Maggie Hendricks

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  • This guy tries to break a board with a single strike, and it goes terribly awry

    We've all seen the videos where a martial arts aficionado breaks a board with a single strike. They aren't even fun to watch any more. But videos where the board goes unbroken? Definitely worth your time.

    This guy makes several attempts. He continually corrects his board holder, and even brings in an extra holder. One time, the board goes flying and hits a child in the face. It's basically a disaster.

    The lesson we can all learn from this young man? Don't break out the camera and audience until you're 100 percent sure that board will break.

    Thanks, For the Win.

  • Brian Stann excels in color commentator debut

    Halfway through the first preliminary Facebook fight of UFC 163, it was clear who was the biggest star to emerge out of the event. It was retired UFC fighter Brian Stann, who had the role of color commentator for the night. Joe Rogan, who usually has that job, was unavailable as he worked on a show for the SyFy Network. It was Stann's first time in this job, and he was fantastic at it.

    Brian Stann wih broadcast partner Mike Goldberg (Getty)

    Throughout every fight, Stann showed off thorough knowledge of the sport. Instead of just applauding an easy takedown for Thales Leites, he pointed out how Tom Watson's aggressiveness opened the door for Leites to make his move. He spoke of not just Phil Davis' collegiate wrestling credentials, but his actual wrestling style. Stann listened to the advice Chan Sung Jung's corner gave him, and then compared it to Jung's original game plan.

    The noticeable thread that ran through Stann's work was his preparation. He referenced previous fights by Jose Maria, a flyweight making his UFC debut. He talked about a conversation he had with Amanda Nunes and her plans for her fighting future.

    He does have work to do on his postfight interviews. Stann wasn't as at ease in questioning fighters right after their performance. However, he had to deal with using a translator in every interview, which can throw off the rhythm.

    Stann, who played football for the Naval Academy, will also start doing commentary for college football this season. But hopefully, football won't take up all his time and he will also get the chance to do more UFC events soon.

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  • (Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports)It's been an interesting, Cagereaders. Who had a good week, and who didn't?

    Hot -- Tito Ortiz and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: The reaction to their upcoming fight in Bellator on pay-per-view was mixed. But the reason these two are having a good week is that after a combined 0-6 record in their last three fights, they are suddenly headlining a pay-per-view again. As Brock Lesnar would say, that's turning chicken [expletive] into chicken salad.

    Not -- Tim Kennedy: After beating Roger Gracie, Kennedy is just looking for a fight. First, he was supposed to fight Vitor Belfort, but Belfort only wants a championship fight at middleweight or a light heavyweight fight. Now, he's hoping for Wanderlei Silva. Can someone just get this man a fight and improve his week?

    Hot -- Michael Chandler: Does David Rickels know what has happened yet? He was steamrolled by Chandler at Wednesday night's Bellator. Chandler is now 12-0, and in desperate need of challenges in Bellator's lightweight division.

    Not -- This guy's tattoo: A guy turned Ronda Rousey's Body Issue picture into a tattoo. A TATTOO. There's dedication to being a fan, and then there's this.

    Hot -- Nick Diaz: It's his birthday! The man from Stockton turns 30 years old today. Will he stay retired?

    Still taking temperature -- The Korean Zombie: Chan Sung Jung will get the chance to take the UFC featherweight belt from Jose Aldo on Saturday at UFC 163. He will have to win over Jose Aldo, who hasn't lost since 2005.

    Thanks for reading Cagewriter this week. Follow Cagewriter on Twitter for updates from an afternoon with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate and UFC 163 coverage on Saturday night.

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  • UFC 163 picks from Kevin Iole, Maggie Hendricks and Cagereaders like you

    (Getty)UFC 163 will come to us live from Brazil on Saturday night. What will happen? Check out the predictions from Yahoo! Sports columnist Kevin Iole, Cagewriter editor Maggie Hendricks, and Cagereaders like you.

    Kevin Iole -- Jose Aldo TKO4 The Korean Zombie: The Zombie is going to make Aldo work, and work hard. But Aldo has so many tools and so many ways to win, eventually, the Zombie will succumb and Aldo will overwhelm him with a finishing blitz.

    Maggie Hendricks -- Jose Aldo TKO2 Chan Sung Jung: While Jung can be so much fun to watch, he's nowhere near the same level as Aldo. The champ will remain the champ using the striking ability that brought him this far.

    Cagereader -- Aldo. While Jung's striking has improved and his wrestling and grappling are underrated, it is not enough against Aldo. With Aldo's takedown defense, Aldo's power in his hands and legs, and Jung's lack of head movement, Aldo should be able to TKO Jung in round 2 before Aldo gasses. -- Jason Wong

    Jose Aldo is well rounded fighter and lethal leg kicks taking him to the later rounds ups the challengers chances for victory but surviving the first 3 rounds is virtually impossible. Aldo 2 rd TKO. -- Dave Klix

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  • Take a look back at Chan Sung Jung’s most memorable submission win

    Chan Sung Jung is fighting for the featherweight title on Saturday, so take a look back at one of his best moments in the UFC. As you watch Jung's twister submission of Leonard Garcia, remember the history of this bout.

