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UFC 203 salaries: CM Punk banks $500,000 in MMA debut

CM Punk may not have had the performance of a lifetime at UFC 203, but he still got paid like a star. The former WWE superstar cashed a flat $ 500,000 purse for his mixed martial arts debut, which he lost via first-round rear-naked choke to Mickey Gall at UFC 203, according to figures released by the Ohio Athletic Commission to MMA Fighting on Monday.

Punk, 37, signed with the UFC with no martial arts background in Dec. 2014 following an enormously successful run as a professional wrestler with WWE. He trained for nearly two years at Roufusport to prepare for his UFC debut, but ultimately lost a lopsided match to the 24-year-old Gall, who earned $ 30,000 in victory. It is also worth noting that Punk’s salary was a flat $ 500,000 fee, meaning he wouldn’t have received a win bonus had he defeated Gall.

UFC 203 took place Sept. 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The night’s main card aired live on pay-per-view.

Aside from Punk, five other fighters on the card hit the six-figure mark in earnings, including heavyweight headliners Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. Miocic cashed a flat $ 600,000 purse for his first-round knockout victory over Overeem ($ 800,000) to successfully defend his UFC heavyweight title for the first time in front of his hometown Cleveland crowd.

In addition to their commission-reported salaries, Miocic, Overeem, Jessica Andrade, and Yancy Medeiros also took home $ 50,000 fight night bonuses for their performances.

A complete list of the UFC 203 salaries can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, pay-per-view bonuses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Stipe Miocic ($ 600,000 + no win bonus = $ 600,000) def. Alistair Overeem ($ 800,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($ 250,000 + $ 125,000 = $ 375,000) def. Travis Browne ($ 120,000)
Mickey Gall ($ 15,000 + $ 15,000 = $ 30,000) def. CM Punk ($ 500,000)
Jimmie Rivera ($ 24,000 + $ 24,000 = $ 48,000) def. Urijah Faber ($ 160,000)
Jessica Andrade ($ 23,000 + $ 23,000 = $ 46,000) def. Joanne Calderwood ($ 25,000)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Bethe Correia ($ 25,000 + $ 25,000 = $ 50,000) def. Jessica Eye ($ 25,000)
Brad Tavares ($ 28,000 + $ 28,000 = $ 56,000) def. Caio Magalhaes ($ 20,000)
Nik Lentz ($ 38,000 + $ 38,000 = $ 76,000) def. Michael McBride ($ 12,000)
Drew Dober ($ 19,000 + $ 19,000 = $ 38,000) def. Jason Gonzales ($ 10,000)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Yancy Medeiros ($ 24,000 + $ 24,000 = $ 48,000) def. Sean Spencer ($ 17,000)

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Should CM Punk Fight Again?

CM Punk got his ass kicked pretty badly by young buck Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on Saturday. Which, really, what did you expect? So now the next question is whether or not Punk should fight again. Should he? As per the FightNetwork’s interview with Dana White, if Punk does fight again, it probably shouldn’t […]

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Morning Report: Dana White says CM Punk ‘probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC’

UFC President Dana White doesn’t sound like he intends to bring CM Punk back for another fight.

On Saturday night, after almost two years of buildup, CM Punk finally made his walk to the Octagon to fight Mickey Gall. The walk lasted longer than the fight itself. When the opening bell sounded, Punk charged across the cage; Gall changed levels, took him down, and choked him out in just a touch over two minutes. It was a complete drubbing. Though Punk did successfully avoid one submission, he landed no significant strikes and absorbed a healthy number of them in return. And it looks like he may never get to land one.

Speaking with Fight Network’s John Pollock after the event, UFC President Dana White said that the UFC “probably” won’t have Punk fight again.

“He probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC. Just like I said with Brock, having your first fight in the UFC is tough and you [saw] tonight, even if it’s against a guy who is 2-0. This is a tough place to learn.”

While Punk isn’t the first fighter to ever make his MMA debut in the UFC, most of the others had some form of combat sports experience beforehand. James Toney was at least a world-class boxer at one point in time before fighting Randy Couture. And even the likes of Matt Riddle had to make their way through The Ultimate Fighter and some amateur bouts before getting into the world’s premiere MMA organization. Of course, none of those other people had the name value and ability to draw viewers that Punk does.

