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Ronda Rousey to host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23

The former UFC champion will take the lead later this month on the sketch comedy show.

Emanuel Newton-Linton Vassell rematch rounds out Bellator 149 main card

The main card for Bellator 149 is now complete with the announcement of a rematch between former light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell.

Who’s Next for Conor McGregor?

Whoa TV examines who could be next for Ultimate Fighting Championship 145-pound champion Conor McGregor.

Can Ike Ibeabuchi Resume Campaign After 17 Years?

He might have been great. Or maybe not. No one can say for sure, not now and maybe not ever if his long-delayed comeback sputters and dies as so many others have.

EA Sports Reveals UFC 2 Release Date, First Official Gameplay Trailer

Electronic Arts Inc. on Tuesday announced the EA SPORTS UFC 2 launch date and released the game's first official gameplay trailer.

UFC Fight Night 81 Free Fight: Dominick Cruz Destroys Takeya Mizugaki

After nearly three years away from the UFC, Dominick Cruz made his return at UFC 178 and showed the world he was back after KO'ing Takeya Mizugaki in the first round.

Did the UFC finally find CM Punk's first opponent?

Dana White has been scouting for potential opponents to face CM Punk in his debut and on the latest episode of his reality series, it looks like the UFC president may have found a candidate.

Executive Action: Sefo Passed On Fedor Fight, Still Wants Shot

It's a new year, and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo is looking to try something new at WSOF.com. The legendary kickboxer and current exec will look to give a little peek behind the scenes of the promotion with an exclusive new post each Tuesday afternoon. Well, it's a new y

Ronda Rousey to Host Saturday Night Live

Ronda Rousey isn't going away. In fact, she is going to become the first UFC fighter to host Saturday Night Live.

'The Venture Bros.' Season 6 Sets 2016 Adult Swim Premiere

Rusty, Brock, Hank and Dean will return in 2016, as Adult Swim's 'The Venture Bros.' sets a February 7 premiere for the show's sixth season.

CFFC Will Crown Its First Female Champion This Saturday

History will be made this Saturday when Katlyn Chookagian takes on Isabelly Varela for Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s (CFFC) first ever female title.

‘Pissed’ Frankie Edgar says he’s ‘expecting the worst’ for title shot

With the UFC changing its tune just 24 hours after promising Frankie Edgar the next title shot at 145 pounds, "The Answer" is pissed. He appeared on The MMA Hour on Monday and aired his grievances.

UFC 195: Soooo … About Last Night

UFC 195 is in the books. It was a helluva way to kick off 2016 with the main event bout between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit exceeding expectations. It was violent as all get out.

WSOF 27 main card finalized with two new bouts

WSOF completes its main card for its first event of the year in Memphis on Jan. 23.

Diego Sanchez One and Done at Featherweight, Moving Back Up

Diego Sanchez is one and done at featherweight.

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World MMA Awards on Twitter

Who do you think pulled off the most impressive MMA upset of 2015? Vote now at http://www.worldmmaawards.com  pic.twitter.com/UeqUofqtDO

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MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas. The show is available on  SiriusXM Rush  channel 92. You can also watch a live stream or download past episodes here on MMAjunkie . "Gorgeous" George Garcia and Brian "Goze" Garcia host the two-hour show, and MMAjunkie reporters are frequent guest hosts. MMAjunkie Radio also features the sport's top fighters, trainers, promoters, managers and celebrity fans as daily guests. The show is also available via SiriusXM On Demand, iTunes, Ustream.tv, Stitcher and RSS.

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EA SPORTS UFC 2 | Official Gameplay Trailer | Xbox One, PS4

Pre-Order: http://o.ea.com/51137 New Features: http://o.ea.com/51140 EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 innovates with stunning character likeness and animation, adds an all new Knockout Physics System and authentic gameplay features, and invites all fighters to step back into the Octagon™ to experience the thrill of finishing the fight. From the walkout to the knockout, EA SPORTS UFC 2 delivers a deep, authentic, and exciting experience. Available March 15, 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One

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Light Heavyweights Misha Cirkunov, Alex Nicholson Set for UFC 196 on Feb. 6

Misha Cirkunov will welcome Alex Nicholson to the Octagon at UFC 196 . Promotion officials announced the light heavyweight pairing on Tuesday. UFC 196 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez . Cirkunov, 28, made his promotional debut in August, when he scored a first-round knockout of Daniel Jolly at UFC Fight Night “Holloway vs. Oliveira.” The Xtreme Couture representative owns a 10-2 career mark and enters the bout on a five-fight winning streak, with each of those triumphs ending inside of a round. The 25-year-old Nicholson is also riding a five-fight winning streak. The Florida native went 3-0 in 2015, including a first-round stoppage of Chaz Morgan in his most recent outing on Aug. 1. Nicholson has finished all six of his career victories, five in the first round.

