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Tyron Woodley does not care if his ideal next opponent is coming off a loss. He does not care if they are ranked two spots lower than him in the UFC's official rankings.

What Woodley cares about is obtaining the kind of fight that can push him closer to a title shot. As Woodley told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview, he has the perfect opponent in mind: Matt Brown, who squandered a seven-fight winning streak when he fell to Robbie Lawler in July.

Woodley believes Brown is the perfect opponent for several reasons.

"It's a hard fight. His tenacity, his conditioning. He's like a walking zombie," Woodley said. "He's a top-five welterweight. He was just one fight away from being in the title picture.

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You didn’t think we were going to get through an entire Benson Henderson fight without a little controversy, did you?

Sorry, but that’s just not how he rolls.

Just as they seemingly always do after his fights, opinions differ on Henderson’s knockout loss to Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 49. Depending on whose social media ramblings you follow, a lot of things may or may not have happened.

Dos Anjos may or may not have stunned Henderson with a flying knee midway through the first round. Henderson may or may not have been out cold after dos Anjos dropped him with a left hook in the ensuing scramble. Referee Big John McCarthy may or may not have been a little quick to stop the fight, as Henderson may or may not have been grappling for position on the ground.

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Maybe it was just the rest of us who were distracted.

Clearly, Jordan Mein was in an unenviable spot Saturday night, fighting Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 49 just a day after his father was arrested on sexual battery charges, accused of assaulting a housekeeper at the event’s host hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to the UFC (via Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting).

The 24-year-old Mein blitzed through the ensuing media storm, decimating Pyle with a barrage of strikes just one minute, 12 seconds into their co-main event bout. Naturally, he said afterward that the allegations against his father didn’t affect him.

“No, not at all,” Mein said, when asked at the post-fight press conference if the scandal altered his preparations, via MMAFighting’s Dave Doyle.

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When Benson Henderson fights, you can usually count on getting comfortable. There's time to secure your popcorn, visit the loo and make sure your stamp collection is in order.

There is no rush, no funny feeling in your stomach, no threat of imminent violence. There's just a man, a fence and a clinch. It's a formula that's led to nine decisions in his last 11 fights.

So you can forgive me for settling in for the long haul Saturday night just as Rafael dos Anjos redrew the lines of an incredibly complicated lightweight landscape with an incredible flying knee. Dos Anjos, it seemed, wasn't willing to wait for one of Henderson's patented controversial decision finishes. It was late, he was hungry and there was no sense in delaying gratification. 

A left hand followed the knee, and Henderson's legs dropped out from underneath him, eyes going googly for just a split second as referee/icon "Big" John McCarthy approached. He had seen more than enough. And, though Henderson would politely protest by running in place immediately thereafter—his faculties returned after McCarthy's timely intervention—it was the right call in the moment. 

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For 23 seconds it all came together for England's Michael Bisping (25-6) at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau on Saturday; he unleashed a glorious combination of 20 strikes that could have been lifted directly from an MMA textbook. None of them alone was enough to finish opponent Cung Le (9-3), but the cumulative effect was staggering. In the end all Le could do was propel himself backward to the mat and pray for the referee to intervene.

This was Bisping at his best, albeit against a 42-year-old movie star who seemed to think increased musculature would solve the aging process for him.

It did not.

"This is what I’m capable of," Bisping told UFC announcer Kenny Florian after the fight, which he won via TKO in the fourth round. "And believe me I’m capable of better...I want to be world champion. I know I have the tools.”

Despite his best attempts to convince us otherwise, this win puts Bisping back into the ranks of middleweight contenders. While Bisping talked a big game about title fights to come, I suspect few were buying into the 35-year-old's resolve.

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Thursday's postponement of Wanderlei Silva's disciplinary hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission added another layer of intrigue to one of the most controversial subjects in mixed martial arts.

The strange stuff began back in June, when it was reported on UFC Tonight that Silva avoided a random drug test issued by the NAC by escaping through a back door in his gym. He was scheduled to face Chael Sonnen in a long-awaited grudge match at UFC 175, but the fight went up in smoke when Silva ran from his test. Sonnen ended up failing his own test for multiple performance-enhancing drugs, and then failed another a few weeks later for good measure.

Silva appeared before the commission in June. He admitted to avoiding the test and revealed that he'd taken a diuretic that would allegedly help heal a broken wrist. He didn't want to take the test because he was afraid it would show up in the results; instead, Silva avoided the test altogether, which is probably worse than a diuretic in the eyes of the commission.

Silva was scheduled for his disciplinary hearing on Thursday in a NAC meeting at the Grant Sawyer building near downtown Las Vegas. Bleacher Report was in attendance. The UFC Fight Pass team was there to stream the event to subscribers at home. Streaming an event is costly.


Rustam Khabilov was a good start.

Last we saw Benson Henderson, the former lightweight champion snapped his streak of eight consecutive decision victories at June’s UFC Fight Night 42, earning—wait for it—the first stoppage win of his UFC career via fourth-round submission over Khabilov.

This particular rear-naked choke—beautiful in its efficiency after Henderson stunned the Russian fighter with punches against the fence—mattered more than most.

Not only did it continue to distance him from a potentially career-defining second loss to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164, but it proved he can still be devastating. He can still be that guy who amassed an 83 percent finishing rate during the first dozen wins of his career. He can still dismantle, excite and win a bout without asking the judges to sift through 25 minutes of neck-and-neck action.

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The June appointment of Scott Coker as president of Bellator MMA left many wondering what was in store for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts company. There was plenty of optimism.

Coker brought years of experience behind the wheel of a mixed martial arts company. He came to Bellator saying the right things: He wasn't enthused about the tournament format. He believed the company was probably running too many events. He wanted to spend more time building up fighters and fights and creating stars.

Coker immediately went about repairing the damage created by his predecessor, Bjorn Rebney, the man who created Bellator. Rebney's abrasive style rubbed many, including his own fighters, the wrong way. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, one of Rebney's biggest stars, famously launched into an expletive-ridden tirade against Rebney on Bellator's first pay-per-view.

Lawal was not alone in his problems with Rebney. Eddie Alvarez, who reigned as Bellator's best fighter and has perhaps been the best fighter not signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster, became embroiled in a bitter dispute with Rebney that began in the court of public opinion and eventually spilled into a real courtroom.

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For Eddie Alvarez, nearly two years of frustration and heartache ended in an all-out sprint.

On Tuesday, Alvarez woke up the reigning Bellator lightweight champion. By early afternoon, he’d been granted his unconditional release from the company and just a couple of hours later was finally a UFC fighter, booked to take on Donald Cerrone five-and-a-half weeks from now at UFC 178 on September 27.

Without warning, hurry-up-and-wait had become hurry up.

"I'm talking 0 to 100,” Alvarez told Bleacher Report’s Duane Finley that evening, when the dust had barely settled. “This is exactly what I wanted. I don't think things could have been done any better.”

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Say this much for Michael Bisping: The man is a professional.

From the outside looking in, it’d be easy to greet Bisping’s latest assignment with one of the brash Brit’s trademark sneers. Cung Le? In China? As the headliner of an early-morning fight card airing only on the UFC’s Internet subscription service?

Surely Bisping deserves better than that.

Granted, he’s had a tough go of it recently, scuffling to a 2-3 record since the beginning of 2012. But after eight years and 20 fights as one of the UFC’s most polarizing figures, this seems decidedly beneath his station.