• Georges St-Pierre cast in the next ‘Captain America’

    The last time we saw UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, he was defending his belt against Nick Diaz at UFC 158. But now you'll get to see him outside the cage, as he was just cast in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." GSP will play Batroc the Leaper, a French mercenary and kickboxer with a penchant for kicking Captain America.

    [Related: Georges St-Pierre apologizes for controversial fight attire]

    GSP is the perfect fit. He's French-Canadian, and French was his first language. As for the kicking:

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  • (Getty)UFC featherweight Chan Sung Jung has a fight with Ricardo Lamas coming up in July. The fight will likely have title implications, and will give "The Korean Zombie" a chance to prove he belongs at the top of the UFC's 145-lb. class. But the upcoming fight didn't keep Jung from speaking up to one of the UFC's biggest stars.

    Jung posted a letter on his Facebook page to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre about the Rising Sun symbol GSP wore to his fight with Nick Diaz.

    Dear Mr. Georges St. Pierre
    Hi, My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese 'Rising Sun Flag'. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not.

    Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of 'Militarism'. You can easily learn what they've done by googling (please do), although it's only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.

    Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous.

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    At the World Series of Fighting's second show on Saturday, one-time UFC welterweight won over one-time UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski. As seen in the highlights above, Johnson had Arlovski hobbled at the end of the first round, but Arlovski was saved by the bell. Arlovski's jaw was reportedly broken in the bout that was Johnson's first fight at heavyweight.

    As a welterweight who was bigger than other 170 lbers in the UFC, he struggled with his weight cut and missed weight three times. He moved to light heavyweight last August, and now won his heavyweight debut.

    In other WSOF action, Marlon Moraes won his fourth straight by knocking out Tyson Nam with a headkick. Paulo Filho, the troubled one-time WEC champ, dropped a decision to Dave Branch.

    Josh Burkman knocked out Aaron Simpson in the first round. After the fight, he said the win earned him a title shot, but questioned if one-time UFC title contender Jon Fitch had earned the WSOF title shot against him.

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  • Check out this crazy knockout video

    There are plenty of fun ways to cause a knockout. Throw a front kick, as Anderson Silva did to Vitor Belfort. Use a series of punches, like Antonio Silva did to Alistair Overeem. Perhaps use a big overhand punch, like Dan Henderson has done many times. Or you could do an amazing, acrobatic kick, like the young man in this karate video from Russia did.

  • Charles Rowan, Rosalinda Marinez and MIchael Bowman were all arrested and charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to murder. (Gladwin County Sheriff)

    We're not experts on faking our own death, but it would seem you might want to avoid getting arrested and charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to murder less than a month after pulling off your ruse.

    That challenge, however, was apparently too much for Charles Rowan. The 25-year-old MMA fighter from Michigan was recently hauled in by police after they alleged he robbed a store named "Guns and Stuff" with his girlfriend Rosalinda Martinez and friend Michael Bowman.

    Seeing Rowan's mug shot on the news came as a surprise to his promoters Christo Piliafas and Scott DiPonio. Both say they had been told by Martinez and Bowman in late February that the amateur heavyweight had died in a car accident and that they had helped raise over $1,000 for his funeral costs.

    From the Associated Press:

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  • Lavar Johnson had a bad week. (Getty)It's been a slow week for MMA, but that doesn't mean there haven't been plenty of things for us to talk about. Here's a closer look at who is hot and who is not.

    Hot — Bellator: There are few things fans love more than a fight card filled with finishes. Fans should be enthralled with Bellator's card this week, as nine fights were finished. Eight were in the first round. Bellator's only worry should be how to follow up such a performance for next week.

    Not — Lavar Johnson: By now, every fighter on the UFC roster knows that the UFC is looking to trim their numbers. They have to walk the line to keep a job, and Johnson did not do that. He lost his last two fights, and then failed his UFC 157 drug test. Not surprisingly, the UFC cut him.

    Hot — Marijuana: Well, kinda. Though laws on marijuana use are loosening up across the country, state athletic commissions still test for it for fights. Recognizing the change, UFC vice president Marc Ratner asked the Nevada Athletic Commission to change the way it looks at positive tests for marijuana.

