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Banned! Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz camps prohibited from water bottle wars rematch during UFC 202

If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz want to run back their recent game of water bottle toss, it will have to happen outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because property officials probably want to ensure the safety of their other guests, as well as avoid potential lawsuits, banning members of their respective entourages from the building. The only exceptions are those individuals who have been licensed to corner the fighters during UFC 202, which takes this weekend (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016).

For the sake of clarity: T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. In other words, MGM has the authority — and the technology — to do as it pleases in regard to this situation.

Chris Avila — who is a Diaz protege — and Artem Levin — a McGregor disciple — were booked to battle for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those two are now affected by this decision and neither one of them was seemingly involved in yesterday’s circus. Guilty by association, apparently.

To add insult to injury — at least in the case of Diaz — his older brother, Nick Diaz, will not be allowed in his corner. That’s because he apparently still owes Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) $ 100,000 related to his most recent settlement agreement. Therefore, technically, he is still considered suspended even though his sentence was up earlier this month.

What a tangled web the Diaz brothers weave.

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Banned! Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz camps prohibited from water bottle wars rematch during UFC 202

If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz want to run back their recent game of water bottle toss, it will have to happen outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because property officials probably want to ensure the safety of their other guests, as well as avoid potential lawsuits, banning members of their respective entourages from the building. The only exceptions are those individuals who have been licensed to corner the fighters during UFC 202, which takes this weekend (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016).

For the sake of clarity: T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. In other words, MGM has the authority — and the technology — to do as it pleases in regard to this situation.

Chris Avila — who is a Diaz protege — and Artem Levin — a McGregor disciple — were booked to battle for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those two are now affected by this decision and neither one of them was seemingly involved in yesterday’s circus. Guilty by association, apparently.

To add insult to injury — at least in the case of Diaz — his older brother, Nick Diaz, will not be allowed in his corner. That’s because he apparently still owes Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) $ 100,000 related to his most recent settlement agreement. Therefore, technically, he is still considered suspended even though his sentence was up earlier this month.

What a tangled web the Diaz brothers weave.

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Reps from Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier camps detail pre-press conference altercation

The rivalry between UFC lightweight heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and pound-for-pound king Jon Jones reignited in a major way last week. With Jones finally back in the UFC fold, the two made their first public joint appearance at the UFC’s Unstoppable press conference in Las Vegas, trading insults ahead of a scheduled April 23 rematch at UFC 197.

But apparently things got heated well before the cameras ever started rolling.

Earlier in the day, Cormier and Jones were tasked with shooting a dual Faceoff interview with Joe Rogan to air during UFC 196. Both men had members of their respective teams in tow. One of those teammates for Cormier was Chi Lewis-Parry, a 6’10″ GLORY kickboxing and ONE Championship heavyweight who is training out of American Kickboxing Academy to help ahead of UFC 197.

The former basketball bigman said he had no prior opinion of Jones — a man whom he had never met before — however that ended once filming wrapped.

“As soon as he steps outside, the guy turns into the biggest dick on the planet,” Lewis-Parry said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Oh my God. Can I use profanity? He is a big, fat, chubby b***h. That guy is an absolute knob. Where I come from, you wouldn’t give him the time of day. Now, my opinion is: zero respect for the guy. He just started smack talking and using stuff that I wouldn’t repeat to Daniel, and we just kind of lost it after. I was just about to get into the car and leave, and he made it personal when he says, ‘yeah, go on, get in the car you big b***h.’

“And I’m not being funny. You don’t know me, I haven’t said a word to you, so there’s no need for you to even really interact. You’re fighting Daniel. You’re not fighting me. And then he’s standing there with his hands in his pockets like he’s God’s gift or something, I just said to him, ‘look, if you really want to get around this security guard, you can.’ But he just stayed hiding behind this 600-pound security guard who couldn’t catch a tennis ball if you threw it at him.”

Some words were exchanged until both crews climbed into their respective vehicles and drove to the press conference. But according to Lewis-Parry, that wasn’t the end of it.

