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  • Bellator fighter Rick Hawn became a seasoned competitor long ago. The Judo player has competed on national and international levels since he was a child.

    That's probably why the fighter is able to be so fiery in the ring but cool as chilled steel just a few days before fighting for a major championship. Cagewriter is visiting with Hawn as he heads into an April 18 fight against Douglas Lima for the vacant Bellator welterweight title, and he's calm and unhurried as we pester him with technical questions about the differences between Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    Hawn is also relaxed as he talks about taking on Lima but admits that winning the Bellator title would be a major accomplishment. "It would mean a lot," he says.

    Hawn is well-acquainted with desire. His dad had studied Judo before Rick was born and got his son into class early on.

    By the time Hawn was 12, he had a specific goal in Judo - make the U.S. Olympic team. It was an unusual amount of certainty and commitment for a 12

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    Since losing a decision to Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren in 2012, Douglas Lima has won four straight fights via KO or TKO and has earned another crack at the title. He'll get it tonight in Council Bluffs, Iowa in the main event of Bellator 117.

    Lima will get another shot at Bellator gold tonight but won't get a chance at revenge with Askren. Though Askren never lost his belt, he was released by the promotion and allowed to walk away.

    Now, the belt is vacant and Lima will take on Rick Hawn, who is also on a red-hot four win fight streak. The Brazilian admits that he hoped to be able to face Askren for the belt.

    "It is a little bit of a let down, yeah," he tells Cagewriter.

    "Anytime you have a loss like that you want to try and get even."

    That said, Lima is focused on things he can control - namely being ready for Hawn, a former Olympic Judo competitor with nasty strikes on the feet.

    "But, you know what, being a champion is what is important to me," Lima goes on.

    "I want

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  • Last summer at a media luncheon, a reporter sarcastically asked UFC president Dana White how it could be true that fight sports like boxing and MMA helped individuals make better lives for themselves. White, no bleeding heart, was trying to make a point about how many people had used the discipline of training and professional opportunities of competing in fight sports to turn their lives around.

    "You can't tell me punching saves lives!" the reporter was quoted as saying, incredulously.

    The crass writer could not have seen through his own snark to realize how ignorant his comments made him look. The point doesn't need much arguing but, suffice to say, that, with the abundance of studies showing the positive psychological, physical and social effects of competitive sports as well as seemingly endless anecdotal tales of fighter after fighter pulling themselves and their families out of real violence and poverty, to say nothing of a common sense understanding that any type of disciplined

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  • Legendary former heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira suffered yet another traumatic loss April 11 when he was knocked out in the first round by Roy Nelson. After nearly fifteen years, forty three professional fights and numerous ring wars, UFC president Dana White believes that it is time for Nogueira to retire.

    “As soon as he got knocked out I was getting blown up by media guys saying, ‘What do you want to do? So, out of respect for Nogueira I didn’t want to say anything until he said something publicly. Then he came out and said he wants to fight Frank Mir. I don't want to see Nogueira fight ever again. He should retire," White said in a media scrum last night after the TUF: Nations Finale card.

    "He is a war horse. That guy has been in - just the battles in PRIDE he's been in - let alone the fights that he's fought in the UFC. He's one of the most respected fighters in the world by other fighters, let alone by fans. And I like him very much, too, so I wanted to

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  • Dana White and Gina Carano did recently meet to discuss bringing the former Strikeforce champion into the UFC for her first fight since 2009 and, according to the UFC President, the meeting went well. Carano does not have a deal to fight anyone yet but White was optimistic when he spoke with Fox Sports last night after the TUF: Nations Finale card.

    "Gina and I had a good meeting. I'm very confident that she does want to come back and she does want to fight. We do not have a deal but, umm, we might," White said.

    Rousey, of course, next defends her bantamweight title against Alexis Davis this coming Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas. According to White, Carano isn't only interested in fighting Rousey - "Conviction" wants to take on whoever the UFC champ is at the time.

    "No, this isn't a 'I'm just coming back to fight Ronda Rousey.' [Carano] wants to fight whoever the champ is," White insisted.

