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The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate continued tonight on FOX Sports 1. This season features 8 men and 8 women bantamweights battling together in The Ultimate Fighter house for the first time in the show’s history. Tune in each week as the fighters, coached by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate, vie for a six-figure UFC contract on FOX Sports 1. [Spoilers Below]

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Shane Del Rosario

News is surfacing Wednesday that UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario suffered cardiac arrest yesterday and is in critical condition as a result.

The 30 year-old fighter’s manager, Jason House from Iridium Sports, recently announced via Twitter that:

Shane Del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning. He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family.

In a follow up report from MMA, the outlet relayed that del Rosario is currently at the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California.
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WSOF Signs Rousimar Palhares, Clearly Does Not Care About the Health of Their Fighters

After a mandatory period of “outrage” that extended for almost two months, de facto number three MMA organization World Series of Fighting has signed Rousimar Palhares. That’s right, crazy ol’ Palhares, the dude who doesn’t know what a tap out means and who likes to mess up opponents’ knees with submissions that almost always result in torn tendons and ligaments, limps, and nightmares.

Here’s a statement from WSOF on the matter, courtesy of MMAJunkie:
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Vitor Belfort to Push the Boundaries of Chemical Enhancement Even Further

From his Octagon debut at UFC 12 in 1997 to about 2008, when he started systematically destroying dudes left and right, Vitor Belfort was a normal human being who won some in the cage and lost some in the cage, and even got pinged for steroids after taking on Dan Henderson in 2006. But somewhere along that timeline, the Brazilian-version of Steve Rogers discovered the secret recipe for the Super-Soldier Serum, and now he’s got a body count and a fighting style that ventures more into the realm of special effects than actual unarmed combat. Remember how he dispatched Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7, Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 and Henderson in their recent UFC Fight Night 32 rematch? When a fighter flies through the air like that, it’s either because they’re on the set of a Hong Kong action flick and Yuen Woo-Ping is controlling them via wires, or they’ve just straight-up got superpowers.

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Broken Arms, Bad Rappers and Tears

While the eyes of the combative sports world were trained upon a boxing pay-per view featuring the pugilistic prowess of Manny Pacquiao and a SpikeTV broadcast of the best kickboxers in the world throwing down at Madison Square Garden, there was something going on in a cage in a podunk rec center in Queens, N.Y. And sure, it wasn’t quite as momentous in the grand fistic scheme of things as that boxing match and GLORY show, but sometimes the best battles fought are the ones that take place almost hidden from the watchful eyes of the general public.

Yes, the above paragraph is simply a fancy way of saying I went to the Golden MMA Championships in Corona, Queens last night – an event that was small, saw five fights go down in the cage, and at best had just a few hundred spectators taking in the action. But when the violence-to-skill ratio is just right, and those few hundred spectators gather around the cage rabid and frantic and shouting in tongues, there’s magic to be found. Of course, you never know for sure if that magic will manifest. When the night begins on a fight show – no matter how big or how small – you can only guess how it will all unfold.
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