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In recent years, millions have watched Mixed Martial Arts take mainstream audiences by storm and earn the reputation of the fastest growing sport in the world. With MMA’s fast rising popularity, many around the world have adopted their favorite fighters, organizations and some have decided to test their skills as fighters themselves. This ever-growing popularity leaves these fans, trainers, competitors and enthusiasts in search of the ultimate web-site experience to cater to their specific MMA needs.

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Article Index

A Penny For Your Thoughts
CagedforLife.com Launch Party
UFC 92 Quick Results
UFC 92 Analysis and Predictions
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 Fight Card
"GoodFellas" Live Results
Hometown Hero Electrifies Albuquerque Convention Center UFC 90: Living Up To the Hype

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Posted 11:08 a.m. MST, Dec. 30
By Robert Casaus
CEO/CagedforLife.com

As we begin our second week as an established website, I can’t help but reflect on what it has taken to get C4L to where we are today. CagedforLife.com is the result of hundreds of hours of hard work, countless sacrifices, dedication, and passion of what we do. As the time has passed we have developed an outstanding team, built strong partnerships, made new friends and have been truly blessed to meet and write about some of the best fighters our sport has to offer.

As of this morning, I am proud to announce that CagedforLife.com has passed the 15,000 hit mark, and that number continues to rise by the hour. Your support of our site is greatly appreciated, and I encourage all of you to check back daily. As we continue to grow, we will offer you, the fan, more of what you deserve when you search for the Caged For Life experience.

I also ask that you stay involved in what we have to offer the sport. This is your site, and we have put our hearts, time, and souls into creating the perfect spot for you. We are working on some great pages, and each and every one of them is open for you to get involved in. Our nutrition page is a great place for you guys to tell us how you stay fit, what you guys do to cut weight, or even what you like to eat while in training. We have an events page for you, and in the eyes of C4L there is no event that is too small to be published. City grappling tournaments, school kick-boxing events, or city MMA cards are all worthy of being publicized. Please feel free to send us anything that is going on in your city on this page, and we would be happy to post it to our site.

Our Vice-President and Chief of Operations, Scott Tillman, is always available for anything you guys need. He is very passionate about our fans, and equally passionate about making sure the site runs smoothly. I have learned a great deal from Scott, and have the utmost faith that he will help take CagedforLife.com to the top.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion of the World “Sugar” Rashad Evans on his victory over a very tough Forrest Griffin. The new Interim Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir, also deserves a pat on the back for both his victory and his recovery. We all watched the Frank Mir of old on Saturday, and it reminded me what a true champion is made of.

As for the official C4L Launch Party, I couldn’t be more pleased. We successfully launched the site, and had a great time doing it. I wasn’t sure what our turnout would be like, and was very pleased when we reached capacity almost two hours before the event was scheduled to begin. I have to thank Buffalo Wild Wings of Albuquerque for allowing us to host the party in their facilities, and for treating us with the highest possible hospitality. To our sponsors: The party wouldn’t have been possible without you. I’d like to thank Heavy Hands Knockout Wear for being on site, and for giving away clothes to the fans. Leonard Kagan Photography thank you for taking our pictures and for donating the signed memorabilia. LA Boxing, Max Muscle of Albuquerque, Machi Sports, Words and Images Design, and Juan Romero Promotions you are all greatly appreciated as well.

Finally, I would like to ask all of our fans to visit NewMexicoFIGHT.com.

Albuquerque is one of the biggest fight towns in our great nation, and NewMexicoFIGHT.com is dedicated to providing you with the latest MMA news that comes out of the Land of Enchantment. When we began our journey, we knew that we had to build partnerships in New Mexico and after searching a few different sites, we had faith that NewMexicoFIGHT.com was the perfect fit. It was one of the few sites in New Mexico that shared our values of honesty, integrity, and professionalism, and we couldn’t be happier with the partnership. So thank you again to all of the fans, we truly do appreciate you.

Sincerely,
Robert Casaus
CEO/CagedforLife.com

CagedforLife.com Launch Party

Dec. 27, Buffalo Wild Wings, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Partygoers and restaurant staff mug for the camera Partygoers and restaurant staff mug for the camera.

