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Trading Shots: From early to late stoppages, how do we decide when enough’s enough? — In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to look at the differing attitudes on referee stoppages coming out of UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm. Too late? Too soon? Too ambiguous? This event had a little of everything.

Makwan Amirkhani plans to buy his mother a bed with his $50,000 bonus — Makwan Amirkhani told the media a story of his mother having to sleep on a mat on the living room floor following his win at UFC on FOX 14. He plans to use his $50,000 bonus to get her back in a bedroom in a very nice bed.

Video: John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Chamatkar Sandhu preview UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden — STOCKHOLM - Ahead of Saturday's UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden, MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan takes you inside the card alongside Mike Bohn and Chamatkar Sandhu. The trio headed out into the snow in Stockholm to talk about Saturday's card, which features a light heavyweight title eliminator between Alexander Gustafsson (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC).

UFC vet, former Strikeforce champ Cung Le retires from MMA — After several months of weighing his options, middleweight Cung Le has decided to hang up his MMA gloves. Le's longtime manager, Gary Ibarra, told MMAjunkie that the 42-year-old fighter's retirement extends only to the cage, leaving open the possibility of a return to kickboxing, where he competed prior to his MMA debut in 2006 under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner.

Greatest combat fighter who ever lived? Bellator’s Aaron Pico is planning on it — When Bob Cook speaks, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker listens. Cook, a trainer at American Kickboxing Academy and co-founder with Zinkin Entertainment and Sports Management, has rarely steered Coker wrong. When Coker was president of Strikeforce, Cook recommended the signings of Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson and Tarec Saffiedine.

After fleeing Bosnian War, life as a refugee prepared Mirsad Bektic for UFC career — Mirsad Bektic doesn't remember much about Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was 3 when his family left near the height of the Bosnian War, too young to understand anything except that the fighting had gotten too bad and it was time to go.

UFC and Bellator vet Dave Herman arrested after police chase — Dave Herman, a former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter who most recently competed for Titan FC, was arrested early Monday morning in Indiana after leading police on a chase. Herman faces three felony charges, including resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and battery against law enforcement, and a misdemeanor charge.

Trading Shots: So why can’t we leave it in the hands of the judges, anyway? — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes take a look at some strange scores from the judges at UFC Fight Night 59, and wonder when we'll finally stop complaining and start doing something about those people whose judgment no one seems to trust.

UFC Fight Night 59 results: Cathal Pendred tops Spencer because MMA judging sucks — BOSTON - Even UFC President Dana White and UFC commentator Joe Rogan could not defend the judges' scorecards following a botched call in a three-round bout between Cathal Pendred and Sean Spencer. Despite getting soundly outstruck by Spencer (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) over 15 minutes, Pendred (16-2-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) somehow won all three rounds on two judges' scorecards and two of three on another.

Bellator 132 video stream and live results (7 p.m. ET) — TEMECULA, Calif. - MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from tonight's Bellator 132 event, and you can just us for a video stream and live results beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). Tonight's event, which features a championship headliner between featherweight titleholder Patricio Freire and ex-champ Daniel Straus, takes place at Pechanga Casino Resort in Temecula, Calif.
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