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Invicta FC 11 medical suspensions: Charmaine Tweet potentially out six months after brutal ‘Cyborg’ loss

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The Sunday Junkie: Nov. 25 edition

Even if the Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre super fight never happens, it sure has given fans plenty to talk about.

This week, The Sunday Junkie got reams of entries on the potential fight between the UFC’s middleweight and welterweight champs, which could be in the works after St-Pierre’s win over Carlos Condit at UFC 154.

But this week’s Canadian winner, “A-shock,” from London, Ontario, has some interesting ideas on how to infuse new life into the UFC’s reality series, “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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UCMMA 31: Neil Grove talks to Dave O’Donnell

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Cagewriter’s most popular posts in 2014

MMA produced more than its share of interesting stories in 2014 and we covered it all here at Cagewriter. Here are the 20 most-clicked posts of 2014:

1. Ronda Rousey gets put on the spot after quick win (July 6)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most-trafficked Cagewriter post of 2014 revolved around the UFC’s queen bee. Moments after defending her bantamweight title at UFC 175 with a 16-second KO of Alexis Davis, Rousey was asked by UFC commentator Joe Rogan if she would be willing to fight again in three weeks’ time to fill a main-event void. Ever the company woman, Rousey said she’d do whatever the UFC needed. But the question clearly incensed UFC president Dana White, as he got into a heated conversation with Rogan afterward in the Octagon. Later, White explained that his issue was with the UFC’s production team that fed Rogan the question and not Rogan himself. In the end, Rousey got a nice little break from action and will return from her hiatus on Feb. 28, 2015, to defend her title against Cat Zingano.

2. Leslie Smith gets her ear torn half off by punch (Nov. 15)
Chalk this one up to morbid curiosity. Smith was in a slugfest with Jessica Eye at UFC 180 when Eye caught Smith with a right that gruesomely split Smith’s left ear open. The wound would eventually lead to a doctor stoppage, as blood continued to stream down Smith’s face.

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Other popular posts in the Yahoo Sports Blog family
Ball Don’t Lie (NBA) ? Big League Stew (MLB) ? Cagewriter (MMA) ? The Dagger (NCAAB) ? Devil Ball Golf Dr. Saturday (NCAAF) ? Fourth Place Medal (Olympics) ? From The Marbles (NASCAR) ? Puck Daddy (NHL) ? Shutdown Corner (NFL)

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3. Cung Le tests positive for HGH, receives ban from UFC (Sept. 30)Cung Le
When a fighter posts a picture like the one Le posted on Instagram (shown at right), he’s leaving himself open for criticism ? and potentially added drug tests. After seeing the photo of Le, opponent Michael Bisping requested that the UFC do both blood and urine testing for their fight. The resulting positive tests (excess level of Human Growth Hormone) led to: a nine-month suspension; an additional three-month suspension arbitrarily added on by ‘UFC Senior Management’ after the initial suspension; the UFC rescinding its suspension of Le after it was reported that Le’s tests had been botched; Le demanding an apology from the UFC; and, perhaps as a byproduct of the incident, Le joining a class-action lawsuit against the UFC for alleged ‘illegal market monopolization.’ Le is still under contract with the UFC.

4. MMA fighter taps out instead of beating on opponent (May 21)
Meet Good Guy MMA Fighter Mike Pantangco. The amateur lost in extraordinary fashion in May. Pantangco appeared to be teeing off on Jeremy Rasner during their Prison City Fight League bout when he kneeled down and tapped out, signaling his submission and forcing the referee to step in and hand the win to his opponent. When asked why he did it, Pantangco said, “We don’t get paid, and I know that the only thing [that'd happen] is him to go to the hospital or get hurt. I just [felt] terrible so I’m just going to give him the win.”

5. Paul Heyman: Brock Lesnar fought at 50 percent in the UFC (Aug. 7)
Thanks to his wrasslin’ background, Lesnar is one of the most popular fighters to have ever stepped into the Octagon. So when Lesnar’s manager/friend Paul Heyman opined that Lesnar was ’50, 75 percent’ when he fought Alistair Overeem in 2011, it resonated. Heyman didn’t completely rule out Lesnar returning to the Octagon, but he did say that the star is happy with his current WWE deal.