View of restaurant The fights were shown on 50+ plasma screens with audio blasting through the entire restaurant and bar.

CagedforLife.com and NewMexicoFIGHT.com staff After the fights, several items were raffled off. Left to right: Scott Tillman and Robert Casaus of CagedforLife.com; Jesus Prairie of NewMexicoFIGHT.com.

Robert Casaus and Scott Tillman Robert Casaus and Scott Tillman get worked up as yet another fight ends in a TKO.



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UFC 92 Quick Results

Rashad Evans defeats Forrest Griffin via TKO (strikes) in Round 3 to become UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

Frank Mir defeats Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira via technical knockout in Round 2 to become UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeats Wanderlei Silva via KO (strikes) Round 1

Cheick Kongo defeats Mustafa Al-Turk via TKO (strikes) Round 1

CB Dollaway defeats Mike Massenzio via TKO (strikes) Round 1

Yushin Okami defeats Dean Lister via unanimous decision

Antoni Hardonk defeats Mike Wessel via TKO (strikes) Round 2

Matt Hamill defeats Reese Andy via TKO (strikes) Round 2

Brad Blackburn defeats Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision

Pat Barry defeats Dan Evensen via TKO (strikes) Round 1


CagedforLife.com UFC 92 Analysis & Predictions

Posted 9:45 p.m. MST, Dec. 26
By Scott Tillman

UFC 92 features an electrifying night of fights featuring some of the world’s premier fighters. (See the card for the featured fights below)

Among others, C4L has our eyes set on three of the featured bouts of the evening–first being Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against Frank Mir. While Mir has delivered lackluster performances in the recent past, he proved he was back with a solid fight that resulted in a submission win over now-Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. With the winner of this fight set to meet Lesnar in his first title defense next year, C4L is foaming at the mouth over the prospects of a Mir/Lesnar rematch. Not to look past Nogueira’s formidable 31-4-1 record or his overall well-roundedness, but C4L feels that Mir is the better fighter, and barring some form of mental lapse or in-cage catastrophe, the better fighter will prevail.

Moving on to C4L’s second featured bout–Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Wanderlei Silva. While most MMA pundits are labeling this fight as the one to watch of the evening, C4L has a rather different take on things. First, watching the first two fights between these two, Silva destroyed Jackson, not once, but both times. And not just threw him around the ring like Randy Couture teaching high school wrestling; I mean lit up Rampage. With that and Friday’s weigh-in shoving match fresh in both fighters’ minds, C4L predicts Rampage comes out overly aggressively and gets caught early by Silva. This won’t be the fight of the night, but it most likely will be the knockout of the night.

C4L’s final featured bout features Albuquerque-trained Rashad Evans fighting Forrest Griffin for the UFC Light-Heavyweight title. Evans is coming off of a career-making knockout of legend Chuck Liddell, and Griffin is making his first title defense since taking the belt from Quinton Jackson earlier this year. C4L likes both fighters in this fight; Evans for his broad appeal in the MMA world and his effectiveness as a striker, and Griffin for his resiliency and bruising fighting style. This fight will be the fight of the night. Griffin must protect his chin at all costs and not allow Evans to land one of his devastating right hands. Evans however, must focus on ending the fight in the early rounds. Griffin is known for his ability to endure savage beatings, only to turn the tables on his opponent once he has worn himself out. But, to counter Griffin’s training, Evans has enlisted world-renowned corner-man Greg Jackson of Jackson’s MMA. Jackson’s high-altitude training regimen, coupled with his knowledge of grappling and ground defense has, in C4L’s opinion, given Evans the edge he needed. C4L predicts an amazing display of striking and martial arts, resulting in Evans bringing the Heavyweight championship back to Jackson’s in Albuquerque.


