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Bethe Correia ‘surprised’ by Sarah Kaufman’s callout, vows to knock her out in the first round

Bethe Correia was called out by Sarah Kaufman on Twitter, and she has a response.

Undefeated in MMA after 10 professional fights, three under the UFC banner, Correia is sidelined after undergoing an eye surgery, and would be glad to face Kaufman inside the Octagon in late March.

“I was surprised with another girl calling me out,” Correia told MMAFighting.com. “She tweeted at me inviting me to go to war, asking when I can come back. I will be cleared to fight in the end of March.”

Kaufman scored 10 of her 17 wins by way of KO or TKO, and that’s exactly the type of fight Correia wants for her return.

“Sarah is a striker like me and I love to fight strikers,” Correia said. “I wanted my next fight to be against a top 5 so people would stop saying I can’t beat Ronda because I haven’t faced a top 5 yet. The majority of her wins were by TKO, and I’m ready to fight her. I want to fight someone who will stand and bang with me, not someone who will just try to hug me.

“She already fought Ronda Rousey, Alexis Davis, Leslie Smith, Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate. She’s fought all the top fighters, so that’s even better for me. That’s up to the UFC. I just hope my next fight is against either Ronda or a top 5.”

Following a streak of four decision victories, Correia finished a fight in the UFC for the first time when she knocked out Rousey’s teammate Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, and predicts a sequence of finishes in 2015.

“I never shy away from a brawl,” she said. “I will beat her or anyone else by first-round knockout.”

Rousey is set to defend her 135-pound title against Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, and Correia would also be down to face “Rowdy” next if that’s what the UFC wants – and assuming she beats Zingano.

“If I could choose, I would love to go straight to the title fight, but it’s not my call,” Correia said. “The UFC has a project for me, and we’ll follow it step by step. I will fight Ronda in 2015. I want Ronda to win (at UFC 184) so I am the one to defeat her.”

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Bibiano Fernandes responds to Joe Warren callout: ‘He talks too much’

Bibiano Fernandes gave Joe Warren the fastest loss of his professional MMA career in 2009, but it looks like Warren still hasn’t forgotten that night.

Warren, who recently unified the Bellator bantamweight championship with a win over Eduardo Dantas, told MMA Junkie he would love to avenge his loss to current One FC 135-pound champion one day.

“Bibiano Fernandes – he’s who I want to fight,” Warren said. “He beat me in my first loss. I didn’t train, and I lost. He beat me in the Dream finals for the world championship belt, and that still kind of drags on me. That’s one guy I would like to fight before I’m done here. I would like to beat up Bibiano one of these days.”

Scheduled to defend his One FC belt against undefeated Dae Hwan Kim on Dec. 5, Fernandes is up to the bout.

“He talks too much,” Fernandes told MMAFighting.com. “I guess he’s heartbroken.”

With Fernandes and Warren under contract with different promotions, the Brazilian bantamweight has an idea to solve this situation.

“The kid is good, really tough, but if he wants to fight me again, I can give him an option: if you’re sad, give me a call, brother, and meet me at my gym in Canada,” Fernandes said. “We can fight there, closed doors, until one taps or gives up, an old school way to settle personal things. But if you want, we can also talk business and fight in a cage.”

Fernandes submitted Warren in 42 seconds with an armbar to win the Dream featherweight title five years ago, and has no doubt he would finish the Bellator champion again.

“Man, I’ll tap him both ways, in the gym or in a cage,” he said. “He talks too much.

“I heard he doesn’t accept that loss. Come on, man. You have to accept your wins and losses. Move on.”

Winner of 15 of his past 16 bouts, Fernandes says you need a “refined jiu-jitsu” to beat a wrestler like Warren, and that’s what lacked in Eduardo Dantas’ arsenal when they fought at Bellator 128.

“‘Dudu’ is good, but you have to have a strong mind to fight guys like that, especially wrestlers,” he said. “They will try to take you down, and you have to have a refined jiu-jitsu to fight a wrestler. Like Chael Sonnen once said, nothing beats wrestling, except jiu-jitsu. But you need a refined jiu-jitsu.”

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Bibiano Fernandes responds to Joe Warren callout: ‘He talks too much’

Bibiano Fernandes gave Joe Warren the fastest loss of his professional MMA career in 2009, but it looks like Warren still hasn’t forgotten that night.

Warren, who recently unified the Bellator bantamweight championship with a win over Eduardo Dantas, told MMA Junkie he would love to avenge his loss to current One FC 135-pound champion one day.

