Morning Report: MMA's Weekend Smorgasbord, Jon Jones Talks Silva Superfight

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Indulge me in a rant real quick. I understand Joe Warren isn't exactly the most popular fighter out there right now, but what exactly was going through Jeff Malott's head as he watched Pat Curran bomb on a 35-year-old man with roughly 436 unanswered shots on Friday night? A referee's primary role is to ensure the safety of both fighters. Malott failed. I know it's cliché to grumble about the refing and judging in MMA, but this issue is getting out-of-hand.

Guys like Nick Diaz and Gene LeBell have called for officials to carry a background in combat sports and undergo extensive, mandatory martial arts training in order to grasp the severity of given situations. That sounds great in theory, but a quick Google search reveals Malott to have an extensive background in sambo and even a few professional fights under his belt. So what then?

This is a murky issue and no one seems to have the right answer, but when it comes down to it, as a former fighter Malott failed Warren immensely by not understanding how unhealthy it is for a human skull to be bludgeoned unconscious three different times in a span of thirty seconds.

Anyhow, now that we've got that out of the way, how about all that magnificent violence we saw this weekend? Between the twin premieres of Bellator and The Ultimate Fighter, along with Cro Cop's homecoming and the first ever MMA event held in India, there were plenty of brawls to go around, so check out all the action with the Morning Report.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Weekend MMA results. Catch up on this weekend's smorgasbord of MMA action with official results for Bellator 60, The Ultimate Fighter: Live, Cro Cop Final Fight, Super Fight League 1 and MFC 4.

Tyson Griffin tested positive for marijuana at UFC 123. Bloody Elbow's Brent Brookhouse uncovered an unreported positive test for marijuana linked back to Tyson Griffin at UFC 123. UFC Senior Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner has since issued an official statement on the matter.

Jon Jones would rather have Anderson Silva as a mentor than fight him. The question of who would win a superfight between the UFC's two most dominant champions, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, has been debated ad nauseum by fight fans. But according to Jones, he'd rather look to Silva as a mentor than an opponent.

Fedor Emelianenko hints at possible UFC fight. Where would March be without the monthly Fedor-to-UFC tidbit? In a recent interview, the aging Russian legend opened the door for a shot at Octagon glory.

'UFC Primetime' tapped for two summer shows. 'UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans' and 'UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem' are set to receive the primetime treatment for their respective championship fights.

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COUNTDOWN TO A SLIMMER ROY NELSON

Started (on March 4th): 32,000 likes.
Friday's mark: 99,688 likes.
As of this writing: 101,500 likes.
Goal (by March 18th): 132,000 likes.

Come on people, we can do this. One week left.

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MEDIA STEW

So yeah, Pat Curran nearly killed Joe Warren at Bellator 60 this weekend. Check out the brutal finish below.

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What loss? Rampage Jackson, sans shirt, allegedly hit the stage at a Tokyo nightclub hours after his UFC 144 defeat to Ryan Bader.

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Also highlighting the weekend: India's first ever mixed martial arts event, the Super Fight League. If you missed out on Sunday morning, the entire show has been uploaded to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Or you can just skip ahead to 2:10:33 to see Bob Sapp do what Bob Sapp does.

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Joe Rogan picks out his favorite coaching match-ups of The Ultimate Fighter's 15-season history.

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BREAKOUT STAR OF 'TUF LIVE': JON TUCK AND HIS MANGLED TOE

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RAMPAGE IS SERIOUS ABOUT THIS WHOLE LEAVING THE UFC THING

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JAMES TONEY HANGIN' IN THE 209

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced over the weekend (Friday, March 9, 2012 - Sunday, March 11, 2012):

- Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) vs. Mike Russow (15-1, 1 NC) slated for UFC: Brazil in June

- Erick Silva (13-2, 1 NC) vs. Mike Pierce (13-5) reportedly in the works for UFC: Brazil in June, according to Globo

- Bellator 61: Josh Quayhagen (2-0) vs. Quaint Kempf (4-2)

- Bellator 61: Trey Houston (8-0) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (7-5)

- Bellator 61: Derrick Krantz (10-5) vs. Eric Scallan (10-3)

- Bellator 61: Derek Campos (9-2) vs. Patrick Cenoble (8-1)

- Bellator 61: Jeremy Myers (3-3) vs. Jason Sampson (8-1)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day goes to BE's Dangalvan: Fighters the UFC Should Re-hire (Not Tim Sylvia)

There are plenty of other former UFC employees that deserve another shot in the big dance over "The Maine-iac". These fighters have either put together an astounding resume after being cut or simply didn't deserve the axe in the first place. If Tim Sylvia really wants to fight in the UFC again then he should probably imitate what these six fighters are doing.

Patrick Cote (16-7) - Middleweight

After a knee injury at UFC 90 in a Middleweight Championship match against Anderson Silva set Patrick Cote back a year and the half, he returned to the octagon not looking like the same fighter that had strung together a five fight win streak in route to a championship shot. Two consecutive losses later, and the former TUF Season 4 Runner-up was left without a job in the UFC.

After his release, Cote has won three fights in decisive fashion with his most impressive victories being over Kalib Starnes and Todd Brown. His next fight is against MMA veteran Gustavo Machida at the end of the month, and a win there should impress Joe Silva enough to let "The Predator" back in the UFC.

Found something perfect for the Morning Report? Just hit us on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we'll include it in tomorrow's post.

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