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Trading Shots: Downes and Fowlkes on the possible return of Georges St-Pierre — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and former UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss the possibility of a Georges St-Pierre comeback, and what's left for the former UFC welterweight champ who's already accomplished so much. Fowlkes: Big news this week, Danny. Remember Georges St-Pierre?

Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein targeted for UFC 183 in Las Vegas — A welterweight matchup originally scheduled for August is now set for UFC 183. Thiago Alves (20-9 MMA, 12-6 UFC) will meet Jordan Mein (29-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at the Jan. 31 pay-per-view card, according to a source close to the event, which takes place in Las Vegas and is headlined by ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs.

What’s so great about these PRIDE ringside videos, aside from everything? — I don't know what it is, but something about these PRIDE ringside videos really get to me. They've been popping up on Reddit lately, and I can't stop watching them. Part of it is the nostalgia, I'm sure.

Why are so many UFC fighters using Sqor? — (This story appears in today's edition of USA TODAY.) If you follow a UFC fighter on some social media platform, chances are you've seen Sqor's social media footprint by now. It may have been in a tweet about a training session, or a Facebook post about an upcoming fight.

Trading Shots: Why Ryan Ford fought with a broken arm, and why it matters — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and former UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss Ryan Ford's broken arm, and his reasoning for stepping in the cage against Jake Shields anyway.

Twitter Mailbag: Cung Le’s drug test, Rory MacDonald’s big shot and more — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, answers to questions on the continuing fallout from Cung Le's drug test plus thoughts on Rory MacDonald grabbing the spot at the front of the UFC's welterweight line, Royce Gracie becoming a Bellator "brand ambassador," and more. Got a question of your own? Tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie joins Bellator as national brand ambassador — The UFC Hall of Fame is having an increasingly bigger presence with rival Bellator MMA. Officials today announced that UFC 1 tournament winner and 2003 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Royce Gracie has joined Bellator as a nation brand ambassador. His new role comes after the organization's recent signings of fellow hall members Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz.

In Cung Le’s case, a drug test with legitimate doubts, but an unclear appeal process — The NFL began its testing program for human growth hormone this week, some three years after the collective bargaining agreement that called for it was agreed to by both the league owners and the players' union. So why did it take so long?

Swedish or American, Canadian or Brazilian, what do fans owe their favorite fighters? — Sounds like Alexander Gustafsson is mad, bro. At the very least, he's disappointed bro. Possibly even sad, bro. As the UFC light heavyweight contender apparently wrote on Mikz, which I didn't even realize was a thing, he was none too pleased at the criticism from Swedish fight fans after the local fighters went a combined 2-4 at UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm on Saturday.

UFC Fight Night 53’s Charles Rosa latest to benefit from late-notice UFC call — (This story first appeared in today's USA TODAY.) At first glance, it seems like a terrible idea. It was Sunday night, six days before the next event, and UFC officials wanted Charles Rosa to drop everything and come to Stockholm to fight one of the most experienced featherweights on the roster.
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Oct 21, 2014

Even if part of the year was on the TUF set? RT @johnnymac87 I feel like 1 year without a title defense should result in being stripped.

Oct 21, 2014… RT @Tim_Melvin123 By Dec., Robbie Lawler and Mark Hunt could both have UFC belts. Just think about that for a second.

Oct 21, 2014

Just picture Mark Hunt as heavyweight champ, walking off from KOs, giving 2-word answers in interviews, being rad. You can't be mad at that.

Oct 21, 2014

Just glad the gods are reading. RT @Ssjinkira you wanted to know what to do with hunt and the MMA Gods answered...

Oct 21, 2014

He's clearly a student of MMA history. RT @PaulDuran98 Real selfish of Cain to get injured after this week's CME podcast has been recorded

Oct 21, 2014

I'm trying to be mad about Cain Velasquez being hurt, but I'm just too tickled by the thought of (interim) UFC heavyweight champ Mark Hunt.

Oct 21, 2014

So what's next for Cung Le? He's "undecided," and retirement is still a possibility.… via @MMAjunkieSteven

Oct 21, 2014

RT @chaddundas: It was the right move to quash Cung Le's suspension. I hope we all learned a valuable lesson about how to handle other people's blood.

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