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WSOF must find right balance

Maybe that intense look on the face of

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Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson headlined the World Series of Fighting's second event Saturday night in Atlantic City. Two fighters who long ago established their names -- Arlovski a former UFC heavyweight champion, and Johnson a former UFC welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight whose multiple failures to make weight often overshadowed his considerable fighting skills. The rest of...

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Still amazed at Chonan def. Silva

Anderson Silva, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Stephan

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I happened to be looking at Anderson Silva's fight record Tuesday morning for a refresher on his various win streaks. I've seen that loss -- you know, the one to Ryo Chonan on Dec. 31, 2004 -- before, but every time I see it, I'm amazed. Some times, I think it's a typo. Some times, I wonder why Chonan isn't tweeting every day "I beat Anderson Silva." And some times, the shock of how a...

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Chael Sonnen's sonnet for UFC 159

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen is a coach

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Chael Sonnen has a fight coming up, which means you'll be seeing plenty of outlanding headlines and sound bites from him. Jon Jones will be the subject of most Sonnen's rants as their UFC 159 title fight in Newark approaches. Here's the latest from Sonnen, who gets poetic on "UFC Tonight."

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Nick Diaz wants to retire and to rematch GSP

Nick Diaz flexes during the weigh-in for

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Watch and enjoy the Nick Diaz UFC 158 post-fight interview on Fuel TV as he talks about retiring and getting a rematch with Georges St-Pierre in the same interview. I believe Ariel Helwani asked one question in the first three minutes and didn't need to do much else beyond hold the microphone.

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Ronda Rousey to coach on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Mixed martial arts fighter and UFC bantamweight champion

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Next on "The Ultimate Fighter"  . . . female coaches and female fighters. UFC president Dana White announced Saturday during UFC 158 that women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would coach the next season of "TUF," which holds an open casting call April 15 in Las Vegas. Rousey will coach against the winner of the Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano fight on April 13 at the Season...

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UFC 158 weigh-in interviews with GSP, Diaz

Fighters Georges St-Pierre, left, and Nick Diaz, right,

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Here you go, folks -- the UFC 158 interviews with Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre after Friday's weigh-ins. A few interesting things to note: -- Diaz sort of rambles on a bit, but avoids giving juicy quotes for use later on Twitter. -- Diaz may come across as aloof in the interview, but he actually is processing the questions asked and thinking about his answer. -- GSP is all business, with short...

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Gov. Cuomo not opposed to MMA

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to require state

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that he has no personal objection to the sport of mixed martial arts and that he wants to see exactly how much of an economic impact it could have if the ban were lifted. "I don't have a feeling toward the sport that would say that sport should not happen in this state," Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday. That's not exactly an endorsement of the sport, but it does...

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Gov. Cuomo not opposed to MMA

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that he has no personal objection to the sport of mixed martial arts and that he wants to see exactly how much of an economic impact it could have if the ban were lifted. "I don't have a feeling toward the sport that would say that sport should not happen in this state," Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday. That's not exactly an endorsement of the sport, but it does...

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Ronda Rousey on making movies

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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Ronda Rousey, the new shining star of the UFC, told Newsday last Wednesday in Albany that she was never offered a part in the next "Hunger Games" movie, as was reported on various MMA websites after her win at UFC 157. But Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion, did say that she's interested in the movie business. Just not anytime soon. “I’ve had a lot of people approach me for...

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Gov. Cuomo makes first public MMA comment

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers a State of

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office in 2011 and has never taken a position on the issue of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York. At least not a public one. That changed Thursday. “I think it’s making progress and it’s something that we’re looking at," Cuomo told reporters in Westchester. "It’s a possible source for revenue in New York and we are all about looking for revenue in this...

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