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  • We want your UFC 164 picks

    Who will take home this fashionable accessory? (USA Today)The lightweight belt will be on the line at UFC 164 in Milwaukee on Saturday. We want to know who you think will win. You know the drill. Pick a fight from the main card, head to Cagewriter's Facebook page, and tell us who you think will win and why. Here are the fights to choose from:

    Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis - for UFC lightweight title
    Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
    Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes
    Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
    Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier

    Come hang out on Facebook and share your picks. Select picks will show up here on Friday.

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  • Five questions that will be answered by UFN 27

    Martin Kampmann, Roy Hibbert and Carlos Condit. Why not? (Getty)The UFC starts taking over Wednesday nights on Fox Sports 1 with Ultimate Fight Night 27. Here are the questions floating over these fights.

    Will Carlos Condit or Martin Kampmann return to title contention? The welterweight division is crowded with possible contenders, and this fight will serve as a weeding out. The winner will have a shot at the top of the rankings, and the loser will have a long road back.

    Can Donald Cerrone put aside arrest to focus on fight? Cerrone was recently arrested and charged with a misdemeanor assault charge due to "boat rage." It's not the kind of thing you want to deal with while preparing for a fight with Rafael dos Anjos. Will he be able to keep his mind on the fight?

    Is Erik Perez the real deal? "El Goyito" has three fights in the UFC, and they all ended with first-round wins for Perez. He's fighting bantamweight veteran Takeya Mizugaki, who is on a two-fight win streak. Will Perez get a win and jump up the rankings?

    Can Bubba McDaniel make it in the UFC? Before he was a castmember on "The Ultimate Fighter," McDaniel had a long career fighting for second and third-tier shows. TUF gave him a chance, and he won his first fight on the TUF finale. Now, he will face fellow TUF alum Brad Tavares, who won his last three fights. Will McDaniel make his place in the Octagon?

    Do fans have an appetite for this much MMA? There are fights on Wednesday, Saturday and next Wednesday. Though much of it is on cable and not a pay-per-view, it's still a whole lot of fighting. Will fans tune in for every bit of it?

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  • D.C. latest city to plan bid for 2024 Olympics

    (Getty)Washington, D.C., is the latest city to throw its hat in the ring for the 2024 Olympics. A group called D.C. 2024 was unveiled to explore the idea of the Olympics coming to the nation's capitol.

    “I think great cities honestly think great thoughts and think big-picture,” Bob Sweeney head of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance said to the Washington Post. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

    First, D.C. will have to beat out other U.S. cities in the eyes of the USOC. Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have all started the bid process.

    But D.C. has some ground to make up to the other U.S. cities. They're months behind cities like Boston and Los Angeles and they have to work on experience and fundraising. In preparing a bid, cities bid to host international sporting events to show their readiness. Boston was recently awarded the 2016 figure skating world championships, which could be a key event in their bid. L.A. regularly hosts international events, and their 1984 Olympics ushered in a new era of Olympic host city success.

    The United States bid on the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and lost both times in embarrassing fashion. When it came time to bid for 2020, the United States decided to sit the bidding process out because of a now-resolved disagreement with the IOC over television revenues. The 2020 Olympics will go to Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo, with the decision coming in just a few weeks.

    New York and Chicago, the losing bid cities in 2012 and 2016, both declined to get back in the bid game. The costs to hosting the Olympics are part of the reason why. The USOC said it costs nearly $3 billion, which doesn't include the price of building new venues. Depending on what already is in place in a city, the true price is closer to $5 or 6 billion.

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  • Steve Weatherford shows punters can have washboard abs, too

    (Instagram)New York Giants' punter Steve Weatherford would like you to know he has some awesome abs. He showed them off on Instagram while having a "flex-off" with a visitor to the Giants facility. Punters aren't known for being the most ripped players on the team, but Weatherford, who averaged 47.5 yards per punt last season, is changing that stereotype. He bills himself as a motivational speaker, so perhaps the abs pic is just a tool to motivate his followers to do their crunches.

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  • Wanderlei Silva wants to fight Chael Sonnen so badly he made a yelling video about it

    In the video above, Wanderlei Silva has some very strong words for Chael Sonnen. He calls Sonnen, who has been pushing for a fight with Silva since he lost to Jon Jones in April, a "butt face." Silva claims Sonnen is hiding behind a camera, and he turned the other way when Silva tried to confront him in person.

