of UFC 180 Main Event With Knee Injury, Mark Hunt To Face Fabricio Werdum for Interim Heavyweight Title

(Velasquez injured himself training — for the 1985 Bay Area Breakin' Championships, son! / Photo via Getty) As first reported by Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole, oft-injured heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has withdrawn from his UFC 180 headlining fight against Fabricio Werdum due to another knee injury. Coming into replace him will be Mark Hunt (?!?), who will now fight Werdum for an interim heavyweight belt (?!!?!?!??!?!). The injury is especially devastating for the UFC because Velasquez was slated to be the marquee face for the promotion's debut event in Mexico, which goes down November 15th in Mexico City. Here's what Velasquez had to say about his withdrawal in an official statement: "I'm so unbelievably disappointed that this happened. To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn't meant to be and it's not going to happen. I'm going to get my [right] knee fixed and get back to training as soon as I can. I'm sorry to the fans in Mexico who were expecting this fight, and I hope to be able to come down and still be a part of this historic event." Velasquez hasn't competed since his 5th-round TKO of Junior Dos Santos last October. This is the part of the blog post where normally I would recap all of the injuries that have befallen Velasquez during his time in the UFC, but I'll just embed this tweet and spare myself the effort:
Posted on: 21 October 2014 - 11:04 pm  |   | 

Cung Le’s HGH Suspension Lifted by UFC Due to ‘Lack of Conclusive Laboratory Results’

(Photo via Getty) After being suspended from competition for 12 months due to a positive test for excessive human growth hormone (HGH) following UFC Fight Night 48, UFC middleweight Cung Le went on a public campaign arguing that the testing protocols used by the UFC for its August event in Macau were completely sub-standard. Essentially, the UFC farmed out the work to a local lab that maybe didn't know what it was doing and destroyed Le's sample so he couldn't appeal the result. Fortunately, the UFC has done the right thing by rescinding the suspension, and Le is now free to fight again. Here's the official statement from UFC.com: At UFC Fight Night Macao on August 23rd, UFC contracted with an independent drug testing laboratory in Hong Kong to perform urinalysis testing on all fighters on the card. Additionally, UFC requested the laboratory to test blood samples from 4 fighters for human growth hormone (HGH), erythropoietin (EPO) and testosterone. One of the athletes who had his blood tested was Cung Le. The laboratory results from Le’s blood test were sent to the UFC and showed that his blood had a total HGH level outside the reference range. Based on such results, UFC officials determined that Le had violated his promotional agreement and the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Consequently, UFC decided that Le should be suspended from unarmed combat competition for 12 months. Following the announcement of Le’s suspension, UFC officials have been provided with medical advice regarding the elevated total HGH present in Le’s system. In accordance with such medical advice, UFC has determined that Le’s elevated total HGH by itself does not prove that he took performance-enhancing drugs before the August 23rd bout. As a result, UFC has informed Le that his suspension is rescinded.
Posted on: 21 October 2014 - 7:07 pm  |   | 

MMA Meme of the Day: Ballerinas Knocking Out MMA Fighters

From the mad genius known as Masato Toys, here are some totally random photoshops of ballerinas knocking out MMA fighters. If we were one of those clickbait sites, we'd title this post, "Ballerinas Knocking Out MMA Fighters Is the Greatest MMA Meme in the World, OMG #4 Will Make You Cry," and every image would be on a separate slide that required you to watch a 32-second Lincoln MKZ commercial before you could view it, but we've pretty much given up on making a profit at this point, so instead, check out a few of our favorite ballerina/MMA memes (which continue after the jump), and see the rest here.
Posted on: 21 October 2014 - 3:57 pm  |   | 

Henry Cejudo Gets a Chance to Un-Screw Himself at Bantamweight, Booked For ‘UFC on FOX: Dos Santos vs. Miocic’

