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  • Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. UFC flyweight John Dodson is 5-foot-3, 125 pounds. Both fighters train out of Jackson-Winklejohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The world famous gym houses the likes of UFC superstars Jon Jones, Carlos Condit and Donald Cerrone, and it carries a serious reputation as one of the more ‘active’ gyms in all of MMA.

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    Apparently with this weekend’s upcoming WrestleMania on Sunday, the fighters at Team Jackson-Winklejohn are getting into the wrasslin’ spirit. And unlike a normal day of sparring featuring head-kicks and power doubles, Dodson and Arlovski decided to put on a pro wrestling exhibition in front of their teammates to lighten the mood.

    You can watch the whole video right here, courtesy of Facebook/Michael Lyubimov.

    Now, if “The Pitbull” was to drop one of those splashes on Dodson in an actual fight, the flyweight division would be thinner than it already

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  • Though it isn't regulated and isn't legal at the professional level, plenty of mixed martial arts fights occur in New York state. U.S. women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey called New York the most dangerous place in the country to fight because of the lack of regulation.

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    Rousey, who will defend her title against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on Aug. 1 in Brazil, met privately with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as several other state political leaders in order to help push MMA's legalization.Ronda Rousey talks to the media. (USAT)Ronda Rousey talks to the media. (USAT)

    After traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the announcement of the Correia fight last week, she arrived back in the U.S. over the weekend and got to work. Rousey visited the Tonight Show, where she pretended to arm-bar host Jimmy Fallon, appeared The View and found time to interview WrestleMania headliner Roman Reigns for Sports Illustrated.

    On Thursday, Rousey appeared on Good Morning America, where she yet again made the case for MMA's

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  • When female MMA powerhouse Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino made $90,000 in her last fight for the Invicta FC promotion back in February, many speculated that her paycheck was footed by the UFC.

    It wasn't that the all-ladies promotion couldn't or wouldn't be able to dole out that sort of payday. It was just such a staggering lump sum for a promotion that, otherwise, had only paid out fractions comparatively to its other top stars in prior years.

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    It turns out all the speculation was more than warranted, as news broke Wednesday that the feared Brazilian striker is officially a UFC employee.

    And she has been for two months.

    The news was first reported by Brazilian media outlet Globo and subsequently confirmed on "UFC Tonight."

    "We want to let the world know that we want to make this fight," UFC president Dana White told "UFC Tonight" reporter Ariel Helwani. "Ronda wants this fight, everyone wants this fight to happen. But she needs to

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  • Brock Lesnar announced Tuesday in a live appearance on SportsCenter that he had re-signed a contract with the WWE and would no longer compete in mixed martial arts. During an interview with Michelle Beadle, Lesnar said he signed the deal to remain in the WWE on Monday.

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    He will face Roman Reigns on Sunday in Santa Clara, California, at WrestleMania 31, the WWE's biggest event of the year. His contract was up on March 30 and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White both said they planned to speak with him when he was contractually free.

    Lesnar, though, didn't think he could go through the grind of training again.

    "It was just hard," Lesnar told Beadle. "It was hard for me and it is hard to talk about it, but the fighter inside of me wants to complete. The father, the husband ... You know, I'm an older caveman now. I make wiser caveman decisions. So I'm here to say my legacy in the Octagon is over. However, my legacy this

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  • When T.J. Dillashaw took the UFC bantamweight championship from Renan Barao in May 2014, most thought that Barao – who was undefeated for nearly 10 years prior to that loss – would receive an immediate rematch.

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    Dillashaw's quickness gave Barao trouble in their first bout. (Getty)Dillashaw's quickness gave Barao trouble in their first bout. (Getty)A rematch was set for later in the summer at UFC 177. However, Barao suffered a medical issue related to his weight cut 24 hours before the fight and was subsequently removed from the card. Dillashaw instead faced journeyman Joe Soto in what was a showcase fight for the newly minted champ.

    Most recently the rematch with Barao was booked for the main event of UFC 186 on April 25 in Montreal. Unfortunately, the Barao-Dillashaw 2 showdown has seen another setback. This time, it's the champion being forced to pull out, as Dillashaw fractured a rib during practice and will no longer be available to compete.

    UFC President Dana White broke the unfortunate news during an interview with Los Angeles radio station KRRL-FM 92.3.