“Bibiano Fernandes – he’s who I want to fight,” Warren said. “He beat me in my first loss. I didn’t train, and I lost. He beat me in the Dream finals for the world championship belt, and that still kind of drags on me. That’s one guy I would like to fight before I’m done here. I would like to beat up Bibiano one of these days.”

Scheduled to defend his One FC belt against undefeated Dae Hwan Kim on Dec. 5, Fernandes is up to the bout.

“He talks too much,” Fernandes told MMAFighting.com. “I guess he’s heartbroken.”

With Fernandes and Warren under contract with different promotions, the Brazilian bantamweight has an idea to solve this situation.

“The kid is good, really tough, but if he wants to fight me again, I can give him an option: if you’re sad, give me a call, brother, and meet me at my gym in Canada,” Fernandes said. “We can fight there, closed doors, until one taps or gives up, an old school way to settle personal things. But if you want, we can also talk business and fight in a cage.”

Fernandes submitted Warren in 42 seconds with an armbar to win the Dream featherweight title five years ago, and has no doubt he would finish the Bellator champion again.

“Man, I’ll tap him both ways, in the gym or in a cage,” he said. “He talks too much.

“I heard he doesn’t accept that loss. Come on, man. You have to accept your wins and losses. Move on.”

Winner of 15 of his past 16 bouts, Fernandes says you need a “refined jiu-jitsu” to beat a wrestler like Warren, and that’s what lacked in Eduardo Dantas’ arsenal when they fought at Bellator 128.

“‘Dudu’ is good, but you have to have a strong mind to fight guys like that, especially wrestlers,” he said. “They will try to take you down, and you have to have a refined jiu-jitsu to fight a wrestler. Like Chael Sonnen once said, nothing beats wrestling, except jiu-jitsu. But you need a refined jiu-jitsu.”

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Cub Swanson’s response to Frankie Edgar’s callout: ‘I was told my fight would be for a belt, I don’t think he has one of those’

The canvas still gleamed fresh with the blood of a legend when Frankie Edgar began thinking ahead at Sunday night’s The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Asked by cageside announcer Joe Rogan about his desired next step after a one-sided trouncing of B.J. Penn, the normally reserved Edgar abandoned his shell and gave it to the Las Vegas crowd straight: “I want to fight for the title, or a fight to get me to the title.”

Now, a few days removed from the excitement of the weekend, and with Jose Aldo’s latest injury delaying a potential title shot until post-October at the earliest, Edgar (17-4-1) has narrowed his crosshairs down to one specific target: Cub Swanson.

According to a report by MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Edgar desires Swanson to be his next dance partner, as he believes the fight, which would assumedly be a No. 1 contenders bout, makes the most sense considering the state of the featherweight division, which is effectively on hold until Aldo’s injury concerns are settled.

Swanson (21-5) is currently the No. 3 ranked UFC featherweight, while Edgar is ranked No. 2, so at least by those metrics, the match-up does indeed make sense.

However the pair’s recent résumés paint somewhat a different story, as Swanson has won six fights in a row, the last three of which came against top-10 competition, while Edgar, despite his championship pedigree, has beaten just two unranked opponents since his decision loss to Aldo in early 2013.

Following Swanson’s recent electric win over Jeremy Stephens, UFC President Dana White told the promotion’s website, “Cub’s going to get what he wants, let’s just put it that way.” And not surprisingly, Swanson more or less echoed White’s sentiment when asked about a prospective match-up against Edgar.

“I was told my fight would be for a belt. I don’t think he has one of those,” Swanson said to Helwani.

“But I wouldn’t mind punching him.”

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After callout, Rory MacDonald says bout with Tarec Saffiedine ‘makes sense’

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine is a man on a mission. After a successful UFC debut in January against Hyun Gyu Lim, Saffiedine has been looking to get back into the cage. He was initially expected to face Jake Ellenberger at UFC 172 in May, but had to withdraw due to injury.

‘The Sponge’, however, is feeling better and ready to get back to work. First up? If Saffiedine had his way, it’d be Rory MacDonald.

Saffiedine recently called out MacDonald on The MMA Hour. He told Helwani he saw MacDonald’s UFC 174 victory over Tyron Woodley and that gave him confidence he could defeat him.

