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  • Mark Hunt broke Stefan Struve’s jaw at UFC on Fuel 8

    Hunt hits Struve in an unforgettable image. (Getty)When Mark Hunt knocked out Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel 8 over the weekend, Hunt did more than post his fourth straight win. He also earned a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus and broke Struve's jaw.

    Struve tweeted about the injury and how he wanted to fight on.

    (Twitter.com/StefanStruve)Yep, it doesn't take medical school to see the clean break in Struve's jaw. He joked that his face is so swollen for the flight home that it will keep him warm. That's truly seeing the glass as half-full.

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  • Some of the biggest moments of Wanderlei Silva's career came when he was fighting for Pride in Japan. He was back there this weekend for UFC on Fuel 8, and delivered another memorable effort. After a violent, Fight of the Night bonus winning performance by Silva and Brian Stann, Silva earned the knockout in the second round.

    [Related: Wanderlei Silva should retire after another brutal, violent fight]

    Before that, another Pride veteran, Mark Hunt, also came through with a knockout. He took out Stefan Struve in the third round.

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  • Saad Awad posts memorable Bellator knockout (Video)

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    How do you like your knockouts? Do you prefer the one-punch variety, or do you like it when the winning fighter stays aggressive when his opponent is wobbled? If you like the latter, you're going to like this KO from Thursday's Bellator bouts.

    Saad Awad was the underdog in his lightweight tournament semifinal, but he pounced when he knew he rocked Will Brooks. With the first round knockout, Awad advanced to the finals of the Bellator tourney.

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  • Hot or not: Who is making moves in MMA?

    (Getty)Who had a great week in MMA? Who just wants this week to be over so they can go home and take a bubble bath? Read up on Cagewriter's hot and not list.

    HOT: Women's MMA — Riding a wave started by Ronda Rousey's championship win over Liz Carmouche, female fighters are now in the spotlight. The Rousey-Carmouche result made it all over television, and print and internet press. This opened the door for other fighters to get some press, like this Canadian piece on women's MMA.

    HOT: Jose Aldo — The featherweight champion didn't like that he was fighting Anthony Pettis. He spoke up about it, ticked off UFC president Dana White, but then got his demand. If he wins, he'll get to jump up to lightweight for a chance at that belt. Pretty good tantrum, huh?

    NOT: Matt Riddle — Getting in trouble with the UFC over using a banned substance is never good, regardless of reasoning or doctor's approval. Doing it twice in a row when the promotion is looking to trim 100 fighters from its roster? It means Riddle is looking for a job.

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  • Sara McMann at the Athens Olympics (Getty)The UFC officially opened its cage door to women on Saturday night, when bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defended her belt with an armbar win over Liz Carmouche. Several more women have been added to the women's bantamweight division. The list includes Cat Zingano and Sara McMann, who are the first mothers to join the UFC.

    For Zingano, her six-year-old son Braden is the main reason she stopped into Zingano BJJ, the gym run by her now-husband. While trying to get back into shape after her son's birth, she stopped in to see a friend who was training at Zingano BJJ. She tried jiu-jitsu and lost the baby weight in three weeks.

    With a background in wrestling and new BJJ training, she wanted to try a fight, just once. Since then, she has gone 7-0 with just one win coming by decision. Zingano will fight former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate on April 13 in a title eliminator.

    Zingano knows that her journey is not just about her. She has to take her son into consideration with every fight.

    "I have to consider what this looks like to my child. Every fight I go into, hands up. I don't want to explain to my child why I have stitches across my face," Zingano said. "I really want him to see my job as positive. Yes, injuries happen, and things can go wrong in a cage. Being so young, I want him to know that this is about passion, it's about an outlet for me that I love."

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  • Is it too much to hope for a fight card in front of Mt. Rushmore? (Getty)It turns out comparing MMA to child porn is not the best lobbying technique. After a congressman in South Dakota rallied against a bill to regulate MMA by calling it "the child porn of sports," the bill still passed through the South Dakota House 50-20.

    Steve Hickey, the representative who grabbed plenty of headlines by fighting against MMA's regulation in his state, tried to add an amendment to create a commission that would oversee different disciplines of martial arts but not MMA, because that makes a ton of sense. Wait, no, it doesn't. The South Dakotan House saw the lack of sense in that amendment and defeated it.

