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    It was certainly a tumultuous week for Daniel Cormier. From preparing for the biggest fight of his life against Jon Jones to wondering if he’d even compete on the card and then ending up being relentlessly booed by fans at UFC 200 when he chose to ground legendary striker Anderson Silva to win a unanimous decision in a short notice fight, Cormier certainly is glad that it’s all over.

    But that doesn’t necessarily put an end to the turmoil surrounding him.

    It was revealed that Cormier had to take a pay cut to face Anderson Silva at UFC 200. Cormier’s purse was originally set to be $1 million to face Jones and was slashed in half to $500,000 with the opponent switch after Jones was pulled after testing positive for two banned substances in a June 16 drug test administered by USADA. Although Cormier didn’t complain about it publicly, Jon Jones’ manager feels that Cormier received the short end of the stick and deserved to make just as much as he was originally set to receive,

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  • UFC 200 winners and losers

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    The UFC had one hell of a week. Three days, three events and 36 fights sounds like something that would keep the top MMA promotion in the world with their hands full. For a minute, it appeared that the weekend would go off without a hitch, as only one fighter scheduled for UFC 200 wasn’t able to make it to the finish line (Derek Brunson).

    However, when you lose your main event just three days before the biggest and most stacked card in UFC history, things can spiral out of control. Somehow, the UFC managed to steady the ship by bringing Anderson Silva in to face Daniel Cormier and put a Band-Aid on a glaring hole. But the show went on and was ripe with multiple narratives.

    But, alas, the end is here and not everyone could come out a winner. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from a huge week in MMA.

    WINNERS:

    Brock Lesnar


    $2.5 million guaranteed for one night of work? Sure, why not? After nearly five years away from competing, Lesnar essentially salvaged a

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  • UFC's Donald Cerrone apologizes for using anti-gay slur

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    UFC 200 came and went with much to discuss. Among those topics includes Daniel Cormier’s performance against Anderson Silva. Many fans were not happy with Cormier opting to put his wrestling to work despite holding a significant size advantage and the fact that Silva stepped up to face the UFC light heavyweight champion on two days notice after Jon Jones was pulled due to a failed USADA drug test.

    Cormier won a clear unanimous decision but it became the topic of debate between Donald Cerrone and CM Punk during a special Q&A at the UFC Fan Expo that was titled “UFC 200 Aftermath.”

    The two UFC fighters talked about how the UFC 200 fights went and things took a turn when the topic of “worst fight” was brought into the conversation.

    “Your boy, DC. Terrible!” Cerrone said to Punk. After Punk inquired about what made Cormier’s performance “terrible,” Cerrone fired back a response tainted with an anti-gay slur.

    “Terrible,” Cerrone said. “How are you going to give up weight and

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    A former MMA fighter has targeted UFC president Dana White with death threats and has allegedly claimed that he will show up at UFC 200 with a crew and guns to murder White.

    According to TMZ, Dan Quinn is looking to get payback on some unresolved issues between he and White. Although he has never fought in the UFC, Quinn has made White a target for several years. Back in 2012, Quinn left death threats on White’s voicemail and threatened to shoot him in the head.

    Quinn is known for some extraordinarily strange videos and his bizarre support of Stevia, which is a sweet leaf sugar substitute that grows North and South America. He has been jailed on several occasions and some of his offenses include domestic violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Quinn hasn’t fought since 2010 after losing three fights in a row and holds an MMA record of 5-7-1. His unusual behavior is nothing new but this certainly raises a few red flags. A source told TMZ that Quinn bought tickets for UFC 200.

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  • UFC 200 prelims: Joe Lauzon, Jim Miller, Gegard Mousasi deliver first-round TKOs

    Joe Lauzon celebrates after knocking out Diego Sanchez. (Getty)

    Julianna Pena W3 Cat Zingano

    LAS VEGAS – Julianna Pena scored the biggest win of her career Saturday when she rallied to win the final two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards and take a unanimous decision in a women’s bantamweight fight over Cat Zingano at UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena.

    Zingano controlled the first and came out storming in the second. The former title challenger, fighting for the first time since her loss to Ronda Rousey at UFC 184 last year, threw Pena twice in the opening seconds of the second round.

    Zingano had a dominant position, but was unable to do anything with it. She tried to pin Pena’s arms with her legs, but it failed and it allowed Pena to get top position.

    Pena dominated the rest of the fight from that point. She took Zingano down in the third round and basically didn’t let her up, out-grappling her over the final five minutes.

    It is Pena’s biggest win and should move her into serious title contention after a win over the third-ranked Zingano. It was her

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  • UFC 200 live chat and analysis

    Follow along live as the Yahoo Sports crew breaks down all the action at UFC 200 – the most stacked card in the company’s history – featuring a women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

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  • Will Brooks won a narrow decision over Ross Pearson in his UFC debut. (Getty)

    The UFC lightweight division has just become even more competitive as former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks made his successful UFC debut by defeating Ross Pearson by unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

    Brooks signed with the UFC on June 16 after being released from Bellator despite being the promotion’s reigning lightweight champion. The same day he signed, Brooks was thrust into a fight with Pearson after James Krause, Pearson’s original opponent, was pulled from the fight. But the short notice didn’t affect Brooks as the former champion looked sharp against the former TUF winner.

