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Even though the boxing rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was put at extreme risk of happening once the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) filed a formal complaint against Alvarez, UFC president Dana White believes the fight is still going to happen.

Joe Rogan & Jimmy Smith Preview UFC 223: Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov | MMAWeekly.com

UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Jimmy Smith preview the highly anticipated UFC 223 lightweight championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Video: Rousimar Palhares stopped just 58 seconds into FNG 85 title fight

It was a classic Palhares (19-9-1) fight at the online-streamed event at VTB Ice Palace in Moscow. The Brazilian, who was ineligible for the title due to missing weight, got hurt with a kick early, but as soon as the action hit the mat, he immediately attacked Khizriev’s (10-0) legs with submission attempts.

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Who's the best Bellator champion in history? Keep voting in the quarterfinals!

Check out the bracket above ( or open it in a new window here ), then click through to vote in our polls for each of the matchups. The quarterfinal voting will end tonight at midnight ET, and we’ll get the semifinals going after that. Everything will culminate Monday night when we crown our all-time best Bellator champ – through your votes – around the same time we have a new NCAA men’s basketball champion.

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Jake Ellenberger gets replacement opponent for UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica

UFC Fight Night 131 will take place June 1 at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

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M-1 Challenge 90 - Kunchenko vs. Butenko

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Vitor Belfort Would Gladly Reconsider Retirement for a Large Payday

Vitor Belfort has been one of the most feared fighters throughout his career, using devastating power coupled with ridiculous hand speed to run roughshod over his opponents. However, in the eyes of many, his career has been overshadowed by his well-publicized use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Belfort, who has amassed 40 professional fights in his career, (26-13 & 1 NC) made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship back at UFC 12 in February 1997, fighting the likes of David Abbott , Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva in his early days. He even took a catchweight (210) bout with Alistair Overeem back in 2006. However in the past few years, “The Phenom” has been much less effective inside the Octagon and has decided to hang up his four ounce gloves with one last fight against former UFC lightweight champion Lyoto Machida on May 12 at UFC 224 . However, it seems that the Brazilian could be lured back if offered a large financial package. Belfort recently talked to MMAJunkie.com on what it would take to keep him employed on the UFC roster.

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Tyron Woodley on Darren Till's chances against Stephen Thompson: “I just don’t think Till has what it takes to take him out. With that said, I’ve got to go with ‘Wonderboy'... I’m just going to be a real guy and be honest: I think he’s going to win.” http://mmajunkie.com/2018/03/tyron-woodley-gatekeeper-stephen-thompson-beat-darren-till-rafael-dos-anjos-colby-covington-ufc …

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Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson vs. Darren Till now official as the main event for UFC Fight Night in Liverpool #UFC #UFCLiverpool http://bit.ly/WonderboyTillUFC …

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Adam Borics Gets New Opponent, Now Faces Teodor Nikolov at Bellator 196 in Hungary

Adam Borics will still get the chance to extend his undefeated record in his home country at Bellator 196 . On Thursday, Bellator MMA officials announced that Borics would still be a part of the Bellator 196 bill, as the promotion officially announce the Hungarian’s third opponent for the card. Borics will now face Teodor Nikolov in a featherweight contest at the event, which takes place on April 6 at Bok Hall in Budapest, Hungary. The card airs on same-day tape delay on the Paramount Network. Borics, 24, has racked up a 10-0 pro MMA mark in less than four years as a pro and made his Bellator debut at the promotion’s last Hungarian card, Bellator 177, choking out Anthony Taylor in the first round last April. Borics was initially slated to headline Bellator 196 against fellow unbeaten James Gallagher , who eventually pulled out due to a hand injury. After the Irishman’s removal, the promotion announced a lightweight bout between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta , which bumped “The Kid” from the main event to co-headliner.

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If you haven't checked out @iainkidd 's excellent article, Debunking the misinformation around Canelo’s clenbuterol positives, you need to do that ASAP and share it! https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/3/30/17181508/debunking-misinformation-canelo-alvarez-clenbuterol-steroids-ng-ml-ggg-vada-wada-ped-failed-test?utm_campaign=bloodyelbow&utm_content=entry&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … via @BloodyElbow

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

This is not the first time Arnold has gone under the knife for heart surgery. He had an aortic valve replaced in 1997. At the time doctors didn't feel the procedure was urgently needed, but Arnold decided to do it while he was still young. He also said at the time the condition was congenital and had nothing to do with steroids.

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Brock Lesnar's Manager Insists UFC Return Isn't a Tease | MMAWeekly.com

And for those saying it is simply a negotiating ploy, Heyman offers Lesnar’s appearance at UFC 200 as proof that he could remain under the WWE banner and fight in the Octagon simultaneously, leaving numerous options on the table for consideration. Lesnar appeared at UFC 200 while still under contract with WWE. In fact, an agreement was reached between the two juggernauts of their respective industries which included cross-promoting, something which could easily be considered if the two promoters opt to work together again.