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  • When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and his younger brother, NFL standout Chandler Jones, teased about doing a charity fight earlier this winter, it was mostly dismissed as nothing more than  harmless family jawing.

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    After all, Chandler Jones is a Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots and his coach, Bill Belichick, is a future NFL Hall of Famer that surely wouldn't allow any kind of fight against one of the most talented fighters ever. Each brother clocks in at around 6-foot-5 and both weigh in the mid-200’s (Jon cuts large amounts of weight to reach his light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds). They teased each other and had their respective fun, but talk quickly died down.

    Apparently, as it is with things of a brotherly nature, one sibling isn’t entirely OK with letting the Cain vs. Abel fantasy matchup go because early on Saturday older brother Jon took to social media to answer a fan’s question.

    What

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  • It is never easy to suggest that a fighter stops fighting.

    With five losses in a row, however, and after 25 UFC fights over a 10-year career, it is looking more likely that Josh Koscheck has fought his last bout for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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    “[Josh] Koscheck doesn’t want to retire,” said UFC president Dana White on Saturday after Koscheck’s first-round submission loss to Erick Silva, “but I’m going to try and push him in that direction.”

    Prior to Saturday’s loss to Silva, Koscheck was last seen three weeks prior at UFC 184, where he was submitted in devastating fashion by Jake Ellenberger. Fans were left with a visual of a gurgling, foaming-at-the-mouth Koscheck, fading out of consciousness as he attempted to tap out.

    That was his third stoppage loss in a row. Saturday’s loss to Silva marked his fourth. Despite the overwhelming case for the former Division I National Champion out of Edinboro University to hang it up,

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  • Conor McGregor touched down in Brazil less than 24 hours ago and he’s already ended up shirtless, posing with pretty Brazilian admirers and deadpanning killer fight rhetoric through his black Ray-Bans.

    Hamming it up for reporters as part of the media tour for his UFC 189 fight on July 11 in Las Vegas against featherweight champion Jose Aldo, McGregor decided to partake in the old Irish tradition of darts. Instead of using a regular dartboard to set his sights on, “Notorious” used his opponent's face instead:

    Just one day into the 10-city circus and things are already getting interesting. Along with Rio de Janeiro, the tour includes stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, New York, Boston, London, and of course Dublin.

    McGregor (17-2), the flashy 26-year-old Irishman, is getting his shot at UFC gold after only five promotional wins. However, his work on the microphone and his wicked skills inside the cage have earned him the honor of challenging one of the pound-for-pound greats in Aldo (25-1).

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  • Ronda Rousey reportedly has her next fight.

    And to the disappointment of seemingly everyone in the sporting and entertainment world who challenged Rousey to a scrap in the last month, this fight will come against an actual mixed martial artist.

    Fresh off her 14-second destruction of Cat Zingano in February at UFC 184, “Rowdy” is rumored to be meeting Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on Aug. 1 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The fight is expected to serve as the main event — although no official announcement from the UFC has been released. Brazilian outlet Tatame was the first to report the news.

    Correia, 31, put herself on the MMA map last April when she defeated Rousey’s teammate, Jessamyn Duke. After defeating Duke, she held up four fingers, turned them upside down, and plunged them to the floor. The symbolic move was meant as a warning to Rousey and Duke along with teammates Marina Shafir and Shayna Baszler — a.k.a. the “Four Horsewomen.” It was a defiant move by the newcomer and it

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  • There may not be a more accomplished fighter outside the UFC than undefeated welterweight Ben Askren.

    Askren, the one-time Olympian and two-time national champion out of Missouri, made waves in the MMA scene when he announced his intentions to turn pro in mixed martial arts after his amateur wrestling career concluded.

    “Funky Ben” first burst onto the mainstream in April 2010 for the Viacom-owned Bellator. At the time, the four-time All-American only had three professional fights to his credit. However, given his incredible amateur wrestling background, the Hartland, Wisconsin native was a hot commodity and many thought UFC championship gold was all but assured.

    Four fights later, in October of the same year, Askren was Bellator welterweight champion. By July 2013, Askren was a free agent, still undefeated at 12-0 and the Ultimate Fighting Championship was the next logical choice for the surging 170-pound powerhouse.

    However, UFC president Dana White had a different take on Ben Askren:

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