UFC 92 Fighters Make Weight

Posted 9:45 p.m. MST, Dec. 26
The fight card below has been updated with official weights

Live UFC 92 weigh-in results:
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Rashad Evans (203)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (246) vs. Frank Mir (251)
CB Dollaway (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (184)
Wanderlei Silva (203) vs. Quinton Jackson (206)
Cheick Kongo (233) vs. Mustapha al Turk (237)
Yushin Okami (185) vs. Dean Lister (186)
Antoni Hardonk (246) vs. Mike Wessel (260)
Matt Hamill (205) vs. Reese Andy (206)
Ryo Chonan (171) vs. Brad Blackburn (170)
Dan Evensen (242) vs. Patrick Barry (233)

UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 Fight Card

Saturday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m. MST
If you're in Albuquerque, NM, watch the event live at Buffalo Wild Wings, 9200 Montgomery Blvd. NE. That will also be the debut party for CagedforLife.com! Listed below are the top five fights of the night.

Forrest Griffin Vs. Rashad Evans
Forrest Griffin
Height:
6’ 3” (191 cm)
Weight:
205
Record:
16-4-0
Forrest Griffin  Vs.  Rashad Evans
Height:
5’ 11” (180 cm)
Weight:
203
Record:
16-0-1
Rashad Evans
“Sugar”

 

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Frank Mir
Antonio Rodrigo
Nogueira
Height:
6’ 1” (185 cm)
Weight:
246
Record:
31-4-1
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
“Minotauro”
 Vs.  Frank Mir
Height:
6’ 1” (185 cm)
Weight:
251
Record:
11-3-0
Frank Mir

 

CB Dollaway Vs. Mike Massenzio
CB Dollaway
Height:
6’ 2” (188 cm)
Weight:
186 (84 kg)
Record:
8-2-0
CB Dollaway  Vs.  Mike Massenzio
Height:
6’ 2” (188 cm)
Weight:
184
Record:
11-2-0
Mike Massenzio


 

Wanderlei Silva Vs. Quinton Jackson
Wanderlei Silva
Height:
5’ 11” (180 cm)
Weight:
203
Record:
32-8-1
Wanderlei Silva
“The Axe
Murderer”
 Vs.  Quinton Jackson
Height:
6’ 1” (185 cm)
Weight:
206
Record:
28-7-0
Quinton Jackson
“Rampage”


 


Cheick Kongo Vs. Mustapha Al-Turk
Cheick Kongo
Height:
6’ 4” (193 cm)
Weight:
233
Record:
22-4-1
Cheick Kongo  Vs.  Mustapha Al-Turk
Height:
n/a
Weight:
237
Record:
6-3-0
Mustapha Al-Turk


"GoodFellas" Live Results

Dec. 6, 2008, Albuquerque, NM

135 lbs Title Fight (Main Event) - Abel Cullum vs Brett Roller

R1 - Roller lands a front kick to Cullum, catches him off guard, the fight goes to the ground and Roller grabs a guillotine. Cullum stands up and slams Roller into the ground breaking it loose, the two wrestle and fight for position before they stand up, the two fighters clinch, and it quickly goes back to the ground, where Cullum grabs a rear naked and finishes the fight.

R1 - (1:47) Rear Naked Choke Winner: Abel Cullum

145 lbs Interim Title Fight (Co-Main Event) - Angelo Sanchez vs Tony Hervey

R1 - Hervey lands a head kick early in the round that sends Sanchez to the ground, Hervey rushes and delivers devastating lefts and rights. Sanchez manages to stay alive and pulls guard on Hervey the two spend a short time on the ground before the referee stands them up. Hervey gets poked in the left eye, but recovers Sanchez looks to have recovered from the head kick and throws a barrage of punches. The two scramble for position to finish the round.

Close round to call 10-9 Hervey**

R2 - Sanchez pushes Hervey to the cage and controls the clinch, Sanchez throws some foot stomps and the fight goes back to the center. The two throw wild and uncontrolled punches for some great toe to toe fury, before they go to the ground and Sanchez pulls guard. The two stand up just as the bell rings.

Mostly Uneventful 10-9 Sanchez**

R3 - The fighters clinch, and Hervey pushes Sanchez to the cage, they break free and Sanchez rocks Hervey with a solid right. Hervey looks for and obtains the clinch Sanchez breaks free, and lands some vicious knees to the head and body. The crowd erupts and Hervey lands a solid head kick, the fighters go to the ground and Sanchez pulls guard, after some time on the ground, the referee stands them up. Hervey quickly lands a left, as Sanchez throws a huge body kick that lands flush to the body to end the round.

