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UFC middleweight Tom “Kong” Watson chimes in on the state of MMA and his upcoming fight at UFC 163 against Thales Leites. The Brash Brit puts his cards on the table, declaring with a wry smile, “I’m the most exciting fighter in MMA” and “I’m surrounded by morons in my profession.” One thing is for sure, the former BAMMA Middleweight Champion has no shortage of confidence. Now, Kong smash!

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UFC welterweight Mike Pyle discusses his upcoming fight against Matt Brown at UFC on Fox Sports 1:1 on Aug. 17 in Boston. Pyle is carrying a four-fight winning streak, while Brown has won his last five bouts.

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One of the most important factors in your striking game is punching efficiency. Boxing instructor Jason Van Veldhuysen goes over three simple workouts to help you improve muscle memory and punch endurance so the techniques you learn and apply later can be utilized to their fullest extent–no matter how many rounds you go. For a more detailed breakdown, be sure to check out the July issue of FIGHT! Magazine, available at a newsstand or bookstore near you, or download the FIGHT! Magazine app to check out the article for free. Also be sure to check out the rest of Jason’s videos on his Youtube Channel at Precision Striking, for more great boxing tips and techniques.

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Chris Leben gives us his thoughts on UFC 162’s main event matchup between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.

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“The California Kid” Urijah Faber dishes on his new MMA Combine, old foe Dominick Cruz, and upcoming opponent Yuri Alcantara

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Tito Ortiz, from “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” to the self-proclaimed “People’s Champion,” the former UFC 205-pound kingpin pioneered MMA’s entertainment factor and fought the biggest names available in his 15 years in the sport. He looks back at his career with FIGHT! Magazine model/super nerd Corissa Furr. Directed and edited by Rick Lee.

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The full-time responsibilities of being a UFC heavyweight prepare Shane del Rosario for giving back to fans inside the cage and an appreciation to do so for as many people as he can outside of it. Directed & Produced by Rick Lee

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Cung Le’s brand of dynamic san shou striking is now available in the octagon and on the silver screen. The former Strikeforce 185-pound titleholder shares with FIGHT! Magazine the secrets behind his success in his dueling high-profile careers. Directed, shot and edited by Rick Lee. Written and produced by Danny Acosta.

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Four major belts are on the line this weekend and another champion enters the cage for a non-title superfight.

On Fri. night, Maximum Fighting Championship makes its first foray into newly MMA-friendly Ontario with MFC 29: Conquer. MFC Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Jimmo (#21 Light Heavyweight) defends his strap against Emmanuel Newton (#25), a man he beat in 2009. MFC Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima will take on challenger and UFC vet Terry Martin. Fellow Octagon vets Hermes Franca, Marcus Davis, David Heath, Marvin Eastman, and Pete Spratt will also appear on the card.

MFC 29: Conquer will air on HDNet at 8 p.m. EST on Fri., April 8. Go here to view the full card.

The next day and a few “kilometres” to the east in Quebec, UFC vets Patrick Cote and Kalib Starnes will tangle at Ringside MMA. Go here to view the full card.

On Sat. night in San Diego, Nick Diaz (#6 Welterweight) will defend his Strikeforce Welterweight Championship against Paul Daley (#11 and Gilbert Melendez (#3 Lightweight) will defend his Strikeforce Lightweight Championship against Tatsuya Kawajiri (#10). The title fights are supported by Gegard Mousasi (#8 Light Heavyweight) vs. late replacement Keith Jardine (#51) and Shinya Aoki (#4 Lightweight) vs. Lyle Beerbohm (#68).

Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley takes place in San Diego, Calif. and airs on Showtime at 10 p.m. on Sat., April 9. Go here to view the complete card.

Also on Sat. night, Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren (#15 Welterweight) will take on Nick Thompson in a non-title superfight at Bellator 40. Winners of Jay Hieron (#19 Welterweight) vs. Brent Weedman (#45) and Michael Chandler (#57 Lightweight) vs. Lloyd Woodard will complete the Welterweight and Lightweight Tournament finals, respectively.

Bellator 40 takes place in Newkirk, Okla. and will air on MTV2 at 9 p.m. EST, Sat., April 9.

Check back on Monday for full results of the weekend’s noteworthy cards, updated rankings and full analysis.

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