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Who Cares if Brock Lesnar Returns?

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Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t go getting your pants in a bundle because Brock Lesnar is not coming back to the UFC — at least, not in the foreseeable future. Would anyone seriously care if he did, though? I mean, he kind of left at the perfect time, for him at least. Lesnar had a pretty solid career; he was able to capture the belt and even defend it once! That is more than most Light-Heavyweights can say. Lesnar lost the belt to Cain Velasquez, and after battling some medical problems he came back to the Octagon and received a one-sided beating at the hands of Alistair Overeem. It was after his last loss that Lesnar decided to retire from MMA.

At the time, Lesnar was a huge draw. He was a crossover star that was able to generate new fans from the pro-wrestling scene and was able to win over some old fans due to his athletic ability. His biggest contribution to date, though, in my opinion, was he gave the Heavyweight class something to shoot for. Lesnar gave the Heavyweight guys a champion and dared someone to knock him off. It was during his reign that he the UFC was able to build new stars, and pitting them against Lesnar was always a huge draw.

But his time is over.

The Heavyweight division is now deeper than it has ever been with new stars emerging in every fight. Right now, Travis Browne, Fabricio Werdum, Stipe Miocic and a couple others all have exciting match-ups on the horizon. It should be obvious that the UFC has enough star-power at its helm; it just needs to learn to use it.

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Dana White Doesn’t Think Conor McGregor Can Beat Rafael dos Anjos

Things are getting interesting ahead of UFC 196. The headlining fight at that March 5 pay-per-view event will see UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor move up to lightweight to face the champion of that division Rafael dos Anjos. If McGregor succeeds he will become the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two different divisions simultaneously. The oddsmakers have McGregor as the favorite ahead of the fight. UFC president Dana White doesn’t necessarily hold the same opinion.

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Ronda Rousey’s Mom Predicted Holly Holm Would Knock Her Out

Dr. AnnMaria De Mars is the first woman ever to win a gold medal at the World Judo Championship doing so in 1984. She is also the mother of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Further she may be the most vocal critic of Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Appearing on Submission Radio De Mars once again spoke out on Tarverdyan commenting on Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. “I predicted it in advance Ronda trained with an idiot and a fraud” said De Mars.

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Ronda Rousey’s Coach Breaks Silence on KO Loss to Holly Holm

We haven’t heard much from Ronda Rousey or her camp about the loss Rousey suffered to Holly Holm in November. Sure Rousey recently hosted Saturday Night Live and briefly addressed her UFC 193 knockout loss in her monologue but as far as detailed comments on the fight there has been mostly silence. That changed earlier this week when Rousey’s trainer Edmond Tarverdyan spoke to ESPN. Tarverdyan took a lot of heat in the days following the fight. Most of that heat was generated when his fighter bloodied and breathing from her mouth sat down on her stool at the end of Round 1.

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Dana White Responds to Jose Aldo’s Demand for Conor McGregor Rematch

On Thursday UFC president Dana White appearing on the “Opie and Jim Norton” radio show said “It’s one of those things; we made the fight the first time and he got hurt and had to pull out. Then we made it again and it ended in 13 seconds. It’s tough to make that fight again right away. Plus Conor wants to be a two-belt champion so he wants to fight dos Anjos.” While White didn’t totally rule out an Aldo versus McGregor rematch his comments make the fight seem unlikely. McGregor’s next fight will take place on March 5 when he moves up to lightweight to try and capture Rafael dos Anjos’ title.

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