Close Round 10-9 Sanchez**

R4 - Hervey slips and the crowd reacts, as Sanchez falls on top. Hervey sweeps Sanchez, and falls into guard, he stands and the referee brings Sanchez up. The to stand toe to toe but it again goes quickly to the ground. Sanchez stands it up, and throws knees that land on Hervey the two slit the gap and throw back and forth. They finish the round with sloppy and un-orthodox punches.

Hervey had two take downs to his credit.

Hervey 10-9**

R5 - The two scrap, and Hervey ends up in the guard of Sanchez, Hervey takes a hit to the throat and is given 15 seconds or so to recover, the two exchange blows again, but soon clinch. Hervey takes Sanchez down to the ground, and again falls into the guard of Sanchez .The two finish the round and the fight slugging, the crowd is on it’s feet, and it will go to the judges scorecard.

10-9 Sanchez**

R5 - Official Judge Tallies : 49-46 Hervey 48-47 Sanchez 48-47 Sanchez

Winner: Split Decision Angelo Sanchez

**Reflect the opinion of NewMexicoFIGHT.com, and do not represent the score of the official judges.

155 lbs Donald Sanchez vs Nathan Randal

R1 - Both fighters enter the cage in fury the two fighters feel each other out, Randal lands a few leg kicks then slips. Randal is now on the ground, and Sanchez falls into his guard Randal does a good job of avoiding too much damage from the guard. The two scramble on the ground for a while, but Sanchez stands up and looks to the referee to make Randal get off the ground, the ref doesn’t signal for Randal to get to his feet, and a now pumped up Sanchez starts throwing kicks to the downed Randal. The crowd is loud, and boos are aimed at the exhausted Randal, the ref now signals for him to get up, but he refuses. Referee calls a stop to the contest due to a verbal tapout.

R1- (4:41) Winner: Donald Sanchez

115 lbs Thricia Poovey vs Natasha Creger

The two clinch immediately and Creger finds herself mounted. Poovey manages to pull guard and sweeps Natasha over, the tables turn, and Poovey now takes the mounted position. Poovey locks in an arm bar and Creger does her best to hang in there, but is eventually forced to tap.

R1 - (1:43) Arm Bar Winner: Thricia Poovey

"That bit** is tough!!" Thricia Poovey

165 lbs Alberto Crane vs Brad Nordquist

The two engage in the center of the ring, and Alberto Crane looks to take Nordquist to the ground. Crane works his Jiu Jitsu skills, and after passing to find himself in Nordquist’s half guard, he quickly moves better his position and obtains a full mount. Nordquist falls into the full guard of Crane, Crane transitions to take Nordquist’s back, and secures the rear naked choke.

R1 - (1:19) Rear Naked Choke Winner: Alberto Crane

170 lbs Quinn Mulhern vs Mano Otero

The two engage in blows in the center of the cage. Mulhern shoots and takes Otero to the ground, and immediately grabs Otero’s back. Mulhern works the back throwing blows to the body of Otero, he transitions to the rear naked, but it takes a minute to lock it in. Otero stands up with Mulhern still on his back, he falls backwards to the ground while tapping out. Reminiscent of Frank Trigg Matt Hughes.

R1 - (1:55) Rear Naked Choke Winner: Quinn Mulhern

170 lbs Adam Oakey vs Carlos Lopez

Oakey Charges Lopez and they hit the ground hard. Oakey dominates the ground throwing hard and devastating punches, securing the back, and attempting an Americana that almost snaps Lopez’s arm. Oakey starts dropping bombs, and finishes the fight off in a barrage of punches the referee calls a stop to the contest.

R1- (1:38) Referee Stoppage/TKO Winner: Adam Oakey

155 lbs Mike Maestas vs Donnie Martinez

Maestas takes Martinez to the ground early, and immediately gets a full mount. Martinez manages to secure guard. Maestas works the ground and pound from inside of the guard. They get back to their feet, and Maestas immediately takes Martinez down slamming his head into the mat and securing his back. He flattens Martinez out and immediately locks in the rear naked.