Just how many eyeballs were drawn to the card is still unknown. The UFC never releases official pay-per-view numbers and reports won’t surface for a couple of weeks. That being said, if Punk was the driving force behind several million buys White’s tune on bringing him back might be entirely different. But, when asked how he viewed the Punk experiment as a whole, White had this to say.

“I don’t know if it was an experiment. I became friends with him. He’s a nice guy. I like him. I have a lot of respect for him and he wanted to give it a shot. I gave him his shot.”

That doesn’t sound much like another fight is in the offing for Punk. If this is the end of the CM Punk era, it was brief and divisive. But maybe Scott Coker and Bellator will pick him up to build a story around the next step in his MMA journey.

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MUST-READ STORIES

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Results. UFC 203 went down. Here are the results.

This is Sparta. Fabricio Werdum explained why he kicked Edmond Tarverdyan at his UFc 203 fight.

Memory. Stipe Miocic doesn’t remember tapping out but he does remember knocking Overeem out.

Sage wisdom. Mickey Gall says he is ready to prove himself after the CM Punk win.

Ups and downs. Brad Tavares explains the “crazy” elevator incident before UFC 203.

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EXTRA CREDIT READING

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Punk. For The Ringer, Chuck Mindenhall talks about the CM Punk experience at 203.

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MEDIA STEW

Presser highlights.

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BJJ Scout dissects the guard passing of my favorite fighter of all time. Obvious must watch stuff.

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Hendo on Inside MMA

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Conor with the appropriate reaction. Fair play to Phil Brooks for taking it seriously and making the walk. Don’t need to lionize nor vilify him.

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LISTEN UP

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BATB

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6th Round

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Parting Shot

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TWEETS

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Nice graphic.

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Big John weighs in.

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Jones by submission, rd 3.

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I agree.

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Chael never gonna not be that guy.

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Kyle Snyder is 20 years old and already has an Olympic gold medal and a world championship in Freestyle wrestling. Not to mention 1 NCAA championship with 3 more likely to follow. We should be so lucky to get him in MMA.

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Even if y’all don’t like boxing, the GGG and Chocolatito fights this weekend were incredibly fun.

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Love that fight.

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Lol.

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Can’t deny the man’s star power.

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If Mark Hunt never fights again to do regular work, I will be so sad.

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Cerrone’s got a pair of brass ones that’s for sure.

Who is better, crazier or more BAD ASS then @cowboycerrone ?????! #asrealasitgets

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on 

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Considering their talent, you could argue AKA actually underachieves as a gym. Could easily have 4 champions.

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Losing out on this one hurt, but glad Robbie isn’t rushing back after that Tyron KO.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (18-5-0)UFC 205, November 12.

Luke Rockhold (15-3-0) vs. Ronaldo Souza (23-4-0); UFC Fight Night 101, November 27.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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1999: Wanderlei Silva made his Pride debut, winning a decision over Carl Malenko at Pride 7. That event also featured the first loss of Mark Kerr’s career at the hands (and illegal knees) of Igor Vovchanchyn, which was later changed into a No Contest because of the illegal knee strikes.

2014: Emmanuel Newton defeated Joey Beltran by spinning backfist KO to successfully defend his Bellator light heavyweight championship at Bellator 124. The co-main event that evening saw Laim McGeary submit Kelly Anundsonwith an inverted triangle choke to win the Bellator light heavyweight tournament to earn a shot at Newton’s title.

2015: Tonya Evinger was supposed to defend her Invicta bantamweight championship against Pannie Kianzad at Invicta 14; however, both Evinger and Kianzad missed weight and the bout was changed to a non-title catchweight bout. Evinger won by TKO in the second round.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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Stipe vs. Cain is gonna be dope.

Happy Monday everyone. See you tomorrow.

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Mickey Gall reveals what he told CM Punk after UFC weigh-in handshake refusal

On Friday at the UFC 203 weigh-ins, UFC welterweight and former professional wrestler CM Punk refused to shake his opponent Mickey Gall’s hand.

