With title window closing, it’s now or never for Lyoto Machida (Yahoo Sports)

Lyoto Machida poses on the scale during a weigh-in for the UFC 175 mixed martial arts event at the Mandalay Bay, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. Machida is scheduled to fight Chris Weidman in a middleweight title bout on Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

After losing another title fight, Machida now must climb the ladder again for perhaps the final time.


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Fight Network weekly MMA & kickboxing programming (Dec. 15-21)

Fight Network 24 hours 300x161 Fight Network weekly MMA & kickboxing programming (Dec. 15 21)Fight Network, a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.

Below find highlights of this week’s programming:

Monday, Dec. 15

6:00 p.m. ET – Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thai National Team.

7 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Hosts John Ramdeen and Robin Black invite special guests to break down the weekend of MMA action.

7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

7:00 p.m. ET – Xtreme Fighting Championships – Florida-based professional MMA featuring top Americans prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.

8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

9:00 p.m. ET – Havoc Fighting Championship 6 – Featuring Luis Huete vs. Wolfgang Janssen from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

2:00 a.m. ET – Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, FFC, M-1 and more.

3:00 a.m. ET – Texas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.

4:00 a.m. ET – Rocktagon MMA – Professional and amateur MMA from the Buckeye State featuring the next generation of stars.

11:30 a.m. ET – M-1 Challenge 54 LIVE from St. Petersburg, Russia – Featuring Stephan Puetz vs. Valery Myasnikov and Maxim Divnich vs. Dzhambulat Kurbanov.

6 p.m. ET – Best of Cage Rage – Classic matches from the world-renowned U.K. promotion featuring Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Vitor Belfort, Paul Daley and others.

7 p.m. ET – Fight News Now: MMA Edition – Fight Network’s staple news program covering all the big stories in the combat sports world.

7:30 p.m. ET — Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

8:00 p.m. ET — Fighting Spirit MMA – Compilation of fights from across the globe, including One FC, USMMA, KSW, WFC, FFC, BAMMA, EFC Africa and more

9:00 p.m. ET – Cage Warriors Fight Night – Cage Warriors 60 — Featuring Bola Omoyele vs. Aaron Wilkinson, plus the opening round of the vacant lightweight tournament, from Oct. 5, 2013 in London, England.

11 p.m. ET – MMA Meltdown with Morency – Gabriel Morency reports on all the latest odds, news and rumors from the MMA world, plus exclusive interviews.

11:30 p.m. ET – TakeDown Wrestling – Coverage of amateur wrestling events with exclusive footage, interviews, analysis and behind-the-scenes action.

Thursday, Dec. 18

2:00 a.m. ET – Ultimate Challenge MMA Fight Night – UCMMA 26: The Real Deal – Featuring Linton Vassell vs. Aurelijus Kerpe and Stav Economou vs. Tomasz Czerwinski from Feb. 4, 2012 in London, England.

6:00 p.m. ET – Championship Fighting Alliance – Professional MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkle, Luis Palomino and others.

9:00 p.m. ET – Encore of M-1 Challenge 54 LIVE from St. Petersburg, Russia – Featuring Stephan Puetz vs. Valery Myasnikov and Maxim Divnich vs. Dzhambulat Kurbanov.

Friday, Dec. 19

12:00 a.m. ET – It’s Showtime Special – Chronicling classic kickboxing battles from Europe featuring Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Giorgio Petrosyan.

2:00 a.m. ET — Pancrase Fight Night – Classic pioneering MMA battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and others.

4:00 a.m. ET – Best of DEEP: Featuring classic fights from Japanese DEEP promotion including Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai and Gegard Mousasi.

5:00 a.m. ET –Best of Jewels – Fights from the all-female Japanese mixed martial arts league.

1:30 p.m. ET – Tuff Girls – Reality series featuring female Muay Thai fighters on their journey to win a championship in Thailand under renowned trainer Master Toddy.

3:00 p.m. ET – M-1 Challenge – Professional MMA from Europe featuring top rising prospects and international stars.

9:00 p.m. ET – KSW 23 – Featuring Mamed Khalidov vs. Melvin Manhoef, Sean McCorkle vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski and Kendall Grove vs. Michal Materia from June 8, 2013 in Gdansk, Poland.

