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 Jason Miller and Katsuyori Shibata 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 sits down with Jason "Mayhem" Miller for 20+ minutes, Five Ounces of Pain hands out it's own Ultimate Fighter awards and Bleacher Report speaks with Miesha Tate about her recent feud with Ronda Rousey.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Bisping will be looking to KO Miller from the start (LowKick)
- The failure to intimidate (Cage Potato)
"Hoping to gain the mental edge, Tito channeled his inner high school bully and made a lunge toward Liddell. While such tactics work wonders on members of the glee club, the mere suggestion of physical contact hardy registers a blink from dudes who get punched in the face on the regular. The Iceman was sick of Tito's tough guy routine and primed to dole out the beating he'd dodged for so many years. He'd leave Ortiz crumpled in the fetal position in just over one round the following evening. Undaunted by his failure to intimidate, Ortiz continued to employ the same psyche-out strategy throughout his career with mixed results. Mental giant Ken Shamrock took the bait with hilarious results, while Ryan Bader could barely muster up a grin in response."
- The Ultimate Fighter awards - Spike TV edition (Five Ounces of Pain)
Most Useless Coach - Ken Shamrock
Shamrock's coaching highlights consisted of calling opposing coach Tito Ortiz a "bitch monkey," bringing in a nutritionist as one of his assistant coaches, and holding a training session that included his fighters watching highlight of, you guessed it, Ken Shamrock. He'll forever go down as the worst coach in TUF history.
- Mayhem Miller reflects on long road back to the UFC (MMA Fighting)
Ariel Helwani sat down with Jason 'Mayhem' Miller on Wednesday to discuss his long road back to the UFC, the promotion for his fight against Michael Bisping on Saturday, his coaching stint on TUF, whether he ever thought about leaving MMA during his time away from the UFC and much more.
When it comes to top-tier heavyweight action, not many expect for the fights to go the distance. If you were to ask UFC champion Junior dos Santos, the shorter Brock Lesnar can make his top contender scrap against Alistair Overeem, the better chance Lesnar has at advancing to a title bout.
"I think MMA guys need to spar two times a week based on the fact, most have to catch up in the striking aspect of fighting. Boxers do a lot of sparring when they are younger and know how to box. They simply need to get in shape and get sharp again for fights. From the looks of it, a lot of MMA guys aren't sparring enough. Lots of sloppy striking in MMA."
At the post-fight press conference for Bellator 59, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said that he would do his best to bring Kurt back into the octagon to fight again. Kurt Pellegrino gave his farewell speech afterwards, stating, "This isn't the way I wanted it to end," Pellegrino said in the post-fight press conference. "You know, walking up the stairs I wanted to honestly tell you that you guys would never ever ever see me fight again unless you're watching old tapes. It's just getting a little hard. I missed my daughter's first words, which were ‘dad,' preparing for this fight."
- Would a confidential drug testing program help out UFC fighters? (Fight Opinion)
In the fight game, heavy usage of pain killers, PEDs, sleeping pills, and alcohol (both separate and in concert with each other) is the norm, not the exception. Anyone who is connected to a sport like the NFL or an industry like pro-wrestling can tell you the damage inflicted by heavy usage of painkillers. It's not just the sports world, either, it's American society at large. Addiction to prescription drugs is a terrible problem.
- Survey: UFC has growth potential but some still skeptical (MMA Payout)
The Sports Business Journal released its results from its annual reader's survey. While the UFC received some praise, the most telling result was whether sponsors should align its brand with the UFC.
- Miesha Tate says Ronda Rousey is biting off more than she can chew (BleacherReport.com/MMA)
"I think it's stupid. i think that either she's not being herself and she's completely trying to hype the fight or she's an idiot. There are plenty of women who can give her a challenge on the ground, one of them being myself. I don't appreciate her arrogance to be honest. If she wants to challenge me and she wants to make it a ground battle, I'll be happy to give it to her and she's not gonna like it."
As TUF finales go, what's in store for us on Saturday night isn't half bad. A TUF winner-turned-reviled coach is taking on a happy-go-lucky former "Bully Beatdown" host, a quartet of promising bantamweights and featherweights are vying for the coveted brass ring of "The Ultimate Fighter" status (which guarantees them a few somewhat easy fights as they're eased into the Octagon proper), a TUF winner from last season gets to take on someone who was once the uncrowned UFC lightweight champ, and the baddest dude with green hair you'll ever know gets another crack at glory.
- The Ultimate Fighter finals predictions (Fightline)
In his first and last fights on the show, Bermudez was dropped multiple times early on before coming back and winning with the use of his grappling. In this fight, I don't think he'll make it to the second part of that equation. Brandao hits too hard and is too unforgiving for Bermudez to last for long. Brandao via first-round TKO