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  • (Getty Images)ANAHEIM, Calif. — When she steps into the cage at UFC 157 this weekend, Liz Carmouche will be the first openly gay fighter in the UFC.

    To date, no male UFC fighter has come out of the closet. UFC president Dana White, however, said he knows how he will react —not only if a male fighter comes out, but also if his opponent would threaten to refuse a fight against a gay athlete.

    "Most of the guys that are in this sport are really good people," White said during Friday's question and answer session. "I honestly don't see a situation where that would happen, but if it did, I'd fix it."

    White has

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  • UFC 157 picks from Kevin Iole, Maggie Hendricks and Cagereaders like you

    (Getty)After months of build-up, we're almost to the historic bout between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, which headlines UFC 157 in Anaheim. Here is how we think the fights will go. A big thank you to all the Cagereaders who contributed their picks.

    Kevin Iole —Ronda Rousey SUB1 Liz Carmouche: Scottie Bowman, the greatest hockey coach ever, always would say he'd stick with the hot hand. In this case, the hot hand is Rousey. She's got a far better athletic pedigree and she's looked unbeatable against elite competition in Kaufmann and Tate. First-round arm bar win for Rousey

    Maggie Hendricks — Ronda Rousey SUB1 Liz Carmouche: The thing about Rousey's armbar is that it's going to be unstoppable until someone stops it. Brilliant, right? Because of the move's unpredictability, it's equally difficult to predict who will be the one who can stop it.

    [Also: Ronda Rousey doesn't want to touch UFC title belt before fighting]

    Cagereader — My pick: Ronda Rousey by first round armbar. Yes, again. I don't think anyone's got her figured out yet, and her aggression is too much to deal with for anyone at this point. -- Dan Butera

    Cagereader — Rousey. She has more to offer than Carmouche. I think it will be Rousey's longest fight ever since Carmouche is a scrappy chick. She definitely has her work cut out for her. -- Charlotte Petroskey

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  • (Combat Lifestyle)ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When Ronda Rousey was named the UFC women's bantamweight champion, critics said she didn't deserve the belt and that she should have to fight for it. It turns out she agrees with her critics.

    "I don't deserve it. I won't even touch it until I win," Rousey said of the gold and leather belt in sitting in front of her on the table.

    [Related: Liz Carmouche never planned to be a role model, but now is relishing the job]

    After the press conference, Rousey faced off with Liz Carmouche, her opponent at UFC 157 on Saturday. Traditionally, the champion holds the belt during these

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  • (Getty)TORRANCE, Calif. -- Before becoming an MMA fighter, Dan Henderson had a successful career as an amateur wrestler. He represented the U.S. in the 1992 and the 1996 Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling. If the International Olympic Committee gets their way, no more wrestlers will get the chance to experience the Olympics from 2020 on. Last week, the IOC decided to drop wrestling from its core sports.

    Henderson was surprised when he heard the news.

    "It was pretty sad news. I was shocked, a little bit. At the same time, I knew they had been talking about it for a number of years, that they were going to take some of the wrestling out. I think nobody thought they would actually go ahead and do it because the sport's been around forever in the Olympics."

    But he doesn't think the fight is over.

    "I think the wrestling community in itself is much bigger and stronger than people give it credit for, and I'm talking worldwide. A lot of countries are banding together and really getting behind it to put a lot of pressure on the IOC."

    Protests have already begun. Bulgarian wrestling federation president Valentin Yordanov sent back his gold medal, won at the 1996 Olympics, in protest of the decision. During a major tournament in Iran this weekend, wrestlers will lie down on the mats in a sign of unity.

    "I don't think it's a done deal yet," Henderson said. "Wrestling's not going to go out without a big fight."

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  • (Getty)TORRANCE, Calif. -- On Saturday, Liz Carmouche will be one of the first women to fight in the UFC. Along with bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Carmouche will make history. Her status as a main event fighter has translated to a brighter spotlight on Carmouche, a soft spoken but confident woman.

    She thanks her opponent for that increased spotlight, but doesn't think she could follow in Rousey's foot steps. If Carmouche takes the belt on Saturday, she doesn't expect to be nude on ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, as Rousey was in 2012.

    "I'm sure there will be some attention, but if I win, you won't see me doing poses on magazine covers. It's not my personality," Carmouche said.

    But she knows the kind of attention Rousey brought with the ESPN cover and her outspoken personality is what helped women get to the UFC. She said what will continue to help women's MMA grow is for other female fighters to be themselves when selling fights. If that means gracing the covers of magazines, go for it.

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  • UFC cutting Jon Fitch, others sends chilling message to fighters

    (Getty)The UFC pulled a surprising move on Wednesday, but it had nothing to do with a fight no one expected. Instead, the UFC gave the pink slip to several fighters, including one former title contender with an impressive UFC record.

