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UFC Fight Night 52: Miesha Tate calling for Cat Zingano rematch following Rin win in Japan

Sounds like Miesha Tate is still “pissed” about losing to Cat Zingano.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 135-pound No. 1 contender was popped and dropped by “Alpha” at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale back in April 2013. While referee Kim Winslow makes no apologies for the stoppage, “Cupcake” told MMA Junkie Radio she wants to set things right.

Assuming she doesn’t get another title shot in the interim.

“Beating (Rin Nakai) is definitely a step in the right direction for me. But I don’t know exactly where that puts me. I hope it means I’m getting closer to a title shot one more time, and if that’s good enough, I’ll take the title shot. If not, I’d like to face Cat Zingano again.”

Let’s not put the cart before the horse.

Before Tate can get one back — or try to — she must first dispose of undefeated bantamweight sensation Rin Nakai, who welcomes “Cupcake” to the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, at UFC Fight Night 52 this Sat. (Sept. 20, 2014) on Fight Pass.

And then?

And then Zingano has to lose to Amanda Nunes later this month at UFC 178, because a win would undoubtedly earn “Alpha” a title fight against division queenpin Ronda Rousey, a spot she already had prior to injuring her knee last year in training camp.

Lots of moving pieces to this puzzle fight fans … but how does ‘Zingano vs. Tate 2′ sound?

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Dana White: UFC won’t cut Alistair Overeem following loss to Ben Rothwell

Alistair Overeem entered the UFC in late-2011 lugging around a trio of prestigious titles — heavyweight belts in Strikeforce, DREAM, and even K-1 — plus a superhero physique to boot.

At the time he was effectively a marketer’s dream, the man who retired the UFC’s cash cow in a vicious two-minute long Octagon debut, and the man who was, supposedly, the next great heavyweight champion of this era.

How quickly things change.

Following his loss to Ben Rothwell on Friday, Overeem has now lost three of his past four contests. Making matters worse, he was the betting favorite in all three of those losses, and all three ended via brutal, highlight-reel knockouts inside the first round.

Yet still, the now 34-year-old Overeem has made it clear that he intends to continue on with his mixed martial arts career. And despite his hefty price tag, it looks like it’ll be inside the UFC.

“He’s still ranked in the top-10,” UFC President Dana White said on ‘UFC Tonight’ when asked what was next for the Dutchman.

“He’s still one of the top-10 heavyweights in the world, and we’ll get him another fight.”

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Lee Mein Banned from UFC Fight Night Tulsa Following Arrest for Alleged Sexual Assault

Prior to Jordan Mein tipping the scales in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, his father, Lee Mein, was arrested on a charge of sexual battery. As a result of the arrest, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has barred Mein from attending his son’s bout at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. dos Anjos.”
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Steroid Bust of the Day: Brian Ortega (?) Tests Positive for Drostanolone Following UFC on FOX 12 Win Over Mike de la Torre


(What shame you have brought upon your family’s great name, Brian.)

The Great Steroid Inquisition of 2014 rolls on, Nation, as undefeated featherweight Brian “T-City” (eesh) Ortega has just become the latest UFC fighter to fail a drug test for anabolic steroids, testing positive for Drostanolone following his UFC on FOX 12 victory over Mike de la Torre. His failed test comes less than a month after Kevin Casey was busted for the same drug (along with Robert Drysdale, who was busted for elevated testosterone again) and less than one week after Mike King was similarly caught red-handed.

After compiling an 8-0 record on the RITC and RFA circuit, Ortega was called up to the big leagues to face de la Torre in his UFC debut. He submitted Torre via rear-naked choke within in under two minutes.

If you ask me, this whole thing is a crock of bullsh*t. We all know that steroids don’t matter in Jiu-Jitsu; Ralek Gracie has already proven this, as has Chael Sonnen. Steroids just make you get tired quicker, bro, and your recovery time just goes, like…

As a result of the failed test, Ortega’s victory over de la Torre has been changed to a no-contest. He has also been fined $ 2,500 and suspended for nine months. My guess is he won’t be receiving a call from the UFC when those nine months are up. Sucks, bro.

