“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”- William ShakespeareThis is a time of year steeped in tradition. We are honor bound to gather together stuff our faces until we fall deep into a food coma.

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A heavyweight bout between top contenders Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has been moved to UFC 109 in February. The bout, originally scheduled for UFC 108 on Jan. 2, was re-scheduled when Nogueira was forced to pull out due to a severe staph infection.

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“The more things change, the more they stay the same”-French ProverbLast week, UFC officials met with departing Executive President of WWE Global Media, Shane McMahon. It’s fitting that following a meeting with the son of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

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Better late than never, I guess. Here’s Dana’s video blog from fight day.

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Each week, we present a review of an Ultimate Fighting Championship show in chronological order, assembling a sort of historical record of mixed martial arts in America. This week: UFC 11. The Ultimate Fighting Championship XI: The Proving Ground!

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UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson is a gigantic man. His typical walk-around weight is somewhere between 215 and 220 pounds, the same weight that many UFC light heavyweight fighters maintain when not in training camp.

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A catchweight bout (215lbs) between Houston Alexander and Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is set for the Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec. 5 at the Palms in Las Vegas. Heavy.com has confirmed that the bout, which has been rumored for weeks.

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A highly-anticipated rematch between Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez has been announced as a featured bout for the Dec. 19 “Strikeforce: Evolution” show. Thomson defeated Melendez in June 2008 to capture the belt.

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If the lack of depth on last Saturday’s UFC 106 card didn’t alarm you, it should. Sure, UFC has a giant roster of fighters that they don’t have to pay unless they fight.

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Official fighter salaries for UFC 106 from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, courtesy of MMA Junkie. Forrest Griffin ($250,000) d. Tito Ortiz ($250,000) Josh Koscheck ($106,000) d. Anthony Johnson ($17,000) Paulo Thiago ($16,000).

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UFC 107: Penn vs Sanchez is scheduled for Dec 12, 2009 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Featuring BJ Penn, Frank Mir, Diego Sanchez, Cheick Kongo, Kenny Florian and Jon Fitch.

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