How to watch UFC 216: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Ferguson-Lee

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After an emotional week, UFC 216 could provide a distraction tonight in Las Vegas. Here’s how to watch.

UFC 216 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – a city still reeling from a massive shooting. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FX for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view for the main card (10 p.m. ET).

You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app and YouTube. For ways to watch outside the U.S., check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) clashes with Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the interim lightweight title. In the co-main event, long-dominant flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

The full UFC 216 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 216 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC 216 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

UFC 216 preliminary card (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

UFC 216 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for September: Another Von Flue for you

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from September: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for September.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The Nominees

Michael Prazeres def. Mads Burnell at UFC Fight Night 115

Although the victory was marred by a failed trip to the scales, Michel Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) did pick up a nice submission win over octagon newcomer Mads Burnell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

In the final round of the welterweight bout, Prazeres muscled the fight to the floor and spun to position for a north-south choke. He locked it in to become the first fighter in UFC history to earn multiple wins with the technique.

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Sarah Moras def. Ashlee-Evans Smith at UFC 215

After more than two years away from the octagon, unheralded underdog Sarah Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) shocked Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a first-round submission in their women’s bantamweight bout.

Once Moras positioned herself for an armbar, she refused to let go of the limb. Evans-Smith tried desperately to work free, but Moras rolled and adjusted and stuck with the hold until she flipped her opponent to her back and cranked the arm to get the tap.

Ketlen Vieira def. Sara McMann at UFC 215

Undefeated Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) earned the biggest win of her career, scoring a gutsy submission win over former women’s bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC).

After surviving a storm in the opening round, Vieira managed to get a takedown and top position on Olympic medalist McMann in the second frame. Vieira worked into an arm-triangle choke on the left side, squeezing and somehow earning the tap despite being unable to clear McMann’s half-guard.

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Rafael dos Anjos def. Neil Magny at UFC 215

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) may soon find himself challenging for a welterweight belt following an impressive first-round finish of Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC).

Dos Anjos picked up his first submission win in more than five years when he established top position early in the first round and went to work. He sliced through Magny’s defense and locked in an arm-triangle choke. Magny initially relented, but eventually the squeeze from the Brazilian was too much, and he was forced to give up.

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Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 117

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) was successful in his fifth UFC main event when he defeated short-notice opponent Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with his specialty submission in the opening round.

Saint Preux made the most of his advantages, using his size and strength to capitalize on an Okami mistake. He locked in a Von Flue choke to end the light heavyweight bout, finishing a fight in the octagon with the technique for the third time.

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The Winner: Ovince Saint Preux

Just call him “Ovince Saint Flue” at this point.

Saint Preux finished Okami with a Von Flue choke quickly in the first round of the UFC-Japan headliner. It was Saint Preux’s third Von Flue choke in the UFC and second straight – and there have been only five of those finishes in UFC history.

Okami shot for a takedown in the first few seconds, but Saint Preux stuffed it and got on top in half-guard. The fight was basically over as soon as Okami shot for that takedown.

Saint Preux wrapped Okami’s neck up and tried to step over to full mount. He couldn’t get there and settled back into half-guard to try to work ground-and-pound from up top. Saint Preux went to work for his Von Flue choke – and he got it. Okami never had an opportunity to tap. He was out cold.

Saint Preux said he’ll keep working to get back to a light heavyweight title shot, which he had in 2016 for the interim belt against Jon Jones.

“I pretty much knew the choke was there when he put his hand around my head and I basically trapped his glove,” Saint Preux said. “After that, it was just waiting for him to pass out.

“Pretty much, I have to keep on doing what I’m doing tonight and get ready for another fight (if I want another title shot).”

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After postponement for UFC 215 fight, Jeremy Stephens finally got married over the weekend

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It’s been a pretty good month for UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens.

Not only did the longtime UFC veteran Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) score one of the most important victories of his career against Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) at UFC 215, but he also got hitched.

Stephens and his new bride, Cindy Lopez, got married in California over the weekend, and the pictures are in (via Instagram):

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Stephens was originally scheduled to be married on the same weekend as UFC 215. However, when he was offered the matchup with Melendez, which he won by lopsided unanimous decision with a UFC record-tying five knockdowns of his opponent, he opted to push the date back.

