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Gilbert Melendez in contract dispute with UFC

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11:39 AM ET 02.13 | UFC lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez is currently in contract negotiations, but it isn't going well. As mixed martial arts fans eagerly wait for Melendez's next fight, they may be coming to the realization that his next fight could be outside of the UFC. Melendez's talks with the UFC are apparently not going well, and UFC president Dana White is increasingly frustrated.

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UFC signs RFA champ Pedro Munhoz to face Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170

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05:14 PM ET 02.10 | It was only a matter of time until RFA champion Pedro Munhoz received a call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and that call came just over two weeks after he easily disposed of Billy Daniels at RFA 12. Munhoz will step up on short notice to face Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170, according to Kings MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro on Instagram. Assuncao was in need of a new opponent after Francisco Rivera withdrew from their scheduled bout due to an injury. This will be a great opportunity for Munhoz to improve on his 10-0 record and introduce himself the the rest of the mixed martial arts fan base that may not have been paying attention to one of the top bantamweights outside of the UFC. UFC 170 will be taking place Feb. 22 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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UFC 172 adds Jessamyn Duke vs. Bethe Correia

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05:36 PM ET 01.31 | The Ultimate Fighter season 18 alum Jessamyn Duke will be returning to the octagon for the first time since the TUF 18 Finale, after being matched up with Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia. Duke vs. Correia will take place on the UFC 172 fight card on April 26 in Baltimore, Md. After an incredible fight against Raquel Pennington on TUF, Duke became a fan favorite. She has continued training with women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey since the show wrapped and she will be looking to keep her unbeaten record intact. Correia was able to defeat women's mixed martial arts pioneer Julie Kedzie in her UFC debut, as she advanced her pro record to 7-0. UFC 172 will take place at the Baltimore Arena, with a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira serving as the main event.

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Dana White on Brock Lesnar: We'll see what happens

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05:33 PM ET 01.31 | Over the course of the last month, there have been a number of rumors about a potential UFC return for former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Dana White had previously denied the rumors, but now he is leaving the door open. White has recently said that Lesnar would like to return to the octagon and we will just have to wait and see what happens. If Lesnar returns, we could potentially see him facing the loser of this weekend's meeting between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem at UFC 169.

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Vinny Magalhaes signs five-fight deal with Titan FC

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05:30 PM ET 01.31 | After suffering back-to-back losses to Phil Davis and Anthony Perosh inside of the UFC octagon, light heavyweight Vinny Magalhaes was released from the promotion. Magalhaes had previously said that he would retire if he was cut loose from the UFC, but now he has found a new home and is ready to get back on the win column. On Thursday night, it was reported that Magalhaes has signed a five-fight deal with Titan Fighting Championship. Magalhaes is expected to make his Titan FC debut in April.

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