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Miesha Tate will make history when she takes on undefeated Rin Nakai in the UFC’s first ever women’s bout in Japan on September 20th at Tokyo’s famed Saitama Super Arena. But don’t think “Cupcake” will be in hostile territory in Nakai’s home country, where her opponent is Japan’s best known female fighter today.“If I was ever going to fight anyone on their own turf it would be in Japan because the fans are extremely respectful, and even if you beat one of their own they won’t hold it against you,” she said. “The fans look at i … Read the Full Article Here

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For several years, Japan was the central hub for many of the world’s biggest mixed martial arts fights and this weekend the UFC returns to the Land of the Rising Sun for a stacked card airing on UFC FIGHT PASS, headlined by heavyweight knockout artists Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt in the five-round main event. Nelson is fresh off his first-round finish over former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira while Hunt returns to action for the first time since last December when he engaged in one of the greatest heavyweight bouts of all-time against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. The mai … Read the Full Article Here

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The typical question after a fighter experiences a long layoff is “what did you miss the most?” The typical answers range from the honesty of saying “a paycheck” to the more expected “the competition.”Yoshihiro Akiyama has never been a typical fighter, so his answer to that question is all his own:“Victory.”This Saturday, the man dubbed “Sexyama” by his army of fans returns to active duty for the first time since a February 2012 bout with Jake Shields, and in the opposite corner is another fighter making his first appearance in two … Read the Full Article Here

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Upsets have been a part of The Ultimate Fighter since the very beginning.  If anybody told Chris Leben that he would be eliminated from the inaugural season, not once but twice, by far smaller and lesser-experienced opponents, he would have called you crazy on the spot. The newest season of The Ultimate Fighter kicked off with a massive upset as No. 14 ranked Randa Markos — a relative unknown in the strawweight field — knocked off No. 3 seed Tecia Torres, who was a heavy favorite to win the entire series and claim the 115-pound women’s title.  Now her run is over and like a good … Read the Full Article Here

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Nobody paid much attention to Sam Sicilia’s whereabouts earlier this month, but maybe they should have. In Connecticut, far across the country from his Spokane home base, the featherweight prospect was preparing his friend and teammate Michael Chiesa for his fight against Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night on September 5.Forget the fact that Sicilia has his own fight – in Japan no less – this Saturday against Katsunori Kikuno. This was just as important, but when asked about it, he doesn’t see it as a big deal, just something friends do for one another.“We’ve g … Read the Full Article Here

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The UFC heavyweight division got a major shakeup for the second straight week in the official rankings after Andrei Arlovski finished Bigfoot Silva by TKO at Fight Night Brasilia.
Arlovski, the former UFC heavyweight champion, won his second-straight inside the Octagon and he did so in dephastating fashion. The rankings panel took notice and voted “The Pit Bull” up seven spots to No. 7 in the heavyweight division, passing the likes of Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell and Alistair Overeem.
Silva, who was ranked at No. 4 going into Fight Night Brasilia, dropped all the way to No. 9, allo … Read the Full Article Here

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