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UFC 142 is in the rear-view mirror, as are a rash of failed drug tests by Strikeforce fighters so we're going to look ahead to Friday's UFC on FX featuring Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller in the headliner. Ok, not so quick. there was some epic trash talking between Strikeforce women's contender Ronda Rousey and Cyborg Santos, who just had her title stripped after failing a drug test. Read all about it in Bloody Elbow's How's Taste My Tweet Tweet? MMA on Twitter.
And let's not run away from the topic before we hear from a former UFC heavyweight: Sean McCorkle Thinks MMA Should Do Away With Drug Testing. Unfortunately for utopians like Mr. McCorkle, things are moving in the opposite direction with Potential UFC, Strikeforce Signees Now Subject to PED Testing.
And there's just one more bit of recent controversy, the whole ESPN on UFC fighter pay deal. Seems like the UFC's roster of fighters is pretty unanimous, they love getting paid to fight. Here's one fighter who's not afraid to speak out: Michael Bisping: Criticism of UFC Fighter Pay Makes Me Mad.
Ben Fowlkes of MMA Fighting has a bit more nuanced view:
If fighters want to do something about their pay and their treatment in the UFC, it's up to them to join together and make it happen. For that, they need powerful leaders who don't need them. If those leaders decide it's not worth it, that they're doing just fine on their own, then at least we'll have our answer. But asking the UFC when it's going to fork over more money to fighters is like asking a CEO when he's going to give himself a pay cut so factory workers can get a raise. Change won't come on its own, via some self-imposed sense of fairness. It's going to take a struggle, and that struggle is going to have to begin with the fighters.
Ok, ok, one last thing and then we'll get to Friday's fights. Ratings for the UFC 142 prelminaries on FX are in. They're not pretty. Turns out Tim Tebow is pretty popular or something.
Now on to UFC on FX. Here's a preview video to wet your whistle:
Get your bets in now, Bloody Elbow has the odds.