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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Dana White on Dominick Cruz, UFC title defense policy

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is a coach

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As of Monday, it has been two years and six days since UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz last fought instead the octagon.

Knee surgery caused him to miss his title defense against Urijah Faber at UFC 148 (the co-main event with Anderson Silva's rematch against Chael Sonnen). A second knee surgery caused an even longer delay for Cruz.

UFC president Dana White said recently that...

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At the movies . . . UFC 167

Georges St-Pierre watches Canada's Francis Carmont in his

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Coming to a movie theater near you on Nov. 16, 2013 -- the UFC's biggest pay-per-view star and the UFC's 20th anniversary show.

UFC 167, headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, will be broadcast in movie theaters that night via Fathom Events.

This is at least the fourth time the UFC has partnered with NCM for a one-night only special event.


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TUF's Raquel Pennington on being a gay athlete

Undefeated Cat Zingano, left, at weigh-ins against bantamweight

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Raquel Pennington, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter," talks about what it's like to be a gay fighter and the struggles she faced telling her family.

Watch the clip embedded below.

Video: Being a gay athlete

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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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Chris Weidman still not intimidated by Anderson Silva

The fight poster for UFC 168 with Long

His image is on top. His name is listed first. He'll be introduced last.

Still, new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman would have preferred a different photo be used in the poster for UFC 168 and his rematch against former champ Anderson Silva.

As for the "Leave No Doubt" tagline used on the poster?

"I like that," Weidman said Wednesday at a UFC 168 promotional...

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Video: Weidman, Silva on ESPN MMA Live

Chris Weidman, left and Anderson Silva embrace after

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On the off chance you haven't heard Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman answer these questions of late, here's one more chance.

Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Silva, the former champion, spent Thursday at ESPN doing a media blitz.

Here's a clip from MMA Live Extra.

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