    According to MMAFighting, these fighters have been cut:

    Jon Fitch
    Wagner Prado
    Mike Russow
    Jacob Volkmann
    Vladimir Matyushenko
    Che Mills
    Jay Hieron
    Terry Etim
    Paul Sass
    Jorge Santiago
    Mike Stumpf
    Simeon Thoresen
    C.J. Keith
    Motonobu Tezuka
    Josh Grispi
    Ulysses Gomez

    Though Fitch fought and lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87, he is 1-2-1 in his last four fights and has a reputation for putting on grinding, slower-paced fights. Jacob Volkmann and Mike Russow have the same reputation. Santiago went 0-2 in the UFC, left and won one fight, then lost again over the weekend. After putting together an impressive run in the WEC, Grispi lost four fights in a row in the UFC.

    [Also: Title window closing on UFC's Dan Henderson]

    Every one of the fighters is coming off of at least one loss. In the past, a fighter would worry about his job if he lost two fights in a row. However, MMA Junkie's John Morgan says the UFC is looking to trim its roster. With fighters coming over from Strikeforce, and the addition of the men's flyweight and women's bantamweight divisions, the UFC is going to have to make more tough decisions like this. Fighters have to win to keep their job.

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  • Five biggest moments from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

    Don King and Mickey Rourke because why not? (Getty)

    This week's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" involved some easygoing discussion between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, charades, and a star (?) of the silver screen. Here are the biggest moments.

    Cool, laid-back moment between Sonnen and Jones. Though their trash talk has been a centerpiece of promoting their fight, Sonnen and Jones became two coaches at the training center. They may be adversaries, but anyone who has been around coaches recognized their words as just two coaches shooting the breeze. Later, Sonnen starts his shtick again, but it's just so fun to see him as a coach.

    Charades. It turns out Chael Sonnen and his fighters are pretty good at charades. Who woulda thunk it?

    Mickey Rourke! Because of Sonnen's asking -- or threats, depending on who is talking -- actor and former boxer Mickey Rourke talked to Team Sonnen. He spoke with the fighters about how to overcome adversity. If there's anyone who knows about that, it's Mickey Rourke.

    That fight: The bout between Bubba McDaniel and Kelvin Gastelum turned into a really fun grapplefest in the first round. McDaniel and Gastelum changed positions several times, and both went for submissions. But it was Team Sonnen's Gastelum who walked away with the win after getting a tight rear naked choke on McDaniel in the second.

    Better than a call from the president: Gastelum is a huge Ronda Rousey fan, and Sonnen set up a call between the victorious fighter and the UFC women's bantamweight champ. Not a bad day.

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  • Movie about Bruce Lee’s most legendary fight is in the works

    Shannon Lee poses with the figure of her father, Bruce Lee, at Madame Tussaud's (Getty Images)Bruce Lee obtained legendary status as a martial artist in part because of a 1965 fight in Oakland, Calif., against Chinese kung fu master Wong Jack Man. It was the last fight of Lee's career.

    For nearly 50 years, there has been much speculation and heated debate about what occurred inside of that gym, as very few people witnessed it. But the upshot of the bout is that it helped to develop Lee's views on Jeet Kune Do, which is the forerunner of today's mixed martial arts.

    On Tuesday, Deadline.com reported that a movie about the fight that will be called "Birth of the Dragon" will be produced by QED International and Groundswell Productions.

    [Also: Courageous Liz Carmouche open about sexual orientation]

    Groundswell CEO Michael London told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that the process of developing a screenplay has just begun.

    It is not, however, designed to be a biography of Lee, who died in 1973, or the definitive account of the fight.

    "We're actually not trying to re-tell the story of Bruce Lee," London said. "I think that's a natural impression people might get. The idea, actually, is to take that battle, which has been so mysterious and so powerful and so interesting to so many, and tell the lead-up to that story, which is Wong Jack Man's arrival in San Francisco.

    "We've created a back story. There is a lot people that know about why Wong Jack Man came to San Francisco, but we're trying to create a dramatically satisfying story about why he's there. So we're taking license. That's why we say it's going to be inspired by that fight and isn't a literal telling of it."

    London said the writers -- Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele -- have the belief that Jack Man was trying to help Lee to become the best version of himself and was trying to teach Lee lessons.

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  • We want your UFC 157 picks

    (Getty)Do you think you know what will happen at UFC 157? Have a pretty good handle on Ronda Rousey's championship defense against Liz Carmouche? Think you know exactly how Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida will go? Here's your chance to put your thoughts in writing. Give us your picks, and they may be featured on Cagewriter.

    Here's the deal. Pick one fight from the main card of UFC 157.

    Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
    Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida
    Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar
    Court McGee vs. Josh Neer
    Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler

    Now, go to Cagewriter's Facebook page and then tell us who you

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  • (Getty)Matt Riddle scored a decision win over Che Mills at UFC on Fuel 7 this past weekend. It's his second straight win after a win over Chris Clements at UFC 149 was overturned because Riddle tested positive for marijuana metabolites. He was angry after the positive test because Riddle has a medical marijuana card from Nevada, where he lives.

    Riddle mended fences with the UFC brass while in England for his fight, as well.

    "I actually talked to [UFC VP of regulatory affairs] Marc Ratner this past weekend in London," Riddle said to MMA Junkie Radio. "I kind of apologized because you know, I can't

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