Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of December 4, 2011


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 Ronda Rousey, Cody McKenzie and Miesha Tate 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, Lowkick interviews BAMMA 8 headliner Jimi Manuwa, The Fight Nerd shares an ad from the original UFC in 1993 and Bleacher Report speaks with Frank Trigg.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- Interview with BAMMA 8 main eventer Jimi Manuwa (LowKick)

Speaking of experience, you were offered a UFC contract, but decided that you needed a few more tough opponents before taking that step. Can you talk a little bit about why you felt it wasn't the right time for you to move on to the UFC?

I was coming off a long lay-off, so I wanted a few hard fights before I jumped into the big league. I think I made the right decision. I take my career very seriously and plan to be the best in the world, not just another fighter.

- MMA Video Tribute: Jim Norton's nine most painful interviews (Cage Potato)

"As co-host of the Opie & Anthony radio show on SiriusXM, comedian Jim Norton has become the designated punching bag for visiting MMA stars. He's been choked, he's been kicked, he's had his foot twisted 180 degrees by Brock Lesnar. And considering what a sick, depraved bastard Norton is, you have to wonder if he enjoys it on some level."

- Five Ounces of Podcast (Five Ounces of Pain)

It's almost two hours of MMA talk so check it out!

- The Cut List: Who needs a win at UFC 140? (MMA Fighting)

So who needs a win like Dana White needs a Saturday night off, and what are their chances for a bright future and an upbeat after-party? For answers, we turn to the Cut List.

- Georges St. Pierre issues stern message to his doubters (5thRound)

- Interview with Frank Shamrock (MiddleEasy)

So what do you think of GSP getting shelved for the year? Who do you have Diaz or Condit?

Hoo, man. I think Nick's gonna beat him and I think Nick's gonna take the entire three way tournament there...

- Check out this original UFC 1 ad from 1993! (video) (The Fight Nerd)

Check out this classic ad from the December 1993 issue of "Black Belt Magazine", which featured this full-page ad for the premiere event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship! "Who will be the Ultimate Fighter?" this ad asks, which is practically the same ad campaign used today for the UFC's reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter."

- Jim Rome skewers Rashad Evans for Sandusky quip (Fight Opinion)

When your face is plastered next to Jerry Sandusky on national television, you know it's not good news for your image. Jim Rome made sure to cement that point home after the comments Rashad Evans made yesterday in Chicago for the Fox presser to hype his fight against Phil Davis.

- WWE network set for April 1 launch (MMA Payout)

The WWE Network is set to launch on April 1st of next year. The Sports Business Journal reports that its in talks with In Demand and other cable operators to carry the network.

- Interview with Frank Trigg (

When hear the name Frank Trigg, you think of the UFC veteran who has fought the likes of Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Josh Koscheck just to name a few. When thinking of Trigg, you also think of the announcing he does with Michael Schiavello on HDNet.

- The top five game-changing injuries in MMA (MMA Convert)

UFC welterweight demigod Georges St. Pierre, in a rare display of humanity, tore his ACL and will be out at least nine months, and as per Dana White, while the Canadian champ recovers, the other alphas of the 170-pound division will fight over an interim title like dogs over table scraps. Boy, that injured knee sure is a game-changer, no?

- The Daily Line: Michael Bisping's got a point (Fightline)

Look, you probably think he's a jerk, but Bisping is kind of on to something here. It's clear why Hendo and Sonnen are doing what they're doing (look how Nick Diaz bumped Carlos Condit in the welterweight title line by getting mean with GSP)

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