Morning Report: Anthony Pettis says featherweight drop 'not permanent,' but promises 'fireworks' against Jose Aldo

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Now that the four-week, four-event April blitz is finally behind us, it's probably appropriate that we all take a moment to catch our breath and recharge the batteries for what lies ahead.

The upcoming summer schedule is a mighty one, but this weekend is all about taking it easy. And nothing helps in that endeavor like a morning chockfull of MMA goodness. We have a ton in store today -- even the elusive double groin shot makes an appearance. So without further ado, let's get to it with some headlines.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Pettis talks featherweight cut. Speaking to the New York Post, former WEC champ Anthony Pettis vowed that his cut down to featherweight was only temporary, then promised that he and Jose Aldo would deliver "fireworks" regardless of the muddled division outlook.

Kongo released. After a seven-year, 18-fight run, the UFC elected not to renew the contract of French heavyweight Cheick Kongo following his first-round loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159. Kongo racked up an 11-6-1 record inside the promotion, but exits having lost two of his last three in devastating fashion.

MMA Roundtable. Luke Thomas joins yours truly to debate Jones vs. Silva, change the Unified rules, look ahead to the summer schedule and more.

Bellator summer series. Bellator MMA launches its 2013 Summer Series on June 19 with a main card headlined by a lightweight title fight pitting Michael Chandler against season-seven tournament winner Dave Jansen. In addition, a four-man light heavyweight tournament kicks off with Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Seth Petruzelli and Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Jacob Noe.

Peralta suspended. UFC featherweight Robbie Peralta received a six-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana following his unanimous decision loss to Akira Corassani at UFC on FUEL 9 in Stockholm, Sweden. Peralta's flub marks the seventh consecutive UFC event held outside of North America to result in at least one failed drug test.

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MEDIA STEW

Sometimes it's easy to forget, but MMA is a beautiful sport.

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In case you missed Chael Sonnen's latest:

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We've seen plenty of double knockouts, but this might be a Morning Report first. My friends, I give you the elusive double groin shot. (Jump to 13:40.)

(HT: MiddleEasy)

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I have no doubts this'll be the most stylish BJJ trailer you'll see all week.

Props to New York Ric for the find.

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All 121 stars, eh? I never had the patience to tackle Tick Tock Clock myself.

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Remember that first video I showed you today? Yeah, this one is the exact opposite.

(HT: Reddit)

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IT HAS BEGUN

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KONGO SEEMS TO BE DOING ALRIGHT, YOU GUYS

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THE REHAB TRAIL

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BACK AND FORTH

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THE HARD WAY

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Wednesday, May 1, 2013):

  • Bellator 96: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. Dave Jansen (19-2) booked for main event
  • Bellator 96: Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (9-2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (14-7) booked for co-main event
  • Bellator 96: Renato "Babalu" Sobral (37-10) vs. Jacob Noe (11-2)
  • Bellator 96: War Machine (12-4) vs. Blas Avena (8-6)
  • Invicta FC 6: Leslie Smith (5-3-1) vs. Jennifer Maia (7-2-1)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes to us from thetakeover, who rewinds the clock for: What happened in the alternate reality where Chael survived Round 1

The Watcher sees all worlds. And in one reality, the referee wasn't so quick to jump in to stop the beating Jon Jones was giving to Chael Sonnen. In this world, Sonnen was able to survive the extra 20 seconds until the bell. And that is where it gets interesting...

When Jones gets back to his corner, it immediately becomes apparent to cornermen that the toe is in danger of being ripped off and that Jones cannot continue the fight. The commotion attracts the attention of the referee, who takes a look at the toe and immediately calls for the contest to be stopped.

Jon Jones loses the fight via TKO (broken toe). Chael Sonnen has claimed the light heavyweight championship of the UFC.

Although Jones would normally get an immediate rematch, the toe will require too much time to heal. In the mean time, Joe Silva enacts a devious plan to force a super fight. He offers Anderson Silva an immediate shot vs. Sonnen for the Light Heavyweight belt.

Silva easily beats Sonnen, winning the third fight in the three fight trilogy. Anderson holds two belts simultaneously, cementing him as the greatest pound 4 pound fighter.

By then, Jones has healed his toe, and his first fight back is against Anderson for the undisputed light heavyweight title. Jones wins, and Anderson retires.

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

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