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Cain Velasquez hated life without UFC title

UFC fighter Cain Velasquez rests during a media

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In the second fight, Cain Velasquez became the first fighter in UFC history to connect on more than 100 significant strikes and stick 10 or more takedowns in the same bout. That says something about the skills of heavyweight champion Velasquez -- but it also shows the ability of Junior Dos Santos to take a punch and keep coming forward for more. “I wasn't looking for the finish," Velasquez...

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Cain Velasquez's fight day ritual

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez poses for a

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If you happen to be staying in the same hotel as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez this week in Houston, please look both ways before merging into the hallway. You just might see 240 pounds of man flying toward you at full steam. (Not double-checking if the coast is clear would be akin to letting Bald Bull knock out Little Mac with his bull charge in "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" just...

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UFC fighter quotes on MMA in New York

Nicely manicured beard from @frankieedgar as he heads

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An Octagon arrived on Long Island, and on Saturday, UFC fighters were standing inside it. If their attire had been different -- topless with board shorts rather than the T-shirts and jeans they did wear -- that would be a significant piece of news. But, alas, professional mixed martial arts remains illegal in New York for reasons that are less about sports and more about politics. It is somewhat...

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Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Miyao at World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

Jon Fitch in a scene from the MMA

Add Jon Fitch to the superfight schedule for the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo next month in Long Beach, Calif. Fitch will go against BJJ world champion Paulo Miyao in a 20-minute submission only match, Renzo Gracie told Newsday on Thursday. "He's a fighter," Gracie said. "I couldn't beleive when we offered him such a tough opponent, he took it right away and not even a question." Two...

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Knockout video: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva

Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea, top, fights

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Words can paint a picture, but so can embed code. Watch below as Dong Hyun Kim, a top-level grappler, blasts Erick Silva in the face with a left hand for the knockout at UFC Fight Night in Brazil.

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Did Rousimar Palhares hold ankle lock too long?

Rousimar Palhares at open workouts Wednesday at Church

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Here's a shocker: Rousimar Palhares submitted his opponent, Mike Pierce, by ankle lock at UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday. But the question after the fight and again Thursday morning is this: Did Palhares hold the submission move too long after Pierce tapped 31 seconds into the fight? UFC officials thought so and chose not to award Palhares the $50,000 submission of the night bonus, citing...

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Weidman to host BJJ seminar for Live to Fight charity

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at a press

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UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a newly minted brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher and Matt Serra, will host a BJJ seminar for the Live To Fight charity of which he is a board member. The event will be at Renzo Gracie's academy in Manhattan (224 W. 30th St.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The No Gi BJJ seminar will also include top UFC lightweight Jim Miller, plus other...

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Sneak peek: Frank Shamrock in 'Bound by Blood'

Frank Shamrock walks out of the cage after

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Here's a sneak peek at a new Frank Shamrock documentary airing Thursday at 11 p.m. on Spike TV. "Shamrock: Bound by Blood" includes a look at his MMA career, his backstory as an imprisoned teen and an on-camera meeting with his estranged adoptive brother Ken Shamrock. If you've read Shamrock's autobiography (pretty good read, by the way), this is the movie version. Sort of.    ...

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Some reasons to watch UFC Fight Night: Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields

More than 55,000 fans will be in attendance

I understand the Internet was built around assigning numbers to lists of things, but for the sake of fun, let's be different today. Rather than give you the psychologically comfortable number or five or 10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Wednesday night, here are "some" reasons to spend some of your evening tuned into Fox Sports 1 for the fights. -- All 10 bouts are live...

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 2 recap

Junior dos Santos, top right, takes down Cain

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These days, such commentary usually winds up on Twitter, lost to many of you in your timelines or -- gasp! -- not even seen by those not on Twitter. So, here were my thoughts as I watched the second episode of "UFC Primetime" leading up to Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston. -- Um, wherever those opening beach scenes are from, yeah, let’s go there....

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