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With all of the embarrassing insanity Jon Jones foisted on us this week, perhaps you forgot there was an Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view on Saturday -- a UFC pay-per-view headlined by a title fight, no less; and this championship fight features one of the most exciting and violent fighters in the sport and perhaps the greatest woman to ever lace up a pair of four-ounce gloves: Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

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Conor McGregor is now involved in a war of words with rapper 50 Cent after the two exchanged messages on social media this past week.

Randy Couture Says Chuck Liddell Looks Good Ahead of Potential Comeback | MMAWeekly.com

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture has seen Chuck Liddell in the gym and at 48 years of age the former light heavyweight champion is still in great shape.

UFC Connected: The UK MMA Scene Featuring Darren Till | MMAWeekly.com

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Undefeated Ketlen Vieira Wants Title Shot After UFC 222 Win | MMAWeekly.com

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Chris Wilson on Twitter

Yes, I could. Short of unethically showing you group conversations, I can tell you they chose a "union for a few fighters" path. A union model doesn't fit MMA and fighting for it divides us as a class. Asking questions is fine, but advocating against our goal in our group is not

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Chris Wilson on Twitter

I disagree with your characterization of mmafa's responses to questions and responses to some parties' press discourse as well as the press's own attitude toward the association as 'actively attacking' others. From what I see there is strong, selective bias against the MMAFA.

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The Hit List: NCAA Division I Wrestling Champions Who Have Competed in MMA

Brock Lesnar broke into the Ultimate Fighting Championship with enough flair, hype and anticipation that the public believed he was made for mixed martial arts and not just World Wrestling Entertainment. Although he lost his UFC debut to Frank Mir , the man who runs “Suplex City” went on to rattle off four straight wins and become the undisputed heavyweight champion. Before his time in the UFC or the WWE, Lesnar was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota, where he won a national title in 2000. He is part of an exclusive group as one of a handful of wrestlers to win a national championship at the Division I level and compete in MMA: Brock Lesnar MMA Record: 5-3 College(s): University of Minnesota Championship Year(s): 2000 *** Johny Hendricks MMA Record: 18-8 College(s): Oklahoma State University Championship Year(s): 2005, 2006 *** Mark Munoz MMA Record: 14-6 College(s): Oklahoma State University Championship Year(s): 2001 *** Ph

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Ben Askren

“Funky” suits both Ben Askren ’s hairstyle and his style of fighting. His rugged grace in the cage was a product of years of competing as an amateur wrestler. Askren’s name echoes across the mixed martial arts world as one of the few high-level fighters to retire undefeated, this despite having never appeared in the Ultimate Fighting Championship . The 33-year-old compiled an 18-0 record and fought for the final time at One Championship “Immortal Pursuit” on Nov. 24, when he defeated Shinya Aoki by technical knockout in under a minute. Here are five things you might not know about Askren: 1. He was a multiple-time NCAA wrestling champion. Askren won Division I titles in 2006 and 2007 while representing the University of Missouri. He was also a four-time NCAA All-American (2004-07), a three-time Big XII Conference champion (2004, 2006-07), a two-time national runner-up (2004-05) and a two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy (2006-07), which recognizes the nation’s top wrestler. Askren was inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Amanda Nunes Headlines UFC 224, but She's Fighting Raquel Pennington, Not Cris Cyborg

With Cyborg having fought three times in the past seven months, most recently at last week’s UFC 222, asking her to return at UFC 224 on May 12 was a bridge too far. Though the UFC could have held off and made the bout for UFC 225 or UFC 226, they needed a suitable headliner for UFC 224 and Nunes had already agreed to fight Raquel Pennington on May 12, so it appears they are moving forward as originally planned.

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Yeah. These are just newbies who hate Aldo. Jose Aldo beat Edgar twice and Edgar beat Stephens — AND Aldo almost finished Holloway on 1st round of their 1st fight. Aldo beating Stephens isn’t some far fetched possibility.

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Lord Honky Humungus on Twitter

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Michael Bisping again teases trilogy fight with fellow ex-UFC champ Luke Rockhold

Bisping, though, is not on the card at UFC Fight Night 127, meaning he has yet to book a fight for what he this past fall said would be his final bout. Options abound for “The Count,” but the one that keeps getting brought up the most is a trilogy fight with a heated rival.

