Morning Report: Shayna Baszler defends Miss USA's stance on women's self-defense

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Before being crowned Miss USA Sunday night, Nevada's Nia Sanchez was asked how universities could work to improve the safety of female students on campus and prevent sexual assault. A fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Sanchez cited her martial arts training and encouraged other women to take up some sort of self-defense.

"I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves," said Sanchez. "Myself, as a fourth degree black belt I learned from a young age you need to be confident in being able to defend yourself and I think that's something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women."

Sanchez was immediately bombarded with tweets expressing their disapproval over her stance, but UFC women's bantamweight Shayna Baszler was quick to back the pageant winner.

Things heated up Monday when Dr. Ann Maria DeMars, world Judo champion and mother of women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, didn't exactly embrace Baszler's viewpoint.

Baszler faces Bethe Correia at UFC 176 on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Robbed. Looking to sign a new contract with UFC, Ross Pearson says his controversial loss to Diego Sanchez puts him in a precarious situation in negotiations. 'This is a fight game, the UFC can't sell ‘Ross Pearson narrowly lost a judges' decision to Diego Sanchez' in his next fight, you know what I mean? I can't go main event in a card now.'

Phone tag. Jon Jones' manager Malki Kawa blames the confusion surrounding the Alexander Gustafsson bout on being out of the country. 'When we sat down with them we realized that the biggest problem that we have on both sides was the communications.'

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Open doors. Invicta FC president Shannan Knapp explains how Cris Cyborg could be the big winner in the promotion's new agreement with the UFC. 'We'll see what she wants to do first but I'm all about getting her on this platform and dropping down (to bantamweight) and documenting that.'

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Make sure to check out The MMA Hour featuring Benson Henderson, Ross Pearson, Ken Shamrock, Diego Brandao, Malki Kawa, Shannon Knapp, Niklas Backstrom and Paul Lazenby.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC 174 Embedded episode 1.

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STATIC: Jason Miller vs. Nick Diaz.

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Highlights from Bellator 121.

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Wanderlei Silva training with Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson.

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EA Sports UFC gameplay of Bruce Lee vs. BJ Penn from yesterday at E3.

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Fighters talk World Cup predictions, T.I. vs. Mayweather and more.

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Long watches.

UFC 174 Free Fight: Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius

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Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind" with Mac Danzig and Jack Encarnacao.

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Knuckle Up #414: The Jon Jones Juke-a-Rama, Fight Night Fury of the Also-Rans

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TWEETS

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Make it stop.

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Going hard on the video tweets.

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Congrats.

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Smart move.

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A few DC Q&A.

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Could be interesting.

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More pad work.

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In case you're interested. NSFW, I guess.

and in other news.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (June 9 2014)

Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo at UFC 176

Ildemar Alcantara vs. Kenny Robertson at UFC 175

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via 15Minutes2ADream

15 Minutes, 15 Favorite Fighters.

I want to preface this article with a statement from myself, ahem. "There's no way in hell I can get everyone on here!", said as I changed yet another placement on this list. Every fan has a favorite fighter, or at least ones they like watching. I'm not exactly a lifelong fan of MMA, if anything I'm a relative newcomer. But I'm a student of history, and in my short time I've learned a lot. I put off another article because this idea so firmly planted in my mind, I wanna make a list of my favorite fighters. After hours of debating with myself, I've done just that. So I wanted to put it out there on my favorite source for MMA, and get a good conversation with everyone here about the topic. Consider this a "getting to know you" exercise, as I love the conversations with all of you great MMA fans I've had so far. As a fair warning, I couldn't include a lot of favorites, even if I did a top 50 (though if this sparks some good interest I might do a top 25), so some of my top fighters like GSP, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, and even Fedor didn't quite make the cut. But I know quite a few will be met with like mindedness and maybe even surprise.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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