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A mixed martial arts blog about UFC, Bellator and other MMA promotions and fighters.

How time differentiates between Gilbert Melendez and Benson Henderson

Gilbert Melendez during a photo shoot to promote

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

For the past several years, Gilbert Melendez has been considered the best lightweight outside of the UFC. As Strikeforce became less and less relevant under the Zuffa banner, talk focused on possible matchups for Melendez and top lightweights in the UFC.

But since the calendar turned to 2012, the former Strikeforce champion (21-2) has fought one time -- a split decision win over Josh Thomson...

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Bellator + big names = hit or miss

King Mo Lawal controlled Gegard Mousasi on the

(Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin)

As quickly as the outrage over Jon Fitch being cut by the UFC spread across the Internet and social media last week, so too did calls for the former welterweight title contender to join Bellator or the World Series of Fighting

Even Dana White, the president of the UFC and the guy who cut Fitch, said as much.

"I'm glad that so many people are behind him," White said in the media...

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Gian Villante makes the UFC cut

MMA fighter Gian Villante of Levittown throws a

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

A few weeks ago, Gian Villante was unsure of his next career opportunity.

Would the Strikeforce light heavyweight from Levittown, who was not on the promotion's final card last Saturday, become part of the UFC, or would he have to go searching for work elsewhere? (Zuffa owns both Strikeforce and UFC.)

On Tuesday night, those watching "UFC Tonight" on Fuel got that answer.


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Strikeforce weigh-in live stream

Daniel Cormier during a photo shoot to promote

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Here's the last time we'll be able to say this: Come watch the Strikeforce weigh-in live stream with us.

The live stream will begin at 5 p.m. ET Friday from Oklahoma City, and includes Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, Nate Marquardt, Tarec Saffiedine and the rest of the fighters on the final card for Strikeforce.

The fights will air on Showtime on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, with the prelims...

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