Facepalms of the week: ?Mayhem? and Bellator prospect arrested

Facepalms of the week: ?Mayhem? and Bellator prospect arrested


It's been a while since Cagewriter has awarded the facepalm of the week award, but it's time to give it out for two fighters who were arrested recently.

The first one goes to Jason "Mayhem" Miller, the fighter who also hosts "Bully Beatdown" and will be featured as a coach on the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter." TMZ reports that he was arrested in North Carolina for false imprisonment and simple assault after he reportedly put his sister in a headlock and wouldn't let her leave a party.

The second, heartbreaking facepalm goes out to Rasul Mirzaev, a Russian fighter who was expected to make his American debut in Bellator this fall. He was reportedly arrested and charged in the death of a student in Moscow. Mirzaev allegedly was in a verbal altercation with the student and threw a single punch, which knocked the student out. He died four days later, and Mirzaev faces up to 15 years in jail.

In both cases, fighters used their physical skills outside of the cage against people who weren't equipped to defend themselves. A facepalm isn't strong enough to show disgust in these cases.

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Meet the TUF 14 cast

Good lord, is that Tiki again?

The cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 14: Team Bisping vs Team Mayhem" was revealed today, set to premiere on Spike TV (for the last time) on September 21st.

Several of the recognizable names that tried out didn't make the cut for whatever reason, but there's still a couple relatively-known guys sprinkled amongst the expected crop of bushleaguers.  Micah Miller (Cole's brother) went 2-2 in the WEC a few years back, and has also appeared in DREAM, Shine Fights, and Tachi Palace.  Bryan Caraway fought (and lost) in the WEC twice last year, and has also seen action in Strikeforce and EliteXC.  Matt Jaggers has appeared in both Bellator and Sengoku, the latter where he fell victim to subs by Marlon Sandro and The Korean Zombie.  Eric Marriott has fought for Bellator three times (including a loss to Joe Warren), as well as Titan Fighting and M-1 Global.

Unlike a few seasons back where some guys made their pro debuts on the finale card, thankfully none of this cast have less than 4 pro fights, and ten of them have more than 15.  I also notice that for once everyone's quoted record matches their Sherdog listing exactly, and a couple guys appear to be stepping up from flyweight.

The full 32-man cast list complete with links to their records after the jump...

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Congratulations to USA Today on Becoming the First Newspaper to Include MMA Box Scores
A hearty congratulations to USA Today, whose sports section becomes the first to include box scores from the fastest growing sport in the world. Statistics from mixed martial arts will now take their rightful place alongside those from baseball, basketball, hockey, and other sports.

You can find the FightMetric box scores in the edition following UFC and Strikeforce events. Check out this morning's paper for box scores from UFC 129:

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UFC on Versus 5?s Three Stars: Henderson, Lytle and Cerrone

UFC on Versus 5?s Three Stars: Henderson, Lytle and CerroneThe fighters delivered on the UFC's first trip to the Dairy State, giving exciting performances from the top to the bottom of the card. That made the task of picking out just three stars even tough. Cagewriter's picks are below. Tell us yours in the comments or on Facebook.

No. 1 star -- Ben Henderson: After losing the WEC belt to Anthony Pettis, the enduring image of "Smooth" was getting kicked in the face. He used that loss as fuel, first beating Mark Bocek at UFC 129, and then aggressively taking out Jim Miller on Sunday night. According to CompuStrike, Henderson outstruck Miller 148-26 and was 7-for-7 on takedown attempts.

No. 2 star -- Chris Lytle: Few athletes and even fewer fighters get to retire on a win. After 54 fights, 20 with the UFC, Lytle earned that honor with one last Fight of the Night performance, topped off with a Submission of the Night choke. Now, he'll have an extra $130,000 and a Harley-Davidson to help with his retirement.

No. 3 star -- Donald Cerrone: Before the UFC and WEC merger, "Cowboy" felt like the kid brother of the UFC's lightweight division, not quite getting the respect of his UFC brethren. After landing 24 power strikes to Charles Oliveira's four and TKOing the Brazilian in the first round, Cerrone joked that the little brothers had exacted their revenge.

