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Friday Link Club: Junior dos Santos Receives Hero’s Welcome In Brazil, UFC 139 Preview

Junior dos Santos received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Salvador, Brazil with the UFC heavyweight championship belt.

UFC 139 Main Event Breakdown: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua | MMA Fighting

When you look at the tale of the tape for UFC 139’s main event, the only difference that really jumps out at you is age. For Dan Henderson, it’s probably going to be that way for the rest of his career. In fact, at 41 years old, he is the oldest fighter on the UFC roster. By comparison, his opponent, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is 29.

UFC 139 Fight Card: Final Main Card Predictions | Bleacher Report

We all know Henderson is going to come out looking to connect with his deadly right hand. The biggest question of this bout is which Shogun will show up?

UFC 139 Breakdown: The Undercard | Five Ounces of Pain

Despite being rendered to a mere afterthought in light of last week’s momentous UFC on FOX event, this Saturday’s UFC 139 carries a robust main card capped off by a main event that is perhaps the best excuse for a five-round non-title fight. Bidding to earn a potential second crack at the man who dethroned him earlier this year, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will square off against one of the most successful athletes to ever grace the sport, former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson. But before the two light heavyweights exchange blows, another legend, Wanderlei Silva, looks to rediscover his winning ways when he takes on the always-entertaining Cung Le. Top bantamweights are also in action when Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles work for a vital step towards settling the score with champion Dominick Cruz.

Georgia on his Mind: MMAmania interview exclusive with UFC 139’s Brian Bowles | MMA Mania

“Oh man, I totally expect to get booed. I would be disappointed if I didn’t get booed, you know what I mean? It’s not like I’m expecting them to boo me, they’re just booing whoever he’s fighting, no matter who would be walking out, they’ll be booing. It’s not personal to me. That type of stuff has never bothered me so it’s just gonna be a fight. I know what’s going on. I know where I’m at so it doesn’t really matter.”

Hot Potato: MMA Ring Girl Laura Moro’s Stunning New Photos | Cage Potato

BabesofMMA just alerted us to a new photo shoot from Louisiana model/ring girl Laura Moro, and there isn’t much to say outside of hnnnnng.

Media/insider fallout from UFC’s debut on Fox | Fight Opinion

Fascinating takeaway is that the biggest markets in support were not New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa/Orlando, or Chicago. A heavy amount of UFC’s support remains on the West Coast and Midwest. It’s still “a West Coast sport” in the eyes of people in the Eastern part of the States.

Rampage Jackson has a public service announcement for all of you | MiddleEasy

The only thing that makes me happier than finding out Kim Kardashian’s marriage is over is that I can finally have lunch in Zuccotti Park again (without accidentally tripping on some liberal hippy tent). October is over, and the ‘occupy movement’ has come to an end just in time for the holidays. That means it’s time to start preparing for the annual holiday spending spree that is ‘Black Friday’. While lots of retailers will have special sales, Quinton Jackson wants you to think very carefully before you buy your gifts this season.

UFC on FOX Network Debut: Payout Perspective | MMA Payout

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective! This week we’ll be taking a look at the UFC on FOX network debut headlined by the UFC Heavyweight Title bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.

The Daily Line: BJ Penn’s Pound-For-Pound Legacy | Fightline

Though you could probably legitimately call in to question some of Penn’s career moves and lament his inconsistency amidst casually brilliant performances, The Prodigy is best thought of as a fiery battler who was willing to forego championship glory to test his abilities against the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight class. Though he may not have allowed himself to always be as good as he was in the first Hughes fight or the majority of his run as UFC lightweight champion, the fact is that Penn was (and still could be) that good, often, against the best in the world. He embodies the kind of bold, fighting spirit that is rarely seen and possesses one of the most unique, effective styles of any competitor, ever; for both, he deserves commendation.

Fedor Emelianenko: I think Jeff Monson is a game opponent | LowKick

“I don’t like to talk about other fighter’s weaknesses. That’s something we’ll be able to find out during the fight,” he said. “Jeff Monson is physically strong, and has a very good ground game, with both wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s a game opponent.”

More Bouts Added to “Dream: New Year! 2011″ Event | 5thRound

A day after officially announcing “Dream: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011″ would take place inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, the promotion added three bouts to the December 31st show.

Remember when Joe Rogan was on the cover of “Black Belt” Magazine? 
| TheFightNerd

Rogan was interviewed by Ryan Schneider for “Black Belt Magazine” in 2002, mainly to promote Rogan’s then-new reality show, “Fear Factor.” Much of the article focuses on how martial arts helped to shape Rogan’s life and work-ethic, and also to discuss this budding sport called “mixed martial arts.”

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD