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  1. Bellator looks for worldwide TV deals following FremantleMedia partnership
    Bellator Fighting Championships has inked a deal to give FremantleMedia Enterprises a license to negotiate its international TV rights. FremantleMedia will handle the licensing, digital and ancillary...
  2. With injury woes behind him, UFC on FOX 1's Cub Swanson motivated for debut
    It's a nice idea to Cub Swanson that he's fighting at the event where the UFC makes its network TV debut, even if he's not one of those who gets to bask in the spotlight (just like everyone else not...
  3. Bobby Lashley now meets Mark Martinez in Shark Fights 21 headliner
    Let's try this again. Again. Mark Martinez (4-1) has stepped up to headline Shark Fights 21 opposite Bobby Lashley (6-1) in a bout for the promotion's heavyweight title. Shark Fights CEO Bud Brutsman...
  4. With 'Pitbull' injured, Pat Curran gets Bellator champ Joe Warren in February
    With Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC) recovering from a second hand surgery, fellow tournament winner Pat Curran (16-4 MMA, 6-1 BFC) will get the next shot at Bellator featherweight...
  5. UFC on Fox: John McCarthy Likely to Referee Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
    According to a report that came out last week, Big John McCarthy was 99% likely to referee the UFC on Fox main event bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. MMA Mania spoke to George Dodd,...
  6. MMAPlayground Interview Series - Vol. 13 ("Rowdy" Ronda Rousey)
    As with any successful professional, mixed martial artists eat, sleep and breathe their craft. They put everything on the line when they wake up, hit the gym and pour their blood, sweat and tears...
  7. Bellator considering more tournaments per season, elimination of non-title fights
    Since winning his title two-and-a-half years ago, Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard has defended his belt just once. The same goes for lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. But that could...
  8. Terry Etim to fight Edson Barboza at UFC 142
    Terry Etim did not waste any time in defeating Eddie Faaloloto at UFC 138, and the UFC has been similarly rapid in arranging the Brit's next contest, sealing a bout with Edson Barboza at UFC 142....
  9. Anderson Silva Reacts to Mark Munoz Challenge, Thought He Was a Friend
    Mark Munoz came into UFC 138 ranked #4 in the world at middleweight in the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus Rankings and did nothing to lower his ranking with a resounding drubbing of #12 Chris...
  10. Thiago Alves Discusses Possible Fight With Jake Ellenberger
    Thiago Alves is coming off a very good win over a solid prospect, but he's not going to get much respect for it. That's the way it goes when you beat a fighter that is off most people's radar like...
  11. Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares Booked for UFC 142 in Rio
    The UFC announced a lightweight matchup this morning for their upcoming return to Brazil on January 14th, featuring Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares: Good morning. Sam Stout VS Thiago Tavares at UFC 142...
  12. Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle set for December's UFC 141 event in Las Vegas
    Despite suffering a devastating loss in his octagon debut, Luis Ramos will get a second shot in the UFC. The welterweight, who was defeated by Erick Silva in just 40 seconds at UFC 134, will now meet...
  13. UFC 143's Nick Diaz tells 'Inside MMA' villain role effective, not necessarily comfortable
    Nick Diaz, PR genius? The outspoken and sometimes controversial former Strikeforce champion has both delighted and baffled MMA fans with his trashtalking and open challenges to MMA superstars such as...
  14. Hard-fighting UFC 139's Stephan Bonnar finally learning to slow things down
    Things might be a lot easier for Stephan Bonnar (13-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) if he didn't learn things the hard way. "If I only had fighting, and my body never got hurt, then every three or four months I...
  15. UFC 140: Rory MacDonald Injured, Claude Patrick To Fight Brian Ebersole
    Canadian fans will have to wait a bit longer to cheer on one of their favorite sons as fast rising welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald is off UFC 140 due to an undisclosed injury. Fellow Canadian...
  16. MMAPlayground partnering with MMATycoon
    We're officially partnering up with MMA Tycoon to expose our audiences to each other's fun but different MMA games. If you are unfamiliar with their website, they have a sophisticated feature-filled...
  17. Chael Sonnen... Ultimate Gentleman?
    LINK Most of the UFC fan base are familiar with his on-screen personality, as Sonnen and his sharp tongue slice and dice their way through pre-fight interviews and media appearances. In fact,...
