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Five Ounces of Pain is ripping off MMA Junkie

I know lots of sites recycle facts and quotes from other sites, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen as blatant a rip of one article as what 5 Ounces of Pain did with an MMA Junkie article yesterday. The whole thing is literally re-written paragraph by paragraph. The exact words may be different, but it’s still a total lift … without even the decency to link back to the original article!

Check out some of the rewrites. From MMA Junkie:

During his 11-year career, Hughes held the UFC’s welterweight title from November 2001 to January 2004 and again from October 2004 to November 2006. The legendary run included seven title defenses and wins over notables such as Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, Carlos Newton and even the legendary Royce Gracie.

While many consider the 35-year-old Hughes to be in the twilight of his career, and though the future UFC hall-of-famer has openly contemplated retirement on a few occasions, Hughes isn’t opposed to jumping a weight class before he calls it quits.

From 5 Ounces:

While many consider Hughes to be on his last legs of a career that has spanned 11 years and has seen him defeat such fighters as Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Carlos Newton, Royce Gracie, Frank Trigg and Sean Sherk, Hughes feels otherwise.

The man who has had welterweight title runs from November of 2001 to January 2004 and October 2004 to November 2006 has some unfinished business first at 170 before he thinks about moving up. A long awaited bout between him and Serra will finally take place in May after being postponed back in December of 2007 due to a back injury sustained by Serra. The two were opposing coaches on season six of The Ultimate Fighter and there is no love lost between them.

From MMA Junkie:

“I still would toy with the idea of moving up to 185 (pounds) to face Silva,” Hughes said. “But I’ve got to square away things in my weight class before I do that, though.” He’ll look to right the ship on May 23 when he meets “TUF6″ rival coach Matt Serra at UFC 98. Hughes (42-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) said it’s the last fight on his current contract. “But that doesn’t really mean anything,” Hughes said. “The UFC knows I won’t go anywhere else to fight.”

From 5 Ounces:

Although Hughes is 1-3 in his last four fights he believes he still has something left in his gas tank and would like to take on middleweight champion Anderson Silva once his fight with Serra is in the record books. Hughes said he still toys with the idea of moving up to 185 and that Silva would be the man he would like to face. Hughes who is 42-7 overall and 15-5 in the UFC is on the last fight of his contract but stated that he has no intentions of fighting anywhere else and that the UFC is well aware of that.

Reading the whole thing gave me a creepy sense of deja vu before I realized it was nothing more than a lazy ripoff, right down to the way fighter records are built in. I’m actually pretty shocked that Sam Caplan would allow this kind of shit to go on with his site … you’d expect stuff like this from but not one of the biggest MMA blogs out there.

*UPDATE* The 5 Ounces article is down but I saved it beforehand so you can see how it originally looked.