    This video, which was lit like a junior high haunted house, was posted the day after news broke that Silva was demanding extra pay to fight Sonnen. UFC president Dana White said in a text message to MMA Fighting that Silva was demanding pay-per-view points, or a percentage of the pay-per-view sales. It's an arrangement that is only in place for the UFC's biggest draws.

    But the anger Silva shows here may signal he's willing to fight without extra money. He tweeted about the fight, as well.

    Vitor Belfort also recently asked for a fight with Sonnen. With so many suitors, who do you want to see Sonnen fight? Speak up on Facebook.

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  • Dana White’s video blog shows the aftermatch of Ultimate Fight Night 26

    The UFC kicks off a busy, two-event fight week with a look back at their last big event. Check out Dana White's video blog to see behind the scenes from Ultimate Fight Night 26 in Boston. Watch out for:

    -- McGregor talking about his knee, which ended up being a torn ACL, then meeting Robert Kraft and Oscar De La Hoya.

    -- A before and after of Joe Lauzon's face when he fought Michael Johnson.

    -- Brad Pickett and McGregor talking, probably about the Royal Baby. OK, probably not.

    -- Travis Browne taking a second after knocking out Alistair Overeem to realize what he had just done.

  • Conor McGregor and Ben Askren: Where do they fall on Cagewriter’s hot or not list?

    (Getty)Who had a good week in the world of MMA, and who didn't?

    Hot -- Ben Askren: The Bellator welterweight champ is 12-0 and at the end of his contract. Now, Bellator is saying they will let him go to the UFC without trying to stop him.

    Not -- Stefan Struve: The UFC heavyweight is having a bad health week for a very tough reason. He was diagnosed with heart problems, and he his fight career is on hiatus as this problem is treated with medication. Struve was upbeat about his future.

    Not -- Conor McGregor: Another fighter also received some bad health news. McGregor, who won with a decision last weekend, tore his ACL in the fight. He will be out for around 10 months.

    Hot -- Wanderlei Silva: For months, Chael Sonnen has pushed to fight Wanderlei Silva. Recognizing he was in an advantageous spot, Silva asked for more money to fight Sonnen. The UFC hasn't made a decision, but it's a smart play by Silva.

    Not -- Donald Cerrone: He's fighting Rafael dos Anjos in Indianapolis next week, but this week, he was charged with third-degree assault in a "boating rage" incident. Cerrone is cooperating with authorities on the matter.

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  • Watch Bill Cowher jut his chin through a music video with his girlfriend

    Bill Cowher is a Super Bowl-winning football coach, a respected analyst for CBS, and now, a music video star. Yes, that's Cowher, standing guard for his girlfriend Queen V. in the video for "Cry Your Eyes Out." If you don't want to listen to the whole song, skip to 2:20 to see Cowher use some of his football skills on a chess player, obviously.

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  • Next week’s best: Plenty of fights to keep you busy

    (Getty)Clear your calendars for the next week and a half. Within a seven-day period, the UFC has three events. Check out the biggest and best of the bunch.

    UFC Fight Night 27 -- The UFC returns to the Hoosier State on Aug. 28:
    -- Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann -- Their first fight was memorable. The second one could vault the winner back into title contendership.
    -- Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki -- Elkins was riding a five-fight win streak when he lost to Chad Mendes in April. How will he recover from the loss, and will fighting in his home state of Indiana help?

    UFC 164 -- On Aug. 31, the UFC will head to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for the good land:
    -- Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis -- Think back to the magical moments of their first fight. It was so close until the showtime kick. The two have taken divergent paths since that bout, and it will be fun to watch if Henderson gets revenge or if Pettis can repeat his feat.
    -- Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir: Eleven years have passed since the last time Barnett fought in the UFC. He will face Mir, a heavyweight with almost as long of a career. They both can still bang, and will give fans a fun fight.

    UFC Fight Night 28 -- Sept. 4, the UFC will go back to Brazil.
    -- Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader: Teixeira needs a win to earn a title shot, and three of his four UFC wins were by stoppage. With so much on the line and him fighting in Brazil, this is bound to be a thriller.
    -- Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Yushin Okami: If you're a grappling fan, this fight will make you happy. Jacare's submission game is legendary, and Okami has never been submitted.

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  • Watch Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann’s first fight

    On Wednesday night, Carlos Condit will get another chance to fight Martin Kampmann. Their first bout happened three years ago, and Kampmann won the tight split decision. Since then, Condit went on a five-fight winning streak to earn the UFC interim welterweight belt, then lost to champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Kampmann went 5-4, with a big win over Jake Ellenberger then a big loss to Hendricks.

    Watch their first fight again and make up your mind. Who will take the rematch?

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