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UFC Fight Night 66: Mark Munoz announces retirement following Luke Barnatt fight in Manila

…win, lose or draw.

Mark Munoz hasn’t had the best run as of late.

The longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran has dropped three straight first-round defeats inside the Octagon, most recently losing to Roan Carneiro at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, 2015.

While some thought that would be “The Filipino Wrecking Machine’s” final bout, expecting the wrestling powerhouse to call it a career to avoid another devastating loss and prevent any long-term damage, Munoz earned himself another shot inside the cage he’s called home for the last six years.

And he gets to do it in the Philippines, his native country, when he takes on Luke Barnatt at UFC Fight Night 66 on May 23, 2015 in Manila.

Yes, Munoz was born in Japan, but he caries pure Filipino blood through his veins. And fighting in his parent’s home country was something Munoz always longed for. Now, not only does he get to fulfill that dream, but he also gets to close out his eight-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career on his terms.

That’s right, Mark (13-6) will call it a day after his bout against Barnatt — win, lose, or draw — according to Bloody Elbow.

And it’s all thanks to the unfortunate injury Clint Hester suffered that allowed this bout to come to fruition, which makes you wonder if Mark already had plans to hang them up for good, or if he came to that conclusion once he realized he had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do it in the Philippines.

Sure, Munoz’s career has been far from a fairy tale (Chris Weidman saw to that), but despite his recent struggles, the hard-hitting middleweight has the pen in his hand and the chance to write somewhat of a happy ending to his story, if he can manage to end his skid and go out on a victory.

Having said that, you can bet the one-time, history-making contender who at one point was considered a legit threat to Anderson Silva’s title, will put it all on the line to make it a reality.

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‘Mayhem’ Miller arrested following alleged fight with police officers

“Mayhem” is in trouble with the police again.

Jason Miller, who was arrested in October after live-tweeting a police standoff at his home, was taken into custody by cops Saturday night after allegedly brawling with officers outside a nightclub in Laguna Beach, Calif., Laguna PD Sergeant Tim Kleiser confirmed with MMAFighting.com.

The arresting charges were suspicion of resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and unlawful fighting. Miller, 34, was still in custody as of Monday evening with a bail amount set at $ 200,000.

Apparent video of the arrest from TerezOwens.com was circulating online over the weekend.

Miller began allegedly causing a scene at the White House restaurant and club around 11:19 p.m., including breaking glass inside the establishment, Kleiser said. When police arrived, Miller left White House on foot. But when he started back toward the club, “Mayhem” was encountered by a group of officers.

Then, Miller started to engage the cops in a fight, according to Kleiser. It took four officers to restrain Miller and put him in a police cruiser. Kleiser said that Miller continued to act out en route to the Orange County jail, kicking the cruiser’s windows and spitting.

In October, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officers attempted to serve Miller a bench warrant for stalking when he barricaded himself inside his Mission Viejo, Calif., home. Miller tweeted during the standoff before surrendering after a remote front-door breach.

Miller has pleaded not guilty to the charges of resisting a public or peace officer in relation to that incident. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for May 11, according to Orange County court records.

Miller was also arrested twice in 2013 on domestic violence charges.

In 2012, Miller was arrested after being found naked in a church that had been burglarized and vandalized. The charges against him were dropped and the pastor of the church ended up supporting Miller.

Miller has not fought since a loss to C.B. Dollaway on May 26, 2012 after which he was cut by the UFC. Miller (28-9, 1 NC), once one of the best middleweights in the world, owns notable wins over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy and Kazushi Sakuraba. The North Carolina native competed in his career for the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and WEC, among others.

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‘Mayhem’ Miller arrested following alleged fight with police officers

“Mayhem” is in trouble with the police again.

Jason Miller, who was arrested in October after live-tweeting a police standoff at his home, was taken into custody by cops Saturday night after allegedly brawling with officers outside a nightclub in Laguna Beach, Calif., Laguna PD Sergeant Tim Kleiser confirmed with MMAFighting.com.

The arresting charges were suspicion of resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and unlawful fighting. Miller, 34, was still in custody as of Monday evening with a bail amount set at $ 200,000.

Apparent video of the arrest from TerezOwens.com was circulating online over the weekend.

