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Quick Recap Of UFC 189, Bonus Winners

Two title fights highlighted the Memorial Day Weekend event that was UFC 187 Saturday night. Daniel Cormier weathered an early storm from Anthony Johnson, relying on his Olympic-level wrestling in the second and third rounds to score a submission win over “Rumble” and become the new UFC light heavyweight champion. The title had been declared […]

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Posted on: 24 May 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Complete Coverage Of UFC 187

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of tonight’s UFC 187 event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. While the planned card has taken a bit of a hit due to injuries and legal matters, we’re still going to get two world title fights and several other intriguing bouts spread from the flyweight division […]

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

Vitor Belfort Finishes Bisping, Rockhold, Wandy

Relive the five of the more impressive knockout finishes in the career of Vitor Belfort in the video below. Belfort takes out Matt Lindland with one punch, scores a victory in his early UFC career, finishes Michael Bisping with a head-kick, does the same vs. Luke Rockhold and knocks out Wanderlei Silva with an incredible […]

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

Gambling Addiction Enabler: ‘UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier’ Edition


(The UFC 187 open workout highlights, where Chris Weidman once again proves to be the most likeable human being ever. via MMAJunkie.)

By Dan George

This Saturday night, the UFC will be looking to rebound from a lackluster UFC 186 outing that was decimated  by a shocking drug testing failure, a judge changing his mind at the eleventh hour and an injury which forced the cancellation of the original main event. Thankfully, the UFC was able to roll it's drugs, courts and cancellation issues into one fighter this time around, which allowed the stacked card to remain relatively intact.

Will Vitor Belfort roundhouse kick his way to becoming the new UFC middleweight champion? Will the winner of Johnson vs. Cormier be considered the true light heavyweight champion? How soon after the main event winner is announced will we see the predictable “I got next” tweet from Jon Jones that is immediately deleted?

The short answers to those questions: No, no, and 30 seconds. But join us anyway as we examine the UFC 187 betting lines (courtesy of 5dimes) and try to steer clear of the land mines known as the undercard while swinging for the fences on the main card.

The post Gambling Addiction Enabler: ‘UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier’ Edition appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 22 May 2015 - 4:00 pm  |   | 

Breakdown Of The UFC 187 Main Card

Two title fights, a red-hot lightweight, a pair of heavyweights trying to knock each other out and flyweights hoping to get back in the championship picture. That’s what UFC 187’s main card this Saturday night presents, and despite losing Jon Jones, it’s still a pretty sound event. The main event will feature Anthony Johnson and […]

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

UFC 187: A Complete A-to-Z Preview


(This seems like a good a time as any to remind you that this is a thing that exists.)

By Nasir Jabbar 

Nation, UFC 187 is approaching us, and what was once being touted as one of the greatest cards in Zuffa history is now simply "a very good one." The card took some bumps and bruises -- quite literally when original UFC 187 headliner Jon Jones broke a pregnant lady's arm during his now infamous hit-and-run (too soon?) -- but nonetheless, there's still two title fights and a few important match-ups to determine the next line of challengers to look forward too.

So you know the drill, instead of the same ol' recycled text recapping each fighter’s recent matches and predicting how they will win this weekend, I've compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 187. Join me?

The post UFC 187: A Complete A-to-Z Preview appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 21 May 2015 - 3:51 pm  |   | 

Breakdown Of The UFC 187 Prelims

UFC officials did a solid job in putting together a seven-fight prelim lineup for this Saturday night’s UFC 187 card. It features a top flyweight contender, former champions from Bellator MMA and the World Series of Fighting, a rising star out of The Ultimate Fighter and a finalist from TUF. The event takes place inside […]

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Posted on: 20 May 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

John Makdessi Ready To Hit Prime Time Vs. “Cowboy”

John Makdessi knows he’s the underdog when he steps inside the Octagon this Saturday night vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 187. But for Makdessi, the fight presents all that he has worked for. The 30-year-old has won four of his last five, including a recent first round finish over Shane Campbell to improve to 13-3. […]

The post John Makdessi Ready To Hit Prime Time Vs. “Cowboy” appeared first on Fightlinker.com.

