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  • When Liz Carmouche fought Ronda Rousey at UFC 157, she became the first openly gay UFC fighter. The sport is breaking new ground again with transgender female fighter Fallon Fox. As a postoperative transgender woman since 2006, Fox has two professional wins under her belt. But her license is now under review in Florida, where she knocked out Ericka Newsome in a Championship Fighting Alliance tournament bout.

    Fox revealed her original gender to Sports Illustrated on Monday. She said when she applied for a license in Florida, that she already held a license in California. Once a fighter is licensed in one state, it's usually easier to get licensed in another. Fox thought she was licensed in California, but the California State Athletic Commission said her license application was under review. Though she says she disclosed her transgender history to California, she didn't to Florida.

    The crux of the question behind her license is whether or not Fox's former gender would give her an advantage over opponents. Fox says it won't.

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    When Rebecca Dodell and Fernando Albiar started dating, she wasn't much of an MMA fan. But she fell for the sport as their relationship grew more serious. Now, she attends UFC events and cheers on fighters with her fiance. The pair was in attendance at UFC 157 in Anaheim.

    So when it came time to send out save the dates for their summer wedding, they decided to honor their favorite sport. In the front of the card, Dodell has the championship belt and Albiar has the interim. On the back, she has both because she's united the belts.

    "It is who we are. Some of our family does not get it and some don’t like it. But this is us and we will continue to advocate for MMA," Albiar said.

    Best wishes to the Mr. and Mrs. from Cagewriter.

    As Dodell and Albiar prove, MMA fans are some of the most dedicated in sports. Do you have a story that shows just how dedicated you are to sport? Email it to Cagewriter for use in a future post.

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  • The five biggest moments from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

    How does Jones no. 1 pick do? (Getty)Though this season of "The Ultimate Fighter" is much improved on previous seasons, it also feels like we're slowly ambling towards the finale in April. What were the biggest moments of Tuesday night's episode?

    Soooo much gossiping — We've hit the point in the season where the conversations between fighters resemble a 7th grade lunch table. "Did you hear what he said about the guy with the thing?" They don't get television, internet access, magazines, newspapers, or contact with the outside world. They have nothing to talk about except for what goes on in the house or at training camp.

    Hooters — See above. Chael Sonnen took his fighters on a trip to Hooters, and it's quite obvious that they haven't spent time with many women in weeks. Gilbert Smith's shirt came off. For some reason, Uriah Hall doesn't join in with his teammates revelry, but it sure looks like some heavy editing to advance the "No one likes Uriah" storyline.

    Chael's motivational speech — "You guys are awesome." Am I the only one who wants to run through a wall after Sonnen does his best Eric Taylor and motivates his team? This speech was all about empowering his athletes to believe they are the best. If that's not the start of a heartwarming drama, I don't know what is.

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  • Cat Zingano, Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate and Sara McMann are all in UFC's new division. (Twitter.com/CatZingano)

    When Ronda Rousey was named the first female member of the UFC, a common worry was that the UFC was building a division just around her. But a week and a half after the UFC women's bantamweight belt was contested for the first time, the new division is starting to take shape. Miesha Tate will fight Cat Zingano at "The Ultimate Fighter" finale in what is expected to be the title eliminator for the next shot at Ronda Rousey, and Sara McMann will fight Sheila Gaff on April 27.

    The fighters say that the proof of the UFC's commitment to women's MMA is in the pudding.

    "Dana seems pretty excited and pretty gung-ho about it. I look at the girls he's picked so far, and they're all legit," Zingano said to Cagewriter. "The women [UFC president Dana White has] chosen are good representatives of what we're trying to do right now. The UFC creating the division is going to mean even more great women will come out of the woodwork."

    White has the same hopes.