This prompted Gall to issue a number of statements to him, but none anyone in the media or audience could hear. When asked about what Gall during an interview that followed the weigh-ins on Fox Sports 1, Punk, or Phil Brooks, said he didn’t really know.

“I don’t know,” Brooks said. “He was stuttering. He kept repeating, ‘oh you don’t want to shake my hand, you don’t want to shake my hand’ or something like that. I’m not here to shake anybody’s hand. I’m here to punch people in the face.”

After Saturday night, though, Brooks was unable to do that, landing zero strikes in the fight with Gall that he lost in the first round via submission.

Gall also told the media after the fight he wasn’t stuttering at all.

“It’s funny,” he said, “my sister just told me that he said I was stuttering when I was talking to him. I’ll tell you exactly what I said.

“When he didn’t shake my hand and he was giving me that hard look, I said, ‘You’re an actor. You’re still acting. We’re fighting tomorrow. You know what’s going to happen. I’m going to hurt you.’ And then he kept staring at me as he walked off. I said, ‘Keep looking at me.’ That’s all.”

According to Gall, he’s not entirely sure why Brooks did that, but his hunch is that Brooks’s decision to not engage in pleasantries was a sign that the process of being a fighter was still too new.

“I think it shows that he’s still not a fighter to the degree other guys are,” he said. “Guys who’ve been through it, guys who’ve really blood, sweat and tears, you’re going to shake your guy’s hand. You’re going to give him respect because you know he’s been through the same stuff. It’s like a brotherhood. You’re going in there to try and kill each other, but you have that baseline respect.”

As for the future, Gall argued the more Brooks does this, the more he’ll naturally realize shaking hands isn’t being overly friendly with opposition. Punk might be 37 years of age to Gall’s 24, but Gall argued he’s the veteran of the two.

“He’ll get that. It’s a maturing process,” Gall said. “He’s a two-year guy. He’ll learn.”

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UFC 203 Aftermath: CM Punk and lessons for new UFC ownership

“This is what happens when a brown belt rolls with a white belt.”

The matchup between CM Punk and Mickey Gall was less than a minute old when Joe Rogan decided he couldn’t go along with the hype anymore.

You could practically feel the longtime UFC color commentator gritting his teeth as he forced his way through the last-minute hype Saturday night leading up to the UFC 203 pay-per-view broadcast from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. But once the fight started, and Gall shot for a double-leg and began to pick Punk apart, there was no use pretending anymore. The documentaries building up the former pro wrestler’s debut and the testimonials from coaches like Duke Roufus and teammates like Tyron Woodley were all put to lie when a competitor with two pro fights made Punk look like the rank amateur he was. So Rogan, carrying the weight of the product’s credibility, correctly called the action for what it was.

Don’t mistake this for personal animosity toward Phil Brooks, the guy behind the CM Punk character. He was a UFC superfan who always had the “what if?” question in the back of his brain. He was afforded the opportunity to live it out and make some money along the way. You shouldn’t begrudge him for seizing the chance when it was presented to him.

It’s also worth remembering that the decision to sign Punk back in Dec. 2014 wasn’t made in a vacuum. This was just weeks after Bellator rattled the MMA world with a killer cable rating for Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar, which did a ground-and-pound job on UFC 180′s buyrates. So much time has passed since Punk signed that it’s been forgotten that he almost assuredly would have fought for Bellator by now, and drawn another giant rating, if the UFC hadn’t snapped him up at that precise moment in time.

Still, for all the relentless BS that swirls around the mixed martial arts world, to steal a phrase from another sport, Octagon don’t lie. As Gall made a mercy killing of the Punk experiment, there was no denying this was a sports fantasy camp gone awry (And hey, that crew of wrestlers who were butthurt over Conor McGregor’s comments last month sure seemed to be silent on Twitter last night).

Maybe UFC 203 drew in a bunch of new casual viewers, though that number was likely down from what it would have been even a year ago, given how long Punk was out of the spotlight. If those viewers stuck around to see the thrilling main event between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem, and became new fans in the process, the exercise may have been worth it after all.

The best lesson from the Punk experiment, though, just might be the timely message it sends to the UFC’s new ownership group. WME-IMG is mainly an entertainment conglomerate. While mixed martial arts often blurs the line between sports and entertainment, there is, in fact, still a line, and you better be very careful if and when you decide to cross it.