-J. Jones

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NSAC suspends Robert Drysdale and Kevin Casey following failed drug tests at UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale

Both fighters will have to return to “Sin City” at the next commission gathering to receive their punishments.

Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today (Aug. 21, 2014) issued temporary suspensions to mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters Robert Drysdale and Kevin Casey, who both failed drug tests while competing under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner.

The NSAC will call them back at a later date and hand down their respective punishments, which are expected to include fines, suspensions, and the overturning of their wins to a “no contest.”

Drysdale submitted Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 19) finale back on July 6, but returned an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 12:1, far above the 6:1 ratio the NSAC uses as its cutoff point. It’s the second time the grappling phenom has been popped while competing for UFC.

Casey, meanwhile, defeated Bubba Bush via first-round knockout at the UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) event the day before, only to throw it all away after testing positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone. It was the “King’s” second appearance inside the Octagon after an unsuccessful stint on TUF 17.

UFC has publicly backed the NSAC on its decision (more on that here) and we’ll have more information regarding their fighting futures after the commission’s next hearing.

Stay tuned.

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Following Third Straight TKO Loss, Gray Maynard Still Isn’t Being “Chased Out of the Game” Just Yet


(Hey Ross, why do you gotta be so, like, aggressive? Just take a hit of this and chillllllllll. Photo via Getty.)

Given what we recently found out about Krzysztof Soszynski’s struggles with memory loss following his 39-fight career, it’s almost inevitable that we’d be asking the same questions about Gray Maynard following his second round TKO loss to Ross Pearson at Fight Night 47 last weekend. It was the third straight loss to come in such fashion for the TUF 5 alum and former title challenger, who was previously blitzkrieged by Nate Diaz and TJ Grant in previous appearances, and perhaps the hardest to swallow amid concerns pertaining to his chin in recent months.

While the ceaseless career of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has taught us that the UFC will rarely force a fighter they consider a “draw” into retirement, one has to imagine that Dana White will at least discuss the possibility with Maynard in the near future, right? Well at the Fight Night 47 post-fight press conference, White addressed such concerns:

He came here, he fought. He’s been cleared medically to fight. I think the kid is healthy.

But, you know, it’s probably a discussion we might have. I’m not looking to chase Gray out of the game or anything like that. I’ll talk to him though. These guys go through extensive medical testing and we know getting knocked out isn’t good for you. But we’ll see. He’s a young guy, he’s talented. We’ll see what he wants to do.

Right, because I’m sure that Gray will say anything other than “I just got caught/give me another shot/I had a bad camp.” Have we not yet learned that a fighter’s willingness and his abilities are two different entities? DO NONE OF US EVEN *REMEMBER* BIG NOG VS. NELSON?!!!

And no, Dana, Gray Maynard is not “a young kid.” He is a 35 year old, grown-ass man. In terms of MMA years, he’s actually toward the elder side of the pack. Vitor Belfort is only 37 years old and needs a constant flow of synthetic testosterone just to keep from shrinking into the void where his muscles used to be. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is only 38 years old, but has fought like a mummy on stilts since at least 2012.

But Maynard passed his pre-fight medicals, right? You know who else passed their pre-fight medicals: Ross Clifton.

As Old Dad so eloquently put it, it’s not just that Gray Maynard has dropped his past 3 fights by TKO, it’s that he appears to have gone down easier and each every time. He’s got nothing left to prove and he’s about as far from title contention as humanly possibly, so why let this charade carry on? I know, the UFC should not be able to forcibly end someone’s way of earning money, especially considering that Maynard was never exactly a big enough star to call it a career tomorrow and start counting his millions. But enough is enough already, isn’t it?

My theory, however, is that Maynard’s waning skills are less attributable to his getting older than they are to the fact that Frankie Edgar is a soul sucking parasite from another planet. Just look at most of the names on his record and tell me I’m wrong.

