John McCarthy comments on Ben Henderson stoppage: My job is to protect the fighter, not make fans happy

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UFC Fight Night 50 complete fighter breakdown, Gegard ‘The Dreamcatcher’ Mousasi edition

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Twitter Mailbag: Fowlkes on superfights, bad judging and Ronda Rousey in UFC

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so if you find any gravy stains on this week’s edition of the Twitter Mailbag, please bear with us.

In this installment of the TMB, we delve into the politics of the potential Anderson Silva-Georges St-Pierre superfight, the dimming prospects for a true women’s division in the UFC, what you let yourself in for when you turn down a fight, and much more.

To ask a question of your own, open up the Twitter and find @BenFowlkesMMA. To have some knowledge kicked your way, read on.

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UFC 177 injuries and medical suspensions: Joe Soto and Danny Castillo face possible six-month sits

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The Sunday Junkie deadline reminder, win a free ‘Fighters Only’ subscription

As a reminder, submissions for the upcoming edition of “The Sunday Junkie” are due by Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

All topics – including this week’s flurry of fight bookings and all upcoming events – are open for discussion. The person who sends in the submission we deem the best (based on timeliness of subject, clarity and overall persuasiveness) is the winner.

Each winner receives a free year’s subscription to “Fighters Only,” the world’s leading MMA and lifestyle magazine.

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Huerta, Askren, Aoki and Narantungalag win big at ONE FC 19

Former UFC star Roger Huerta snapped a four-year losing streak today in Dubai, with a first round TKO stoppage over Christian Holley. Huerta got the fight to the ground early and transitioned to the back of Holley, where he threw punches until the referee was forced to stop the fight.

?El Matador? had not fought in over two years. Post-fight, Huerta admitted that he very nearly walked away from the sport of MMA for good, though he credits his teammates to getting him back into competition.

?I owe it to them,? he said.

?I almost hung it up. I almost retired I almost didn?t want to do it. ?

New champions at featherweight and welterweight

Later in the ONE FC 19 card, Jadamba Narantungalag stole the featherweight title from Koji Oishi via unanimous decision. Narantungalag was the more active fighter and, save for a scare in the third round where he was stunned by strikes, he managed to control the pace and do the most damage over five rounds.

Nobutatsu Suzuki lost his welterweight ONE FC title in just a minute and a half to former Olympic wrestler and Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren in the co-main event. Askren stormed across the cage at the bell, took the Karate fighter down with ease and then unleashed dozens of unanswered strikes to the downed Japanese champ until the referee halted the bout.

It just may have been one of the most dominating and one-sided major title fights in MMA history. Askren continued his brash trash talk even after the fight ended when explaining his strategy.

?Walk across the cage grab a man, throw him on the ground and keep on punching him until the ref stops it,? Askren said, bluntly.

Aoki dominates, defends

In the night?s main event, Shinya Aoki won with almost just as much ease. Though the defending lightweight champion went in against a strong wrestler in challenger Kamal Shalorus, the Japanese submission specialist went right for the take down at the start and soon secured a take down.

From there, Aoki took the mount, and then back of Shalorus, before sinking in a rear naked choke. Veteran referee Yuji Shimada missed or ignored Shalorus? tap out but, seconds later, recognized his second signal of submission and stopped the fight.

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Smart tips for a low Carb weight cut

SMART TIPS FOR A LOW CARB WEIGHT CUT

Low carbohydrate diets are one of the most tried and tested ways to make weight leading up to a fight. Here we?ve teamed up with the Sports Scientists at Myprotein.com to look at the foods you should be including in your diet if you?re thinking of using this particular weight cut method.

Firstly it?s perhaps important to explain why so many fighters and nutritionists favour cutting out carbs before a weigh in. It has a lot to do with the way carbohydrates are stored in the body, since once carbohydrates are eaten they are stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen. Muscle glycogen specifically weighs about 18 grams per kg of lean body mass and one gram of glycogen is linked to about 3.5 grams of water. So to run through an example for a featherweight fighter weighing 62kg with 20kg of lean body mass muscle:

? 20 Kg (of lean body mass) x 18 grams of glycogen = 360 grams of total glycogen
? 360 grams (of glycogen) x 3.5 grams of water = 1260 grams of water

This means in theory this particular featherweight fighter has 1.62kg of weight to cut in their muscles and water alone (this is in addition to cutting weight in the digestive system and water retention from other parts of the body.)

Now we understand the way in which carbohydrates are stored within the body, the key is cutting carbohydrates out of the diet whilst including certain foods that ensure you remain energised and don?t suffer mentally or physically.

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BAMMA 11: Live on Channel 5

As BAMMA nears its tweens with its 11th show they continue to break new ground in UK MMA with their 11h show being broadcast live on Channel 5. The return of UK MMA’s most famous fighter, Alex Reid, to the cage should draw a wide audience of people from fight fans to celeb watchers which can only be a good thing for the growth of the sport in the UK.

Running from 23:00 hours to 00:15 hours, the Saturday night broadcast features Alex Reid vs. Sam Boo live and marks the first time that Mixed
Martial Arts is aired live on Channel 5. The programme also includes Foupa ? Pokem vs. Marshman, which, if you’ve ever seen Marshman fight you know will be an epic battle, plus taped highlights from earlier in the night.

BAMMA?s director David Green said:

?We are thrilled to see BAMMA 11 going out live on Five and 1st December marks a really big moment for us.  The official figures released from Channel 5 following the BAMMA 10 taped broadcast showed audiences peaking at 275, 000.  Going live on Five is a big step up for BAMMA but a challenge that we feel confident and excited about and we look forward to the opportunity of taking MMA to a broader Saturday night audience.?

Internationally BAMMA 11, presented by Go Daddy.com, will be shown on AXS-TV (US), The Fight Network (Canada), Red Media (RUSSIA), TV Esporte Interativo (Brazil), Setana (Africa) and TDN (Latin America).

*Buy tickets here: **http://bit.ly/iKuapN* <http://bit.ly/iKuapN>**

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Smart tips for a low Carb weight cut

SMART TIPS FOR A LOW CARB WEIGHT CUT

Low carbohydrate diets are one of the most tried and tested ways to make weight leading up to a fight. Here we?ve teamed up with the Sports Scientists at Myprotein.com to look at the foods you should be including in your diet if you?re thinking of using this particular weight cut method.

Firstly it?s perhaps important to explain why so many fighters and nutritionists favour cutting out carbs before a weigh in. It has a lot to do with the way carbohydrates are stored in the body, since once carbohydrates are eaten they are stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen. Muscle glycogen specifically weighs about 18 grams per kg of lean body mass and one gram of glycogen is linked to about 3.5 grams of water. So to run through an example for a featherweight fighter weighing 62kg with 20kg of lean body mass muscle:

? 20 Kg (of lean body mass) x 18 grams of glycogen = 360 grams of total glycogen
? 360 grams (of glycogen) x 3.5 grams of water = 1260 grams of water

This means in theory this particular featherweight fighter has 1.62kg of weight to cut in their muscles and water alone (this is in addition to cutting weight in the digestive system and water retention from other parts of the body.)

Now we understand the way in which carbohydrates are stored within the body, the key is cutting carbohydrates out of the diet whilst including certain foods that ensure you remain energised and don?t suffer mentally or physically.

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UFC Fight Night 50 preview: Five burning questions going into ‘Jacare vs. Mousasi’ on FOX Sports 1

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