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Another lost title shot for Anthony Pettis

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis attends the Fox Hispanic

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This time, Anthony Pettis had his name on a contract and UFC marketing materials clearly indicating that he would fight for a title.

The past two times he was supposed to get a title shot, it never materialized. And on Friday, news broke that Pettis suffered a torn meniscus in his knee while training in Brazil and has to pull out of his featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 163...

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Kenny Florian on the Brazilian MMA scene

Retired UFC fighter Kenny Florian is now co-host

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One of the lasting images from UFC events the past two years is Jose Aldo knocking out Chad Mendes at UFC Rio and immediately running out of the octagon, into the arms of adoring Brazilian fans in the crowd and eventually onto the shoulders of a fan as he was brought back toward the cage.

That moment on Jan. 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, deserves a permanent spot on highlight reels...

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Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo?

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis attends the Fox Hispanic

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There's a certain ceremonial dance that occurs at UFC post-fight news conferences.

Members of the assembled media take the lead and ask who so and so will fight next, and  UFC president Dana White says he doesn't like to make fights right after a night of fights.

It seems like a silly song and dance, but sometimes, someone bumps into the DJ table and the song changes.

After...

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UFC 156: Jose Aldo defends title against Frankie Edgar

Jose Aldo connects with a left to Frankie

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Frankie Edgar withstood the talk for so long. Besides, why should the lightweight champion drop down to featherweight?

But once he lost that title and the subsequent rematch with Ben Henderson, moving down to 145 pounds seemed like the right idea.

Except . . .

Jose Aldo rules the 145-pound division and is among the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He has supreme...

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For your viewing enjoyment, the UFC 156 preview

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, of Brazil, prepares

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Embedded above these words (or via the "play" button on our apps), you'll find the UFC 156 video preview, featuring analyst Joe Rogan (with a Kenny Florian cameo) talking about the fairly stacked card for this Saturday.

Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event, and Alistair Overeem fights Antonio "Bigfoot"...

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