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Congrats, Dan Hardy, for That Double-Leg Takedown on Chris Lytle!

May Dan Hardy be spared from a “damned if you, damned if you don't” situation, because he finally did it: shot in for a double-leg takedown that—yes!—took down Chris Lytle in the fading seconds of the last round.

Never mind the price he paid for that technical breakthrough (as far as his game is concerned).

Its success is even out of the question. As is whether Lytle intentionally countered with a butt-flop to sink in the guillotine choke. (It looked successful to me, as the recent MMA retiree seemed to struggle initially—even for just a sec—to keep his balance.)

So what if Hardy's neck ended up sticking out like a sore thumb, with Lytle's arm snapping up on it like a Venus Flytrap to a fat ladybug? It's the thought that counts: “I'm all about striking, eh? Well, I'm gonna shock the world by unleashing a weapon never before seen in my arsenal!”

And that weapon is wrestling—its offensive aspect, specifically.

Whoever wasn't surprised by that move must have slept through Round 3 or earlier, or was not familiar with the English fighter. Regardless, it was undeniable proof of Hardy's evolution as an MMA fighter. It was—and is—another reason to anticipate his next fight.

For in the main event of UFC Live 5, Hardy showed the first step in finding and adding up his game's missing link. On that Sunday night in Milwaukee, The Outlaw's journey as a complete MMA fighter had just begun. And he is not yet sentenced to exile from the UFC, right?

GSP, watch out!

Now, where's my nth cup of coffee?

Read more MMA news on BleacherReport.com

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The Lost Golden Age of Mixed Martial Arts - Part III: Sherlock Holmes, Les Apaches, and the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defence

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UFC on FOX interview: FX president John Landgraf

The MMA world is still reeling from the mega-deal between the UFC and FOX. The promotions' programming with appear on FOX affiliates, FUEL, FOX Deportes and FX. John Landgraf, president of FX, appeared on "The MMA Insiders" with Yahoo! Sports' lead MMA writer Kevin Iole and myself to talk about the new pact.

Landgraf was unable to confirm some of the programming details like who'll be on the prefight and postfight shows. He was asked about Gus Johnson, but didn't have an answer.

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Pavlik takes control, for better or worse
"I'm tired of being the puppet."

That was former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik's opening statement when he unexpectedly called into a boxing radio show on Tuesday night to clarify why he pulled out of a scheduled fight on just five days' notice. Whether you think he has been fed bad advice and bad information, whether you think he has a misguided perception of his turnstile-turning worth at this phase of his career, you can't excoriate Pavlik for feeling the emotions he's feeling.

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Stefan Struve prepares for height difference with Pat Barry

On Tuesday, we showed you how Pat Barry is prepping flying clotheslines for his bout with Stefan Struve. The foot difference between the two fighters' heights means that they both face a challenge in training. Now, Struve has released a video to show how he is getting ready.

What's interesting about this fight is that the fighters have strengths that don't fit with their body types. Barry, the shorter one, has devastating headkicks, and Struve, the fighter with long, gangly limbs, has several submission wins under his belt.

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Bellator 48 Fight Card: Preview, Analysis and Predictions

Bellator's 2011 Summer Series comes to an end with an intriguing card that features Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad and a featherweight tournament final between Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro.

Curran and Sandro each won two fights to get to this point in the tournament. The winner of the tournament final will earn a featherweight title shot against Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren.

Also, UFC veteran Paul Buentello will challenge Cole Konrad in a non-title match-up. While Konrad is a massive favorite heading into the fight, Buentello could provide the toughest test the champion has had in his young career.

Additionally, Bellator 48's main card will showcase a fight between former UFC competitors Ricco Rodriguez and Seth Petruzelli. Rodriguez, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, is riding a 12-fight winning streak heading into this event.

Let's take a look at some predictions for each of the main card bouts.

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