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Keyboard Kimura: UFC 201 co-main event underscores matchmaking issues

This weekend in Atlanta, Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz square off in a pivotal strawweight bout that serves as the co-main event of UFC 201. 1,060 more words

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Keyboard Kimura: UFC welterweights rank front and centre over next month

Since the UFC emerged from the Dark Ages and entered the Zuffa Era, the welterweight division has been one of the standard-bearers for the organization; a weight class flush with familiar names, dominant champions and dynamic fights. 587 more words

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Keyboard Kimura: UFC welterweight division title view

The welterweight division has always been one of the deepest, most competitive weight classes in the UFC and it remains that way today, as every event seems to come complete with another matchup that makes waves in the 170-pound ranks. 1,407 more words

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Keyboard Kimura: UFC Must Improve at Identifying Potential Contenders

Saturday will invariably turn out to be the moment in time where Valentina Shevchenko went from being the live underdog hardcore MMA fans knew could potentially give Holly Holm trouble to the latest new threat in the women’s bantamweight division, but her star should have already been on the rise heading into the contest. 998 more words

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Keyboard Kimura Podcast: UFC on FOX 20 Rewind

The conversation starts with Valentina Shevchenko’s win over Holly Holm (2:00) in the main event before moving to the matchups to make in the women’s bantamweight division (12:00), with a bonus tangent about the looming spectre of Cris Cyborg (17:00). 108 more words

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Keyboard Kimura: About Last Night at UFC on FOX 20

Just a few weeks after Amanda Nunes unseated Miesha Tate atop the women’s bantamweight division, Valentina Shevchenko continued the upheaval in the weight class, upsetting former champion Holly Holm in the main event of Saturday’s UFC on FOX event in Chicago. 1,193 more words

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Paige VanZant on Taco Bell, scary movies and guys

Whether you’ve seen her throwing down in the Octagon or strutting her stuff and earning perfect scores on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars, there is no denying that Paige VanZant has the combination of skills and talent that mix to produce that certain je ne sais quoi everyone calls “The It Factor.” 897 more words

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