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Is ‘The Sugar Show’ Returning At UFC 229?

Could ‘The Sugar Show’ be the fight that comes right before McGregor vs. Khabib?

The Sugar Show may be returning in October.

That’s according to “Sugar” Sean O’Malley himself, who claimed he was getting the co-main event slot at UFC 229 in October.

”CO MAIN EVENT October 6th in Las Vegas,” the 23 year old prospect wrote on Instagram, alongside video of him knocking out a victim with a spinning hook kick. No potential opponent was named.

CO MAIN EVENT October 6th in Las Vegas . #sugarshow repost: @videofolder

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O’Malley has been out of action since a March 2018 win over Andre Soukhamthath where he badly injured the ligaments in his foot.

“What I understand is it would be better if it was broken because it would be easier to heal than ligament tears,” O’Malley told the MMA Hour back in March. “I think I would almost rather it would be broken, but we’re going to check it out and we’ll see where we can go from there.”

A co-main event placement on any pay-per-view card would be pretty big for O’Malley, but UFC 229 on October 6th could be a career changer: that’s the date the UFC is rumored to be targeting for the massive Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov lightweight title fight.

The UFC has been pushing O’Malley hard as a future star since the bantamweight arrived in the organization via Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series a year ago, and he’s rewarded them with gutsy and entertaining wins. A spot just before McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov could help propel O’Malley to proper stardom. At the very least, it guarantees we’ll see a barnburner of a fight leading into the big main event.

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Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds

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Just when you thought MMA couldn’t get any stranger than it already is.

Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are one step closer to fighting each other again.

Liddell confirmed on The MMA Hour Monday that he is returning to the sport, as he targets a third bout vs. Ortiz with promoter Oscar de la Hoya.

“I will fight again,” Liddell said. “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.

Early plans are for November in either Las Vegas or California under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. De La Hoya, a former boxing champion, recently mentioned the idea of getting into the MMA business.

While Ortiz has previously stated he would only return for Liddell, the same is not true for “The Iceman.”

“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much,” Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m (still) going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”

Liddell, 48 years old, will have been gone from the sport for eight years this June. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin that year at UFC 115, his third consecutive knockout loss.

Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.

 

 

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Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds

The post Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds appeared first on Fightline.

Just when you thought MMA couldn’t get any stranger than it already is.

Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are one step closer to fighting each other again.

Liddell confirmed on The MMA Hour Monday that he is returning to the sport, as he targets a third bout vs. Ortiz with promoter Oscar de la Hoya.

“I will fight again,” Liddell said. “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.

Early plans are for November in either Las Vegas or California under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. De La Hoya, a former boxing champion, recently mentioned the idea of getting into the MMA business.

While Ortiz has previously stated he would only return for Liddell, the same is not true for “The Iceman.”

“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much,” Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m (still) going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”

Liddell, 48 years old, will have been gone from the sport for eight years this June. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin that year at UFC 115, his third consecutive knockout loss.

Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.

 

 

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Dana White Not Banking on Conor McGregor Ever Returning

Probably the toughest thing about creating a pay-per-view monster is luring back into action after you’ve made it rich. That seems to be the case with UFC – and boxing – star Conor McGregor, who made so much money trading leather with Floyd Mayweather that he could buy a handful of towns and villages in […]

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Midnight Mania! One-armed fighter Nick “Notorious” Newell returning to MMA after two year retirement

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Nick Newell, the one-armed fighter who once faced Justin Gaethje, is returning to MMA. Via CombatDocket.com:

Ex WSOF title challenger, and XFC Lightweight Champion Nick Newell has ended a two plus year layoff to sign a multi fight deal with LFA. Newell, a congenital amputee from the elbow down on his left arm has been fighting against the odds his whole life.

Nick was widely considered an inspirational figure, not just to the MMA community but to a wide swath of people who found his success in spite of his amputation astonishing.

He never took that view of himself.

Here are extended highlights from his only loss to Justin Gaethje prior to retirement. Besides being more competitive than I recalled, there is also a clearly illegal knee by Gaethje; Newell complained about it afterwards, and it was never addressed by the referee. Considering the mettle Justin Gaethje has since shown against top ten UFC competition, this fight is extremely impressive in retrospect.

Before that, he became XFC champion with this fight:

He’s also known for posting videos of his cats.

