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Josh Thomson thinks he suffered broken right hand against Benson Henderson

Josh Thomson

Josh Thomson suffered a broken right hand in his fight against Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago on Saturday night.

Thomson won the first two rounds of the fight by most accounts, but he was very hesitant in the third round and hardly threw any punches. UFC commentator Joe Rogan then said that Thomson told his corner between rounds that he broke his right hand. His corner apparently encouraged him to throw kicks instead.

After the third round of the fight, FOX played the video of Thomson telling his corner between the second and third round that his hand was hurting and that he broke it.

It was a tough break (no pun intended) for the former Strikeforce lightweight champion, who struggled to take down Bendo in the third but got a takedown in the fourth.

Donald Cerrone destroys Adriano Martins with knockout kick to neck (GIF)

Donald Cerrone said before his fight at UFC on FOX 10 Saturday that he needed the fight because he was broke. It’s safe to say, then, that Cerrone also desperately needed a win bonus and potential bonus for knockout of the night in order to maximize his payday. He certainly did that.

Cerrone finished opponent Adriano Martins with 20 seconds left in the first round of their fight with a vicious kick to the neck. How do you defend against something like that?

Here’s another angle of the kick:

Donald Cerrone knockout kick

GIFs via Z Prophet 1, 2

Donald Cerrone needs to fight because he’s broke ‘I’m just out of control’

Donald CerroneDonald Cerrone is expected to face Adriano Martins at UFC on FOX 10 next weekend, and by Cerrone’s admission, he’s fighting because he needs the money. Badly.

Cerrone said during an interview on Majority Draw Radio last week that he’s broke and his spending habits are “out of control.”

“What really happened is I spent all my money, so I’m broke, and I only have one choice but to fight,” Cerrone told Majority Draw Radio.

Cerrone said that he texted Joe Silva after his last fight — a win over Evan Dunham at UFC 167 in November — to say he needed a fight ASAP. That’s when they booked him for the UFC on FOX 10 card.

“I’m just out of control,” explained Cerrone. “It’s hard to have money in the bank, want something, and not get it. I just [expletive] buy it. I have no idea what saving money is.”

Cerrone also said that he has his fire back after losing it before when he got comfortable. Even though he was training, he didn’t have the same fire that he had before, which could explain his two losses in 2013.

Man, I understand that Cerrone has no idea what saving money is — and at least he recognizes his problem — but he needs to change his ways if he doesn’t want to end up on the follow-up documentary on ESPN 30 for 30 for “Broke.”

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow
Photo: Flickr/Peter Gordon

Chael Sonnen paid for a wrestler he didn’t know to train in Russia

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen has created a persona of a loudmouth “bad guy” in the UFC world, but he actually is a pretty good guy away from it. Sonnen comes from a wrestling background and is a huge advocate for the sport. It means so much to him that he even randomly paid for a former US Olympic wrestler to train in Russia a few years ago.

Bloody Elbow’s Mike Riordan shared the story Friday of how Sonnen learned about Beijing Olympian Andy Hrovat’s desire to train in Russia. Hrovat was 28 and did not medal in Beijing, but he wanted to go to North Ossetia — the heart of world-class wrestling — to learn more about the sport from the best in the world. Hrovat went to Russia a few times in 2009, and the coaches told him he should come back and stay longer term so he could really learn more. He did that thanks to some help from Sonnen, whom he actually wrestled in college, though he doubted Sonnen remembered it.

[Related: Chael Sonnen blasts Olympic committee for getting rid of wrestling]

Hrovat recalled to Bloody Elbow that Sonnen contacted him at random following his first fight with Anderson Silva in 2010 to tell him he was going to send him some money.

So after the [Sonnen-Silva fight], I get an email from him saying ‘Hey, I want to send you some money, it’s going to be in an envelope that looks like junk mail, because it was from his bank, his bank just cut a check and sent it and they send them in unmarked envelopes so people don’t steal the mail.

He sent me three or four thousand dollars, and for me every thousand dollars was a month’s pay. Room and board were a thousand dollars a month.

