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  • Site news: Cagewriter is on vacation

    (USA Today Sports Images)Before we start a long and fun stretch of MMA, Cagewriter will be off from now through Tuesday. I'll return on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to talk about the latest episode of "The Ultimate Fighter," the upcoming Bellator and UFC fights, and whatever other craziness may come up in MMA. In the meantime, follow Yahoo! Sports MMA and enjoy one of the few slow times that happen in MMA.

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  • (Getty)UFC on FX 7 happened weeks ago, but drug testing results just became public today. One fighter tested positive for a banned substance, while another was given a testosterone therapeutic use exemption.

    -- Thiago Tavares, who lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov, tested positive for drostanalone. He is suspended for nine months, and will have to submit a clean drug test before he fights again. Taking a long break from fighting could hurt Tavares financially, because he only fought once in 2012.

    -- Vitor Belfort received a therapeutic use exemption for the use of testosterone. The UFC said he was

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  • (USA Today Sports)Immediately after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo beat Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, Anthony Pettis contacted UFC president Dana White to say he wanted a shot at Aldo. Pettis is a lightweight who knocked out Donald Cerrone two weeks ago. Now, Pettis is getting his shot at the featherweight belt. USA Today reports that Pettis will face Aldo on Aug. 3.

    "Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds," White said. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight."

    Ricardo Lamas, who knocked out Pettis' teammate Erik Koch two weeks ago, had been promised the next shot at the featherweight belt. Pettis, a lightweight for his entire career, had been promised the next shot at the lightweight belt after champion Benson Henderson faces Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

    [Kevin Iole: Frankie Edgar should drop down another weight class]

    On Monday, Pettis used his Twitter account to say he was tired of waiting.

    And now he will get what he wants. While there's no doubt Pettis-Aldo will be an exciting bout, Lamas was granted the next title shot, and did nothing to lose his shot except not send a text to White. He can commiserate with Johny Hendricks, the welterweight who earned a title shot but then was passed over for Nick Diaz.

    Let this be a lesson to every fighter who wants a chance at the belt: the squeaky wheel gets the oil and a shot to be a champion. If you've heard that you're the no. 1 contender, don't stop campaigning until that bout agreement is signed. Text White. Do interviews. Use Twitter to continually call out the champion. It may have a pro wrestling-flavor, but it's clearly what the UFC wants.

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  • UFC 156′s Three Stars are all Strikeforce vets

    "What did the five fingers say to the face, Alistair?" (USA Today Sports)Though not every fight at UFC 156 lived up to its hype, the ones that delivered really came through. Former Strikeforce fighters went 4-0 and really stood out among the crowd.

    No. 1 star — Antonio Silva: Heading into the fight with Alistair Overeem, "Big Foot" was 2-2. While he beat up on Travis Browne and MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, he also lost big to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez. He definitely didn't have the same invincible aura as Overeem, but that didn't matter once they were in the cage. Silva's heavy hands and Overeem's gameplan meant Silva was the one who earned the big

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    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was on the field to celebrate after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl on Sunday. His brother Arthur had a fumble recovery, a sack and two tackles as the Ravens won 34-31. According to his Twitter account, Jon talked to 21-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, talked with retiring legend Ray Lewis, and danced with his mother and brother.

    All three Jones brothers are professional athletes. Chandler, the youngest, plays for the New England Patriots. His team was eliminated in the postseason by the Ravens, and his big brother Arthur.

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  • (Getty)Jose Aldo held onto his championship belt and Rashad Evans saw his plans to fight UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva evaporate at UFC 156 on Saturday night.

    Aldo beat Frankie Edgar in a five-round decision, with the judges calling it 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 for Aldo.

    Edgar's face was bloody after the first round. Though he was fast and aggressive, Aldo did a better job at landing leg kicks to slow down Edgar. He continued to use those leg kicks in the second round. A welt appeared on Edgar's leg, and Aldo pounced. He threw several kicks that wobbled Edgar or even made him fall to the ground.

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  • Joe Benavidez and Demian Maia take UFC 156 decisions

    Benavidez and McCall at UFC 156 (USA Today Sports)Demian Maia and Joe Benavidez started UFC 156's main card with decision wins on Saturday night.

    In the battle of the wrestler vs. the grappler, grappling whiz Demian Maia easily won over wrestler Jon Fitch.

    Fitch, who wrestled collegiately at Purdue, could not stop Maia's takedowns. Throughout all three rounds, Maia took Fitch's back, and controlled him from there throughout. The one saving grace for Fitch was that he could stop Maia's submissions, but Fitch offered no offense. The judges saw it 30-27 on every card for Maia.

    Maia has found welterweight to be a much more welcoming weight class.

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  • (Getty)Antonio "Big Foot" Silva patiently fought Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, and then pulled off the biggest upset of the young year with a knockout win in the third round.

    The first round was more clinch-filled than expected, but Overeem definitely got his licks in. He used leg kicks and punches as well as fantastic movement to hold off Silva. Overeem also landed 13 body shots in the first round.

    Overeem went a different route in the second round, taking down Silva early in the round. After Overeem controlled and beat up Silva for much of the round, they were stood up and they finally started

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  • Tyron Woodley, Bobby Green stand out in UFC 156 prelims

    (USA Today Sports Images)Strikeforce fighters kicked off the night by going 3-0, with Tyron Woodley and Bobby Green making a big statement on Saturday.

    As one of the Strikeforce refugees, Woodley was hoping to stand out. Mission accomplished. He destroyed Jay Hieron with a 36-second knockout. Woodley knocked him down with a right, then followed him to the ground to finish the fight. It was Woodley's first fight since losing to Nate Marquardt in Strikeforce in July.

    Bobby Green had to overcome Jacob Volkmann's wrestling and some questionable refereeing for a win. Volkmann, an All-American wrestler at Minnesota, rode Green out for the first round. In the second round, Green was on top and working ground and pound when referee Kim Winslow inexplicably stood the fighters up. But Green took over in the third with ground and pound that finally ended with a rear-naked choke. The bout was stopped at 4:25.

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  • After first three fighters are over, UFC 156 fighters make weight

    (Getty)The start of the UFC 156 weigh-ins was shaky, as the first three fighters were overweight. Was there a problem with the scale provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission? Nah, the first three fighters were just overweight. Everyone else on the card made weight with no trouble. Yves Edwards even weighed in while eating a Snickers bar. Here are the complete weigh-in results, thanks to MMA Junkie.

    MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
    • Champ Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144)
    • Rashad Evans (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206)
    • Alistair Overeem (264) vs. Antonio Silva (262)
    • Jon

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