Hopefully you were productive during the UFC's mini-sabbatical, because there won't be another one like it for awhile. But just because the Octagon was packed away, it doesn't mean the rest of the MMA world hit cruise control. From regional fight results to potential trouble booking Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II in a Brazilian soccer stadium, catch up on this weekend's news with the Morning Report.
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UFC's hopes for stadium show in Sao Paulo appear to be fading. A Brazilian non-profit organization, Viva Pacaembu, has successfully campaigned against the UFC hosting Silva vs. Sonnen II in Sao Paulo's Pacaembu Stadium.
UFC veterans Jamie Varner and Drew Fickett face off in the main event of XFC 16.
Georges St. Pierre anxiously tries to score Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz cageside at UFC 143.
Wednesday's co-headliner Stefan Struve slaps a triangle on Chase Gormley for the UFC's "Submission of the Week."
Stephen Thompson + Chuck Norris' World Combat League + Referee Cecil Peoples = Pure Video Goodness.
Well played, Mr. Kennedy.
One of my dogs is named after the god of war, and the other is named after a Beatles song.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 10, 2012
Probably hard to forget that girl.
@OksanaGrishina Arf arf! Nice meeting you and your friend. A girl in a puppy suit is the last thing I thought I'd run into at the gym.— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) February 12, 2012
Sounds like a pretty classy Saturday night.
Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) February 12, 2012
Whitney Houston visited me in my sleep last night to tell me my tweet was funny. Take that Internet.— Jason Mayhem Miller (@mayhemmiller) February 12, 2012
Somebody needs to make this happen.
Kyle Kingsbury (@Kingsbu) February 12, 2012
Announced over the weekend (Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 - Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012):
- Bellator 65: Duane Bastress (4-1) vs. Plinio Cruz (5-4)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's FPOTD belongs to BE reader fightinghistorian: The time is right for a superfight, and it doesn't involve Anderson.
Although calls for a superfight between GSP and Anderson or Jon Jones and Anderson have petered out recently, due to GSP's knee injury and the attendant opening of the welterweight division on the one hand and the reemergence of Chael Sonnen as a title challenger on the other, that doesn't mean that there isn't a viable superfight out there. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo.
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