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Luke Thomas

  • joined May 13, 2008
  • last login Jul 25, 2014
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Senior Editor and former Editor-in-Chief of BloodyElbow.com. Current MMA radio host for SiriusXM. Co-host of Spike TV's 'MMA Uncensored Live'. Graduate of The College of William & Mary and former U.S. Marine.

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Bellator 120 earns 100,000 buys on pay-per-view

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While it's unclear if the parent company Viacom made a profit in the endeavor, sources confirm to MMA Fighting Bellator 120 reached 100,000 pay-per-view, widely exceeding expectations.

Chat Wrap: UFC 173 recap, Bellator PPV and more

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Senior Editor Luke Thomas held his weekly live chat. Today's topics included UFC 173, the Bellator 120 pay-per-view numbers, a weekend preview of the two UFC events on Saturday and much more.

Signal to Noise: UFC 173's best and worst

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UFC 173 offered up for fans one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, but ultimately proved to the least-attended Memorial Day-weekend show since the UFC began staging annual events on that holiday.

Bisping on Le bout: 'My back's against the wall'

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While UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is excited to get back on the winning track opposite an opponent like Cung Le who he respects, he knows a win is absolutely essential if he has any hope of...

T.J. Dillashaw rewrites the universe

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T.J. Dillashaw's win at UFC 173 is a reminder just what an upheaval the editing process of our collective understanding is when it's redlined in the way few sports like MMA do it.

Le vs. Bisping, Lombard vs. Kim set for Macau card

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Cung Le is back in action in August when he headlines a UFC card as MMA's top organization returns to Macau, China as the TUF: China coach faces Michael Bisping on Fight Pass.

UFC 173 live blog: Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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Follow the Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw fight live at UFC 173 on Saturday night.

UFC 173 live blog: Cormier vs. Dan Henderson

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Follow the Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson fight live at UFC 173 on Saturday night.

UFC 173 live blog: Lawler vs. Ellenberger

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Follow the Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger fight live at UFC 173 on Saturday night.

UFC 173 live blog: Mizugaki vs. Rivera

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Follow the Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera fight live at UFC 173 on Saturday night.

UFC 173 live blog: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

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Follow the Jamie Varner vs. James Krause fight live at UFC 173 on Saturday night.

UFC 173 fight card: What's at stake?

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So how do you promote Renan Barao? The only underwriter of success and change is time, which is something Barao hasn't had much of and needs more to become something greater.

Bruce Buffer introduces Michael Bisping and his wife at their wedding

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UFC middleweight Michael Bisping recently got married and to help introduce him and his wife at their wedding, they enlisted the help of UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer.

UFC 173 predictions

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Will Renan Barao's incredible unbeaten streak live on? Is this the moment Daniel Cormier becomes a title challenger? Can Robbie Lawler rebound so quickly?

'Vocal' Kaufman wants Tate or Zingano, slams Eye

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UFC bantamweight Sarah Kaufman is letting it be known: she wants a fight with either Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano and isn't willing to settle for someone ranked below her or a fighter coming off of a...

Chat Wrap: Bellator 120, UFC 173 and more

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On his weekly live chat, Luke Thomas provided a recap of Bellator 120, previewed UFC 173 and discussed a host of reader questions and comments.

Cast announced for TUF: Latinoamerica

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The UFC announced the cast for The Ultimate Fighter: Latinoamerica, a season which features bantamweights and featherweights coached by Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum in a Mexico vs. Latin...

Rampage fined for shove, nearly removed from card

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For shoving Mo Lawal at the Bellator 120 weigh-ins, 'Rampage' Jackson was given a fine by the athletic commission. For reacting negatively to the news he was getting fine, Jackson was nearly...

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Bjorn Rebney: 'Some people got in Mo's head'

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney discusses the performances on the main card, what's possibly next for the winners and losers, and much more after the Bellator 120 post-fight press conference.

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King Mo: 'He knows he lost on Rampage day'

Former Strikeforce champion King Mo Lawal discusses his controversial loss to Rampage Jackson at Bellator 120, the slippery canvas, his eye injury, his relationship with Bjorn Rebney, if he wants a...

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Page says antics come from kickboxing background

Michael Page talks about being happy with his performance at Bellator 120, his taunting, the gameplan for Ricky Rainey, the crowd booing, and more.

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Kongo 'took some risk' against 'dangerous' Smith

Cheick Kongo talks about his 6 week turn around for Bellator 120, the speed of Eric Smith, entering the next heavyweight tournament, celebrating his birthday, and more.

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Held wanted KO, but BJJ instinct led to submission

Marcin Held talks about his first round submission of Nate Jolly, being known for leg locks, wanting to win by knockout at Bellator 120, and more.

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Volkov is 'different fighter' for Minakov rematch

Alexander Volkov talks about Blagoi Ivanov being tired in the second round at Bellator 120, searching for the submission, an upcoming rematch with Vitaly Minakov, and more.

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Guerreiro says 'better him than me' on broken arm

Fabricio Guerreiro talks about his upset victory over Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 120, finishing the kimura, feeling the arm break, and more.

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Yamauchi attributes win to muay thai, ground game

Goiti Yamauchi talks about getting back on the winning track against Mike Richman at Bellator 120, travel issues in his previous fight, and more.

Bellator 120 fight card: What's at stake?

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Despite the event being promoted on the backs of a phony rivalry between the two main event competitors, Saturday night's fight is a referendum on the careers of several notable fighters in the sport.

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Bjorn Rebney talks Bellator 120, Tito Ortiz, more

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney discusses Saturday's Bellator 120, his reaction when Eddie Alvarez had to drop off the card, ticket sales, Tito Ortiz's future, Dave Jansen, "Frodo" Khasbulaev, Viacom's...

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Chandler: Eddie Alvarez can run, but he can't hide

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler told MMA Fighting Thursday he's disappointed he can't face Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 120, but says the current champ can't run from him forever.

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Brooks: Bellator should cut number of tourneys

Will Brooks talks about how Bellator should make some changes, facing Michael Chandler, and much more.

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