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Jones-Evans Trash Talks Begins at First UFC 145 Press Conference

Screenshot from today's press conference courtesy of UFC.com.

Things were relatively tame for the most part, but you can feel the underlying hatred between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans is starting to seep through the cracks and that heated words are about to exchanged between the two in the months to come.

Jones, Evans and UFC President Dana White converged upon the media to formally announce Jones' next light heavyweight title defense at UFC 145, which will take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21.

Full video of today's presser is after the jump.

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Previewing UFC on Fuel 1: The Main Card

Diego Sanchez. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Fresh off of an event last weekend, the UFC is getting right back into the swing of things with a special Wednesday show, their first-ever on FUEL TV. Luckily for Comcast subscribers and other who don’t have/aren’t able to get the network, this week is a free preview week and a lot of carriers are taking part.

So two days from now Jake Ellenberger is going to put his status at a top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division on the line against hard-nosed veteran Diego Sanchez, is who riding a win streak of his own and looking to return to the division’s upper-echelon.

UFC on Fuel TV 1 will also feature a heavyweight collision between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman as well as a middleweight battle pitting Aaron Simpson against Ronny Markes. Here’s a preview of the main card, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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Video: Rockhold vs Jardine Weigh-ins

In the above video courtesy of Strikeforce, check out the weigh-ins for tomorrow night's "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and airs live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

Rockhold, Jardine on Target for Strikeforce

Luke Rockhold. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

All 18 fighters scheduled to compete at tomorrow night's Strikeforce "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event, slated for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, successfully made weight.

Saturday night’s main event features upstart Luke Rockhold making the first defense of his Strikeforce middleweight crown against Keith Jardine. Other televised bouts include former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal going up against dangerous striker Lorenz Larkin and slugger Robbie Lawler battling Adlan Amagov.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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Previewing Strikeforce “Rockhold vs Jardine”

Keith Jardine. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Less than a month since their last venture, Strikeforce kicks off the New Year with another event on Showtime. Saturday night’s main event features upstart Luke Rockhold making the first defense of his Strikeforce middleweight crown against seasoned UFC veteran Keith Jardine.

Other televised bouts include former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal going up against dangerous striker Lorenz Larkin and slugger Robbie Lawler battling Adlan Amagov.

Here’s a preview of the show’s main card, which takes place at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and airs on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

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Previewing UFC 140: The Main Card

Lyoto Machida. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.

Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 140

Jon Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe, but UFC 140 is already upon us. The event, which is headlined by Jon Jones making his second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title, emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday night.

Jones will put his belt on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida, who secured another crack at the title courtesy of a highlight-reel KO of UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture back in April. UFC 140 will also feature an important rematch between former champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as a battle between younger brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC icon Tito Ortiz.

An embedded video after the jump features "Countdown to UFC 140" which previews the three high-profile contests that will take place this weekend.

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Previewing UFC 139: The Prelims

Ryan Bader. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The UFC will visit San Jose, California for the first time in the promotion’s history this Saturday for UFC 139, which takes place at the HP Pavilion, the former unofficial home base for Scott Coker and Strikeforce.

UFC 139 is headlined by a light heavyweight battle between Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson and recently dethroned UFC champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, with the winner likely in line to face either Jon Jones or Lyoto Machida for the UFC title early next year.

Here’s a look at the event’s preliminary bout, which features a total of seven bouts that sport a former WEC champion, a one-time “TUF” winner, undefeated prospects and much more.

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Video: UFC 134 Extended Preview

Here's an extended preview of the UFC's return to Brazil next Saturday for UFC 134, which takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a UFC middleweight title bout between reigning champion Anderson Silva and the last man to hand him a loss, number one contender Yushin Okami.

Previewing Strikeforce Challengers 17

Sarah Kaufman. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Strikeforce will hold its first-ever show in the Las Vegas area with “Strikeforce Challengers 17”, which takes place this evening at the Palms Casino Resort, a frequent stop for the UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” finales.

The event is headlined by the third meeting between rivals Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker, who each have a win over one another heading into their rubber match. Also scheduled is a women's bout between former welterweight champion Sarah Kaufmann and former Marine Liz Carmouche as well as a light heavyweight attraction between rising contender Ovince St. Preux and Joe Cason.

The five-fight main card will be televised live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

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