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Fighters are all over twitter like fat kids on cake, so will they end up using videoclip sharing platforms like Vine and Instagram Video in similar numbers? I dunno, but this clip from Urijah Faber of Chad Mendez showing off some serious push up swagger makes me hope so. This seems like something Pat Barry was born to use…

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Get with it Barry, the Youtubes are for grandpas.

We’ve seen fighters run out of the cage both when they’ve lost (Forrest Griffin) and won (Jose Aldo, Fo-Griff again), but either way, they usually at least wait until the fight’s over before taking off.  But in Brazil last weekend, Claudinei “Kall” Angelo (now 4-5) decided “fuck this, I’m outta here” right in the middle of his bout with Evilasio “Puma” Silva (now 8-12) at JF Fight Evolution.  MMAFighting gives us some context:

Angelo was controlling the action when Angelo’s mouthpiece fell on the mat. Flavio Almendra stopped the bout and asked Angelo to get back his mouthpiece. It happened again, and Almendra stopped the bout once again.

When Angelo clearly spat his mouthpiece to recover from the punches, the referee refused to stop the fight. Angelo went on and asked for a “time out”. Silva and Almendra didn’t understood what he was asking for, but Angelo decided to quit. The door was locked, so his only way out was jumping off the fence and leaving the arena.

I was going to say that Angelo can now add “DQ (Rage Quit)” to his increasingly poor record, but I think it was less about anger than about him simply losing all will to fight.  Regardless, this ranks right up there with such noble defeats as Nick Serra’s “DQ (Wouldn’t Get Up From Butt Scoot)”, Mestre Hulk’s “DQ (Crawling out of the Ring)”, and Joe Son’s “Submission (Terror)”.  Stand proud, Angelo!

Wait for it. Wait. For. It. No, not that. Yeah, that.

Ryan Couture has no regrets (other than losing)

One of the first victims of this latest round of fighter cuts was Ryan Couture, who has gone 0-2 since Strikeforce folded into the UFC. Many wondered how the breakup went considering the bad blood between UFC prez Dana White and Ryan’s father Randy, but it sounds like Ryan is cool with how things unfolded:

“I don’t regret the approach we took. I still don’t feel a need to be on anyone’s [expletive] list,” Ryan says with a chuckle.“Besides, with dad’s schedule and how often he has to be out of town, even the country, there’s no guarantee he would have been able to make my fights anyway. So, it might have been a fight for no reason.”

Couture didn’t personally get another call from White to share the bad news of his release but Ryan says he wasn’t surprised at being cut.

“My manager got a call from Joe Silva who told him that they liked me and the way I did things but that they have a lot of guys right now and they just don’t have anything for me right now and that I should go build myself back up with some more wins,” Ryan said.

As for what’s next…

“I don’t know what direction we will go yet. I just started getting back to training. We’ll discuss things at some point and see what opportunities are out there, whether it is the bigger shows like Bellator or the World Series of Fighting – and I don’t know if they have an interest in me – or regional shows,” Ryan said.

“I’m as motivated as I ever was. Fighting is what I love to do.”

So long as Couture has that bank name and the will to fight, there’s gonna be people willing to pay him to fight in the cage. Unfortunately, most of those people will be looking to put their guy over by beating a Couture.

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Michael Bisping’s eye situation continues to sound really really bad. Fighters Only Magazine’s John Joe O’Regan was around for the latest scary incident:

im staying at mike’s for a few days here in LA; i just got in from visiting Alliance in San Diego and saw his girlfriend, she had just got back from taking him to Pasedena hospital. He’s undergoing surgery, his eye was causing him agony apparently

Ariel Helwani later clarified that while Bisping had gone to the hospital over severe eye pain, he didn’t undergo another surgery. Hopefully this latest scare will finally convince him to get off his feet and lay around doing nothing for a couple of months until the chances his eye melts out of his head decrease.

He’s been way too stubborn for his own good every step of the way with this injury, from fighting twice with it to attempting some leftfield quick fix so he could still fight Mark Munoz in Manchester. Even after the surgery to deal with things after that first surgery didn’t work, he was still exercising and working on his cardio. We left ‘tough’ behind a long time ago and are now way into ‘dumb bastard’ territory. As boss as Bisping happens to look with an eye patch, it’d be slightly better for him if it were a temporary look.

(pic via Michael Bisping’s Instagram)

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