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The Week's Three Stars: Kennedy, Askren and Santos

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With such a packed week in MMA, Cagewriter wants to take a second look at the biggest stars of the week before we move onto "The Ultimate Fighter" season 11 finale and WEC 49. Who shined the most at Strikeforce: Los Angeles and Bellator?

No. 1 star — Tim Kennedy: On Wednesday night, Kennedy showed what becoming a full-time fighter can do for your career. For his previous fights, Kennedy was splitting time between training and serving as a U.S. Army Ranger. For his bout with the very tough Trevor Prangley, Kennedy trained full time, and subsequently overwhelmed Prangley with a first-round rear naked choke.

No. 2 star — Ben Askren: In winning the Bellator season two welterweight tournament, Askren beat Ryan Thomas twice and Dan Hornbuckle. Not only that, but he adapted his special brand of wrestling, nicknamed "the funk," to MMA. Askren, a two-time national champion at the University of Missouri, will face Lyman Good for the Bellator welterweight strap for his next test.

No. 3 star — Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos: At the Strikeforce show, Santos had the tough task of taking out Marius Zaromskis, a fighter who is known to kick his opponents to sleep. Santos answered the call by knocking out Zaromskis halfway through the first round. His wife, the Strikeforce women's champ, fights next Saturday. Will she be able to continue the family winning streak?

Who are your three stars on the week? Care to make a prediction for the weekend's three stars? Tell us in the comments section or the Cagewriter Facebook page.

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