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Picture: Nate Diaz Flips Donald Cerrone the Double Bird

Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone refused to touch gloves prior to their UFC 141 fight in Las Vegas, and the hate between the two continued well after the bout began. Prior to the start of the third round, Diaz flipped Cerrone the double bird.

We told you it was on when Diaz knocked Cerrone’s cowboy hat off at their press conference. Their fight did not disappoint — it went the distance and Diaz won by unanimous decision.

Uncensored version of the picture below:

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Nate Diaz Knocks Off Donald Cerrone’s Cowboy Hat During Stare Down (Video)

Nate Diaz, the less talented, more high-strung Diaz brother, is fighting Donald Cerrone at UFC 141 Friday. Nate has quite the reputation as a feather ruffler, what with his brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville last April and all. So it was no surprise to see him get in Donald Cerrone’s face during their stare down and pop Cerrone’s cowboy hat off:

Cerrone has won six in a row, racking up two Fight of the Night honors, and a knockout and submission of the night honor. I’ll take the cowboy by a decision.

Brock Lesnar Hardly Knew Anything About Alistair Overeem Prior to Their Fight

Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will meet Friday night in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. Overeem is a decorated fighter; he’s been a heavyweight MMA champion in Strikeforce and Dream, and he’s a K-1 kickboxing champ. He also hasn’t lost in his last 11 MMA fights dating back to 2007.

Even though The Reem was well known to fight fans across the world, Brock Lesnar was unfamiliar with him.

Kevin Iole writes at Yahoo! Sports that Brock didn’t know much about Alistair before agreeing to the fight. Lesnar apparently doesn’t pay much attention to MMA except when he’s fighting .

“I really didn’t look at people outside the UFC,” Lesnar said. “I’m not the kind of guy that sits around and ponders that kind of stuff. Obviously, this is a guy who is threatening. You don’t get into this company and get into this division if you’re not a threat. He’s a threat.”

Lesnar has learned much more about Overeem while preparing for the fight and respects him, but it’s just strange for fans, who follow stars like Alistair so closely, to hear that another prominent fighter didn’t know much about him. I guess it just shows us that some guys who fight aren’t fans. Maybe this attitude well serve Lesnar well in the fight. I think Overeem is a much better all around fighter and expect him to win.

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Urijah Faber Shaves Head to Support Sister

UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber shaved his trademark long hair last week in support of his sister who was badly hurt in a car crash after Thanksgiving.

Faber’s sister, Michaella Tastad, was involved in a major car collision the day after Thankgsiving. Tastad had life-threatening head injuries and was put into a medically-induced coma. She had a collapsed lung, spleen damage, and part of her skull was removed to help drain fluid. Tastad was released from the hospital Friday and Urijah greeted her with a matching haircut. The 32-year-old contender says his hair hasn’t been this short in about 12 years.

The two are close and Michaella even works for her brother. She lives next door to him in Carmichael (Calif.) and helps cook for him and organize his schedule. Getting his sister back home was probably the best Christmas present Urijah could have had.

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Picture via Urijah Faber on Twitter

Rashad Evans to Phil Davis: ‘I’m Gonna Put My Hands on You Worse Than That Dude on Those Kids at Penn State’

Although Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos was as exciting a fight as a one-minute fight can be, there are many critics who thought the UFC’s premiere event on Fox left a lot to be desired.  The same cannot be said of the next UFC on Fox card, which will take place on Jan. 28 and features a number of big names and title fights.  Rashad Evans and Phil Davis will headline the event, with the winner having been promised a light heavyweight title shot against the winner of UFC 140’s fight between Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida.

Exciting stuff, but you can forget all that for right now.  The big news on Wednesday from the UFC on Fox press conferences was Evans’ ignorance.

“I’m going to put my hands on you worse than that dude on those kids at Penn State,” Evans said amidst a an exchange with Davis.

Stay classy, Rashad.  For the record, his comments come on a day in which more charges were filed against Sandusky and new victims accused him of forcing anal and oral sex on them.  Simply put, it’s not a joking matter at all.  And it’s certainly not a metaphor you want to use when discussing an upcoming fight.

H/T to Bloody Elbow for passing the story along.

Chael Sonnen Mocks Arianny Celeste’s IQ

UFC fighter Chael Sonnen easily has one of the wackiest personalities in MMA. He doesn’t hold back when challenging opposing fighters, and he gets completely goofy in interviews like this one with TSN Canada. It’s that type of behavior that helped him become the host of the World MMA Awards that will air Wednesday.

In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly published Friday, Sonnen answered several questions regarding the awards show. This is the one that caused the fireworks:

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Video: Marius Zaromskis Does Front Flip Kick to Knock Down Bruno Carvalho

Lithuanian welterweight Marius Zaromskis has won 16 of his 23 professional fights, 12 coming by knock out. He’s fought in Cage Rage, Dream, and Strikeforce. On Saturday, he faced Bruno Carvalho in Rumble of the Kings in Sweden.

Zaromskis is no stranger to damaging his opponents during fights in unconventional ways. He’ll even employ a front flip kick (aka koppo kick) to get a knock down if he has to. Check out this awesomeness:

It might not have been as potent as Lyoto Machida’s knockout kick of Randy Couture, but it certainly was more fancy. This is easily one of our favorite knockout kicks.

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