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  • 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 fighter Dan Hardy was diagnosed with a heart condition, Wolff-Parkinson-White, earlier this year. These days, he's doing CrossFit, gymnastics and lots of yoga, but he's not cleared to fight.
    Diagnosed with a heart condition, UFC fighter Dan Hardy is living in limbo
    Nov. 14, 2013
    “I’m so much more physically able now than I was before, which is crazy because now I’m potentially moving toward the end of my career, and I’ve really just figured out how my body works properly.”
  • After the octagon: Post-fight photos from the UFC
    Nov. 14, 2013
    These portraits, shot for the UFC, showcase the aftermath of MMA bouts and feature some of the sport's most famous faces.
  • UFC president Dana White with Anthony Pettis, current UFC lightweight champion.
    20 Years of UFC: The belts, deals and people that got us from UFC 100 to today
    Nov. 14, 2013
    This weekend’s UFC 167, dubbed the 20th anniversary card, marks the first time since UFC 100 in 2009 that the promotion has paused to honor its past. To mark the milestone, the Sun's Case Keefer picks 10 moments that mattered.
  • 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.
  • The UFC heavyweight championship belt is shown during a news conference at the MGM Grand Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.
    UFC 166 weigh-in: Promotion borrows Rockets' mantra in Houston
    Oct. 18, 2013
    A banner measuring in at six stories tall outside Houston's Toyota Center reads “Legacy of Bigs.” It’s adorned with images of Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and Dwight Howard. Saturday night’s UFC 166 is going to get with the theme.
  • Cain Velasquez, left, punches heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos during a heavyweight title bout UFC155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Velasquez reclaimed the belt by unanimous decision.
    UFC 166 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Oct. 17, 2013
    Not only is the challenger 2-0 in heavyweight championship bouts between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, but so is the underdog. Oddsmakers had dos Santos at plus-140 the first time the two rivals met at the inaugural UFC on Fox event. Dos Santos clubbed Velasquez with a right hand to claim the title in just over a minute.
  • UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, left, of Brazil and Cain Velasquez of San Jose, Calif. pose during a news conference at the MGM Grand Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. UFC president Dana White looks on at center. Dos Santos will defend the title against Velasquez at UFC155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday .
    Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos taking nothing for granted before trilogy fight
    Oct. 16, 2013
    Training camps, especially those of the championship variety, exhaust fighters in every imaginable way. There’s the mental anguish, the physical strain and, in the case of Cain Velasquez recently, the visual hardship. Ahead of his third heavyweight championship clash with Junior dos Santos Saturday in Houston, Velasquez has worn out his eyes like never before with hours of studying video from their previous fights.
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