“I have a great fiancee,” Stephens told MMAjunkie at UFC 215 media day. “Not only is she beautiful, she has an amazing heart. She understands this is what I do, and this what I love. These opportunities aren’t going to be knocking 15 years from now.”

Stephens clearly made the right choice. On top of the noteworthy win, “Lil’ Heathen” also received a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his encounter with Melendez. That should help pay off the honeymoon.

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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Gilbert Melendez's beat-up leg is purple but looks better than before

Gilbert Melendez’s left leg took one helluva beating at UFC 215 thanks to Jeremy Stephens.

In the pay-per-view main-card opener at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) was his usual resilient self as Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) delivered an onslaught of low kicks for 15 minutes, leading to a unanimous decision in Stephens’ favor.

To his credit, Melendez endured to make it through the end, but he paid a painful-looking price.

But there’s good news, folks, courtesy of Melendez’s wife, Keri, on Twitter:

“Update on Gilbert’s leg for all the supportive fans. Still sore but we are getting better. Blood is spreading throughout the leg.”

Further proof that “El Nino” is as tough as they come.

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Valentina Shevchenko changes tune, targets drop to UFC women's flyweight division

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From the second she lost to UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215, Valentina Shevchenko was asking for a rematch.

Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) blasted the judges who handed her a split-decision loss and even contemplated filing an appeal in lieu of a third fight with the Brazilian.

But after some time to simmer down, she appears to have had a change of heart. Rather than push for another shot at Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC), she’s targeting the newly opened flyweight class as her next conquest.

“Now I’m thinking to move to 125 (pounds), and I think more probably my next fight it will be in this division,” Shevchenko told Submission Radio on Thursday. “Because 125 is like much closer weight for me. It’s my real weight category, and even at 135 I feel comfortable, and I feel like 125 I will be able to use all my techniques and all my skills because I will fight with the same-sized opponents as me.”

The UFC formally opened the women’s 125-pound division earlier this year with “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” which debuted this past month and features 16 flyweight female fighters vying for the inaugural title belt.

Shevchenko had little incentive to move with 135-pound gold within her grasp. But now that she’s fallen short and dropped two fights to Nunes, she sees it as a more logical move than trying to get an immediate rematch or appeal the fight.

“I want to win my belt in a fair battle and to receive the belt from the fight, not only from legal situation or fighting like appeal or something like that,” she said. “And I know it will come; I will have my time. And will do everything great next time. So, I prefer to be the champion in the fight, not on the paper.”

The move to 125 pounds will be very familiar for the Russian. While competing in muay Thai, she fought as a flyweight and won several championships. One of her victims in the ring was none other than women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

“Just a little bit of cutting, and it will be everything perfect,” Shevchenko said. “Because, in my Muay Thai fights, I was fighting every time at 125. The last year I was moving a little bit up in weight class, but it was 130. So I feel very comfortable at 125.

“And even at 125, we can have like opponents (that are) very tall, but of course it will be the same physical conditions – the same head, the same size arms and everything, the same like mine.”

Shevchenko hasn’t totally let go of a possible third fight with Nunes. She eventually plans to return to the bantamweight division to exact revenge.

“And for the next time, not give any chance to make this like this decision that was made a few days ago,” Shevchenko said. “Of course, it’s on my mind, and I still want it. Not right now, not in the near future, but definitely it will happen.”

Now, Shevchenko can start entertaining a matchup repeatedly posed to her by fans and journalists who were aware of her kickboxing past at flyweight.

“Every time when people ask me about Joanna, I say that, why not? Because we have our history, our era in fighting Muay Thai, and now we can start to do the same in MMA in the UFC,” she said.

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of MMAjunkie.

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UFC 215 'Fight Motion:' In which Gilbert Melendez's lower leg swells up instantly

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Jeremy Stephens delivered a barrage of low kicks to Gilbert Melendez and, as we in the “Fight Motion: highlights for this past Saturday’s UFC 215 bout, the swelling began instantly and forced Melendez to the mat.

The super-slow-motion highlights capture the action from the event at Rogers place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada., which aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) once again proved his durability in the cage, but he’d probably just as soon forget all about his featherweight debut against Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC) as he dropped a unanimous decision with scores of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25. The story of the fight was the repeated low kicks that hammered Melendez’s left leg.

“Fight Motion” highlights also include the main event, which champ Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) won over Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by a narrow unanimous decision and Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) finishing Wilson Reis  (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) via second-round TKO.

