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Morning Report: Miesha Tate wouldn’t fight Fallon Fox; Fedor Emelianenko to end retirement only ‘if God tells me to’

A calm Monday is always a nice respite after the bustle of a big fight week. And yes, that counts double after last week’s Diaz drama-coaster. So as we twiddle our collective thumbs awaiting April’s four-week, four-event UFC hurricane, won’t you join me as we settle back into the swing of things with some headlines? 5 MUST-READ STORIES Tate wouldn’t fight Fox. UFC bantamweight contender Miesha Tate told ESPN that she wouldn’t be willing to fight transgender fighter Fallon Fox. Said Tate: I have nothing against transgender people. You should live your life however you want. It’s about fighter safety. I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting in with someone who is a woman but developed as a man. I just don’t think it would be safe. Gracie, Zahabi react to weekend. Cesar Gracie responded to the potential retirement of his pupil, Nick Diaz, along with UFC President Dana White’s suggestion that Diaz would be better off without Gracie as his manager. Meanwhile, Georges St-Pierre’s trainer, Firas Zahabi, addressed UFC 158’s hand wrap controversy before revealing that St-Pierre was running a slight fever on fight day. Diaz okay after police tweet. After a rough weekend in Montreal, Nick Diaz tweeted out a now-deleted photo of Diaz sitting on the sidewalk next to police cruiser — joined by the caption, F—, they got us 🙁 — followed by two more photos and captions on Instagram. According to TMZ, Diaz ‘was never arrested and was released without incidents from the scene, however the driver of the car and another passenger weren’t so lucky. The MMA Hour. Ariel Helwani returns with another packed edition of The MMA Hour, featuring Nick Diaz’s manager and trainer Cesar Gracie, Georges St-Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi, Andrei Arlovski, Braulio Estima, Aaron Simpson and our own Mike Chiappetta. Estima ‘disappointed.’ BJJ star Braulio Estima explained the chain of events that led to his unsavory exchange with Nick Diaz and Kron Gracie after UFC 158. MEDIA STEW Only if God tells me to come back. No other way. — Fedor Emelianenko on coming out of retirement. Tonight’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones’ Bubba McDaniel vs. Team Sonnen’s Kevin Casey in this season’s wildcard match. (Also, to steal a quote from YouTuber Igor Brown: Chael looking like his head was going to explode with the amount of DUI jokes he had in his mind when the breathalyzer came out.) Remember that double KO from last week? Now you can relive it without that awful, grainy cell phone footage. It’s going to be a good day. (HT: Bloody Elbow) Something tells me Michael Pastou didn’t get all these rides from his TUF Smashes income. (Also, Brad Pickett needs his own show. Make it happen, people who make things happen.) Over 300 welterweights tried out for the cast of TUF Brazil 2, which is coached by Brazilian heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum. 28 prospects ultimately made the cut, and this is a behind a scenes look at that process. Just go ahead and fast forward to 3:55. You can thank me later. (Two of these in one day?! Man, y’all are spoiled.) (HT: MiddleEasy) This was a sign outside in the Rosemont area of Montreal over the weekend. Good idea, perfect execution. MMA Fighting scores it 10-out-of-10. Props to Hugues Charron for the find. CHAMP ON THE MEND PT twice a day and making progress every day #teammighty”¦ ”” Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) March 18, 2013 Another pic from pt today feels good to stretch 🙂 #teammighty”¦ ”” Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) March 18, 2013 TAKING IT WELL Congrats to @darren_elkins An honour to do battle with you in the octagon! Gr8 talking to you and your team after the fight. Cheers! ”” Antonio Carvalho (@AntonioPatoMMA) March 18, 2013 Thanks to everyone for all the kind and positive messages! Defeat always hurts. That said, I will get back on the horse again. Cheers! ”” Antonio Carvalho (@AntonioPatoMMA) March 18, 2013 ON RETIREMENT My decision will be based on a number of factors, including the health of my eye, which has yet to be [email protected] @arielhelwani ”” Kyle Kingsbury (@Kingsbu) March 18, 2013 RECOVERING SKYSCRAPER It feels gooooooooood to be able to chew again! 🙂 Feeling great again folks and very motivated for my next fight! Back 2 the gym next week! ”” Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) March 17, 2013 GRIM UPDATE Prindle backed out…. fight is off!This sucks but @bellatormma & @bjornrebney are gonna take care of me;)being a fighter is tough ”” Brett Rogers (@Brettrogersmma) March 19, 2013 THAT SETTLES THAT Chael.RT @erik_levesque: @danhendo who do you think has the best wrestling in the UFC besides you of course ha? ”” Dan Henderson (@danhendo) March 17, 2013 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Announced yesterday (Monday, March 18, 2013): N/A FANPOST OF THE DAY Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes from heavyfl0w, who writes: UFC 158 Postfight Thoughts: Hendricks, Condit, Cruickshank, And The Death Of Fatrick This a…

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