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The MMA world got its first real look this week at how a new, exclusive outfitting deal between Reebok and the UFC might affect the sport’s athletes.

Thus far, it has been met with fairly unprecedented internal backlash. The vast majority of fighters to comment publicly about the fledgling arrangement—on social media and elsewhere—are not impressed and not amused, per MMAJunkie.com.

Fighters contend the tiered payout system outlined to them via email on Wednesday will amount to huge cuts in their pay. With roughly two months left before the deal takes effect, there is still a lot we don’t know, but if the first wave of public reaction is any indication of what’s going on behind the scenes, it’s nothing short of a talent relations disaster for the world’s largest MMA organization.

For the specifics of the deal and more on the initial response to it, you can read fellow B/R lead writer Jeremy Botter’s take. Or just look at this picture posted by UFC lightweight Myles Jury, which seems to succinctly capture the mood:

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Co-promotion works. 

For MMA fans, that might feel like a bold statement. After all, for years the UFC has eschewed it, preferring instead to establish themselves as the dominant player in the market and force fighters to come to them.  You'll see the UFC's best fighting the best from other organizations about the time you see pigs fly.

But, in boxing, co-promotion has a storied history, including a little bout you may have heard of—Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. That was a fight that brought together rival fighters, rival networks (HBO and Showtime) and rival promoters (Bob Arum and Al Haymon). 

If those long-time deadly enemies can do it, anyone can—something Legacy FC and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) intend to prove Friday night on AXS TV, no matter the cost. The two promotions, arguably the top farm systems for future UFC stars, will duke it out in a five-fight battle to establish supremacy on the regional scene.

"We have been working behind the scenes for years to negotiate a promotion versus promotion superfight," AXS Fights CEO Andrew Simon said. "...After discussions with some of the top external promotions, it became clear that they weren’t interested in making it happen. Through the years, we have come close a couple times to two AXS TV promotions setting up an event, and then it would fall apart. It took two quality promotions with great ownership like RFA  and Legacy to put it together."

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The most striking thing about the hysteria surrounding Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night was the hunger it revealed.

People—millions of them, it seems—were starving for some boxing.

There was a whole world out there primed for the sweet science to make a comeback, or at the very least a world craving the glitz and guttural thrill of a single big-ticket fight night. By the time Mayweather accepted Pacquiao’s best shots and spent the rest of their time together scripting another of his patented unanimous decision wins, one thing was clear:

Maybe this didn’t turn out to be a "super" fight—but boxing can still turn out a superfight.

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When all is said and done, Saturday night's boxing megafight between Floyd Mayeather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will go down as not just the richest combat sports event in history, but one of the most lucrative sporting events to ever take place.

The numbers are mind-boggling. The $100 million check Mayweather showed to ESPN and others after the conclusion of the fight was just the start of the seemingly endless amounts of cash he'll eventually rake in from the fight.

Pay-per-view numbers are not currently available, but cable systems were so overwhelmed by people attempting to order the event that the main event was briefly delayed, which likely indicates an off-the-chart number that will smash the previous record held by Mayweather's fight against Oscar de la Hoya.

My personal prediction was that the fight would pull in more than 4 million buys, and I feel comfortable with that number. I'd be surprised if it does any less.

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The news cycle for Jon Jones is slowly going dark, at least until his legal process plays out in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We don't know what he's facing there, and we don't know if he'll serve any sort of prison time.

But what is clear is that, no matter how things ultimately play out, Jones will be away from the Octagon for awhile. A new champion will be crowned in his stead, and the title might be defended more than once.

What happens when Jones is fit to return to the Octagon?

Today, Jeremy Botter and Jonathan Snowden—Bleacher Report's version of Cagney and Lacey—get together to answer "The Question": What should happen with Jones when he returns to the UFC?

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This is a story we didn’t think we’d need for another decade or so.

As of last Friday, Jon Jones’ place atop the UFC light heavyweight division seemed as secure as any in the MMA universe. Then came Sunday’s alleged hit-and-run accident, 48 hours of disastrous public outcry and the fight company’s decision to strip him of the title.

The end of this week finds Jones on forced, indefinite sabbatical from the weight class he dominated with extreme prejudice after winning the championship in 2011. His sudden absence will have considerable ripple effects—casting the division into chaos while affording almost everyone in it renewed life.

What will the UFC 205-pound division look like without Jones in it?

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In retrospect, perhaps Jon Jones’ dominance over the UFC light heavyweight division was always going to end this way.

It had become increasingly clear that the fight company’s other 205-pounders couldn’t unseat him. If Jones was going to be forced from the throne, it would have to be by his own hand.

After a couple days of indecision, the UFC finally moved on its embattled champion late Tuesday, stripping him of the title and indefinitely suspending him in the wake of an alleged hit-and-run accident in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the weekend.

It was a shocking development, but only because many doubted the organization would have the guts to censure one of its longest-standing titlists and best-established pay-per-view draws. If there's any good to come out of this, it’s the notion that the move might finally force Jones to confront his increasingly destructive personal behavior.

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past two days, you know all about the current situation surrounding UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Here's a quick recap: Jones was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run on Sunday morning, fleeing the scene of a car accident after running a red light and striking a vehicle with a pregnant woman inside. 

As if running away weren't bad enough, the pregnant woman in the other vehicle suffered a broken arm. Just like that, Jones' misdemeanor became a felony. Police issued a warrant for his arrest, and Jones turned himself in on Monday night, according to Deadspin. He quickly posted $2,500 bail and left jail, as the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center posted on its website (h/t MMA Junkie)

Now, all eyes turn toward the UFC. It issued a complete non-statement statement on Sunday, saying, essentially, that it is aware of the situation. All this proves is that UFC officials have Twitter, just like the rest of the world. We know that they are aware of the situation. The question is, what will they do?

Will they support him? Will we, as Dana White said in January after Jones tested positive for cocaine, understand when "the truth comes out"? What's next for the best fighter in the history of mixed martial arts?

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How odd it must feel for Demetrious Johnson to be a master of something so many people actively want to ignore.

Johnson presented a clinic on the art of being Demetrious Johnson on Saturday at UFC 186. He efficiently sucked the life out of game challenger Kyoji Horiguchi during five grueling rounds before retaining his flyweight title via armbar with one second left on the clock.

It was another signature performance from the best 125-pound fighter on the planet. Great, because once again, Johnson looked a generation ahead of his next-best competition, winning just about every exchange, every moment of another high-profile bout.

Forgettable, because it felt like a tedious rerun of something we’d all seen before, and fans inside Montreal’s Bell Center reportedly began heading for the exits long before the end:

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It’s fairly common in combat sports for people to say they don’t believe in luck.

Perhaps we have Dan Gable to thank for this. The legendary amateur wrestler and coach is fond of imploring people to “make their own luck” during autograph signings and speaking events. There is an even older adage, often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, which insists, "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

It’s easy to see why such notions appeal to MMA types. Nobody wants to pour his guts into a grueling life as a professional fighter, one filled with the drudgery of training camps, the pain of injury and worries over long-term health risks, only to think the end result depends largely on chance.

The truth is, however, you just can’t control a lot about this sport.