Saturday, Dec. 20

6:00 a.m. ET – Best of TKO – Featuring Mark Hominick vs. Samuel Guillet from TKO 27, plus Krzysztof Soszynski and Jonathan Goulet.

7:00 a.m. ET – Best of Gladiator Challenge – Featuring Keith Jardine vs. Amir Rahnavardi from Gladiator Challenge 5.

10:00 a.m. ET – Best of SportFight – Top quality MMA from the Pacific Northwest, hosted by UFC veterans Matt Lindland and Chael Sonnen.

5:00 p.m. ET – Hip Show: Arena Combat – Tag-team mixed martial arts inside a 12m X 12m arena with three-level obstacle structures.

6:00 p.m. ET – Toe 2 Toe with Firas Zahabi – Host John Ramdeen interviews Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, trainer to the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald.

6:30 p.m. ET – USA Wrestling Weekly – Scott Casber gives weekly news and analysis centering around USA Wrestling, the sport’s national governing body, including interviews, features and look back at the past.

7:00 p.m. ET –Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of fights from across the globe, including Legend FC, SFL, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, KSW, UCMMA and WFC.

9:00 p.m. ET – BattleGrounds MMA: O.N.E. -Single-night elimination tournament featuring Jesse Taylor, Brock Larson, Roan Carneiro and others from Oct. 3, 2014 in Tulsa, OK.

Sunday, Dec. 21

11:00 a.m. ET — Best of ADCC Submission Fighting – Featuring compilations of the greatest grappling matches ever held, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Eddie Bravo, Fabricio Werdum, Marcelo Garcia, Ronald Souza and Royler Gracie.

12:00 p.m. ET — Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thai National Team.

1:00 p.m. ET – K-1 World MAX 2014 Final – Professional kickboxing featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl in the tournament final, plus Andre Dida vs. Li Yankun and Maximo Suarez vs. Tural Bayramov, from Oct. 11, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand.

3:00 p.m. ET – Enfusion Live 23- Ilias Bulaid vs. Zahid Zairov for the Enfusion – 67kg world title LIVE from Gennep, Netherlands.

11:00 p.m. ET – Enfusion Fight Night – Professional kickboxing featuring Hafid El Boustati vs. Robbie Hageman and Ilona Wijmans vs. Nathalie Visschers, from Nov. 3, 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Trout, Tarver Score Stoppages in ESPN Thursday Night Special

Former undisputed light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver, a decade removed from his landmark second round knockout of the once-great Roy Jones Jr., was in action on Thursday night.

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Jon Jones initially ‘offended’ that Daniel Cormier ‘kill’ comments are being used to promote UFC 182

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CM Punk Describes Soccer-Kicking Fan in Head During Stint on Indy Wrestling Circuit

If you watched ESPN at any point on Wednesday, chances are you caught at least a glimpse of recent UFC signee CM Punk making the rounds at the Bristol, Conn., sports network.

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Video: CM Punk reveals target date for UFC debut, compares himself to Brock Lesnar on ESPN MMA Live

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Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release Of ‘The Interview’ Amid Threats

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Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader. The move came after the largest U.S. movie theater chains said they won’t screen the film in the wake of threats against them by a group that also allegedly hacked Sony’s internal documents.

"We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public," Sony said in a statement. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

Multiple news sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, say Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment will not screen the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Together, the chains control about half of North America’s movie screens.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the theaters "won’t play the film until the conclusion of federal authorities’ investigation into the three-week-old cyberattack on Sony Pictures and subsequent terrorist threats."

NPR has not independently confirmed those reports.

Their decisions deal a blow to the studio, which reportedly spent $44 million to make the film.

The National Association of Theatre Owners said in a statement today "individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer."

A hackers group called Guardians of Peace, in a statement on Tuesday, warned theaters against screening the film.

"The world will be full of fear," the group said. "Remember the 11th of September 2001."

The Department of Homeland Security, however, has said that it does not perceive a credible threat.

Sony’s cyber troubles began late last month when the group hacked the studio’s computer system and released some of its internal documents. This included personal details of its employees, email correspondence of top studio executives, films and scripts. Tuesday’s statement from the group was accompanied by more emails from the studio.

The theater that was to host the movie’s New York premiere canceled the screening late Tuesday. Sony had earlier given theaters permission to not show the film. The studio also withdrew Rogen and Franco from promotional appearances for the movie.


