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In a blood-soaked, action-packed, five-round battle, former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw returned after a two year suspension for performance enhancing drugs to win a split decision over Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN 27 Saturday in Las Vegas.

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MMA fans might suffer fools, but they will sure as beans not abide an excuse-maker or blame-shifter. Before the congregation says amen, a moment of pause seems fitting. There are so many intangibles in such a very, very, tangible sport. There are so many things that are - whatever the most correct word would be for - the opposite of abstract. Broken orbital bones, hematomas, weight misses, etc. There is plenty in the fight game where there is no need for judgment and speculation. But, trying to discern when someone is making excuses – which is often seen as lacking virtue and even cowardly – is far from an exact science. It is even strange that there is a discussion associated with this subject at all. But it rears its head so often it almost begs to be mulled over.
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Undefeated grappling sensation Itsuki "Strong Heart Fighter" Hirata could be one of the favorites to take home the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix later in 2021. The Japanese star has a perfect 100% finishing rate and has captivated a global audience during her ascent up the ONE Championship ranks.
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Raymond "The Real Deal" Daniels, arguably the greatest point fighter of all time and Bellator Kickboxing welterweight champion, announced on Thursday that his contract with Bellator has expired. The free agent has defeated his last three mixed martial arts opponents and is now considering resigning with Bellator or taking his talents to another promotion. Based on the tagging in his Instagram post, major organizations like the UFC and ONE Championship are being considered to land the sport karate icon.

Daniels has connections to each of these entities, as he just helped Gilbert Burns prepare for his win against karate-style fighter Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson at UFC 264 and his wife Colbey Northcutt Daniels is under contract with ONE Championship. Wherever Daniels ends up, his next match will be a must-see bout due to his flashy style of world-class striking that features jump-spinning kicks and unbelievable knockouts.

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