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This Week in MMA Link Spot: Challengers, Bout Signings, Legal Wranglings

The weekend is here and has you covered with some solid weekend reading. With Strikeforce Challengers here, the MMA dry spell is over. Here's some coverage from Challengers, plus the rest of the news of the week:

Strikeforce Challengers IX: Kaufman, Del Rosario win

Strikeforce Challengers IX Open Thread, Discussion, Results - MMA For Real had an open thread with discussion and results for Strikeforce Challengers.

Kaufman sticks it to Strikeforce, Showtime with impressive KO win - MMA For Real
Sarah Kaufman was impressive in victory Friday and should earn her way onto a main Strikeforce show for her next title defense.

Strikeforce, Showtime have continually dropped ball on women's division - MMA For Real
Strikeforce has dropped the ball time and time again on what could be a very successful women's division.

Lights Out Radio Presented by - Episode 230: MMA Discussion - MMA For Real
Lights Out Radio was live Wednesday afternoon to talk the latest in MMA, including Strikeforce Challengers and a wide variety of the latest MMA news.

Other News & Notes

Report: Jackson/Machida on tap for fall UFC event - MMA For Real
Published reports state that Quinton Jackson will meet Lyoto Machida this fall.

SB Nation Exclusive Interview: Randy Couture - MMA For Real spoke with Randy Couture about a variety of topics.

It's official: Shields signs with UFC, will face Kampmann in first fight - MMA For Real
Jake Shields has officially signed with the UFC.

Strikeforce finally playing hardball with M-1 Global? - MMA For Real
After suffering defeat for the first time in many years, it appears Fedor Emelianenko's management team is on the wrong side of the table when it comes to negotiations with Strikeforce.

Don't Cry for Me Vancouver! - Watch Kalib Run
No more MMA and UFC in Vancouver.

Herman, Bellator Locked in Legal Battle takes a look at the legal maneuverings between heavyweight fighter Dave Herman and Bellator Fighting Championships.

Fistic Medicine: The Sweet Science of Hand Protection takes a look at one of the more underrated aspects of combat sports: Hand protection.