(Photo via Getty) After a plain bizarre string on no-shows, weigh-in flubs and general flakiness, it looks like we might finally see 2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo step foot into the octagon (but probably not). Not many of us saw Cejudo's signing with the UFC coming when it was announced back in July. When it was simultaneously announced that Cejudo would be facing Scott Jorgensen -- an upper-level fighter in any weight class -- at flyweight -- a weight which Cejudo had failed to make in both of his previous appearances in Legacy FC -- we were all but guaranteed a weigh-in day fiasco from the former Olympian. And right on cue, it happened. Here's what we wrote then:
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 hisscheduled 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.
His flyweight career over before it ever began, Cejudo was forced to move up to bantamweight by Dana White himself and now has his UFC debut booked for realzies this time. Find out who he'll be facing after the jump.
Posted on: 21 October 2014 - 1:02 pm  |   | 

Mayhem Miller Pleads Not Guilty to Resisting and Obstructing Officer Charges

(This face says a lot, but lawbreaker? Nahhh son.) For today's installment of the CagePotato Tri-County Blotter, we once again return to former UFC middleweight Jason "Mayhem" Miller, who you *might* recall was detained by SWAT units last week following a standoff with police, that he live-tweeted. While Orange County police were originally paying Miller a visit to bring him in on stalking, domestic violence, and criminal contempt charges, his three-hour standoff forced them to slap an obstructing an officer and resisting arrest charges as well. According to ABC7 in Los Angeles, it appears that Miller will be fighting those last two aforementioned charges, and thank God for that. "MMA fighter Jason @mayhemmiller pleads not guilty to resisting and obstructing officer charge," tweeted ABC7's Julie Sone yesterday. Additionally, MMAFighting has obtained police records which claim that Miller was able to post the $200,000 bond after spending 7 days in jail. NOTE TO CITIZENS OF MISSION VIEJO: Lock up your daughters, lock up your wives, lock up your back doors and run for your lives. As luck would have it, Miller has already taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the manner in which he was arrested...
Posted on: 21 October 2014 - 12:00 pm  |   | 

Croatian Boxer Knocks Out Referee, Is Dragged Out of the Ring by His Feet [UPDATED]

(Angle 1, via joebiemel) (Angle 2, with funky groove, via sportsviewlondon) Things got a little out of hand yesterday at the European Youth Boxing Championship in Zagreb, Croatia, when a disgruntled Croat boxer named Vido Loncar went superheel and punched out a referee following his match against Algirdas Baniulis of Lithuania. (See also: Yvel, Gilbert.) After dropping the ref with a savage right straight, Loncor continued to fire down shots from above. Meanwhile, Baniulis scampers out of the ring like a frightened cat. Eventually, about a dozen guys bum-rush the ring, and Loncor is dragged out by his heels. The ending of Nightmare on Elm Street comes to mind. Crazy. UPDATE via Sherdog: "Vido Locar, the Croatian boxer who viciously attacked a referee following the stoppage of his bout, is currently in jail and has been banned from the sport of boxing for life."
Posted on: 21 October 2014 - 10:04 am  |   | 

Report: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Rashad Evans Likely for January UFC Event in Stockholm

("So Alex, how do you plan to face the unique strategic challenges that Rashad will pres...uh...dude, don't freak, but there's a big-ass ebola virus like 30 feet behind you." / Photo via Getty) As first reported by MMAMania, the UFC is working on a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Rashad Evans, that would headline a FOX event in in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 24th, 2015. Mania credited the info to "a source with knowledge of the situation," and the bout has not been officially confirmed yet. Following his TKO of Jimi Manuwa in March, Gustafsson claimed that he wouldn't take another fight until he got a rematch with Jon Jones, who had outpointed "The Mauler" during their title bout last September. A self-imposed hiatus is a high-risk strategy in the UFC, and we're kind of glad to see him reconsider. As for Evans, the one-time UFC light-heavyweight champion is coming off back-to-back wins against Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, but hasn't competed at all in 2014 due to the knee injury he sustained in February. Essentially, it's a fight that would clinch another title shot for Gustafsson if he wins, but wouldn't necessarily do the same thing for Evans. Your predictions, please.
Posted on: 20 October 2014 - 3:53 pm  |   | 