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  • (Twitter.com/JonnyBones)UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sent out a tweet early Monday morning that he would soon have big news to share. Would it be about his fight on April 27 with Chael Sonnen? Something about the latest episode of "The Ultimate Fighter?" Nah, it was much better than that. Jones shared the news that he and girlfriend Jessie Moses had welcomed their third child into the world.

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  • Mark Hunt broke Stefan Struve’s jaw at UFC on Fuel 8

    Hunt hits Struve in an unforgettable image. (Getty)When Mark Hunt knocked out Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel 8 over the weekend, Hunt did more than post his fourth straight win. He also earned a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus and broke Struve's jaw.

    Struve tweeted about the injury and how he wanted to fight on.

    (Twitter.com/StefanStruve)Yep, it doesn't take medical school to see the clean break in Struve's jaw. He joked that his face is so swollen for the flight home that it will keep him warm. That's truly seeing the glass as half-full.

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  • Some of the biggest moments of Wanderlei Silva's career came when he was fighting for Pride in Japan. He was back there this weekend for UFC on Fuel 8, and delivered another memorable effort. After a violent, Fight of the Night bonus winning performance by Silva and Brian Stann, Silva earned the knockout in the second round.

    [Related: Wanderlei Silva should retire after another brutal, violent fight]

    Before that, another Pride veteran, Mark Hunt, also came through with a knockout. He took out Stefan Struve in the third round.

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  • Saad Awad posts memorable Bellator knockout (Video)

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    How do you like your knockouts? Do you prefer the one-punch variety, or do you like it when the winning fighter stays aggressive when his opponent is wobbled? If you like the latter, you're going to like this KO from Thursday's Bellator bouts.

    Saad Awad was the underdog in his lightweight tournament semifinal, but he pounced when he knew he rocked Will Brooks. With the first round knockout, Awad advanced to the finals of the Bellator tourney.

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  • Hot or not: Who is making moves in MMA?

    (Getty)Who had a great week in MMA? Who just wants this week to be over so they can go home and take a bubble bath? Read up on Cagewriter's hot and not list.

    HOT: Women's MMA — Riding a wave started by Ronda Rousey's championship win over Liz Carmouche, female fighters are now in the spotlight. The Rousey-Carmouche result made it all over television, and print and internet press. This opened the door for other fighters to get some press, like this Canadian piece on women's MMA.

    HOT: Jose Aldo — The featherweight champion didn't like that he was fighting Anthony Pettis. He spoke up about it, ticked off UFC president Dana White, but then got his demand. If he wins, he'll get to jump up to lightweight for a chance at that belt. Pretty good tantrum, huh?

    NOT: Matt Riddle — Getting in trouble with the UFC over using a banned substance is never good, regardless of reasoning or doctor's approval. Doing it twice in a row when the promotion is looking to trim 100 fighters from its roster? It means Riddle is looking for a job.

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  • Sara McMann at the Athens Olympics (Getty)The UFC officially opened its cage door to women on Saturday night, when bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defended her belt with an armbar win over Liz Carmouche. Several more women have been added to the women's bantamweight division. The list includes Cat Zingano and Sara McMann, who are the first mothers to join the UFC.

    For Zingano, her six-year-old son Braden is the main reason she stopped into Zingano BJJ, the gym run by her now-husband. While trying to get back into shape after her son's birth, she stopped in to see a friend who was training at Zingano BJJ. She tried jiu-jitsu and lost the baby weight in three weeks.

    With a background in wrestling and new BJJ training, she wanted to try a fight, just once. Since then, she has gone 7-0 with just one win coming by decision. Zingano will fight former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate on April 13 in a title eliminator.

    Zingano knows that her journey is not just about her. She has to take her son into consideration with every fight.

    "I have to consider what this looks like to my child. Every fight I go into, hands up. I don't want to explain to my child why I have stitches across my face," Zingano said. "I really want him to see my job as positive. Yes, injuries happen, and things can go wrong in a cage. Being so young, I want him to know that this is about passion, it's about an outlet for me that I love."

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