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Kenai Andrews is an editor at Postmedia's Canada.com, creator and chief blogger of MMA Crossfire. Kenai's motto is: Dare to be different. Email Kenai at kenai.andrews@mmacrossfire.com
Mike Swain

MMA Crossfire – 4-time Olympian and Judo World Champion Mike Swain shares his Halloween story

Many Crossfire readers will be trick-or-treating tonight in one form or another.

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TUF 20

MMA Crossfire – TUF 20: Ep. 7 preview: US women’s soccer team members pay a visit

Episode 7 of Season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter will have a distinctive kick to it.

Two members of the US women’s national soccer team, Sydney Leroux and  Megan Rapinoe pay a visit to the TUF 20 octagon, to meet with Team Pettis and Team Melendez, who are behind 0-6 in the series.

Episode 7 is being called Risk It All, and will air Wednesday November 5th at 10pm ET on FOX Sports One in the US, and Sportsnet 360 in Canada.

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The first UFC women’s strawweight champion in the company’s history will be crowned at the conclusion of the series.

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Bottom Row (L to R): Joanne Calderwood, Jessica Penne, Alex Chambers, Angela Hill
Top Row (L to R): Randa Markos, Justine Kish, Tecia Torres, Aisling Daly, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Megan Rapinoe (USWNT), Sydney Leroux (USWNT), Emily Kagan, Heather Jo Clark, Lisa Ellis. Courtesy Zuffa LLC.

“We go through a lot of the same things being a female professional athlete,” said Leroux.  “We talked about that and we touched on that.  One of the girls has a kid and we have girls who have children on our team as well and we talked about that.  There’s just a really big connection between female sports.”

Team Melendez will rely #7 Rose Namajunas (2-1-0) against Team Pettis #10 Alex Chambers (4-1-0).

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MMA Crossfire readers keeping score will remember the US women’s soccer team recently qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which takes place in Canada from June 6th to July 5th.

They are the 2014 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) champions.

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Bottom Row (L to R): Joanne Calderwood, Jessica Penne, Alex Chambers, Angela Hill

Top Row (L to R): Randa Markos, Justine Kish, Tecia Torres, Aisling Daly, Carla Esparza, Felice Herrig, Megan Rapinoe (USWNT), Sydney Leroux (USWNT), Emily Kagan, Heather Jo Clark, Lisa Ellis

 

Benson Henderson

MMA Crossfire – Benson Henderson and Eddie Alvarez to collide at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston

In addition to the Conor McGregor – Dennis Siver main event, lightweights #5 Benson Henderson (21-4-0) and #10 Eddie Alvarez (25-4-0)  will join them as the co-main event.

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UFC 183

MMA Crossfire – Watch Anderson Silva talk about his UFC 183 return vs Nick Diaz

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva declared his return to mixed martial arts to some fanfare with an interview in his native home of Brazil.

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TUF 4 Brazil

MMA Crossfire – Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua are the coaches for TUF 4 Brazil

The UFC and Brazilian TV network Globo announced today Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (22-9-0) will be coaches on Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

The series will be filmed in Las Vegas in early 2015 and will stream on UFC FightPass.

Silva and Rua are two of Brazil’s greatest fighters, with Silva defending the UFC middleweight strap a record ten times and Rua winning the light-heavyweight strap from fellow countrymen Lyoto Machida in 2010.

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One important distinction in this series is that the two will not fight each other at the end.

Approximately 600 lightweight and bantamweight fighters tried out for the TUF 4 tryouts October 27th.

“A lot of people were worried we’d never see Anderson Silva back in the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “But, not only is he back in the Octagon on January 31 at UFC 183, he’s coaching TUF for the very first time. Anderson Silva is as committed to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts than he’s ever been, and I cannot wait to see one of the greatest of all time pass his knowledge on to a new generation of Brazilian fighters.

“And if there’s any Brazilian fighter who can go up against Anderson as a coach, it’s Shogun. Shogun Rua has done everything in the sport and if he trains his team to fight in the same attacking style he’s always used, Anderson’s team is in for one hell of a season.”

The show will be under the creative direction of the Brazilian TV producer Boninho, with the location being Las Vegas.

“Once again, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil was designed and developed by the great partnership between Globo and the UFC,” Boninho said. “We’ve come up with some great concepts for this new season and supervised the creative execution of what I know will be another hit season.”

“I think I can offer this next generation of Brazilian talent real insight into what it takes to succeed in the UFC,” Silva added. “I will bring everything I know about the martial arts, and my own values of what it means to be a martial artist, to my team.”

“To coach on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil is a dream come true, and an opportunity I wanted for a long time,” Rua said. “To have my team compete against a team coached by a legend and former training partner like Anderson Silva makes it even better! Me and Anderson go a long way, training together back when we were both aiming to be stars, and to do this with him now on the biggest platform and having a chance to show people what MMA is really about is just amazing! I look forward to finding great talent and helping them become winners!”

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The Ultimate Fighter

MMA Crossfire – Watch Aisling Daly and Angela Magana prepare for TUF 20 Ep. 6 battle

Team Pettis’ Aisling Daly (7-5-0) and Team Melendez’s Angela Magana (11-6-0) will battle tonight in Episode 6 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Team Pettis has a 5-0 stranglehold and Team Melendez is in danger of being the first team to get swept.

Can Magana bring it home for Team Melendez?

Let’s take a look at some of their training, then vote below in our TUF poll.

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Courtesy UFC/Zuffa LLC.

Team Pettis – Aisling Daly

Team Melendez – Angela Magana

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Ronda Rousey

MMA Crossfire – Rousey – Zingano, Weidman – Belfort moved to UFC 184

Ronda Rousey (10-0-0) and Cat Zingano (9-0-0) will battle for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship in the co-main event of UFC 184, instead of UFC 182.

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