When is life #GatosDeNewell #catsofinstagram #instacat #catstgram #catbreading #cats

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Waxing lyrical for no reason is okay

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy

Some days I do love the internet.

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I’ll admit I chuckled

Will Brooks and Dustin Poirier in the ATT training room


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Slip, rip, KO, all in this clip.

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I did enjoy this fight

The Basho is back, and that means Sumo for all you poor souls

This is going to be an awesome boxing match. I cannot wait.

Beautiful body kick.

One thing you have to admit about Mike Perry- he can certainly fight.

That’s the lowest lift I’ve ever seen from a knockout knee to the head.

This 2011 footage of Floyd Mayweather Sr., against a kid that decides sucker-punching him is a good idea, is truly wild.


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Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre odds: ‘The Count’ opens as betting underdog against returning ‘Rush’ for UFC 217

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping will headline the upcoming UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event against former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who returns from his lengthy layoff with some extra meat on his bones.

They’ll do the deed on Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, but if the opening odds from Bovada are any indication, “The Count” will enter his latest title defense as the betting underdog.

Bisping is sitting at +125 against St-Pierre’s -155.

“Rush” is currently swimming in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool, clearing his name (and his urine) before entering the Octagon this fall. Bisping, meanwhile, is rehabbing a knee injury that kept him sidelined since last October.

In fact, the countless delays forced promotion president Dana White to reassign St-Pierre to the winner of Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia; however, “The Chosen One” stunk up the joint at UFC 214 and lost his chance for a payday fit for a king.

So, any fight fans ready to jump on the Bisping vs. St-Pierre betting line?

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Returning to spot of shocking loss means little to Fedor

When Fedor Emelianenko steps into the cage on Saturday night against Matt Mitrione, it will be the exact location of his most famous loss. But that seems of little concern to him.

Fedor Emelianenko, the man who still has to be regarded as the most successful heavyweight fighter in MMA history, returns on Saturday night to the exact spot where he went from myth to human.

On June 26, 2010, in just his second fight with Strikeforce, Emelianenko was facing Fabricio Werdum in San Jose, Calif., at what was then the HP Pavilion and is now the SAP Center, a hotbed for MMA for more than a decade that had housed some of the most historically significant fights in history. By no means was the fight expected to be one-sided, as Werdum was among the most skilled heavyweights in the sport and had been in the ring and cage with top competition for years.

Still, few thought Werdum would win. For all real purposes, Emelianenko had gone 33 fights without a clean loss. The lone blemish on his record came nearly ten years earlier, a cut stoppage from an illegal elbow in a bout with Tsuyoshi Kosaka. By all rights that fight should have been a disqualification on Kosaka or a no contest. But it was in Japan in 2000. The sport was in its formative years, with no set rules, and decisions didn’t always make logical sense.

While no championship was at stake, many considered Emelianenko the legitimate heavyweight world champion going into that fight. He had been champion of Pride when it had the best heavyweight talent in the world since 2003. Pride may have gone out of business, but Fedor had not lost since. Even when Werdum got him in a triangle — because Emelianenko had found himself in deep trouble in so many fights, yet always managed to find his way out — it was hard to envision he could lose. Time seemingly stood still as he was in that triangle, and then he tapped out.

That shocking moment — one of the most memorable in the sport’s history — seems to have less meaning to Emelianenko (35-4-1-1) than fans.

When asked if it means something to him to come back to the same location more than six years later, he unemotionally replied through an interpreter, “Maybe not, this is how it happened due to God.”

Emelianenko headlines Saturday’s Bellator show on Spike TV against Matt Mitrione (11-5), a former college football star at Purdue who bounced around the NFL for a few years before making a name for himself with his outgoing personality as a mid-level UFC heavyweight. One year ago, he let his UFC contract expire, frustrated with the organization, and signed with Bellator, a decision he said he has never second-guessed.

“I didn’t like where UFC was headed,” Mitrione said. “I didn’t like the forced nature of things. I didn’t like the way we were manipulated.”

His deal started when he auditioned for a sport as a color commentator for Bellator’s kickboxing league, and was told that they wouldn’t hire him for that spot if he still worked for UFC.