R1- (2:47) Rear Naked Choke Winner: Maestas

170 lbs Eric Wong vs Ambert Teasyatwho

R1 - Tea engages first, and catches Wong early. Wong puts him in a Muay Thai clinch and utilizes dirty boxing. Wong keeps Tea against the fence, and delivers repetitive knees to the body Wong finishes the round by taking Tea to the ground, and obtains side control

R2 - Tea is finished and decides not to come out for the round./p>

Winner: Wong Verbal Forfeit

135 lbs Frank Baca vs David Valverde

R1- Baca caught Valverde with a left hook early in the round, then takes him to the ground Baca controlled the ground, and caught Valverde with an anaconda choke to end the fight.

R1 - (1:00) Anaconda Choke Winner: Baca


Hometown Hero Electrifies Albuquerque Convention Center

By Robert Casaus

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Convention Center played host to a night of mixed martial arts action to a near sold out crowd November 1. Fight World 16 “International” included 13 bouts, featuring both amateur and professional fighters from around the globe.

The event also featured many New Mexico fighters, representing camps such as Team Chaotic from Alamagordo, Los Vatos fight team, and FIT NHB from downtown Albuquerque.

World title holder and WEC veteran Carlos Condit, who is a long time student of FIT NHB, attended to represent his clothing sponsor, Sinister Fight Wear, and he signed autographs for the crowd. Other well-known fighters such as Damacio Page and Tait Fletcher were also in the audience.

The UFC middleweight champion of the world, Anderson “the Spider” Silva, was also promised to be on hand to sign autographs, but the crowd was disappointed when they were informed in the latter part of the event that Silva couldn’t make it because of food poisoning.

“Anderson regrets that he couldn’t make it out tonight,” Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, told the crowd. “Unfortunately he has been ill with food poisoning for the past few days and wasn’t fit for travel. He wanted me to assure you guys that he will make it up to you, and he will be back in Albuquerque soon. In the meantime, he sent out a few of his fighters, and hopes that they give you guys a great show.”

Vitelmo Kubis Banderia, and Fabio Maldanado, who both represented team Anderson Silva and team Noguera out of Brazil, did pull out victories in the first round, but they did not seem to overly impress the crowd.

The main event between WEC veteran Coty “Ox” Wheeler and. Ryan Axtel was the fight the crowd had waited for, and when it was time the Convention Center became absolutely electric. Wheeler entered the floor in full Native American headdress and attire, to the tune of a live Native American group who played an amazing synchronized beat on a massive drum. The noise and cheers of the crowd were deafening as Wheeler danced around the outside of the cage as part of his “grand entrance.”

The opening bell rang, and the two fighters engaged each other immediately. Axtel seemed to be a very strong opponent, and at one point managed to put Wheeler on his back, and up against the cage. But with the roar of the crowd, Wheeler knew he couldn’t disappoint and began to do what he does best early in the fight. He tried to jump back to his feet, and when Axtel tried to slam him back down, he almost landed a flying triangle choke. The finishing arm bar came only a few seconds later, and when Axtel tapped the already electric crowd went insane.

Wheeler defeated Axtel in just 1:10 of the first round. Chants of “Ox, Ox, Ox,” could be heard across town, and Wheeler loved it.

“I don’t consider myself the best, but I’m a gamer,” Wheeler said to the crowd. “My entrance lasted longer than the fight,” he added jokingly. The crowd didn’t seem to mind and left the arena happy that their hometown hero got the victory.


UFC 90: Living Up To the Hype

By Robert Casaus

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) did it again Saturday, Oct. 25, by assembling some of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world onto a single fight card for the whole world to watch.

UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote, lived up to the hype, with only a few disappointments. The televised card started with lightweight fury between Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk and Tyson Griffin. The battle lasted all three rounds, and delivered fifteen straight minutes of toe to toe action. It is rare to find a 155 pounder that can match the muscular definition or the sheer power of “The Muscle Shark,” but Griffin held his own and although he lost to Sherk via unanimous decision, there were plenty of exchanges that made Sherk understand that he was in a true brawl.

