Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of August 20, 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 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva pictured above, we can all "get along."

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

This week, MMA Fighting asks Brazilian fans about Chael Sonnen , The Fight Nerd goes behind the scenes at Bellator 48 and MMA Payout finds more relationships between the UFC and FOX Sports.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- UFC 134 staff predictions  (LowKick)

- Fox deal next step in making UFC ‘the biggest sport in the world' (NBC Sports MMA)

- What's the Biggest MMA News Story of the Year? (Cage Potato)

- Jamie Varner continues post-Zuffa career (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Brazilian fans fire back at Chael Sonnen (MMA Fighting)

- New York doesn't want MMA but UFC is coming anyway (5thRound)

- The Bad Boy UFC 134 Rio shirt (MiddleEasy)

- UFC in Brazil, a fond look back (MMA Convert)

- Backstage at Bellator 48 (TheFightNerd)

- Carlos Condit thinks GSP will beat Nick Diaz by decision (Fight Opinion)

- Fox Sports Radio to simulcast UFC on FOX (MMA Payout)

- Silva vs Sonnen and 10 reasons the rematch is needed (

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