“A little more than an hour later,” Lewis-Parry said, “we’re backstage for the press conference and he sends his big, fat, chubby brother, Anastasia Jones, whatever his name is, and he wants to start talking smack, defending Jones. It seemed like he was hiding behind it, personally. I don’t care how tough the guy thinks he is, he was hiding behind his brother. His brother was calling me all sorts whilst he was backing up. I’m not a big fan of disrespect. I never disrespected them. I never said anything to them, and they all became fans of me.”

Partial footage of the initial back-and-forth was captured by Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter and can be seen below.

Cormier actually ended up referencing the exchange during the UFC’s Unstoppable press conference, confronting Jones about the insults that had been traded just hours before.

There are two sides to every story though, and after hearing Lewis-Parry’s retelling of the events, Jones’ manager Malki Kawa called into The MMA Hour to recount his own description of how things went down.

“We go outside getting ready to get into our cars, both groups,” Kawa said. “DC said something to Jon. Jon told him, ‘DC, outside of anything we have to do together, don’t talk to me. Just keep it professional.’ DC started mouthing off. So that mouthing off led Jon to then begin mouthing off to the whole crew, because then they all started getting into it with Jon. That’s how the whole thing went down. Jon’s not disgusting. He’s not a bad guy. He’s none of this stuff that this guy was saying. This dude obviously is looking to get some sort of notoriety off of Jon and Cormier, so I’m going to give it to him for a little bit. But that’s about it.

“Then he’s here saying Jon was mouthing off and the security guards were there, and he was telling them (off). The same thing he was saying about Jon is the same thing he could’ve done. There were two security guards there. Between both of them, they were yards apart, and Jon told him, ‘hey Tiny, get in the car,’ something to that effect, and he turned around and starting mouthing back to Jon. Jon walked back, and he stood right where he was at. That the end of that story.”

Kawa went on to state that the second incident, between Jones’ older brother Arthur and Lewis-Parry, was simply an extension of the first and had nothing to do with Jones.

“Obviously we told [Jones' brothers] the story, and Jon was cool with it,” Kawa said. “He just thought the whole thing was just kind of standard. This is standard DC stuff. We had an altercation with DC for the last fight. It’s just how it goes. And when Arthur saw that it was this guy, this guy was basically trying his brother, Arthur jumped in his chest. He came up to Arthur trying to give Arthur a five, or something like that. Arthur said, ‘man, get away from me. You don’t got to touch me or say what’s up to me after you tried my brother.’ And that’s what happened there. So this guy is trying to paint this story like Jon is the bad guy or the one who was starting these problems, and it really wasn’t the case at all.”

Regardless of when the tensions first arose, it is clear there remains no love lost between Cormier and Jones.

Though after experiencing “Bones” for the first time in person, Lewis-Parry understands exactly where Cormier’s animosity is coming from.

“Now I want Daniel to break Jones,” Lewis-Parry said. “I want him to batter him. Remember, don’t talk s**t beyond the promotion. Don’t make things personal. The guy is disgusting. He is a disgusting person, the stuff he was saying. He makes things really personal. And sometimes, I agree, because I’m probably one of the biggest s**t talkers around. I understand about promoting a fight. But when you start bringing personal things in, family, stuff like that, that ain’t promoting a fight. That’s just being a dick. And Jon Jones is a dick.

“I’ve just got no time for disrespectful people, and he is one of the most disrespectful people I’ve ever met in my life. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve met a lot of a**holes.”

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Myles Jury changes camps, drops to featherweight division

The already stacked UFC featherweight division just added another contender to its mix, as top-10 ranked lightweight Myles Jury announced Monday that he is dropping down to 145 pounds.

Jury (15-1) is currently the No. 8 ranked 155-pounder in the UFC. He joined the promotion in 2012 following a stint on The Ultimate Fighter 15 and quickly found success, winning his first six fights inside the Octagon. His run included decision victories over Michael Johnson and Diego Sanchez, as well as a blistering knockout of Pride legend Takanori Gomi.

Jury, 26, parlayed that momentum into a shot at title contention at UFC 182, but ultimately saw his streak end with a crushing defeat at the hands of Donald Cerrone. He hasn’t competed since, having withdrawn from a scheduled bout against former UFC champion Anthony Pettis in May due to injury.

