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You know you want to look at fighters and their dogs

Maggie Hendricks
Cagewriter

Have you tuned in to the Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show? Then you've seen a dazzling array of dogs that vary from the adorable to the weird. We tune in to this show for the same reason that we'll tune into the UFC on Fuel fights on Wednesday -- because it's awesome.

Now, if only the Zuffa would put together a dog show for their fighters. Bellator could get in on the act, too, and it could serve as a fundraiser for an organization like Knock Out Dog Fighting. Who wouldn't want to see a fighter lead their dog around the ring at a moderate trot? Since we don't have that (yet), here's a gallery of fighters and their puppies.

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Rashad Evans and puppy (Ryan Loco)

Rashad Evans is trying to keep up the steely demeanor that helped him earn a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt, but you just know that seconds after this shot, he burst into giggles and snuggled the pup.

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Ben Henderson and his Akita puppy (Twitter)

Benson Henderson worked with his new Akita to get ready for his championship bout with Frankie Edgar at UFC 144. If the pup can't pass Henderson's guard, do you think Edgar can?

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Joe Lauzon and Grip (Facebook)

Joe Lauzon's dog Grip likes to help him as Lauzon plays Call of Duty.

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Anthony Pettis and puppy-friend

Lauzon's opponent at UFC 144, Anthony Pettis, has good taste in friends.

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Mayhem and Gator (Twitter)

Jason "Mayhem" Miller's dachsund Gator is always by his side. Gator appeared on "The Ultimate Fighter" when Miller coached, and the pup even has his own Twitter.

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Alan Belcher and friend (Facebook)

Alan Belcher will take on Rousimar Palhares at UFC on Fox 3. More importantly, he sat in a kennel to promote pet adoption last October.

If you're a total softie for your dog, take heart. So are men who beat people up for a living.

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