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  • Video: Junior dos Santos tries surfing, falls on face

    Despite being a devastating knockout artist in the cage, Junior dos Santos is a smiling, affable man outside of it. He, UFC lightweight Gray Maynard and Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste stopped by a surfing school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of the run up to UFC 142 this weekend. They met with the students and even tried surfing.

    If you're wondering what it looks like when a heavyweight champion surfs, here you go:

    And yes, if the champ makes it to his feet on dry land, he will get applause. That's just how it goes. He gets extra credit for pulling off the Ron Santo-esque heel click.

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  • Johnson's weighs 197, but still looks fit (Getty)

    What the heck just happened? Insert some stronger language and that had to be Dana White's initial reaction to Anthony Johnson's huge gaffe at the UFC 142 weigh-in.

    Johnson, a massive 170-pounder, took this fight at 185 pounds months ago. Thought by some to be the smaller fighter against Vitor Belfort, Johnson clocked in at a shocking 197 pounds! The backstory was that Johnson got as low as 187.5 and doctors told him to stop.

    UPDATE: Here's the medical explanation why Johnson stopped cutting weight at 187.5 pounds.

    [Don't miss the action: Watch UFC 142 live on Y! Sports]

    White was alerted to the issue earlier in the day and announced right around 4 p.m. ET that Johnson wasn't going to make weight.

    "Rumble Johnson is not on weight today. And when I say he's not on weight he's way off weight," White said on FX.

    White rightly flips out when fighters miss weight by three or four pounds. This was 11 pounds (186 is allowable middleweight limit)!

    "As a fighter, you are a professional. You are contracted to come in at a certain weight. This is not the first time this has happened with Johnson. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn't happen to him at 170 pounds, and here we are in the same position again. [Belfort] came in like a professional on weight, and Anthony Johnson comes in as a total unprofessional, way overweight."

    The next step to officially making the fight tomorrow is also mind-blowing. Fighters like to rehydrate and replenish their body after the weigh-in. Johnson has to watch his intake. If he balloons higher than 205, Belfort said he won't take the fight.

    "The stipulation is, Vitor does not want him to weigh more than 205 pounds by tomorrow at like 2 o'clock in the afternoon," White said. "So we'll see how this thing plays out. He'll weigh in today and have to weigh in tomorrow."

    Johnson was making his debut at middleweight after waging his previous 10 UFC fights down at welterweight. The 27-year-old will be fine 20 percent of his show purse. If he loses badly, he may have to worry about a pink slip arriving soon from the promotion. Let's hope there was some legitimate excuse that can excuse Johnson's big mistake.

    UFC 142 weigh-in (Courtesy MMAjunkie):

    MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
    Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (144)
    Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Anthony Johnson (197)

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  • Mike Pyle has fought all over the world, but even he admits tomorrow night at UFC 142, Rio de Janeiro could be unlike anything he's ever seen.

    "We're fighting and we have to fight other countryman on their soil. That makes it fun. Get out there in some hostile territory," Pyle told ESPN1100/98.9 FM. "It's kind of different. You don't get booed and looked at in strange ways at home. It's cool. Makes me feel like a super villain."

    Pyle won't be walking through the Rio crowd with complete unfamiliarity. He cornerd Forrest Griffin back at UFC 134 and saw how intense the Brazilians were that night.

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  • UFC142Heavy

    UFC 142 pre-show Fight Day Live is back on Saturday, January 14, at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT. Hosts Dave Farra and Megan Olivi will guide you through the full fight card and all of the biggest news in the UFC.

    HeavyMMA Editor Matt Brown will host an expert roundtable that will analyze and break down the entire night's fighting action. UFC heavyweight Frank Mir will be live on set for a one-on-one interview as well as an inside look into Anthony Johnson's training camp.

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  • Gina Carano's new film is due to hit theatres on Jan. 20. But before it hits the big screen, there's a little controversy over whether Carano's voice has been changed in the movie.

    Check out this Hulu exclusive with the first five minutes of "Haywire" and see what you think.

    Below is a conversation we had with her back in 2009. Clearly, she sounds different?  Will it take away from your enjoyment of the film? Obviously, non-MMA fans will have zero idea Carano's voice has been changed.