    After the bill makes a quick stop in the Senate to review the amendments that were passed, the bill will head to the desk of South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard. He has strongly opposed MMA in the past, but the South Dakota Argus Leader says it will still likely become a law:

    Daugaard could sign the bill, veto it, or let it become law without his signature. Both houses of the Legislature passed the fight commission bill with margins sufficient to override any veto.

    Hickey's remarks about MMA brought back memories of governments across the country banning "no-holds barred" fighting in the late 90s, and Senator John McCain calling MMA "human cockfighting." Since then, regulation and rules have turned MMA into the sport we know today. It's now regulated in 46 states, and in 2007, McCain even praised MMA's progress.

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  • (USA Today Sports)The California Athletic Commission announced the reported salaries from UFC 157 over the weekend. While Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche dominated headlines with the first female bout in UFC history, it was Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson who made the biggest sums of reported money after squaring off in 157's co-main event.

    Here are the reported salaries of the top five fights from the card (via MMA Weekly):

    Ronda Rousey: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus) def. Liz Carmouche: $12,000

    Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Dan Henderson: $250,000

    Urijah Faber: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Ivan Menjivar: $17,000

    Court McGee: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Josh Neer: $16,000

    Robbie Lawler: $105,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Josh Koscheck: $78,000

    It may stand out to the casual fan that Rousey and Carmouche made much less money on paper than Henderson and Machida. But there are a few things to consider as the money disclosed here is only what promoters are required to report by law.

    [Also: Concern is growing among devoted followers of popular UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva]

    It does not include money the fighters make of pay-per-view sales. Quite often, fighters at the top of the card will make a percentage of the pay-per-view profits. Early reports have UFC 157 with 400-500,000 pay-per-views, so it could mean a good payday for the headliners.

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  • Matt Riddle cut from the UFC after second positive test for marijuana

    (Getty)Last week, Matt Riddle talked about how he mended fences with UFC brass over his positive test for marijuana. This week? He tested positive again and lost his job. According to MMA Junkie, Riddle tested positive for marijuana after his UFC on Fuel 7 bout with Che Mills, and was then cut from the UFC. Riddle also tested positive at UFC 149.

    While it's true that Riddle has a medical marijuana card in Nevada, he knew full well that the UFC tested for the drug. Whether that drug should be banned is not the point. It is, Riddle knows it's banned, and Riddle broke the rules.

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  • The four biggest moments from ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

    (Getty)If you missed Tuesday night's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter," read on to find out about who is dividing the house, at what sport Chael Sonnen beat Jon Jones, and who scored a brilliant knockout.

    By the hammer of Tor: The fighters made Tor Troeng, the Swedish fighter on Team Sonnen, a hammer out of foam rollers. It instantly reminded me of "Adventures in Babysitting" and, "Take it back, Brad! Take back what you said about Thor!" Oh, that's just me?

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  • Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis featherweight championship fight back on

    (Getty)Over the weekend, UFC president Dana White said featherweight champion Jose Aldo was refusing to take a fight with Anthony Pettis, the lightweight who was scheduled to fight Aldo in August. As Kevin Iole wrote, Aldo told White he didn't think Pettis had earned the title shot.

    The fight is back on. Andre Pederneias, Aldo's manager, told SporTV in Brazil (with translation from our friends at Yahoo! Brazil) that Aldo will take the fight, with one condition:

    “I had a meeting today (Monday) with José Aldo, who said: ‘I’m going to end with this clownery. People are saying that I’m running, so they are going to see who will run from who when the time comes. If you enjoy a brawl, you can buy the pay-per-view on August 3 and that's what you are going to watch because heads will roll’. At that moment I called Dana White to agree with the fight, but on one condition: after that fight, the winner gets a title shot at [lightweight]”.

    White confirmed that the fight is on.

    ESPN is reporting that Aldo will get his wish, and that if he beats Pettis on Aug. 3, he will get a shot at the UFC lightweight belt. Benson Henderson is currently the title holder, and will fight Gilbert Melendez in April.

    This means the UFC lightweight belt has a clear path for 2013. Pettis was supposed to be the next lightweight contender, but pushed for the Aldo fight because he didn't want to wait until the Henderson and Melendez fight was over.

    Are you looking forward to seeing Aldo possibly fight for the lightweight belt? Speak up in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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