Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of January 8, 2012

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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 Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo 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, Cage Potato features MMA fan art, The Fight Nerd reviews Gina Carano's new movie 'Haywire' and Bleacher Report speaks with Blackzilian coach Mike Van Arsdale.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- Sean Sherk wants to cement his place in the UFC Hall of Fame (LowKick)

"I'm a fighter. At this point in time, do I plan on fighting five or six more times? Probably not, to be honest with you. That's why I want big fights. I want co-main-event or main-event type fights that are going to cement my place in the UFC Hall of Fame. Absolutely, I think at this point in time, I've done enough to be a hall of famer, but I'd like a few more fights to make my mark."

- 20 incredible works of MMA fan art (Cage Potato)

- UFC 142 main card breakdown (Five Ounces of Pain)

After the huge success of UFC 134, it was only a matter of time before the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the land of samba. Opening their PPV account for 2012 is another card in Rio, this time featuring a featherweight title bout between Brazil's own Jose Aldo, and arguably his toughest stylistic opponent to date, Chad Mendes.

- Mendes, Faber not happy with Maynard's comments (MMA Fighting)

"Since when are the two best guys in the weight class not ready to fight each other? That's an absurd thing to say. But whatever. Who cares what [Maynard] thinks? Chad's going to go in there and fight and win."

- X-box to make amends for UFC 141 nightmare (5thRound)

Technology can be a wonderful thing most of time, but it can also be unpredictable and rather nightmarish in other instances. Following the issues that impacted Xbox LIVE's official debut into the mixed martial arts world at UFC 141, Microsoft is prepared to make amends and restore confidence in their customers.

- Ricardo Arona versus Satoshi Ishii on March 11th (MiddleEasy)

This morning as I roamed through my usual collection of obscure Japanese MMA sites, I noticed Sponichi Annex is reporting that Satoshi Ishii gave the site a brief interview and stated that he's training in Los Angeles, California for a fight with Ricardo Arona on March 11th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That's right, it looks like Ricardo Arona has finally decided to stop surfing and get back to smashing his fists into people's face for a living.

- Movie review: Haywire (The Fight Nerd)

The cinematic bar for star vehicle action movies like the ones that first introduced audiences to Jean-Claude Van Damme and Stephen Seagal is set incredibly low. And, for what it's worth, Haywire gracefully leaps over it. There are even a few scenes in the movie that are unarguably great. But, Haywire also sports too much random silliness to call it a genuinely good movie.

- Buying or selling Chad Mendes as 2-1 dog to Jose Aldo? (Fight Opinion)

- Update on Zuffa lawsuit vs New York: New York files motion (MMA Payout)

The Fight Lawyer reports on the latest from the Zuffa lawsuit in New York. Notably, the New York AG and the New York DA will file a motion to dismiss on the issues of due process and equal protection but the First Amendment issue will not be contested in the motion.

- Mike Van Arsdale talks Anthony Johnson's move to middleweight and UFC 142 (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

Van Arsdale recently hooked up with Hurtsbad MMA to share his take on Johnson's opponent and his move to middleweight. Johnson's opponent is something of a legend in the sport and is known as a lethal striker who is aggressive and dangerous inside the Octagon. Anyone who has competed with Vitor Belfort, or has seen him fight would agree.

- Eddie Alvarez will not be in Bellator season six lightweight tournament (MMA Convert)

- The Daily Line: Predictions for MMA in 2012 part 2 (Fightline)

2012 is a year ripe for change, with big things looming on the horizon and evolution seeming destined for MMA. But, what exactly could we see over the coming year? How might the MMA landscape look going into 2013?

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