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UFC 170 should get Olympic marketing bump

Ronda Rousey , right, from the United States

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The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels.

But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.

Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate...

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What happened to the UFC light heavyweight division?

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

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The second biggest weight class in the UFC is looking mighty thin these days.

Once the most glamorous division in the world's most prominent mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC's light heavyweight division lacks depth. Part of that can be attributed to the normal ebb and flow of fighters (and sports in general), as well as the expansion of other weight classes.

Also, don't underestimate...

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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 1 recap

Cain Velasquez grapples with Junior dos Santos during

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Because there isn’t enough running commentary on the Internet, here’s mine from a viewing of the first episode of "UFC Primetime" with Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos in the build-up to UFC 166 on Oct. 19.

— Still can’t understand how Dos Santos didn’t collapse at some point during the second fight.

— You can never have enough shots of fighters driving in their cars and...

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