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Join Luke Thomas for his weekly Promotional Malpractice Live Chat where today's topics include UFC 188 and much more.

Reza Madadi re-signs with UFC following 14-month prison stint

Reza Madadi is once again a UFC fighter. The Iranian-Swedish lightweight, who recently served 14 months in a Swedish prison on aggravated burglary charges, re-signed with the UFC on Wednesday.

UFC 188 Embedded, Ep 2: Can Gil and Eddie Steal the Show from ‘Fight of the Century’?

Training continues in Mexico for the heavyweight champs, while Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez look to steal the show from them at UFC 188.

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Xplode Fight Series owner responds to 'Soccer Mom' KO viral video aired on ESPN

An Xplode Fight Series KO went viral on the internet and made its way to ESPN. Faced with criticism, XFS owner Gregg Sharp responds to the "haters".

UFC 188 Embedded, Episode 2: Cain Velasquez's injury pullout 'was part of his strategy'

On the second episode of UFC 188 Embedded, Fabricio Werdum questions the necessity of Cain Velasquez's injury withdrawals, while Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez ready themselves back in the States.

The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast with Karyn Bryant

5/26/2015 | Episode 046 (YouTube video | iTunes | Stitcher) On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast With Karyn Bryant, Karyn and Pete Cummin discuss UFC 187, possibly the most exciting UFC show in the past year. In Round 1 they break down the Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs Daniel Cormier fight and talk about DC being the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. In Round 2, you’ll see Ryan Bader charging DC at the post-fight press conference and get Karyn and Pete’s thoughts. Round 3 covers UFC Middleweight Champ Chris Weidman’s dominating performance over Vitor Belfort, as well as ring girl Brittney Palmer’s loving gaze at Weidman during the weigh-ins. In Round 4 Karyn and Pete discuss the amazing display of heart and aggression by both Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovski, Donald Cerrone breaking John Makdessi’s jaw and the amazing pace of Benavidez vs Moraga. In High Five, High Old Guy shares some fight night tweets from various UFC fighters and points out those who may have a future in sports broadcasting. Lastly, you’ll learn where the popular MMA phrase “spinning shit” originated, by watching a clip from the UFC 143 post-fight press conference with Carlos Condit.

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Behind the scenes video of Arianny Celeste's new Playboy shoot

UFC ring card girl, Arianny Celeste has just done her second shoot for Playboy and has released an accompanying mini-video companion to it.

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Neil Magny vs. Demian Maia On Tap for UFC 190

Nice fight for Magny. For sure he can win it and Maia still has some name value – while for Maia, stopping a guy who won his last 7 fights in last 18months will be nice win to pick up on the way up. That rare moment, when UFC’s matchmaking actually makes sense…

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'Si, Se Puede' Cain Velasquez Embodies Mexican-American Pride

When Velasquez (13-1) steps into the Octagon on Saturday in Mexico City against interim champion Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1) at UFC 188, the stakes will be the highest of his decorated career. The 32-year-old Velasquez hasn’t fought in 20 months due to injuries, and he knows the mixed-martial arts world will be watching closely to see if he remains, well, the baddest and most intimidating man on the planet. Will Velasquez still be the same relentless fighter whom AKA Coach Javier Mendez simply calls “The Terminator” because he never, ever, stops coming for his opponent?

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Candidate Who Blames Gay Rights For Tornadoes Nabs Big GOP Win

A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God's punishments for marriage equality and abortion access won the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in the Chicago-area 9th Congressional District.

Rebecca H. Kaple profiles Boxer 'Terrible' Terry Norris

One of the greatest boxers of his era is now paying a price for his passion. He's pushing for changes to the sport in hopes that other fighters won't suffer after their career in the ring ends. A KTLA Sports feature by reporter Rebecca Hall & photojournalist Carlos Cortes

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 9: Here comes 'Big' Ben Rothwell

Many folks (including the man himself) will say it’s long overdue, but Ben Rothwell has finally cracked the top 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings. In fact, he’s now in the top 10.

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UFC 188: Top 5 Main Card Fighter Finishes

Check out some big finishes from fighters set to compete on Saturday night's UFC 188 main card. Watch Nate Marquardt, Kelvin Gastelum, Gilbert Melendez, Fabricio Werdum, and Cain Velasquez in this finishers video.

