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Morning Report: Luke Rockhold challenges Michael Bisping; Legalization of MMA in NY ‘unlikely’ for 2013

If you’re anywhere near or within the top-10 of the UFC middleweight division, chances are you’ve probably called out Michael Bisping. Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold is the new guy in town, and he never really got his opportunity, so on Tuesday Rockhold couldn’t resist joining the popular Bisping Fan Club. @bisping u dont have opponent, I dont have opponent, u talk shit about practice i say we set the record straight once & for all @danawhite ”” Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) May 28, 2013 Unfortunately the AKA product forgot that Bisping is a somewhat of grizzled veteran at this sort of thing by now. So it didn’t take long for the Brit to cheekily respond. @lukerockhold @danawhite I say you go and win a fight in the UFC then we can talk. ”” michael (@bisping) May 28, 2013 Oof, hit ”Ëœem right where it hurts. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 for Michael Bisping. And now that we’ve met our silly story quota for the day, let’s go ahead and get to the goods. 6 MUST-READ STORIES Zingano out, Tate in. A previously undisclosed May 16 knee injury led Cat Zingano to withdraw from the filming of The Ultimate Fighter 18. As such, former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate joined the show as a replacement coach and will challenge Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title in December. MMA in NY update. According to a report from The New York Daily News, the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York could very likely be threatened by recent sexual harassment complaints against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. It’s a long, largely nonsensical excuse, but one that led a source to declare, I don’t think this is the year. I think it’s unlikely. Newell signs. One-armed lightweight prospect Nick Newell inked a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting. Newell’s debut is expected to arrive sometime in August or September, according to WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz. UFC 164 bookings. A pair of pivotal featherweight battles are the latest additions to the UFC 164 fight card: Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida and Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier. Mir wants Barnett. Said Frank Mir about a potential fight against newly-signed UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett, via El Octagono: I think that would be a phenomenal fight. I think that some of the fans have talked about it a lot on the Internet as far as who is the better catch wrestler. And I think that I would be more than happy to welcome him to the UFC. UFC 160 salaries. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez led the disclosed payroll for UFC 160, pocketing $400,000 for his first-round TKO title defense against Antonio Bigfoot Silva. MEDIA STEW Ladies and gentlemen, your new TUF 18 coaching cast: &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A href=http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=f0de7a8a-87fa-4246-86e0-c67c36db46ae&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication mce_href=http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=f0de7a8a-87fa-4246-86e0-c67c36db46ae&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication target=_new title=<a class=’sbn-auto-link’ href=http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/191797/dana-white mce_href=http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/191797/dana-white>Dana White</a>, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate React To TUF Drama&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Video: Dana White, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate React To TUF Drama&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; So you want to be a fighter? Well, I have some bad news. First you have to get used to this: When introductions take longer than the actual fight — that’s when you know you have something special. Props to Suicidekimura for the find. Need another reason to tune in June 9 to Metamoris II? Ed O’Neill, aka Al Bundy, is doing the color commentary. AL BUNDY! Props to New York Ric for the find. Back in 2005, before TUF 1, Melvin Guillard made his professional boxing debut. It didn’t go as well as expected. (FYI this one has no audio, so load up whatever song you think fits.) (HT: CagePotato) BOOM @bisping u dont have opponent, I dont have opponent, u talk shit about practice i say we set the record straight once & for all @danawhite ”” Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) May 28, 2013 @lukerockhold @danawhite I say you go and win a fight in the UFC then we can talk. ”” michael (@bisping) May 28, 2013 ALSO For those asking, I have no news yet on a next opponent. I’m sure ill heat something soon though. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂 ”” michael (@bisping) May 28, 2013 YEAR OF THE REMATCH Your #TUF18 coaches & your first glimpse of the new season: @rondarousey and @mieshatate square off in the TUF Gym twitter.com/ufc/status/339”¦ ”” UFC (@ufc) May 29, 2013 Getting settled in for #tuf18 first pic of the trip #teamrousey @marinashafir @mannygamburyan”¦ instagram.com/p/Z1iKvShEXU/ ”” Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) May 28, 2013 Well… Just got off surgery. Thx @danawhite and @ufc for all ur support thru all o…

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