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UFC Fight Night 132: Jessica-Rose Clark Continues Worldwide Tour

How dedicated to the fight game is Jessica-Rose Clark?

Her upcoming bout at UFC Fight Night 132 vs. Jessica Eye will mark the fifth different country she has fought in.

Clark and Eye will be part of the Singapore event live on UFC Fight Pass.

So far, the 30-year-old from Australia has competed in her homeland, the U.S., South Korea, Japan and soon Singapore.

Clark (9-4) stretched her current win streak to three with a decision win in January over Paige VanZant. She made her Octagon debut this past November with a decision vs. Bec Rawlings, adding to a win over Carina Damm in South Korea.

Back in 2014, Clark captured the Roshambo MMA bantamweight title and has also held the XC Australia bantamweight belt. She’s had some troubles with making weight, but has tested herself against the likes of Sarah Kaufman, Pannie Kianzad and Arlene Blencowe outside of the UFC.

This marks another big-time test for Clark, as Eye (12-6) is an experienced fighter. The Ohio native has shared the cage with Bethe Correia, Sara McMann, Julianna Pena, Miesha Tate and others, and is coming off a win vs. Kalindra Faria that ended a four-year drought from getting her hand raised.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/8 a.m. ET)

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards

Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Tyson Pedro

Female Flyweight: Jessica Eye vs. Jessica-Rose Clark

Welterweight: Li Jingliang vs. Daichi Abe

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4:30 a.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Teruto Ishihara vs. Petr Yan

Bantamweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Song Yadong

Welterweight: Song Kenan vs. Hector Aldana

Welterweight: Shinsho Anzai vs. Jake Matthews

Strawweight: Yan Xiaonan vs. Viviane Pereira

Flyweight: Matt Schnell vs. Naoki Inoue

Flyweight: Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. Jenel Lausa

Featherweight: Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young

Female Flyweight: Melinda Fabian vs. Ji Yeon Kim

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Greg Hardy, The UFC and the Case of the Missing Moral Compass

The latest season of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” kicked off last night. That alone would be news that barely moves the needle, because, well, it’s just fights between dudes hoping to get a UFC contract. But there was someone noteworthy in the cage for this first episode – although his noteworthiness stems from some ugly extracurricular activities in a prior profession.

Greg Hardy played pro football, and while he was with the Dallas Cowboys, he got arrested for some harrowing domestic violence charges. Ultimately, he was found guilty, but on appeal the charges were dropped because the complainant (his ex-girlfriend) failed to testify. This sort of thing happens often, and can stem from a victim having a change of heart about pursuing all avenues of criminal prosecution. It can even happen from victims getting intimidated, or reaching some form of out-of-court agreement involving stacks of cash and/or gold doubloons.

When it was announced that Hardy was going to participate in DWTNCS, there was a bit of an uproar in certain media circles. Why would the UFC even consider letting someone accused of domestic violence in the door of the TUF Gym?

That uproar reached a fever pitch last night, and when Hardy knocked out his opponent, and earned himself a UFC contract, the story line was suddenly about how the UFC – a multi-billion dollar corporation built on the backs of men and women paid to beat the crap out of each other – lacked a moral compass. How could they do this? How could Dana White justify it?

The truth is, it’s not White’s – or the UFC’s – job to be the moral compass of the sport. Sure, the UFC is largely responsible for getting the sport legalized nearly everywhere, and they’ve given fighters the boot for everything from tweets made in poor taste to outright nasty conduct inside and outside of the cage. But they’ve also turned a blind eye to the crimes and misdemeanors of their biggest star, Conor McGregor. And they can. They can do all of that stuff. There really is no obligation for them to make sure all of their fighters are saints, or even a duty to just make sure their fighters have never been accused of laying a hand on a female.

Being mad at the UFC for giving Hardy a contract is fine. Don’t watch any UFC events that Hardy takes part in. Or do. It honestly doesn’t matter, because either way the fights are going to happen. People are going to tune in to watch Hardy “redeem” himself, or get his comeuppance, and the UFC knows this, just like they know people will watch McGregor no matter how many windows the Irishman smashes.

Personally, when Hardy gets enough experience and steps into the Octagon proper for a real fight on a real UFC event, I think it’ll be great. Because I’ll be rooting for the other guy – regardless of who that other guy is.

Welcome to the fight business, folks. If you want to soak up something less amoral, volunteer at a soup kitchen.

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Greg Hardy, The UFC and the Case of the Missing Moral Compass

The latest season of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” kicked off last night. That alone would be news that barely moves the needle, because, well, it’s just fights between dudes hoping to get a UFC contract. But there was someone noteworthy in the cage for this first episode – although his noteworthiness stems from some ugly extracurricular activities in a prior profession.

