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The Motivation of BJ Penn

B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

"It's probably the last time you're ever going to see me in here. I can't keep; I want to perform at the top level. That's it." - BJ Penn's UFC 137 post-fight comments.

After turning down bouts with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck, Penn made headlines this week when he responded to a challenge from prospect turned contender Rory MacDonald.

What changed Penn's mind?

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Video: Kenny Florian on PED’s in MMA

If you don't already know, Kenny Florian's stance is music to my ears.

Report: George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho Booked for UFC 149 in July

Antonio "Pato" Carvalho. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

"Ultimate Fighter" alumnus George Roop will reportedly take on well-traveled veteran Antonio "Pato" Carvalho in a featherweight matchup scheduled for the UFC's first-ever trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada at UFC 149 on July 21.

Word of the bout was first reported by Sportsnet.ca, citing sources close to the event. UFC 149 is slated to be headlined by Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be named.

Roop enters the bout on a two-fight losing streak, dropping a split decision to Hatsu Hioki in October that was followed up by a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 2 in January.

Carvalho fell in his UFC debut at UFC 142, losing a unanimous decision to Brazilian prospect Felipe Arantes. The 32-year-old has won three straight fights prior.

Report: Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Likely for UFC 149 in Calgary

Thiago Alves. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

A welterweight bout between struggling former contenders Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama has reportedly been targeted for UFC 149, which is scheduled for July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The news comes from MMAFighting.com. UFC 149 is slated to be headlined by Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be named.

Alves is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 last month, submitting to a gullotine choke in the final moments of their bout after appearing to be on his way to a victory.

After winning a close split decision over Alan Belcher in his UFC debut nearly three years ago at UFC 100, Akiyama has gone on to drop four straight bouts. He suffered consecutive losses to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort before dropping down to the welterweight division and falling to Jake Shields in his last appearance at UFC 144 in February.

Quote of the Day: Michael Schiavello Says Alistair Overeem Hasn’t Technically Cheated

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

"Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And 'B,' everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we're calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?

Longtime MMA play-by-play announcer Michael Schiavello takes the alternative route and questions whether or not Alistair Overeem has done wrong following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone under the watch of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

It's an interesting point, but one that misses the mark completely if you're against PED's in the sport altogether.

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Alistair Overeem’s Nevada License Hearing Set for April 24

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has formally filed for a license to fight in the state of Nevada and will be forced to meet with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in order to do so following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer sent out a release to the media earlier today. 

Overeem's positive test was revealed last week, putting his scheduled clash with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on Memorial Day Weekend in severe jeopardy. 

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UFC Primetime “Jones vs. Evans”, Episode One

Above is the first episode from the latest edition of UFC Primetime. which follows UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former title holder Rashad Evans in the weeks leading up to their anticipated grudge match at UFC 145, which takes place on April 21, 2012 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Three Bouts Added to The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale in Las Vegas

Jonathan Brookins. Photo by Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun.

A trio of bouts have been added to "The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale", which is scheduled to take place on June 1 at The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Among the fights announced by the UFC on Friday included featherweight battles between slick grappler Charles Oliveira and former "TUF" winner Jonathan Brookins, Hawaii native Max Holloway and Minnesota prospect Pat Schilling and "TUF 14" alumnus John Albert and Byron Bloodworth.

Headlining the event will be a pivotal welterweight clash between top contenders Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann with the winner in line for a UFC welterweight title shot between injured reigning champ Georges St. Pierre and interim title holder Carlos Condit.

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UFC Adds Hecht vs. Pierson, Salas vs. Means to Return to Florida in June

Sean Pierson. Photo courtesy of Rene Johnston/Toronto Star.

Two more bouts have been added to the fight card for UFC on FX 3, which will now take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 8 after the city of Fort Lauderdale won the "Hometown Throwdown" contest in conjunction with the UFC and Harley-Davidson.

Marc Fiore pupil Jake Hecht will take on Canadian veteran Sean Pierson in a welterweight bout and King of the Cage lightweight champion Tim Means will face Grudge Training Center's Justin Salas.

UFC on FX 3 is slated to be headlined by a flyweight tournament semifinal bout between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson.

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Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen Signed for UFC 149 in Calgary

Mitch Clarke. Photo courtesy of The Star-Phoenix.

A lightweight battle between Canadian native Mitch Clarke and Finnish grappler Anton Kuivanen has been booked for the UFC's debut in Calgary, Alberta.

The promotion announced the bout for UFC 149 on July 21 early this morning. The event will be headlined by Jose Aldo making another defense of his UFC featherweight title against an opponent to be named.

Both Clarke and Kuivanen excelled in their respective regionial circuits before falling in their UFC debuts. Clarke suffered a second-round TKO loss to John Cholish at UFC 140 in December while Kuivanen dropped a unanimous decision to Justin Salas at UFC on FUEL TV 1 in February.

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