“I watched that fight. Rory looked pretty good, he’s a great fighter,” Saffiedine said. “But you know, after watching the fight, I was like, ‘I can beat him.’ I have the tools and I have the skills and the mindset to beat the guy. He’s a great fighter, one of the best and he’s really close to a title shot and I want to fight the best. I truly believe I can beat the guy. Hopefully they give me that chance. I want to fight Rory, he’s an amazing fighter and we can put on an amazing fight, I believe. I can beat him.”

As reported on Wednesday on Fox Sports 1′s UFC Tonight by Ariel Helwani, MacDonald believes that’s a fight that he feels is appropriate for the next step in his career.

“That’s a fight that makes sense,” MacDonald told Helwani. “We’ll see what the UFC says after some fights this summer, though. I’m interested in what’s gonna get me to the belt. So. whatever the UFC says, I’m down.”

Saffiedine, 27, last fought in January when he defeated Lim at UFC Fight NIght 34 via unanimous decision. His record stands at 15-3.

MacDonald, 24, most recently competed at UFC 174 where he defeated Tyron Woodley by unanimous decision. His current professional record is 17-2.

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Ronda Rousey: Bethe Correia Took Cue, Was “Smart” In Four Horsewomen Call-Out

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is giving credit where credit is due. And that credit is going to Bethe Correia. After defeating Jessamyn Duke last month, Correia made a motion with her hand signaling that was one down, three to go in regards to the “Four Horsewomen.” The MMA stable consists of Rousey, Duke, […]

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Morning Report: Dana White says Brock Lesnar isn’t returning to UFC, scoffs at Alistair Overeem’s post-fight callout

For a man who hasn’t competed in MMA since 2011, and in not the best form, Brock Lesnar found himself in the center of discussion once again Saturday night. After a dominating, albeit conservative rout of former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, Alistair Overeem made it known to the crowd he’d love to the man to welcome Lesnar back.

“I heard there was talk of him coming back,” Overeem repeated post-fight. “I’ll be here waiting for him. That’s all.”

When asked by Ariel Helwani if Overeem knew something the rest of us didn’t about Lesnar, White largely downplayed the notion of Lesnar even returning to MMA, let alone rematching the man who demolished him just over two years removed.

“Brock Lesnar is not coming back,” White said during the UFC 169 post-fight press conference. “Brock Lesnar is not fighting. I mean, does he want to come back? We’ve talked about him wanting to come back. He feels like he wasn’t 100% while he was here. He feels like he sold himself a little short. All the stuff I’ve told you guys before. But no, he’s not. We have no deal with Brock Lesnar. He’s not coming back anytime soon.”

Speaking with FOX Sports after the fight, it was clear White wasn’t exactly impressed with Overeem. “The reality is Alistair [Overeem] didn’t try to finish or capitalize on any of the work he had done. It was a crappy performance, in my opinion.”

Considering the months of ‘loser goes home’ talk, perpetuated to an extent by White, himself, is it hard to imagine Overeem acting differently? He admitted as much speaking to FOX.

“[The possibility of being cut] wasn’t going through my mind, but it was a decisive factor in my gameplan. We had to play it safe. Especially looking at my previous fight, Before Frank [Mir].

“We fought a safe and clever gameplan this time.”

Does a $ 50K ($ 75K in this case) ‘knockout of the night’ bonus mean much to a guy making nearly $ 300K just to show? Apparently not.

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Post show. Ariel Helwani and Chuck Mendenhall recap all the action from UFC 169 in Newark.

Aftermath. Dave Doyle breaks down the best and worst of UFC 169.

‘Herb Dean made a mistake.’ Dana White wasn’t happy with Renan Barao’s stoppage over Urijah Faber at UFC 169.

Onward to lightweight. It looks like Jose Aldo moving up to 155 pounds is just an inevitability at this point.

Scary. Two people were reportedly stabbed during scuffles in the audience Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

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Clint Hester says he could actually hear Joe Rogan in the fight and took some of his advice.

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Dana recaps UFC 169.

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Abel Trujillo knocks out Jamie Varner.

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Highlights from Legacy 27.

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Rampage says Tyrone Spong sucks at MMA.

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Jimi Manuwa’s art of the knockout.

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To honor the passing of Affliction founder Todd Beard, here’s his infamous radio interview with Scott Ferrall.

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Long watches.

Legacy FC 27 (full card)

UFC 169: Fight Club Q&A with Jon Jones (Skip to about 8:00)

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TWEETS

As always, check out our ‘Pros react’ piece for instant reactions to UFC 169.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Not happy.

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Bad call?

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Really?

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Insanity.

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Tune in.