    At WEC 48, Jung and Leonard Garcia put on one of the most entertaining bouts of the year. Though it was close, the scales appeared to tip in "The Korean Zombie's" favor, but the judges didn't agree. Garcia was awarded the win.

    The pair rematched at UFC Fight Night 24 in 2011. This time, Jung didn't want to leave any question who was the winner. He used the not-often-seen twister to get the win at the end of the second round.

    After this win, he knocked out Mark Hominick in seven seconds. Next, he beat Dustin Poirier with a fourth-round submission, which was his last fight before Saturday's championship bout.

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  • We want your UFC 163 picks

    (Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports)Lost in the hubbub of a stacked Bellator card, Ronda Rousey telling off a fan, and a clash of two former UFC champions in Bellator is UFC 163, headed by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's bout with Chan Sung Jung. But it's not too late to check out the main card and make your picks for the fights.

    Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung - for featherweight title
    Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida
    Cezar Ferreira vs. Thiago "Marreta" Santos
    Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
    John Lineker vs. Jose Maria

    Go to Cagewriter's Facebook page, pick a fight, and then tell us who you think will win and why. Will "The Korean Zombie" knock off Aldo? Will Phil Davis or Lyoto Machia emerge with title hopes? Tell us your thoughts on Facebook, and your picks may show up here on Cagewriter.

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  • Watch Michael Chandler win at Bellator in just 44 seconds

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    Michael Chandler continued his streak of "I'm kind of busy, so I don't have much time to fight" wins. At Bellator on Wednesday night, he defended his lightweight championship with a knockout of David Rickels in just 44 seconds.

    Chandler wasn't the only former wrestler to shine on Wednesday night. Ben Askren manhandled Andrey Koreshkov for a grappling-filled bout. Finally, Askren asked referee Jason Herzog, "What else do I need to do?" Koreshkov stopped defending himself around the middle of fourth round, and the fight was stopped.

    Mo Lawal won the light heavyweight tournament with a third-round TKO of Jacob Noe. He took Noe down and beat him up until the fight was stopped at 2:51 in the third. Patricio Freire won a quick fight. He knocked out Jared Downing in 54 seconds.

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  • Tito Ortiz to fight Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson — in Bellator

    (Bellator)It turns out Tito Ortiz is coming out of retirement and he will fight a fellow former UFC champ, but it won't be in the UFC. During Wednesday night's Bellator card, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson announced he will fight Ortiz at Bellator's first pay-per-view. The fight will happen Nov. 2.

    Both fighters were UFC champions, and both are riding a three-fight losing streak. Ortiz retired after losing to Forrest Griffin in 2012. Nearly his entire career was in the UFC, and he was the light heavyweight champion from 2000-2003. He often battled with UFC president Dana White, and Ortiz said that broke him.

    “Over the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana," Ortiz said via press release. "I didn’t have that drive to compete, my heart wasn’t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

    Jackson left the UFC after his contract ran out and he was not happy with the way he was treated by the promotion.

    “Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born,” Jackson said. “My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage you’ll see Nov. 2nd will be better than any Rampage you’ve ever seen."

    Both fighters are big names with a large fanbase, but pay-per-views can be a tough sell. As of today, the UFC doesn't have any events scheduled, but that could change. Will you shell out the money to see these two fight? Speak up on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Ronda Rousey rips fan who asks an inappropriate question (Video)

    The UFC is on a media tour around North America this week. On Wednesday, they stopped in New York City. Fans were welcomed to the press conference, but as you can see in the video, not everything a fan says is welcome.

    According to Eric Holden, a fan asked Rousey how many times she has sex before a fight.

    "It's not an appropriate question to ask," she responded. "If your mother was standing behind you and heard you ask that question, what would she say to you?"

    Rousey has answered the question about sex before fights in an interview with Conan O'Brien.

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  • Drew Brees is not a bad tipper

    Mickey Mouse would never hang out with a bad tipper. (Getty)New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wants to set the record straight. He is not a bad tipper.

    Brees recently made Internet news (somehow) by tipping $3 on a takeout order at Del Mar Rendezvous, a Chinese restaurant in San Diego. The receipt with his tip and signature were leaked to "The Dirty," where he was ripped for being a "cheap [expletive] ... this is basically saying [expletive] you to the waiter."

    Brees responded by defending himself on Twitter.

    A discussion on takeout tipping on the website Serious Eats showed people were split on the issue of what you should tip when picking up takeout. Most people said a few dollars are nice, but not expected, like when sitting down and having dinner.

    The person in the wrong is the person who leaked the receipt. The Dirty claims it did not get the receipt from the person who gave Brees his order. But no matter who leaked it, what did he or she expect to accomplish by sharing this with the Internet? Cause a drop in takeout orders to the restaurant? Make sure Brees never returns?

    One good thing did come from the incident, though: Daniel Shalom Schreiber, owner of Del Mar Rendezvous passed along an apology as well as an explanation (full text here):

    If this is an authentic receipt, it would indicate that Mr. Brees is a very generous individual, as it would be a takeout receipt (indicated by the fact that there is no table number in the top left of the check, but rather a guest's name) and takeout orders do not usually garner a tip at our restaurant.

    Schreiber also made a donation to Brees' foundation in the amount of $888.88, which he said is the luckiest number in Chinese culture.

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