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Watch the UFC 182 Extended Preview Because Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Hate Each Other and Myles Jury Is Out of Lollipops or Something


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And here we have the nine-minute extended video trailer for UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier, which goes down January 3rd in Las Vegas. The verbal beefin’ between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is nothing new, but hey, there’s more of it here. Plus, we get a segment on the lightweight co-main between undefeated 26-year-old Myles Jury and red-hot veteran Donald Cerrone. Myles Jury kind of seems like a real-life version of that “bring a rocket-launcher” guy from the NOS commercials. As for Cerrone…well, you already know who that dude is.

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XFCi 8 defines female GP and establishes Fernando Vieira

XFCi 8 300x199 XFCi 8 defines female GP and establishes Fernando VieiraIn the XFC women’s division, the Season II Flyweight tournament now has its finals confirmed, while the men’s Lightweight & Featherweight tournament sees contenders advance to the semifinals; Brazil reigns supreme of the U.S. competitors.

Saturday Night, December 13th, was the setting for three tournaments in the second season of XFC International competition. Inside Club Concordia, in Campinas, São Paulo, a strong audience enjoyed 12 fights as part of the XFCi 8 card. In the women’s Flyweight (up to 56,7kg) Semifinals, Antonia Silvaneide defeated Debora Ferreira and is now set to face Poliana Botelho in the grand finale tournament championship. The winner will earn a gold medal, then enter the XFC Superfighter Series for their opportunity to become ranked and earn their shot to become a contender for the XFC World Championship Title.

Bantamweight Superfighter Fernando Vieira shines in XFCi 8 Main Event

In the men’s Bantamweight Superfight division, Fernando Vieira secured a Brazilian triumph in the main event of the show, surpassing U.S.A.’s Tyson Nam in a unanimous decision from the judges.

A specialist in jiu-jitsu, Vieira faced a veteran’d kickboxer in the main event of the show. However, the clash of styles was only on paper. The Brazilian did the majority of the striking, connecting solid shots to Nam, through the first and second round. Many attempts at takedowns were made, but only a handful were successful, as Nam showed a well planned and executed defense. Fernando remained composed, even though his world champion level jiu-jitsu could not weaken his opponent. The victory came after three rounds by unanimous decision and moves Vieira higher in the XFC rankings, towards title contention.

“I fought hard, both standing and on the ground, and that makes me very happy. It served to prove that I am always evolving, perfecting myself every day; more in the stand up. I have huge plans for my future in XFC, which hosts an excellent event. Today I got a big win, but I want to go much further inside the organization,” warned Fernando Vieira in his post fight interview live on Rede TV!

In other Superfights, the night included two XFC veterans who left the HeXagon with victories.

In the co-main event, the Women’s Flyweight Tournament Champion of the Season I, Silvana “La Wicked” Gomez, maintained control over Vanessa Melo in all three rounds, but not without a fight. Gomez & Melo was an all out war, with highlight reel threaded punches, a lot of trade off and non-stop pressure from both corners. La Wicked lived up to the hype, stirring up a war in the HeXagon, dominating the fight against Brazilian Vanessa Melo. Using hard combinations, the Argentine showed the talent that qualifies her as one of the stars of the XFC franchise. Even still, Miss Simpatia, as she is known, Vanessa Melo endured the onslaught of her opponent until the end, but the two knockdowns suffered during the fight were decisive for the Silvana’s victory in the unanimous decision. That is Gomez fifth straight victory (3rd in the HeXagon).

In the Lightweight Superfight Feature Bout, Gláucio Eliziário, starred in an intense duel with England’s Jay Furness and secured his fifth career victory; third inside the organization. After the first round with free striking from both sides, the Salvamar leaned heavily on his jiu-jitsu to try to end the duel in the final rounds. The finish did not come as hope, but the Rio de Janeiro native got the nod from the judges with a unanimous decision.

Antonia Silvaneide da Silva guarantees her place in the Season II Women’s International Flyweight Tournament finale

The second season of the XFC now has its first tournament finale set. Antonia Silvaneide da Silva stamped her pass to the tournament championship with a defeat over Debora Ferreira in the opening fight of the main card of XFCi 8.