    Not — Dan Hardy: He called out Matt Brown, and the two were set for a bout at UFC on Fox 7. However, injury forced Hardy off the card, and Jordan Mein is stepping in to face Brown. Mein is fresh off of a win over Dan Miller.

    Still taking temperature — World Series of Fighting: The new promotion's second show is Saturday night on NBC Sports Network. Will people tune in to Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson over college basketball and wrestling? We'll find out.

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  • The judges at Bellator's Thursday night card didn't have much work to do. Out of the 10 fights on the card, only one went to a decision. Dave Jansen won the lightweight tournament with a unanimous decision over Marcin Held.

    Of the nine fights that were stopped, eight came in the first round. Three fights ended in under 20 seconds. Michael Page earned a 10-second knockout, Dave Vitkay choked out Jesse Peterson in 18 seconds, and Ryan Martinez knocked out Travis Wiuff in 18 seconds. But not all the stoppages were exciting. Marcus Davis and Waachiim Spiritwolf's fight ended in a no contest after

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  • Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was ordered to jail Thursday by India's Supreme Court (AP)Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, the co-founder of the Super Fight League, the largest active mixed martial arts promotion in India, was ordered Thursday by India's Supreme Courtto serve the remainder of a six-year sentence on gun charges stemming from a 1993 bombing in Mumbai that killed 257 people.

    Dutt, 53, was originally convicted in 2007 under India's Terrorism and Disruptive Activities Act of possessing a rifle and a pistol given to him by the men convicted in the 1993 bombing that occurred in the financial district of Mumbai (then known as Bombay). In addition to the 257 people who died in

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  • Natasha Tretheway is the poet laureate of the United States, but she might be nervous about keeping her job after seeing this performance by UFC fighter Chael Sonnen. He spun a whole poem on how his fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones came to be. Now, this might all be fictional, but it is entertaining.

    During this season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Sonnen has shown himself to be more of a coach who has opened up with his athletes. There has been less Sonnen shtick, and more Coach Chael. But it's nice to know that Sonnen can still turn it on when he needs to.

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  • Kyle Dake from Cornell gives an opponent a lift. (AP)You've likely heard your friends and family talk about a big tournament that starts today. Surely, they were talking about the NCAA Divsion I wrestling tournament, which is happening this weekend in beautiful Des Moines, Iowa. Fighters such as Randy Couture, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Josh Koscheck, Johny Hendricks, Tyron Woodley, Urijah Faber and many, many more UFC stars made their name on the mats first. Fight fans can watch wrestling all weekend on the ESPN family of networks, and here is what to watch for:

    History could be made: Kyle Dake from Cornell is a three-time national champion, and he won each championship in a different weight class. If Dake wins again this year, he will be the first four-time champion with every title at a different weight class. But to win, he will have to get through Penn State's David Taylor, the returning champ at 165 lbs.

    A change in the way the finals will air: Traditionally, Saturday night's finals start at 125 lbs. and work up to the heavyweight match as the "main event." This year, with so much interest in a potential Dake-Taylor match-up, the bouts will start at 174 lbs., and snake their way through the weight classes to end up at 165 lbs.

    You aren't seeing double in Ohio State singlets: The Buckeyes have two no. 1 seeds in brothers Hunter and Logan Stieber. At 133, Logan is looking to repeat his 2012 NCAA championship. Younger brother Hunter took sixth last season, but earned the top seed with a record of 31-0.

    Mizzou's big and little threat: The Tigers made history this year by beating Iowa for the first time in history, and they want to keep up their winning ways. Alan Waters is the no. 1 seed at 125 lbs., the smallest weight at the tournament, and Dom Bradley is no. 1 at heavyweight, giving Missouri bookend threats for national titles.

    Penn State looking for three-peat: With stars like Taylor and Ed Ruth returning, Penn State is looking for their third straight national team title. They walked in ranked first, but will face challenges from Iowa powered by three-time national champ Matt McDonough, Oklahoma State with Jordan Oliver, Minnesota, Missouri, and Cornell, a school who has perfected the art of peaking at the right time.

    Click here for more information on when and where you can tune in. If you have questions while watching, tweet me here as I'll be at the Wells Fargo watching the action.

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