Jury is expected to return to action later this year, and when he does so, his weight won’t be the only thing different.

Along with his drop down to featherweight, the native Californian also announced a switch in camps from San Diego’s Alliance MMA to Gilbert, AZ’s Power MMA.

Jury is expected to make the transition to Arizona along with former Bellator champion Michael ChandlerJohnny CaseJustin Lawrence, and Luis Saldana.

Power MMA is led by a trio of former Arizona State University standout wrestlers — ranked UFC fighters Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway, and retired UFC veteran Aaron Simpson. With their help, Jury hopes to make a mark on a weight class that is already flush with rising contenders.

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B.J. Penn misses ‘being the baddest man on the planet,’ but not training camps

B.J. Penn does not sound like someone itching to get back into the Octagon.

The UFC legend has been retired for almost a full year now and said he has not practiced martial arts once since his loss to Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale in July 2014. Part of Penn misses the competition aspect of MMA, but there’s a whole lot he doesn’t want to do again.

“You know what I don’t miss?” Penn told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I don’t miss a three-month training camp. I don’t miss fight week. But I do miss being the baddest man on the planet.”

Penn, 36, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame next week before UFC 189 on July 11. It was an easy choice. “The Prodigy” is one of the greatest to ever step into a cage. He’s one of only two men in UFC history (Randy Couture being the other) to hold titles in two separate weight classes (lightweight and welterweight). Penn (16-10-2) was a pro MMA fighter for 13 years and owns wins over Matt Hughes (twice), Renzo Gracie, Matt Serra, Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian.

The Hawaiian now only watches the UFC for big title fights, but has noticed the trend of older fighters — guys that many thought were washed up — coming back and vying for titles. Fabricio Werdum is the UFC heavyweight champion, Mark Hunt fought for the interim heavyweight belt and Robbie Lawler is the UFC welterweight titleholder. All were written off at different points in time.

“It does blow me away, though, when I see Werdum just got the belt at 37 and then you see Mark Hunt still fighting at 40,” Penn said. “All these different things. It is amazing. I don’t know. They’re out there, they’re doing it. It ain’t the technique, it ain’t the speed, it ain’t the power. It’s who wants it the most. Over time, maybe as you start getting into it, the people start coming along that love it more than you do.”

Penn has been wowed specifically by Hunt’s emergence as a legit threat in the heavyweight division despite having a below-.500 MMA record when he first entered the UFC.

“Look at that,” Penn said. “When I see stuff like that, I’m like man. If you stick around a little while, something would just click and you’d be back. I do feel that it’s something that I’m proud of as I sit here right now that I can let stuff like that go.”

As much as seeing those guys in his age bracket succeeding, Penn is not all that tempted to return. He finished his career with three straight losses, albeit all to big names and tough opponents. Penn has not won an MMA fight since 2010 when he beat Hughes for the second time.

Then again, 51-year-old Ken Shamrock, who fought at UFC 1, just came back to fight Kimbo Slice at Bellator 138 two weeks ago after five years out of the sport. So maybe Penn still has some time to mull it over. A “Prodigy” return just won’t be happening any time soon.

“I don’t see myself with a strong will to want to,” Penn said. “You never now what the future could hold. You never know what could pop up.  I’ve got no desire to jump into training camp and try to go out there.”

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‘Shogun’ Rua, Nogueiras Returning to United States for UFC 190 Training Camps

Mauricio Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira spent some two months recording “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 4 in Las Vegas.
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Parallel Universe: What if Some of MMA’s Biggest Training Camps Were Wrestling Stables?


(“When you need me, I’ll be there, ’cause we’re BEST FRIENNNNNNDS….” Photo via WWE)

By Chris Huntemann, Columnist

Comparing mixed martial arts to professional wrestling tends to draw the ire of many am MMA fan. While former WWE and UFC world champion Brock Lesnar eventually earned the respect of UFC fans by putting on dominant performances, he was originally greeted with a less than warm reception. Fellow former WWE world champion CM Punk signed with UFC to less than open arms and is expected to compete in his first MMA bout later this year (or early 2016). Pro wrestling and MMA also crossed paths once again last month, when UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a special appearance at Wrestlemania to help Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run off Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.