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UFC's Ion Cutelaba accepts six-month USADA suspension for ozone therapy administration

“The WADA Prohibited List prohibits the administration or reintroduction of blood or red blood cell products of any origin or quantity in the circulatory system, unless a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption has been obtained,” read USADA’s statment. “While Cutelaba was unaware of the violation and declared the treatment on his doping control paperwork, he was unable to refute the documentation provided.”

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BAMMA 34 - Lohore vs. Brazier

BAMMA 34 Weigh-in Results: All Title Tripleheader Fighters on Point for Friday at Wembley

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Reece Mclaren Scores Second Round Submission Win at ONE: Visions of Victory | MMAWeekly.com

Reece Mclaren looks set for a second ONE Championship title shot after choking out Gianni Subba in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night (local time). The contest at the Axiata Arena was very even until the Australian secured a second-round take down followed by an immediate submission.

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TMZ Sports on Twitter

Canelo Alvarez blamed testing positive for performance enhancing drugs on Mexican meat and Tyron Woodley is wondering if he ate the whole cow! https://trib.al/Or06pF4  #TMZ #TMZSports @TWooodley

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Paige VanZant Expects to be Back in 6 Months Following Arm Injury

Paige VanZant is currently on the mend after suffering a broken arm in her last fight inside the Octagon against Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night 124 back in January. VanZant (7-4) suffered the break early in the fight -- her first at 125 pounds -- but ended up losing the bout by unanimous decision. After the contest, VanZant shared the x-ray via Twitter of the nasty break which required surgery, a plate and screws to hold the bone in place while it heals. Well... I broke my arm in the first! I was able to finish the fight but as you can see, had a hard recovering and throwing my right. I’ll be back better and stronger than ever! it’s all apart of the fight game. God had other plans for me. darn spinning back fist. pic.twitter.com/v5DhSv5YxD — Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) January 15, 2018 “12 Gauge” recently talked with TMZ about her recovery and how she is busy keeping fit for a return later in the year (via MMAJunkie.com ): “I have a plate and seven screws in there -- it’s still broken. Three months until I’m back punching with my right hand.

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Norman Parke-Lukasz Chlewicki Lightweight Bout Added to April's KSW 43 Card in Wroclaw

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki continues to build out its forthcoming card, adding another lightweight bout to its next bill this week. Friday, Poland’s preeminent MMA company announced that KSW 43 will feature a 155-pound contest between recent promotional title challenger Norman Parke and Polish veteran Lukasz Chlewicki . KSW 43 is scheduled for April 14 at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland, headlined by Olympic wrestling bronze medalist squaring off with Yannick Bahati . Parke, 30, is fresh off a highly controversial two-fight series with KSW lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot . In their first confrontation this past May, “Stormin’ Norman” dropped a contentious unanimous verdict to “Gamer,” which led to a rematch at KSW 40 in October. In the second go-around, after missing weight, was repeatedly eye poked by Gamrot, leading referee Marc Goddard to declare a No Contest in the second round After the bout officially ended, things got uglier as one of Gamrot’s cornermen, Marcin Bilman , sucker punched Parke and was subsequently banned from future cornering by the promotion.

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Referee John McCarthy Believes Jon Jones Didn’t Intentionally Take PEDs

Renowned mixed martial arts referee John McCarthy has joined California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster in publicly stating that he believes Jon Jones did not knowingly take any performance enhancing drugs. McCarthy, who is now a commentator with Bellator MMA , appeared on MMA Junkie radio recently and gave his thoughts on the situation, including Jones’ successful polygraph test he took in December to help clear his name: “When he took the lie-detector test, I believe that Jon didn’t knowingly take a pill or take a shot or injection for that steroid, but I do believe he’s taking things or allowing himself to ingest things that, for whatever reason, that sometimes contain these things, because he’s taking them from places that there is no quality assurance.” McCarthy said. While McCarthy believes Jones didn’t intentionally take a banned substance, he said as a professional athlete, Jones is still responsible for what goes into his body. “When you’re an athlete making the amount of money that Jon is making, you can’t go to the AM-PM and buy something that’s in pill form and put that in your mouth without going, ‘What the (expletive) are you doing?” “I say he’s the greatest MMA fighter I’ve ever seen.

20 Brian Ortega Considering Move to Lightweight After UFC Featherweight Title Fight | MMAWeekly.com

With a title fight on the horizon, the rising star has big plans for the future. The title fight against Holloway is being targeted for this summer. If Ortega defeats “Blessed,” he’s considering moving up to the lightweight division for the right fight.

