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    WWE's New Day: No Way In Hell We'd Fight In UFC ... We're Too Pretty!

    Brock Lesnar's done it. CM Punk's done it ... but the guys from The New Day say there's NO DAMN WAY they'd ever considering moving from the WWE to the UFC. 

    The tag team superstars -- who were just tapped to host WrestleMania 33 -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) ... and told us their feet are FIRMLY planted in the WWE.

    So, why not give the UFC a shot? Big E put it best ...

    "I gyrate for a living! I shake my hips for a living, that's what I do! You want to get punched in the face by Derrick Lewis?? NO THANK YOU!"

    The guys also tell us how the other WWE superstars REALLY feel about Conor McGregor -- who's taken some major shots at pro wrestlers in the past.

    Previewing and Predicting Every Potential MMA Superfight

    The Superfight: it’s a term used so often these days that it’s become a novelty.

    In theory, it identifies a bout that is designed to bring two fantastic fighters together in a clash that speaks to the best aspects of their relative skills and styles.

    In boxing, it has often been used to identify bouts that could never happen: Muhammad Ali versus Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Robinson versus Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roberto Duran versus Manny Pacquiao.

    But in the sport of MMA, it is used to describe the dreamlike quality of fights that, while perhaps improbable, are not impossible: Jose Aldo versus Anthony Pettis, for instance.

    Or the previously ballyhooed Georges St. Pierre versus Anderson Silva.                     

    It’s the proverbial “White whale” of the sport, and no matter how many times such bouts are rumored, only to fail to be actualized, the term endures because there are always new fighters rising to the top; new fights that could answer the question: “Who would win if…”

    As fighters fight to answer that question, fans and pundits ponder and posit in the absence of these rarest of occurrences. We question and debate who would win in a bout between two fighters that are so good that they remain nearly untouchable by anyone save perhaps another of their untouchable ilk.

    No matter what criteria you favor, you know the fights in question, as we all do. While Anderson Silva may no longer have the title, much of the Superfight debate has been built upon his name and that honestly has not changed.

    Even though he lost two in a row to Chris Weidman, he is still thought to be the best because great fighters are not the sum total of their defeats. Muhammad Ali lost to Leon Spinks, when the latter had just eight professional fights, yet even after their bout, no one doubted Ali would be remembered as the greater fighter.

    So, we ponder the obvious inclusions, as we always have; this time, we include them all, in one place and at one time. In fact, we will also include one boxing bout—Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao—simply because it has been debated at length in many MMA discussions, which is of no surprise; it is the gold standard for incredible fights that should have been made yet never were.

    TJ Dillashaw on UFC 173 Win, Cruz, Faber and Return to the Octagon

    Last week, I followed TJ Dillashaw as he prepared for his UFC 173 bout against Renan Barao. He was one of the biggest underdogs ever to participate in a championship bout, and few gave him a chance of making it out of the first round, much less pulling off the historic upset.

    In my time spent with Dillashaw, I saw a man completely unfazed by the task ahead of him, as though he had no idea what the fans and oddsmakers were saying.

    He was relaxed, loose and absolutely confident that he’d be taking the title back to Sacramento. He spoke of all the things he’d need to get used to as bantamweight champion, such as spending fight weeks in the nicest hotel suites available instead of standard rooms.

    Where did his confidence come from? How was he able to overlook the long odds he faced?

    “Duane (Ludwig) always said he had the utmost confidence in me beating Barao. He isn’t going to blow smoke up my butt when he tells me what he believes. The way he went about it made me super confident getting in there,” Dillashaw says. “And then the rest of my team, Urijah, Joseph, Chad, they all tell me how good I am. Urijah really believed that I could beat Barao.

    Dillashaw was on to something. He went in the Octagon and beat Barao from pillar to post before finishing him in the fifth round to become the new bantamweight champion.

    He knocked Barao down in the first round, then used the same tactics to befuddle the champion and keep him off balance in the second. He knew then that he had a chance to win. After a dominant third, he realized he’d won the first three rounds going away. Barao had nothing to offer him.

    “After that, I was like ‘I’ve got this guy’s number. I can put it on him,’ Dillashaw says. “After the third, I knew I had him.”

