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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...

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UFC's Dana White hammers Nevada State Athletic Commission

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White.

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Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre won a controversial split decision to retain his title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

St-Pierre won, 48-47, on two cards and lost on the third card, 47-48.

The overwhelming belief among those cageside (and Twitter-side) had Hendricks winning, 48-47. In some cases, such as with UFC president Dana White, they had...

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MMA Platinum Gloves semifinal results

Mixed martial arts amateur fighter Prince Uchegbu trains

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Here are the results from Saturday night's semifinal round of the MMA Platinum Gloves amateur tournament at St. Joseph's College.

Welterweights

Eric Schifter def. Marquis Terry via TKO (verbal submission), round 2, 0:59.

Jude Paulemon def. Zacariah Rosado by unanimous decision.

Lightweights

Vinny Scaduto sub. Fernando Saavedra (guillotine choke), round 1, 0:42.

Prince...

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Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone gets back on the saddle at UFC 167

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - APRIL 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image

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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone returned to the Octagon at UFC 167, and this time, he was the Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone we're more familiar with.

He had lost two of his three previous fights in 2013, but on Saturday, in Las Vegas, on the 20th anniversary UFC show, Cerrone looked as good as ever.

He mixed up his striking and knees and takedowns, keeping Dunham guessing the entire...

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Campbell McLaren on Dana White, Ken Shamrock and Rorion Gracie

UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren, right, poses with 700-pound

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A 90-minute sit-down with UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren will generate quite a few laughs at the table, and a few more when transcribing the quotes from his stories and anecdotes.

Not all of them can find their way into the story, even in the world of unlimited space on the Internets.

So here are some of the quotes you'll enjoy reading that couldn't find their way into the story on...

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LI's Ryan LaFlare vs. Court McGee at UFC on Fox 9

Ryan LaFlare poses for a photo at Long

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Based on Ryan LaFlare's injury history, his fighter nickname may as well be "Pre-Existing Condition."

But the 30-year-old UFC fighter from Lindenhurst entered his fight last Saturday the healthiest he's been in years. He left Brazil victorious and, now, three days later, he has his next fight booked.

In four and a half weeks.

LaFlare (9-0, 2-0 UFC) will fight Season 11...

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Liz Carmouche talks MMA, military, fans

Liz Carmouche attempts to submit Ronda Rousey during

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Not every quote can find its way into a story, so here are a few leftovers from a pre-fight chat with Liz Carmouche.

By the way, the 29-year-old former Marine lost to Alexis Davis via unanimous decision at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky on Wednesday night.

On her first interest in martial arts as a kid . . .

"The cool kung-fu movies."

On...

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New EA Sports UFC trailer released, sort of

Jon Jones yells on stage after the weigh

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A new clip from EA Sports hit YouTube on Monday entitled "EA Sports UFC - Vision trailer."

It opens with a disclaimer slate that reads, "May Contain Content Inappropriate for Children."

What it should say is this: "May Not Contain Content From The Actual Game as the Word 'Trailer' Would Imply."

But that's too much copy for one screen in large font.

So,...

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UFC Primetime GSP vs. Hendricks episode 1 recap

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks after a workout at

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Thoughts as they progressed through my brain while watching the first episode of "UFC Primetime: Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks" leading into UFC 167.

— If you recall all past media opportunities, every fight is the greatest challenge Georges St-Pierre has faced in his career.

— Remnants of a shiner on St-Pierre’s right eye.

— GSP thinks about Johny Hendricks when...

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Rampage to fight in Atlantic City Nov. 15

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has signed to fight for

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Remember when it was supposed to be Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz on Bellator's pay-per-view debut?

Well, now it's Rampage vs. Joey Beltran on Spike TV in Atlantic City on Nov. 15.

Ortiz pulled out of the Nov. 2 bout late last week with a neck injury, forcing the pay-per-view card to shift to Spike TV with Michael Chandler's rematch against Eddie Alvarez elevated...

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