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Dave Meltzer

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UFC's HOF still dealing with unanswered questions

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After inducting its 12th member over the weekend, the UFC needs to take a serious look at its Hall of Fame and how it will be viewed by serious students of the sport going forward. But either way, MMA needs a legitimate Hall of Fame

UFC 174 pay-per-view numbers are in ...

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UFC 174 is looking to have done the lowest ratings of the modern era. That was not unexpected, given a flyweight title match with an unknown challenger, and it coming three weeks before the biggest show of the year. But it still raises questions.

Ratings report: WSOF, UFC pull strong numbers

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UFC drew its largest audience for pay-per-view prelims since UFC 168 this past Saturday, with 1 million viewers. This came hours after the World Series of Fighting did 906,000 viewers for a Saturday afternoon airing on NBC.

Fortunes changed for five this weekend

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The end of B.J. Penn's career, and the continued success of Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey as modern day champions highlighted MMA's biggest weekend of 2014, which included one of the year's best fights and one of UFC's quickest title matches ever.

Steve Austin: Jon Jones is 'living two lives'

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Steve Austin, considered one of the most knowledgeable celebrities when it comes to the UFC, gave his viewpoints on every champion. He said while he respects his ability, that Jon Jones sometimes gets on his nerves.

Sonnen HGH test failure raises troubling issues

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Chael Sonnen's positive test for HGH and EPO can be looked at in simple terms as if the system caught someone using banned substances. But in the big picture, Sonnen's test result raises some very troubling issues that have no easy solution.

Japanese legends return for Sept. 20 UFC show

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Japanese MMA superstars from the heyday of the sport in that country, Takanori Gomi, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Kid Yamamoto were all announced for UFC's Sept. 20 show at the Saitama Super Arena.

UFC partners with Vale Tudo Japan for TV series

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For the first time, UFC will be working with a local promotion to produce a market-specific television show, as they join with Vale Tudo Japan, the oldest still active MMA company in the world, for a show designed to create Japanese stars.

WSOF 10 smashes former ratings record

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On a show that featured three championship fights, the World Series of Fighting bested its former viewing audience record by 38 percent on Saturday night. A show headlined by David Branch vs. Jesse Taylor drew 365,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network.

Edgar says failure to make TUF 5 was a blessing

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Frankie Edgar just finished coaching The Ultimate Fighter, the same show he convinced himself would be his big break nearly eight years ago. While Edgar didn't make the show back then, things ended up working out even better because of it.

Mir's first title win shows many major changes

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On June 19, 2004, 25-year-old Frank Mir became UFC heavyweight champion, breaking the arm of Tim Sylvia in just 50 seconds. Looking back at the reaction to the surprise win shows just how much the sport has changed.

Dana White responds to Jose Aldo, Jon Jones

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Dana White appeared Friday night on "Inside MMA," discussing such topics as Jose Aldo's pay, making Jones vs. Gustafsson, and even answered Johny Hendricks' question about a fight with Chris Weidman.

Scott Coker aims to 'move the needle' for Bellator

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Scott Coker didn't have a lot of answers in his first day on the job as Bellator president, but the former Strikeforce promoter did talk about moving away from the tournament format and building new stars.

UFC 173 pay-per-view numbers are in

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There were no great surprises regarding the pay-per-view numbers of UFC 173 where T.J. Dillashaw bested Renan Barao to capture the bantamweight title.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 174

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Impressive wins by Demetrious Johnson and Rory MacDonald were not enough to get the public talking about UFC 174. The show had limited interest going on, and didn't deliver at usual company pay-per-view levels.

White hints at more non-UFC events on Fight Pass

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UFC President Dana White on Thursday spoke about the potential of adding more live non-UFC events to Fight Pass, the company's streaming subscription service. White talked about not just MMA, but other combat sports promotions as possibilities.

Sonnen decides to retire, but will he return?

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On Wednesday, Chael Sonnen announced his retirement as an active fighter. It was clearly a sudden decision based on testing positive for banned substances. For that reason, it feels like so many fighter retirements that don't stick.

Henderson doubles UFC Saturday audience

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Saturday night's Fight Night headlined by Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov drew 1,217,000 viewers, doubling the audience from the prior Saturday's UFC show. It was the third most-watched Fight Night show since the move to FS 1 in August.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 42

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The Diego Sanchez decision win over Ross Pearson on Saturday may have been the worst decision call of 2014, but these things are going to continue unless a number of changes are made to the system we have in place.

Invicta shows will now air on UFC Fight Pass

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The UFC and Invicta announced Thursday a multi-year deal where all future Invicta shows will air live on Fight Pass. UFC will also work with Invicta in attempting to garner international television deals, and will help promote the company's events.

UFC Saturday night ratings send mixed message

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The ratings for UFC's programming on FS 1 on Saturday night were both good and bad. The good is the prelims did 560,000 viewers, well above usual. The bad is the main card only did 609,000 viewers, the lowest to date for a Saturday night live card.

Fortunes changed for five on UFC Saturday

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A number of fighters with impressive win-loss records debuted or returned for their second fights on Saturday's UFC show. Only Warlley Alves may be a future star, but many also couldn't live up to their records.

Ludwig talks potential of Dillashaw vs. Faber

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Duane Ludwig, who has coached T.J. Dillashaw and Urijah Faber, finishing up this week as Team Alpha Male head coach, talked about why Dillashaw's win was his own personal career highlight, and why he thinks Dillashaw vs. Faber should happen.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 173

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Renan Barao's unbeaten streak, which ended with either the number 33 or 35, was a mark no fighter in UFC history had ever come close to. And it's questionable given the nature of the sport, if anyone will for a long time to come.

Lawler is frontrunner to face Hendricks next

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Johny Hendricks' next opponent could be his last one, according to Dana White. The UFC president says Robbie Lawler is right now the clear guy to get a title shot.

For Barao, being best in the world isn't enough

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When Renan Barao faces T.J. Dillashaw in Saturday's UFC 173, he risks one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks this sport has ever seen. But for a number of reasons, his star power and drawing power are nowhere near commensurate with his ability.

Bellator's television audience Saturday was strong

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Leading up to its first pay-per-view, Bellator had 712,000 viewers on average for two hours of prelim fights on Spike, peaking at 962,000 viewers for Cheick Kongo vs Eric Smith.

Questions remain about Bellator and pay-per-view

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Thus far it looks like Bellator's first pay-per-view show was a success, because more people are talking about the promotion than ever before But the big questions remain if the public will support the shows that raise the company's profile.

History shows PPV success is a low odds game

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Bellator, in joining more than two dozen companies, past and present, that have tried to promote MMA on pay-per-view, has one advantage - weekly television with a reliable audience. But in other ways, history shows it is bucking long odds.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 40

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Going from a fighter who lost four times by submission in a string of five fights, the reborn Matt Brown has a potential fight-of-the-year under his belt, and is perhaps one win away from a championship opportunity.

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