Greg Hardy played pro football, and while he was with the Dallas Cowboys, he got arrested for some harrowing domestic violence charges. Ultimately, he was found guilty, but on appeal the charges were dropped because the complainant (his ex-girlfriend) failed to testify. This sort of thing happens often, and can stem from a victim having a change of heart about pursuing all avenues of criminal prosecution. It can even happen from victims getting intimidated, or reaching some form of out-of-court agreement involving stacks of cash and/or gold doubloons.

When it was announced that Hardy was going to participate in DWTNCS, there was a bit of an uproar in certain media circles. Why would the UFC even consider letting someone accused of domestic violence in the door of the TUF Gym?

That uproar reached a fever pitch last night, and when Hardy knocked out his opponent, and earned himself a UFC contract, the story line was suddenly about how the UFC – a multi-billion dollar corporation built on the backs of men and women paid to beat the crap out of each other – lacked a moral compass. How could they do this? How could Dana White justify it?

The truth is, it’s not White’s – or the UFC’s – job to be the moral compass of the sport. Sure, the UFC is largely responsible for getting the sport legalized nearly everywhere, and they’ve given fighters the boot for everything from tweets made in poor taste to outright nasty conduct inside and outside of the cage. But they’ve also turned a blind eye to the crimes and misdemeanors of their biggest star, Conor McGregor. And they can. They can do all of that stuff. There really is no obligation for them to make sure all of their fighters are saints, or even a duty to just make sure their fighters have never been accused of laying a hand on a female.

Being mad at the UFC for giving Hardy a contract is fine. Don’t watch any UFC events that Hardy takes part in. Or do. It honestly doesn’t matter, because either way the fights are going to happen. People are going to tune in to watch Hardy “redeem” himself, or get his comeuppance, and the UFC knows this, just like they know people will watch McGregor no matter how many windows the Irishman smashes.

Personally, when Hardy gets enough experience and steps into the Octagon proper for a real fight on a real UFC event, I think it’ll be great. Because I’ll be rooting for the other guy – regardless of who that other guy is.

Welcome to the fight business, folks. If you want to soak up something less amoral, volunteer at a soup kitchen.

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Greg Hardy, The UFC and the Case of the Missing Moral Compass

The latest season of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” kicked off last night. That alone would be news that barely moves the needle, because, well, it’s just fights between dudes hoping to get a UFC contract. But there was someone noteworthy in the cage for this first episode – although his noteworthiness stems from some ugly extracurricular activities in a prior profession.

Greg Hardy played pro football, and while he was with the Dallas Cowboys, he got arrested for some harrowing domestic violence charges. Ultimately, he was found guilty, but on appeal the charges were dropped because the complainant (his ex-girlfriend) failed to testify. This sort of thing happens often, and can stem from a victim having a change of heart about pursuing all avenues of criminal prosecution. It can even happen from victims getting intimidated, or reaching some form of out-of-court agreement involving stacks of cash and/or gold doubloons.

When it was announced that Hardy was going to participate in DWTNCS, there was a bit of an uproar in certain media circles. Why would the UFC even consider letting someone accused of domestic violence in the door of the TUF Gym?

That uproar reached a fever pitch last night, and when Hardy knocked out his opponent, and earned himself a UFC contract, the story line was suddenly about how the UFC – a multi-billion dollar corporation built on the backs of men and women paid to beat the crap out of each other – lacked a moral compass. How could they do this? How could Dana White justify it?

The truth is, it’s not White’s – or the UFC’s – job to be the moral compass of the sport. Sure, the UFC is largely responsible for getting the sport legalized nearly everywhere, and they’ve given fighters the boot for everything from tweets made in poor taste to outright nasty conduct inside and outside of the cage. But they’ve also turned a blind eye to the crimes and misdemeanors of their biggest star, Conor McGregor. And they can. They can do all of that stuff. There really is no obligation for them to make sure all of their fighters are saints, or even a duty to just make sure their fighters have never been accused of laying a hand on a female.

Being mad at the UFC for giving Hardy a contract is fine. Don’t watch any UFC events that Hardy takes part in. Or do. It honestly doesn’t matter, because either way the fights are going to happen. People are going to tune in to watch Hardy “redeem” himself, or get his comeuppance, and the UFC knows this, just like they know people will watch McGregor no matter how many windows the Irishman smashes.

Personally, when Hardy gets enough experience and steps into the Octagon proper for a real fight on a real UFC event, I think it’ll be great. Because I’ll be rooting for the other guy – regardless of who that other guy is.

Welcome to the fight business, folks. If you want to soak up something less amoral, volunteer at a soup kitchen.

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Paige VanZant Has a Busted Wing, Will Be Out for a While

The absolute best dancer on the UFC’s roster, Paige VanZant, is going to be chilling outside of the Octagon for a while. She was nursing a broken arm, but apparently it hasn’t healed correctly, and needs to be re-broken.

Ugh.

When last we saw VanZant, she was losing to Jessica-Rose Clark, and before that she lost to Michelle Waterson. But she kicked butt on “Dancing With the Stars” and won an episode of “Chopped”. So, yeah, she’s doing okay… not counting that broken arm.