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Click here to support Defend animal abuse whistleblowers. by Phil Demers

I sent an email to Ministry and this is the info I received, Are there any current caretakers that could file request for release? Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) mandate includes the conservation and protection of Canada’s wild marine mammals as set out in the Marine Mammal Regulations (MMR). The release of a marine mammal that has been held in captivity would require a Release Licence. A Release Licence is required to ensure that the risk of disease transmission from the captured animal to wild populations is negligible. It is the responsibility of the animal’s caretaker to request this type of authorization. To learn more about the steps that DFO is taking for the conservation and protection of wild marine mammals in Canada, I encourage you to visit the Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles page on our website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/mammals-mammiferes/index-eng.htm, where you will find up-to-date information on related management topics. Regards, Melissa Melissa S Landry B.Sc, M.M.M. Senior Officer | Marine Mammals / Species at Risk (NCR) Agente Principale |

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Cristiano Marcello’s Technique of the Week: How to Pass Sitting Butterfly Guard

Cristiano Marcello shows us how to pass the sitting butterfly guard in this edition of Sherdog's Technique of the Week.

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Sherdog.com’s 2015 Year-End Awards: The Complete List

Another year has come and gone in mixed martial arts, and as has been the case since Pride Fighting Championships shuttered its doors in 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was front and center. What began at UFC 182 on Jan. 3 concluded with UFC on Fox 17 in December. In between, the MMA world was witness to fights that stretched the bounds of what was thought possible, historic knockouts, slick submissions, judging controversies, athletic commissions run amok and the rise of new superstars that will carry the combat sports torch for the foreseeable future. Conor McGregor , Daniel Cormier , Luke Rockhold , Fabricio Werdum , Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Holly Holm ascended. Jose Aldo , Jon Jones , Chris Weidman , Cain Velasquez , Carla Esparza and Ronda Rousey fell. The UFC-Reebok apparel deal and performance-enhancing drugs continued to make waves, while Bellator MMA, the World Series of Fighting and One Championship fought to keep pace in the cutthroat world of fight promotion. It was an eventful 12 months, to say the least.

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Pic: Ronda Rousey set to appear in SI swimsuit issue in body paint and host SNL - MiddleEasy.com

For all the Ronda Rousey haters walking the MMA earth, sorry but it looks like the former champ is going to have a pretty big 2016. Outside of the cage Rousey’ schedule is filling up fast. We already knew Rousey was going to be busy shooting movies but she will also host Saturday Night Live in January.

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Fabricio Werdum on Twitter

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WSOF President Ray Sefo passed on Rizin bout with Fedor Emelianenko

Sefo is far more experienced in kickboxing, where he compiled a record of 56-22-1 and was runner-up in the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2000. He has dropped his two most recent MMA bouts, a submission loss to Valentijn Overeem in a 2011 Strikeforce bout and a TKO loss to Dave Huckaba at WSOF 4 in 2013.

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The Bottom Line: Parity Problem

Editor's note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. Regardless of whether one feels the judges’ decision for Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 on Saturday was justifiable, there’s no question that the nature of the fight, with Carlos Condit outlanding him 176-92, left a great deal of doubt as to whether the champion would win a rematch. That’s been a trend during Lawler’s reign, which has been defined by terrific fights and courageous performances but little clarity as to the proper pecking order in the 170-pound division. When Robbie Lawler won the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title, it was via a close split decision against Johny Hendricks at UFC 181. That was the second close fight between Hendricks and Lawler, with Hendricks getting the nod in the first nine months earlier. Rematch fatigue was part of the reason that Condit got the most recent title shot rather than Hendricks, but now there are two different opponents with rematch claims.

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2015 MMAjunkie Awards: Breakout Fighter of the Year – Liam McGeary

In the 11th of 13 stories that look back at the best-ofs for 2015, MMAjunkie names our Breakout Fighter of the Year: Liam McGeary .

