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  • LOS ANGELES – It used to be that Ronda Rousey needed a minute to finish her fights. Now, she's getting two of them done in half of that time.

    The most dominant fighter in the world continued her mind-boggling run of destruction Saturday, submitting previously unbeaten top contender Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds – the quickest finish in UFC championship history – in the main event of UFC 184 at Staples Center to retain her women's bantamweight title.

    Rousey blew away Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds at UFC 175 in July in what seemed to be a ridiculously easy manner. But it was done even quicker on Saturday.

    Zingano raced out of her corner and threw a flying knee at Rousey. She then flung Rousey down. But Rousey, the vastly superior grappler, quickly reversed position and got on top.

    She extended Zingano's arm toward her and then turned her hips to the right, putting incredible pressure on the joint and forcing the tap.

    "We expected she might come out flying," Rousey said.

    It was over

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  • LOS ANGELES -- Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, now a star in the WWE, was cageside at UFC 184 on Saturday, prompting speculation that the big man is on his way back to the UFC.

    Lesnar is nearing the end of his contract with the WWE and there has been talk, though none of it from Lesnar, that he wants to return to mixed martial arts. Lesnar suffered from diverticulitis during his UFC career and was never fully healthy.

    After defeating Antonio Silva in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Sunday, one-time Lesnar rival Frank Mir called Lesnar out and said he'd love a rubber match.

    UFC president Dana White smiled when asked about Lesnar's presence during the event and said, "I don't know [why he's here.]"  Lesnar was not available to media. On Thursday, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and MMA Fighting reported that Lesnar had come to a contract impasse with the WWE.

     

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  • LOS ANGELES -- The fight against doping in mixed martial arts took a big step forward on Saturday when Andy Foster, the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, told Yahoo Sports he was testing all 22 fighters taking part in UFC 184 for performance enhancing drugs.

    The tests, which Foster said will "come at a significant financial cost to this commission," will include both blood and urine tests of all fighters. In the event of a positive result, Foster said he would have a Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) test done on the sample.

    "We want to create an environment of deterrence," said Foster, who conducted out-of-competition testing of main eventers Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano. "We're not trying to suspend people or take their money, but the athletes need to know that when they come to California, we have the resources, the means and the will to do this."

    There has been a recent spate of positive tests among UFC athletes, none bigger than former middleweight champion

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  • LOS ANGELES – Champion Ronda Rousey and No. 1 contender Cat Zingano each made weight on Friday at LA Live, making official their bout on Saturday for the UFC women's bantamweight title at Staples Center in the main event of UFC 184.

    Rousey, who appeared more gaunt in the face than usual, weighed at the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds. Zingano, who weighed first, was 134 1/2.

    She was asked by UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan for a comment about the fight following the weigh-in. She said simply, "Just watch," and then turned and headed to the locker room.

    Rousey (10-0, 10 finishes) praised Zingano (9-0, eight finishes) as her most dangerous opponent, which she said is a good thing. As her hometown crowd cheered her, Rousey said, "I'm going to show you guys the most fantastic win ever."

    Holly Holm, a former boxing champion making her UFC debut in the co-main event, weighed in at 135 1/2, the same as her opponent, Raquel Pennington.

    Two fighters missed weight. Jake Ellenberger came in a

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  • LOS ANGELES -- UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who defends her title against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano Saturday at Staples Center in the main event of UFC 184, has long been an outspoken proponent of drug testing.

    She admitted Thursday during a media scrum that she is pretty much a homebody and doesn't do much other than work and relax at home. Part of that, she said was as a result of the year she spent as a bartender following the 2008 Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in judo.

    Rousey has been able to juggle all sorts of projects and remain successful inside the Octagon -- in addition to fighting, she's acted in three movies and will appear in more, has written an autobiography, appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, makes public appearances to promote the UFC and has been a frequent guest on late night talk shows -- which she said can do because she prioritizes fighting above all else.

    It's also because, from the sound of it, she got sick of

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  • Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who has not fought since routing Junior dos Santos on Oct. 19, 2013, will defend his belt against interim title-holder Fabricio Werdum on June 13 in Mexico City in the main event of UFC 188, the UFC announced Monday.

