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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 the dominance...

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What's a UFC win worth on Twitter?

Johny Hendricks listens as Georges St. Pierre, of

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The UFC was one of the early pro sports leagues to integrate Twitter into its marketing and promoting of events and fighters. Many things go into determining how many followers a fighter has -- from performance in the cage, to engagement on Twitter, to sponsorship campaigns, to existing profile/status in the UFC, to at least a dozen other things. So here's a question: how much is a UFC win worth...

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Silent Sonnen

Jon Jones fought Chael Sonnen at UFC 159

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If you're wondering why your Internet didn't slow to a crawl this week, one possibility is that Chael Sonnen didn't fire away at Mauricio "Shogun" Rua much leading up to their headline bout Saturday in Boston on UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1. Below are the juiciest of Sonnen's work on the conference call from earlier this week. None of them figure to have the type of staying power to...

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Weidman on the Sonnen-Silva comparisons

Chael Sonnen, top, punches Anderson Silva during a

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The most obvious and talked-about comparison for Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162 has been Silva's two fights with Chael Sonnen. In their first fight, Sonnen did what no other fighter had done. He dominated Silva -- before tapping out to an arm triangle in the final minutes of Round 5. But the blueprint to beat Silva became clear, in part because Silva is rarely on the defensive. Sonnen...

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Chael the champion? It almost happened at UFC 159

Chael Sonnen fought Jon Jones at UFC 159

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NEWARK -- The man who used to call himself the champion and walk around with a championship belt without actually winning a title fight nearly earned the ability to rightfully call himself "champion." Chael Sonnen was 27 seconds away from winning the light heavyweight title at UFC 159 on Saturday at the Prudential Center. Not necessarily because he was dominating Jon Jones. The fight...

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Jon Jones then: 'We won't be laughing'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones shadow boxes

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Three months back, there were plates of chicken parm, Caesar's salad and other treats going around the table at Carmine's in Manhattan. Assorted MMA media were there, as were Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. The two UFC light heavyweights, there to promote the newest season of "The Ultimate Fighter" as coaches, were cordial and friendly. There was even an amusing phone call that occured. ...

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On Chael Sonnen, Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva

UFC light heavyweights Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen talks how he needs to talk when it’s time to talk. Meaning, if it’s time to hype a fight, he’ll go to town with the commentary, wit and hyperbole needed to sell tickets and pay-per-view. If it’s time to chill, he can be chill. And if it’s time to build up a fighter’s confidence, Sonnen can do that as well. Here’s what Sonnen said to Uriah Hall as he prepared to fight Dylan Andrews...

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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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TUF 17/2: Just shut up and fight, please

Josh Samman a member of Jon Jones' team

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This comes with the understanding that pre-taped reality television shows such as "The Ultimate Fighter" are edited in such a way as to create "characters" and create/manufacture/manipulate drama. And now, a note of the fighters on Jon Jones' team: Get over yourselves about picking fights and matchups. Just win your fight and shut up. Seriously. Bubba McDaniel and Josh Samman...

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