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Dana White previews UFC 187 title fights (2:43)

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Weidman makes a statement (2:16)

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Daniel Cormier discusses UFC 187 title shot (1:23)

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Coaches expect a war between Weidman and Belfort (4:59)
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Weidman takes the rematch (2:43)

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Rumble shops for a Ferrari, Lamborghini (1:19)

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John Dodson returns; will competitive flyweight title bouts do the same?

Ask John Dodson his least favorite event of all time and he's likely to say September's UFC 178 pay-per-view in Las Vegas. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson headlined the card opposite Chris Cariaso and ultimately earned his fifth title defense in the form of a submission in the fifth round.

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Cormier on replacing Jones, fighting Johnson (8:57)

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Benavidez: I was better

After beating John Moraga, UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez told ESPN's Cary Chow: "Once I felt his distance and his speed, I knew I was better than him on the feet and once we got on the ground I felt 100% in control."

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Weidman, Belfort square off for title

Sparks flew at Friday's weigh-in, where middleweight champ Chris Weidman accused Vitor Belfort of being a cheater. The two are about to settle their differences in the Octagon at UFC 187.

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Vitor Belfort responds to cheater talk

Belfort responded to Chris Weidman's cheating accusation: "I know who I am. I'm not defined by what others think about me."

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Cerrone wins in Round 2

Donald Cerrone hit John Makdessi with a kick to the head, and Makdessi quickly made a "time out" gesture, bringing an end to the fight in the second round.

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Weidman seeks to build legacy

Chris Weidman is defending the UFC middleweight championship for the third time.

  • 12-0 overall record (8-0 in the UFC)
  • 5 wins by (T)KO, 3 wins by submission
  • Third-best takedown in UFC middleweight history (57% accuracy)

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Belfort hopes to rejoin elite

Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort is looking to become just the third two-division champion in UFC history.

  • 24-10 overall record (13-6 in the UFC)
  • 17 wins by (T)KO, 3 wins by sumission
  • 12 UFC wins in the first round (most in UFC history), including previous two fights

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Cerrone controls Round 1

Donald Cerrone looked at ease in the first, controlling John Makdessi and outclassing him on the feet. Cerrone has won seven straight fights.

Arlovski gets big knockout

Andrei Arlovski, yes the 36-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion, celebrates after beating Travis Browne by knock out. From 2009 to 2011 the Pitbull was 0-4 before returning to the UFC and winning three straight.

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'Cowboy' saddles up at UFC 187

Donald Cerrone was originally scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title eliminator. Instead John Makdessi steps in for the injured Nurmagomedov, taking on Cerrone, who has won 7 straight bouts.

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Arlovski KO's Travis Browne

Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne were roommates when the fight was announced, but Arlovski clipped Browne several times, winning the fight via referee stoppage.

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Ben Saunders @bensaundersMMA

Wow @ufc !!!! That fight was Amazing! Congrats to Arlovski and what a fight from Travis Brown! You both just made everyone's night! Osssu 👊💪