    Velasquez was supposed to meet Werdum at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, but pulled out of the bout on Oct. 21 because of an injured right knee. Prior to that, Velasquez had shoulder surgery. By fight night, he'll have fought just once in more than two years.

    Fabricio Werdum celebrates after knocking out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 to win the interim heavyweight title. (Getty Images)Fabricio Werdum celebrates after knocking out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 to win the interim heavyweight title. (Getty Images)With Velasquez out, the UFC made a bout between Werdum and Mark Hunt for the interim title at UFC 180 in Mexico City. Werdum survived an early Hunt onslaught and ended the bout in the second round when he caught Hunt with a perfectly placed knee to the chin.

    The UFC had held off going to Mexico City for a long time because it wanted Velasquez to be in the main event. And after coaching The Ultimate Fighter Latin America against Werdum, there was legitimate excitement among Mexican fans about

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  • Before his bout with Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, Frank Mir talked about reinventing himself as a fighter. The two-time ex-UFC heavyweight champion was on a four-fight losing streak and seemingly at the end of the line.

    Mir wasn't ready to quit, however. He felt he wasn't training properly and wanted to give himself one last chance. In addition to preparing better, Mir worked long hours on his boxing with Angelo Reyes.

    The results were extraordinary.

    Mir needed only 100 seconds to dispose of Silva Sunday in the main event of a UFC card in Porto Alegre, Brazil, looking very much like the man who once was an elite contender.

    Mir, who came out in a right-handed stance after boxing as a southpaw for years, also showed a new punch. Mir was never much of a jabber, but it was his jab which set everything up.

    He landed a couple of good shots behind the jab early, and then the jab was the key to the finishing sequence. Mir, who was clearly quicker and more athletic than the ponderous Brazilian,

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  • Last year’s podcast “pipe bomb” from CM Punk could ultimately be a costly one.

    WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann filed a defamation lawsuit against CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) and Colt Cabana (real name Scott Colton) on Thursday in a Chicago court for comments that were made on “The Art of Wrestling” podcast last November that "repeatedly and falsely impugned his integrity" as a doctor. Dr. Amann is seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages. Cabana, the real-life best friend of CM Punk, is the host of "The Art of Wrestling."

    The two-part podcast was the first time CM Punk spoke publicly about his abrupt departure from the company and one of the main reasons for quitting was alleged medical malpractice.

    CM Punk claimed the WWE didn’t follow proper concussion protocol, rushed him back to the ring following elbow surgery and misdiagnosed a “fatty deposit” that allegedly developed into staph infection. Those

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  • LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones has run roughshod over the greatest 205-pound mixed martial artists in the world over the last five years. Only one fight was even close and the UFC's light heavyweight champion has made many of his defenses look ridiculously easy.

    Anthony Johnson will be the latest to get a crack at solving the riddle when he challenges Jones in the main event of UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden. Chris Weidman will risk his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort in the co-main event, a bout that has been postponed several times because of injuries.

    UFC president Dana White said lightweights Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet on that card, as well.

    "I am so [expletive] stoked for that card," White told Yahoo Sports. "What Jon Jones has done is almost hard to believe. Go back to 2009 and look at who he's beaten. It's incredible."

    Vitor Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman on May 23 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Vitor Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman on May 23 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Against Johnson, though, he'll face a suddenly rejuvenated man whose punching power is unparalleled. Johnson is coming off a

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  • The search to find the next apt opponent for Jon Jones may be over – at least, that's the case if someone who knows the UFC light heavyweight champion better than most has his way.

    Jones’ younger brother Chandler – as in, New England Patriots Super Bowl champion Chandler Jones – told TMZ that he would be up for giving his older brother a whooping, like he used to before Jon became arguably the most dangerous fighter in UFC history.

    “Me and my brother used to fight all the time when we were young, and I'm pretty sure I can take him down now. I am way bigger than he is,” said Chandler, who outweighs his brother by roughly 40 pounds and outreaches him by an inch. “I would just throw him to the ground.”

    To prove it wouldn’t be a self-serving publicity stunt, the younger Jones suggested they could perhaps choose a charity to donate the money raised by the potential sibling superfight.

    “It will be fun if we actually did a one-round match for charity; that would be fun. If I win, he would

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