❗Arm Update❗ I unfortunately and sadly have to inform all of my fans who have been standing by my side that my arm surgery has failed. For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression. All that we can guess is that I went back to training too quickly and didn’t give my arm the proper time to heal without any motion. This is the downfall of athletes, pushing through pain when they should not. I will be going in for another more serious surgery next month where they will take bone fragments from my hip to fill the break and put another bigger plate in. I will take the time off to heal this go around. I will be back to the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future. Send some prayers up for me for recovery. Thank you.

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Paige VanZant Has a Busted Wing, Will Be Out for a While

The absolute best dancer on the UFC’s roster, Paige VanZant, is going to be chilling outside of the Octagon for a while. She was nursing a broken arm, but apparently it hasn’t healed correctly, and needs to be re-broken.

Ugh.

When last we saw VanZant, she was losing to Jessica-Rose Clark, and before that she lost to Michelle Waterson. But she kicked butt on “Dancing With the Stars” and won an episode of “Chopped”. So, yeah, she’s doing okay… not counting that broken arm.

❗Arm Update❗ I unfortunately and sadly have to inform all of my fans who have been standing by my side that my arm surgery has failed. For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression. All that we can guess is that I went back to training too quickly and didn’t give my arm the proper time to heal without any motion. This is the downfall of athletes, pushing through pain when they should not. I will be going in for another more serious surgery next month where they will take bone fragments from my hip to fill the break and put another bigger plate in. I will take the time off to heal this go around. I will be back to the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future. Send some prayers up for me for recovery. Thank you.

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Paige VanZant Has a Busted Wing, Will Be Out for a While

The absolute best dancer on the UFC’s roster, Paige VanZant, is going to be chilling outside of the Octagon for a while. She was nursing a broken arm, but apparently it hasn’t healed correctly, and needs to be re-broken.

Ugh.

When last we saw VanZant, she was losing to Jessica-Rose Clark, and before that she lost to Michelle Waterson. But she kicked butt on “Dancing With the Stars” and won an episode of “Chopped”. So, yeah, she’s doing okay… not counting that broken arm.

❗Arm Update❗ I unfortunately and sadly have to inform all of my fans who have been standing by my side that my arm surgery has failed. For whatever reason my bone still is totally broken in my arm and shows no sign of healing or progression. All that we can guess is that I went back to training too quickly and didn’t give my arm the proper time to heal without any motion. This is the downfall of athletes, pushing through pain when they should not. I will be going in for another more serious surgery next month where they will take bone fragments from my hip to fill the break and put another bigger plate in. I will take the time off to heal this go around. I will be back to the UFC and I will fight many more fights in the future. Send some prayers up for me for recovery. Thank you.

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UFC 225 Aftermath: Robert Whittaker’s Broken Hand, Romero’s Delusions

In case you missed it, UFC 225 was all about a bunch of some serious beatdowns, most of which were one-sided. But the main event, which saw middleweight champ Robert Whittaker rematch with Yoel Romero, was actually a two-side beatdown.

Meaning, they really clobbered each other.

Since Romero is old and can’t make weight when he’s supposed to, there was no belt up for grabs. But whatever, these guy fight a close fight last time, and this one was even closer.

No doubt Whittaker breaking his hand in the first round played a role in the closeness.

@robwhittakermma Fought 4 Rounds with a broken thumb for his Family and country.

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So yeah, the champ can take some punishment and still function at a high level. That kind of toughness is definitely a championship quality right there, folks.

Meanwhile, Romero is kind of stuck. He put away former champ Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold in pretty dramatic fashion, but no matter what, he can’t seem to get past Whittaker. Also, he can’t make weight – did I mention that already?

Anyway, if Romero can’t ever be the champ, then he might as well be “The People’s Champ”, right?

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UFC 225 Aftermath: Robert Whittaker’s Broken Hand, Romero’s Delusions

In case you missed it, UFC 225 was all about a bunch of some serious beatdowns, most of which were one-sided. But the main event, which saw middleweight champ Robert Whittaker rematch with Yoel Romero, was actually a two-side beatdown.

Meaning, they really clobbered each other.

Since Romero is old and can’t make weight when he’s supposed to, there was no belt up for grabs. But whatever, these guy fight a close fight last time, and this one was even closer.

No doubt Whittaker breaking his hand in the first round played a role in the closeness.

@robwhittakermma Fought 4 Rounds with a broken thumb for his Family and country.

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So yeah, the champ can take some punishment and still function at a high level. That kind of toughness is definitely a championship quality right there, folks.

Meanwhile, Romero is kind of stuck. He put away former champ Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold in pretty dramatic fashion, but no matter what, he can’t seem to get past Whittaker. Also, he can’t make weight – did I mention that already?

Anyway, if Romero can’t ever be the champ, then he might as well be “The People’s Champ”, right?

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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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