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Kenny Florian Founds a New Home in Featherweight

Written on June 10, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After depriving himself of all the foods the missed munching at, Kenny Florian will finally make his featherweight debut this Saturday at UFC 131.

Kenny Florian, who celebrated his birthday two weeks ago, hasn’t eaten much lately in preparation for his UFC 131 co-main event bout against Diego Nunes. This coming Saturday, KenFlo will make his debut at the featherweight division at the Roger’s Arena in Vancouver, Canada. That said, he will be the first fighter in the history of UFC to compete in four different divisions.

Kenny Florian is one of the many fighters who dropped from featherweight since the promotion introduced the weight class, following the UFC-WEC merger earlier this year. Notable fighters like Joe Stevenson, Tyson Griffin and Darren Elkins followed the same course.

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Top MMA Stories of 2010

Written on January 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The year 2010 was able to present best and worst fights in the history of MMA. But no matter where the story is categorized, most of what happened last year was very sensational. So sensational that Fighting Insider listed them.

People here at Fighting Insider is still reminiscing the year that was MMA in 2010. For the last six months, we were able to encounter many title defense, small names that made a big part in the MMA history, and more controversial stories. That is why Fighting Insider is rounding up five of the best MMA stories last year.

Check out 2010’s top MMA news after the break.

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Henderson vs Pettis, Greenlits WEC’s Final Showdown

Written on November 23, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The final showdown of World Extreme Cagefighting is fast approaching, and the promotion is keen to end the run with an explosive fight. Check out the who's who of the upcoming WEC 53.

The World Extreme Cagefighting is set to end its promotional run with a bang. Headlining the final WEC event will be a lightweight championship match between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis. Whoever gets the title will face the winner of the UFC 125 lightweight championship bout, pitting Frankie Edgar contra Gray Maynard.

The whole WEC 53 fight card is posted after the break.

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Wineland vs Stone on WEC 53

Written on November 10, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The last event for World Extreme Cagefighting is fast approaching, and it seems that the best fights are saved for WEC 53. The first WEC Bantamweight champion will compete against a newcomer. It's showtime!

Eddie Wineland is expected to meet the newcomer, Ken Stone, at WEC 53 on December 16. The bout has been agreed upon already, and contracts are soon to be finalized. WEC 53 will be the final event for World Extreme Cagefighting, before the UFC-WEC merger in 2011. The tourney will take action in Jobing,com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

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Urijah Faber’s Plans for His Career

Written on November 10, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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A bright future is certainly coming along Urijah Faber's way, and he already have plans for it. After defeating Mizugaki on the penultimate event of WEC, he is eyeing a rematch against Dominick Cruz.

For four years, Urijah Faber has been the face of World Extreme Cagefighting. A long-reigning featherweight champion, he’s the only WEC star that could rival his popularity with any UFC counterpart. And with the news about UFC-WEC merger, it seems like Faber will be having his place among the elite

Still, that time will not come, until he headlines another WEC fight. And if all goes well, Faber will take on Mizugaki before gracing his way to the UFC. After that, it is possible that Faber will have a rematch to the only MMA fighter that he abhors — Dominick Cruz.

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A Bright Future for Faber

Written on November 08, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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"I feel great at this new weight. My body feels incredible, and I’m still motivated to fight. These next couple of years are going to be awesome.” -- Urijah Faber

The UFC-WEC merger poses a good and bright future for Urijah Faber. During his Savage Dog Show interview on Sherdog Radio Network, Faber pointed out that UFC is a top brand while WEC has the most exciting fighters. And for him, the two promotions is a great combination. On a business point of view, everything will skyrocket. The bonuses will run from $10,000 to $65,000, and the pay-per-view averages and viewer count will also go up.

When asked about his drop to 135 pounds, Faber stated that it’s going to give him another edge in the competition. Being tough, skilled and creative, his weight loss will make him faster and just as strong as the other fighters. With that, Takeya Mizugaki should view this as a threat for their upcoming WEC 52 match. Indeed, Urijah Faber is looking forward to his brighter days in the future.

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