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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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Poll results: Henderson vs. Pettis

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: UFC fighter

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There was a time when Anthony Pettis was the next lightweight to get a shot at UFC's 155-pound title.

OK, there were three times.

And now he's finally get that title shot, only it will come in the featherweight division. Still, the latest poll results (which are less scientific than a VHS tape from 1986) indicate you want to see him fight Ben Henderson, too. Who will get the next lightweight...

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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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Guard remains unchanged after Penn-MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5

Rory MacDonald, right, kicks BJ Penn in the

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Rory MacDonald beat BJ Penn at UFC on Fox 5 in Seattle on Saturday night. Where exactly was the "changing of the guard" mentioned prominently on the broadcast and elsewhere? Penn is 33 years old, MacDonald 23. Other than the age difference, this fight should not be looked upon as any sort of changing of the guard. Thirteen-plus months ago, Penn entered into an unofficial retirement after...

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Ben Henderson on a champion's life, Round 2

Benson Henderson celebrates his win over Frankie Edgarin

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Leading up to his first title defense at UFC 150 in August, Ben Henderson said his schedule was the biggest change to his life since he won the title six months earler.

Nearly four months later, things have apparently slowed down quite a bit for the lightweight champion, who happens to be defending his title this Saturday against Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5 in Seattle.

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