Morning Report: Anthony Pettis and Khabib Nurmagomedov lead weekend's Twitter beef roundup

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The MMA Twitter wars seem to be heating up right along with the weather. After watching his younger brother score a win on Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov in Albuquerque, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis faced another callout from Sambo savant Khabib Nurmagomedov. Sidelined with an injured posterior cruciate ligament and booked to face No. 1 contender Gilbert Melendez at year's end, Pettis has yet to defend his title since taking it off Ben Henderson at UFC 164 last August.


That back and forth pales in comparison to our main event. For a promotion quick to rely on manufactured animosity to sell a fight there's no need for it with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran and top contender Patricio Freire. After injuring his calf, Curran was forced out of a rematch with the two-time tournament winner booked for Bellator 121 on Jun. 6. Needless to say the Brazilian isn't happy. "I think Pat Curran did the right thing if he doesn't feel 100 percent for the fight, but it pisses me off because it's the third time he postponed a fight with me," Freire told MMA Fighting Thursday.

The fight is expected for July according to Freire, but we may not have to wait long if he and Curran run into one another.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

‘Land of Enchantment.' Chuck Mindenhall tries to sort through the hyperbole and figure out just what the hell happened in the Sanchez-Pearson debacle. 'The word "robbery" is kicked around in MMA a little loosely, but this one was a jaw-dropping robbery.'

Fortunes changed for five. Dave Meltzer explains how Benson Henderson, Rustam Khabilov, Diego Sanchez, Ross Pearson and John Dodson move on from UFC Fight Night 42.

Busy night. After cornering four of his fighters, Greg Jackson talks Sanchez' decision, Bryan Caraway's fishhook and Russian accents.

Timidity. Referee Mike Beltran explains his decision to disqualify a fighter at RFA 15 for failing to engage his opponent. 'I said he has to fight, that's what we're here for. I asked him if he was okay and if he wanted to continue.'

Test results. Wisely announced on a Friday afternoon, Vitor Belfort admits he failed his random Feb. 7 drug test with elevated levels of testosterone.

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MEDIA STEW

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Ben Henderson's Octagon interview.

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Diego Sanchez talks win over Ross Pearson, plus highlights.

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Highlights from RFA 15.

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Ed Soares behind the scenes at RFA 15. Guest appearances from Rickson Gracie, Renato Laranga, Lyoto Machida, Rener Gracie and Vladimir Matyushenko.

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Nick Diaz' first fight was everything you would imagine.

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In case you missed Jackson's Russian accent.

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Long watches.

UFC Fight Night 42 post-fight press conference video

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Cage Warriors 69: Graham Boylen Post Fight Scrum

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'Countdown to UFC 174' video

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TWEETS

Make sure to check out our Pros React piece for instant reaction from UFC Fight Night 42.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Care for another?

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Takers?

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Great to hear.

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When you see it.

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Next stop.

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Your new favorite meme.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (June 6-9 2014)


Myles Jury out, Frank Trevino vs. Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens

Milana Dudieva out, Valerie Letourneau vs. Elizabeth Phillips at UFC 174

Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin at UFC 176

Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick booked for UFC 176

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via NamesJack.

Irish television outlet 3e secures rights to show UFC Dublin

Today marks another step in the progression of MMA here in Ireland. Irish television outlet 3e, a free to view televison channel here in the green isle (owned by "TV3") has secured the rights to show upcoming Irish sports superstar Conor McGregor bring his brash, arrogant and talented traits to the Octogon here in Ireland. From my powerful obsession of this sport I have learned that much like Ali back in the day, McGregor and his open minded blabbering has single-handedly brought the UFC back to Ireland after an absence of more than five whole years, something of which me and many others have been chomping at the bit for. Not only did McGregor help create revenue for the sport here in Ireland, this past week he has contributed towards two huge milestones for this small country in that helping UFC Dublin being one of the fastest selling UFC events of all time, with tickets selling out almost immediately and also McGregor also promising and succeeding in bringing this country the UFC to an Irish TV outlet something of which I am proud of and a little fascinated by how a single man such as McGregor with no political power can change the whole landscape of a sport in a country.

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