6. Paige VanZant set to become youngest woman in UFC history (Aug. 7)
The ‘Next Ronda Rousey’ label gets slapped on pretty well all young, attractive and talented female MMA fighters and VanZant, 20, is the latest to take up that mantle. After being told she was too young to appear on “The Ultimate Fighter” due to the presence of alcohol in the house, she became the youngest woman to ever fight in the UFC on Nov. 22. Her Octagon debut against Kailin Curran was a seesaw affair that ended with VanZant earning a TKO win at 2:54 of the third round. It was recognized as the Fight of the Night and showed VanZant is much more than a pretty face.

7. Mark Hunt drops 20 pounds, delivers massive KO (Sept. 20)
Hunt has an admitted habit of ballooning up in weight in between fights and he apparently came dangerously close to missing the heavyweight limit of 265 before his fight against Roy Nelson on Sept. 20. Hunt reportedly weighed 284 the day before the weigh-in, but he worked off the weight and came in at 264 officially.

8. Bobby Lashley: Separating fact from fiction (Oct. 24)
Fans love their crossover stars. Our Q&A showed another side of the WWE star/MMA veteran.

9. MMA legend Anderson Silva delivers delusional quote (Jan. 13)
After two equally shocking losses at the hands of UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman ? the latter of which produced a devastating broken leg injury that put Silva’s career in jeopardy ? the Brazilian was seemingly struggling to cope. In a curious interview with Globo, Silva said he didn’t think Weidman should consider their Dec. 28, 2013 bout a win because “it was an accident and I’m pretty sure I would have won the fight.” He went on to brag about the power of the kick that broke his own leg, which, to borrow a line from former Cagewriter Elias Cepeda, is tantamount to bragging about bruising a guy’s fist after he knocked you out cold.

10. Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano ? the fight that never happened (July 18)
Fans also love their superfights and a Rousey-Carano matchup is a bout most would embrace in short order. White was confident he could get Carano to sign a contract that’d make it happen, but several months later, the superfight’s likelihood is bleak. Don't hold your breath for a Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano UFC showdown. (Getty)Rousey is scheduled to fight Cat Zingano on Feb. 28 and Carano opted to book another movie deal that should keep her busy for the foreseeable future. White hasn’t closed the door completely, but this quote from September doesn’t inspire confidence: ?(Carano) is the hardest human being we’ve ever dealt with. The problem is she allows herself to be handled by these Hollywood (expletive) idiots. In dealing with her people, I don’t know if it can be done.?

The Next 10

11. UFC champ Ronda Rousey broke Expendables 3 director’s ribs (Aug. 25)
12. Video: Mike Tyson forces Dana White out of plane seat (June 17)
13. CM Punk signs multi-fight deal with UFC (Dec. 6)
14. UFC Fight Night 46 makes its mark as one of greatest events in UFC history (June 30)
15. Wild day: Thiago Silva cut, Anthony Johnson suspended, Wanderlei Silva retires (Sept. 19)
16. Man or monster? Jon Koppenhaver’s slide to War Machine (Aug. 18)
17. Former boxing champ Holly Holm inks deal with UFC (July 11)
18. UFC 176 called off; Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes rescheduled (July 8)
19. Josh Samman obliterates Eddie Gordon with one of year’s best KOs (Dec. 6)
20. UFC champ Jon Jones mocks fans, embarrasses self (May 1)

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Champ Cain Velasquez says he was willing to fight with an injury at UFC 180

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez said that even before a ruptured MCL forced him to pull out of his planned title defense Saturday in Mexico City against Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC 180, he was struggling with another knee injury.

But he so desperately wanted to continue, he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, that he was willing to fight with a torn meniscus. It was only when he ruptured his MCL that he pulled out of the bout.

“I felt it was pretty loose. In training, I felt like my body would switch one way but my leg would kind of stay in one direction. So I kind of felt like it wasn’t stable. It just sucked, you know what I mean? Going through practice everyday, and just limiting [myself], not really doing the stuff that I could do as far as rolling. I tried to roll, some days I could, some days I couldn’t, and I just said, ‘Hey, I’m going to just baby it until I get two weeks out, and once I get two weeks out, I’m going to try to do everything. Kick, be on the ground, it doesn’t matter, but I’m going to do what I can to make the fight.