“It’s played out well,” he said. “I’m happy at all levels, happy with the appreciation, happy with the opportunity I’ve gotten at all levels. I don’t see this as being a short-term thing. Its not a way to get back. I’ll retire with Bellator.”

Bellator president Scott Coker noted that the deal to bring Emelianenko back to the U.S. was very different from his previous one in 2009 when he was running Strikeforce. Back then it was all about negotiations with M-1 Global, which made getting on the same page very difficult. This deal had its rocky moments, but in the end it was Coker and Emelianenko who struck an agreement without third-party involvement.

“Honestly, we kind of talked about a deal, and we got some lawyers involved, and then it got kind of hung up,” said Coker. “And then I jumped on a call with Fedor and his translator, Tanya, and we hammered it out in 45 minutes.

“We had hired a lawyer in Russia to represent us. It took three or four months of back-and-forth, and once we started talking directly, 45 minutes later, we had a deal, and they inked it within a couple of days.”

“The contract is for several fights, so that’s the goal,” said Emelianenko, who said how long he remains in the sport is God’s will.

Mitrione is about four inches taller, and will probably be 20 or more pounds heavier. He’s also more athletic than most of Emelianenko’s previous foes. But none of that seems to have any effect on Emelianenko.

“At this moment, I don’t have any concerns,” he said. “We’ll see during the fight.”

But at 40 — and ever since the Werdum loss — it’s clear he’s not the same fighter he once was. Even Fedor himself admits things are different.

“I feel myself getting old,” he said. “But the training is still the same. I’m the same weight. The training is always very difficult, hard and long.”

Mitrione is 38 yet, having come to the sport in his thirties, says he doesn’t necessarily feel the encroachment of age.

“I’m really lucky, but I don’t feel differently,” he said. “I believe I’m a Highlander. I’m not the only one, but I’m one of the few. My body feels great. It feels fantastic, I also changed the way I train. I don’t spar with big gloves and I don’t take punches to the face in training. Everything is live from the neck down.”

Mitrione noted that over the years his motto has become that he’s not paid to spar and get hurt in training, he trains to make sure he gets to the fight. He’s also concerned about his brain, noting he constantly engages in things to stimulate his brain after a lifetime in football and fighting.

“I think he’s excited,” said Coker about Mitrione. “That’s a big tough kid, really athletic, he’s got a big punch. This is an even fight to me, 50/50, whoever gets there first. I think Fedor’s excited. I think you’ll see a great match on Saturday night.”

“Is it my Super Bowl?” Mitrione said, when asked how this would compare to anything else he’s done in sports. “I don’t know. I can tell you after I win. I don’t know now. I think it’s just another day right now. It’s just another competition I’m involved in.”

Mitrione said the only thing he can compare this to right now was his 2010 fight with Kimbo Slice in Montreal.

“My first real fight in the UFC, not on Ultimate Fighter, was with Kimbo,” Mitrione said. “Kimbo had a Tyson-esque aura about him back then.”

“It parallels to fighting Kimbo, the aura, the hype, the trash talk from his fans. I see a lot of parallels. As far as every other sport, a fight is it’s own animal. I don’t really see it (a comparison to a football game). The Kimbo fight was somewhat similar although obviously the level of fighter isn’t similar.”

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Angela Hill’s UFC return on hold due to four-month returning fighter rule

Angela Hill’s potential return to the UFC will have to wait.

The Invicta FC women’s strawweight champion said she will not be able to compete at UFC 207 later this month because of a rule in the UFC’s anti-doping policy with USADA.

The provision requires a fighter coming back to the UFC to spend four months in the USADA drug-testing pool before competing. Hill was in the pool last year before she was released in October 2015.

An emotional Hill announced the situation in a video posted to her Twitter on Tuesday. MMA Fighting confirmed the information with USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden. Hill had an agreement in place to face Jessica Andrade at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

“I really wanted to get one more fight in this year,” Hill said in the video, through tears. “I thought it was going to be a really good fight for me. I knew I could beat her. I’m really sorry. I just wanted to let all my fans know that I’m not ducking her, I’m not a punk. I was ready to jump in there when no one else wanted to and fight a really tough opponent and have a great fight and put on a show for the fans. But it’s not gonna happen this year.”

