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  • (From left) Nate Diaz continues to pursue Gray Maynard who is ready to go down during their lightweight TUF 18 finale bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
    Nate Diaz misses out on high school reunion to knock out Gray Maynard
    Dec. 1, 2013
    Nate Diaz had the chance Saturday to chat up old friends and shake hands, but he decided that snapping necks and cashing checks would be more fun. Indeed, he had no regrets by evening's end.
  • Julianna Pena celebrates her win over Jessica Rakoczy in the UFC women's bantamweight final at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
    'TUF' 18 finale blog: Julianna Pena, Chris Holdsworth win reality-show crowns
    Nov. 30, 2013
    As far as “The Ultimate Fighter” celebrations go, Julianna Pena’s was relatively muted. After the biggest win of her career to score a six-figure contract with mixed martial arts’ most prominent promotion, Pena smiled. She pumped her fist. She embraced her family and cornermen.
  • Josh Thomson, left, kicks Nate Diaz during the second round of a UFC lightweight mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. Thomson won by technical knockout in the second round. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Catching up with Nate Diaz before 'The Ultimate Fighter' 18 finale
    Nov. 28, 2013
    Gray Maynard feels his main event bout against Nate Diaz at “The Ultimate Fighter” 18 finale Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center is important to settle a long-running score. Diaz, as is often the case, disagrees.
  • A battered Georges St. Pierre leaves the MGM Grand Garden Arena after his fight with Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. St. Pierre won with a controversial split decision.
    Dana White outraged by UFC 167 decision, eyes St. Pierre vs. Hendricks II
    Nov. 17, 2013
    The UFC president showed a classic example of the unbridled passion and nonexistent filter he’s used to build the company in the aftermath of Georges St. Pierre’s split-decision win over Johny Hendricks.
  • Johny Hendricks and Georges St. Pierre raise their arms after the end of their title fight at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. St. Pierre retained his belt in a controversial split decision.
    UFC 167 blog: Confusion reigns as St. Pierre controversially wins and retires
    Nov. 16, 2013
    The scores brought Johny Hendricks to his knees -- and not in an overjoyed manner. Georges St. Pierre edged Johny Hendricks by split decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48) in the main event of the UFC’s 20th anniversary card to successful defend his belt for the 10th consecutive time.
  • Georges St. Pierre pantomimes his championship belt during the weigh in for UFC 167 Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
    UFC 167 weigh-in: Johny Hendricks finds out it's the GSP Grand Garden Arena
    Nov. 15, 2013
    Johny Hendricks spent a couple of years living in Las Vegas. No one will be able to tell Saturday night during the main event of UFC 167. For this week, the Fight Capital of the World is part of Georges St. Pierre’s home turf.
  • Georges St. Pierre buries his head while challenger Johny Hendricks answers a question about doping during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in advance of UFC 167.
    Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks warring over drug-testing mix-up
    Nov. 15, 2013
    Johny Hendricks forcefully dropped the microphone for emphasis. Georges St. Pierre didn’t even look up as the amplified thud echoed across the Hollywood Theater inside the MGM Grand.
  • Johny Hendricks spars during the publicity workout for UFC 167 Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at the MGM Grand.
    UFC 167 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Nov. 14, 2013
    The last time this many people picked against a long-reigning UFC champion, the challenger proved them correct and altered the promotion’s history. Four months after Chris Weidman dethroned Anderson Silva, Johny Hendricks looks to do the same against Georges St. Pierre Saturday night in the main event of UFC 167 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
  • UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre of Canada signs autographs for fans during a UFC news conference in the lobby of the MGM Grand on Monday, July 29, 2013. St. Pierre will defend his welterweight title against Johny Hendricks of Dallas, Texas, during UFC 167 on Nov. 17 at the MGM Grand.
    Georges St. Pierre reflects on career, addresses future ahead of UFC 167
    Nov. 11, 2013
    Having anyone else headline the UFC’s 20th anniversary card just wouldn’t have made as much sense. Georges St. Pierre is closing in on a decade since he first fought for the UFC welterweight title and began the journey toward becoming the company’s most popular fighter. With eight title defenses, he’s two away from tying Anderson Silva’s UFC record.
  • Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort trains during the UFC Sao Paulo open workouts as people watch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
    Vitor Belfort head-kicks his way to title shot at UFC Fight Night 32
    Nov. 9, 2013
    Belfort knocked out his third straight opponent this year, Dan Henderson, with a head kick at 1:17 of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil. The 36-year-old will now meet the winner of UFC 168’s title fight between Silva and Chris Weidman.
  • Tim Kennedy lands a kick to the midsection of Roger Gracie during their fight at UFC 162 on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kennedy won in a unanimous decision.
    Tim Kennedy emotional after win in front of military at UFC Fight for the Troops 3
    Nov. 6, 2013
    The toughest decision Tim Kennedy ever made was stepping away from the Army to focus on his UFC career full-time. The middleweight misses his service as a Special Forces sniper every day. “My wife and I don’t argue, but probably the only thing we have points of contention about is me putting back on a uniform,” Kennedy said. “If a war kicked off, she’d probably just have to give in.”
  • Lyoto Machida battles during his UFC 157 light-heavyweight match in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Machida won by split decision against Dan Henderson after the third round.
    Lyoto Machida looks like a force at new weight class
    Oct. 26, 2013
    The preparation for UFC Fight Night 30 was unlike any other Lyoto Machida had gone through. For the former light heavyweight champion to drop weight classes from the 205- to the 185-pound division, he had to make drastic lifestyle changes in addition to the normal rigorous training routine.
  • Fans take photos of Lyoto Machida during the UFC Fan Fest at Mandalay Bay Friday, July 5, 2013.
    Lyoto Machida dealing with mixed emotions before middleweight debut
    Oct. 24, 2013
    A part of Lyoto Machida still wishes the phone never rang. The former light heavyweight champion can still imagine a fantasy world where he’s at home in Los Angeles training with Mark Munoz in preparation for his middleweight debut, not across the world in Manchester, England, getting ready to fight him.
  • Former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, left, and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez  fight for the UCF World Heavyweight title in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Velasquez kept his title, beating Santos with a TKO in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
    Cain Velasquez proves he's in rarefied air with UFC 166 rout of Junior dos Santos
    Oct. 20, 2013
    HOUSTON — Before Cain Velasquez could leave the Toyota Center to treat the red pepper-resembling welt above his right eye, he had to fulfill one last request. This was unlike the calendar’s worth of media obligations or the hordes of fans awaiting every corner the 31-year-old turned ahead of UFC 166. A fellow veteran fighter, 35-year-old welterweight Hector Lombard, held out a pen and asked Velasquez to sign his program.
  • Former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, left, and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez  fight for the UCF World Heavyweight title in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Velasquez kept his title, beating Santos with a TKO in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
    UFC 166: Cain Velasquez romps; Gilbert Melendez thrills
    Oct. 19, 2013
    Cain Velasquez is resolute. Junior dos Santos is seething. One of them will leave the Toyota Center tonight after UFC 166 satisfied and validated. Follow along with the Sun's octagon-side live blog featuring round-by-round scoring.
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