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I’d watch Reem vs. Sylvia.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 2014)

Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 173

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 173


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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

What We NOW Know About UFC 169… And What Should NOW Be Done

With only two finishes on a 12 fight card, the night left most viewers feeling unsatisfied. And not just because of the lack of finishes, but because of the controversy surrounding the stoppage of the main event of the evening. Renan Barao defended his title against Urijah Faber as Barao rocked Faber multiple times and rained punches on Faber as he curled up covering his face. Faber immediately protested the stoppage as he was showing a thumbs up to the referee, but the thumb was difficult to see from the referees point of view and he really wasn’t doing anything intelligible to defend himself. Faber felt that the ref should have waited until his body went limp to stop the match… but has he been paying attention to the lawsuits that have been brought up against the NFL as the result of head injuries? Yeah… there is no way in hell the UFC could have justified waiting until Faber went limp to call off the match. Though the ending leaves the fans (and Faber) unsatisfied, fighter safety does have to come first and the right call was made in the end.

The first title defense of the evening between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas had no controversy attached to it as Aldo beat Lamas methodically before gassing in the fifth and final round to take a decisive victory. There has been plenty of discussion of Aldo moving up in weight to face lightweight champion Anthony Pettis when he returns from injury and the time may be right to explore that option as the #1 contender for the lightweight strap is anyone’s guess. Alistair Overeem was able to avoid the pink slip in his match, though it seems likely Frank Mir will receive it after falling to Overeem, Ali Bagautinov likely earned the next title shot at flyweight, and Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner easily produced the best fireworks of the night.

Lets do it!

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Frankie Edgar thought Cub Swanson would ‘jump to that fight’ after callout

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Frankie Edgar was a little surprised to hear that Cub Swanson wanted to fight him. Then the former UFC lightweight champion was even more surprised when Swanson declined to make the fight.

The UFC tried to book Edgar vs. Swanson as a replacement main event on April 13 in Las Vegas after Demetrious Johnson had to back out of his flyweight title defense against John Moraga due to a shoulder injury. So after Edgar and Swanson had engaged in back-and-forth banter over Twitter, Edgar had expected Swanson to take the featherweight fight.

“He just had a fight not too long ago, but I didn’t think weight would be an issue,” Edgar said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Especially hearing him call me out a little bit, you know, I thought he’d jump to that fight no problem. I don’t know.”

Swanson’s reasoning for not taking the planned TUF 17 Finale main event was that he suffered a foot injury during his Feb. 16 win over Dustin Poirier and wouldn’t be able to train enough to get in shape and make weight for the fight. Edgar, for his part, is basically looking for a relevant fight against a highly ranked featherweight.

“He said he was banged up and he told me he couldn’t work out on it enough to get down in weight,” said Edgar. “But hopefully we make that fight at a later date, who knows? I’m looking at Cub as a number, if he’s the highest-ranked guy, who doesn’t have a fight, who’s available, that’s who I want to fight. I feel like after seven fights in almost three years, I was either the champion or fighting for the belt. I feel like I deserve a top name.”

Edgar, of course, lost a title fight against Jose Aldo at last month’s UFC 156. With the championship in mind, Edgar wants to continue fighting five-round fights, even if it means he has to main event a smaller show than the PPV extravaganzas he’s grown accustomed to headlining.

“Is a five-round fight going to be in my favor? Edgar asked. “Yeah, most likely, I’m pretty comfortable doing it. My goal, I’m not going to try to fight just to keep my MMA career going. Fight for the title, that’s still my goal. So I want a name like Cub. That’s why I want a five-round fight, that’s the way it works. Let’s keep taking these five-round fights and get back at the title.”

After Edgar again found himself on the wrong end of a decision in a close fight against Aldo, the inevitable questions popped up as to which weight class best suits Edgar. Should he stay at 145 pounds, move back up to lightweight, or maybe consider dropping to bantamweight?

The answer, for now, is to stay put. “I’m going to stick around at 145 for now,” Edgar said. “I wouldn’t say I’m done, I don’t want to close the book on it. But right now I’m sticking around. I’m going to work my way back to the title is my goal.

As for potentially moving to bantamweight, Edgar said there’s “Not a very big chance. Say I did win the 45-pound title, then maybe I could have made a push for three belts, in three different weight classes and whatnot, but since 45 went away … I don’t need to suffer, I think there would definitely be a little more suffering than I need to, man. I can compete at 45 and 55, don’t need to go down to 35. But if history was on the line, maybe?”