    Speaking of women fighting, White also opined on the controversial question of who would win

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  • Tim Kennedy got the last word in his feud with Michael Bisping with a unanimous decision win in the TUF: Nations Finale Wednesday night. Scores were 49-46 (twice) and 50-45 in favor of Kennedy, who moved into the top five of the middleweight division with this, his third UFC win.

    Kennedy used a persistent grappling attack to best Bisping over five rounds. The former Army Ranger sniper controlled the fight with multiple take downs and dominant positions repeatedly achieved on the ground.

    Per usual, Bisping proved resiliant and used his excellent conditioning to fight until the end. Bisping's toughness and sharp striking on the feet, however, were not enough to keep Kennedy off of him and prevent him from controlling him in the clinch and on the ground.

    The win is Kennedy's fourth straight. Bisping, who was returning after nearly a year lay-off because of serious eye injuries, has now lost two out of his last three fights and three out of his last five.

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  • Though he's fought professionally since 2001, middleweight Tim Kennedy is a relative newcomer to the UFC. On the other hand, his TUF: Nations Finale main event opponent tonight, Michael Bisping, is a seasoned veteran of the world's top MMA promotion.

    The outspoken British star is not only confident in his own ability to get the win against Kennedy, he also believes that his opponent lacks professionalism, all-around. "Fighters should behave accordingly, because we're not court jesters. We're not kids working on a school project. We're professional athletes, and this guy is kind of cheapening the whole thing," Bisping said of the wise-cracking and often silly Kennedy in a recent interview with Steph Daniels.

    "He's making these stupid videos. This isn't Comedy Central. We're not here to be judged on the best skit. It's about going out there and fighting to your best ability. I don't think he's representing the sport as he should. He's certainly representing himself well, but not the

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  • Michael Bisping has said a lot of bad things about and to Tim Kennedy. As the former Army Ranger readies to face Bisping tonight in the main event of the TUF: Nations Finale, he isn't sweating the negativity too much, though.

    "No not at all. we are never going to be best friends, best buds, holding hands running through the fields together," Kennedy joked during a recent interview on the Fighting Words podcast with Ray Flores.

    "I really don’t care. He is a jerk at all times... I don’t respect the guy, I think he's dirty fighter so I don’t respect him as a person. I just don’t care what he says. There is nothing that he does and says that I care about."

    Readers of his Yahoo! Sports blog leading up to this bout will know that Kennedy doesn't think too highly of Bisping as a person and hasn't himself been shy about criticizing the Ultimate Fighter winner. Kennedy does, however, recognize that Bisping is a solid fighter and expects the Brit (who is returning after a long injury layoff) to

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  • All fighters on tonight's TUF: Nations Finale weighed in Tuesday. Not to spoil too much for you all but there are at least a few can't-miss moments from the weigh ins (video below).

    Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O'Connell shared a tender moment, Dustin Poirier and Akira Corassani went the opposite direction and Michael Bisping lost his gosh darn mind for the second day in a row when faced with his main event opponent, Tim Kennedy. Now, as they say, all that is left are the fights.

    Oh, you're interested in what Bisping and Kennedy were saying to one another, were you, you curious lil' bugger? Well, go ahead then and check out the NSFW alternate video below that has both men mic'd up.

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  • Only someone as wonderfully strange and adept at grabbing attention as Vitor Belfort could make the TUF: Brazil set brawl between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen about himself. The former champ has nothing to do with the feud and fight between Silva and Sonnen but he still has strong, pious, feelings about the whole ordeal.

    “The cat fight between Silva and Sonnen embarrassed me,” Belfort wrote on his Facebook page in Portuguese, according to a report from MMA Junkie.

    “Firstly, MMA is not fighting people not prepared inside the Octagon,” he went on.

    “That’s what I do. Secondly, there is no more room for a sport like MMA to accept this behavior when [the sport] has clear rules for anti-sport attitudes both inside and outside the Octagon. Third and most importantly, MMA cannot, ever, influence behaviors where the discussion ends in aggression as if this was the appropriate model of behavior. Millions of young people suffer violence inside and outside the school, and the TV cannot be

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