Check out the “Fight Motion” highlights above.

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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Valentina Shevchenko explains scoring flaws in lengthy statement on UFC 215 loss to Amanda Nunes

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Valentina Shevchenko is still befuddled over the judges’ decision in her UFC 215 headliner with Amanda Nunes.

Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fell just short of the UFC women’s bantamweight title this past weekend when she lost a split decision to Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the headliner of UFC 215, which went down at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with the main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

It was a narrow and hotly contested decision, which saw each judge score the bout in a different manner. Shevchenko was instantly stunned by the result and called foul, stating that she did not understand how the contest could be scored in Nunes’ favor.

After a few days of reflection, Shevchenko has not changed her tune. She is still fuming and took to social media to post a lengthy statement with her thoughts on why all who perceive Nunes as the victor are wrong (via Instagram):

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The whole statement is also available below:

“First of all, I want to thank all those who supported me! The support from my dear friends, media, and fans is very important to me!

After 5 rounds fight the judges were divided in opinion, and 2-1 they gave the victory to Nunes (48-47, 47-48, 48-47). I do not think that the fight was lost, 3 rounds out of 5 I definitely won.

In the middle of the first round, after exchanging of punches, I dislocated a finger on my left hand, so I could not fully realize my advantage from the beginning of the fight. During the break after the first round, my coach Pavel Fedotov put the joint in place, and from the second round I was able to work with both hands.

And in the last 5th round Nunes made one takedown against one of mine.

In addition, the new rules say and we were advised before the fight that if you do not do any damage or action when you hold a position (including takedown) then this control does not give an advantage. And Nunes could'[t land no one punch on the ground.

For the whole fight, I did not get a hit to my face from her.

If someone else has a doubt in my victory in the 2, 3, 4 rounds, then why what advantage did Nunes win? Leading a passive right only pushing me with “tips to the leg and not landing any punches? While I had to in the same time both counterattack and attack her, because she took in a passive position.

Some write and say that she held the center of the octagon, as an advantage. Our competitions are not called – to guard the center of the octagon and win. Yes, you can occupy the center of the octagon, but then relieve all the possible attacks. A fighter must and cn use the entire perimeter of an octagon according to his tactics and style.

For example the styled of Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson is completely different in how they used they used different parts of the ring. The rule of the center of the octagon is made for the one fighter avoids fight and running out from the fight. Then, yes, the one who is in the center of the octagon has the advantage.

Running into an open strike exchange against an opponent who is taller, bigger and heavier would be foolish of me. And how bad can end this kind of “runs forward” we have seen in various fight.

In my fights I put emphasis on technique, tactics and speed.

We are doing martial arts, it is not the hardest forehead competition to win the victory, and not to win in accidentally striking exchanges. The goal is to strike inflict damage and not receive damage in a response. And this can only be achieve by training your art to the highest level.

Therefore, after the fight, I have not a single bruise on my face, but all my fists and diners are broken from delivering punches. I am very upset that it happened, especially upset for those fans who worried about me and supported me.

MMA is a very interesting and diverse sport, anything can happen. Of course, I’m upset, but I’m not going to let this stop me from achieve my goal. I’ll rest a bit and then start training in order to get back in the octagon in the near future.

Nunes, we will meet again!”

Although getting a third bout after losing twice to a single opponent is difficult under any circumstance, Shevchenko said her top priority is to get another fight with Nunes. She originally claimed she would consider appealing the result, but her manager recently told ESPN.com that is no longer the plan.

A move down to the newly created UFC women’s flyweight division would seem like Shevchenko’s quickest path to another championship fight, but it appears her sole focus is to share the octagon with “The Lioness.”

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson hopeful manager can get him paid for UFC 215

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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will wait about two weeks before he takes himself off the fight market for the rest of the year.

If he doesn’t get rebooked against Ray Borg for next month’s UFC 216, he told MMAjunkie, he won’t be fighting until 2018. But he also expects his management team to work out a settlement with the promotion for his ill-fated fight at UFC 215.

“I’m sure the UFC and (my manager) will want a negotiation, and I’ll just sit back and let those guys handle everything,” Johnson said.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) was scheduled to take on Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a potentially historic pay-per-view headliner this past Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Johnson hoped to break the all-time record for consecutive title defenses at 11.