Posted on: 20 May 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

[VIDEO] Wanderlei Silva Reacts to Judge Reversing Lifetime MMA Ban

It's been awhile since Wanderlei Silva gave us a career update via a dimly-lit video recorded in a rape dungeon, and while many fans have all but completely forgotten about his existence in that time, the former PRIDE and UFC star has kept busy attempting to valiantly restore some credibility to his name. And today, it appears he may have actually made a little headway in that quest.

The post [VIDEO] Wanderlei Silva Reacts to Judge Reversing Lifetime MMA Ban appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 20 May 2015 - 3:40 pm  |   | 

Alexander Emelianenko Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault


(Looks like someone's got their next tattoo appointment booked!) 

Perhaps it's appropriate that last weekend's Game of Thrones episode stirred up such a controversy for its disturbing ending, because today, MMA's answer to Ramsay Bolton (discounting Joe Son, Hermes Franca, War Machine, etc.) has finally been brought to justice.

I'm talking about Alexander Emelianenko, of course, the beastly, abhorrent brother of Fedor who has been terrorizing Russia over the past few years with crimes including assault on a senior citizen, assault on a group of hecklers, theft, assault, hooliganism, assault, and also theft. Most recently, Emelianenko found himself facing sexual assault charges after allegedly drugging a 27-year old woman and "extorting her for sexual favors." If convicted, Emelianenko was looking at a maximum of 6 years behind Russian bars, which is equivalent to approximately 28,000 years American.

According to RapsiNews, Emelianenko was convicted of sexual assault by a jury of his peers earlier this morning, and will now face 4 and a half years in prison.

Details after the jump. 

The post Alexander Emelianenko Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 19 May 2015 - 6:13 pm  |   | 

UFC 187 Takes Place This Saturday Night From Vegas

The UFC returns to North America this weekend with UFC 187 from Las Vegas. Set for Saturday and the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the card boasts two title fights. In the main event, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier collide for the vacant light heavyweight title, while Chris Weidman defends his middleweight belt vs. Vitor Belfort […]

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Posted on: 19 May 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

VIDEOS: Kickstart Your Week With the Full ‘UFC 187 Countdown’ Special

Although it might not be the card it once was, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone complaining about the lineup of this weekend's UFC 187 card. You've got Anthony "Rumble" Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier for the "undisputed but actually still quite disputable" light heavyweight title in the night's main event, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort in an "Oh Thank God, they're both finally healthy" middleweight title fight, and names like Cerrone, Arlovski, Dodson, and Thug Rose punctuating the rest of the card. I mean, it's no Fight Night: Broomfield, but it's still really something.

So in order to get us hyped up for this week's action, the UFC has generously made their Countdown series for the event available online via their Youtube channel. You can check out a full preview of Cormier vs. Johnson above, then head after the jump to hear Belfort talk about the power of Jesus while Weidman challenges Matt Serra to a hoagie-off and fails miserably.

(Fair warning: I can not confirm with 100% certainty that either of those things happen in the Weidman-Belfort Countdown, but am simply taking an educated guess.)

The post VIDEOS: Kickstart Your Week With the Full ‘UFC 187 Countdown’ Special appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 18 May 2015 - 5:11 pm  |   | 

ONE Returns With Double-Title Event This Friday

ONE Championship returns this Friday with a lightweight championship match from Singapore and the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The online pay-per-view event features Shinya Aoki defending his 155-pound title vs. Koji Ando, while Roy Doliguez and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke square off for the first-ever men’s strawweight title. Other planned bouts include Kuat Khamitov vs. Lowen Tynanes, […]

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Posted on: 18 May 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Recap Of What Went Down At Fight Night Manila

The UFC put forth a “Thriller in Manila” Saturday morning, as former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar battled ex-WEC titleholder Urijah Faber in the first Octagon bout from the Philippines at UFC Fight Night 66. Despite neither wearing gold, Edgar and Faber put on a show for the Filipino fans, as “The Answer” scored on several […]

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Posted on: 17 May 2015 - 5:00 pm  |   | 

Coverage Of UFC Fight Night 66

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of the UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber main card from Manila. In the main event, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will try to become the first fighter to best Urijah Faber in a non-title fight. The two headline the first UFC card from the Philippines and the […]

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Posted on: 16 May 2015 - 10:00 am  |   | 

Fight Night Manila Is Tomorrow, So Let’s All Gawk at This Awesome New ‘UFC 189′ Trailer

While we all wait on bated breath for this weekend's superfight-ish battle between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, the UFC would kindly like to remind us of another, even more hyped showdown on the horizon: That of Conor McGregor and Jose Also. It's been awhile since the pair's antics during the UFC World Media Tour captured our attention, and as such, the UFC released a brand spanking new trailer for UFC 198 earlier today -- as if to say, "Hey, neither of these guys have gotten injured yet! And they still hate each other!!"

