Morning Report: Nate Diaz responds to Josh Thomson's phantom Twitter callout of brother Nick

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

On the mend with a broken thumb, UFC lightweight Josh Thomson set the interwebs ablaze early Sunday morning with an inflammatory callout of Nick Diaz.

The tweet seemed a bit out of character for Thomson and now we know why. Revealing his phone was stolen, Thomson says the episode was pure fakery.

Count Stockton's own Nate Diaz among the offended. Thomson scored 'Knockout of the Night' honors against Diaz at UFC on FOX 7 last April and he wasn't quick to take 'The Punk' at his word.

Nick Diaz can't be bothered to fight the elite of the welterweight division so an argument for this Thomson fight need not be made. Nate Diaz is another matter. Sitting at No. 6 in the lightweight division the man from the 209 needs to maintain momentum built upon his stunning KO of Gray Maynard in November. Returning off an injury and a loss to Ben Henderson at UFC on FOX 10, Thomson (No. 4) would seem to make sense as an opponent.

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Beating Weidman. Given some extra time, Lyoto Machida says he's even more confident he knows how to take the middleweight title.

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Heyman Hustle. Chael Sonnen credits pro wrestling personality Paul Heyman for saving TUF Brazil 3. 'So not only should we thank Paul for the huge ratings, but we can also blame him for all the bad things.'

Juggernaut. Jake Ellenberger isn't impressed with Johny Hendricks and doesn't think Tyron Woodley is worthy of UFC title shot.

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MEDIA STEW

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Michael Bisping now training with Mark Munoz at the Reign Training Center. Didn't expect Bisping and Ryan Parsons to be working together after TUF 14 with Mayhem.

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Floyd Mayweather feels he dominated fight with Marcos Maidana.

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Tyrone Spong already back in the gym.

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Nice profile on Krazy Bee's Kyoji Horiguchi. Lots of good stuff from Kid Yamamoto, too.

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Quinton Jackson on Craig Ferguson.

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2 for 1 KO's at GLORY 16.

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Long watches.

Mayweather vs. Maidana full post fight press conference video

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TONY THUMB POKE RECAP SHOW!!!

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TWEETS

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Big year for these guys.

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He remains The Best.

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Busy weekend.

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Nice.

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Staying positive.

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Meyheather.

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NOT BLOOD.

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Excellent.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (May 2-4 2014)

Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux added to UFC 174

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John Lineker vs. Alptekin Ozkilic at UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City

Jessica Aguilar vs. Emi Fujino at WSOF 10

Gesias Cavalcante at Melvin Guillard at WSOF 11

John Howard vs. Rick Story at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller

Hacran Dias vs. Ricardo Lamas at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens

Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 176

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via evildregs.

Wrong to Call Jones' Arm Crank Dirty

I was wrong to call Jones' arm crank on Teixeira dirty. I don't know what Jones was thinking. I don't know if he thought of the consequences. I don't know that any other fighter wouldn't have done the same thing given the same opportunity.

There are some good GIFs of the crank and Frank Mir's similar crank in this MMA Fighting post. I won't post them directly here because I don't own them and I'm unsure of the rules for such things.

Regardless of what you call it, I still see a difference in what Jones did vs. most other submissions. Jones threw his body into the crank, full power all at once. I see other fighters apply submissions quickly, but usually with enough control and restraint that the opponent has at least a split second to tap before significant damage is done.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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