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Video: Uriah Hall’s epic TUF 17 KO of Adam Cella

If you didn't see it yet, be sure to check out Uriah Hall's ridiculous KO of Adam Cella from last night's TUF 17 episode on FX. The above video has multiple replays of the finishing blow as well as Hall's comments on his performance.

It also raises an interesting question: Can a fight from TUF be nominated for KO of the year?

Bellator announces “Fight Master” reality show for summer debut on Spike

Randy Couture. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

Bellator's anticipated trek into the world of reality television will air on Spike this summer and will be led by some legendary company.

UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, former multiple-promotion champion Frank Shamrock, renowned coach Greg Jackson and former Bellator featherweight title holder Joe Warren will serve as coaches on the inaugural season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA".

Bellator and Spike officials held a press conference on Tuesday to formally announce the project. The show will feature 32 up-and-coming welterweight prospects vying for a spot in a Bellator welterweight tournament this fall.

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UFC releases first set of fighter rankings

Anthony Pettis. Photo property of the UFC.

The UFC made public their inaugural set of fighter rankings on Tuesday. 

The rankings include the eight current men's divisions as well as a pound-for-pound list. A ranking of the women's bantamweight division was not included for obvious reasons. 

You can check out the full set after the jump. The UFC's official page as well as a list of the panel of media members and their individual lists can be seen here.

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Watch the Bellator 87 prelim bouts at 7:30 PM ET on MMA on Tap

Check back here at 8 PM ET for the live Bellator 86 preliminary bouts, which are topped by a lightweight meeting between "TUF" season ten contestant Sevak Magakian and local Michigan product Jason Fischer.

UFC on FOX 6 Notebook: Pettis will wait for title shot, Dana White on Rampage & more

Anthony Pettis. Photo courtesy of Showtime Striking Systems.

After three straight wins over a trio of the UFC's toughest and most durable lightweights, including a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 last night, former WEC champion Anthony Pettis is content to wait for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt if a crack at it is set in stone for him.

"If it's a guaranteed title shot, I'm waiting," Pettis said at the event's post-fight press conference. "That's what my goals are. It's one of my goals this year. If it's next, I'm going to wait, get better and get what's mine."

Pettis has been guaranteed a UFC title shot once before. As the last reigning WEC lightweight champion, Pettis was slated to meet the winner of a January 2011 title fight between then champion Frankie Edgar and rival Gray Maynard.

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Ben Askren bloodies and batters Karl Amoussou to retain title, King Mo scores win in Bellator debut

Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Ben Askren is evolving.

On a night that many expected Askren's smothering top position and submissions to do Karl Amoussou in, it was Askren's new ground-and-pound that put away the Frenchman in his latest Bellator welterweight title defense in the main event of Bellator 86 on Thursday night at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Prior to the bout, Askren predicted a finish and he delivered. It was his second stoppage under the Bellator banner and his first since he submitted Ryan Thomas in his promotional debut back in April 2010.

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Watch the Bellator 86 preliminary bouts at 8 PM ET on MMA on Tap

Check back here at 8 PM ET for the live Bellator 86 preliminary bouts, which are topped by a welterweight contest between returning Bellato tourney vet Raul Amaya and seasoned Brazilian fight circuit veteran Jose Gomes.

Five things to watch for: Bellator 86

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Image courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Bellator's coming out party on Spike's airwaves resumes tonight with Bellator 86, emanating from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and headlined by a welterweight world title tilt between champion Ben Askren and challenger Karl Amoussou.

The return of Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal tops the undercard which will complete the light heavyweight tournament quarterfinals and kick off the welterweight pairings as well. The main card festivities begin at 10 PM ET on Spike. You can also watch all of the preliminary bouts starting at 8 PM ET right here on MMA on Tap.

After the jump, check out five things that you should watch for during tonight's telecast.

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Watch the UFC on FOX 6 pre-fight press conference at 2 PM ET on MMA on Tap

Check back here at 2 PM ET for the live pre-fight press conference for Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson will join Rampage Jackson, Glover Teixeira, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone on the podium.

Previewing UFC on Fox 5: The Main Card

Benson Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The UFC hits Seattle on Saturday night with UFC on Fox 5 which is arguably their most stacked card of the year. In the main event, Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against Nate Diaz. Henderson, who is riding a five fight winning streak, will look to prove his doubters wrong when he takes on the versatile Stockton, California native.

The card also includes an intriguing welterweight matchup between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald. Penn, who is coming out of retirement, has a lot to prove after a lackluster two years in the octagon. He’ll be in tough with MacDonald who has consistently looked stronger with each outing.

Rounding out the main card is a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson plus a welterweight clash between Mike Swick and Matt Brown.

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