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New psilocybin research was published earlier this week in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.  Researchers at Imperial College London gave healthy participants a single dose of psilocybin (one of the psychedelic compounds found in “magic mushrooms”), and then looked at their brains using fMRI imaging.  What they found is truly remarkable. In a normal brain state, […]


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UFC 188 MMA Roasted

Here is the New MMA Roasted Video for UFC 188. There are jokes about Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum, Gilbert Melendez, Eddie Alvarez, Kelvin Gastelum, Drew Dober, Cathal Pendred, Jon Jones, Kaitlyn Jenner, Alan Jouban, Joe Lauzon, Tito Ortiz, Henry Cejudo and more. Hope you enjoy, Adam Hunter

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UFC 188: Henry Cejudo - Flyweight's Newest Enigma

Up and coming flyweight Henry Cejudo shares his journey to becoming a mixed martial artist. His inspirations and motivation has convinced him that he is the best fighter in the world and even calls out Conor McGregor. Don't miss his next fight at UFC 188 against Chico Camus.

Boxing Preview: Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina

Deontay Wilder is 33-0. | Photo: Hoganphotos/Showtime One of the sporting world’s best-kept secrets lies within a gargantuan heavyweight 6-foot-7 frame, hidden behind two of the most lethal hands in all of boxing. Even though he has fought professionally 33 times, never lost and has knocked out all of his opponents save for only one man, Deontay Wilder remains an unknown commodity to the casual sports fan. That certainly should change within a year, as Wilder appears destined to quickly find himself on a collision course with undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. And, provided the “The Bronze Bomber” can do what no man has done in a decade in defeating the hulking Ukrainian, Wilder should become that inaccurately-labeled “overnight sensation.” However, Wilder must first get through opponent Eric Molina on Saturday night; their fight the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing. Though Wilder is rightfully a massive betting favorite, Molina isn’t some chump who doesn’t belong in the ring with the Alabama native.

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New York Legislators Scrambling to Sanction MMA by Next Week | FIGHTLAND

The real question for me, especially after reporting on the Connecticut MMA law—which was rendered pretty much toothless by a provision requiring promoters to pay for fighters’ injuries in perpetuity—is if Morelle’s revised bill, with its greatly enhanced insurance requirements, will prevent smaller promotions (or even bigger ones) from putting on shows in the state, reducing the New York law to little more than a piece of paper. Reporter Jim Genia, who knows more about New York MMA than anyone, believes that the insurance requirements could prove cost-prohibitive, just like they have in Connecticut. “Sure, the UFC and Bellator will be able to afford it,” Genia writes, “but it’s going to be tough for the Ring of Combats and Cage Fury Fighting Championships of the world to take on that risk.”

Andy Main on Facing His Friend Nam Phan at Pancrase and Getting to the UFC

Andy Main is set to face Nam Phan at Pancrase 270. He talked about the fight and hopefully getting to the UFC on "Inside MMA" AXS TV is Your Home for MMA every Friday Night! Find AXS TV HERE:

Comic-Con: WBTV Bringing 18 Shows, Including Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl - IGN

For the second year in a row, WBTV are having a special Saturday night mega-event devoted to their DC Comics-based live-action series – Supergirl (which will screen its pilot at the event), The Flash, Arrow, Gotham and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Also included in this event is a presentation for the upcoming animated series Vixen, which takes place in the Arrow/The Flash universe. Last year, neither The Flash or Gotham had their own individual panels, though Arrow and Constantine did. This time out, none of the shows coming to "Super Hero Saturday Night" will have their own panels, instead keeping their presence focused on this event. No specific guests are listed yet for Saturday night, but given the precedent set last year, when nearly the entire casts of all the shows represented took part, it's safe to expect something similar.

UFC Fighters vs. arcade boxing machine. Conor McGregor somehow beats Cain Velasquez and Jon Jones

Conor McGregor must have just hit ↑↑↓↓←→←→B A Start on a spiritual NES controller prior to playing this arcade boxing punch machine. In the battle of UFC man versus boxing machine, only one can truly be the Ultimate Fighter. Whether it’s using the Konami Code or taking a running start at an immobile hanging punching bag, as the old saying goes “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying”.

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DOLCE LIFESTYLE: 5 Workplace Habits to Avoid | The Dolce Diet

5. Spending Too Much Time on Social Media A lot of jobs now require social media interaction to help build and maintain brands. However, this is not a good way to distract yourself. The brain produces dopamine, which gives us the sensation of pleasure, which we tend to fulfill nowadays through social media due to its unpredictability and constant updates. Often times, when you want to click over to Facebook, it’s merely your brain’s way of telling you that you need a break. Try to use other means to give your brain a break, such as stepping outside for a few minutes, chatting with a colleague, listening to some music.

