Welcome, Maniacs, to the weekly series where we help you catch up on some of the original reporting done by other sites in the vast MMA landscape. Like Tito Ortiz and Dana White pictured above, we can all "get along."
Teaming up with MMA sites like MiddleEasy, Cage Potato, Fight Opinion and Five Ounces of Pain, we'll provide an opportunity for all MMA fans to read some fresh and original voices in the sport.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Interview with UFC on Fox co-headliner Clay Guida (LowKick)
"Ben Henderson is pretty much the same (as Anthony Petts), great on the feet and solid on ground. I won't go into detail, but I want to finish this fight. To me, a big win earns a title shot. I want to win big so that there is no question about my title shot. Everyone hyped Melvin Guillard as the obvious next shot, but then he lost in the first-round to Joe (Lauzon). So, I figure with a big win, then it's my turn for that title shot."
- Ask Dan Severn #2: Fighting Royce, body paint, ping pong, and drunks (Cage Potato)
Thanks to everybody who submitted questions to Dan Severn last week! Today's installment of Dan's no-holds-barred Q&A column is loaded with classic stories and grown-man wisdom, so get comfortable and read on.
- Brown Pride: I'm with Velasquez (Five Ounces of Pain)
This is the story of a Mexican who has been down but never out, a Mexican who has run through everyone in his way, a Mexican who is the leader of a nation, a Mexican who has a heart despite his bad ass persona, and a Mexican who you don't want to f*ck with. This is the story of Machete. This is also the story of UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
- How mainstream is MMA? (video) (MMA Fighting)
Ariel Helwani hits the streets of Hollywood to find out the answer
As you know, "The Ultimate Fighter 14″ bantamweight contestant Roland Delorme (Pictured) has been blogging exclusively for 5thRound.com all season. Some crazy pranks went down in last night's show, and Delorme got a first-hand look at all the excitement. Here's Delorme's take on Episode 8:
Reggie Warren is back with another edition of his new MiddleEasy feature: '11 Questions with Reggie Warren Jr.' this time featuring Strikeforce lightweight, Conor Heun, who was recently robbed at the 2011 No-Gi worlds this past weekend.
- UFC 1 though 75 summed up in Tweets (TheFightNerd)
"If you're coming on, come on!" says Canadian with epic mullet. - UFC 3 in tweet form
Karate man Keith Hackney punches Joe Son in the nuts 40 times. And it's legal. - UFC 4 in tweet form
- Jim Genia's Raw Combat book review (Fight Opinion)
When Jim Genia approached me about sending me a copy of his new MMA book Raw Combat, I was intrigued. Because of the rising quality of books covering MMA, the standards have been raised. I can honestly say that Jim's book met and exceeded my personal expectations. Anything that involves covering the history of MMA, I'm all-in.
- Update on Xyience chapter 11 bankruptcy case (MMA Payout)
"Some interesting movement in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case of sport drink manufacturer Xyience. Last week, Forbes reported that Fertitta Enterprises was sanctioned by the Bankruptcy Court in Nevada for failing to provide certain information previously requested by the Bankruptcy trustee.
The sanctions stem from Fertitta Enterprises' failure to provide e-mails from its chief financial officer which claim that it orchestrated the funding for Xyience during its bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to the sanctions, a motion for summary judgment has been filed by the trustee seeking an order that the Fertittas pay back over $945,000 and that Zyen, LLC does not have a security interest in Xyience assets."
When you are a fighter, you fight for different reasons. In some cases, you fight for pride, respect and the desire to be a world champion someday. For Ricardo Lamas (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) who faces Cub Swanson (15-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in UFC this Saturday on Fox at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, he is fighting for family.
- M-1 Fedor vs Monson preview (video) (MMA Convert)
- Is Velasquez vs. dos Santos the best heavyweight title fight of all time? (Fightline)
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on pay-pre-view likely wouldn't outsell Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem, a non-title fight. Even with the ballyhoo over the UFC's debut on Fox, Velasquez vs. dos Santos doesn't carry with it the breathless aura that Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic did during the Pride era. So, is Saturday's main event really the best heavyweight match-up of all time?