What would possess Sonnen to send a few thousand dollars to a random wrestler he didn’t know? He apparently saw an interview where Hrovat expressed a desire to go train in Russia. Sonnen liked the idea and wanted to contribute, which is why he reached out. Sonnen continued to send money to Hrovat and the two kept in touch via email.

Hrovat didn’t make the London Olympics team, but he learned a lot about wrestling from his time in Russia, and he’s now sharing that knowledge as a coach of the Cliff Keen wrestling club. Sonnen’s investment did not pay off with a medal at the Olympics, but maybe it will help ensure the future of American wrestlers is better thanks to some of the knowledge Hrovat acquired during his training.

Yoel Romero did not s— his pants during fight, he was just sweaty

Yoel Romero shorts

Those watching Yoel Romero’s fight on Wednesday night against Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 35 were fascinated with a particular spot on the back of Romero’s shorts. There was one particularly dark spot, located directly in a certain area, that made it look like he had, ahem, evacuated his bowels at some point during the scrap.

Facing crappy questions after his victory, Romero said he was just sweating.

“It was wet,” Romero said via MMA Junkie. “It was sweat.”

The tape seems to indicate otherwise.

I’m all for giving people the benefit of the doubt, but there was no darkness anywhere else around his shorts despite him likely sweating all over. Only in that one particular spot.

It’s not looking good for Romero, regardless of what he says. And as MMA reporter Ariel Helwani noted, fighters going number two while they’re battling is nothing new.

It’s easy to see how a fighter could lose control while they’re fighting for their life in the octagon. Hmm, what’s a higher priority, escaping a choke hold? Or making sure I don’t bleep myself? I know which option I’m choosing if it comes down to it.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Cat Zingano’s husband Mauricio committed suicide

Cat Zingano husband Mauricio

Mauricio Zingano, the husband and trainer of UFC fighter Cat Zingano, died on Monday after committing suicide.

Brazilian sports site Globo.com quoted Jorge Guimarães, who says Mauricio, 37, hanged himself in Denver.

“Yes, he hanged himself in Denver on Monday,” Guimaraes told Globo.com (via Google translate). “It’s something unexplainable, do not know what may have motivated him to do so. We were together and he was fine, had plans and a lifetime ahead. It’s a tragedy. I’m going to Denver today to assist Cat, who is devastated, does not know what to do.”

Cat Zingano beat Miesha Tate in April and was in line to fight Ronda Rousey, but she underwent knee surgery and was replaced by Tate. Tate instead coached against Rousey in “The Ultimate Fighter” and fought Rousey at UFC 168. Zingano, who is 8-0, has a son with Mauricio. Mauricio was a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and trainer, and ran the Zingano BJJ gym in Colorado.

According to FOX’s Mike Chiappetta, Mauricio was 2-0-1 as a fighter before becoming a teacher. Here was the statement they posted from Cat commenting on her husband’s death:

Late yesterday evening I learned that my husband and soul mate of seven years, Mauricio Zingano, has passed away.

My life has changed irrevocably. I am shocked and deeply saddened. Thankfully, my family and friends are coming together to provide the support I need. I am grateful for them, as I know there are many difficult days ahead.

I also very much appreciate the outpour of support from the jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts world. My husband was well known and respected in this close-knit community and I know he would appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, as do I.

At this time, I respectfully ask everyone to give me privacy as I gather with relatives and friends. Again, I give thanks to all for the kind words of support.

Sincerely,

Cat Zingano

According to Chiappetta, the two were married for three years.

Photo: Cat Zingano/Facebook

Ken Shamrock working as bodyguard, provided security for 50 Cent

Ken Shamrock bodyguard

From the “where are they now?” files comes this story about fighting legend Ken Shamrock now working as a bodyguard, and even being hired to protect 50 Cent recently.

Shamrock, who was part of the UFC’s first Hall of Fame class, was working as one of Fiddy’s bodyguards at the CES convention on Wednesday. TMZ says Shamrock works for a company now that does private security for many high-end clients.

On his Twitter account, Shamrock described 50 as a “great guy”:

He also clarified that he is not 50 Cent’s personal bodyguard, but just was hired to provide security detail for the rapper.

Now this may be a dumb question but … didn’t 50 survive being shot nine times from close range? What does this guy need security for? He’s more indestructible than Boris the Blade.

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