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Ronda Rousey on HBO's 'Real Sports'

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rouse at weigh-ins

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There's a UFC fight on Fuel this Saturday, Feb. 16, featuring Renan Barao and Michael McDonald for the interim bantamweight championship.

That may get lost in the shuffle, though, as all eyes have turned to Ronda Rousey's debut in the octagon the following Saturday, Feb. 23, at UFC 157.

The press coverage will be intense that week, including a profile of her on HBO's "Real Sports."...

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Watch UFC Primetime with Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche

Female Fighter of the Year award winner Ronda

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The first episode of "UFC Primetime," the three-week series that chronicles fighters in the days leading up to their bout on pay-per-view, generated quite a few tweets from MMA media who saw an advanced copy Thursday before its midnight debut.

Ronda Rousey was the star of the show, as you'd expect. But, if it's possible for the lead star to steal the show, she did that. Yes, Liz...

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UFC's Ronda Rousey on being an Olympic athlete

Bronze medalist Ronda Rousey of the United States

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Should you ever be asked who to pick to win any particular season of "Dancing With the Stars," or any other sort of show, put your money on the Olympian.

I never needed a reality competition television show to understand this basic rule: Athletes are wired differently that civilians, and Olympic athletes are wired differently than professional athletes.

"There's a level...

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Uriah Hall and Lifetime Television? Yes, Uriah Hall and Lifetime Television

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

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Uriah Hall, deliverer of the most vicious knockout in "Ultimate Fighter" history, continued his narrative of being bullied as a kid on Tuesday night's episode. He mentioned something similar on an earlier episode as well.

He expanded on that during an interview with Newsday in the days leading up the airing of his first fight on "TUF 17." Basically, the reason you saw him...

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World Series of Fighting gets big NBC Sports deal

Anthony Johnson, right, pops D.J. Linderman with a

(Credit: World Series of Fighting/Lucas Noonan)

The World Series of Fighting, one of the newest MMA promotions, announced Monday a three-year broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Network, one that promises at least six live events per year.

NBC Sports Network is NBC's fairly new 24-hour sports channel. The deal gives them another live event to promote -- and more importantly, the MMA audience to promote to. The network already airs NHL,...

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Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo?

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis attends the Fox Hispanic

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There's a certain ceremonial dance that occurs at UFC post-fight news conferences.

Members of the assembled media take the lead and ask who so and so will fight next, and  UFC president Dana White says he doesn't like to make fights right after a night of fights.

It seems like a silly song and dance, but sometimes, someone bumps into the DJ table and the song changes.

After...

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UFC 156: Jose Aldo defends title against Frankie Edgar

Jose Aldo connects with a left to Frankie

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Frankie Edgar withstood the talk for so long. Besides, why should the lightweight champion drop down to featherweight?

But once he lost that title and the subsequent rematch with Ben Henderson, moving down to 145 pounds seemed like the right idea.

Except . . .

Jose Aldo rules the 145-pound division and is among the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He has supreme...

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UFC 156: Rashad Evans did less than Rogerio Nogueira

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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Rashad Evans lacked any worry, he said, heading into his UFC 156 fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Not his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, of which he is a black belt. Not his boxing, of which he was a Pan-American Games bronze medalist.

Well, when their fight went to the judges, there had to be some worry in the mind of the former light heavyweight champion. Not so much because of the general...

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UFC 156: Alistair Overeem knocked out by Antonio Silva

Alistair Overeem is sent to the mat by

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Alistair Overeem stood at the opening where fighters first enter the arena from backstage and soaked it in. Thousands of fans making noise inside of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, awaiting his walk toward the octagon followed by his work inside the cage.

He paused, put his monstrous arms in the air and kept with the beat of his entrance music as if summoning more excitement from the crowd to help...

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UFC 156: Demian Maia out-Fitches Jon Fitch

Demian Maia, top, punches Jon Fitch during their

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The Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia bout at UFC 156 was billed as submission defense specialist vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission specialist.

What we got Saturday night in Las Vegas was . . . exactly that.

Maia took down Fitch with ease in each round, controlling his body with back mounts, body triangles and submission attempts. At times, Maia looked like a human backpack.

All three...

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