UFC 203 quotes

“I don’t remember tapping out, I just remember punching his face repeatedly until he was unconscious.” — Stipe Miocic, on Alistair Overeem’s concussed claim that Miocic tapped to his guillotine attempt.

“I’m beating myself up way more than I got beat up. I’m supremely disappointed. … I wanted to win. I wanted to perform. It didn’t happen.” Punk on his loss

“Between me and Punk, before tonight, we had a combined two fights. I was 2-0 and he was 0-0. It was kind of a weird thing. But he was saying, ‘always believe you belong.’ And it was a motivational, positive message. It was nice of him.” — Gall, on words of encouragement from Punk

“I just keep my distance, I don’t want to kick him, I just keep the distance, you know, he’s a boxing coach, and I see in his eyes he wants to punch my face. And I just want to keep the distance. But he comes first. He says a lot of things, a lot of bad things.”Fabricio Werdum on his postfight confrontation with Edmond Tarverdyan

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Up: Stipe Miocic Ohio’s favorite non-LeBron James son now has one heavyweight title defense under his belt, which puts him halfway toward a tie for the most successful defenses in the championship’s 21-year history. But it’s the way in which he defended the belt which leads one to believe Miocic just might be the one to hang on to the belt awhile. Miocic was rocked by one of MMA’s most fearsome strikers, put in a choke (where he most decidedly did not tap), and not only escaped, but shook off the cobwebs and rallied for victory before the round was out. That’s the sort of mettle from which MMA legends are made.

Down: Travis Browne There’s enough of a body of evidence at this point that this statement should be obvious: Browne is a dirty fighter. And one whose skills are rapidly regressing. Browne has now lost three out of his past four fights after a dreadful performance against Fabricio Werdum. It should have gone into the books as a first-round TKO loss, but he was inexplicably allowed to call time-out (more on this later). His only victory in the past two years, over Matt Mitrione, was a fight which turned on uncalled eye pokes (what is it about Browne that seems to intimidate lower-tier referees, anyway, and why do they keep getting assigned to his fights?). Either way, it’s painfully obvious Browne needs changes in both scenery and attitude.

Up: Mickey Gall No, we’re not going to get carried away over a 3-0 fighter scoring a one-sided victory over someone who really didn’t have any business being in the Octagon. But this is a young fighter who trains with the well-respected Miller brothers, so you know he’s in the right hands and you know they’ll keep his ego in check. And he’s got a natural gift of gab, one that got him the Punk fight in the first place and one which led him to smartly call out Sage Northcutt afterwards. He’s got a long, long way to go, but when all’s said and done, Gall could turn out to be the star created by Lookin’ for a Fight.

Down: Urijah Faber Up until last night, The California Kid always bounced back from his losses in title fights with impressive victories that started a renewed push up the ladder. Last night, the 37-year-old Faber finally looked like a fighter who might be hitting his downside. Faber could never get untracked against an underrated opponent in Jimmie Rivera, coming out on the wrong end of an across-the-board, 30-27 decision. Faber still has something of symbolic importance to fight for: The UFC makes its debut at the new downtown arena in his hometown of Sacramento on Dec. 17. It’s up to Faber to decide how much longer he wants to continue fighting, but if he has an eye on going out on a high note, the planets will never better align.

Up: Jessica Andrade All things considered, Andrade did quite well for herself as an undersized bantamweight in posting a 4-3 UFC record. But at strawweight, Andrade’s a killer. The 24-year-old Brazilian had her way with Joanne Calderwood, slamming her to the mat at will before finishing her with a choke. This is just three months after she picked Jessica Penne apart at UFC 199. Those are two quality opponent she made look bad. It will be interesting to see just how much higher she can climb at 115 pounds.

Interesting calls

A week of weirdness in Cleveland — which culminated in C.B. Dollaway having to pull out of his fight with Francimar Barroso due to an injury suffered in an a hotel elevator accident — was mostly spared on the night of the fights.

With, of course, one glaring exception: The Werdum-Browne matchup.