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  • Kenny Florian’s back injury may be career-ending

    Kenny Florian (Zuffa)The Boston Herald brings us sad news from UFC veteran Kenny Florian. A back injury suffered in December may be career-ending. Numbness and tingling in his legs have prevented Florian from training. From Florian:

    "It's possible, unfortunately," Florian said of his career ending. "I've kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it's possible. I'm going to see. As of right now, obviously I can't compete and train like I was at all. I'm just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better. I'm just kind of in a holding pattern. That's why I decided to do

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  • Chad Mendes finding plenty of love from Brazilian fans before UFC 142

    Just another hum-drum workout on a picturesque beach (Zuffa)When the UFC hit Brazil in August for UFC 134, the crowd was raucous, to say the least. They were so excited to see their fighters, they cheered, chanted, and threw beer through the duration of the card. This time around, that environment might be intimidating for an American fighter facing one of a beloved Brazilian fighter.

    Chad Mendes has not faced any hostility since arriving in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week to fight Jose Aldo Jr. In fact, he's found a warm reception.

    "I was surprised by how supportive the fans were. I didn't expect to receive the cheers and I appreciated it," Mendes said at today's press conference in Rio.

    "I think the fans realize how important this fight is for the featherweight division, for the UFC and for the sport. I'm ready to go and I know Jose is. I can't wait to do this."

    Their fight for the UFC's featherweight belt is a match-up between two young guns who are known for very different skills. Champion Aldo has snapping kicks and speed in his striking. Mendes was a NCAA Division I finalist in wrestling and uses those skills in his fights.

    [Don't miss the action: Watch UFC 142 live on Y! Sports]

    Mendes says that he has prepared for Aldo's advantages.

    "We've worked on that in camp, particularly in getting ready for his striking. Without giving away too much strategy, I am really confident in my ability to take this fight where I want it. This is the moment I've been waiting for since I was a kid. A few years ago, I'd never fought outside of California. Saturday, I'm walking into the Octagon in Rio and I'm planning on leaving with the UFC featherweight title."

    So who will walk away with the UFC featherweight belt? Will Aldo defend the belt for the fifth straight time, or will Mendes keep his record unblemished? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.

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  • Johnson and Belfort face to face at UFC 142 press conference (Getty)

    A 15-pound jump is huge in the fight world, unless you're a guy who walks around 40 pounds heavier than your weight class.

    This weekend at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Anthony Johnson is moving from 170 pounds to middleweight against veteran Vitor Belfort.

    Belfort is no small 185 pounder. He spent most of his career at light heavyweight before the drop down. Watching the UFC 142 prefight conference today and judging by some photos it was hard to tell if Johnson is making a mistake from a size standpoint.

    George Garcia from MMAjunkie radio thought Johnson looked undersized.

    Looking at the photo above, he might be right, but then in the photo below Johnson looks like the bigger fighter.

    Johnson and Belfort side by side at UFC 142 press conference (Getty)

    In the end, it probably won't matter unless the fight features plenty of clinch work. Johnson says Belfort won't be able to handle his onslaught on the feet.

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  • Barboza leaps after Njokuani victory (Getty)Edson Barboza may be short on significant wins, but that isn't holding him back from saying he's a contender for the UFC lightweight title.

    Barboza looks for fourth win with the promotion Saturday night against Terry Etim.

    He's looking to build on dominant wins over Mike Lullo and Ross Pearson, and a tightly contested victory over Njokuani. Barboza was outlanded in that fight 72-46. The young Brazilian is feeling good about his start in the UFC.

    "I think I'm already in the mix," Barboza told MMAjunkie.com.

    Many would argue with Barboza, who has yet to face a top level grappler yet. That's a big factor considering the top of the division is filled with former college wrestlers like Frank Edgar, Clay Guida, Gray Maynard and Jim Miller.

    Barboza (9-0, 3-0 UFC) explained further.

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  • Dream realized: Diego Brandao buys his mother a house

    Diego Brandao celebrates after winning TUF (Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports)Over the course of the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Brazilian-born Diego Brandao talked about how he wanted to win the show so that he could buy his mother in Brazil a house. He did win, submitting Dennis Bermudez in the second round at the TUF finale in December.

    Now, she is in a home. After the finale, he returned to Brazil and bought her a house. She started celebrating before he got home. From MMA Junkie:

    "I can tell she's drunk," Brandao joked. "She's completely drunk. My friends told me, 'Eeesh, it was crazy during the fights in Manaus. Everything stopped.'"

    Who can blame her?

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