One thing you won’t hear Edgar do is dwell on the past. By all accounts, the Aldo-Edgar fight was close, with most rational observers concluding that Aldo won the first three rounds, and Edgar the final two, although round three was close. Edgar’s comments made it clear he’s ready to move on.

“I’m as over it as much as I can be, obviously I’m upset I didn’t get the win, but what are we going to do? Back to the drawing board I guess we go,” said Edgar. “I think I can always do better, but I was happy with my performance. I was more than prepared, everybody in my corner was prepared.”

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Morning Report: Chael Sonnen says Vitor Belfort’s camp declined fight after recent callout

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Remember last weekend, when Vitor Belfort semi-exploded on the mic and called out both UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and TUF 17 challenger Chael Sonnen? In one magnificent (and somewhat confusing) rant, Belfort not only referred to Sonnen as a “punk” and a “clown” who “just got knocked out pretty badly by Anderson Silva,” but also demanded Sonnen “go to the back of the line.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but to me those sound like fighting words. And Sonnen seemed to agree, as it took him all of five minutes to accept Vitor’s challenge on live television before mounting a trash talking campaign against Belfort on Twitter — one, I might add, that Belfort eagerly participated in.

Well, sorry to disappoint, folks. But the fight is off. I’ll allow Chael to explain.

“I thought he challenged me,” Sonnen wrote on a UFC.com live chat. “Which I quickly accepted. Then his people reached out to me and said I simply [misunderstood], that he simply wants the fight that I have, that he does not wish to fight me.

“It’s a good move by him,” Sonnen finished, of course taking one last parting shot. “He’s terrible.”

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Sonnen: Belfort turned me down. Fielding questions on a UFC.com live chat, TUF 17 coach Chael Sonnen revealed that after accepting Vitor Belfort’s recent challenge, Belfort’s “people” reached out and explained that Belfort was not actually interested in a fight with Sonnen, but rather replacing Sonnen against Jon Jones. Later in the chat, Sonnen added this unrelated nugget: “I think Chris Weidman would destroy Anderson Silva, which is precisely why the fight won’t happen.”

UFC on FOX 6 preview. Catch up on this weekend’s FOX card with pre-fight interviews featuring Rampage Jackson, Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, John Dodson, Glover Teixeira, Ricardo Lamas and Clay Guida.

Matyushenko still defending the old guard. Vladimir Matyushenko isn’t sure when his time will come. For all he knows, he may be on his last run, and this weekend’s fight against Ryan Bader could an indication to call it quits. But until then, he’s having too much fun to consider it.

UFC ‘probably’ signing Barnett. Said UFC President Dana White on the likelihood of the UFC signing former Strikeforce contender Josh Barnett: “It’s probably going to happen.”

UFC on FX 7 medical suspensions. Diego Nunes, Wagner Prado and C.J. Keith all received lengthy 180-day medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC on FX 7. Likewise, headliner Michael Bisping will be forced to sit out 60 days for his TKO loss to Vitor Belfort.

GSP: Diaz rightful No. 1 contender. Among other reasons, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre called out Nick Diaz because he believes Johny Hendricks lost to Josh Koscheck at UFC on FOX 3, thus making Diaz the division’s rightful No. 1 contender. That sound you just heard was Hendricks’ head exploding.

Nobre’s future. When asked about a potential second UFC shot for Pedro Nobre, who fought to a controversial no contest against Yuri Alcantara last weekend, Dana White simply responded: “I doubt it.”

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Settle this debate for us. Ariel vs. Rampage: In the battle of the kicks, who wins?

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Okay, Tommy. I’ll admit, you got me with the Miragliotta bit.

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Chuck Liddell recently stopped by the Joe Rogan Podcast to talk Bisping-Belfort, the state of judging and refing in MMA, and more general goodness.

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This is the internet. Of course this exists.

(HT: Reddit)

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Just to get this straight, Dana White has his ear cut off in surgery. The next week he’s back fielding questions at a post-fight scrum. Impressive.

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Alistair Overeem lounging alongside a brunette model and a 9-foot, 250+ pound alligator? Sounds about right.

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Yet another fantastic fanmade trailer. No doubt, you guys are stepping up your game.

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HAPPY B-DAY, CHAMP

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Rousey vs. Kaufman Fight Video, including callout of ‘Cyborg’

She did it again. In case you missed lasts night action in the hexagon, Showtime Sports has released the full main event for your viewing pleasure. It only took the undefeated champ Ronda Rousey 54 seconds to once again pull off her infamous armbar. Following her sixth straight win in the first round by armbar, …

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