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Dave Meltzer

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TRT ban isn't as black and white as it seems

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The elimination of testosterone replacement therapy from MMA would be a positive in most cases. But at the Nevada hearings, and in most coverage of the story, the rare exceptions were not even discussed.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 170

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With Ronda Rousey dispatching of Sara McMann, thought to her her most difficult opponent style-wise in the UFC, the company now has its most talked-about champion without a lot of intriguing contenders, besides the ghost of women's MMA past.'

UFC founder launches new Hispanic MMA reality show

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Campbell McLaren, the original head of the UFC from its beginnings in 1993, pairs with reality show veterans Bunim-Murray with the idea of a television show on mun2 geared toward creating Hispanic interest in MMA, and eventually a promotion.

Hardy heads new UFC commentating team

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Dan Hardy, a one-time pay-per-view headliner whose run the gamut of experiences as a fighter, will be part of UFC's newest commentating team that will debut with the March 8 show in London, covering the shows in Europe and the Middle East.

NASCAR fuels UFC to big Saturday night numbers

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The Gegard Mousasi vs. Lyoto Machida fight, on paper, didn't look like a record setter, particularly with the start time moved back to 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. But following the highest rated show in FS 1 history led UFC to strong numbers.

Rebney: Tito Ortiz's future still uncertain

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Tito Ortiz has talked of coming back after a fractured neck shelved his Nov. 2 fight with Quinton "Rampage Jackson last year. But Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said that when it comes to head and neck injuries, he'd rather err on the side of caution.

Rebney on Melendez deal and how it came about

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The announcement of Gilbert Melendez signing a provisional deal with Bellator changes the leverage dynamic for top fighters in the sport when their deals expire. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney discusses the deal and the prospective plans for Melendez.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 36

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In 20 years of UFC competition, no event had ever hit ten decisions in a night. Over the last two shows, that mark was hit twice. Is that anything more than a freak occurrence?

How the Melendez offer from Bellator changes MMA

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Bellator signing an offer sheet for Gilbert Melendez, a fighter good enough that he could get a UFC title opportunity tomorrow and nobody would complain, was a clear message that Bellator was willing to pay big enough to land a current UFC headliner.

Silva arrested at home after alleged incident

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The NBC affiliate in South Florida reported Thursday night the arrest of an armed suspect who allegedly threatened people at a Jiu Jitsu Academy and then retreated to his home, owned by UFC fighter Thiago Silva, before SWAT team members took him in.

Three MMA events going head-to-head Feb. 28

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The announcement Thursday that the World Series of Fighting will be broadcasting a show on Feb. 28 on the NBC Sports Network made it three MMA events going head-to-head that night.

UFC 169 prelims among most-watched shows on FS 1

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The prelims for UFC 169, which did 933,000 viewers, ranked as the 13th most-watched television show in the history of the six-month old station.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 169

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With a 35-fight unbeaten streak, and a strong record of dominating the top contenders, UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao may be the best fighter in the sport.

Lamas gets fighting spirit from outspoken father

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Ricardo Lamas, whose father was part of two Cuban revolutionary movements, battles his own high-stakes odds Saturday night when he faces the longest reigning world champion in MMA, Jose Aldo.

Ratings Report: TUF Nations off to slow start

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Despite the lack of a championship fight or big names on the undercard, the UFC on FOX 10 show on Saturday night was the highest rated program on television in the 18-49 demographic. However, not surprising, the new season of TUF is struggling.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC on FOX 10

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A, a 48-47 score in the Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson fight, in either direction, was viable, and probably expected when the fight was over. But there have to be questions regarding some round scores.

Pioneer Thomson primes for biggest career battle

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It was a decade ago when Josh Thomson was among the best lightweights in the UFC, but the division was dropped. After a run in Strikeforce where he was one of the group's signature stars, he would appear to be one win away from a UFC title shot.

Belfort to ask for testosterone TUE vs. Weidman

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Vitor Belfort will ask for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone in Nevada if his next fight, presumably with middleweight champion Chris Weidman, is held in the state.

Rebney talks Tito Ortiz, PPV and WSOF challenge

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Bjorn Rebney talked a number of subjects, including the future of Tito Ortiz, Chandler vs. Alvarez on pay-per-view, Georgest St-Pierre and the challenge issued by the World Series of Fighting.

Bjorn Rebney calls UFC reaction to GSP 'tasteless'

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said Monday that UFC's reaction to Georges St-Pierre were "some of the most tasteless comments they've made in some time."

Rampage, King Mo headline Bellator tournament

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Two of Bellator's biggest names, former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and former Strikeforce champion "King" Mo Lawal, will be part of a four-man light heavyweight tournament that begins on the Spike season opener on Feb. 28.

Highs and lows of Keith Kizer's NAC reign

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Keith Kizer was the man in charge of the Nevada State Athletic Commission during a huge growth period for the sport of MMA. He resigned Friday from his post to return to the legal profession, leaving a track record of many changes.

UFC 168 does best pay-per-view numbers in years

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Thanks to two title matches with strong appeal, UFC 168 is expected to be the second-most lucrative event overall in UFC history, trailing only UFC 100.

Evaluating WWE Network vs. UFC Fight Pass

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With WWE and UFC launching digital networks at the same time, while WWE is a better value for consumers, it's also the greater risk for the company. But trial and error will likely end with similar services years down the line.

Fighter of the Year: Chris Weidman

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There were no shortage of strong Fighter of the Year candidates, but after Chris Weidman stopped Anderson Silva twice in the same year, everyone else was battling for second place.

Aaron Pico tabbed by Cook as best MMA prospect

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Aaron Pico, already well known in the wrestling community, who has won national titles in boxing and wrestling, and a European title in Pankration, was called by Bob Cook as the single best MMA prospect he's ever come across.

Looking at UFC's big fight prospects for 2014

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After what looks to have been among the high-points in company interest with UFC 168 on Saturday, a look into 2014 shows nothing close to that level on the horizon.

Fortunes changed for five at UFC 168

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With the futures of both Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre very much in question, Silva's leg snapping in two may have signaled the end of the lengthy era dominated by both men.

Sapp beats Fedor as part of arm wrestling tourney

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MMA perennial loser Bob Sapp was a big winner in Japan's celebrity arm wrestling tournament that took place on Monday in Japan. The tournament included a number of famous MMA stars including Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.

Lesnar set to return, but it's for the WWE not UFC

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It appears the Brock Lesnar to WWE rumors that were the talk of the MMA world over the weekend were just a way to get talk out about Lesnar to build to what was supposed to be a "surprise" return to pro wrestling tonight.

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