Two days before the fight, however, Johnson received a call from the UFC’s chief legal counsel that Borg had fallen ill and wasn’t able to fight.

Backstage at UFC 215, Johnson told reporters the UFC is working on rescheduling the fight for UFC 216, which takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He also noted his team and the promotion were working on compensation for the canceled fight.

So far, though, Johnson has yet to receive word of his next step.

UFC public relations head Lenee Breckenridge today told MMAjunkie she is looking into the situation.

Although the UFC is not contractually obligated to pay fighters whose opponents are unable to compete, the promotion often pays out show money when last-minute issues cancel a fight.

However, the promotion has taken a different stance with title fights, in which fight purses are often significantly larger. UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson elected not to take a lower-paying fight at UFC 209 when opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov fell ill and received less than half of the show money he was supposed to get for Nurmagomedov.

Johnson created a stir today when he told “The MMA Hour” he hasn’t been paid for his ill-fated headliner. But in a subsequent interview with MMAjunkie, he downplayed the severity of the situation, placing faith in his management and the UFC that it will be resolved.

“When something like this happens, they always try to make it right,” he said. “I’m pretty sure they’ll get me taken care of and paid.”

In a 10-year career, Johnson said this is the first time he’s been put in a situation in which he’s showed up to fight only to be left hanging. With a manager now in his corner, he feels more secure in the ultimate outcome. Before, he and his coach negotiated directly with the UFC.

“That’s why I felt good Friday night and Saturday night after everything went through,” Johnson said. “I can’t do anything, and (manager) Abe (Kawa) was there and he was like, ‘We’re going to get you taken care of and we’re going to make it happen.’ I was like, ‘Sounds good. I trust you guys.’ It’s all about building trust, and so far, they’re doing a good job of building that trust.”

As of late, the depth of trust, or lack thereof, has been a looming issue in Johnson’s relationship with UFC President Dana White. The fighter and executive were at loggerheads over Johnson’s choice to fight Borg instead of ex-bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 213. Johnson also released a statement blasting the promotion over how it treated him.

The situation appeared to calm down eventually. Johnson said the two had worked out their differences, and White greenlit the Borg matchup.

White did not attend this past Saturday’s event. But Johnson doesn’t glean any hostility from that absence.

“I’m happy that Dana was on vacation with his family, and his children, and his wife,” Johnsons said. “I’m happy he was on vacation.”

With six fights remaining on his UFC contract, Johnson has a lot of time left to work with the promotion. As he made clear, he’d rather do that than be at odds.

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 215 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC 215 event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

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The victorious

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For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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After upsetting Olympian Sara McMann, is Ketlen Vieira ready for a UFC title shot?

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Ketlen Vieira now has a trio of UFC wins, and the latest was a biggie. Does a title shot make sense next?

It’s the question Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who was sporting a grapefruit-sized bump on her forehead, was forced to ponder after upsetting 2-1 favorite Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC 215.

In an FS1-televised preliminary-card bout at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Vieira survived a dicey first round before pulling off a slick fight-ending submission in the second round.

Vieira now has three straight UFC wins, which included decision victories over Kelly Faszholz and Ashlee Evans-Smith. But a submission of an Olympic medalist – one ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings and No. 6 in the UFC rankings? That could certainly open some doors.

“I trained very hard for everything – on the top, on the ground, standup,” Vieira said through interpreter and coach Andre “Dede” Pederneiras. “But when she put me down, I felt that she was very strong. I tried some submissions, but she defended very well.”

Vieira, though, knows that if she can get through the first round, she can probably beat anyone. After training with male fighters and focusing on conditioning, the 26-year-old Brazilian said the later rounds are where she usually shines.

She also takes pride in her durability, which came in handy when her forehead started swelling mid-fight because of some McMann elbows. A lot of fighters would tap out or look for a way out.

“But I’m not like those girls,” she said.

So, what’s next?

Vieira said she’ll leave that up to her camp. Thankfully, her trainer happened to be sitting right next to her.

With a win over McMann, Vieira eliminated many of the possibilities if she’s going to take another step up in competition. Pederneiras clearly understands that.

“I think (after) one more fight, she’s ready to fight for the title,” he said. “I think so.

“But if you (book her for a title fight), for sure. … In my mind, she’s prepared to fight for the title right now.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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