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UFC on FOX 29's Justin Gaethje will ask for Eddie Alvarez rematch or title shot

“If I go out and finishes the other, then there’s not a lot of arguement,” he said. “If I go out and win, I’m fighting Eddie Alvarez, or I’m getting a shot at the title. That’s what I’m going to call for.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov predicts how he'll defeat "stupid" Tony Ferguson | BJPenn.com

Ahead of this fight, the world is dividing when it comes to picking a winner. There are those we believe Nurmagomedov will climb to an insane 26-0 by wrestling Ferguson into sawdust, and there are those who feel Ferguson possesses the perfect style to thwart the seemingly unstoppable Russian .

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Bellator 196's Roger Huerta fighting for better contract with one-bout deal

After Huerta’s contract with ONE Championship expired, he called Bellator President Scott Coker to see if there was interest in a new deal. The two had nearly worked together under Coker’s previous promotion – the now-defunct Strikeforce – before a manager had steered Huerta (24-9-1 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) to Bellator when it was managed by Bjorn Rebney.

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Megan Olivi on husband Joseph Benavidez's seemingly never-ending surgery day

“It was definitely a challenge,” Olivi said. “It was hard to see someone who’s so independent, and one of the best athletes in the world, not be able to put on his own shorts. But it went by pretty quickly, and with the support of so many people, and with the amazing assets that are at the Performance Institute, it was the best of a bad situation.

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UFC Fight Night 130 Grows Again with Claudio Henrique da Silva-Nordine Taleb Addition

Day by day, the UFC’s debut in Liverpool continues to grow. UFC Fight Night 130 has gained yet another welterweight bout, as Claudio Henrique da Silva and Nordine Taleb . The promotion confirmed the bout on Thursday night. The event is scheduled for May 27 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, headlined by a welterweight main event between undefeated Scouser Darren Till and two-time UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson . Da Silva, 35, has fought just twice under UFC employ over the last four years, due to a siege of injuries. In his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 37, “Hannibal” took a unanimous verdict over Bradley Scott , then returned eight months later to take a nip-tuck split decision over now-top contender Leon Edwards . Since the Edwards victory, da Silva has had previous bouts with Taleb as well as Siyar Bahadurzada canceled due to injury. The 36-year-old Taleb, on the other hand, has won three of his last four. Outside of his February 2017 unanimous decision loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio , the Tristar MMA rep has racked up wins over Erick Silva , Oliver Enkamp and most recently, icing Brit Danny Roberts with a head kick in a mere 59 seconds at UFC on Fox 26 last December.

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Tony Ferguson says his dream fight isn't a red panty night against Conor McGregor — it's facing arguably the greatest fighter of all time @GeorgesStPierre #UFC #UFC223 http://bit.ly/FergusonGSP 

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Jessica Eye meets Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore

Eye will attempt to continue a career resurgence of sorts when she compete at the event. Following a five-fight losing skid in the women’s bantamweight division, “Evil” dropped down to the recently introduced 125-pound weight class in January. Her debut was a success, because Eye defeated Kalindra Faria by split decision at UFC Fight Night 124.

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The Hit List: Olympic Medalists Who Have Competed in MMA

Mixed martial arts has long been a popular avenue for Olympic medalist to continue their competitive careers, with wrestlers, boxers and judo players all making the transition over the last 25 years. Ronda Rousey serves as one of the best-known examples, as she captured bronze in judo at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing before turning her attention to MMA. She won her first 12 fights, all of them finishes, and laid claim to titles in Strikeforce and the Ultimate Fighting Championship . In the process, Rousey became one of the sport’s most bankable stars and a trailblazer for women in what had once been a male-dominated pursuit. Though she currently calls World Wrestling Entertainment home, Rousey belongs to a long list of Olympic medalists who have crossed over to MMA: Ronda Rousey MMA Record: 12-2 Olympic Sport: Judo Olympic Year(s): 2008 Medal(s): Bronze *** Kevin Jackson MMA Record: 4-2 Olympic Sport: Freestyle Wrestling Olympic Year(s): 1992 Medal(s): Gold *** Hen

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Wait – Joe Riggs fights Friday and has six straight knockout wins?

Riggs was in the UFC as recently as 2016, but a 1-3 run saw him cut from the organization. However, he hasn’t lost since. And the six-fight winning streak stands as the second-longest of his career, falling behind only an eight-fight streak he had in 2004 (as in, all eight of those wins came in the same calendar year).

