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Trading Shots: Should Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz complete the trilogy? — In this week's Trading Shots, MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss the possibility of a trilogy fight springing from the UFC 202 main event, and just whose interests such a series would serve. * * * * Fowlkes: We saw ourselves one memorable rematch in UFC 202's pay-per-view headliner on Saturday night, Danny.

With vape pen in hand, UFC 202’s Nate Diaz explains the benefits of cannabidiol oil — By: Dann Stupp and Abbey Subhan | August 21, 2016 12:15 pm LAS VEGAS - After a grueling fight and tough loss, what's a man to do? In Nate Diaz 's case, it's nothing a vape pen can't fix.

Video: Watch Glover Teixeira’s tooth go airborne thanks to ‘Rumble’s’ uppercut at UFC 202 — By: MMAjunkie Staff | August 21, 2016 10:45 am UFC 202 was a bad night for Glover Teixeira 's title hopes - and his dental work. In Saturday's pay-per-view co-headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Anthony Johnson (22-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) took just 13 seconds to drop and daze fellow light-heavyweight contender Teixeira (25-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

In a fight about nothing, Conor McGregor forced himself to find that extra something — It's hard to imagine a more welcome sound to Conor McGregor 's ears than that horn blowing to signal the end of Round 3. Not that he looked happy right then. Not exactly.

UFC 202 results: Conor McGregor edges Nate Diaz by majority decision in all-out war — LAS VEGAS - Conor McGregor looked as though he was tiring halfway through the second round of his highly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz, but the featherweight champ dug deep to edge out a majority decision victory. The welterweight bout headlined today's UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 202’s Mike Perry: Debut octagon opportunity set up by Facebook message — Some MMA fighters neglect social media. For Mike Perry, it's what what set up his opportunity to join the UFC roster and make his debut at UFC 202. Perry (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has targeted a chance to step in the octagon since the start of his career.

Twitter Mailbag: Who throws a water bottle, honestly? — What can we learn from Wednesday's UFC 202 pre-fight press conference melee? And is UFC 202 the real UFC 200? Plus, is Donald Cerrone more fun the further he is from a title fight? All that and more in this week's Twitter Mailbag. To ask a question of your own, tweet it to @BenFowlkesMMA.

So about that tumor on Leslie Smith’s stomach … — It was a startling admission, and one that seemed to require further explanation. "I have a tumor on my stomach, but I don't have a way to get that fixed," UFC women's bantamweight Leslie Smith said on a recent episode of "Inside MMA" on AXS TV as part of a segment detailing efforts to form a fighters association.

Would inclusion in the Olympics make MMA safer? IMMAF CEO says yes — Should MMA be an Olympic sport? This was the question I examined with my colleague Danny Downes in a recent Trading Shots column, which resulted in neither of us feeling terribly enthusiastic or hopeful about the prospect of ever seeing a cage fight on that particular world stage.

‘UFC 202 Embedded,’ No. 1: Conor McGregor belly punches, Nate Diaz meets fans — The UFC returns to Las Vegas this week for UFC 202, and the promotion is rolling out the "Embedded" treatment for a preview of Saturday's pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena. As expected, all eyes are on the headliners.
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Aug 26, 2016

Talking about picking flowers I explained to my daughter the categorical imperative and it worked so I'm taking the next 15 years off.

Aug 26, 2016

Went to the Berkeley Pit Superfund site in Butte today and my sunglasses broke. So now two bad things have happened there.

Aug 25, 2016

How's my vacation going? Well today I learned what goes in a drink called the Dirty Mermaid. So...terrible. It's terrible.

Aug 24, 2016

Not until I read R. Eric Thomas did I truly understand the four stages of every photo booth session: 

Aug 22, 2016

In this CME, two old men attempt to understand Nate Diaz's new-fangled weed oil vape pen thing. 

Aug 22, 2016

RT @dannyboydownes: "The best argument against democracy is a 40 minute poll on the internet." -- Churchill 

Aug 22, 2016

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