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Twitter Mailbag: Will we ever see ‘CM Punk’ fight in the UFC?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, CM Punk is going back under the knife and delaying his UFC debut yet again. Are we starting to get a feel for how this is going to go? And if so, what does that mean for the poor fellow who signed with the UFC just to fight him?
Feb 11, 2016

In this week's Twitter Mailbag a reader wonders if CM Punk might just want out of this whole thing. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/twitte…

Feb 11, 2016

And in the TMB video, @dannyboydownes gets an answer to his Valentine's Day query. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/twitte…

The Speed Bag: Hey, Fabricio Werdum and Conor McGregor, stop it - it’s getting weird

mmajunkie.com — UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is the current undisputed king of trash talk, and heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum is always up for a good joke. But has it gone too far? The two title holders have gone back and forth on social media in the past few weeks, with Werdum firing the latest salvo with a bizarre Photoshop showing him, well, just look at the picture.
Feb 08, 2016

RT @MMAjunkie: The Speed Bag: Hey, Fabricio Werdum and Conor McGregor, stop it – it's getting weird dlvr.it/KSB8Q0 via @MMAjunkie

Trading Shots: ‘CM Punk’ has an opponent, and we have some questions

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the conclusion of the CM Punk sweepstakes, as well as the future that lies beyond it. * * * * Downes: Well Ben, last night we crawled one step closer to the UFC debut of Phil " CM Punk" Brooks.
Feb 08, 2016

Trading Shots: CM Punk has an opponent now. So is this going to be silly-fun or silly-stupid? mmajunkie.com/2016/02/tradin…

A Stephen Thompson title shot? No, that’d be crazy … right?

mmajunkie.com — The conventional wisdom on Stephen Thompson before his main event fight with Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas was that he was a fun striker, an entertaining presence, and a doomed man walking.
Feb 07, 2016

If you'd told me on Friday that we'd even be thinking about Wonderboy vs. Lawler on Sunday, nope. And yet... mmajunkie.com/2016/02/a-step…

The UFC fight that ‘CM Punk’ made, whether or not he knew it

mmajunkie.com — Mickey Gall (1-0) will fight Mike Jackson (0-0) at UFC Fight Night 82 in a bout whose sole purpose is to find an opponent for Phil "CM Punk" Brooks (0-0). Let that sink in for moment, then consider the bizarre brand of UFC history that's about to be made.
Feb 06, 2016

Some words on the strangest UFC fight in a long while, which is all, in a way, CM Punk's doing. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/the-uf…

Twitter Mailbag: Immediate rematches and ‘CM Punk’ qualifiers

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Twitter Mailbag, what's the deal with the Rockhold-Weidman rematch? And when fighters make excuses after a loss, are they doing it to convince us or themselves? Also, so what happens if the guy who the UFC wants to put in against "CM Punk" doesn't win his "CM Punk" qualifying match?
Feb 04, 2016

Twitter Mailbag: So about this CM Punk qualifier fight this weekend... mmajunkie.com/2016/02/twitte…

Feb 04, 2016

Also, the updated TMB includes the video portion, which gets a little pun-heavy. If you're into that. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/twitte…

As UFC cracks down on unauthorized footage use, questions of ‘fair use’ arise

mmajunkie.com — If you frequent any of the gathering places for MMA fans on the Internet, chances are this has happened to you more than once. You click on a link to a highlight video or a technical breakdown, or maybe even just a clip with a few seconds of last weekend's fight, only to have the worldwide web tell you that it's no longer available due to a copyright violation.
Feb 03, 2016

Some words on the UFC, copyrighted fight footage, and issues of fair use. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/as-ufc…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @TrentReinsmith: Informative read from @benfowlkesMMA: As UFC cracks down on unauthorized footage use, questions of 'fair use' arise shar.es/14Xhje

Out of nowhere, has Johny Hendricks found himself in a fight he can’t afford to lose?

mmajunkie.com — With everything that's happened in recent months, you could almost forget that former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks is a fighter coming off a win and right on the verge of another title shot. Against Stephen Thompson, it kind of seems like he suddenly can't afford to lose.
Feb 02, 2016

He may be coming off a win, but for several reasons this looks like a fight Johny Hendricks has to win: mmajunkie.com/2016/02/out-of…

Henderson’s UFC defection makes sense for all, but also nudges the fighter economy

mmajunkie.com — Shortly after he'd been announced the winner over Jorge Masvidal via split-decision at UFC Fight Night 79 this past November, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson looked into the camera, took off his gloves, then set them down in the octagon. That seemed like a pretty clear indication of where he thought his career was headed.
Feb 01, 2016

How Benson Henderson's free agency worked out for all sides, but also sent a message to other fighters. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/hender…

Trading Shots: What can we learn from gleeful reaction to Sage Northcutt’s loss?

mmajunkie.com — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss Sage Northcutt's submission loss to Bryan Barberena at UFC on FOX 18, and the brutal fallout that followed. * * * * Fowlkes: Well Danny, the Sage Northcutt hype train came to a screeching halt on Saturday night.
Jan 31, 2016

Wherein I argue that maybe the gleeful response to Sage Northcutt's loss isn't really about him. mmajunkie.com/2016/01/tradin…

Jan 31, 2016

Also, @dannyboydownes makes a good point about why youth isn't a free pass out of criticism if you're in the UFC. mmajunkie.com/2016/01/tradin…

Feb 01, 2016

If you're appalled by criticism of a 19-yr-old pro fighter, never say another word about college football players. mmajunkie.com/2016/01/tradin…

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Feb 13, 2016

“I had Budweiser last night and Fruit Roll-Ups this morning. How about that? That’s real life. That’s a true story.” mmajunkie.com/2016/02/cowboy…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @DangerBrooks: New neighbors have warned me twice now that their party "could get rowdy" tonight. Soon I will find out if they are dorks.

Feb 12, 2016

NOBODY ELSE TAKES THEIR PANTS OFF OVER FIGHTS IT'S WEIRD STOP IT. twitter.com/jeremybotter/s…

Feb 12, 2016

This Tumblr about the backstories of every person killed in "Under Siege" is the greatest website ever made. andthemannexttoyou.tumblr.com

Feb 12, 2016

Think you can tell the difference between a Manny Newton quote and a Walt Whitman quote? Take the CME challenge. pic.twitter.com/MHzi79k3Yf

Feb 12, 2016

Scroll down on this link to read fighter reactions to Kevin Randleman's death. He touched a lot of lives. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/mma-co…

Feb 12, 2016

Sad to hear about Kevin Randleman's passing. Gone too soon. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/former…

Feb 11, 2016

And in the TMB video, @dannyboydownes gets an answer to his Valentine's Day query. mmajunkie.com/2016/02/twitte…

Feb 11, 2016

Right. Like I'm going to get my wife some UFC merchandise and have it not be the hot dog brander. twitter.com/duff_tha_stuff…


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