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  • Urijah Faber and Court McGee take UFC 157 wins

    Urijah Faber hangs onto Ivan Menjivar. (Getty)ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Urijah Faber and Court McGee got back on the winning track at UFC 157 on Saturday.

    Faber got a first-round submission win over Ivan Menjivar. Faber and Menjivar started the fight with a rolling takedown and Faber ended up on top. He worked the top position until Menjivar got back to his feet. Faber held on, and while attached to Menjivar's back, Faber swung around and sunk in a rear naked choke. Menjivar tapped at 4:34 in the first round. The Anaheim crowd erupted for "The California Kid."

    It was an important win for Faber after he lost a title fight to Renan Barao in July.

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  • ANAHEIM, Calif. -- UFC 157's preliminary card started with a bang and ended with a snoozer on Saturday.

    Dennis Bermudez took a tight split decision in a fight that will go down as a fight of the year candidate. He won it 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 over Matt Grice.

    Bermudez fell into full mount early in the round and rained punches down on Grice's head, but Grice got out and came back late in the round by leveling Bermudez with a left hook.

    But it's the third round of the fight that the MMA world will remember. Bermudez threw everything but the kitchen sink at Grice, but Grice hung in. He continued to

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  • Robbie Lawler throws a punch at Josh Koscheck's head. (Getty)ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Robbie Lawler came back to the UFC with a big win as he knocked out Josh Koscheck on Saturday at UFC 157.

    Koscheck used wrestling early on to control Lawler, but it backfired. Lawler took top position and then unleashed a bevy of punches on Koscheck until the fight was stopped at 3:57.

    “I felt so good tonight; I’m not surprised it went that way. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t hard, either. I hit him very hard, the referee was right to stop it. I whacked him, man. Hard! He was doing nothing but laying down taking big shots," Lawler said after the fight.

    [Also: Ronda Rousey

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the first time, women stood on the scales to weigh in for a UFC bout. Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Liz Carmouche both made weight in an uneventful weigh-in on Friday afternoon at the Honda Center.

    [Also: Ronda Rousey doesn't want to touch UFC title belt before fighting]

    Michael Chiesa came in slightly over weight but the athletic commission let the small overage slide. Nah-Shon Burrell was significantly overweight and will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to his opponent. Here are complete weigh-in results, thanks to MMA Junkie.

    MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
    • Champ Ronda Rousey (134.6) vs. Liz Carmouche (133.6) - for women's bantamweight title
    • Dan Henderson (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (202)
    • Urijah Faber (136) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135.6)
    • Court McGee (170) vs. Josh Neer (171)
    • Josh Koscheck (171) vs. Robbie Lawler (171)
    PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
    • Lavar Johnson (255) vs. Brendan Schaub (243)
    • Mike Chiesa (156.2) vs. Anton Kuivanen (156)
    • Dennis Bermudez (145) vs. Matt Grice (145)
    • Caros Fodor (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
    PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
    • Brock Jardine (170) vs. Kenny Robertson (170)
    • Neil Magny (171) vs. Jon Manley (171)
    • Nah-Shon Burrell (175.8) vs. Yuri Villefort (170)

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  • (Getty Images)ANAHEIM, Calif. — When she steps into the cage at UFC 157 this weekend, Liz Carmouche will be the first openly gay fighter in the UFC.

    To date, no male UFC fighter has come out of the closet. UFC president Dana White, however, said he knows how he will react —not only if a male fighter comes out, but also if his opponent would threaten to refuse a fight against a gay athlete.

    "Most of the guys that are in this sport are really good people," White said during Friday's question and answer session. "I honestly don't see a situation where that would happen, but if it did, I'd fix it."

    White has

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  • UFC 157 picks from Kevin Iole, Maggie Hendricks and Cagereaders like you

    (Getty)After months of build-up, we're almost to the historic bout between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, which headlines UFC 157 in Anaheim. Here is how we think the fights will go. A big thank you to all the Cagereaders who contributed their picks.

    Kevin Iole —Ronda Rousey SUB1 Liz Carmouche: Scottie Bowman, the greatest hockey coach ever, always would say he'd stick with the hot hand. In this case, the hot hand is Rousey. She's got a far better athletic pedigree and she's looked unbeatable against elite competition in Kaufmann and Tate. First-round arm bar win for Rousey

    Maggie Hendricks — Ronda Rousey SUB1 Liz Carmouche: The thing about Rousey's armbar is that it's going to be unstoppable until someone stops it. Brilliant, right? Because of the move's unpredictability, it's equally difficult to predict who will be the one who can stop it.

