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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.

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A lot of things could've been better about UFC 190.

Ronda Rousey's performance was not one of them.

Rousey did almost exactly what she had promised to do on Saturday, steamrolling overmatched challenger Bethe Correia with a wild flurry of punches before knocking her flat just 34 seconds into the first round.

It was the sixth straight defense of Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title, boosted her undefeated record to 12-0 and stood as an emphatic statement that the rest of her competition—already so far behind—is just never going to catch her.

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Nobody thinks Bethe Correia is going to beat Ronda Rousey on Saturday at UFC 190.

That includes oddsmakers, who’ve made her an underdog of historic proportions; the UFC, which has already gone as far as to book Rousey’s next fight; and even Brazilian MMA fans, who are shown here vocally supporting Rousey on Wednesday during open workouts in what ought to be Correia’s home turf.

In short, nobody is buying this matchup. It’s expected to be a complete wash. A cakewalk. A gimme.

Weirdly, therein lies much of the intrigue for this event. Without much else to write home about on its super-sized main card, the job of convincing UFC fans to part with the $60 pay-per-view cost largely falls to Rousey and Correia.

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Ronda Rousey is mad at Bethe Correia.

You might not have noticed right away, since Rousey seems to be mad at everyone all the time, but the women’s bantamweight champion has said UFC 190 is personal for her. She insists she’ll teach Correia a lesson when the two fighters meet Saturday in Rio de Janeiro in the main event of an otherwise lackluster pay-per-view card. 

“I'm not going to be nice to this chick,” Rousey said in early July, per MailOnline's Justin Feck. “She is going to have a very long painful lesson that night. I've never looked forward to beating up someone more in my entire life. This is the only time I will say I will purposely drag a fight out to punish someone.”

So, yeah, that’s disquieting.

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After 14 months as champion, TJ Dillashaw conclusively proved his case as the best men’s bantamweight fighter in the world on Saturday at UFC on Fox 16.

His fourth-round TKO of former champ Renan Barao made his argument airtight, reaffirming the dominant performance he used to take the title last May. It took more than a year and two previous false starts to put together this rematch, but Dillashaw used the opportunity to emphatically close the door on Barao for good.

This was one of those fights we simply needed to see again. Barao had just been too dominant and Dillashaw too unproven prior to their initial meeting at UFC 173. Despite the fact that he took the gold from Barao last spring with an equally dominant performance, this weekend’s victory was essential for Dillashaw to truly cement the changing of the guard.

Now the really hard part begins.

The bantamweight landscape Dillashaw inherits isn’t exactly brimming with exciting, big-money opportunities. One of the likely reasons matchmakers were so adamant about rematching him with Barao was that there simply weren’t many other immediate options.

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T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao will finally rematch on Saturday at UFC on Fox 16.

It's a repeat pairing the fight company has been trying to put together for more than a year, ever since Dillashaw shocked the world by taking the men's bantamweight title from Barao last May at UFC 173.

In the aftermath, their second meeting has been put off by a weight-cutting snafu (by Barao) and an injury (to Dillashaw). The former resulted in what stands as Dillashaw's only successful title defense to date, a win over newcomer and short-notice replacement Joe Soto at UFC 177.

Suffice to say, there's still a lot we stand to learn by watching Dillashaw and Barao go at it again. This fight should conclusively prove if what we witnessed last year was a true changing of the guard, or if it was just a dominant champion having one bad night.