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Ex-UFC Champ Jose Aldo Makes Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List for 2016

Despite his 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 , Jose Aldo was the only mixed martial artist to crack Forbes “30 Under 30” list for 2016. “Even with his UFC 194 loss, Aldo would still make any comprehensive list of great UFC fighters,” Forbes wrote. He was the defending featherweight UFC champion and was ranked No. 1 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings. He also went a decade without losing a match since 2005 and reigned as a world champion for six years.” Prior to losing the featherweight strap to McGregor on Dec. 12, Aldo was the UFC’s only featherweight champion and had won 18 consecutive fights. The knockout loss to the Irishman was Aldo’s first Octagon appearance since October 2014. “I have dreamed about a lot of things in my life. Being a champion in the fighting world, winning the belt and being No. 1 pound-for-pound in the UFC, and as any Brazilian, to play football in the Maracana stadium. Thank God, I've been able to make these dreams come true. But I've never even thought of being in a Forbes list,” Aldo wrote on Instagram .

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Diego Sanchez returns to lightweight following lone bout at 145 pounds

Following his last fight at 145-pounds, "Ultimate Fighter" season one winner Diego Sanchez has decided to return to the lightweight division for his next bout.

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Frankie Edgar: 'I'm a nightmare' for Conor McGregor, maybe that's keeping him away

"No matter what we have to fight. You can say anything you want," Edgar said. "You don't know me. I see the guy at press conferences like two times a year. He don't know me, I don't know him. He's not going to get under my skin. I'll go to Ireland and no one in Ireland is going to get under my skin. I have a job to do and that's to beat Conor McGregor."

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Ronda to Host SNL on Jan. 23

Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make history once again on Jan. 23, as she hosts Saturday Night Live in New York City. Rousey is the first mixed martial artist and first female fighter to host the iconic NBC show. As noted by Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, Rousey follows in the footsteps of combat sports greats George Foreman and Marvin Hagler, who hosted SNL in 1994 and 1986, respectively. Looking to get back on track after the loss of her title to Holly Holm last November, the 28-year-old expects a big return to the Octagon in 2016, but first, it's a trip to the Big Apple for SNL. Selena Gomez will be the musical guest on the episode.

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The Fighter & The Kid by FOX Sports on iTunes

This podcast has jumped to the top of my UFC/MMA podcast list - but c'mon, once a week?. I really feel like Brendan and Bryan should be able to do at least 2 eps a week, or maybe 2 hours a pop - I mean, what else do these guys have to do during the day? Brendan habitually mispronouncing every major UFC fighter's name on the roster is a nice touch, too. I also want to hear more about Bryan's mad greco skills. I think he should do each episode shirtless.

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Cat gets a dog into a sleeper hold

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MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #65: Lawler Beats Condit At UFC 195; Miocic / Overeem Title Shot? Fedor Returns

All podcasts (video+mp3) can be found here:  http://mmaheat.com/podcast/ . On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast With Karyn Bryant, Karyn and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss that action that went down at UFC 195, where Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler retained his title with a split decision win over Carlos Condit.  Karyn and Alan share their thoughts on the extremely close fight, whether they think a rematch is a good idea, whether Tyron Woodley should get the next title shot and how they feel about Condit’s retirement talk.  They also discuss Stipe Miocic’s KO win over Andrei Arlovski and whether he or Alistair Overeem should fight the winner of Fabricio Werdum vs Cain Velasquez next.  Lorenz Larkin’s split decision loss to Albert Tumenov also gets a breakdown, as does Fedor Emelianenko’s return fight and King Mo Lawal’s tournament win, which took place in the newly-formed RIZIN promotion in Japan.  Lastly, Karyn and Alan let everyone know what their favorite MMA memories were from 2015. Please remember, you can also find our content using these domains: * http://www.

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Brittney Palmer on Twitter

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Urijah Faber on Twitter

I'm honored to be acknowledged by the fans and I have great pride in representing Sac. Thanks for the support! pic.twitter.com/7lcZ0nN8Fu

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'King Mo' Lawal calls for Bellator fight with Fedor Emelianenko

Emelianenko was the centerpiece of the recent Rizin FF doubleheader, where he scored a quick TKO victory over Jaideep Singh (2-1) in the featured attraction. Since a three-fight skid that ended his Strikeforce run in 2011 and prompted the former PRIDE champ to return overseas, the famed Russian is now 4-0. Against Singh, he ended a three-plus-year retirement and is reportedly looking to fight again in April .

