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 Chael Sonnen and Matt Lindland 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, Lowkick goes inside Team Golden Glory, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden takes a good look inside Chael's training camp and The Fight Nerd speaks with Eddie Alvarez, confirming his upcoming bout with Shinya Aoki.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Combat sports chronicles: Team Golden Glory (LowKick)
I had an opportunity to attend Team Golden Glory training in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The training took place at Duncan's Training Center, half of which is currently undergoing a series of improvements to become a fully-operational gym.
- All gun, ammo, knife and hunting sponsors are banned (Cage Potato)
FOX's ever impressive magical act is set to make all firearm, knife, ammo, and hunting companies disappear from all Zuffa promoted events.
From the moment Phil Davis stepped into the Octagon, he was never given a fair chance. In the second round of his first UFC fight against Brian Stann, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan compared his skills and physique to Georges St. Pierre. In the third round, with three minutes remaining in the bout, Rogan was already bringing up the possibility of Jon Jones vs. Davis
- Around the Octagon with Dana White (video) (MMA Fighting)
White discusses UFC on FOX 2, Sonnen's belt and "terrorists" online.
- UFC announces May 15th event in Virginia (5thRound)
- Hackers accept Dana White's challenge (MiddleEasy)
Well, when you challenge a group of individuals that hacked the FBI and the Department of Justice's website all within two weeks, of course they're going to respond. Here's what JoshTheGod stated just a few minutes ago regarding Dana White's digital invite.
- Eddie Alvarez confirms Shinya Aoki fight in April, talks loss to Chandler (video) (The Fight Nerd)
- Why sports media are turning their fire on UFC (Fight Opinion)
The issue of UFC and its fighters beating up on the media is an old & tired issue... which is why I found it extremely curious that CBS Sports columnist & flame thrower Gregg Doyel decided to bring up the issue yesterday in his column online. Doyel basically admits that he is a UFC fanboy but that he's all of a sudden had a change in heart to speak truth to power in only a way he possibly can. The timing of this attack raised my eyebrows.
- Pro-SOPA editorial may have led to hacking of UFC.com (MMA Payout)
The UFC's Executive Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence Epstein wrote an op-ed in Sunday's Las Vegas Review Journal in defense of the UFC's position in favor of SOPA. On the same day, the UFC web site was hacked in what is believed to be a response to the UFC's position on the bill.
- Will the real Chael Sonnen please stand up? Inside Sonnen's training camp (BleacherReport.com/MMA)
Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping won't be able to talk each other to death Saturday night on FOX. In the end, as is the case in all sporting events from tee ball to the Super Bowl, things will be settled on the field of play. And that's why people at Team Quest in Oregon were all smiles last week when Bisping replaced former NCAA champion Mark Munoz as Sonnen's opponent in a fight to determine the next top contender for Anderson Silva's UFC middleweight title.
- UFC on FOX 2 preview: The undercard (MMA Convert)
The UFC's "A" team may be taking to the field on the FOX network on Saturday night, but there's a sizeable "B" team that's duking it out on Fuel TV in the three hours before that big hoedown. (Did I just use the word "hoedown"? What the hell?)
It's no secret that UFC president Dana White can be quick tempered and is prone to making harsh decisions when heated, only to soften his stance once heads have cooled. Specifically speaking, White has, on occasion, dropped fighters from the UFC after a screw up or disagreement, before eventually welcoming them back into the fold once things are settled or wounds are healed.