To ensure her victory, “Marretinha” opted for the strategy of not giving any space to her opponents favored standup game, instead banking on her own takedowns and ground game. Dictating the pace of the fight on the ground, the Kimura Nova União athlete won every round and waited for confirmation of triumph in the count of the side judges, which was unanimous. The Mossoro, RN native will now face Poliana Botelho, for Tournament Gold and the opportunity to then enter the XFC Superfight Series. This comes after Botelho’s match was cancelled on Friday the 12th, after her opponent Taila Santos failed to make weight; giving Botelho an automatic advancement.

Ready to battle, four XFC Featherweights advance to the Semifinals

In clashes that ended the preliminary card of XFCi 8, four fighters ensured their places in the race for the Featherweight Tournament Gold. The Venezuelan, Ranfi Rivas is the only fighter from outside Brazil to advance in the tournament, after the night of fights. Guilherme Faria, Pedro Falcao and Missael Silva all represent Brazil inside the tournament.

With massive support of his crowd inside the arena, Guilherme Faria put on a show and imposed a beautiful knockout over Mexican Carlos Torres, in the first round. Now, the São Paulo native faces Ranfi Rivas, who dispatched the Ecuadorian Giovanni Arroyo from duty with a unanimous decision from the judges.

In what was viewed by many as the best fight of the tournament, Brazil’s Missael Silva and Georgian Paata Robakidze put on a spectacle. High intensity from start to finish, they exchanged blows and forced fans to their feet. Heading into round three, with blood streaming from the broken nose of Paata, the action did not stop until the final bell. In the end, the count of the side judges, awarded the Brazilian a unanimous decision.

Pedro Falcao will be the opponent of Missael in the semifinals. The Rondônia athlete ended the fight in an overwhelming way over his US counterpart Michael Stevens. 66 seconds into the fight was all it took for Pedro to adjust an armbar into place and lead to a celebration of triumph.

With completion and knockout, the Lightweight semifinals are set

With four exciting fights, the audience met the XFC International Lightweight tournament semifinalists of the second season. Brazilian’s Willian Cilli, Rubenilton Pereira and Fernando dos Santos all victorious, as was Egyptian Mohamed Hassan Badawy.

Relying on good number of fans in the arena for support, Willian Cilli finished fellow Brazilian Luiz Henrique Barbosa with a beautiful armbar in the third round of combat. Now, the Chute Boxe athlete will face Egypt’s Mohamed Hassan who debuted at XFCi 8 with a TKO of Alex Franco in the third round.

Rio de Janeiro native Fernando dos Santos secured his place, after dominating all three rounds of his clash against Michel Silva. A win by unanimous decision of the judges advances him to the semi’s. Similarly, Rubenilton Pereira surpassed Wilson dos Santos Fonseca for the right to advance towards tournament gold.

“We had a great night of fights in Campinas. The athletes gave their all to attain victory, never surrendered to the pressures of performing on the Worlds largest stage, and gave the fans what they wanted; which is a great show inside the HeXagon. Vieira looked very good, dominated the entire fight. The tournaments are increasingly attractive with the advancements in our men’s Lightweight and Featherweight Semifinals. The finals are now set for the women’s International Flyweight tournament, featuring Antonia vs Poliana. That fight is between two teammates from one of the best MMA schools in the World, so it’s going to be a war. What an incredible night for the organization and our fans! We promise the next XFC event is going to be even more incredible, I can’t wait until we announce the full card! Happy Holidays Everyone!” said XFC President Myron Molotky, after the big night of XFCi 8.

For more information on the Season II International Tournament & Superfight Series and all the fighters of the XFC, visit www.XFCMMA.com and follow them throughout training camp on all XFC social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+.