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Bamgbose Replaces Injured Alvey, Meets Sarafian at UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

Oluwale Bamgbose has replaced the injured Sam Alvey and will face Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night “Cerrone vs. Means” on Feb. 21. Promotion officials announced the change on Tuesday. Alvey suffered a broken jaw in training late last month. UFC Fight Night takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and is headlined by a welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Tim Means . Bamgbose made his Octagon debut on short notice, as he suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night Nashville on Aug. 8. Prior to that setback, the 28-year-old New Yorker had defeated all of his first five professional opponents inside of a round. Sarafian, meanwhile, will be making his first appearance since December 2014, when he earned a second-round stoppage of Antonio Dos Santos Jr. at UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Dollaway.” The 33-year-old Brazilian is 2-3 in the UFC overall.

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MMA History Today on Twitter

Jan5.2013 3 years ago today, 20 year old Rose Namajunas made her professional MMA debut, & submitted Emily Kagan pic.twitter.com/jTvTmL9k9v

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Eric Nicksick on Instagram: “@roynelsonufc camp in full swing! Big boys at sparring tonight @xcmma great work fellas! #teamXC #mma #ufc #wsof #bellator #lasvegas”

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Neil Magny looks to improve and learn from his loss to Demian Maia by attending his seminar | MMA Latest News & Fights Videos l UFC Fighting Videos l Female MMA Champion

Mixed martial arts is an amazing sport. There are so many disciplines to be trained in to put together a complete game and at times it takes learning from a defeat to better your game.

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Boxing Champ Roy Jones, Jr. Talks About Arthur Curry

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UFC on Twitter

#UFCEmbedded : Dillashaw vs Cruz premieres Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3pmET on @FOXTV ! #UFCBoston pic.twitter.com/pYKYAA4mVQ

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Zoila Frausto on Twitter

@ginacarano One of my favorite humans, one of my favorite warm hearted smiles, one of my… https://www.instagram.com/p/BAJkTEhO6Zg/ 

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Robbie Lawler's next challenger? 3 good(ish) reasons it should be Demian Maia

When Condit got the title shot against Lawler at UFC 195, he had a winning streak holding firm at one and he’d lost three of his previous five (granted, to guys like Hendricks and Georges St-Pierre, but still). The one and only reason to give him the title shot was a well-founded suspicion that it would make for a thrilling fight, which it did.

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Duane Ludwig on Instagram: “Some @GLCDirect n @Onnit Alpha Brain b4 I go watch @tjdillashaw spar 💪🏻 @ufc #UFCBoston”

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Josiah Renaudin on Twitter

@joerogan Did you see that Michael Johnson is STILL ahead of Nate Diaz in the rankings? http://www.ufc.com/rankings 

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44 If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black, they'd probably be dead by now | Wajahat Ali

Extremism comes in different colors, ethnicities, beards and head coverings – which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist violence. Maybe it’s time for politicians and law enforcement to acknowledge inconvenient truths and confront the extremists with “American” names and grievances as they would any other. The security of our homeland – or at least our national wildlife refuges – might depend on it.

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Floyd Mayweather claims racism played a part in McGregor and Rousey's success

Mayweather's rant started when referencing undefeated super middleweight champion Andre Ward and how he's not getting the respect he deserves in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings. Part of Mayweather's claim about Ward and the treatment other fighters have received is just further proof in his opinion that "racism still exists in the sport of boxing."

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Joe Rogan Experience #743 - Phil Demers

#4: JRE - Ex Baltimore cop Michael Wood gives BRUTALLY honest interview on the Joe Rogan Experience

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http://www.cagepotato.com/cagepotato-com-presents-the-2015-potato-awards/

But we’re still here, dammit, and while our prospects for 2016 may not be the brightest they’ve ever been, our continued existence will serve as a proud Stockton Heybuddy to everyone who’s been saying for years that we died the minute Old Dad left. So to kick off another year of hastily-researched shenanigans, we figured there would be no more appropriate a celebration than to deliver our year-end awards list, THE POTATO AWARDS, just one business week too late.

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Frankie Edgar: 'I'm a nightmare' for Conor McGregor, maybe that's keeping him away

"No matter what we have to fight. You can say anything you want," Edgar said. "You don't know me. I see the guy at press conferences like two times a year. He don't know me, I don't know him. He's not going to get under my skin. I'll go to Ireland and no one in Ireland is going to get under my skin. I have a job to do and that's to beat Conor McGregor."

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The Cologne Mayor tells women how to act in public to prevent future assault

Mayor Henriette Reker attended an emergency meeting with Chief of Police Wolfgang Albers and Wolfgang Wurm to discuss how to deal with the attack, where dozens of women were repeatedly touched and groped, with one case of alleged rape in the center of town.

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