If the idea of Wednesday night mixed martial arts still seems somewhat foreign to you, don't worry, you're not the only one. But either way, it's hard to complain about a lineup of free, quality fights. So while the UFC preps for tonight's welterweight throwdown, catch up on everything else MMA has to offer with the Morning Report.
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Gary Goodridge diagnosed with early onset CTE/Pugilistic Dementia. Former Pride and K-1 standout Gary Goodridge reflected back on his career in combat sports and the extensive damage it has done to his health.
After some prodding, Matt Hughes admits he'd like to return to the cage for one last shot at victory.
Check out this fight video of One FC 2's fantastic main event, Felipe Enomoto vs. Ole Laursen.
A slew of pros pick the winner of Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva II.
Stefan Struve's ability to comeback from adversity was tested early in his career against Denis Komkin.
Jon Jones blatantly disregards Bob Kelly's frantic tapping during a segment on Opie & Anthony Radio.
In case you missed it, Tim Sylvia has been waging a public campaign to get back into the UFC, even releasing this strikingly earnest video in which the former champion implores fans to help him out.
Preaching to the choir.
Valentine's Day can eat it.— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) February 14, 2012
Joe Lauzon is not impressed.
@thugjitsumaster what the hell?— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 14, 2012
Announced yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012):
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's FPOTD belongs to MMA Mania reader unambig: 6 UFC prospects I can't wait to see fight again.
Nobody thought much about Jimy Hettes jumping into the UFC and subbing TUF fighter Alex Cacares. Most people assumed that "Bruce Leeroy" was simply another TUF can getting his ass handed to him by a ordinary fighter. But when Hettes absolutely dominated Nam Phan like nobody has ever dominated a fighter in a three round fight before, we knew different.
What Hettes needs now is clearly a giant step up in competition. Like, I'm talking a quantum leap. When you're winning fights 30-25 against an entry level UFC fighter like Nam Phan, you need a Mike Brown or a Darren Elkins. One more win over a gatekeeper like that and Hettes is looking at the top of the division.
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