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  18. An inside look at Dana White
    LAS VEGAS The face of the UFC is, quite literally, foaming at the mouth. I am ushered into Dana White’s personal office by his charming public-relations guru, and before she can introduce us, he...
  19. UFC on FOX's 'baddest man on planet' Velasquez looks to recapture Anaheim magic
    When Cain Velasquez seized the UFC's heavyweight crown more than a year ago, the American Kickboxing Academy representative seized another title from Brock Lesnar that night too: "baddest man on the...
  20. Josh Rave steps into TPF 11 headliner with flyweight champ Ian McCall
    Tachi Palace Fights champion and No. 1 flyweight Ian McCall (11-2 MMA, 3-0 TPF) has a new opponent. Stepping in as an injury replacement for Will Campuzano (9-4 MMA, 0-0 TPF) is Josh Rave (18-8 MMA,...
  21. Newcomer Alex Soto meets Michael McDonald at next week's UFC 139 event
    With Johnny Eduardo (25-9 MMA, 0-1 UFC) scratched due to a shoulder injury, undefeated promotional newcomer Alex Soto (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has taken his spot on next week's UFC 139 card. He now meets...
  22. The UFC's new FOX Era will be defined by nationalism, globalism
    It's fitting that on the 18th birthday of the Ultimate Fighting Championship this Saturday night, the UFC enters a new era: the FOX Era. The octagon debuts on major network TV with a live one-hour...
  23. As 50th fight approaches, Bellator 57's Alexander Shlemenko recharged after title loss
    Vitor Vianna is the 50th opponent of Alexander Shlemenko's professional career, and he feels like he can fight another 100. But the Russian said he's still improving, and nothing brought that into...
  24. UK News: UFC Velasquez vs Dos Santos to Air on Premier Sports, Virgin Media Customers Lose Out
    Back in August I reported that the ESPN network in the UK -- a premium subscription service that includes live UFC content -- would not be airing the Dan Hardy vs Chris Lytle UFC on Versus card. The...
  25. Every UFC Fight Will Be Televised in 2012, With FUEL Hosting 2,000 Program Hours
    Since signing a deal to bring programming to FOX networks for seven years starting in 2012, UFC president Dana White has repeatedly said that if you're an MMA fan, you're going to want to make sure...
  26. Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis Verbally Agreed for UFC Super Bowl Card
    It looks like Joe Lauzon is getting his wish. All signs are pointing towards a Super Bowl weekend fight at UFC 143 between Lauzon and former WEC champion Anthony Pettis. Sources close to the match-up...
  27. Report: Alistair Overeem Files Lawsuit Against Former Managers
    Alistair Overeem is preparing for his first fight in the UFC, but he's reportedly preparing for a legal fight as well. According to TMZ, the decorated mixed martial artist who will debut in the...
  28. UFC boss complimentary of Spike TV but up for challenge of 'going to battle'
    Saturday night's UFC on FOX debut signals the beginning of an intriguing period for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its broadcast partners. As one era begins with the FOX family of networks,...
  29. Brock Lesnar to serve as analyst for debut UFC on FOX event
    Brock Lesnar has intimate knowledge of Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. Velasquez took his belt, and Dos Santos coached opposite him as a future opponent on "The Ultimate Fighter 13." While the...
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  30. Anderson Silva Will Face Chael Sonnen Next
    Anderson Silva has his next opponent. On Wednesday, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the UFC’s reigning middleweight champion will indeed face heated rival Chael Sonnen in a rematch of their...
  31. UFC boss suggests ex-ring girl Brittney Palmer is back with the promotion
    It appears Brittney Palmer will be circling the cage once again. A former WEC ring girl, Palmer took the same position with the UFC upon the January merger of promotions, but in July, she reportedly...
  32. Bellator 57's Ben Saunders to clash with 'teammate and neighbor' for tourney title
    It's Florida vs. Georgia, but don't confuse it for the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." That doesn't mean there won't be plenty of cocktail consumption (albeit indoors around a cage) while a...
  33. UFC 137 officially draws 10,313 attendance and $3.9 million gate
    This past month's UFC 137 event officially drew a 10,313 attendance figure and a $3,900,650 live gate. UFC 137 took place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas with a Nick Diaz vs....
  34. GSP Confirms Average Income Of $4-$5 Million Per Fight
    http://bjpenn.com/news/2011/11/10/gsp-confirms-average-income-of-4-5-million-per-fight-7708.html looks like he gets a nice ppv cut.
  35. UFC on FOX's Ben Henderson promises his fight will be on TV 'somehow, someway'
    When UFC president Dana White says his company is focused solely on the promotion of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos leading into this weekend's UFC on FOX event in Anaheim, Calif., he means it....
  36. UFC 137 drug tests come back clean
    All 17 fighters who underwent drug testing at this past month's UFC 137 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive...
  37. As UFC on FOX headliner looms, champ Cain Velasquez envisions he's underdog
    When he walked into the UFC's Rosemead, Calif. gym some 13 months ago, Cain Velasquez was the best challenger the promotion had to offer heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. Now Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 7-0...
  38. Rich Attonito meets newcomer Jake Hecht at UFC 140
    Following a card shuffle brought by Rory MacDonald's recent injury, the UFC has patched a hole in the second event headed to Toronto. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com...
  39. UFC on FOX's Guida vs. Henderson winner expected to face champ Edgar in Japan
    Maybe fighting on Facebook isn't the worst thing in the world. While many MMA fans and pundits have expressed their frustration that a key UFC on FOX lightweight matchup between Clay Guida (29-11...
  40. Forrest Griffin Apologizes for Twitter Rape Joke, Donates to Rape Crisis Center
    Forrest Griffin tweeting out a joke about rape became a big story given the timing of the UFC's Fox debut. The story of his tweet was picked up by major online media sources and it led to a...
  41. USA TODAY Sports Media Group acquires MMAjunkie.com
    USA TODAY Sports Media Group announced today the acquisition of leading mixed-martial-arts site, MMAjunkie.com and its related editorial assets across all platforms, including its daily radio show....
  42. Bobby Lashley thanks Josh Barnett for efficient Shark Fights 21 title win
    The extensive work Bobby Lashley (7-1) did with Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett paid off big time on Friday night. The former WWE wrestler and ex-Strikeforce heavyweight cinched a first-round...
  43. Ramsey Nijem vs. Anthony Njokuani targeted for UFC 141 in Las Vegas
    A lightweight bout between Ramsey Nijem (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Anthony Njokuani (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been targeted for next month's UFC 142 event. Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com...
  44. Junior Dos Santos Confirms Torn Meniscus Leading To Title Fight
    As if winning the UFC heavyweight title in 64 seconds wasn't impressive enough, Junior Dos Santos did it all with a busted up knee. Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting confirmed the news via twitter that...
  45. Ben Henderson Earns Shot At Frankie Edgar In Japan
    Yesterday at the UFC on Fox weigh ins Joe Rogan announced that the winner of Clay Guida and Ben Henderson would be the number one contender for Frankie Edgar's lightweight belt. With the fight of the...
  46. UFC on Fox ratings fail to dethrone Kimbo on CBS ratings
    LINK Despite White's nostalgia and best intentions, UFC on Fox 1 reeled in about 4.5 million viewers last night, which is about 2 million less than the sport's very first taste of terrestrial...
  47. UFC Quick Quote: Dana White wants you to shut up and stop bitching about not seeing more fights on FOX
    LINK "This fight was not part of the (FOX) deal. The deal is for seven years (and) so many fights on FOX. This time, that time, this was never part of the deal. After we signed the deal, FOX said,...
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  48. After scouting champ Edgar, Henderson wants to pack on weight for UFC title shot (Edgar vs. Bendo Poll Inside)
    If it's 24 hours before one of his fights, former WEC champ Ben Henderson (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is an octagon girl's worst nightmare. You see, when "Smooth" is ready to weigh-in for his fights, you can...
  49. 5.7 Million Viewers Makes Cain vs JDS Most Watched UFC Event Ever
    So if you have a twitter you'll already know that MMA media types are proclaiming the UFC's first foray onto Fox as a massive failure now that the initial ratings are released. Prior to the night,...
  50. Magomed Malikov KO’s Aleksander Emelianenko in just 23 seconds at M-1 Challenge 28 *VIDEO*
    The Emelianenko brothers have had a rough go as of late. Aleksander Emelianenko (17-5), brother of the legendary Fedor, returned to action Saturday for the first time in almost a year as he took on...
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