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Sorting out the Contenders, Pretenders in the UFC Middleweight Division

Bleacherreport.com  -  Atop the middleweight mountain stands Chris Weidman. He's young, big, strong and capable of competing with and defeating everybody who stands in front of him. Champion-like qualities aside, his controversial victories over Anderson Silva left much to be desired. Understandably so, a fluke knockout and a broken shin created questions that we needed to be answered. Then he stepped into th 21 days

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10 Longest-Tenured UFC Veterans Right Now

Bleacherreport.com  -  In a sport that can wear the body down in a hurry, not many MMA fighters have the durability to last more than a decade at the highest level.The remaining The Ultimate Fighter 1 participants are six months away from reaching that milestone, but they are dropping quickly. Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Kenny Florian and Chris Leben have all been removed from the UFC roster over recent years 21 days

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5 UFC Fighters Gaining in Popularity

Bleacherreport.com  -  Popularity is a double-edged sword in today's mixed martial arts.It has the power to launch a fighter's career in the presence of masterful win streaks and memorable finishes, but also unfairly bury deserving contenders in favor of sexier ticket sales and jaw-dropping matchups.That's why it's important for the people in charge—in this case, the UFC—to manage their roster accordingly, 21 days

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5 Best UFC Fighters Not Currently in the Official Fighter Rankings

Bleacherreport.com  -  The UFC rankings panel has done pretty well to include all the best UFC competitors in the official rankings. However, for one reason or another, some elite UFC fighters have been omitted.Some, such as Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, were removed from the rankings due to inactivity. Others, including Mike Pyle and Masanori Kanehara, have been left out rather inaccurately despite defeating oppone 21 days

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Saluting the Gatekeeper in Every UFC Division Right Now

Bleacherreport.com  -  The term "gatekeeper" is so often used pejoratively. I beg to differ.How else do you know who is truly befitting of the VIP section without someone manning the velvet ropes? What is a bar without a bouncer? Just a bunch of drunken chaos is what. We can't have the UFC being in chaos, so we must have gatekeepers. It's a vital role. And in these slides, we salute the gatekeeper in every weight 21 days

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Grand Theft Gracie: Did Bellator Steal Another UFC Icon Just Because It Could?

Bleacherreport.com  -  The new guard at Bellator MMA made another decidedly old-school acquisition this week, inking UFC O.G. Royce Gracie as its latest “national brand ambassador.”Raise your hand if you saw that one coming.Anybody?No, you wouldn’t have.After all, Gracie hasn’t fought since 2006-07, and in his last two professional bouts, he got smashed by Matt Hughes at UFC 60 and then tested p 21 days

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Anderson Silva Not Ruling out Trilogy with Chris Weidman for UFC Title

Bleacherreport.com  -  Anderson Silva is willing to do whatever it takes to once again be a UFC champion, even if that means throwing down with Chris Weidman for a third time.  It has been nearly a year since Silva’s horrific leg injury against Weidman at UFC 168. Echoes of the former middleweight champ’s blood-curdling screams reverberating throughout the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas haunt fans 22 days

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Kelvin Gastelum Can Punch His Own Ticket as a Top 10 Welterweight at UFC 180

Bleacherreport.com  -  Kelvin Gastelum is often overlooked.That's the story of his career, mostly, at least since making his debut on The Ultimate Fighter in 2013. Gastelum was a prodigious underdog, picked last by coach Chael Sonnen. Throughout the season, Gastelum was the guy standing on the periphery, a shadowy figure who sometimes got background television time when the cameras focused on Uriah Hall accidentally sh 22 days

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