-B.J. Penn: Beaten into retirement

-Ben Henderson: Smoked by Anthony Pettis in their rematch, actually defeated by Edgar at least once

-Gray Maynard: 1-3 since fighting Edgar

-Matt Veach: Dead. (not really, but he might as well be)

-Sean Sherk: Fought once more in the UFC, then disappeared off the face of the earth

-Hermes Franca: Dead. (not really, but hopefully)

The list goes on and on. Instead of forcing Gray into retirement, what we need to do is band together and force Edgar into some sort of contraption that allows us to harness his energy and use it for world domination. WHO’S WITH ME?!

-J. Jones

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Ryan Bader Wants Spot on UFC Card in Phoenix Following Win Over Ovince St. Preux

Ryan Bader relied on to his roots to derail Ovince St. Preux’s momentum.
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Morning Report: Jon Jones now interested in ‘super fight’ with Chris Weidman following win over Lyoto Machida

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has always maintained he’d be open to facing middleweight champion Chris Weidman in a ‘super fight,’ but hasn’t always seemed so attentive to the idea. In February, Jones said he’d like to see Weidman grow his resume before considering fighting him.

“A lot of people are starting to mention Chris Weidman’s name and I think in order for it to be a superfight Chris Weidman needs to get his name a little bit bigger and prove himself against some other world champions,” Said Jones. “With that being said, I think Cain Velasquez is the only guy that would actually be considered a superfight.”

Since Weidman’s impressive performance against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida Jul. 5 at UFC 175, Jones seems much more interested in putting together an ‘all-New York’ super fight in Madison Square Garden.

“Oh, man, I think that would be awesome,” Jones told Sherdog.com. “I would absolutely jump at the opportunity to have a super fight with Chris Weidman. I respect him a lot as a person and as a champion, and I think that that fight would make great sales — absolutely.”

More on the topic of The Garden, Jones says it would be his dream to compete in the famed venue.

“Muhammad Ali fought there, and Mike Tyson fought there,” said Jones. “The greatest fighters of all-time have all gotten to compete at the Garden, so I think that our time will come. I think that our proponents and our people will continue to push for it, and I think that eventually, we won’t be ignored. They just can’t ignore us forever.”

Jones defends his light heavyweight title to Daniel Cormier Sept. 27 at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dragon’s blessing. Lyoto Machida isn’t worried about Chris Weidman’s striking against Vitor Belfort‘If he has to stand, he will. Vitor can obviously land a punch and end this, that’s what makes this sport so captivating, but I think he will be ready to fight him there.’

‘Evergreen.’ WWE executive Stephanie McMahon says UFC events have no replay value and can’t be counted on to entertain. ‘With UFC, you can pay money to watch a pay-per-view and it can be a terrible fight, right? The guy you were really rooting for that UFC has been building as a star gets knocked right off and suddenly that person doesn’t really matter anymore. And all that investment is lost. You never had that with WWE.’

‘I realize that I do it.’ Jon Jones discusses his controversial eye pokes that seem to happen on a frequent basis during his fights.

‘The gentle art.’ Chuck Mindenhall gives his take on Saturday night’s Metamoris 4. ‘Metamoris is, essentially, a hipster territory of artistic restraint.’

Over saturation. Randy Couture believes the market has as much MMA as it can handle. ‘It’s hard to track where things are happening, where to find things. Unless one of my guys from the gym is fighting, I honestly don’t get the chance or don’t make a huge effort to tune in.’

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MEDIA STEW

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Nice look at Cung Le the action star.

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Daniel Cormier comments on the ESPN hot mic session.

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Nice compilation in case you were on vacation last week.

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Fallon Fox wants a title fight at 145lbs in Invicta or a fight with Miesha Tate.

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It’s been a rough week for MMA, but here’s Tito Ortiz doing some good.

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Guess who made the SportsCenter Not Top 10.

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Long watches.

Legends of Cage Warriors: Eire

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TWEETS

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Results may vary.

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Get well soon.

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Fake Jones.

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Big win for The War Master.

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Neither guy has a problem taking a punch from a lady.


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Bocek reactions.

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Not a great day for the 4 Horsewomen.

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Gotta cover it.

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Cain showed up at Werdum’s seminar.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Aug. 8-10 2014)

Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tor Troeng at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story

Urijah Faber out, Alex Caceres vs. Masanori Kanehara at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah a UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson

Nico Musoke vs. Alexander Yakovlev at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story

Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story

Akira Corassani vs. Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via DROCK10.

