Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of May 22, 2011

"Shogun" just wants some love

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 "Shogun" Rua and Wanderlei Silva pictured above, we can all "get along."

Teaming up with MMA sites like Five Ounces of Pain, 5thRound, NBC Sports and TheFightNerd, we'll provide an opportunity for all MMA fans to read some fresh and original voices in the sport.

This week, Cage Potato interview Brock Lesnar to discuss his new book, Lowkick catches up with Alistair Overeem to talk the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and MiddleEasy intercepts a harshly worded e-mail from Chael Sonnen's lawyers to ESPN's Josh Gross.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- Alistair Overeem: My main focus is on winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament (LowKick)

- Is "Rampage" one win away from title shot? (NBC Sports MMA)

- Exclusive interview: Brock Lesnar discusses ‘Death Clutch', part one (Cage Potato)

- Matt Hamill is closer to a title shot than you think (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Rick Story thinks Thiago Alves is 'Mentally Weak' (MMA Fighting)

- Jon Fitch only interested in two fights (5thRound)

- An intercepted email from Chael Sonnen's lawyer to ESPN's Josh Gross (MiddleEasy)

- Bellator season four star watch (MMA Convert)

- A day in the life of Jeff Monson, part three - "The Family Guy" (TheFightNerd)

- The top 10 Japanese fighters of all time (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

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