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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Often overlooked in the analysis of fights and fighters is just how much fighting hurts. Pain is rarely a conscious issue on the mind of fighters during a bout, but there are definite consequences to getting whacked on the nose or cracked in the ribs. Such consequences often come in the form of rash decision-making or sudden energy expenditure, which can lead to further pain. In particular, kicks hurt quite a...

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — In case you haven’t noticed through the years, Cris Cyborg never has been one to brag or boast. Over the course of a 20-fight winning streak during which she won three major championships, she was quite content to let others sing her praises. On Saturday night, Cyborg (22-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) made history when she defeated Julia Budd by fourth-round TKO in the main event of Bellator 238 at The Forum to...

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Jake Hager was never finished with professional wrestling. The 37-year old former All-American from Oklahoma spent several years on the roster at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) before his contract ended and he decided to turn his attention to a career in MMA. Hager made his fighting debut in Bellator earlier this year while amassing 2-0 in his career with a pair of first-round submissions on his resume with his third fight scheduled for Oct. 25....