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News across the mixed martial arts community happens on a daily basis. Here are a few of the most recent news bites that have hit the wires.

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Thiago Out

Brazilian welterweight Paulo Thiago has been forced to pull out from his fight with Johny Hendricks. The two were set to face off at UFC on Versus 3 on March 3. An elbow injury is the reported cause of Thiago having to miss the bout.

Thiago’s manager Wallid Ismail has reported that the fighter will have to undergo elbow surgery to remove bone fragments from the joint. The exact date of the surgery was not announced, although it is expected to be sometime by the end of the week.

Thiago is a stout opponent in the UFC’s ultra-competitive welterweight division. The dual black belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu holds wins over Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and Jacob Volkmann. In his most recent outing at UFC 121 this past October, Thiago was defeated in a highly competitive bout against Diego Sanchez.

Bellator Makes Tournament Official

Bellator Fighting Championship’s fourth season and third welterweight tournament is set to being on March 5 in the sunny state of California. First reported on, the event will be held at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

This event will be the organization’s first live show under their new partnership with MTV2. While matchups have not yet been announced, it is expected that all four quarterfinals matchups will occur during that night. Numerous candidates for fights have been announced, but none have been made official as of yet.

The welterweight tournament will include Lyman Good, Dan Hornbuckle, Jay Hieron, Rick Hawn, Jim Walhead, Chris Lozano, Brent Weedman, and Steve Carl. Each fighter is looking for a shot against current champion Ben Askern.

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