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Bermudez, Grice talk about their thrilling UFC 157 fight

Dennis Bermudez celebrates his tap-out win against Tom

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Long Island's Dennis Bermudez and Oklahoma's Matt Grice put on a thrilling fight Saturday at UFC 157 -- an instant candidate for every "Fight of the Year" Top 10 list that will surface in mid-December.

They each earned Fight of the Night honors and an accompanying $50,000 on top of their show money, and in Bermudez's case, win money, too.

Here's the video of Bermudez and Grice...

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UFC 157: Court McGee's boxing clinic


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Question: How did Josh Neer make it to the second round, let alone the third round?

Answer: Because Court McGee did not attack the right side of Neer after a left kick caused Neer to visibly express the pain and anguish it caused.  Neer backed away and obviously protected that damaged right side. McGee did throw another two shots that landed and sent Neer crumpling to the ground. Then,...

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UFC 157: Robbie Lawler returns

Josh Koscheck at open workouts Wednesday at Church

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Robbie Lawler had little time to mount an offense against Josh Koscheck at UFC 157. But, he did make the most of it.

Being outgrappled by Koscheck for the first three-plus minutes of their welterweight bout, Lawler managed to get on top with about 1:20 left.

The grounded Koscheck was pinned up against the cage and Lawler, making his UFC return, landed a big left. That shot stunned Koscheck,...

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UFC 157: Brendan Schaub neutralizes Lavar Johnson

Brendan Schaub was a contestant on Season 10

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Two straight first-round knockouts derailed heavyweight Brendan Schaub's promising start to his UFC career.

With Lavar Johnson -- a man with 15 of his 17 wins coming by KO/TKO -- standing in front of him at UFC 157 on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., Schaub understand the basic math. Getting Johnson off his feet reduces the opportunity of one of those meat hooks connecting with Schaub's face to...

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UFC 157: Sam Stout decisions Caros Fodor

Sam Stout speaks during a UFC 131 news

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A guy nicknamed "Hands of Stone" using wrestling? An armbar submission attempt?

An interesting development for Sam Stout, a fighter who has spent 90 percent of his MMA career on his feet striking (according to Fight Metric).

But Stout's lightweight bout against Caros Fodor at UFC 157 on Saturday still came down to -- shocker! -- striking. Stout won a split decision over Fodor,...

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Hey, look, it's Urijah Faber

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Urijah Faber weighs in

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Remember when Urijah Faber would be everywhere leading up to his fight? Now, he's somewhat of an afterthought for UFC 157 on Saturday as Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche take centerstage, while Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida take the co-main event.

But the former WEC champion made an appearance Friday at the UFC weigh-ins and the interview room.

Here it is.

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Video: Behind the scenes for Rousey-Carmouche promo

A screengrab from the Ronda Rousey-Liz Carmouche promo

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Here's the behind-the-scenes video from the promo shoot for Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche to help market their UFC 157 headlining bout.

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Also fighting at UFC 157: Liz Carmouche

Liz Carmouche begins wrapping her hands for a

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Ronda Rousey became the first female to sign a contract with the UFC and was installed as the women's bantamweight champion, a title she won and defended once in Strikeforce before the promotion folded.

For all the accolades she has earned, and the press that has been heaped on her, there is also basic math to understand: She's No. 2 in another category.

The first female fighter to enter...

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Excerpts from the Ronda Rousey 'Real Sports' segment

Ronda Rousey, top, and champion Miesha Tate fight

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Here you go, folks. Fresh from the HBO Sports press release about Tuesday's premiere of the newest episode of "Real Sports," featuring Ronda Rousey.

This is just part of the segment you can watch, starting at 10 p.m. ET.

On armbars: Ronda Rousey: “You could give up if you want.” HBO’s Jon Frankel:  “You can tap out.” Ronda Rousey:  “You totally can, anytime.” Jon...

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Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche and the UFC 'big toe'

Ronda Rousey shows off her new UFC bantamweight

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The math of it all may wind up being polydactyly now, but please forgive that for the sake of the metaphor here.

Besides, when Ronda Rousey was posed with this question, Sara McCann and Alexis Davis had not yet been announced as UFC female fighters number five and six.

The question posed Monday centered around being the only female fight booked for UFC 157, where Rousey will defend her...

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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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