Read War Machine’s Suicide Note, Left at Jail Cell Hanging Attempt

(Image via TMZ) As you may have heard, the MMA fighter known as War Machine attempted suicide last Tuesday night at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, where he is being held on dozens of charges related to assaults on ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. According to TMZ's initial report, War Machine was found unresponsive on the floor of his cell with a piece of linen tied around his neck, and is currently on suicide watch. A suicide note was recovered from the cell, and somehow, TMZ got its hands on that, too. You can see the scanned three-page letter right here, or read our transcription below. Short version: War Machine quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, professes his undying love for Christy Mack, says goodbye to his family and friends, and laments that he just wasn't made for these times. ******* "To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly." -Nietzsche- If you are reading this then it must be a rap. I refuse to live a parasitic life, relying on taxes and the generosity of friends for food and shelter, while never being able to give back. I always used to say, "You gotta know when the gig is up." I had a good run. I experienced more in my short life than 5 avg. men combined. To: Christy, my one: I truly love you and planned on being with you forever. I know that I had many flaws and that I wasn't the best BF at times. [Ed. note: Dude.] When I left you in May it didn't take me long to realize my mistake. I loved you more than freedom.
Posted on: 20 October 2014 - 1:46 pm  |   | 

Correia Hopes She Gets Chance To Punch “Cupcake”

Bethe Correia has been picking apart members of the “Four Horsewomen” stable one-by-one, hoping to work her way to a title fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Correia, though, received her own call-out recently when Miesha Tate made it known that she would like to challenge the unbeaten fighter. The Brazilian responded in an […]

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

Ronda Rousey Has Complete Respect For Cat Zingano

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on an episode of Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time” podcast to discuss her career and future. While Rousey maintains hope for a January 3 fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 182, she made it known that nothing has been finalized just yet. Zingano is coming off a victory over […]

The post Ronda Rousey Has Complete Respect For Cat Zingano appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 14 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Vitor Belfort Looking To 2015 For His Third UFC Title

Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought since landing a head-kick that knocked out Dan Henderson back in November. By the time “The Phenom” finally returns to the Octagon, it will have been well over a year on the sidelines. While many have called into question what kind of fighter Belfort will be without the use of TRT […]

The post Vitor Belfort Looking To 2015 For His Third UFC Title appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 13 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Nude Photos Of Miesha Tate Available

Former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate can say she one-upped Ronda Rousey in at least one department. Though it isn’t for the better. According to the website LAD Bible, Tate is one of the latest celebrities to become involved in a nude photo scandal that has hit Hollywood and professional sports hard. Hackers have obtained nude […]

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Posted on: 10 October 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

UFC Gold Still On Mind Of “The Spider”

The title-pursuit of Anderson Silva remains a seemingly ever-changing feel. Some interviews, Silva says he has no desire to ever wear the UFC middleweight belt again. In others, it is all he talks about. Recently, Silva interviewed by his manager Jorge Guimaraes on Passando a Guarda and talked about getting himself back into the role […]

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

You Want A Super-Fight? How About “Jacare” Vs. Henderson?

Josuel Distak, a trainer for Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, wants to see his fighter in action sooner rather than later. And with Souza stating he believes he should be the next contender to the UFC middleweight title, that might have to happen at a different weight class – unless he wants to put his ranking on […]

The post You Want A Super-Fight? How About “Jacare” Vs. Henderson? appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

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

UFC Fight Night: MacDonald Vs. Saffiedine Live Coverage

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine. Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In early prelim action: Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) at :39 of Round 1 Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (strikes) […]

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Posted on: 4 October 2014 - 8:00 pm  |   | 

Coverage Of UFN: Nelson Vs. Story From Sweden, Results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story. The event takes place from the Ericcson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass. In early prelim action: Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ernest Chavez via TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of Round 1 Mairbek Taisumov def. Marcin Bandel via […]

The post Coverage Of UFN: Nelson Vs. Story From Sweden, Results appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 4 October 2014 - 2:39 pm  |   | 

Conor McGregor Throws An Incredible Bash After UFC 178

The incredibly talented Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle was on-hand in Las Vegas this past weekend for UFC 178. And, thanks to her access, Lee caught the aftermath of Conor McGregor’s win over Dustin Poirier. The five-minute vido below includes fans going wild in the lobby with Irish flags everywhere. McGregor shows up later during […]

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Posted on: 3 October 2014 - 10:49 am  |   | 


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