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UFC not coddling talented contenders

Originally Published: February 4, 2011
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- If Jon Jones and Ryan Bader were boxers instead of mixed martial artists, chances are they wouldn't be fighting each other at this point in their careers.

They'd probably be hand-fed lesser opponents until they built pretty records of 20-0. They might each win a world title from a different sanctioning body, thus making each of them a "world champion." Then one day -- possibly not until fans start to question if they're even still in their prime -- they might fight.

Fortunately, ...

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