    Brooks and Pearson spent much of the bout standing as Brooks utilized short knee strikes to the torso and leg kicks to keep Pearson from settling into a comfortable boxing match. The former Bellator champion did manage to secure a takedown in the second round but was unable to put his vaunted wrestling to work as Pearson managed to shrug off his attempts to take his back.

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  • The Ultimate Fighter Finale live chat and analysis

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    Follow The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale live on Yahoo Sports as we break down the action, including the main event women’s strawweight title fight between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and challenger Claudia Gadelha.
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  • Report: Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson out of UFC 201 with injury

    UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is out of the co-main event of UFC 201, where he was scheduled to defend his title against Wilson Reis. The 29-year-old sought to defend his title for the ninth time since claiming the inaugural title after winning the UFC flyweight tournament back in 2012.

    Since becoming the first UFC flyweight champion, the normally durable Johnson has proven to be dependable during his four-year title reign as this will be only the second time that he has had to pull out of a fight. Globo originally reported the news that Johnson would be out of action although the type of injury has yet to be revealed.

    UFC 201 takes place on July 30 in Atlanta, GA. The headliner is scheduled to be a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley for Lawler’s UFC welterweight title. It is not yet known whether the No. 8-ranked Wilson Reis will remain on the card. Reis is 3-1 since cutting down to flyweight in August of 2014.

    The injury is just another in a

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  • Follow UFC Fight Night: Alvarez-Dos Anjos live

    Follow along as the Yahoo Sports breaks down the Thursday Fight Night card, featuring the lightweight title fight between champion Rafael dos Anjos and challenger Eddie Alvarez.

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  • Jon Jones pulled from UFC 200 for possible doping violation

    Jon Jones has a potential failed doping test per USADA and has been removed from UFC 200, the UFC announced Wednesday night.

    Jones was expected to fight bitter rival Daniel Cormier in the main event of the tentpole event, which was trending to be the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history. Instead, the heavyweight matchup between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will be the headliner.

    UFC president Dana White said the former light heavyweight champion “might get [suspended] two years” for the violation. Jones has the right to appeal the positive result.

    The UFC did not announce what exactly Jones tested positive for and it said it would like to keep reigning champ Cormier on the card if possible.

    Cormier talked with the media shortly after the announcement and expressed his disappointment, but said he’s “not the moral police” and “it’s not my place to judge him.”

    “USADA changes a lot of things,” Cormier said. “It’s a great organization and they are going to clean up our sport.”

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  • Top 10 comebacks since UFC 100

    Frankie Edgar punches Gray Maynard during their UFC 136 fight. (Getty)

    In this series: Best fighters | Best trash talkers | Best fights | Best walkout songs | Best rivalries | Best KOs | Best submissions

    Everybody loves a comeback story. From the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a three games to one deficit against the Golden State Warriors to win the 2016 NBA title, to the thrilling 2004 Boston Red Sox rally against the Yankees to eventually end the Curse of the Bambino, comeback stories are everywhere.

    They just happen to be more violent in the UFC.

    The cliché saying that “it only takes one punch to change a fight” rings true here more often than not and the sensation of seeing a fighter come back from the clutches of defeat to snare a victory is one of the most exciting things you can see in all of sports. The UFC has had its fair share of comebacks and these 10 from UFC 100 to present day are certainly worth their weight in gold.

    10. Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard (UFC 199)

    Dan Henderson has been in his fair share of wars and many assumed that this

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  • Diego Sanchez vows to fight smarter after concerns about brain injury

    Diego Sanchez during his fight against Jim Miller at UFC 196. (Getty Images)

    Fighters don’t win fight of the night bonuses without having been in a few wars. And in those wars, chances are that they’ve had more punches bounce off of their skull than they would have liked.

    Diego Sanchez has been with the UFC for over a decade and has collected seven bonuses for having the fight of the night, which is a UFC high. His penchant for being involved in exciting fights is the reason why Sanchez has been paired with Joe Lauzon at UFC 200. For a card so stacked with talent, a fight with a high probability of excitement is exactly what’s needed just in case the bigger names on the card don’t deliver.

    Over the years, Sanchez has absorbed his fair share of damage courtesy of his caution-to-the-wind style of fighting. Yes, it has yielded some extra money for his pockets, but it also had the well-traveled 34-year-old concerned for his mental health.

    It’s the reason why Sanchez decided to visit the Cerebrum Health Center in Dallas before his fight in March against Jim Miller

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  • Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast
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    UFC 200 is upon us! The landmark match launches in Las Vegas this weekend, and we’ve got your complete preview right here. Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports combat sports columnist, joins us to discuss all aspects of this monumental match, including:

    -What will Brock Lesnar have left in his return to MMA from the world of wrestling?
    -Did Miesha Tate make a mistake by not waiting for Ronda Rousey to return?
    -Can Jon Jones ever recapture the promise that made him one of the sport’s biggest stars just two years ago?