Next on the night was a battle between heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Junior Dos Santos. This was Dos Santos’ first fight in the octagon, but he came highly rated from Brazil with a 6-1 record (five of those wins achieved via knockout). Despite the rumors and fight record of Dos Santos, nobody from the states was too familiar with him and automatically made him the underdog. Five knockouts on your record or not, far too many fighters have experienced the “octagon jitters” during their introductory fight and have suffered losses because of it.

The two came out swinging, and all attempts by Werdum to clinch were easily thrown off by Dos Santos. After a devastating leg kick, Dos Santos found himself in close enough range to throw a brutal uppercut, knocking Werdum unconscious and sending him to the mat. Dos Santos jumped on top of Werdum and landed five more powerful blows to the head of Werdum before the referee jumped in and stopped it. The fight made a bold statement that the heavyweight division is shaping up with some real power hitters.

The fight of the night undoubtedly went to welterweights Josh Koscheck, and Thiago Alves who put on a clinic of real MMA at its best. Thiago “Pitbull” Alves was originally set to fight Albuquerque’s own Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez (in what would have been Sanchez’s make it or break it fight), but after Sanchez suffered a rib injury in training, Koscheck stepped up to the plate, and he filled the void.

The fight looked grim early for Koscheck, when Alves connected with a hard left hook, that left Koscheck rocked. Alves took control of the situation, and followed with a fury of combinations. Koscheck surprisingly recovered and landed some good shots of his own. The round finished off with a series of leg kicks by both fighters. The second round displayed much more stand up action. Koscheck was forced to stand with Alves a lot more than he probably wanted to, due to Alves’ outstanding takedown defense. The progression in Koscheck’s stand up game however, was truly amazing. Alves landed many leg kicks to Koscheck’s left leg by the end of the second round, and it was apparent that Koscheck felt every one of them.

The third round was more of the same great “stand up and bang” action as the two rounds prior, this time with Alves focusing on the hard leg kicks to the left thigh of Koscheck.

Koscheck favored his left leg, but was dropped twice after taking continual brutal blows right above the knee. With only 90 seconds left in the round, Koscheck received a poke to the eye, and was allowed time to recover by the in house doctor. Koscheck took thirty seconds, and the fight resumed with an all out fury by both fighters. After the final bell rang, the fighters waited for the official results from the referee. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Alves.

The main event between Anderson “The Spider” Silva, and Patrick “The Predator” Cote, was the one bout of the evening that truly left me disappointed.

The middleweight division is the one division in the UFC that can truly use some work. Anderson Silva has dominated the division for far too long now, and his continuous wins have earned him the title of “the best pound for pound fighter in the world,” a title that in my opinion is a little premature. It may have been that endless “Silva Hype,” that was the cause of Silva’s arrogant and over the top antics in his bout against Cote. With Cote in orthodox fighting stance and ready to fight, Silva chose to dance around the octagon and put on what he thought was a show for the crowd. Cote issued a series of leg kicks toward Silva, and threw some short jabs before he switched stances to southpaw. Silva threw a leg kick that almost led to a Thai clinch, but Cote did a good job of escaping. The bell rang and ended an almost uneventful round.

The second round showed a little more aggression on Silva’s part, and looked a little more like a fight, although Silva maintained a small amount of showboating. The round was easily won by Silva although he was unable to finish his opponent.

Round three started with some UFC history, as Cote became the first fighter to take Silva past two rounds. Cote celebrated with a hard over-hand right followed by a snapping leg kick. Cote still looked fresh, in what may have been a five-round fight, but just 39 seconds into the third round, Cote’s right knee popped and he fell to the mat without any contact from Silva. The referee immediately stopped the fight and awarded a TKO victory to Silva.

It was the only true upset of the night, and even the over-confident Silva didn’t want it to end that way. So with that victory, the only question left is who in the UFC middleweight division will be next in line to try and take the Spider’s title?


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