    The historic underdog hadn’t just defied the odds; he’d trampled all over them and then kicked them out the door. He’d dominated one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and turned in one of the single best performances in UFC history.

    UFC Live Discussion: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale

    “History will be made tonight,” so sayeth our friends in the UFC, as Julianna Peña will face Jessica Rakoczy for the honor of becoming the first female to ever win The Ultimate Fighter. At the same time, Chris Holdsworth and David Grant will be fighting for the distinction of being this season’s male winner of TUF 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, but we’re far more interested in seeing the talent in the women’s division expand with one of these great women stepping up and earning a shot at a long, successful career in the UFC.

    Meanwhile, the main event features two ranked lightweights facing off for a chance to get back in the title hunt, as fifth-ranked Gray Maynard and eighth-ranked Nate Diaz will fight despite that whole, strange story about Diaz supposedly backing out for his high school reunion. He could still back out of the fight, of course, but I’m assuming that he’s going to fight since he weighed in and all.

    The online preliminaries begin at 7:30 PM ET (it’s just one fight this time), but you can join us right here at 8 PM ET for the preliminaries on Fox Sports 1 and then at 10 PM ET for the main card on Fox Sports 1.

    UFC 158 Preview: 5 Questions Surrounding the GSP/Diaz Fight Card

    If it feels like you've waited forever to see Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz face off, well, you're not alone.

    We've waited a long time for this fight. And there was a time, back when Diaz was suspended and retired and not coming back to the UFC, that I figured it was going to fall in that category of "dream fights that never came to fruition," right alongside Fedor Emelianenko vs. Randy Couture or Brock Lesnar.

    Diaz came to his senses and decided to continue fighting, and St-Pierre elected to go with the biggest-money fight available to him in the welterweight division instead of facing Johny Hendricks or moving up in weight to face Anderson Silva. So even though the road was a long one, we're finally here: St-Pierre and Diaz will step in the Octagon on Saturday night in Montreal.

    I'll be in Montreal all week providing you with the usual fight week news and nuggets. But for now, let's take a look at five questions surrounding various fighters on the card.

     There's very little question that Georges St-Pierre truly dislikes Nick Diaz. We've known that for quite some time now.

    The question surrounding the fight is this: Will St-Pierre's hatred for everything Diaz represents result in GSP actually trying to finish a fight rather than score a wrestling-based decision?

    I don't know that it will. I hope so, but we've seen instances of St-Pierre having plenty of dislike for his opponents in the past. Josh Koscheck, for example, got under the welterweight champion's skin for a long time leading up to their fight, and yet St-Pierre was content to keep Koscheck grounded for the majority of their UFC 124 fight.

    I can't blame St-Pierre for going after a win in the best way he knows how. He's a rich man with a brand to protect, and much of the popularity of that brand comes from his long reign as champion. In his head, it probably makes more sense to score the win however he can, and if that means wrestling his opponent for five rounds, so be it.

    But we've also spent a lot of time hearing St-Pierre discuss how he's not going to do that anymore, how he's going to go for the finish. And then, after each unanimous decision win, St-Pierre apologizes for not finishing his opponent.

    It's time to stop apologizing and start taking a few risks. If St-Pierre wants to maintain his standing as one of the most popular fighters in the world, he'll need to show the fans that he's willing to do a little bit extra to thank them for paying their hard-earned dollars to watch him fight. And there's no better opponent with which to do that than Diaz.

    This is a situation tailor-made for St-Pierre to put on an exciting fight, because he has a willing opponent that would love nothing more than to stand and trade punches. And on top of that, this is a real grudge match that has the potential to send his hometown Montreal crowd into raptures.

    I would understand if he just wants the win, but I want to see GSP do more than just win. I want to see him excel.

    Can Johny Hendricks make a statement and overcome his biggest test to date?

    By all rights, Johny Hendricks should be competing against Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 158. He's the rightful top contender and is riding a five-fight winning streak, with his last three wins coming over top-10 competition.

    Mark Hunt Steps In to Face Junior dos Santos at UFC 160

    Mark Hunt will face former UFC heavyweight champion Junior do Santos at UFC 160 on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    MMAFighting.com  first reported the news, and UFC officials later confirmed the match.

