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Cris Cyborg's career and legacy took a massive hit when she was busted for steroids after her last fight, a brutal KO over Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka last December.  Cyborg's win was changed to a NC and now her career is up in the air.  After the positive test, she had apologized, and said that she unknowingly took the drug, which was given to her by a member of her camp.

Now Cyborg has released another video, in which she reiterates her inadvertent steroid use and basically issues a public service announce raising awareness about steroids.  Here it is:

Either the fat guy in this video is from the Mike Tyson school of fighting, or he was just hungry.  Either way, he took a big bite out of his opponent's ear before get dismantled.  Whatever happened to honor in street fights?  Oh, that's right, there never was any.  Here's the video.

 

 

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Nick Catone, one of New Jersey's finest fighters, is set to take on Chris Camozzi at the UFC on FX 4 show on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Catone is on a two fight win streak, but he hasn't fought since March, 2011, due to a tear of his achilles.  But he's back and now, and this should be a great comeback for him.

I see Nick all over the place at New Jersey MMA events.  He is a great trainer and has a stable of excellent fighters that he's developing.  It will be great to see him back in action in June.

MMA Diehards first broke the story confirming his fight with Camozzi.

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(Dana White's Grueling Boxercise Workout)

UFC "tough guy" president Dana White, who was a boxercise instructor before he ran the UFC, dissed soccer and decried the "pussification" of the world in an interview with Calgary Sun yesterday.  The irony is laughable--remember when Dana fired Miguel Torres recently for an off-color joke?  Dana was so offended he gave Torres the boot instead of just accepting that not all fighters are going to be PC every minute of their lives.

Not to mention Dana's boxercise career, which is about as pussified as you can get.

His answer was in response to a question about fighting in hockey and what Dana thinks about it:

"That’s a real sport that takes real talent, speed and all the things you need to be a real athlete. Now fighting is a part of hockey and has been since Day 1. It’s part of the game. It is what it is. I think we live in a world now where everything has been so pussy-fied. When I grew up we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes. We didn’t have car seats. We didn’t have all this stuff. Now things are safer and we should be safer but let’s not go overboard. Fighting’s a part of hockey. Period."

He has a much different view on hockey, calling soccer players talentless:

"Soccer? That’s a whole other ball. Can’t stand soccer. It’s the least-talented sport on Earth. There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer. When you’re playing a game when the net is that big and the score is 3-1 (and that’s a blowout) are you kidding me? You know how untalented you have to be to score three times when the net is that big?"

OK, tough guy.  Keep talking the talk while others walk the walk.

 

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Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat held their 12th amateur event last Saturday at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  My teammate at Team Renegade, Ben Syers, was victorious in his fight again Luis Finateri.  The fight was close but Ben landed the cleaner shots en route to a split decision win.

The rest of the card was packed with great action.  Another notable bout was between Aaron Freedman, out of the Serra Longo camp, against a very game David Fairley.  I know both of these guys very well, and knew this would be an exciting fight.  Fairely is a great striker but Freedman kept him from getting off by landing some good strikes of his own, and he dominated the fight on the ground, winning by unanimous decision.

If you missed the show, you can check out the replay on GoFightLive.

Complete results after the jump.

We already knew that Justin Bieber was a fan of mixed martial arts, as he's been seen at several UFCs.  What most folks didn't know was that he is not only a fan, he's a fighter.  And he just might be the next big thing in MMA.

Complex Magazine profiled Bieber for an upcoming issue in an article entitled: Justin Bieber: Second Round Knockout.  Their website, Complex.com, included some pics of Bieber in MMA action.  He looks great and armbars and much bigger opponent, but if he wants to get into the UFC, he'll need to bulk up some to make the lightest weight division, which is 125 pounds.

More pics after the jump.

Alistair Overeem is known for his love of horse meat, but Sergei Kharitonov apparently prefers pork.  This video clip shows him putting the tender into pork tenderloin by beating up some dead pigs, Rocky-style.  Not sure what lead to the making of this video, nor do I care.  Because it's as glorious as bacon, and you don't question bacon, you just enjoy it. Gonna fry now!

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Brian Rogers, aka the Predator, scored what might the knockout of the year last week at Bellator 61.  He wobbled his opponent, Vitor Vianna, with a punch, and then launched a flying knee that put Vianna out cold.  It was a walk away knock out highlight reel moment, and the video, which I have for you after the jump, has already gotten hundreds of thousands of views.

The Predator is definitely on the rise in MMA, something that doesn't surprise long time readers of this site.  We've had our eye on Rogers for a long time, and he is definitely living up to the hype.  Congrats on an amazing KO!

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A big congratulations to Chantelle Perez, of the fighting Perez family!  Chantelle placed in the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Trials in New York, which is quite a feat considering the level of talent at the event.  Chantelle can be found just about wherever MMA is found in New Jersey.  Her entire family is heavily involved in the East Coast MMA scene.  They own Dead Serious MMA, which is having a show on April 7 in Rahway.  They also own the Dead Serious Fight Gear clothing line, and provide cage rentals, DJing and a host of other services related to MMA.

Chantelle seems to be following in the footsteps of her big brother, Frankie Perez Jr.  Frankie was one of my prospects of the year in my 2011 NJ MMA year in review. It's always a great pleasure to see Chantelle, Frankie and the entire Perez clan at the shows I ring announce and commentate.

Way to go, Chantelle!

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