“And when I finally realized that I can’t do it, it’s just not working for me, it just sucked. It felt like something was destined, you know what I mean. Like, this is where I’m destined to be, I’m destined to fight on this card, and it just didn’t turn out that way. So it was just kind of devastating to me.”

Velasquez hasn’t fought since defeating Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return.

He said he believes he’ll be fine once he finishes rehabilitation, and said he had no thought of quitting.

“When I train, I train well. I think if something’s wrong with me, I just kind of work through it. That’s my mentality. If something hurts or something is injured, I think my pain tolerance is pretty high to where, it’s pretty bad where I might need surgery, but I’ll just kind of work through it. So, you know, again it’s part of the sport. We all go through it. I might’ve gone through it more than most, but I’m going to keep doing it.”

Velasquez also seemed to give an edge to Werdum, who will now fight Mark Hunt for the interim title. He’ll meet the winner when he’s healthy.

“I think Mark Hunt just has that knockout power, and that’s pretty much it. I think Werdum, with his length, also if it goes to wrestling, if it goes on the ground, Werdum has it. I think on the feet, with the power that Hunt has, I think he has a good chance of winning it there. But I think that’s pretty much it.”

Velasquez will be in Mexico City to watch Saturday’s bout, but it’s a big blow to the UFC to not have him compete. It is one of a series of major injuries that has sidelined the biggest stars during all or most of 2014. In addition to Velasquez, stars such as Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis, Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Junior dos Santos haven’t fought yet in 2014.

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Twitter Mailbag: Fowlkes on superfights, bad judging and Ronda Rousey in UFC

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so if you find any gravy stains on this week’s edition of the Twitter Mailbag, please bear with us.

In this installment of the TMB, we delve into the politics of the potential Anderson Silva-Georges St-Pierre superfight, the dimming prospects for a true women’s division in the UFC, what you let yourself in for when you turn down a fight, and much more.

To ask a question of your own, open up the Twitter and find @BenFowlkesMMA. To have some knowledge kicked your way, read on.

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WWE physician slaps CM Punk with defamation lawsuit for podcast

Last year?s podcast ?pipe bomb? from CM Punk could ultimately be a costly one.

WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann filed a defamation lawsuit against CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) and Colt Cabana (real name Scott Colton) on Thursday in a Chicago court for comments that were made on ?The Art of Wrestling? podcast last November that “repeatedly and falsely impugned his integrity” as a doctor. Dr. Amann is seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages. Cabana, the real-life best friend of CM Punk, is the host of “The Art of Wrestling.”

The two-part podcast was the first time CM Punk spoke publicly about his abrupt departure from the company and one of the main reasons for quitting was alleged medical malpractice.

CM Punk claimed the WWE didn?t follow proper concussion protocol, rushed him back to the ring following elbow surgery and misdiagnosed a ?fatty deposit? that allegedly developed into staph infection. Those accusations were directed in part at Dr. Amann.

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Amann says all of the statements Brooks and Colton, both of whom live in Cook County, made, literally and in their implications, are false.

?Amann was not requested by Brooks to treat and/or excise a lump, let a lone a purple, baseball-sized lump,? the suit asserts, further alleging that Brooks never sought treatment for or showed him a lump and that he never prescribed Brooks antibiotics for a lump or concussion.

Contrary to the former WWE wrestler?s statements, Amann says he followed proper protocol by directing Brooks to leave the ring after a preliminary diagnosis of a possible concussion and even requested further evaluation and treatment in the training room.

In regards to Colton, who left the WWE in 2009 and hosts the weekly podcast that features interviews with professional wrestlers, the suit alleges he helped Brooks falsely depict Amann as a lazy and bad doctor by urging listeners to ?hear the struggle? in what Brooks was saying so they could understand why he retired.

Amann claims Brooks and Colton ?knowingly fabricated the false and disparaging statements? about him, knowing they would be heard by third parties, such as WWE fans and the media, given their celebrity statuses.

?In today?s day and age, any future employer may do a Google and they will see all of the disparaging comments that were made in the podcast as well as the amplification of those statements through posters and bloggers,? attorney Phillip J. Zisook told Yahoo Sports regarding his client, Dr. Amann. ?Those statements have damaged his professional reputation and will continue to do so.? Zisook is representing Dr. Amann individually and not representing World Wrestling Entertainment in any way.