    The announcement comes days after UFC president Dana White said Hunt had turned down the fight with dos Santos.  A phone conversation between Hunt and White seems to have been what made the fight happen.

    dos Santos was originally scheduled to face Alistair Overeem on the UFC 160 card, but a quadriceps injury in training forced Overeem out of the bout.

    Hunt (9-7) is on a four-fight winning streak and is coming off of a knockout win over Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 3.  dos Santos (15-2) is coming off of a loss to Cain Velasquez at 155 in December, where he lost the heavyweight title.

    UFC 160 is headlined by a rematch between Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.  Hunt vs. dos Santos will be the co-main event.

    UFC 152: Burning Questions Heading into Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort Fight Card

    There's no reason to rehash the sordid story that left us with the first event to ever be canceled in UFC history. All we need to know is that when the full history of the UFC is written, there will be an asterisk next to UFC 151, noting that the event never took place.

    All the fights on that ill-fated fight card have found a new home, which is a positive. The negative is that the main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson is not going to take place, due to a knee injury Henderson suffered while training.  Instead, Jones will defend his title against Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 152.

    The full lineup for the September 22 fight card, which will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, looks like this:

    Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

    Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

    Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann

    Matt Hamill vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

    Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson

    Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokraja

    Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant

    Lance Benoist vs. Sean Pierson

    Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes

    Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen

    Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson

    Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke

    What follows are questions we have heading into UFC 152.

    UFC 153 Fight Card: Anderson Silva Headlines the Worst Main Event in UFC History

    There's a lot to admire about Stephan Bonnar. He's a competent television announcer and a good storyteller who helps fans understand what it takes to compete inside the cage. He was a pretty solid fighter, too, combining with Forrest Griffin in the finale of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter to let the world in on a little secret—MMA is awesome.

    I've seen Bonnar described over and over again as "tough as nails." That captures his essence, for good or ill. He will never back down, that much is true. But unfortunately for the journeyman light heavyweight, it's mostly a nice way of saying Bonnar's good at getting punched in the face.

    A fighter who all but announced his retirement after his last bout—that's what Bonnar is. What he isn't, however, is more germane to this discussion.

    He isn't going to suddenly become a major player at the box office.

    And he isn't worthy of a fight with the greatest of all time, middleweight champion Anderson Silva who will step up a weight class to take on Bonnar in Brazil.

    This fight is a lose-lose proposition for the UFC. Despite the addition of Silva, I don't think this card will perform well on pay-per-view. At the box office, it's already a lost cause. Fans expect Silva to decimate Bonnar, which is likely what will happen.

    It's not the worst thing that could happen if you're the UFC, though. There remains an even more devastating option.

    Bonnar, who opened as a +5,500 underdog courtesy of comedians on Twitter (meaning you'd win $5,500 on a $100 Bonnar bet), could conceivably do the impossible. With four-ounce gloves, anything can happen in the Octagon.

    What if Bonnar manages to clip  Silva? What if he slices him open the way fellow underdog Vitor Belfort once took the light heavyweight belt from Randy Couture on a fluke cut?

    It's not likely, but the sport is designed for the unlikely to happen. A Silva loss would be nothing short of catastrophic for the UFC. The legacy he's built over the years? It won't disappear, but it will be tarnished if he loses to a never-was such as Bonnar.

    Passing the torch to the next champion is one thing. Losing to a guy who never made it to the top of the sport? Ask Fedor Emelianenko how that works out for your place in history.

    Supporting this awful main event is a light heavyweight fight between the relatively unknown Glover Teixeira (18-2) and Fabio Maldonado (18-5). Maldonado steps in for Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who departed stage right due to an injury.

    I love this fight in many ways. It should be a compelling scrap between two really tough guys. But Maldonado has actually lost his last two fights and sports a UFC record of just 1-2. Teixeira only has one fight in the UFC. One!

    UFC 153: Frankie Edgar In For Koch, Fights Aldo For Title

    Well, it didn't take long for former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar to get a meaningful fight at 145 pounds. Late Thursday night, John Morgan of MMAJunkie reported that "The Answer" would step in for an injured Erik Koch and fight Jose Aldo at UFC 153 in October. The nature of Koch's injury was not revealed.

