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Yesterday was a pretty crazy day, wasn't it? Well if you missed any of the excitement, don't worry. We'll get to all the big news this morning, plus a little extra for good luck.
- Let's start off with one of the more overlooked items from yesterday's news barrage. GSP is back! (Kind of). And he wants Nick Diaz.
- Long before he was wheel kicking grown men in the head, Edson Barboza was just a nine-year-old Muay Thai phenom from Nova Friburgo, Brazil. (HT: Sherdog)
- Oh yeah, in case you hadn't heard. American vs. England. Mouth vs. Mouth. Sonnen vs. Bisping. IT'S ON!
- "King Mo" joined "Cyborg" Santos as the latest Strikeforce star to get caught by the steroid police. While he'll surely appeal the NSAC's ruling, the bright side is we found out Lawal cheats at video games.
- Anthony Pettis isn't the only member of his family looking to make a mark on the fighting world. His younger brother, Serigo Pettis, blitzed through Mike Lindquist in less than two minutes earlier this month.
- How does a fresh-faced fight promotion like ProElite go about gaining exposure, you ask? Why, by partnering with the largest mixed martial arts organization in Japan, of course.
- Meanwhile, the UFC may have finally hit its breaking point. Due to overbooking, the promotion has scrapped UFC 145 and will rework their entire spring schedule.
- Let's just agree on one thing -- Brazilian crowds provide a far better backdrop for fighting than their American counterparts. Case in point, a sold-out HSBC Arena joining Bruce Buffer in his signature tagline at UFC 142.
- For the moment it seems like Jose Aldo has pretty much cleaned out the 145-pound division. But before we could start thinking about that Edgar vs. Aldo superfight, the featherweight champ's trainer launched a preemptive attack our way.
- How crazy would it feel to invent your own choke? Go ahead and ask Anaconda choke pioneer Milton Vieira when you see him debut inside the Octagon.
- How we've missed you and your action figures, Ariel Helwani. That's right, after a brief hiatus The MMA Hour made its glorious return earlier this week.
- The UFC finalized on their B-team to fill the broadcast booth for non-pay-per-view events. So who'll be seated opposite Jon Anik? An old friend, of course.
- After all these failed drug tests, Zuffa suddenly found themselves in a dangerous situation. What's that? A new policy to preemptive test new signees? We'll see how much good it does.
- Finally, with ten submission victories and an ADCC silver medal to his credit, Rousimar Palhares no longer feels the need to take on one man at a time.