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Vitor Belfort and the UFC rankings paradox

Vitor Belfort arrives at the sixth annual Fighters

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Vitor Belfort won all three of his fights in 2013 by head-kick knockout. Not too shabby for the now 37-year-old Brazilian fighter who first debuted in 1997 at UFC 12.

Since returning to the UFC in 2009, Belfort has fought four times at middleweight, twice at light heavyweight and twice at a catchweight (195, 197 pounds). He's 6-2 in that span, with both losses coming in title fights (one in...

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What UFC 162 means to the middleweight division

Mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva, from Brazil,

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Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Some thoughts on what it will mean to the middleweight division after the winner's hand is raised:

If Anderson Silva wins . . .

-- Very little changes in the overall makeup of the 185-pound picture since the champion remains as such.

-- Clear some bandwidth on your Internets...

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Anderson Silva lacks enthusiasm for Chris Weidman fight

Brazilian MMA-UFC fighter Anderson Silva (L) practices in

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In a back-and-forth battle that is all words and nothing else between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, it's the UFC middleweight champion's turn.

On the latest edition of "UFC Tonight," Silva spoke to Fuel TV's Karyn Bryant from his new Muay Thai College. The video is embedded below, but here are the three key points from Silva:

"The people talk, blah, blah, blah, blah."

"He's...

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Michael Bisping continues anti-Chris Weidman talk

Michael Bisping waits to fight Vitor Belfort at

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Michael Bisping never runs short on words to say. And when the UFC middleweight from England uses his words talk about Long Island's Chris Weidman, they're usually not nice ones.

A report surfaced late this week from Brazilian publication Tatame that the UFC is negotiating with Anderson Silva to defend his title against Weidman in July.

When asked Friday about that, Bisping said Weidman...

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Dana White: Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva is 'closer' and 'more possible'

Chris Weidman celebrates after beating Mark Munoz in

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UFC president Dana White says it's possible Long Island native Chris Weidman will be the next fighter to challenge Anderson Silva for his UFC middleweight title.

(Of course, he also said that Silva's next fight would be against Georges St-Pierre, and said the same thing about Jon Jones as well, so take this for what it's worth.)

“That fight’s closer and more possible than people think,"...

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