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Alone at top, time for Rousey to look elsewhere for challenge worthy of ticket price — The more UFC President Dana White compares Ronda Rousey to Mike Tyson, the more you have to wonder if the people responsible for selling Tyson's pay-per-views aren't very grateful that they didn't have to do that job in the age of the Internet. A 14-second title defense by the UFC women's bantamweight champ?

Twitter Mailbag: Without Gina Carano, is UFC 184’s WMMA spectacular even possible? — I promise you two things with this week's Twitter Mailbag: 1) With the most dominant women's champion in MMA history set to defend her title at UFC 184 on Saturday night, we will not mention the names of any bikini models who have absolutely nothing to do with that, and 2) We will, for the first time in weeks, refuse to get bogged down in questions about drug tests and anti-doping measures.

A Colombian cartel, a brutal murder, and the fighter who won’t let himself forget — In the last hour before the fight starts, Elder Ramos travels back in time. He does this before every fight, just as he'll do it before his fight Saturday against fellow welterweight Derrick Kennington at a Glory Fights event in Annandale, Va.

Resurrection or reprieve? On Frank Mir and the aging fighter’s dilemma — With one left hook and a few more mostly unnecessary elbows to the great, grizzled dome of Antonio Silva, Frank Mir reminded us that there's still some life in those old bones of his. That's the one part we can say for sure after his first-round victory in Sunday's UFC Fight Night 61 main event in Brazil.

State athletic commissions: UFC’s anti-doping plan a bold step - but not an easy one — Any way you look at it, the anti-doping plan that UFC executives laid out this week was a bold one. It included the promise of random, out-of-competition drug tests for all main-event and championship-bout fighters, as well as fight-night testing for every competitor on every card in every locale.

Twitter Mailbag: On the UFC’s big drug-testing plans, and the devil in the details — OK, Twitter Mailbaggers. Let's go ahead and get it out of our system. After the UFC's big press conference on Wednesday, I know you have plenty of questions on what the organization will do, what it won't do, what it maybe, legally can't do, and what it all means.

Comprehensive drug testing? The UFC ‘can’t afford not to do it,’ experts say — On Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, UFC executives are expected to stand up in a ballroom at Red Rock Casino and announce, well, something to do with drug testing and the future of anti-doping efforts in MMA's most prominent organization.

Requiem for a heavyweight: Looking back at Bryan Vetell — The big man died on a Monday. He was at his mother's place in Brooklyn, resting, watching the Travel Channel on TV. She looked at him from across the room and thought he'd fallen asleep. What else was she supposed to think? He was 37, a former pro fighter and college wrestler.

Trading Shots: On Benson Henderson’s comeback, and the challenge of making fans care — In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to look at Benson Henderson's big win at UFC Fight Night 60, and whether it might have finally changed how fans view him.

By wrestling a bad idea into a good one, Henderson finally becomes must-see TV — Watching Benson Henderson get bullied around the cage for the first two rounds, it seemed like he'd made a bad decision by agreeing to fight Brandon Thatch. Through skill and the sheer force of his will, he changed all that - and maybe also revitalized his career.
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Mar 02, 2015

Hey @409inthe406, I just thought you should know what's going on over at the Punk Rock Truck Stop:

Mar 02, 2015

@SoozieCuzie @maggiehendricks I'm just saying, how's the dude named Gaston end up sounding like a frat bro?

Mar 02, 2015

Yeah, I've been spending a lot of time with a toddler these past few days. How could you tell?

Mar 02, 2015

So Disney's "Beauty & the Beast" is set in France, but the only character with a French accent is a Pepe Le Pew-esque candlestick?

Mar 02, 2015

@danfoges Dominance has its value, but at least we see Jon Jones get pushed. There's a reason my dad wouldn't buy those Tyson fights.

Mar 02, 2015

RT @danfoges: "Even King Kong needs Godzilla." @benfowlkesMMA on the UFC's Ronda Rousey problem:…

Mar 02, 2015

Great, and yes. RT @what_up_foo how’s the new baby? More importantly, CME podcast today? :P

Mar 02, 2015

Circumstances got us. Next week, we back. RT @TheDangeRoss no trading shots for 2 weeks. Am I going to the wrong site or did Danny leave?

Mar 02, 2015

Some thoughts on Ronda Rousey, a King Kong in need of a Godzilla.…

Mar 02, 2015

Who but the Gracies would post a 25-minute video about a 14-second armbar finish?…

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