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Watch ‘Bullet’ Show Off Bruised Elbows From UFC Belem

Remember when former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko put together one of the most dominant one-sided beatdowns ever in her flyweight debut opposite Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, this past February?

Well, despite that submission victory over Cachoeira being nearly two months in the book, “Bullet” is still feeling the after effects of her destruction in South America.

Shevchenko, 30, hurt Cachoeira so badly with ground-and-pound before choking her out in the second frame that her elbows are still battered and bruised. Being in the gym and using those same elbows to train isn’t going to help the Russian’s healing process, but Shevchenko was proud to show off her face-splitting bows earlier this week in the following Instagram post:

#FightersLife #MuaythaiElbow

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“I was thinking, No, I cannot believe that it’s still after from my last in Belem, I still have this injury on my elbow,” Shevchenko said.

“This is what I have — full-of-bruises elbow,” Shevchenko added after taking off her rash guards.

Pretty gnarly, huh?

We see a lot of ferocious ground-and-pound each and every week in mixed martial arts (MMA), especially when UFC is on display, but we rarely see aftermath like this two months removed from a fight. Shevchenko’s complete and utter decimation of Cachoeira didn’t just earn her her first UFC victory at 125 pounds, but it scored her these awesome battle wounds.

Look for Shevchenko to parlay her recent victory at UFC Belem into an eventual title shot with current champion Nicco Montano. And if Cachoeira’s demise is any indication of what “Bullet” can do one weight class lower than her usual stomping grounds then the entire flyweight division better take a vacation to Barbados.

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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Invicta FC 23 results: In most violent performance, Roxanne Modafferi stops Sarah D’Alelio with elbows

Roxanne Modafferi is a pioneer in women’s mixed martial arts. She’s been fighting professionally since 2003.

And Saturday night, 14 years into her decorated career, “The Happy Warrior” put on her greatest performance.

Modafferi defeated Sarah D’Alelio by TKO at 1:37 of the third round in the co-main event of Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Modafferi rocked D’Alelio multiple times on the feet, had several close submissions and dominated the fight after being dropped early in the first round.

“Man, I’ve never felt better in my whole MMA career,” Modafferi told interviewer Laura Sanko afterward. “It felt so amazing.”

Modafferi turned her career around, when many thought she was done, since arriving in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA in 2013 from her longtime home of Japan. At 34 years old, she somehow continues to improve.

D’Alelio hurt Modafferi badly in the opening minutes. Modafferi said she’s the hardest hitter she has faced. But “The Happy Warrior” persevered in a big way. She dropped D’Alelio later in the first round and likely ended up stealing the frame with work on the ground. Modafferi dominated the second round with punches on the feet and close submissions on the ground.

And in the third, she turned it on with violent elbows from mount. Modafferi dropped serious ground and pound on D’Alelio, opening up a huge cut. Referee Mike England, with blood pouring from D’Alelio’s head, had no choice but to stop the fight.

Modafferi (21-13) hasn’t always shown that kind of viciousness and aggression. Or that killer instinct. But she’s very much still a force in Invicta’s flyweight division. She has now won two straight and four of her last five. Modafferi’s only loss in that time came to Invicta champion Jennifer Maia.

D’Alelio (11-7) had won four in a row and was the favorite coming in. The 36-year-old California native owns a win over UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

In the co-main event, Agnieszka Niedwiedz stayed undefeated by beating flyweight stalwart Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Niedwiedz, known for her striking, surprisingly won the first two rounds based much on her ground work. She had Porto stuck in a precarious, near-armbar/triangle position for a long time in the second, but couldn’t finish.

Niedwiedz (10-0), who is just 22 years old, might have earned herself a title shot against Maia with this victory. Porto (18-8) has now lost two straight, the other against Maia in a title fight, after a three-fight winning streak.

It wasn’t her most scintillating performance, but Andrea Lee got the job done by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) against Liz Tracy. Lee clearly won the first two rounds (despite the cards of one judge) with her striking, but got caught in too many grappling exchanges with the wrestler and ground specialist Tracy late.

Lee (7-2), who is also the Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, has now won three straight since coming back from a drug suspension. Tracy (3-2) has a two-fight winning streak snapped.

Tiffany Van Soest, the Glory kickboxing champion and Muay Thai ace, bounced back from a loss in her Invicta debut, beating Christine Ferea by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Van Soest used her superior technique and footwork to keep Ferea at bay over the first two rounds. In the third, she got caught on the bottom and Ferea did some damage from top position.

Van Soest (1-2), a top prospect in MMA courtesy of her striking pedigree, fell to Kal Holliday by second-round submission in September. Ferea (1-1) defeated Rachael Ostovich by third-round TKO in January in her pro debut.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio put forth a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Tessa Simpson to win her second straight. Tiburcio (11-4) was on a two-fight losing streak before this current run. Simpson (5-2) came in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a matchup of UFC veterans, Kelly Faszholz defeated Elizabeth Phillips by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Faszholz (4-2) dropped two straight in the UFC last year, but bounced back Saturday. Phillips (6-6) was coming off a unanimous decision over Sarah Howell at ExciteFight in February.

Also on the card, Ediane Gomes defeated Pam Sorenson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a featherweight bout. In the opener, Yaya Rincon made her pro debut by beating Brooksie Bayard by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

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Chuck Liddell can still throw some mean elbows

Chuck Liddell can still put someone’s lights out quite easily, it appears.

“The Iceman” was sharpening his tools during a recent training session with Jay Glazer at his gym.

