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  • (USA Today Sports)UFC 158 in Montreal featured a huge knockout, a disappointing if unsurprising title bout, and a few snoozers on the main card. Complete results:

    Georges St-Pierre def. Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45): After Diaz asked for the fight with GSP for years, he came out flat against the champion. Diaz couldn't stop GSP's takedowns, and was controlled for the entire bout. When they were on their feet, GSP landed jabs at will. Diaz never found his rhythm.

    Johny Hendricks def. Carlos Condit via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28): Hendricks knew he had to get an exciting win to not just beat Condit, but to impress the UFC enough to get a title shot. He did it with a thrilling, back and forth fight that had Hendricks throw everything but the kitchen sink at Condit, who somehow withstood all the striking. Hendricks also used takedowns to neutralize Condit.

    After the fight, Hendricks asked for a title shot against George St-Pierre. He even offered to fly to GSP's house and hire a ref for their bout. It's Hendricks' sixth win in a row. The fight was also good enough to win $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for each fighter.

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  • (Getty)During the broadcast of UFC 158, UFC president Dana White announced that women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and the winner of an upcoming bout between Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate will coach on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter." The new UFC division made its debut just weeks ago at UFC 157, and this will be the first time women act as coaches on the show that helped launch the UFC to the company it is today.

    White said the show will feature both male and female bantamweights who are trying to win a UFC contract. They will train together and live together in a house in Las Vegas. Tryouts for bantamweight hopefuls will take place on April 15 in Las Vegas.

    The longtime staple of the UFC had faltered in ratings in recent seasons. However, the season currently airing, coached by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and his upcoming opponent Chael Sonnen, has injected new life into the show.

    Adding women to the mix for the first time should continue to boost ratings. If Tate wins her Apr. 13 bout against Zingano, it will add bad blood between the coaches. Tate and Rousey fought for the Strikeforce bantamweight belt last March, and had plenty of animosity with each other before the bout.

    But Rousey will be a draw no matter who she coaches against. She is known for her outspoken personality, and drew a ton of interest for her UFC debut in late February.

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  • GSP, Mark Hunt, Nick Diaz: Where did they fall on the hot or not list?

    (Getty)In a week that will end with a longheld grudge match at UFC 158, who showed up as the week's hottest?

    [Related: Nick Diaz brings circus to town with GSP fight hype]

    Hot — Mark Hunt: The heavyweight went from being disappointed last week that he didn't get a bout with Junior dos Santos to getting that bout, and a possible title shot with a win.

    Not — TRT users in the UFC: Some fighters get exemptions for use of testosterone therapy in the UFC, but UFC president Dana White wants that to end quickly. Viewing the therapy as a form of cheating, White has vowed to reform it.

    "If you put in a TRT

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  • They love taking pictures together. (Getty)

    UFC 158 is going down on Saturday night. Here are picks from Yahoo! Sports columnist Kevin Iole, Cagewriter editor Maggie Hendricks and readers like you.

    Kevin Iole — Georges St-Pierre W5 Nick Diaz: I see Nick spending a lot of time on his back eating elbows from Georges. That won't bode well for his chances. If Nick can goad Georges into a standup battle, the entire complexion of the event changes, but I think despite all the animosity, Georges will fight the same precise style he has in the past.

    Maggie Hendricks — Georges St-Pierre TKO4 Nick Diaz: The last time GSP was angry at his opponent going into a fight was against Josh Koscheck. GSP's jab got him the win. He's had plenty of time to listen to Diaz's remarks and prepare a game plan to stop Stockton's finest.

    [Related: Order UFC 158 on Yahoo! Sports]

    Cagereader - Nick is real slow. GSP is real fast. I think speed beats slow. At least it has for the last 60 years I have been watching fights -- Jim Lowrie

    Cagereader - Diaz by TKO 4th round. I believe that Diaz has gotten into GSP’s head. In all the interviews GSP has been reactive and emotional. Since GSP requested this fight instead of taking on the true number 1 contender, Johnny Hendricks, it confirms that Diaz has gotten into his head. GSP will not get into a striking match with Diaz instead he’ll take it to the ground risking being submitted by Diaz’s excellent BJJ. However, before taking Diaz down he will have to walk through some punches. The “punches in bunches” will stagger GSP and Diaz will finish him. -- Eddie Ledezma

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    Nick Diaz is not known for holding his tongue. Just days before he gets a shot at the UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Diaz let his true feelings on GSP be known. While on a Toronto radio show, Diaz said he thinks St-Pierre uses steroids.

