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UFC 170 should get Olympic marketing bump

Ronda Rousey , right, from the United States

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The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels.

But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.

Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate...

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UFC adds women's strawweight division

Carla Esparza, left, won a unanimous decision over

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Not long ago, women fighting inside the UFC's octagon seemed like the most far-fetched concept in the male-driven world of mixed martial arts. Heck, the president of the organization even said as much.

And there Dana White was on Wednesday, on a conference call, announcing that the UFC would be expanding its women's division to now include strawweights (115 pounds).

Invicta FC, an all-female...

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Video: Invicta FC's 'Road to Honchak vs. Smith'

Barb Honchak, left, continued her winning ways, taking

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Barb Honchak defends her flyweight title against Leslie Smith at Invicta 7 this Saturday.

Here's an impressive 25-minute "Road to" video that introduces you to both fighters.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://bit.ly/1cXZqrv)...

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The Jekyl & Hyde interviews of Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

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The MMA community on Twitter had its share of commentary Saturday night after Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate provided host Jon Anik with one of the more awkward interviews you'll see on TV.

Rousey then turned back into her charming self Monday night during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Below are both interviews.

 

 

 

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Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

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Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players.

Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://foxs.pt/IvWubE)...

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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

(Newsday's app and mobile users can watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Cq1yMxqyk)...

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Miesha Tate: 'Ronda is so crazy'

Miesha Tate submitted Julie Kedzie with an armbar

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The word war between Ronda Rousey and Miesha continued Tuesday night with this clip from "UFC Tonight."

Expect the mud to be slung and the muck to be raked plenty war as this season of "The Ultimate Fighter" plays out on Fox Sports 1 leading up to their bout at UFC 168 on Dec. 28.

In the clip embedded below, Tate fires back.

Video: Tate on Rousey: "I'd...

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Ronda Rousey as 'Protector'

Ronda Rousey on set for a commercial as

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Nothing screams MMA as loudly as . . . small business insurance companies!

But one such company is banking on one of the sport's biggest stars -- Ronda Rousey -- to help market their products.

The UFC women's bantamweight champion serves as "Protector" in a series of spots that are scheduled to begin in earnest June 11.

The two quick-hit clips below are amusing trailers...

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The good and bad of Tate v. Rousey on 'TUF'

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

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Ronda Rousey got a nice surprise Tuesday when taping began for Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and Miesha Tate showed up instead of Cat Zingano.

Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's opposing coach but tore her ACL earlier this month. So, in steps Tate, Rousey's rival.

This is good. This is bad. Let's explain:

GOOD: TV ratings for TUF 18 on the new Fox Sports 1 will...

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UFC 159: Sara McMann stops Sheila Gaff

SARA McMANN Olympics McMann, left, was the first

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NEWARK -- Sara McMann needed approximately three seconds to show off her Olympic silver-medal winning wrestling pedigree.

But it was those fists of her that gave her the first-round victoy at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 on Saturday night,

McMann took down Gaff for a second time midway through the first round and was able to control Gaff's left arm with her left hand and her right...

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