    **Update: Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports Koch suffered a knee injury.

    After some epic battles with BJ Penn and Gray Maynard, Edgar has dropped his last two fights, both to Benson Henderson. Aldo, on the other hand, is undefeated under the Zuffa banner and has won 13 straight fights.

    UFC 153 is scheduled for October 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Invicta FC 2 'McMann vs. Baszler' Results: Reaction for Every Fight

    Invicta FC will hold their second show in the same location as their first, Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

    The 14-bout card will be streamed live and free on InvictaFC.com at 7 p.m. ET.

    In the main event of the evening top prospect and Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann takes on her toughest foe to date, Shayna Baszler.

    In the co-main, Strikeforce bantamweight Alexis Davis returns to action following her defeat to Sarah Kaufman in March to battle Hitomi Akano.

    Main Card
    Shayna Baszler (133.6) vs. Sara McMann (135.4)
    Hitomi Akano (135.8) vs. Alexis Davis (134)
    Kaitlin Young (135) vs. Liz Carmouche (135)
    Lacey Schuckman (115.4) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki (114.6)
    Raquel Pa'aluhi (134.4) vs. Amanda Nunes (135.4)
    Vanessa Porto (133.6) vs. Sarah D'Alelio (136.2)*
    Bethany Marshall (124) vs. Barb Honchak (124.2)
    Elina Nilsson (144.6) vs. Julia Budd (145.2)

    Preliminary Card
    Carla Esparza (115.2) vs. Sarah Schneider (116)
    Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.2) vs. Angelica Chavez (105.4)
    Sarah Moras (134.8) vs. Raquel Pennington (134.4)
    Jessamyn Duke (135) vs. Suzie Montero (136)
    Cheryl Chan (124.2) vs. Jocelyn Lybarger (124.8)
    Jessica Philippus (107.2) vs. Liz McCarthy (104.2)*

    *Sarah D'Alelio was able to weigh-in under 136-pounds on her second weigh-in. Jessica Philippus was unable to cut more weight. The fight will still proceed and she will be penalized 25% of her fight purse.

    ‘UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir Primetime’ Airs Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern on FX

    The UFC's "Primetime" series returns Friday with a three-part special for UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir. UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and challenger and former champion Frank Mir will be the focus of a three-part "UFC Primetime" special for their main event. The two fight May 26 at UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After the first episode airs, the FX cable network will air the second and third parts on the next two Fridays leading into the event. The first episode will airs Friday at 11 p.m. Eastern, immediately following "The Ultimate Fighter LIVE" on FX. The second and third episodes will air in the same time period on May 18 and May 25, with the conclusion of the three-part special airing the night before dos Santos and Mir fight. Additionally, replays of the episodes will air on Fuel TV as well as select Fox Sports affiliates across the country. The path to the UFC 146 main event has been an interesting one, to say the least. Dos Santos, who won the belt from Cain Velasquez in November, was expected to meet former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem in his first defense. Overeem beat former champion Brock Lesnar in December in a top contenders bout to earn a shot at the title. But at a March news conference to promote the all-heavyweights main card of UFC 146, Overeem and the five other fighters on the dais at the event were given surprise random drug tests by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Overeem was the only one of the six who didn't pass, getting red-flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone level that reportedly was 14:1. The NSAC standard is 6:1. Overeem was scheduled for a hearing with the NSAC on April 24 where the commission would decide whether or not to grant him a license to fight, despite the elevated levels – pending his explanation. But on the Friday before his hearing, UFC president Dana White announced that Overeem had been pulled from the main event and Mir would get the title shot. Mir had been scheduled for a co-main event top contenders fight with Velasquez on the same card. So dos Santos went from preparing for a standup specialist in Overeem, perhaps the heavyweight division's best striker, to preparing for arguably the best ground fighter in heavyweight history in Mir. And Mir went from a three-round fight to a five-round title fight with a month's notice.READ MORE CLICK HERE

    The Five Rankings Upsets of UFC 144

    The thing I liked more than the great knockouts, the back and forth fights, and the incredible comebacks was that there were so many upsets on this card. I don't pay attention to upsets betting-wise, but in terms of rankings...there were a certainly more than usual. I personally love it when guys win and shake up the rankings, we can all have a look after the jump.

