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Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez is on a mission from San Francisco to Japan to be the best fighter in the world. Directed by Rick Lee and Written/Produced Danny Acosta. Music provided by LD and Ariano (www.facebook.com/LDandAriano)

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Tune in right here at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST, Fri., Feb. 25 for live streaming video of the UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch Fight Club Q&A and Weigh Ins. The event will take place at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, the site of Saturday night’s fights. The card is headlined by former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn (#2 Welterweight) and perennial welterweight challenger Jon Fitch (#3), with the winner promised a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship. The catch is that its possible that the championship will be vacant by the time either man gets his shot, as UFC President Dana White has stated that if Georges St-Pierre (#1) – who has beaten both Penn (twice) and Fitch (once) – beats Jake Shields (#4) at UFC 129, he will vacate his belt to fight at 185 pounds.

UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch will air live on pay per view in the United States on Sat., Feb. 26 with two preliminary fights airing on ION Television and two preliminary fights streaming on Facebook.com/UFC. Go here to view the full UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch fight card.

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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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I sifted through every secondhand VHS, DVD and pixilated web video to round up the 10 best MMA knockouts you’ve never seen for the Oct. issue of FIGHT! Eight of those 10 are available online so we’ll be bringing you two per day, Tues. through Friday If you want more info on each fight, you’ll have to pick up the magazine when it hits newsstands on Sept. 29. Of course, if you subscribed, you’d probably have it already.

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(“The Fighter” captures two months spent living and training with the Skrap Pack. Props to MovieMaker76.)

Each week, FIGHT! brings you the best from our friends around the web.

– Justin Wren’s Journey To the Heart of Darkness (Cage Potato)

– Don King Says Boxing Could Learn A Lot from The UFC (MMA Fighting)

– If Stann can’t get Wand, he’ll settle for Bisping or Belfort (LowKick)

– Five lessons we learned for UFC Fight for the Troops II (Versus MMA Beat)

Herschel Walker: ‘This is not a gimmick for me. This is life.’ (FiveOuncesofPain)

– Ricco Rodriguez to begin his road back to the UFC against James McSweeney at BAMMA 5 (MiddleEasy)

– A tribute to Chuck Liddell (ProFighting-Fans)

– Watch Hatsu Hioki choke Mark Hominick unconscious (MMAScraps)

– Legend FC 4: Pang vs. Nam Hits PPV On Fri. (5thRound)

– Both UFC and Strikeforce planning 2011 events in Japan (MMAConvert)

– Elimination round for TUF 13 nixed by UFC and Spike (SBNation/MMA)

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Erik Koch talks his WEC 52 knockout of the night victory and is eyeballing the winner of Jose Aldo-Josh Grispi. Interview by Danny Acosta. Video by Rick Lee.

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Each week FIGHT! brings you the best from our friends around the web.

– Logan Stanton Is Still Very Attractive *PICS* (Cage Potato)

– Five Lessons: UFC 121 Edition (Versus MMA Beat)

– Dana White: Brock Lesnar Is Not Going Back to WWE (LowKick)

– Court McGee Not Entirely Pleased With Performance in UFC 121 Win (MMA Fighting)

– The IRS Put a Lien On James Toney’s UFC 118 Fight Purse (MMA Convert)

– Marquardt vs. Okami Winner Guaranteed Title Shot (Heavy.com/MMA)

– Bellator Finalizes Line-Up for Thursday Night’s Season-Ending Event (Five Ounces of Pain)

– Matt Horwich Discusses Meeting His Wife on Craigslist (MiddleEasy)

– Herb Dean Talks Refereeing and Judging and His New Line of Condoms (MMA Scraps)

– UFC President Dana White Talks Jon Jones, Jose Aldo on the Fight Fix (SBNation.com/MMA)

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It was a busy weekend, what with Bellator on Thursday, the UFC Fan Expo opening on Friday, Dream.14 early Saturday morning and UFC 114 poppin’ off on Saturday night. And so it’s understandable that not every noteworthy news bite got the attention it was due. Here’s what you might have missed over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Matt Hughes, UFC Hall of Famer

On Friday, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes joined Chuck Liddell, Charles “Mask” Lewis, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, and Mark Coleman in the UFC Hall of Fame. “Country Breakfast” accepted the strange glass plaque with humility, saying that, “Shaking hands, signing autographs, being a world title holder and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, this is beyond what I ever would have pictured my life being.” The former champ has a long-standing tradition of putting his foot in his mouth, but if you want to find out where he’s really coming from, check out our May 2009 covers story. http://www.fightmagazine.com/mma-magazine/mma-article.asp?issid=21&aid=276

Shenanigans

According to Loretta Hunt < http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Tennessee-Commission-Recommends-Suspensions-Fines-for-Strikeforce-Brawl-24757>, the Tennessee Athletic Commission will issue five fines and suspensions to parties involved in the post-fight tomfoolery at Strikeforce Nashville. One of those fine/suspension combo platters is expected to be served to UFC fighter Nate Diaz, and according to MMAWeekly < http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=11641&zoneid=13>, the UFC will honor the any suspension handed down.

Jon Anik Can Pay His Mortgage For At Least Three More Months

This weekend ESPN announced that it would continue to broadcast MMA Live on ESPN2 through August 2010. The show, which premiered online in 2008, will still be available on ESPN.com.

Arona To Find New Life In the Octagon?


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According to Mike Chiappetta, Pride veteran Ricardo Arona met with Dana White over UFC 114 weekend and hopes to sign with the UFC. Arona’s career petered out during the same time frame that MMA was exploding stateside, so it will be interesting to see if he can return to form in the UFC.

A Small Salute on Memorial Day

Last but certainly not least, FIGHT! wants to take a minute to honor American servicemen and women past and present. More than a few of them – including Brian Stann, Tim Kennedy, Tim Credeur and Jorge Rivera have found homes in MMA, and like many veterans, they continue to devote time and energy to the service of others. Whether it’s Brian Stann’s Hire Heroes project or Ranger Up’s Training the Troops program, the work they do is important and worthy of attention, as are events like the Fight for the Troops card in Mosul, Iraq that FIGHT! Magazine attended last fall. So for what it’s worth, ya’ll, FIGHT! salutes you.

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Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal echoes Rashad Evans’ accusations that Rampage Jackson is a so-called “Uncle Tom” and says that Evans is better in every area of the fight game.

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With UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, what you see is what you get. The TUF 10 alum has had his share of ups and downs in the Octagon, but he wakes up every morning with one goal—to win the UFC Heavyweight Title.

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