    "I believe that he's on plenty of steroids and I don't believe they've tested him as well," Diaz said. "I don't care what they're saying or marketing to the media. I don't think either of us are going to be tested. ... I doubt they're standing over him, making sure he's not on steroids."

    Diaz has tested positive twice for marijuana, which is a

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  • What questions will be answered by UFC 158?

    (Getty)The UFC heads back to Canada, the place that may as well be their home and native land with the many, rabid Canadian fans. What questions will be answered by the fights?

    Can Nick Diaz back up his years of smack towards GSP? In April of 2010, I interviewed Diaz. It was a week or two after he, his brother and teammates started a melee at a Strikeforce fight on national television. He had plenty of challenges in front of him that didn't involve going to the UFC. But Diaz only wanted to talk about one opponent: Georges St-Pierre.

    Now, after a loss to Carlos Condit and a suspension for using banned substances, Diaz is getting a chance to take on GSP. It's a fight he's pushed for years. Can he come through in the clutch?

    Will Johny Hendricks look past this fight? After Hendricks knocked out Martin Kampmann, he was told by UFC president Dana White that he had the title shot. But then the UFC gave the shot to Diaz and put Hendricks on the same card. Now fighting Carlos Condit, will Hendricks have his mind on the title and the title on his mind, or will he take out Condit with a first-minute knockout, as he did in two of his last three bouts?

    Can Nate Marquardt rebound from his loss? In the final Strikeforce event, Marquardt looked overmatched against Tarec Saffiedine. Just two months later, he's back in the cage against Jake Ellenberger, a wrestler with knockout power. Will Marquardt show that he belongs back with the UFC??

    Who will keep their job? After UFC 157, White said the promotion has about 100 more athletes on their roster than they should. Every fighter is under pressure to perform well, be professional, pass their drug tests and not give the UFC a reason to cut them.

    Have you made your picks yet? Pick a fight, go to Cagewriter's Facebook page and tell us who will win and why. Your picks may show up on Cagewriter.

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  • Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz: Make your UFC 158 picks

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    Don't be scared to make picks, homie. UFC 158 is this weekend, and we would love to hear who you think will win. Here's how it works. Pick a fight from the main card, head to Cagewriter's Facebook page, and tell us who you think will win and why. Here are the fights:

    Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - for welterweight title
    Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks
    Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt
    Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
    Colin Fletcher vs. Mike Ricci

    Pick one, and write your pick and reasoning on Cagewriter's Facebook page. Your pick could appear on Cagewriter.

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  • MMA Marketplace: The UFC 158 walkout shirts

    (MMA Warehouse)It's time to look at the UFC 158 main event in the most important aspect: the walkout shirts. Looking at the shirts of Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre, who has the edge?

    Both the contender and the champion have black shirts that have an MMA design that doesn't look all that different than ones we've seen before. Diaz's shirt says where he's from, the 209, and what he's hoping to accomplish, which is world domination. GSP's is just GSP's. Nothing too exciting. Between that, and the ridiculous price of $57.99, Diaz is the winner in a tight decision.

    Get Diaz's shirt for $23.99 here, and GSP's here for wayyyyy too much money.

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    There are few siblings who can say they never fought with each other. I avoided it because my sister could kill me. But in Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship, two brothers are taking their sibling rivalry to the cage. Mike and Thomas Treadwell will fight at MFC 37 in May.

    Not only are they brothers, but they share a condo in Alberta. This will be their MMA debut, and their parents are not pleased.

    [Also: Junior dos Santos thinks Alistair Overeem is a joke]

    “Dad was angry and thinks we’re idiots. Mom knows but we don’t talk about it with her. Everyone else seems supportive,” Thomas said via press release.

    MMA has plenty of brother combos. Ken and Frank Shamrock, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Joe and Dan Lauzon, and Jim and Dan Miller have all fought at MMA's highest levels. But MFC believes this is the first time two brothers are facing off in the cage.

    The brothers will face off on May 10, just two days before Mother's Day. It should make for a very interesting family celebration.

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  • The biggest moments from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

    (Getty)This week on "The Ultimate Fighter," the fight was only one of the many challenges that came up throughout the show for the fighters and coaches Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones.

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