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Happy Kreter

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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March Madness has produced basketball insanity with upsets galore. But even after all the tight finishes, overtime, and buzzer beaters of the first round, there was something bigger just around the corner.

On Saturday, the NCAA’s #1 overall seed, the Kansas Jayhawks were eliminated from the big dance by Northern Iowa in just the second round.

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Nick Diaz avenged his last loss by winning a unanimous decision victory over KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II from San Jose, California. It’s now been three years since Diaz has lost, but more impressive than that is how he’s done what he’s done. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has out-struck former pro-boxer Noons, Lithuanian knockout artist Marius Zaromskis, and Japanese stand-up legend Hayato Sakurai.

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Anderson Silva extended his winning streak to 13 straight victories at UFC 117 on Saturday night, but just barely. After being controlled for four rounds and most of the fifth by Chael Sonnen, the world middleweight champion pulled off a submission win via triangle choke to snatch a win out of the fire and retain his title.

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The second UFC on Versus event took place Sunday, featuring some fast rising fighters in the world of mixed martial arts. Light heavyweight phenom Jon “Bones” Jones made an impressive statement by polishing off grizzled veteran and fellow wrestling standout Vladimir Matyushenko. Meanwhile, Yushin Okami’s winning performance against Mark Munoz puts him in the middleweight title picture.

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It was one of the least anticipated UFC cards in recent memory, and UFC 119 lived up to its lack of billing. The night was markedly short on decisive outcomes. In some cases, hard fought seesaw battles provided entertainment, as in the case of Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader. But in the featured match of the night, Frank Mir vs. Mirko CroCop Filipovic, the two fighters refused to take sufficient risk to establish a compelling pace.

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Brock Lesnar versus Shane Carwin was billed as the biggest heavyweight MMA match in the history of the sport. At UFC 116 from Las Vegas, the short but sweet fight lived up to its billing with a stunning start and equally shocking finish as Lesnar went on to retain the world heavyweight title.

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The world’s #1 ranked heavyweight MMA fighter may not come out on top of that poll the next time it’s published. Fedor Emelianenko suffered what is considered his first legitimate loss on Saturday when he tapped out to Fabricio Werdum’s triangle armbar submission at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum.

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The UFC’s reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter, has reached the final stages of its 11th season. As usual, the final night features the big fight for the UFC contract, as well as other high-profile fights between established UFC names. Saturday June 19 will see the likes of Matt Hamill, Keith Jardine, Spencer Fisher, and Chris Leben highlight a night of MMA.

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Strikeforce prepares for another event as they pursue a share of the MMA market in a UFC mad North America. Despite having some of the sport’s top talent, Strikeforce as so far failed to steal much attention from most UFC fans. Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Robbie Lawler, and Marius Zaromskis are all entertaining fighters, though. So let’s have a look at how they will do in Wednesday’s event.

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Chuck Liddell made his return to the octagon at UFC 115 from GM Place in Vancouver on Saturday. Fellow returning MMA vet Rich Franklin, who had had a shorter layoff, played spoiler to what was supposed to be one last run at the title for Liddell.

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After a lot of red tape and jumping through hoops, the UFC will finally make its Western Canadian debut at UFC 115 in Vancouver. Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin square off in the main event, while Pat Barry and Mirko “Cro-cop” Filipovic serve as the co-headliners. There aren’t a ton of superstars in this one, but MMA fans can expect some exciting fights from athletes on the rise in the fast-rising combat sport.

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UFC 114 was one of the most-hyped MMA fights of the year, and in the end, Rashad Evans used his superior quickness to dominate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Michael Bisping also found his way back to the win column by picking apart Dan Miller. Meanwhile fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Diego Sanchez suffered an upset at the hands of Bisping’s English countryman, John Hathaway.

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DREAM 14 is in the books and it was another stellar night from Japan’s biggest MMA promotion. Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, continued to show his status as one of the top fighters at 170 by taking out Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Soon, the Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre conversation will reach the proportions of the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar conversation. Can the UFC get this one done?

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This Saturday Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will settle their long running feud at UFC 114 in Las Vegas. It’s bound to be one of the biggest nights of the year in MMA, and also includes fighters like Michael Bisping and Diego Sanchez looking to get their careers back on track. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will also attempt to continue his meteoric rise through the UFC ranks.

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The UFC looks to redeem itself after the fiasco of its last pay-per-view with a strong showing in Montreal for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2. The fighters themselves are also looking for redemption, as light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and #1 contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have unfinished business from their last meeting.

Rua and Machida last met in October at UFC 104. Rua came in as a huge underdog, but controlled much of the fight, landing more strikes and doing more damage. Somehow Machida was awarded a unanimous decision and retained his title.

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