Start with one of the biggest referee botches we’ve seen in quite some time: Referee Gary Copeland, who sometimes comes across as more interested in showing off his guns on television than officiating the fights in front of him, inexplicably allowing Browne to take a timeout when he injured his finger attempting to deflect a Werdum punch. A fighter begging off the action in the middle of the fight is grounds for a stoppage. Copeland should have waved the bout off and had it been stopped at that point, this morning we’d be talking about an impressive rebound by Werdum after his title loss.

Instead, Foreman allowed Browne a break — a call so egregiously bad that John McCarthy, who doesn’t usually publicly question calls by fellow referees, did so on Twitter — and the bout ultimately went the distance. Which led us to our next fiasco. Coach Edmond Tarverdyan, who came off as a raving lunatic between rounds, hadn’t calmed down after the fight, and was jawing at Werdum and moving forward. Werdum kept him at bay with a push kick and a melee nearly broke out.

What’s noteworthy here is that over the years, any sort of post-fight extracurriculars in the Octagon have been greatly frowned on and swiftly acted upon, and yet it appears few people, if any, called for Werdum to be punished for his actions. If that doesn’t tell you what people think of the Glendale Fighting Club crew these days, nothing else will.

Fight I’d like to see next: Stipe Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez and a bonus fight

Yes, I know … half of you are getting ready to jump down to the comment section to make cracks about Velasquez and injuries. But after watching Miocic dodge out of danger and put out Overeem’s lights, the new champ vs. a healthy Velasquez is one tantalizing showdown. A victory over Velasquez would not only cement Miocic’s place at the top, but also put him in the elite club of two-time heavyweight title defenders. A third title reign for Cain would help bolster his case as the sport’s greatest heavyweight, injury issues or no. Maybe we can start a GoFundMe page to raise money to bribe the MMA Gods to keep Velasquez healthy long enough for this fight to happen.

And one more thing: I kind of hate myself for loving the idea of Gall vs. Northcutt, but I really want to see this fight. You’ve got two guys who have earned more than their fair share of publicity from the Lookin’ for a Fight series. A foul-mouthed Philly guy vs. a milk and cookies Texan. Both can already generate hype beyond their years. Unlike what we saw last night, even though these guys aren’t exactly the same as the rest of the UFC roster, it should be a fairly even fight. And one of them should come out of it with real momentum. This fight’s so wrong that it’s right.

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UFC 203 video: Mickey Gall calls out Sage Northcutt after CM Punk win, ‘Super’ accepts, Dana White says ‘we’ll see’

After spoling CM Punk’s mixed martial arts (MMA) debut last night (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) in Cleveland, Ohio (see it), Mickey Gall took the opportunity to call out his next opponent; singling out fellow “Lookin’ for a Fight” alum, Sage Northcutt.

And just as fast as the call out was made, it was accepted, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White says the Northcutt camp contacted him immediately to accept the bout.

“Well, when he called him out, Sage’s people texted me immediately and they want the fight,” said White during a post-event interview for UFC on FOX. “So we’ll see if that fight happens.”

Of course, White has a policy to not book fights immediately after an event, so it may be a few days or weeks before we get the green light for this potential showdown. If and when it does get booked, it will be interesting to see in what weight division it goes down.

That’s becasue Gall fights at Welterweight while Sage knocks heads in the Lightweight division. However, “Super” did compete at 170-pounds once before. But, it didn’t wokr out too well for him, as he suffered his first loss to Bryan Barbarena at UFC on FOX 18 earlier this year.

But you can blame it on this.

Nevertheless, since both camps are open to the bout, there’s really no reason not to book it, unless the UFC brass is hesitant to pit two young, up-and-coming contenders to fight one another so soon. As it stands, Sage is 3-1 inside the Octagon while Gall improved to 5-0 (2-0 UFC) with his win over Punk.

Can any of you think of any reason why this fight won’t be made soon?

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VIDEO: An Animated CM Punk Video, Because Why Not

CM Punk is fighting tomorrow at UFC 203. *cue party horns and streamers* Okay, so maybe it will suck because this is his first fight ever – wait, what am I saying? It will definitely suck. Regardless, he’s a former pro wrestler, and this is a freakshow fight, and it’s been a while since the […]

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