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‘Cro Cop’ down but never out

Gabriel Gonzaga bloodied Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, taking him down in the first two rounds of their UFC fight in Poland on Saturday. But the 40-year-old Filipovic finally launched an attack and finished off Gonzaga in the third.

UFC hires BALCO, Armstrong investigator

Earlier this year, the UFC promised to overhaul its drug testing program. On Monday, it hired Jeff Novitzky — who investigated BALCO, Lance Armstrong and Roger Clemens — to run the organization’s clean initiative education program.

Maynard hopes home cooking gets UFC career on track

Gray Maynard is back living in Las Vegas and ready to begin his ascent in the lightweight division when he faces Alexander Yakovlev on the preliminary card of Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Fairfax, Va. Maynard started his career 10-0-1, but has lost four of five fights since.