RESULTS:

MAIN EVENT SUPERFIGHT: Bantamweight Division
Fernando Vieira 11-2 (BR) def. Tyson Nam 12-8 (USA) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision

CO-MAIN EVENT SUPERFIGHT: W. Flyweight Division
Silvana Gomez 5-0 (ARG) def. Vanessa Melo 3-4 (BR) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision

FEATURE BOUT SUPERFIGHT: Lightweight Division
Glaucio Eliziario 10-2 (BR) def. Jay Furness 10-4 (ENG) via 30-27 via Unanimous Decision; advances to the Semifinals

Women’s Flyweight Semi-finals:
Antonia Silvaneide da Silva 4-1 (BR) def. Debora Ferreira 4-1 (BR) via Unanimous Decision 30-27; advances to Finals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Guilherme Faria 13-5 (BR) def. Carlos Torres 13-6 (MEX) via TKO due to strikes at 3:03 of RD 1; advances to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Willian Cilli 8-3 (BR) def. Luiz Henrique 5-2-1 (BR) via Tapout due to Armbar at 4:49 of RD 2; advances to Semifinals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Pedro Falcao 6-0 (BR) def. Michael Stevens 4-3 (USA) via Tapout due to Armbar at 1:06 of RD 1; advances to Semifinals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Ranfi Rivas 3-1 (VEN) def. Geovanny Arroyo 3-3 (ECU) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision; advances to Semifinals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Missael Silva 10-2 (BR) def. Paata Robakidze 16-4 (GEO) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision; advances to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Fernando dos Santos 8-0 (BR) def. Michel Silva 10-3-1 (BR) via 30-27 Unanimous decision; advances to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Rubenilton Pereira 16-1 (BR) def. Wilson dos Santos Fonseca 3-1 (BR) via Unanimous decision to advance to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Mohamed Hassan Badawy 9-2 (EGY) def. Alex Franco 2-2 (BR) via Tapout due to strikes at 3:23 in RD 3 to advance to Semifinals

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT & SUPERFIGHT SERIES

The Next Generation of MMA fighters are now emerging through the XFC International Tournament Series!

As the fighters go fist to fist in their respective weight classes, their Will to become a Gold Medalist Tournament Champion is challenged. At the end of this season, the Male and Female Tournament Champions will advance to the XFC Superfight Series, where they will have their chance to rise through the ranks and prove themselves as a contender for an XFC World Championship Title!

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Champ Cain Velasquez says he was willing to fight with an injury at UFC 180

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez said that even before a ruptured MCL forced him to pull out of his planned title defense Saturday in Mexico City against Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC 180, he was struggling with another knee injury.

But he so desperately wanted to continue, he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, that he was willing to fight with a torn meniscus. It was only when he ruptured his MCL that he pulled out of the bout.

“I felt it was pretty loose. In training, I felt like my body would switch one way but my leg would kind of stay in one direction. So I kind of felt like it wasn’t stable. It just sucked, you know what I mean? Going through practice everyday, and just limiting [myself], not really doing the stuff that I could do as far as rolling. I tried to roll, some days I could, some days I couldn’t, and I just said, ‘Hey, I’m going to just baby it until I get two weeks out, and once I get two weeks out, I’m going to try to do everything. Kick, be on the ground, it doesn’t matter, but I’m going to do what I can to make the fight.

“And when I finally realized that I can’t do it, it’s just not working for me, it just sucked. It felt like something was destined, you know what I mean. Like, this is where I’m destined to be, I’m destined to fight on this card, and it just didn’t turn out that way. So it was just kind of devastating to me.”

Velasquez hasn’t fought since defeating Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013, in Houston. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return.

He said he believes he’ll be fine once he finishes rehabilitation, and said he had no thought of quitting.

“When I train, I train well. I think if something’s wrong with me, I just kind of work through it. That’s my mentality. If something hurts or something is injured, I think my pain tolerance is pretty high to where, it’s pretty bad where I might need surgery, but I’ll just kind of work through it. So, you know, again it’s part of the sport. We all go through it. I might’ve gone through it more than most, but I’m going to keep doing it.”

Velasquez also seemed to give an edge to Werdum, who will now fight Mark Hunt for the interim title. He’ll meet the winner when he’s healthy.

“I think Mark Hunt just has that knockout power, and that’s pretty much it. I think Werdum, with his length, also if it goes to wrestling, if it goes on the ground, Werdum has it. I think on the feet, with the power that Hunt has, I think he has a good chance of winning it there. But I think that’s pretty much it.”

Velasquez will be in Mexico City to watch Saturday’s bout, but it’s a big blow to the UFC to not have him compete. It is one of a series of major injuries that has sidelined the biggest stars during all or most of 2014. In addition to Velasquez, stars such as Anderson Silva, Anthony Pettis, Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Junior dos Santos haven’t fought yet in 2014.

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