The four-month testing pool rule rule was famously waived for Brock Lesnar in advance of UFC 200 in July. Lesnar ended up testing positive for clomiphene, a banned substance, in both out- and in-competition tests, leaving egg on the face of the UFC and USADA. The UFC has the ability to waive the four-month rule, but has upheld it since the Lesnar mess.

Hill (6-2) said she plans on enrolling in the USADA testing pool Tuesday. She told MMA Fighting that she is not technically signed with the UFC at this moment and isn’t sure what is next.

Andrade was initially supposed to meet Maryna Moroz at UFC 207 and that fight has not officially been pulled off the card by UFC brass, but it appears that Moroz has withdrawn. Andrade’s coach Gilliard Parana told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz that the UFC is seeking a new opponent for Andrade.

Hill, 30, was released by the UFC after falling to top strawweights Tecia Torres and Rose Namajunas in consecutive fights. The San Diego resident won four in a row under the Invicta banner this year, including a split decision win over Livia Renata Souza in May to claim the promotion’s 115-pound belt. Hill beat Kaline Medeiros by unanimous decision in her first title defense last month.

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Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre back in negotiations with the UFC about returning to fight

Georges St-Pierre has had himself a busy two weeks. First, he announced he was teaming up with Bjorn Rebney, Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, T.J. Dillashaw, and (maybe?) Donald Cerrone to form the MMA Athletes Association (MMAAA). And now he says he’s back in talks with the UFC to negotiate his return to the cage.

In a recent interview with TSN, St-Pierre reaffirmed that his intention was still to fight again and that the UFC reached back out to him on the day he announced the formation of the MMAAA.

“No, no it doesn’t mean I’m done with the UFC. Like other members, like Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, Cowboy Cerrone, they’re all seasoned fighters. Doesn’t mean I’m done. Actually, the night that we launched the association we received a letter, Rodolphe [Beaulieu] received a letter – my agent – from the UFC lawyer saying that they want to renew the negotiation with me because at the point where I was before the negotiation, the communication was cut. So we didn’t have any kind of communication.”

St-Pierre has been vocal about his intent to return the UFC for many months and was hoping to fight on UFC 206 this weekend in Toronto, even enrolling in the USADA testing program back in August to ensure his eligibility to fight. But when his team and the UFC couldn’t reach a satisfactory agreement for his return, the talks died and GSP was left in limbo. St-Pierre says that even a few weeks ago he still thought he might sneak onto the card and  was training in preparation but the call never came, not even when Daniel Cormier withdrew from the main event due to injury causing a minor seismic shift in the MMA world.

Cormier’s injury forced the UFC to promote the co-main event – a featherweight scrap between Max Holloway and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis – to the main event and, as a corollary, to strip Conor McGregor of his featherweight belt so they could make that fight for an interim belt (ostensibly to increase visibility and marketing for a now floundering event) and promote current interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo to undisputed champion. And according to him, St-Pierre was never considered as an alternate option to that ordeal despite being ready to go.

“The thing is, I was training until a very recent point. I was fighting, I was training to get ready for a fight in Toronto. I really thought it would have worked out and in case someone got hurt, they would have maybe called me or I thought maybe they would have called me at the last minute, just to take me off guard. I didn’t know. But one or two weeks ago I pulled the plug, I knew it was not happening.

“I was hoping earlier to get on the card for Toronto but it’s not happening and now I guess they’ll keep talking and we’ll see if they can come to an agreement. Same story as before but now I have more options. I’m [a] free agent. I don’t have to be in the UFC. I could go somewhere else.”

The UFC disputes St-Pierre’s claim, saying he’s still under contract and that it “reserves its rights under the law” to have him honor the contract. The UFC seems to want to retain St-Pierre under his old contract from before his retirement three years ago and St-Pierre maintains the offer by the UFC is unfair strong-arming. The two parties being at loggerheads is even keeping St-Pierre from attending the event in Toronto to support his teammates fighting on the card.

“I will not be there but I remain a big fan. I’m gonna watch some of my teammates fighting on TV from my home but I won’t be there unfortunately. I wish I would have been there. The best place would be in the cage. I was hoping to get it done against Michael Bisping and he was hoping it too but unfortunately the conditions that they were offering me for the contract were unacceptable. Any smart person would not have accepted it. A person who would have accepted it is scared and has no choice but I’m healthy, I’m wealthy, I have the choice. I don’t have to take something that is not advantageous for me. I mean equitable. Because now I was taking all the risk and it was not equitable.”

