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Video: UFC 147 Press Conference

UFC 147 press conference, UFC president Dana White, UFC champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen

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VIDEO: DOS SANTOS REACTS TO OVEREEM/MIR SWAP: "KNOCKOUT, DOESN'T MATTER WHO"

Junior Dos Santos gives his reaction to the announcement that his next challenger will be Frank Mir and not Alistair Overeem as originally planned.

Overeem was pulled from the May 26 bout last week amid fears on the UFC’s part that he would not be able to obtain a license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission when he appears before the body tomorrow to explain why he had a 14:1 testosterone ratio following a test administered late March (the upper limit is 6:1)

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Video: UFC 147: Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva Feature

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Ohio fines Andreas Spang 20% of purse for post fight fracas

Andreas Spang will still fight in Bellator's season-six middleweight-tournament finale, but he'll do so with fewer bucks in his pocket.

Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato today told the media that Spang has been fined 20 percent of his $30,000 fight purse ($6,000) for instigating a post-fight scuffle at Bellator 66 with .

Spang also shoved opponent Brian Rogers at Bellator 66's weigh-ins.

Bellator 66 took place at Cleveland's I-X Center, and the night's main card aired on MTV2. Spang (8-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC), a late replacement for injured Bruno Santos, survived a two-round beating before scoring a shocking comeback-knockout of Rogers in the night's co-headliner and a tournament-semifinal fight.

However, after the fight, Bellator officials brought in his Bellator 70 opponent for the tournament finale: Maiquel Falcao, who defeated Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via unanimous decision earlier in the night. But like he did to Rogers, Spang immediately shoved Falcao (30-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) once the fighters went forehead to forehead.

That prompted a brief scuffle (watch the video), though Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith and matchmaker Sam Caplan helped quickly separate them.

"When you come here to fight, we ask for four things: self-respect, respect for your opponent, respect for those who regulate and promote the sport, and self-discipline," Profato said. "He went zero for four."

Profato said he initially planned to suspend Spang six months because of the shoves. However, after an unofficial appeal from Bellator officials and Spang, who would have been forced to scratch from the tournament finale, Profato gave the fighter the option to choose a 20 percent fine or the suspension.

"When you get in their pockets, that can be a true eye-opener," said Profato, who said the fine goes to a general state fund and not to the Ohio Athletic Commission. "We're just not going to stand for that stuff. ... He took away from a great event."

Profato said Spang has the option to appeal the punishment, but as he told the fighter, two Ohio commissioners were in attendance at Bellator 66, and, "I guarantee you they will hold [the fine] up since that crap doesn't fly here." Additionally, Profato plans to contact the Louisiana Boxing & Wrestling Commission, which regulates the tournament finale at Bellator 70 on May 25, and suggest they give Spang a short leash for any future infractions.

Spang earned $30,000 ($15,000 to show and $15,000 as a win bonus), and he was fined 20 percent of the full amount. Falcao received no punishment because "he was only protecting himself," Profato said.

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Wanderlei Silva: God has been really good to me

Having come from where I came from, and being who I am, God has been really good to me. By giving me a gift, with which, I've built up my entire life. I am very proud of that.

And I hope to awaken this gift in an entire generation.

I've heard many people say they started to watch MMA after they saw a fight of mine. Or after they met me. There are people who watch my videos to train. There's the guys, who don't know who I am, then look at my fight and say 'Wow, who is this guy? I'm going to cheer for him!'

Some people identify with the way I talk. I am a person who has a lot of friends. Through my work I've built a legion of friends around the world.

This is another philosophy of the Silva - 'Who has friends is never alone.' With so many fiends, I know I will never be alone.

They follow me, they motive me, they fight for me. I'm very grateful for having all of these guys with me.

And I'm happy when I give them the joy they deserve. When it's fight time, that's my biggest pressure - to please those who like me.

I take that responsibility, and every day I win the fight a little bit more.

… I will represent

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Funny Video: Impersonation of 11 Famous UFC Fighters

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Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans FULL Fight Video Highlights

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Video: Bellator 66 HighLights

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Fight Video: Buakaw Banchamek Destroys Latest Opponent

If like us you are fond of some Muay Thai and K-1 kickboxing as part of your fightsport diet, you might have been following the recent trials and tribulations of Buakaw Banchamek nee Por. Pramuk.

The fighter formerly known as Buakaw Por. Pramuk split ways with the Por Pramuk team recently amid allegations that he was being treated improperly and had been the victim of financial irregularity - like most thai boxers, Buakaw grew up in the camp and lived in its dormitories, with the management handling his income and earnings.

Having gone AWOL and off-radar for a bit he then popped up with a new gym all of his own, courtesy of his sponsors Yokkao Fight Gear. He had long been scheduled to fight on the major Thai Fight event in Pattaya this past weekend but his appearance was thrown into doubt because of his issues with the Por. Pramuk camp.

There were allegations his safety was under threat for going public with his allegations against Por. Pramuk but he was also under fear of arrest for taking part in the event. But in the end he decided to go ahead - much to the detriment of his opponent, who took one of the worst beatings Buakaw has dished out in year.

 

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Bellator Video: Eddie Alvarez Vs. Shinya Aoki 1 Fight Video (2008)

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