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Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, June 6th:
Robbie Lawler's first fight after a long layoff will be within near walking distance of where he trains, but Derek Bolender says Lawler thinks preparation will trump location when he meets Jake Shields in a highly anticipated bout Saturday night.
Robbie Lawler prefers throwing big bombs to blurting big words.
WEC 41: Faber vs. Brown II, June 7th:
Micah Miller: Brown by man strength.
Sergio Non, USA Today: It will be a much tougher, longer fight this time, but Brown has the tactical acumen to get past Faber's whirling dervish style and the strength to keep him grounded.
Urijah's video blog.
Affliction Trilogy: Fedor vs. Barnett, August 1st:
"I don’t believe Lyoto’s UFC title was a great accomplishment for Machida as much as it was a great accomplishment for the Ultimate Fighting Championships, its fans and fellow Martial Artists! It is truly the Machida Era of MMA. It is truly the era of The Martial Artist! And I bow!"
"I felt, weeks before the fight even happened, like I was losing, but there was nothing I could do about it," he said. "There was times I would storm out of practice, upset, getting my ass kicked in practice. There was nothing I could do about it. I would go to sleep; I would be just so depressed about it because I felt like I was falling and there was nothing I could do."