    We break down the rest of the main card and consider how far UFC has come, and how far it might yet go.

    Thanks for listening to the Grandstanding podcast with Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk. Hit us up on Twitter (@kevinkaduk and @jaybusbee) Facebook (Kaduk here, Busbee here) or via the hashtag #grandstanding. See you next ep!

    [Music by Chris Salmon and Tobin Summerfield]

    Brock Lesnar looks on during his fight against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. (Getty)

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  • Top 10 knockouts since UFC 100

    Seeing an amazing knockout at a UFC fight is the easy part. The hard part is picking between them.

    There were literally dozens of bouts that could be chosen for the 10 best knockouts since UFC 100.

    I pared the list down to 25 before making the final 10. Undoubtedly, you’re not going to agree with my picks. That’s fine, because there is an argument to be made for many more other than the ones I chose.

    Here are my top 10:

    10. Thiago Santos KO1 Steve Bosse, UFC Fight Night 70 – This fight ended in just 29 seconds and was as definitive of a finish as you’ll ever see.

    Bosse was moving forward, and preparing to throw a punch. Santos braced on his right leg and caught Bosse with a perfectly placed kick to the head, knocking the Canadian cold. The shin landed right on the jaw and Bosse never knew what hit him.

    9. Thomas Almeida KO2 Brad Pickett, UFC 189 – Pickett attempted a flying knee on Almeida, who saw it coming and danced out of the way. Seconds later, Almeida tried his own and the fight

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  • Rafael dos Anjos turned a corner in his career that saw him go from middling lightweight contender to one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Before 2012, the Brazilian had a record of 15-6 and had yet to beat an elite fighter at lightweight. But since his last loss to Gleison Tibau, RDA has compiled a record of 10-1 while claiming the UFC lightweight title and knocking off former champions such as Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis. The improvement in the cage is jarring. He’s a relentless pressure fighter who has torn through his opponents.

    “I don’t do fight camps anymore because I live in camp,” dos Anjos told Yahoo Sports when asked how he went from fringe contender to dominant force. “I breathe martial arts every day of my life. Every night that I put my head on the pillow, I go to sleep knowing that I can do more. I’m working toward perfection. I’m trying to be the best ever.”

    Dos Anjos’ road to establishing himself as the best pound for pound

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  • Exclusive: Brock Lesnar makes UFC 200 prediction for fight vs. Mark Hunt

    By Paul Heyman:

    Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I serve as the advocate on WWE television for Brock Lesnar. This Saturday night, July 9, Brock Lesnar will fight Mark Hunt in an unscripted athletic competition as the co-main event of the biggest mega-event in mixed martial arts history, UFC 200. When I say “an unscripted athletic competition,” that’s just an extended, too-many-words version of simply stating the obvious.

    Brock Lesnar will FIGHT Mark Hunt inside a locked cage, three rounds, five minutes each, although few expect this to go long. They’re not selling “quantity,” they’re selling history-making explosive quality.

    There are so many selling points to this match. Will this be the final time Brock Lesnar ever fights again? What happens if Brock goes in for the takedown (which is all but guaranteed), and Mark Hunt, “The Super Samoan” with the greatest one-punch-knockout power in UFC, tags Brock as Brock shoots in? What happens if Brock DOES get the takedown?

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  • Top 10 submissions since UFC 100

    Ronda Rousey sets up an armbar against Cat Zingano at UFC 184. (Getty)

    In this series: Best fighters | Best trash talkers | Best fights | Best walkout songs | Best rivalries

    The submission is both graceful and devastating at the same time. It doesn’t look like much until you pay attention to the limb being manipulated. And if the opponent doesn’t tap out, he or she will either be asleep or find their limb broken.

    It’s not as flashy as a knockout but a submission is arguably a worse way to go out. Sometimes it comes as a surprise when a fighter least expects it. Other times it is inescapable when a fighter is trapped in the cage with a jiu-jitsu expert who cannot wait to bend someone’s body in ways that it was never meant to bend.

    From Ronda Rousey’s graceful 14-second armbar to Brock Lesnar’s brute-strength choke, here are the best submissions in the UFC since UFC 100.

    10. Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon (UFC 108)

    When Cole Miller fought Dan Lauzon, the lanky Miller decided that two submissions being slapped on at the same time would be more threatening than

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  • Joe Lauzon
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    A Joe Lauzon and Diego Sanchez fight at UFC 200 sounds like a no-brainer considering that these two fighters – who have a combined 19 post-fight bonuses between them – have never met in the Octagon despite having been a part of the UFC for a decade.

    So it makes sense that MMA fans lost their collective minds when the fight was added to the biggest card in UFC history. Fans created posters for this fight with the two, battered, bloodied and bruised fighters, because there is an expectation that this could be a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

    “This fight has always been one of those things that people have asked for,” Lauzon told Yahoo Sports, although he had never really considered the fight himself until recently. “If we don’t completely paint the canvas red, people are going to be sorely disappointed. They want a bloodbath.”

    The two were originally booked to square off at UFC 180 in Mexico but both went down with injuries. That’s when Lauzon realized how big the fight

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