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Dan Hardy responds to Jon Fitch's UFC release

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The UFC dropped a bombshell today with the release of former Welterweight contender Jon Fitch. Many fans lashed out at the promotion's decision to retain fighters with worse records recently. Dan Hardy, who was kept on the roster after losing 4 consecutive fights, was a prime target. This is how Hardy responded to that criticism.

With his PSAC suspension just lifted, Nate Marquardt now responds to his recent critics in an...

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With his PSAC suspension just lifted, Nate Marquardt now responds to his recent critics in an interview with MMA Junkie: "Some of the fighters that think they're so cool and tough by kicking a guy when he's down – as far as my career, this has been one of the worst times of my life, and these guys are calling me a cheater and talking crap – I've taken note as to who those guys are, and I'm going to come for them. Eventually, I'll get them. I don't care if it's in a superfight or if they want to come down to my gym. I'll beat them up for free." "I think you know who these guys are – Ben Askren, B.J. Penn, Paul Daley, Hector Lombard, cowards talking crap about a guy when he's in such a situation. They're trying to take advantage of the situation. They're bullies. Those are the guys I want to beat up." "I'm not putting the blame on everyone else," Marquardt said. "Everyone had their little piece of fault, but I accept my part in the blame. The fault that I had, I take responsibility for. There are a few little things that if I could go back in time and change them, I wouldn't be in this position. There's things I'm doing now that will prevent this from ever happening again or ever becoming an issue. "The truth is going to come out over time. It has already started to come back. I was under suspension for literally less than three weeks, and my suspension was lifted. I didn't get any fines. This hasn't happened before in this sport, and it shows that I wasn't cheating. I have hope. There are crap-talkers like B.J. Penn who want to kick a guy when he's down, and I would love to fight that guy."

The UFC has signed Swedish judo specialist, Papy Abedi (8-0), who was the #1 ranked middleweight on...

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The UFC has signed Swedish judo specialist, Papy Abedi (8-0), who was the #1 ranked middleweight on BloodyElbow.com's world scouting report. Abedi's manager confirmed the news with Sherdog and also suggested that Abedi will drop down to 170 lbs for his UFC debut, which has no date or opponent scheduled yet. Photo: Simen Kjellin

Following his dominant decision victory over veteran, Nick Thompson, at Bellator 40 last night,...

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Following his dominant decision victory over veteran, Nick Thompson, at Bellator 40 last night, reigning Bellator welterweight champ, Ben Askren, revealed to Sherdog that he would be moving to Milwaukee to train full-time with Duke Roufus's team, alongside Anthony Pettis, Erik Koch, and Pat Barry: "I will, for the first time in my life, be a full-time professional fighter. I am gonna move to Milwaukee to train under Duke Roufus. If you thought I was okay now, I might get a little bit better now that it’s full-time." Thompson, meanwhile, suggested that he would be retiring from active MMA competition following a 53-fight career: "I’m a fan of Ben Askren and it was an honor for this to be my last fight." -- photo via Keith Mills/Sherdog.com Bellator 40 coverage

Another day, another opponent for Amir Sadollah at UFN 24. First it was Duane Ludwig, and now...

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Another day, another opponent for Amir Sadollah at UFN 24. First it was Duane Ludwig, and now James Wilks has bowed out of a fight with the TUF 7 winner due to injury. In their place, TUF 9 runner-up DaMarques Johnson will step in and meet Sadollah on the Spike TV-televised main card, according to UFC.com UFC Fight Night 24 coverage

Johny Hendricks steps in for the injured Dennis Hallman, and faces TJ Waldburger in a welterweight...

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Johny Hendricks steps in for the injured Dennis Hallman, and faces TJ Waldburger in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 24 later this month in Seattle, according to MMA Junkie. Photo: Scott Petersen for MMA Weekly UFC Fight Night 24 coverage

Mike Swick reveals on Facebook that his UFC Fight for the Troops 2 bout with David Mitchell has...

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Mike Swick reveals on Facebook that his UFC Fight for the Troops 2 bout with David Mitchell has been scrapped: "I got the call yesterday that David Mitchell backed out due to an injury and considering my current situation we opted to put off the fight all together. I have been dealing with with my esophageal condition this whole camp and its taken a toll on my body. I will need more time to seek better treatment to ensure I can compete at this level." UFC Fight for the Troops 2 coverage

Fresh off a submission-of-the-night performance at UFC 121, Daniel "Ninja" Roberts (11-1, 2-1 UFC)...

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Fresh off a submission-of-the-night performance at UFC 121, Daniel "Ninja" Roberts (11-1, 2-1 UFC) will face Greg Soto (8-1, 1-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout at UFC 125 on New Years Day. Roberts announced the booking on his Twitter account. UFC 125: Resolution coverage Photo: UFC

Carlos Condit tells MMA Junkie he was offered a fight with Jon Fitch, but wants some time off and...

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Carlos Condit tells MMA Junkie he was offered a fight with Jon Fitch, but wants some time off and then, possibly, Chris Lytle or Diego Sanchez: "It just didn't work out as far as timing went. I didn't think I was going to be able to get a long enough camp in for Fitch for the time period that they were wanting me to fight." "I think (Chris Lytle) would be a great fight. Lytle always comes to put on exciting shows, and that's obviously what I like to do also." "I wouldn't be against (a fight against Diego Sanchez). Honestly, I think Diego's going back to 155, but if they wanted me to fight him, and the incentive was there, I would do it. They'd have to do it here in Albuquerque and make it a big old thing." -- photo via UFC.com

Jake Ellenberger repeatedly calls out Jake Shields on Twitter. "Cagewriter spoke with Ellenberger...

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Jake Ellenberger repeatedly calls out Jake Shields on Twitter. "Cagewriter spoke with Ellenberger via text, and he said that both Jake Shields and the UFC have not responded to his tweets. "But it's only a matter of time. Fake Shields is a fraud. Excuse me, Miss Piggy is a fraud," Ellenberger said. Why Miss Piggy? "When he fights, he reminds me of Miss Piggy, with hs softness and feminine charm." Ellenberger's beef with Shields comes from before both fighters were with the UFC. He says that he had a signed contract to fight Shields, but Shields' father (and manager) pulled him out of the bout because it was a bad match-up. Ellenberger admits that Condit and Fitch also have a claim on a bout with Shields, but, "I hate him more." HT: Maggie Hendricks at CageWriter
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