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 Jamie Yager, Diego Sanchez, Joe Rogan and Melvin Guillard 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.
The full list of links is after the jump.
"I wanted to reinvent myself as a fighter, and develop new striking skills that complimented my wresting game. I was familiar with Antoni because we work with the same management company. We met and worked together for a week, and I knew it was the perfect fit for me going forward. The team at Dynamix has put a lot of work and attention to my skills. I am taking my striking, BJJ, and MMA to a new level, while at the same time, bringing my wrestling back into my MMA arsenal. I could not be happier. Plus, I have a lot of support living in Los Angeles. I am grateful for my time in Austin, and I would not be here without all the trainers and training partners I had there."
- 9 'falling tree' knockouts (Cage Potato)
- UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller breakdown (Five Ounces of Pain)
Munoz told MMA Fighting that during a training session last Friday, he was engaged in a wrestling scramble when his elbow slipped out and he felt two pops. He sparred four more rounds that night, but by the end of his workout, he couldn't even pick up his gym bag.
- Mark Munoz unfazed despite unfortunate injury (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."
- Sonnen and Bisping already trading barbs (5thRound)
Mark Munoz's abrupt exit from "UFC on FOX" allowed the organization to arrange a last-minute scrap between two of the Octagon's most lethal smack talkers. With exactly 10 days remaining to promote their middleweight shootout, Chael Sonnen (Pictured) and Michael Bisping have wasted no time in exchanging pleasantries.
- Interview with Minowaman (MiddleEasy)
Now finally, and for the first time, he will step confidently onto American soil. We were able to communicate over the phone with him in all of his mulleted, heelhooking glory to discuss his fight against Kendall Grove in Pro Elite this weekend. The language barrier was a challenge to say the least, so huge thanks to Evan Cohen for deciphering. And to the extremely friendly translator who said 'Hi' to me at least 6 times. Unless that was Minowa?
- First look at "UFC Undisputed 3″ video game (The Fight Nerd)
This past weekend, I went out to San Francisco for a special event, courtesy of game developer THQ, to get a first-hand look at the new "UFC Undisputed 3″ video game. I have returned with a ton of behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen screenshots and new information about the game, and all day today I will be revealing the goodies that I was privy to.
- Zuffa's IQ Test (Fight Opinion)
UFC's ham-handed, overaggressive PR response to ESPN seemed over-the-top and really insecure. After all, why should they give any sort of oxygen to a network program with only a couple of hundred thousand viewers? Instead, Zuffa got too clever by half. They went on the offensive before the segment aired, giving people a reason to actually watch the segment instead of ignoring it. Then, once the segment aired, they went and gave ESPN more oxygen. Dana White getting into a Twitter battle with ESPN boxing Dan Rafael was just plain goofy.
- Jordan Nicole Gaza: Story of a Cheerleader Turned Fighter (BleacherReport.com/MMA)
Any way you slice it, cheerleaders are awesome. As sexy as they were when I was in high school, none of them could have physically beaten me up. But Jordan Nicole Gaza certainly can. Gaza is a 19 year old ex-cheerleader turned fighter, sporting a 4-2 record as an amateur. Fresh out of high school, Gaza is a former Tuff N' Uff women's 115-lb. champion looking to make her professional debut sometime this year.
- Jim Miller Primer (MMA Convert)
As you probably know, Jim is the "little" brother of fellow UFC fighter Dan (Dan's a middleweight), and the siblings train out of the AMA Fight Club camp (with so many top level fighters, your head would spin if I listed them all). Jim wrestled briefly in college, but after he entered the MMA scene in 2005, he kept racking up wins and eventually became one of the top 155-pound fighters in the Northeast. His contemporaries on the local circuit included future UFC champ Frankie Edgar and future IFL and WEC veteran Deividas Taurosevicius.
- Interview with Jim Miller (Fightline)
"I didn't perform my best against Ben Henderson."