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Morning Report: 'Washed up wrestler' CM Punk shames 'coward' Cathal Pendred over money in Twitter beef

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The day grows near, fight fans.

The day professional wrestler turned cage fighter CM Punk makes his long-awaited UFC debut. We know Punk will be there, but the real question has always been about the dance partner.

Well, the MMA gods have a sense of humor because it looks like Punk has zeroed in on a target. Punk's already been called out by fighters in every weight class, but one man emerged from the pack early on.

Pendred has since moved down to 170 pounds, Punk's projected future home. Taking a page out of SBG teammate Conor McGregor's book, Pendred went to work again Tuesday. Away we go.


Punk apparently likes to remind people how much money he's made as an entertainer, so maybe he can help Pendred elevate his profile by fighting him.

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Odds. Conor McGregor opens as an almost 2-to-1 betting favorite over UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

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Mike Swick had a motorcycle accident before his fight at UFC 189.

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Max Holloway talks Charles Oliveira, Conor McGregor and more.

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Eddie Bravo Invitational countdown show.

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Jessica Aguilar's BHTS vlog from UFC 190.

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TTTHS.

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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It happens.

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Reaction to the Beef.

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Reebok'd

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Get well soon.

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High praise.

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Congrats.

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Gross.

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Vador? You're dead to me.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Alex C.

Fantasy Matchmaking: Who should Fedor fight if the UFC signs him?

There are a lot of things happening in the world of mixed martial arts. Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor have a date for their featherweight title unification bout (Dec. 12), Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino are bickering in the media about weight once again and the talks of a mega-show in Dallas have fallen through.

But one of the largest stories that is simmering just below the first layer of news is the seemingly imminent return of one Fedor Emelianenko. The Russian heavyweight who ruled the world with an iron fist during his run with Pride Fighting Championships recently let it be known that he has resumed training in hopes of making a comeback.

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