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LFA 35 - Newell vs. Luque

Women’s Flyweight Title Bout, Nick Newell Booked for LFA 35 on March 9

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Breen: Bellator’s Checkered Bridge to Nowhere

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. * * * Bellator MMA has a problem. A big one. Granted, it’s a problem about which only the sport’s most dedicated and fastidious fight watchers would ever possibly care, but it’s a gross problem nonetheless. The promotion this week “bolstered” -- and I use quotation marks for a reason -- its lineup for Bellator 200 with a rematch between Roy Nelson and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic . This in and of itself is a farce. In fact, given the aged and deteriorated state of a man who was once MMA’s most saintly striker, I will forgive you for not even realizing this is the second encounter between the two, as “Big Country” floored and punched out “Cro Cop” seven years ago. However, star power dies hard, and it dies the hardest in MMA. As I type these words, the company is actively finagling to have Chuck Liddell fight Tito Ortiz for a third time.

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5 Defining Moments: The UFC-Fox TV Deal

The Ultimate Fighting Championship inked a seven-year deal with network television giant Fox on Aug. 28, 2011. The UFC was gaining ground and had built its popularity by showcasing mixed martial arts to audiences around the world. As part of the agreement, Fox held the rights to four live UFC events per year, along with other shows like “Road to the Octagon,” UFC Fight Night and “The Ultimate Fighter.” The programs would air on various Fox properties, including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fuel TV and FX. With the contract set to expire at the end of 2018, the question now centers on whether or not the UFC will stick with Fox or find another broadcast partner. The UFC-Fox relationship has produced plenty of defining moments. Here are five of them: 1. The Debut Despite being a one-hour show, UFC on Fox 1 became the most-watched mixed martial arts event in history, as 8.8 million viewers tuned in on Nov. 12, 2011. It featured a heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos , with the latter knocking out Velasquez in just 64 seconds.

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MMAFighting.com on Twitter

From @heynottheface : "On March 10th of 2006, it held its first full mixed martial arts event, the first sanctioned MMA event in California, which also set the attendance record at the time for a mixed martial arts event in North America." https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/3/10/5489670/secret-history-strikeforce-part-1-Scott-Coker-Frank-Shamrock-Cung-Le-PRIDE-MMA …

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2639 with Mike Pyle, Tiki Ghosn, Dr. Tad Seifert

Recently retired UFC welterweight Pyle co-hosted the entire episode in studio and talked about his 19-year career. Ghosn, a former MMA fighter and current manager, called in to talk about managing Quinton Jackson and more. Dr. Seifert, a neurologist, co-hosted a portion of the show in studio to discuss head trauma in pro sports.

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Charlize Theron, Jimmy Kimmel discuss who's tougher: NASCAR drivers or UFC fighters?

“I got to go to a drivers meeting right before the race,” Theron told Kimmel. “I’ve been to UFC fights, and boxing, and you just expect the fighters to stare each other off. I was not expecting it with racecar drivers. Oh my God. … You could spot them just kind of staring each other down.

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Mairbek Taisumov out of UFC 223 fight vs. Evan Dunham due to visa issues

Disappointing news – My visa application for the USA is taking longer than my team and the UFC expected. The visa process is still ongoing albeit at a slower pace than anticipated. I am hoping that Sean Shelby will be able to find me a fight in Rio on May 12th and I hope to fight in the USA shortly. Thanks to Evan Dunham who accepted to fight me unlike many others from the Top 15. Wish you a good fight in Brooklyn and I’m ready to give you a fight either in Rio or once my visa run is done.

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UFC 223 bout order set with two title fights, Paul Felder-Al Iaquinta opener on pay-per-view

The bout order is set for the UFC’s return to Brooklyn in April, though the lineup may still be in flux.

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C.B. Dollaway got tired of hearing Hector Lombard explain UFC 222 disqualification

“I always say he didn’t want to fight,” Lombard said backstage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “He didn’t want to continue. … We’re fighters. I’ve been in that situation before. You just get up. He was just talking and everything. (If) you want to continue the fight, you continue.”

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Jon Anik: Nate Diaz a top-five UFC pay-per-view draw without Conor McGregor

“I’m not sure we’re going to see Nick again, but I definitely think we are going to see Nate Diaz. I think it’s interesting when you talk about him as a pay-per-view draw. What do the internal metrics say about how much Nate Diaz moves that needle relative to his opponent (in his first two pay-per-view main events), Conor McGregor? … I think Nate Diaz can carry a pay-per-view and do 400,000-plus pay-per-view buys on his own. I really do. Even in a non-championship situation. I don’t know if my bosses agree, but I’d love to see him be afforded that opportunity.”

