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Miesha Tate is well-known around not only the female MMA world, but the sport as a whole.

Tate, a one-time title contender, returns to the Octagon this weekend at UFC 183 vs. Sara McMann. Having competed twice previously against reigning champion Ronda Rousey, “Cupcake” found a new sense of motivation by the call-out from the U.S. Olympic silver medalist.

“I’m going to show you what that entails,” said Tate, during a recent interview on MMAjunkie Radio, when asked about the challenge. “It motivates me to think I’m going to stop her in her tracks and I’m going to continue to move forward.”

Tate (15-5) has earned two straight wins since losing her first two bouts with the UFC, including a victory over fellow title-contender Liz Carmouche. This past September, she downed Rin Nakai in Japan.

McMann (8-1), who also owns two Octagon wins and is also a former UFC title contender, used social media to push for a meeting with Tate.

“As a competitor, I have to admit that there’s a part of me that knows she wants to take what I have and I want to take that opportunity from myself,” she said. “I don’t want her to have the other half of my paycheck. Screw that.”

In terms of a game plan for the standout wrestler, Tate has that all mapped out.

“She’s got her bread and butter, and she sticks to that,” she said. “My goal is going to be to push her out of those comfort zones. I can’t let her settle in and make herself at home.”

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Check out all three segments to “Countdown to UFC 183″ in the videos below, including a detailed look at the injury suffered by Anderson Silva.

The former UFC middleweight champion returns to action this Saturday night at UFC 183 vs. Nick Diaz.

Along with Silva-Diaz, Countdown highlights the co-main event between welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Tyron Woodley, along with looking at lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta.

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Alexander Gustafsson was emotional after his loss to Anthony Johnson Saturday night at UFC on FOX 14 in front of his Swedish fans.

Nevertheless, “The Mauler” composed himself and conducted a post-fight interview inside the Octagon, thanking everyone for their support.

After that, Gustafsson provided FOX Sports 2 with even more inside on the loss, which was his first defeat via strikes.

“Johnson caught me,” he said. “I wasn’t there. I felt like I was in deep water.

“It doesn’t feel good at all. It’s very tough. He put a lot of pressure on me, but I thought I had everything under control. He threw a good counter and he caught me.”

Gustafsson saw his UFC light heavyweight title fight rematch slip through his fingers with the defeat, as he was looking to secure a rematch with Jon Jones. As for what could be next, he said that is up to the promotion.

“I’ll take a few days off to recover and then get back in the gym and learn from my mistakes,” he added.

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Fresh off a self-imposed Twitter hiatus, UFC light heavweight champion Jon Jones was all over the social media scene Saturday night during UFC on FOX 14.

As he watched his next challenger emerge in the main event, “Bones” commented on a number of items.

He is now expected to face Anthony Johnson, who finished Alexander Gustafsson in the first round, sometime in 2015.

“Man this fights going to be awesome,” Jones posted. “I feel great about it.”

While Jones showed “Rumble” respect, he took a couple of shots at a former “rival” in Phil Davis. Davis lost to Ryan Bader via split decision on the card.

“Wonderful?” Jones asked. “I think it’s time for a new nickname.”

Jones also stepped into the role of matchmaker, mentioning as possible 205-pound bout between former challenger Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier.

UFC on FOX 14 Live Results and Play by Play

Another weekend, another installment of UFC action – this one coming from Stockholm, Sweden and airing on the main FOX channel itself. The main event: a top light-heavyweight contender scuffle between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, with the winner presumably earning a crack at champ Jon Jones somewhere down the line. Scrappy stalwarts Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi are featured in the co-main event, and elsewhere on the main card Ryan Bader and Phil Davis are probably going to compare wrestling moves.

So sit back and relax on this Saturday night, because here’s your live results and play by play.

Prelim results – FOX Sports 1

  • Neil Seery def. Chris Beal via Unanimous Decision
  • Viktor Pesta def. Konstantin Erokhin via Unanimous Decision
  • Mirsad Bektic def. Paul Redmond via Unanimous Decision
  • Mairbek Taisumov def. Anthony Christodoulou via KO (Punches) at :38, R2
  • Nikita Krylov def. Stanislav Nedkov via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:24, R1
  • Makwan Amirkhani def. Andy Ogle via TKO (Strikes) at :08, R1
  • Kenny Robertson def. Sultan Aliev via TKO (Punches) at 2:42, R1
  • Albert Tumenov def. Nico Musoke via Unanimous Decision

Main card results – FOX

-Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia

Round 1: It takes about 40 seconds for Sicilia to cut the cage off enough to keep Corassani from dancing out of punching range, and when he does the two swing wild and hard. Neither man lands anything major though, but the pattern is set: dance, wade in, and fire, dance, wade in, fire. Since Corassani’s boxing defense is piss-poor, this works to Sicilia’s favor, and in no time he sneaks in a right hand as Corassani is backing away and puts his opponent out.

Result: Sam Sicilia def. Akira Corassani via KO (Punch) at 3:26, R1

-Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis

Round 1:  Just as two well-credentialed wrestlers are wont to do when they meet in the cage, Bader and Davis devote the vast majority of their time trying to strike – Bader looking to land a heavy right, Davis looking to jab and kick open a whole in his foe’s defenses. That’s the story of Round 1, with only occasional flashes of clinch work to break up the monotony.

Round 2: Davis goes hard with a takedown attempt about a minute into the second round, but after a brief sequence against the cage Bader breaks the clinch with an elbow to his temple. That doesn’t discourage Davis from going for the tie-up again and again however, and he finds success at getting Bader down when Bader flubs throw. Time runs out in the round with Davis pressing him up against the fence.

Round 3: No matter how much his boxing has progressed over the years, Davis still gets a bit gun-shy when bullets are flying, as evidenced by how much he overreacts whenever Bader throws leather. This translates into a lot of desperate takedown attempts that are stuffed, and a huffing and puffing Bader able to ward off much of Davis’ attacks by swinging at the air. Davis does score with kicks though, with a bunch of them nearly buckling the TUF winner’s leg. The bout ends with Bader dumping Davis to the canvas and the two scrambling.

Result: Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via Split Decision

-Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi

Round 1: Taller, rangier and possessing kickboxing for days, Mousasi of course wants to keep Henderson at distance, where he can use precision strikes to separate “Hendo” from his consciousness. Henderson wants the exact opposite – to get in close and land a bomb -but he gets dropped with a right while coming in, and the dazed look on his face is enough for referee Leon Roberts to step in. It is, unfortunately, a questionable stoppage, as it seemed like Henderson was only momentarily stunned. Oh well.

Result: Gegard Mousasi def. Dan Henderson via TKO (Strikes) at 1:10, R1

-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson

Round 1: Gustafsson and Johnson spend about half a second feeling each other out, then go to work. For the Swede, that means chipping away with kicks at distance, jabs at angles, and tons of movement; for “Rumble”, that means concrete hands and high-kicks that herd his opponent into the kill zone. After a brief pause for an accidental eyepoke, Johnson goes into “kill mode” and rocks Gustafsson with a right. Gustafsson stumbles, seems to recover enough to fire back, and eats more kicks and punches. When he falls to all fours, Johnson stays on him, and pounds him relentlessly until the ref steps in.

Result: Anthony Johnson def. Alexander Gustafsson via TKO (Punches) at 2:15, R1

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