Check out video of the session below.

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New MMA committee will take a look at regulations like 12-to-6 elbows, 10-8 rounds

Jon Jones is the greatest light heavyweight in the history of MMA and the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet. He would be undefeated right now if not for a disqualification loss against Matt Hamill in 2009.

In the first round of that fight, Jones got mount on Hamill and rained down blow after blow. Hamill would not give up, though, so Jones resorted to dropping elbows straight downward onto his his skull. Those elbows — dubbed “12-to-6″ elbows in the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) bylaws — are illegal.

With little warning, referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in and stopped the fight. Jones had been disqualified.

That result still remains a topic of derision, especially for UFC president Dana White. And even now, the understanding of 12-to-6 elbows by fighters and fans alike is murky. Those particular elbows can only be thrown from the top and straight down. Anything else — say, an 11-to-5 elbow — is perfectly legal.

“It’s so specific, it adds confusion to the fighters and I think it’s unnecessary,” former Bellator play-by-play man Sean Wheelock told MMA Fighting. “It’s such a finite little thing. And no one has ever been able to give me a proper explanation of why that was put in the unified rules of MMA.”

Wheelock, an ABC-certified judge and referee trainer, was appointed as a commissioner on the Kansas Athletic Commission in July. But, more influentially, he was also recently installed by ABC president Mike Mazzulli as the chairman of a brand new MMA rules and regulations committee.

It is Wheelock’s goal to pattern the committee after the NFL’s competition committee, which has been instrumental in making changes to league rules over the years. MMA is still a young sport and Wheelock firmly believes it needs to continue to evolve and improve.

“Every year the competition committee asks themselves two questions: How do we make the NFL safer and how do we make the NFL better?” Wheelock said. “They study, they debate.”

Wheelock will be holding monthly conference calls with the committee, a powerhouse group of names he handpicked: Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, John McCarthy, Jeremy Horn, referee Rob Hinds, referee Kevin MacDonald, ringside physician Dr. David Watson, Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission director Matt Woodruff and Brian Dunn, the head of the Nebraska Athletic Commission.

“It only makes sense to have the fighters involved,” Mazzulli said. “That’s where Jeremy Horn comes in and Couture and Hughes. Sean is the perfect voice. He’s very articulate and he’s going to do a great job. I think it’s going to be very interesting.”

First on the agenda will be the aforementioned 12-to-6 elbows as well as the rule prohibiting heel strikes to the kidneys; a clearer outline of what constitutes a 10-8 round; and the definition of a grounded fighter.

Many of these things are vaguely written and unintelligible to fighters who are expected to abide by the guidelines. Some still think the definition of a grounded opponent is “three points of contact.” That is not true, Wheelock said. A single knee down means a fighter is grounded, regardless if his hand is touching the canvas.

“It’s shocking to me about how many people out there, fighters included, think that it’s three points of contact,” Wheelock said. “That’s like an urban legend.”

The actual definition of a 10-8 round is extremely unclear and much of it is left to interpretation, which can be a dangerous thing, Wheelock said.

“People say, ‘Well a judge screws up, big deal,’” he said. “Big deal? Absolutely. Fighters can lose their contracts, they can lose their bonuses, they can lose endorsements. One bad scorecard can significantly impact a fighter’s career.”

Wheelock hopes to start the conversation about these things and many others. If the committee comes to a consensus, a recommendation will be made to the ABC board of directors, who will then bring the potential rule change to the entire ABC body on a yearly basis. Any change, of course, will still come down to the specific athletic commission. Mazzulli has also started a rules committee for boxing led by Arizona Boxing & MMA commission executive director Matthew Valenzuela.

“I think the recommendations made to the ABC, I think the ABC membership are smart enough to realize if it’s something that’s best for the sport and more safe for the fighters, I think the ABC will look at that in a very positive light,” Mazzulli said.

In the interest of transparency, Wheelock has started a committee e-mail account to take suggestions from fighters, fans or anyone else who has ideas. The address is MMARulesAndRegs@yahoo.com.

“I want people to be able to email me with ideas and let me know what they think,” Wheelock said. “It’s possible that the next great idea is not going to come from the 10 of us, it’s going to come from a fan or it’s gonna come from a fighter or a gym owner or a trainer or a manager or a club owner.”

So much has changed in just 20 years of MMA. A fight now looks completely different than one from even five or six years ago. That means rules need to be changed, cleaned up or even abolished. That’s what Wheelock wants to achieve.

“I don’t know that I right now have a solution,” he said. “What I do have is a process. With myself and the other nine people on the competition committee, we need to go through the process.

“We just want to ask why. I don’t believe sports should be stuck in a time capsule. Well, why do you do it this way? ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ That just doesn’t make sense.”

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Carlos Condit Says He ‘Felt the Fight Drain Out of’ Thiago Alves After Devastating Elbows

In 10 minutes of violent and bloody Octagon time, Carlos Condit showed the mixed martial arts world that he is 100-percent healthy.
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Carlos Condit Says He ‘Felt the Fight Drain Out of’ Thiago Alves After Devastating Elbows

In 10 minutes of violent and bloody Octagon time, Carlos Condit showed the mixed martial arts world that he is 100-percent healthy.
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Carlos Condit Says He ‘Felt the Fight Drain Out of’ Thiago Alves After Devastating Elbows

In 10 minutes of violent and bloody Octagon time, Carlos Condit showed the mixed martial arts world that he is 100-percent healthy.
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