Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of July 10, 2011

Little does everyone know, Fedor and Wanderlei used to be in an 80's hair band called "Calf Slicer"

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 Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva pictured above, we can all "get along."

Teaming up with MMA sites like MMA Payout, NBC Sports, Fight Opinion and Cage Potato, we'll provide an opportunity for all MMA fans to read some fresh and original voices in the sport.

This week, Lowkick gives you an inside look at Nam Phan's training, MMA Payout speaks with ProElite's VP of fight operations and MMA Fighting talks to Chris Lytle about a potential 2012 political bid.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- Photo gallery of Nam Phan training for Mike Brown (LowKick)

- MMA chat with Ariel Helwani (NBC Sports MMA)

- The animated gif guide to MMA failure (Cage Potato)

- Grappling with issues: 7/13/11 (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Chris Lytle eyeing potential 2012 political bid (MMA Fighting)

- UFC 133 event poster: take two (5thRound)

- Is "Rampage" Jackson going to play Luke Cage? (MiddleEasy)

- Q&A with Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney (MMA Convert)

- An open letter to Dana White on MMA in New York (TheFightNerd)

- Will Dan Hardy's change up in training put him on the winning track in UFC? (Fight Opinion)

- Payout Spotlight: ProElite VP of Fight Operations T. Jay Thompson (MMA Payout)

- Five reasons Jim Miller is ready for a title shot (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

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