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Ken Shamrock Calls Chiseled 51-Year-Old Physique Product of ‘Hard Work and Genetics’

Tonight's training was great. Ready for this fight. — KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) June 9, 2015 The average 51-year-old man isn’t supposed to look like Ken Shamrock . Then again, the average 51-year-old doesn’t have to fight the world’s most famous YouTube brawler inside a cage on national television in less than two weeks. When Shamrock recently posted a post-training picture on Twitter proclaiming himself ready for his June 19 showdown with Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at Bellator 138 , his chiseled physique raised more than a few eyebrows in the MMA community. Such is life in the PED era, when virtually everyone is presumed guilty until a thoroughly tested urine or blood sample proves otherwise. According to Bellator MMA President Scott Coker, both Shamrock and Slice are clean ahead of their heavyweight clash at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “At the direction of [Missouri Office of Athletics Director Tim Lueckenhoff], our main event fighters were subject to pre-fight drug testing, and we were informed last week that both fighters passed their test,” Coker said during a conference call on Wednesday.

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3. Stay on Track You’ve already created a regular routine, so why stray? Yes, you may need to adjust things here and there, but for the most part, it isn’t too difficult to have your snacks at their scheduled times. Just be sure to always have your snacks packed in case plans change/flights get delayed/etc.

Legacy Fighting Championship Signs Ex-UFC Talent Sean Soriano to Multi-Fight Deal

Sean Soriano has a new home promotion. | Photo: Dave Mandel/ Texas-based promotion Legacy Fighting Championship has inked three-time Octagon veteran Sean Soriano to a multi-bout contract. Legacy FC promoter Mick Maynard announced the signing on Wednesday. Soriano’s Legacy debut will come in the kickboxing arena against Josh Glover on July 24 in Houston. It will be the organization’s third third kickboxing event of 2015. Soriano is also expected to compete on future Legacy MMA cards. Anchored at the Blackzilians camp, Soriano began his professional tenure with eight consecutive victories, capturing the Championship Fighting Alliance featherweight belt along the way. The 25-year-old made his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night in January 2014, losing to Tatsuya Kawajiri via second-round rear-naked choke. Soriano would fall to Chas Skelly and Charles Rosa in his next two appearances with the Las Vegas-based promotion before being released.

Complete Guide to UFC 188

But if he does make it to the Octagon on Saturday night, we’ll finally have the chance to see the best heavyweight of this generation. It has been far too long, and we have been robbed of far too many chances to see him because of his injuries. I think we tend to forget just how good Velasquez is, because in mixed martial arts, absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder; absence makes us forget. And then he comes back, and he reminds us of just how gloriously violent he is, and we remember what he has done to so many other heavyweights.

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UFC 188: Fabricio Werdum on how losing to girlfriend's ex got him to where he is today

MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz recently spoke to the 37-year-old grappling ace , who detailed how he was once beaten in an impromptu jiu-jitsu match at the beach by his girlfriend's ex. That loss to "Marquinhos" would have a huge impact on the rest of Werdum's life, and he credits it as being the reason he took up the discipline formally. Here's an excerpt from the fantastic feature:


In regards to my positive test results for an Anabolic Steroid. I want to say that I lost the integrity in myself and the integrity of this sport. I will not sit here and deny that I took it or act like I didn’t know what I was taking or blame it on someone else. I am a cheat, plan and simple and there is no excuse or reason that is valid enough to dispute the reasons why I cheated the sport and myself by using it. I want to apologize to Bellator MMA for my actions. I want to apologize again to my hard working Teammates who are not cutting corners and busting their asses off everyday in the gym to better themselves. I want to apologize to My head MMA coach Greg Nelson for making him and his gym the Academy look bad. He had no knowledge of me using at all. I want to make the same apology to my S&C coach Matt Miller of Horsepower strength and conditioning, he also had no knowledge of my use of this Anabolic Steroid.

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Team Alpha Male’s Chad “Money” Mendes Makes Paige VanZant get flustered during this exclusive BJPENN.COM interview with Layzie The Savage .

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There was little reason for Werdum to be as calm and as confident as he was before the 2010 match with Emelianenko. He’d beaten Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in his prior outing, but he had done little in the previous years to suggest he’d pull off something huge.

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Anderson Silva's manager guarantees he 'won't be in the Olympics'

"That Olympic Games thing has been discarded. Anderson won't be in the Olympics. Now he will only wait for the NAC to give their verdict. We are waiting, let's see if there will be a punishment and how long will it be. He has been training, Anderson never stops training. He likes to stay active."

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Paige VanZant On Life Before The UFC: 'I was broke, pushing my empty car to the gas station' | BJPENN.COM

“Before I made it to the UFC, I was working two jobs, going to school, and training at the same time so I was really struggling for a long time,” Vanzant said. “Once I made it pro, I was able to propel my career really quickly. So, it was really nice to actually not having to chug to the gas station and hope I don’t end up pushing it.”

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Alexander Gustafsson: You can only consider yourself a real champ if you beat Jon Jones

Alexander Gustafsson might be getting the next shot at light heavyweight gold, but he still believes you're not the best unless you defeat disgraced former champion Jon Jones.

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