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There’s an interesting little subplot brewing around UFC 195.

The primary plot point of the UFC’s first event of 2016, of course, is one of betrayal.

We were originally told the fight card scheduled for Jan. 2 would host Ronda Rousey’s third meeting with Miesha Tate. Last week, however, the fight company decided to go back on that decision and book Rousey against undefeated former boxing champion Holly Holm instead.

It was the right move, but that didn’t soften the blow for Team Tate, which reportedly found out she'd been dropped at the same moment the rest of us did—when Rousey announced it to the world during an appearance on Good Morning America.

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Frankie Edgar has been trying to hustle himself a fight for a while now.

But Chad Mendes? Not sure anybody totally saw that one coming.

Sure, the UFC’s announcement on Tuesday that Edgar and Mendes will headline The Ultimate Fighter Season 22 finale on December 11 makes sense on a lot of levels.

Taking place just a day before Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo are scheduled to finally settle their featherweight title feud at UFC 194, this fight could act as a cable TV main event, a title eliminator and a backup plan all in one.

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Things are looking up.

After we spent much of 2014 worrying for the future of the UFC—or, at least, for its future on pay-per-view—business has been unexpectedly bullish so far this year.

With nine PPV events in the books and four left to go in 2015, estimates from MMA Fighting.com’s Dave Meltzer—compiled in one handy spot at MMA Payout—show the fight company has already surpassed its entire sales total for last year and could be on pace for its best calendar turn since 2010.

Credit the big buy-rate numbers posted by Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor during three combined headlining appearances for much of the turnaround. More amazingly, the organization has managed to right the ship with arguably its best fighter on the shelf since January.

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So now we know.

December 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. That will be the time and place for Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo to finally—knock on wood— settle the championship blood feud that has dominated the featherweight landscape and captivated fans since the UFC announced it in January.

This time, everybody just needs to stay healthy.

Did we already say “knock on wood”?

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It's a simple concept, really.

Start by pretending the UFC's 10 weight classes are investable commodities because, really, that's exactly what they are. Next, try to determine which one will give you the most bang for your buck.

Anybody who has been around MMA longer than a little while knows this market can be an unpredictable and cruel muse. Some divisions—like lightweight, for example—revel in perpetual boom times. Others—like heavyweight—often feel like more of a bust.

If nothing else, fans invest time and attention—not to mention actual money—each time they turn on a UFC event, read a story online or check out a list of rankings. Knowing which fighters to buy in on and which to call for a hard pass can be a valuable skill.

Here, Bleacher Report MMA writers break down the future prospects of each UFC division. They'll tell you which weight classes to avoid, which to approach with caution and which are worth taking out a second mortgage just to get a piece of the action.

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Nobody likes the idea of the UFC title scene reduced to a series of do-overs.

In a sport that prides itself on fast-paced action and definitive outcomes, rematches—immediate or otherwise—usually aren’t the best strategy. Thrilling multi-fight feuds like Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell or Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard are exceptions, not the rule.

The rule is typically a lot more underwhelming.

After recent title rematches in the middleweight, welterweight and bantamweight divisions and upcoming reruns expected at flyweight and women's bantamweight, you can't blame fans who are hungry for fresh meat.

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Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino are going to fight each other.

If you’re the kind of person who insists on reading the last page of the book first, that’s really all you need to know. The rest of this stuff—the public finger pointing, the promoter’s denials, the name-calling, the endless weight debate—is all just background noise.

Eventually, too much money will be on the table to let this fight go unmade. UFC President Dana White has already estimated it would do 2.5 million buys on pay-per-view, which would make it far and away the biggest bout in company history.

White is nothing if not optimistic. If it did even half that number, Rousey vs. Justino would be an absolute slam dunk, a no-brainer for all involved. So perhaps the only real questions are how soon it will happen and whether both fighters will still be in the prime of their careers once it finally does.

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Carlos Condit has been back in action for all of two months and is already shaping up as one of the welterweight division’s biggest wild cards.

Prior to his comeback victory over Thiago Alves in May, it had been more than a year since we’d seen Condit inside the Octagon. The former UFC 170-pound interim champion missed significant time—and a few major divisional plot twists—as he rehabbed a knee injury suffered during a loss to Tyron Woodley.

Now, one second-round, technical-knockout victory later, here he is: No. 1 contender all over again.

The UFC went a bit outside the box on Wednesday, as it confirmed an earlier report by Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter that Condit will be next up for welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. According to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani (h/t MMAFighting.com), the two are set to headline UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, on November 14.

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Few tears were shed for Rousimar Palhares on Tuesday, as the talented but troubled grappler was stripped of his World Series of Fighting welterweight title and suspended indefinitely, pending an athletic commission inquiry.

At this late and sorry point in the action, the only person in MMA still drying their eyes over Palhares is Jake Shields.

And that’s for very different reasons.

It was Palhares’ abuse of Shields last Saturday at WSOF 22 that proved the last straw for his fight company bosses—and maybe the final deathblow to his long, strange career too.

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America loves dominance.

To paraphrase one of the UFC’s most irritating catchphrases—it’s in our DNA.

Sure, we’ll shell out $10 to cheer the perfect underdog story at a weekend matinee or wax nostalgic over a 30-for-30 documentary championing the little guy, but in real life we want winners.

We prefer Mike Tyson to Rocky Balboa, the New York Yankees to the Bad News Bears and Michael Jordan to Jimmy Chitwood. Every metric we have—from television ratings to merchandise sales—tells us this is true.