Fightin' Words

A mixed martial arts blog about UFC, Bellator and other MMA promotions and fighters.

Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

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Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players. Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

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Phillipe Nover on fighting in New York

Brooklyn's Phillipe Nover, right, fights Rob Emerson at

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Phillipe Nover sounded thrilled when he first heard about what Renzo Gracie was cooking up for him -- wrestling against former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, Dec. 1. "Frankie Edgar wants to wrestle me?" Nover said. "All right!" Nover lacks the wrestling pedigree of Edgar -- four trips to the Division I national tournament. But he does...

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Meet Glory 12 headliner Wayne Barrett

Wayne Barrett in training for a Glory Kickboxing

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With just three pro fights, Queens resident Wayne Barrett headlines the Glory 12 kickboxing event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. So who is this guy? Have a look at the video embedded below:

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Costa Philippou headlines UFC Fight Night vs. Luke Rockhold

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Costa Philippou was on a roll through the middleweight division of the UFC until a lackluster performance against Francis Carmont in September ended his five fight-win streak. Luke Rockhold was doing rather nicely as the Strikeforce middleweight champion until a leg belonging to Vitor Belfort blasted him in the head in his UFC debut last May. On Jan. 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35 in Atlanta,...

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What's a UFC win worth on Twitter?

Johny Hendricks listens as Georges St. Pierre, of

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The UFC was one of the early pro sports leagues to integrate Twitter into its marketing and promoting of events and fighters. Many things go into determining how many followers a fighter has -- from performance in the cage, to engagement on Twitter, to sponsorship campaigns, to existing profile/status in the UFC, to at least a dozen other things. So here's a question: how much is a UFC win worth...

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UFC's Dana White hammers Nevada State Athletic Commission

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White.

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Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre won a controversial split decision to retain his title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. St-Pierre won, 48-47, on two cards and lost on the third card, 47-48. The overwhelming belief among those cageside (and Twitter-side) had Hendricks winning, 48-47. In some cases, such as with UFC president Dana White, they had Hendricks...

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MMA Platinum Gloves semifinal results

Mixed martial arts amateur fighter Prince Uchegbu trains

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Here are the results from Saturday night's semifinal round of the MMA Platinum Gloves amateur tournament at St. Joseph's College. Welterweights

Eric Schifter def. Marquis Terry via TKO (verbal submission), round 2, 0:59. Jude Paulemon def. Zacariah Rosado by unanimous decision. Lightweights

Vinny Scaduto sub. Fernando Saavedra (guillotine choke), round 1, 0:42. Prince Uchegbu def....

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Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone gets back on the saddle at UFC 167


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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone returned to the Octagon at UFC 167, and this time, he was the Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone we're more familiar with. He had lost two of his three previous fights in 2013, but on Saturday, in Las Vegas, on the 20th anniversary UFC show, Cerrone looked as good as ever. He mixed up his striking and knees and takedowns, keeping Dunham guessing the entire time....

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Campbell McLaren on Dana White, Ken Shamrock and Rorion Gracie

UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren, right, poses with 700-pound

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A 90-minute sit-down with UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren will generate quite a few laughs at the table, and a few more when transcribing the quotes from his stories and anecdotes. Not all of them can find their way into the story, even in the world of unlimited space on the Internets. So here are some of the quotes you'll enjoy reading that couldn't find their way into the story on how "There...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee at UFC on Fox 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Based on Ryan LaFlare's injury history, his fighter nickname may as well be "Pre-Existing Condition." But the 30-year-old UFC fighter from Lindenhurst entered his fight last Saturday the healthiest he's been in years. He left Brazil victorious and, now, three days later, he has his next fight booked. In four and a half weeks. LaFlare (9-0, 2-0 UFC) will fight Season 11 "Ultimate...

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Against whom will Ronda Rousey next defend her UFC title against?

Cat Zingano Gina Carano Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Holly Holm Miesha Tate Someone else

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