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Rory MacDonald Still Recovering, Not Sure Who's Next But Doesn't Think It's A Douglas Lima Rematch | BJPenn.com

“I don’t think it is [the Lima rematch]. I’ve heard no interest in that from them. They’re looking at trying to get a new contender in there for me. That’s about as far as I know. But from what I’ve heard, and the feeling I’ve got, they’re not interested in a Lima rematch right now. But they know me: I’m willing to take on whoever is the #1 guy in their view. The top contenders in Bellator,  there’s not so many contenders. He’s one win away from being the next

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The 50 Cent vs. Conor McGregor Beef Reasons Revealed - MMA Imports

Recently Conor McGregor was back in the headlines involving an ongoing feud with hip hop icon 50 cent.

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Kyle Kashuv on Twitter

For those saying I'm a @FoxNews puppet, here is the story of how I got involved. I heard my fellow students were going down to the state capital in Tallahassee to push gun control. I felt someone needed to rep the #2A in its fullest meaning. No one else was willing so I...

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USADA Shows Mercy on Ion Cutelaba; UFC Light Heavyweight Sidelined for Six Months | MMAWeekly.com

Based on Cutelaba’s doping control paperwork, USADA contacted the athlete to request more information about the route of administration in order to establish whether the treatment was permissible. Cutelaba’s physician subsequently provided documentation indicating that the treatment was administered on October 3, 2017, and October 17, 2017, in a prohibited manner, as it involved a blood transfusion. The WADA Prohibited List prohibits the administration or reintroduction of blood or red blood cell products of any origin or quantity in the circulatory system, unless a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption has been obtained. While Cutelaba was unaware of the violation and declared the treatment on his doping control paperwork, he was unable to refute the documentation provided.

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Iain Kidd on Twitter

Here's part 2 of @CrooklynMMA 's awesome interview with Yves Edwards. Yves plays fantasy matchmaker, and has some cool thoughts on Jon Jones and Conor McGregor's places in the sport: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/3/10/17103576/interview-part-2-yves-edwards-talks-jon-jones-cris-cyborg-sage-northcutt-conor-mcgregor-ufc-mma …

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Bloody Elbow on Twitter

Interview Part 2: Yves Edwards talks Jon Jones’ legacy, Cyborg’s dominance, Northcutt’s future, when McGregor may come back, Covington’s brand of self-promotion and more via @crooklynmma https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/3/10/17103576/interview-part-2-yves-edwards-talks-jon-jones-cris-cyborg-sage-northcutt-conor-mcgregor-ufc-mma?utm_campaign=bloodyelbow&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter …

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Ariel Helwani on Twitter

Current plan is to have Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2 for the 185 title on the June 9 UFC 225 card in Chicago. That’s what the UFC is targeting. The bout isn’t officially signed yet, but looking good at the moment. @CTaylor_96 reported moments ago.

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Nick Newell, Sonny Luque preview LFA 35 main event – and Newell's return

Newell is a congenital amputee; his left arm ends below his elbow. But that never stopped him from being a high-level MMA competitor. In fact, after winning a lightweight title for XFC, he moved on to WSOF and challenged for a belt there. His only loss came to then-champ Justin Gaethje, who went on to the UFC and a coaching spot on “The Ultimate Fighter” – a show Newell once tried to get on, but was turned down for.

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ICYMI: The bantamweight title is on the line in May! @Amanda_Leoa takes on @RockyPMMA in the main event at #UFC224 in Rio! pic.twitter.com/OI3MUvtLUi

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TUTORIAL: Asian MMA superstar Shinya Aoki demonstrates flying kneebar submission | BJPenn.com

Japanese legend Shinya Aoki is the former ONE Lightweight World Champion and one of the most highly-skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world. So when he shows you how to execute a submission, you better be listening.

51 UFC 222 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 7
52 Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino: By the Numbers
53 Rampage Jackson Thanks Manager, Surprises Him with Expensive Car (Video) | MMAWeekly.com
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55 Paige VanZant Has a Timeline for UFC Return, Despite Arm Still Being Broken
56 Brian Ortega Considering Move to Lightweight After UFC Featherweight Title Fight | MMAWeekly.com
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