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London 2012 Olympics combat sports schedule: When and why to watch

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[caption id="attachment_12541" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Team Canada boxer Mary Spencer, just one win away from an Olympic medal"][/caption] The Olympic Summer Games in London are officially underway and the stage is set for two exciting weeks of pure competition. Combat sports are at the heart the games' history and if you're looking for your fix, here's the schedule for the next two weeks. You can check these links for results as well.

Two things make this year's combat games especially interesting. Women's boxing is included on the programme for the first time, so be sure to tune in to watch (way overdue) history being made. Check CBC Sports for a nice rundown and medal predictions. As well, the MMA boom has eyes turned to the Olympics looking for the next Ronda Rousey or Dan Henderson. For more on MMA prospects, Sherdog has a full scouting report and Newsday looks at past Olympians that have transitioned to the cage. Go Canada! [PHOTO: CBCSPORTS.CA]

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