Miller began allegedly causing a scene at the White House restaurant and club around 11:19 p.m., including breaking glass inside the establishment, Kleiser said. When police arrived, Miller left White House on foot. But when he started back toward the club, “Mayhem” was encountered by a group of officers.

Then, Miller started to engage the cops in a fight, according to Kleiser. It took four officers to restrain Miller and put him in a police cruiser. Kleiser said that Miller continued to act out en route to the Orange County jail, kicking the cruiser’s windows and spitting.

In October, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officers attempted to serve Miller a bench warrant for stalking when he barricaded himself inside his Mission Viejo, Calif., home. Miller tweeted during the standoff before surrendering after a remote front-door breach.

Miller has pleaded not guilty to the charges of resisting a public or peace officer in relation to that incident. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for May 11, according to Orange County court records.

Miller was also arrested twice in 2013 on domestic violence charges.

In 2012, Miller was arrested after being found naked in a church that had been burglarized and vandalized. The charges against him were dropped and the pastor of the church ended up supporting Miller.

Miller has not fought since a loss to C.B. Dollaway on May 26, 2012 after which he was cut by the UFC. Miller (28-9, 1 NC), once one of the best middleweights in the world, owns notable wins over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy and Kazushi Sakuraba. The North Carolina native competed in his career for the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and WEC, among others.

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Morning Report: Iowa Athletic Commission investigating Josh Neer following ‘bully beatdown’ incident

Professional fighters sure do seem to draw an inordinate amount of online abuse.

Yet, somehow, each morning, we don’t all of a sudden awake to an avalanche of videos of pro fighters using their skills to hurt people.

Former UFC and Bellator veteran Josh Neer decided to buck that trend Monday when he posted a video of himself “sparring” a now former gym member at Iowa’s RoundKick Gym.

In the video, which can be seen here, Neer can be seen slamming his elbow into a crumpled figure not once, not twice, but six times. Firing off a pair of right crosses and left hooks, Neer then stands over the man and soccer kicks him in the face.

While Neer appeared to be wearing typical four-ounce MMA gloves, his opponent appears to be wearing 16-ounce boxing gloves.

Speaking with Bloody Elbow’s John Nash, Neer explains how his opponent’s online badgering led to the incident at the fighter’s local gym.

“Basically the guys a dumbass and been talking shit about MMA fighters for a month. On and on, I usually ignore him but this Saturday he wrote me on Facebook the message i gave. He had written 10 messages to me talking shit which I ignored, but this time I said if you really want to fight come to the gym Monday at 5:30.

I don’t know what his problem is but he’s a big guy, like 6-6 and 270 pounds and just acts like a bully. That what he seems like to me, just a bully.

He showed up at 6:10, 40 mins into my practice. And then I asked him if he wanted to fight Rakim or me and Rakim is bigger then me so of course he chose me.”

In an interview with MMA Fighting community member Emmery Myers, ‘bully’ Patrick Martin gave his take.

EM: Glad you’re not hurt. Thats incredible. So this was a planned match? How did it come about? Is Neer’s version of events accurate?

PM: Not quite! he’s adding all this talk, that I talk shit about MMA fighters when I talked shit to him after disrespecting me a bout a wrestling drill I was tired in! So I left it alone till I saw him out and I bought him a couple beers and then he walked of talking shit to his buddy about me! So I blew up on him on Facebook demanding a full contact spar! I said I’ll bring 16oz. So the beef is with him and a couple other of his gyms fighter who was talking shit on my page!

While Martin says he only wanted a round of the fighter’s time, he says Neer wanted a fight.

EM: Was this sparring session preplanned? What were the rules?

PM: Yeah the sparring session was planned and when I came in I was planning on sparing 2 fighters from the gym so I announced I’ll give them each three minutes. Neer replied real fight I sad I don’t have time for that so we agreed to a round! After saying “that’s all I need anyways with you” so I got my gloves and he needed more than a round!

Speaking with MMA Junkie, RoundKick head trainer Pete Peterson said Martin never lost consciousness from the strikes thrown by Neer in the video. He also claimed Neer never soccer kicked Martin, saying Neer ‘tripped’ while he was being pulled off.

“I don’t know why he wasn’t defending himself with the hands better, but he was not unconscious,” Peterson said. “I was right there, and he got up and started running his mouth again. Then we kicked him out of the gym.”

