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Morning Report: Ed Soares still believes Anderson Silva would beat Jon Jones in superfight

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

MMA manager and promoter Ed Soares hasn't changed his tune since seeing longtime client and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva lose his strap. Calling The Spider the G.O.A.T. for years, Soares' faith in the former champ hasn't been rattled following his knockout loss to Chris Weidman.

"I believe Anderson is the best fighter on the planet, period,' says Soares. "Any weight class. I believe he has a bigger danger to any fighter he faces than any fighter has towards him. Can he be beat? Of course he can be beat. Anybody can be beat, but you put him against any fighter in any weight class and I think he has a better chance of beating them than they do beating him."

As for the ill-fated superfight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Soares still believes his man has what it takes to be the first man to put down 'Bones.'

"I think he'll beat him. I do think Anderson can beat Jon Jones. Not taking anything away from Jon Jones. Incredible athlete, but he doesn't have the experience and I think a well-trained Anderson Silva would beat Jon Jones."



Dear Tito. After pulling out of Bellator 106 with yet another neck injury, Dave Doyle asks Tito Ortiz to take a long, hard look in the mirror before coming back to fighting.

The rematch. With Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson ruled a no contest this weekend in Manchester, the rematch is already in the works.

Fortunes changed for five. Dave Meltzer tells us where UFC Fight Night 30's biggest winners go from here.

Throwing in the towel. Dana White says he agrees with some fans' sentiment that Rosie Sexton's corner should have thought about putting a stop to her one-side affair with Jessica Andrade. "It should have been stopped. I said what we should do is bring the ref out in the hallway and let someone punch him in the face for 15 minutes, and nobody jump in to help him, just to see what it feels like."

Mousasi-Machida? Gegard Mousasi says he wants to 'make an impact' in the middleweight division against Lyoto Machida.




UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight presser highlights.


Lyoto Machida KO's Mark Munoz.


Conor McGregor takes a Rorschach test and talks Cub Swanson.


Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Ricardo Tirloni at Bellator 105.


Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl at WSOF 6.


RFA 10 highlights.


UFC fan Q&A with Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Conor McGregor.



As always, make sure to check out our 'Pros react' piece from this weekend's UFC Fight Night 30.


Together again.


At least the rematch is happening.


No Vitor?


Feels good.


And not so good.


Might be counting for quite some time.







Announced this weekend (Oct. 25-27 2013)

cancelled TIto Ortiz vs. Quinton Jackson at Bellator 106

cancelled Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz at Bellator 106 and Bellator 107

cancelled Ian McCall vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9

cancelled Karo Parisyan vs. Cristiano Souza at Bellator 106

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night London

Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night London



Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.

WMMA October Recap Part 2: Evil Eye Edges Kaufman

Action from the last two weeks of October, and videos for all non-UFC fights again, woo. hoo.


A rough viewing priority ranking

1. Gonzalez/Casey

2. Clark/Cifers, Lim/Osman

3. Yamaguchi/Vidonic

4. Kianzad/Dudieva


140lbs: Pannie Kianzad def. Milana Dudieva via unanimous decision

I knew I should not have included this fight in my preview, but I did. So, my suggestion is don't watch it. It felt like a no name ultimate fighter level fight. Also, there were no commentators and barely any noise from the arena. Both fighters grappling were sloppy and I'm not looking forward to either of their next fight. Unless, Kianzad makes the move to 135. Kianzad wearing a low cut sports bra didn't seem like the best choice for an MMA fight (sort of like Ronda's sports bra against Carmouche). No wardrobe malfunction.


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