According to the lawsuit, the podcast was streamed more than 1 million times on YouTube and 10,000 times on SoundCloud. Since the podcast, wrestling fans have chanted ?Z-Pak? during live shows at WWE medical physicians in reference to the antibiotic Punk claimed he was prescribed for the lump on his back.

Shortly after the podcasts, CM Punk announced he had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC where he’s currently training for his debut in the Octagon later this year.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. PT: The WWE released the following statement and video clip in response to the allegations CM Punk made towards the medical staff:

In light of CM Punk?s allegations regarding WWE?s medical staff and the subsequent defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Amann against CM Punk, WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann.

 CM Punk claimed this past November that during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 26, 2014 he performed with a baseball-sized, purple lump on his back located near the waistband of his tights.

 WWE?s investigation has shown the following:

·        CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE?s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.

·        Subsequently, WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.

·        The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk?s attorney on August 22, 2014 after WWE terminated his contract.

·        There is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk?s back.

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UFC’s Alan Jouban – Modeling by chance, fighting by choice

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey recently said that she believes the pretty fighters are the ones to watch out for ? because their unmarked faces can very well be the result of their handily winning all of their fights. It was a statement against conventional wisdom and the old maxim that gnarled, ugly fighters should be feared, because they having nothing to lose.

This writer doesn?t stand firmly on either side of that light-hearted debate, but he knows that there?s no way it would have been easy for a guy like Alan Jouban when he first walked into a fight gym.

Here?s the connection ? long before Jouban became a UFC welterweight, he modeled for a living. The Lafayette native was discovered for his looks in Louisiana, and soon moved to Los Angeles to be closer to his new work of professional modeling.

Around that time, Jouban also walked into a Muay Thai gym in search of a new workout. He ended up finding a new passion and calling.

For all the perks beautiful people get in life, favoritism in fight gyms isn?t typically one of them. That is to say, it?s a safe assumption that Jouban?s first sparring partners were not eager to get beaten to the punch by some male model rookie.

Jouban would have had to gotten his respect the hard way, the way everyone does in a gym ? by showing up every day, working hard, and doing well. If his early days were a challenge, the fighter himself doesn?t let on to us. 

?I fell in love with fighting right away,? he tells Cagewriter.

?Brahma? hadn?t just found a new diversion – he?d found what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, if he could. The welterweight got better, competed in kickboxing, and eventually ventured into MMA.

Even though modeling paid the bills, Jouban began to prioritize fighting. ?People definitely didn?t get it,? he chuckles.

?I told my manager to schedule jobs around my training and fight schedule. I would show up to shoots with black eyes.?

Despite making his MMA debut at the relatively late age of 26, Jouban proved to not just be in the sport as an experiment. He got through the amateur ranks and then exploded onto the pro scene, establishing an excellent 10-2 record and becoming one of the best 170 pound prospects in the world.

Now that he?s in the UFC, Jouban has been able to put away most of his modeling work. The decision may not have seemed smart to the outside world, but the 31 year-old couldn?t help himself.

?I?m glad I got to model,? he says.

?And, I still do it sometimes. It got me out of my shell a bit, helped with my confidence. I got to travel around the world, made some money. But, it was unreliable. Some years I would do pretty well, and other years, not so much, and I?d have to skimp by.

?Fighting is by no means a predictable way to make money, either, but it always felt like my earning was more on my shoulders, if I won or lost, more so than modeling. And the call from the UFC helped make it possible, more and more.?

As is usually the case, Jouban?s UFC call was a challenging one. In his first UFC fight, in August, the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu member faced off seasoned veteran Seth Baczynski (19-12), who at the time had already fought in the promotion eight times, and had wins over some of the best welterweights in the world.

Despite the odds, Jouban managed to score a remarkable first round KO win over Baczynski. Next, he takes on undefeated Brazilian Warlley Alves (7-0) in Brazil this Friday.

There still isn?t anything easy about Jouban?s journey, but he wouldn?t have it any other way. ?At first, I thought I would?ve rather gotten another first timer or something like that in my first UFC fight,? he admits.

?And then, I got another tough guy, who?s undefeated, younger, and I?m fighting him in his country. But when I thought about it more, I like things this way. I got into MMA later than a lot of other guys, and if I?m going to get ahead and do what I think I?m capable of, I might as well fight tough guys from the start. I mean, every fight at this point is going to be hard. I like fighting the best. I?ll be ready.?

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