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Lincoln Journal Star
MMA: Nebraska City's Minner looks for sixth straight win
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But first, Minner (14-4 as a pro) as of Wednesday had to drop 30 pounds to battle Brandon Ball in three five-minute rounds of mixed martial arts — boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and everything else that goes with the chaos in the cage — in “Season's

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Fighter Ana Julaton looks to MMA for respect lacking in boxing
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Julaton's boxing coach, Angelo Reyes, believes Holm's knockout of Ronda Rousey shows the women's divisions in the UFC are deeper than just Ronda Rousey, which will help further legitimize women's MMA. Reyes, a convert to MMA who spent years …

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Valerie Letourneau's eye looks much, much better after UFC 193 title loss
Letourneau (8-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) suffered a unanimous-decision loss to reigning strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in this past Saturday's UFC 193 pay-per-view co-headliner. Heavy underdog Letourneau started strong but …
Valerie Letourneau's eye must be seen to be believed after UFC 193Washington Post
UFC President Dana White: Women Fighters Are 'Way Tougher Than The Men'
Following UFC 193, Dana White Says Women Are Tougher Than MenMMAWeekly (blog)

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In advance of her first ever UFC main event on December 10th against Rose Namajunas, “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant gave a new interview to the folks at Submission Radio. She covered a number of topics, perhaps most importantly dealing with “male counterpart” Sage Northcutt, and here are some of the key quotes:

On meeting Sage Northcutt (UFC is pushing the Namajunas-VanZant card as “Sage and Paige” on social media) at UFC 192:

It was great to meet him. I met him right after he stepped off the scales to weigh-in. Super nice, very well spoken. I think he’s got a very, very bright future, and that’s going to be exciting to watch his uprising as well. We’re both young, we’re new generation and the new breed. It’s awesome to see another young person like myself being very successful in this sport.

…and the comparisons of “Sage and Paige” to Ken and Barbie:

Yeah, you know I’m definitely happy about the comparison. It’s not anything negative. We’re both young and that’s just the way it is. We’re young in a sport, that is something that is really an honour to be a part of, especially being in the UFC at this age. It’s a huge accomplishment. So it’s all great comparisons, and I’m excited that we get to fight on the same card together. I think it’s a great thing, and we’ll be able to show off as these young kids. We’re definitely coming to make a statement.

How did she deal with things like getting an exclusive Reebok sponsorship so early in her career?

I wanna say it wasn’t hard, but it was. I’m somebody who…I do take what people say to heart, and it was hard at first, but then I have to look at it like, I have so many blessings in my life. There’s no way I should look at anything like this with a negative heart or with a negative emotion behind it. So I just think about how blessed I am, and how hard – I know how hard I’ve worked, and I know what I’ve sacrificed, and I’ve had a very, very hard road to get to the UFC. So I know I deserve every second and every opportunity I’m getting, and I’m just going to continue to win fights and make a great statement for these companies. I am very blessed to be a part of Reebok, and I just want to continue be a good representative of their company, and for all the companies i work with moving forward.

Has it been tough dealing with criticism that she’s getting by on her looks?

Yeah, it is a funny question, and it’s obviously one that I’ve gotten a lot, and something so many people are curious about. But I think people just still have to remember that this is still an entertainment industry. It’s all about ticket sales and it’s about how many people you can bring to the fights, and how many sales you can get. And in reality though, if I lose my fights, none of it matters. It doesn’t matter if people think I’m good looking, it doesn’t matter if I have this draw behind me. If I lose my fights, I’m gonna lose all of that. So for me, the pressure is still high. The pressure is still on to win fights, and I’m gonna continue to do that.

Is the UFC building her up slowly with “easy” fights?

I think that anyone that knows anything about the Strawweight division, knows there’s only 30 athletes. So once you’re in the top 15, it’s very selective who you have fights with. So that’s why when we looked at a new opponent with Joanne [Calderwood], we had to find someone who either hadn’t just fought, or didn’t have a fight lined up already. That’s very hard. Rose just fought. So it’s awesome that she stepped up and she’s taking this fight. You know, and there isn’t enough girls in the division. But you have to take the fight that you’re offered, and so I’m gonna take every single fight the UFC offers me.

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It may be more than two months away and there may be six scheduled title fights between now and Jan. 17, but Fight Night Boston is headlined by one of the most intriguing championship bouts in recent memory.UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw takes on former title holder Dominick Cruz in a fight that has been gaining steam ever since Dillashaw shocked the world at UFC 173, finishing former champion Renan Barao in dominant fashion.If you don’t remember Dominick Cruz, here is a quick crash course:Cruz has a 20-1 career record with four UFC/WEC bantamweight title defenses. He is one … Read the Full Article Here

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Just as Louis Smolka was set to charge across the Octagon to collide with Dublin’s hero Paddy Holohan in the main event of Fight Night Dublin, he stopped for a moment.Something wasn’t right.“You know how right when you go into the Octagon a lot of times your corner is trying to give you final instructions? Just stuff like, ‘Circle right,’ or do this or do that – I couldn’t hear my corner and they were right behind me,” Smolka told in an interview on Thursday. “My head coach was trying to give me instructions and I couldn’t hea … Read the Full Article Here

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Robbie Lawler looks back on hospital meeting with Rory MacDonald
MMA Fighting
Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald had one of the most epic matchups in mixed martial arts history at UFC 189 in Las Vegas. Lawler, not knowing he was trailing on the scorecards heading into the fifth and final round, retained his UFC welterweight title

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Mixed Martial Arts studio looks to offer something for everyone
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A former Navy Seabee, Chris Bello, 48, who has been trained in Muay Thai and boxing, has always wanted to open a mixed martial arts (MMA) facility. In fact, he's made several attempts over the years, but he never found the right …

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According to those mixed martial arts (MMA) experts in the know, both of these lovely ladies should have no problem competing at 135 pounds.

Ahem, Skeletor … if you would please.

That might come as a surprise when you look at the photo above, which has former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane Justino staring down former Strikeforce bantamweight queenpin Miesha Tate. The former is hoping to fight for UFC in 2016, while the latter has done so since 2013.

Until then, the closest they’ll get to throwing down is the upcoming “Fight Valley” movie (details), also starring UFC women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender Holly Holm, who will move on to fight Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November (more on that fight here).

And if “The Preacher’s Daughter” should fall, expect renewed cries for “Cyborg” to get the next crack at the 135-pound crown, even if she has to cut off a leg to make weight.

Sorry, “Cupcake.”

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Fightweets: Which December fight looks like the best of the bunch?
MMA Fighting
First off, I'm not buying into the whole attitude of "shhh … we must not talk about December, or else we'll jinx it" that seems to be going around the MMA bubble. Screw that. I'm a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, and all the ridiculous notions of curses
Opinion: #GoBig and the Ever-Present Threat of MMA
Conor McGregor willing to fight Urijah Faber in Dublin prior to UFC 194
Video: Frankie Edgar won't feel sorry for himself, but wants Aldo-McGregor
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