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The 15 worst fouls in MMA history, including Alistair Overeem, Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva

Viacheslav Datsik is no fan of rules, in or out of the cage. He’s been disqualified on multiple occasions for offenses such as grabbing his opponent’s testicles and for gouging an opponent’s eyes. He’s also been known to attack referees, and once was declared the loser of a bout because he wouldn’t stop showboating by pretending to be hurt after purposely taking punches from a much smaller opponent. Datsik became so enraged by that loss that he punched the referee, who quickly fought back, leading to a melee that spilled out of the ring. Datsik has also been arrested on numerous occasions, at one point posing as a crusading vigilante in his native Russia.

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Conor who? Tony Ferguson wants a fight with Georges St-Pierre, not McGregor

“If you have to hype it up, and you want to come back because that’s the sport and the athlete in you – the guy that I met at Paradigm Sports when I shook his hand and I said, ‘You better stay at 145 because at ’55, we’re going to have problems,’ he’s nowhere to be found. Straight up. So, if he wants to come back, that’s great. But my concern is not him – it’s the next person in line.”

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Scaling Bitcoin and what some will do to stop this – Marlow – Medium

Defining sustainability to simply meet the processing rate of credit card companies is too narrow of a definition and fails to address the energy, infrastructure cost associated with running bitcoin mining farms. As the mining difficulty level increases, this cost which is already unsustainable, will only going to increase. It is a fallacy to assume that new process/device technologies or software breakthroughs may somehow solve the problem — because any gain in processing speed will be automatically offset by the increased difficulty level. The energy efficiency of bitcoin mining is measured in GHash/watt and suggesting off the shelf general purpose CPU or GPU (such as Xeon Phi or CUDA on a Nvidia GPU) can beat the efficiency of custom application specific processors (ASP) is incorrect. The paper fails to justify why public bitcoin is the right technology instead of private application specific blockchain technology that can achieve the same goals at orders of magnitude lower energy requirement. Especially, with the consolidation of bitcoin mining nodes to fewer and fewer players, the argument of open and decentralized bitcoin is already falling apart.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2652 with Bobby Green, Marlon Moraes, Kevin Nowaczyk

UFC lightweight Green co-hosted the show in the studio and shared stories from his MMA career and his interactions with Floyd Mayweather. UFC bantamweight Moraes will headline UFC Fight Night 131 against Jimmie Rivera on June 1 in Utica, N.Y. He called in to talk about his fight. Nowaczyk will headline Victory FC 60 against Andrew Kapel on June 1 and talked about that fight and more.

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BJ Penn Not Looking for a Fight, but Sees One Scenario That Would Beckon Him | MMAWeekly.com

It has been nearly a year since former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn last set foot in the Octagon. It could be a while before he does so again, if ever, but the Hawaiian has one scenario in mind that would most certainly beckon him back to the cage.

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ICYMI – #DailyDebate : Did Ronda Rousey react appropriately to questions about her MMA career? Full story: https://usat.ly/2pT8KLr  pic.twitter.com/xT1XJVaADL

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Daily Debate: Do you think Vitor Belfort really will retire after UFC 224?

But do we really think it’ll be the last one for Belfort? That’s the question we posed in MMAjunkie Radio’s latest Daily Debate feature. And by a better than 3-2 margin, you think Belfort won’t stick to his retirement promise (via Twitter ):

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Inside GLORY 52 Los Angeles Fight Week: Part 4

In part 4, the GLORY 52 fighters wrap up their weight cut procedures, hit the scale at the official weigh-ins, and face-off against their opponents one last time before meeting again inside the ring on fight night!

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Artem Lobov's Hardest Fight Ever? Training Partner Conor McGregor | MMAWeekly.com

McGregor and Lobov also share the same head coach, John Kavanagh, who agrees that “The Russian Hammer” has not chosen an easy road when it comes to training with McGregor. Though Lobov’s record isn’t the most impressive – he currently stands at 13-14-1 and 1 no contest – he always brings toughness to the cage and that toughness is largely thanks to prepping McGregor so that his fights seem much easier. 

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UFC Liverpool Fight Card and Rumors | BJPenn.com

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Mohd Fakhrul Izzat Improves Stellar Amateur Record at MIMMA Grand Finals | MMAWeekly.com

The Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) Grand Finals took place at Stadium Juara in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Sixteen of Malaysia’s top amateurs had battled through the Season 5 league to secure a spot on this card.

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Cub Swanson Ready to Even the Score with Frankie Edgar | MMAWeekly.com

Edgar dominated Swanson in their first fight.  The loss made an impression on 34-year-old and made him a better fighter.  It’s a rematch Swanson has wanted for some time and he plans to even the score.

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Fight Nights Global 85 results: Two unbeaten champions crowned with stoppage wins

In the final minute of the first round in the light heavyweight bout at Fight Nights Global 85, Seliversto dropped his opponent with a big punch. He followed up with another shot that put Dankov out. It was at that moment Goddard appeared he was going to step in, and Seliversto stopped striking and turned to the referee.

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