Is Jon Jones the Dude playing the Dude, disguised as another Dude?

After years playing the role of misunderstood 20 year old trying to find his identity, Jon Jones has finally broken the number one rule of acting and gone “full retard”! The question at hand however, is whether we’re finally seeing the Jon Jones persona unravel, or observing the greatest troll to grace the octagon since Anderson Silva. I for one was leaning toward the latter, until his recent exchange with Daniel Cormier when he thought no one was looking. His reaction when they told him he was on air, combined with his soft spoken demeanor on FS1 makes me think we should all give Jon Jones a break.

Now before you burn me at the stake, hear me out. Jon is a middle child among his two brothers, and probably spent the majority of his coming up as the smaller of the 2. Combine that with the fact that he opted for wrestling where his brothers went for football, a degree of not fitting in probably colored a good portion of his home life. If I were to guess, I’d say Jon probably got picked on a lot; being a youngest myself, and the smaller brother, I can attest to some of the aftermath of spending years being overpowered, and excluded. You start to develop this sort of complex between being the “good person” your parents raised you to be, and the cold, calculating, manipulative person you become to survive. When you’re in a situation where you can’t physically defend yourself, you are faced with only a few options, to be more crafty than your opponent, and most of all, be prepared to go places they aren’t. Hence the eye pokes, knee kicks, shoulder cranks, and general disregard for “honor in tactics”. These behaviors are a result of being forced into a corner, and learning the only way you can win is to go around the rules since your physical limitations preclude you from fair competition.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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Bellator releases War Machine following reported allegations of domestic abuse

War Machine, the controversial welterweight formally known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, has been released from his Bellator contract following reports of an alleged altercation on Friday morning in Las Vegas.

According to a report from TMZ, Machine is wanted by Las Vegas police as a primary suspect of an alleged three-person altercation that took place at the fighter’s Las Vegas home, which allegedly landed two individuals in the hospital, including his “significant other.” Machine is involved in a long-term relationship with pornstar Christy Mack.

Representatives from the Las Vegas Police Department were unable to confirm or deny the report when contacted by MMAFighting.com on Friday.

Regardless, new Bellator President Scott Coker released the following statement late Friday night.

“We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence, and after learning of this latest incident involving Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine, Bellator is releasing him from him promotional contract with the organization.”

Machine (14-5) compiled a 2-1 record fighting under the Bellator umbrella. The 32-year-old previously served one year in a California jail after being found guilty of felony assault stemming from a 2010 bar fight in San Diego.

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Bellator cuts War Machine following reports of ‘severe beating’ that left ‘significant other’ hospitalized

Just a few days after Josh Grispi was arrested for domestic violence, another former UFC fighter is being sought for assault.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight and current Bellator mixed martial arts (MMA) attraction “War Machine” — formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver — is in trouble with the law again, as “Sin City” police are trying to track him down to answer for assault charges.

TMZ has the report:

According to police, War Machine was involved in a 3-person altercation early Friday morning at their home in Vegas. Two of the combatants sustained severe, but non life threatening injuries … and were taken to a hospital. One of the victims is described as the fighter’s “significant other.”

While the victim has not been identified, War Machine has been in a volatile relationship with porn star Christy Mack. He was last seen getting choked out by Ron Keslar at the Bellator 104 event last October (GIF). As it turns out, that’s the last time he’ll be seen for the Viacom-owned promotion.

Bellator President Scott Coker on Friday (Aug. 8, 2014) released an official statement:

“We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence, and after learning of this latest incident involving Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine, Bellator is releasing him from him promotional contract with the organization.”

This is not his first dance with Johnny Law.

War Machine was incarcerated on two separate occasions following his release from UFC. After doing a year for assault, he was sent back to the slammer for “some old B.S.” that was apparently unresolved by the courts. He eventually got out, but could be headed right back in, depending on the validity of today’s report.

Mack’s only social media correspondence for the day:

Stay tuned for more updates to this still-developing story, as they become available.

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