All of this interplay between pro wrestling and MMA lately got me thinking; How do some of MMA’s top teams compare to great pro wrestling stables of the past and present? MMA fans are well aware of Rousey’s “Four Horsewomen,” which consists of Rousey and her teammates Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and recent Invicta FC signee Marina Shafir. The group is big pro wrestling fans and while I’m personally not a fan of the name, they’ve wasted no time promoting themselves.

So which pro wrestling stables would I compare to current MMA teams? Here are a few of my suggestions:


MMA: Team Jackson-Winkeljohn/Wrestling: New World Order (nWo) – Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in New Mexico is probably the most well-known team in all MMA, and at its peak, the nWo was the most famous wrestling stable of its time (and maybe of all time). The nWo was home at different times to such high-profile wrestling personalities like “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, X-Pac/Syxx and Sting. Meanwhile, Team Jackson-Winkeljohn has almost a who’s-who of MMA on its roster, including UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Travis Browne, Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, John Dodson and Leonard Garcia.

Who at Jackson-Winkeljohn could play the roles of the nWo’s original trio: Hogan, Hall and Nash? If I had to venture a guess:

- Hulk Hogan = Jon Jones

- Scott Hall = Donald Cerrone

- Kevin Nash = Carlos Condit


MMA: American Kickboxing Academy/Wrestling: The Dangerous Alliance – American Kickboxing Academy boasts a roaster comparable to Team Jackson-Winkeljohn, including UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Josh Thomson. At its peak in WCW, the Dangerous Alliance consisted of “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbysko, Arn Anderson and “Stunning” Steve Austin. While the group never boasted a world champion like AKA does with Velasquez, the Dangerous Alliance was among the greatest group of wrestling talent ever assembled – much like AKA is right up there among the best MMA teams from top to bottom.


MMA: Team Cesar Gracie (“The Scrap Pack”)/Wrestling: D-Generation X – The antics of D-Generation X are known and loved by pro wrestling fans worldwide. From its original iteration of Triple H and Shawn Michaels to the grouping of Triple H, X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws to going back to Triple H and Michaels in its final days, DX were rebels without a cause who loved to thumb their noses at authority.

Likewise, Team Cesar Gracie has its own pair of rebels in the Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate. The team also consists of Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields, among others. The Diaz brothers have caused UFC president Dana White many a headache throughout their careers and fans love the brothers for their antics inside and outside the cage.


MMA: Team Alpha Male/Wrestling: The Filthy Animals – The Filthy Animals in WCW were one of the very few stables in all of pro wrestling to consist of cruiserweights, or “smaller” wrestlers – Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera and Eddie Guerrero. Similarly, Team Alpha Male consists entirely of fighters from the UFC’s lighter weight classes – bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Danny Castillo. The Filthy Animals were thick as thieves during their WCW run, and Team Alpha Male is one of the more tight-knit teams in all of MMA.


MMA: Blackzilians/Wrestling: The Nexus – The Blackzilians are a fairly new team in MMA, coming together in 2011 and boasting talent including Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson and Michael Johnson. The Nexus also took the pro wrestling world by storm in 2010 and included young talent like Wade Barrett, Ryan Reeves (Ryback), Justin Gabriel and David Otunga. The Nexus tangled with some of WWE’s biggest names, including John Cena and CM Punk, who both at one time were also members of Nexus – in Cena’s case, unwillingly. The Blackzilians have yet to taste gold, unlike the Nexus, but Anthony Johnson gets his chance to bring a belt to the team when he faces Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 187 in May.

Of course, I didn’t list some of the other famous teams in MMA, including American Top Team, Team Quest and Xtreme Couture. Conversely, there are wrestling stables I didn’t mention, such as the Four Horsemen, Nation of Domination, Ministry of Darkness or The Corporation. Agree or disagree with my comparisons? Have some of your own? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or drop me a line!

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Morning Report: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s camps clash following UFC 182 media day

This is why they call it ‘Fight Week.’