According to TMZ, the Iowa Athletic Commission is already looking into the incident.

“We are aware of the situation,” says IAC Executive Director Joe Walsh. “I have our legal team taking a thorough look at our rules. We’re checking to see if we have anything on the books that covers this.”

“We do have certain standards that our athletes must meet.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Clean. Cris Cyborg has passed her second out-of-competition drug test, clearing her to headline Invicta FC 11.

‘Very, very difficult.’ UFC lightweight James Krause says he’s already lost $ 20K in sponsorship money due to the promotion’s deal with Reebok.

Fortunes changed for five. Dave Meltzer explains how Frank Mir, Antonio Silva, Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Sam Alvey move forward from UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir.

‘I’m kind of like the older uncle yelling at him all the time.’ Mike Winkeljohn says he’s surprised Jon Jones didn’t ‘fall off the cliff’ because of his partying with ‘idiots.’

‘I got caught.’ Now in a ‘much better place’ mentally, Mark Hunt is moving on from his KO loss to Fabricio Werdum. ’I had issues that came up. It wasn’t good….just mentioning it wore me down. I was broken at that time. It wasn’t good.’

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC 184 embedded episode 2.

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Muay Thai champion John Wayne Parr training with Joe Rogan.

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Highlights from KSW 30: Genesis and M-1 Challenge 55.

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Nice fan promo for Aldo vs. McGregor.

UFC 189: Aldo vs McGregor Promo from BrattMamley on Vimeo.

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“3 things to know about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao”

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The NSFW Power Rangers remake you deserve.

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Long watches.

Sherdog’s The MMA Rounds with UFC fighters Urijah Faber, Josh Barnett, and straweight champion Carla Esparza.

Submission Radio - Stipe Miocic: Standing with Mark Hunt, Tweets, Nicknames, his War with Junior Dos Santos

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TWEETS

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Together again.

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King.

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Anderson keeping busy.

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Get well soon.

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Beefin’.

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Agreed.

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Congrats.

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Damn.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Feb. 24 2015)

Taylor Lapilus vs. Rocky Lee at UFC Fight Night: Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga

Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa at UFC 188

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via Emmery Myers.

UFC fighters are radio-active…Welcome to the new age…

Outside of the nearly universally positive reaction to the new policy in terms of curbing PED use, there has been a lot of talk about the potential side-effects of the new steroid testing program. From cancelled fights, to diminished performances & gassed fighters, to derailed careers via suspensions, to increased injuries. The talk has primarily been about the negatives. But I don’t see it this way at all. This new policy will usher in the most turbulent era of change and divisional upheaval the sport has likely ever seen.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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Antonio Silva Dismisses Questions of Weak Chin Following KO Loss at UFC Fight Night

Antonio Silva suffered his third knockout loss in his last four outings at UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Mir” on Sunday, succumbing to a Frank Mir left hook and follow-up elbows at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Antonio Silva Dismisses Questions of Weak Chin Following KO Loss at UFC Fight Night

Antonio Silva suffered his third knockout loss in his last four outings at UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Mir” on Sunday, succumbing to a Frank Mir left hook and follow-up elbows at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Antonio Silva Dismisses Questions of Weak Chin Following KO Loss at UFC Fight Night

Antonio Silva suffered his third knockout loss in his last four outings at UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Mir” on Sunday, succumbing to a Frank Mir left hook and follow-up elbows at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Rashad Evans Sidelined 6-7 Months Following Second Knee Surgery

Rashad Evans’ return to the Octagon will be delayed approximately six to seven months after the UFC light heavyweight was forced to undergo a second surgery on his ACL.
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The Following Fighters Are on Drugs…

And the list of fighters who have tested positive for banned substances grows. Hot on the heels of his mysterious removal of the UFC 186 fight card, where he was supposed to do the dance with Rory MacDonald, comes the news that Hector Lombard failed his post-UFC 182 drug test. As per MMAFighting: The 37-year-old […]

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The Following Fighters Are on Drugs…

And the list of fighters who have tested positive for banned substances grows. Hot on the heels of his mysterious removal of the UFC 186 fight card, where he was supposed to do the dance with Rory MacDonald, comes the news that Hector Lombard failed his post-UFC 182 drug test. As per MMAFighting: The 37-year-old […]

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