To further complicate matters, St-Pierre says he’s not just negotiating for himself anymore, but for all the fighters. As the most famous member of the MMAAA, everything St-Pierre does will carry with it deeper connotations. It seems likely that St-Pierre will be even more incentivized to get his “fair share” meaning the UFC likely won’t be a fan of losing that extra equity. However these new negotiations play out though, St-Pierre says he’s okay with it because to accept lesser would be hypocritical and wouldn’t help the fighters that he’s ultimately trying to fight for.

“Who or what kind of person would I be if I’m taking a fight under conditions that are not equitable and I’m fighting for the other person that is trying to make their condition of work better. So if I do something, it’s smart to do it for myself first and then I try to do it for the other person. That’s my mentality.

“The truth is, I’ve met a lot of guys that when they finish their career they’re broken physically, mentally, financially and they have a family to feed and they have no insurance to care [for them]. This is unacceptable and that’s what we’re fighting for. I’m an exception because I’m very lucky. Even though I didn’t really have my fair share I ended up healthy and wealthy which is very rare in this business. Trust me, it is very rare. And I’m very happy, I feel very blessed to be in this situation and be able to fight for these guys that don’t have the same condition.”

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MUST-READ STORIES

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Gassing. Ronda Rousey says Amanda Nunes is predicting a first round KO because she “gasses in the second round.”

Fight the power. Conor McGregor is challenging his Nevada commission sanctions in court.

C&A. The MMAAA responds to a cease and desist letter from lawyers in UFC anti-trust case.

Uncle Dana called. Donald Cerrone eases back on his MMAAA relationship.

Bully beatdown. Matt Brown calls Donald Cerrone a “bully” and vows to “expose the that truth out of him.”

Technically. Anthony Pettis says Jose Aldo is the featherweight champion due to a “technicality.”

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MEDIA STEW

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Ronda’s new promo.

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Ronda looks friggin’ jacked.

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Look at Tom Duquesnoy go all fruit ninja in super slo-mo.

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He’s not wrong.

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Fitch getting active with his video game. Can’t speak to validity.

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LISTEN UP

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Heavy Hands.

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Fights Gone By.

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Show the Art.

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TWEETS

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Taking a title is “doing nothing.”

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Sad day for MMA.

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Damn Carlos.

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Lol.

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In case y’all want to know my mindset

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It did though.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Ed Ruth (1-0) vs. Emanuele Palombi (5-2)Bellator 168, December 10.

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (6-3) vs. Nina Ansaroff (6-5); UFC Fight Night Phoenix, January 15.

Raphael Assuncao (23-5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (12-1); UFC on Fox 23, January 28.

Glover Teixeira (25-5) vs. Jared Cannonier (9-1)UFC 208, February 11.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2006: Gina Carano made her Strikeforce debut, winning a unanimous decision over Elaina Maxwell at Strikeforce: Triple Threat.

2007: Roger Huerta submitted Clay Guida in the 2007 Fight of the Year at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.

2012: Ben Henderson successfully defended his UFC lightweight championship, winning a unanimous decision over Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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I’m now going to say that we never see GSP back in the octagon. Whatever terms he believes to be fair, the UFC surely won’t agree to.

Almost time for a big fight weekend, y’all. See you tomorrow.

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Georges St-Pierre: New UFC owners stopped returning my calls

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may no longer be in the Georges St-Pierre business.

That’s according to “Rush” himself, who claims the WME | IMG group — new owners of the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion following last July’s sale — have stopped returning his calls.

Some things never change.

“We wanted to get in touch,” St-Pierre told MMA Fighting. “They were supposed to talk yesterday, but they couldn’t reach them. Something happened. They’re supposed to reach them. They’re unreachable now.”

St-Pierre was recently a guest on UFC Tonight (watch it) and told the combat sports world he was ready to make his return to the Octagon. In fact, if the promotion was willing to work around the current Reebok deal, he could be ready to go as early as UFC 206 in Toronto.

“Dialogue between GSP’s management and UFC officials is ongoing,” according to UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler.

I guess a potential return, at this stage, all depends on this pessimist.

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