The window may not be wide open-slightly cracked may be more accurate-but Shawne Merriman's MMA Opens a New Window. Debut is still a definite possibility.
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"It's still not completely off the table," Merriman says about entering the ring. "The only thing with fighting is, when you do it, you can't 'go test it out' or 'try it'. Either you do it or you don't."