Ahead of their main event clash Jan. 3 at UFC 182, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and top contender Daniel Cormier gathered their entourages together to take part in media day festivities.

After exchanging some pleasantries during a tense staredown, UFC president Dana White was forced to separate Jones and Cormier a second time on stage after posing for photos shoulder to shoulder.

That would typically be where things end on most weeks, but not here.

Via the magic of Instagram and the wherewithal of UFC veteran turned personal chef Tyson Griffin, we are now treated to further antics from both camps.

Griffin explains the situation:

Always nice to see @rosendo_sanchez [Cormier's boxing coach] and [Jon Jones's manager] Malki [Kawa] catch up, but I’m not sure why Jones wanted to get in the middle and protect him. My only question for Jones is, “Why you coming at a coach?” #breakbones#mma #ufc #ufc182 #lasvegas #mgmgrand

Griffin posted a second video with action that had happened just prior:

This was just before previous video. Jones clearly isn’t walking toward @dc_mma but at least he chose nicer words to use unlike when he thought the cameras were off! I’m not trying to say anyone is right or wrong for anything in these videos. I’m just giving you an update on the events taking place behind the scenes.#ufc182 #ufc #fightweek #breakbones @camacho100@rosendo_sanchez @noad_lahat @slikbxr

Should make for a fun weigh-in.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Sit downs. Ariel Helwani chats with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (here) and Daniel Cormier (here) ahead of Saturday night’s main event at UFC 182.

Confirmed. According to Dana White, Conor McGregor will indeed be next for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo barring a loss to Dennis Siver in Boston.

Cobwoy. Donald Cerrone discusses arrangements with Dana White regarding fight week extreme activities.

‘I’m going to connect and find a way for Phil to be successful.’ Duke Roufus is looking to prove CM Punk’s ‘naysayers’ wrong.

Predictions. Luke Thomas makes his picks for UFC 182.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC 182 embedded episode 3 and 4.

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Jon Jones’ pre-fight scrum.

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UFC 182 media day staredowns.

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Fighters making some New Year’s resolutions.

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Jones doing a pretty great interview with TMZ.

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Shinya Aoki and Mirko Cro Cop in action New Year’s Eve.

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Long watches.

Eddie Bravo Radio – Episode 80 – Joe Rogan 3 (12/28/2014)

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TWEETS

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Save it for Saturday.

@jonnybones gets in a friendly spar with @steveaoki. What a solid dude. Pumped to see him live and cake someone! #IZZYSTYLE #TEAMBONES #champions

A video posted by Israel “Izzy” Martinez (@izzystylewrestling) on


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Yikes.

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Beefin’.

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Not happy.

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Happy New Year.

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Cuttin.

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Interesting.

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Damn.

So this happened tonight. Tortured by Steven Seagal, check that one off the bucket list. #deathtouch

A photo posted by Luke Rockhold (@lukerockhold) on


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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Dec. 31- Jan. 1 2015)

cancelled Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night: Broomfield

cancelled Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver

James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro at UFC 184

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via theFightWhisperer.

Bargain hunting at UFC 182: Jones(-170) vs. Cormier(-150)

I’m not going to give you any analysis of how Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier will go. This is the most hyped, most analyzed fight I can remember, and if I am betting Jones (I am), you already know why. If you are taking Cormier, I already know your reasons.

On the other hand, I haven’t seen that much written about this fight from an odds perspective. I want you to consider Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier as bargains.

Looking up the odds for Jones-Gustafsson II is not as easy as going to bestfightodds.com, because the fight got cancelled after Gustafsson’s injury. From what I recall, Jones was a bit more than a (-300) favorite. This may seem a bit heavy considering how close their first fight was, but when you consider that the best odds you could get on Jones for the first fight was (-700), (-300) is actually showing Gustafsson a measure of respect, relatively speaking.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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Bellator to Hold Open Tryout Dec. 14 at Daddis Fight Camps in South Philadelphia

Bellator MMA will hold another open tryout on Dec. 14 at Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia.
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Bellator to Hold Open Tryout Dec. 14 From Daddis Fight Camps in South Philadelphia

Bellator MMA will hold another open tryout on Dec. 14 from the Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia.
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