Like the True Detective teasers before it, each trailer for UFC 198 seems to be better than the last one, so check out the promo above and remember: If this fight gets cancelled, we riot.

The post Fight Night Manila Is Tomorrow, So Let’s All Gawk at This Awesome New ‘UFC 189′ Trailer appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 15 May 2015 - 9:00 pm  |   | 

Hot Potato: Photos of the UFC’s New, Filipina Ring Girl, Red Dela Cruz

Yesterday's Fight Night 66 media day workouts was a landmark occasion for a variety of reasons. Not only did it kick off the UFC's first ever trip to the Philippines ahead of this weekend's fight between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber -- which is being hailed as "the closest thing to a superfight we've had in some time" (!!!!) -- but it also set the stage for the UFC to introduce its first-ever Filipina ring girl. Please, try and contain your excitement.

That ring girl was none other than Red Dela Cruz, a popular Filipina model and PXC ring girl who was chosen from a pool of a couple hundred applicants as part of the UFC's Asia Ring Girl search. A monumental occasion, indeed. In any case, check out our favorite photos (plus a bonus video) of Ms. Cruz after the jump, and make sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

The post Hot Potato: Photos of the UFC’s New, Filipina Ring Girl, Red Dela Cruz appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 14 May 2015 - 4:59 pm  |   | 

CagePotato Open Discussion: With the Reebok Deal a Bust, Where Do We Go From Here?


(If you're the UFC, I guess the answer is "Not for your fighters." HI-OH!)

By David Golden

A week has passed since the pay structure of the UFC’s exclusive Reebok sponsorship was made public, and the immediate reaction to the deal from both fighters and fans seems to be...let's say less than positive. Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub were among the vocal minority who seemed completely shocked by the figures, and it's easy to see why. The structure of the deal effectively turns off an important revenue stream for many fighters and gives them a stipend that is predetermined and minimally effective in many cases. Making matters worse, outside brands have not only been banned as sponsors from UFC events but will no longer be able to participate as vendors at UFC fan expos.

This might have been the saving grace for some fighters hoping to bring in additional income, but that outlet has also been blocked. There has been talk of some secondary sponsorship coming some time down the road but all signs point to that being controlled by the UFC as well. If there isn’t an opportunity for fighters to source their own sponsorship or at least make the money they believe they are worth, then this deal could turn out to be disastrous for the UFC.

The post CagePotato Open Discussion: With the Reebok Deal a Bust, Where Do We Go From Here? appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 13 May 2015 - 3:43 pm  |   | 

Fight Night: Hunt vs. Miocic Aftermath: Oh God, The Humanity (Or Lack Thereof)


(It was at that point that the once bloodthirsty Adelaide crowd, draped in tattered shawls and dirtied robes, began to cry out for mercy. via Getty)

We've had the discussion a million times over. Probably more. When a fighter loses the ability to protect himself -- whether out of stubbornness, pride, stupidity, or some combination of the three -- it falls upon the referee, or his cornerman, or the ringside physician, to do it for him. "A fighter is his own worst enemy," we so often say, cheaply dismissing a much bigger issue that impacts all combat sports while doing next to nothing to ensure that these fighters can actually be saved from themselves.

Fight Night 65 was, if nothing else, a continuation of our cultural apathy for fighter safety, gently tucked beneath a guise of momentary outrage and Twitter rants. It was the kind of card that would've made Matt Saccaro dismiss us all as purveyors of a barbaric bloodsport wherein the costs highly outweigh the gains, were he still covering MMA. (Thankfully, a former governor surfaced to pick up his scraps.)

The post Fight Night: Hunt vs. Miocic Aftermath: Oh God, The Humanity (Or Lack Thereof) appeared first on Cagepotato.

Posted on: 12 May 2015 - 3:06 pm  |   | 


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