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 Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson pictured above, we can all "get along."
Teaming up with MMA sites like MMA Fighting, Cage Potato, Fight Opinion and The Fight Nerd, we'll provide an opportunity for all MMA fans to read some fresh and original voices in the sport.
This week, MMAFighting goes in depth with Daniel Cormier, Five Ounces of Pain talks to Jens Pulver and The Fight Nerd catches up with newly crowned Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler moments after his thrilling battle with Eddie Alvarez.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- November aftermath: What's next for Velasquez, Rua, Fedor and Bonnar? (LowKick)
All four fighters are currently without a match-up set in stone, so as always, it's our job to speculate about who they should be fighting next. I tried to avoid rematches, simply because a. I believe this sport has too many of them, and b. it's always nice to talk about fights we've never seen before.
For the record, our new obsession with Ronda Rousey is completely healthy, and is based mostly on our deep respect for the art of judo. Also, she's really hot. Just figured we'd throw that out there.
- Interview with Jens Pulver (Five Ounces of Pain)
"I appreciate people saying they want me to retire, as long as they have a good reason and are looking out for me. But, I'm losing to submissions. I'll be grappling until I can't walk. They're safe. I'm not going out there and watching my chin turn to butter and going out there and getting hit by guys not known for power and going to sleep for 10 minutes."
- The Indestructible Man (MMA Fighting)
Take Thanksgiving Day, 1986. [Daniel] Cormier is a seven year-old kid growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, when his father, long since split from Cormier's mother, is shot and killed by the father of his second wife. You can almost imagine the way this story goes. Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws, an argument ensues, things get out of hand. Then bang. You've got a tragedy in your living room.
Now that UFC 139 is a thing of the past, it's time to kick the pre-fight promotion hype for "UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida" into high gear. A day after publishing the official poster for the December 10th event, the planet's premier MMA promotion has released the trailer for the pay-per-view broadcast.
With many choices comes great responsibility, so what games will you spend your hard earned holiday windfalls of cash on? We recruited Jens Pulver to help you answer this very question. After hours of contemplation and debate, Jens and MiddleEasy compiled the following items that should be at the top of every gamers list and at the bottom of every tree. This is Jens Pulver's Holiday Buying Guide-Only at MiddleEasy.com.
Fight Nerd correspondent Rodolfo Roman got to speak with newly crowned Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler after his four round war with Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58 last Saturday. Chandler discusses winning his first national belt, preparing for Alvarez, and his future as champion. The fight had obviously taken a heavy toll on Chandler as, during the interview, one of his facial wounds reopened.
Remember all the talk about Ishii wanting to be in the UFC? He could have fit into the plans of UFC Japan and actually had a chance to grow up as a fighter. Instead, he's back to do the business of Inoki by fighting a fading, yet accomplished & decorated veteran who is likely going to produce a fan reaction that will resemble the Le Banner fight.
- UFC 139: Payout Perspective (MMA Payout)
Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective. This week we look at UFC 139 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California where Dan Henderson defeated Maurico Rua in a 5 round battle.
- Randy Orton: Talks WWE '12, "Over the bitterness" with the Rock and Brock (BleacherReport.com/MMA)
"I'm a big Lesnar fan and I've always been. We came up together about 10 years ago. Me and him were buds. We've lost touch over the years, as you usually do with guys like that. But I wish him the best. I know he's had a few health issues as of late. But he'll conquer those, just like he's conquered every other obstacle that's come his way. I truly feel he's one of the few human beings I've ever met that have been able to accomplish as much as he's accomplished. He puts his mind, body and soul into it and he's gonna get it done."
- 10 things to be thankful for in MMA: 2011 edition (MMA Convert)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it comes a time to eat copious amounts of turkey, see way too much of your relatives, and gives thanks for the things that make life worth living - and if you're like me, much of those particular "things" involve mixed martial arts. So here we are then, soon to be closing out 2011, and as it has proved to be another banner year for the sport, we're left with plenty to be thankful for.