    [Also: Ronda Rousey doesn't want to touch UFC title belt before fighting]

    Cagereader — My pick: Ronda Rousey by first round armbar. Yes, again. I don't think anyone's got her figured out yet, and her aggression is too much to deal with for anyone at this point. -- Dan Butera

    Cagereader — Rousey. She has more to offer than Carmouche. I think it will be Rousey's longest fight ever since Carmouche is a scrappy chick. She definitely has her work cut out for her. -- Charlotte Petroskey

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  • (Combat Lifestyle)ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When Ronda Rousey was named the UFC women's bantamweight champion, critics said she didn't deserve the belt and that she should have to fight for it. It turns out she agrees with her critics.

    "I don't deserve it. I won't even touch it until I win," Rousey said of the gold and leather belt in sitting in front of her on the table.

    [Related: Liz Carmouche never planned to be a role model, but now is relishing the job]

    After the press conference, Rousey faced off with Liz Carmouche, her opponent at UFC 157 on Saturday. Traditionally, the champion holds the belt during these

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  • (Getty)TORRANCE, Calif. -- Before becoming an MMA fighter, Dan Henderson had a successful career as an amateur wrestler. He represented the U.S. in the 1992 and the 1996 Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling. If the International Olympic Committee gets their way, no more wrestlers will get the chance to experience the Olympics from 2020 on. Last week, the IOC decided to drop wrestling from its core sports.

    Henderson was surprised when he heard the news.

    "It was pretty sad news. I was shocked, a little bit. At the same time, I knew they had been talking about it for a number of years, that they were going to take some of the wrestling out. I think nobody thought they would actually go ahead and do it because the sport's been around forever in the Olympics."

    But he doesn't think the fight is over.

    "I think the wrestling community in itself is much bigger and stronger than people give it credit for, and I'm talking worldwide. A lot of countries are banding together and really getting behind it to put a lot of pressure on the IOC."

    Protests have already begun. Bulgarian wrestling federation president Valentin Yordanov sent back his gold medal, won at the 1996 Olympics, in protest of the decision. During a major tournament in Iran this weekend, wrestlers will lie down on the mats in a sign of unity.

    "I don't think it's a done deal yet," Henderson said. "Wrestling's not going to go out without a big fight."

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  • (Getty)TORRANCE, Calif. -- On Saturday, Liz Carmouche will be one of the first women to fight in the UFC. Along with bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Carmouche will make history. Her status as a main event fighter has translated to a brighter spotlight on Carmouche, a soft spoken but confident woman.

    She thanks her opponent for that increased spotlight, but doesn't think she could follow in Rousey's foot steps. If Carmouche takes the belt on Saturday, she doesn't expect to be nude on ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, as Rousey was in 2012.

    "I'm sure there will be some attention, but if I win, you won't see me doing poses on magazine covers. It's not my personality," Carmouche said.

    But she knows the kind of attention Rousey brought with the ESPN cover and her outspoken personality is what helped women get to the UFC. She said what will continue to help women's MMA grow is for other female fighters to be themselves when selling fights. If that means gracing the covers of magazines, go for it.

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  • UFC cutting Jon Fitch, others sends chilling message to fighters

    (Getty)The UFC pulled a surprising move on Wednesday, but it had nothing to do with a fight no one expected. Instead, the UFC gave the pink slip to several fighters, including one former title contender with an impressive UFC record.

    According to MMAFighting, these fighters have been cut:

    Jon Fitch
    Wagner Prado
    Mike Russow
    Jacob Volkmann
    Vladimir Matyushenko
    Che Mills
    Jay Hieron
    Terry Etim
    Paul Sass
    Jorge Santiago
    Mike Stumpf
    Simeon Thoresen
    C.J. Keith
    Motonobu Tezuka
    Josh Grispi
    Ulysses Gomez

    Though Fitch fought and lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87, he is 1-2-1 in his last four fights and has a reputation for putting on grinding, slower-paced fights. Jacob Volkmann and Mike Russow have the same reputation. Santiago went 0-2 in the UFC, left and won one fight, then lost again over the weekend. After putting together an impressive run in the WEC, Grispi lost four fights in a row in the UFC.

    [Also: Title window closing on UFC's Dan Henderson]

    Every one of the fighters is coming off of at least one loss. In the past, a fighter would worry about his job if he lost two fights in a row. However, MMA Junkie's John Morgan says the UFC is looking to trim its roster. With fighters coming over from Strikeforce, and the addition of the men's flyweight and women's bantamweight divisions, the UFC is going to have to make more tough decisions like this. Fighters have to win to keep their job.

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