    Bantamweight - Unranked Chris Cariaso defeats #12 Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision.

    From what I understood, this was a decision most saw the other way, and Dana F. White gave Mizugaki his win bonus. That being said, the Bloddy Elbow play-by-play noted that it was a 'close fight' after the first two rounds and they scored round 3 for Cariaso...so I feel Cariaso's upset is worth mentioning, even if it wasn't the best call by the judges.

    Middleweight - #23 Tim Boetsch defeats #3 Yushin Okami via Knockout.

    God bless Tim Boetsch for going for it like he did. Too often you see fighters down two rounds in a 3 round fight essentially stop trying to really change the fight in the 3rd. Boetsch was down two rounds, and had nothing to lose. He was either going to drop a decision or get finished. His only option for victory was to get a finish himself, and he came out in the 3rd, went for broke, and made it happen. Hats off to him.

    Heavyweight - #22 Mark Hunt defeats #12 Cheick Kongo via Knockout.

    Mark Hunt's MMA career is illustrated by a few high peaks and low valleys: He lost his first fight, followed it with a five fight winning streak, then suffered 6 straight losses and has now resurged with 3 straight victories. The fights that the UFC were contractually obligated to give him were his last chance to make something more of his MMA career, Hunt knew that and has risen to the occasion beautifully.

    Light Heavyweight - #16 Ryan Bader defeats #5 Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision.

    In all likelyhood, Jackson's alleged knee injury which resulted in him eventually missing weight probably had an effect on his performance tonight. Would Rampage necessarily have won without the knee injury is anyone's guess, but Bader went out there and did what he needed to do for 3 rounds.

    Bader losing to Jon Jones is what almost everyone expected, him losing to Ortiz is what nobody expected. Everyone seemed to want to permanently write him off after the loss to Tito. 'He lost to Tito Ortiz, in 2011, he's THAT bad!' or 'He's the only guy to lose to Tito Ortiz since 2006!' were repeated often. I don't like using the 'oh he just got caught' excuse for upsets in MMA, or for any outcome...it seems to just write off what the winner did. But sometimes, one guy just happens to land the right punch on someone who would likely beat him 9/10 times. I didn't think it was fair to write him off completely just because of that loss.

    I love that he's shocked everyone by doing what nobody expected him to do and defeated Rampage.

    Lightweight - #4 Benson Henderson defeats #1 Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision.

    It wasn't a huge rankings upset, but it was an upset nonetheless. The fight was certainly competitive, but it felt to me like Henderson did enough to take the rounds he needed to win.

    Dana White Says Anthony Pettis Will 'Likely' Get Next UFC Lightweight Title Shot UFC RESULT 144

    EX-WEC lightweights had a good night at UFC 144 in Japan, and it appears that the last WEC fight ever might be re-created in the UFC octagon. As we all know by now, Ben Henderson claimed the UFC lightweight title with a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar in the main event tonight. Anthony Pettis led off the card with a highlight-reel head kick knockout of Joe Lauzon, and made it clear that he thinks he deserves a title shot. And UFC president Dana White agreed with that when he spoke at the post-fight press conference:

    The two met the first time at WEC 53, where Pettis claimed the win and the WEC lightweight title and made the term "Showtime Kick" popular. White did temper his enthusiasm somewhat by saying that he doesn't like making those kinds of decisions on fight night and "we'll see what happens", but it'd be hard to deny Pettis his shot at this point. Many would like to see the winner of UFC on Fox 3's main event, Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller, get a shot, but that fight is three months from now and this seems to make more sense. Dana has been known to change his mind on these things all the time, but as of tonight, it looks like Ben Henderson will be making his first UFC lightweight title defense against a familiar foe.

    UFC Trainer: Megan Olivi vs. Urijah Faber

    Megan Olivi takes on Urijah Faber in a heated UFC Trainer grudge match in this exclusive video
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