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 Vitor Belfort and Mike Tyson pictured above, we can all "get along."
Teaming up with MMA sites like Low Kick, 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, The Fight Nerd speaks with Felice Herrig, Cage Potato provides some lovely pictures of Natasha Wicks and Lowkick interviews BAMMA middleweight champion Tom Watson.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Interview with BAMMA middleweight champ Tom Watson (LowKick)
"All the guys I train with are fighting in the UFC. If you want to make a proper living from this sport, you need to be in the UFC. It's very hard when you're not fighting in the UFC, so only a few guys are able to make respectable living from just being a fighter."
- Hot Potato: Natasha Wicks is back baby (25 photos) (Cage Potato)
In the greatest MMA comeback since Boetsch vs. Okami, our favorite curly-haired blonde is returning to ring girl duty for Invicta's all-female debut show on April 28th.
- This will be the greatest knockout you will see today (video) (MiddleEasy)
- Interview with Felice Herrig (The Fight Nerd)
Felice Herrig talks upcoming XFC fight, state of WMMA, and reveals she has not been paid for last fight in 2011
- How the UFC can play the testosterone card against Rampage (Fight Opinion)
UFC's demeanor in their response to Rampage's damaging tantrums has been very un-Zuffa-like in terms of being patient as opposed to being overly aggressive. Given Rampage's outcry for wanting a release from the UFC, he went on Twitter and said that he wanted to fight Mauricio Shogun instead of a ‘wrestler who wants to dry hump him.'
- Payout Perspective: TUF Live on FX ratings breakdown (MMA Payout)
The Ultimate Fighter Live debut on FX drew an average of 1.28 million viewers, as previously reported on MMAPayout.We will now take a closer look at the quarterly ratings breakdown, viewership ratings pattern, and expectations coming into the show.
- Jay Glazer explains why NFL players are training MMA (BleacherReport.com/MMA)
Fourteen seasons of the show have provided us with plenty of forgettable moments and easily-dismissed fighters. But there have also been plenty of gems to emerge from the show, especially during the early days when the series featured a crop of talented fighters all trying to make it into the UFC.
- King Mo to address positive steroid test on March 27 (MMA Convert)
- Ratings not quite what UFC boss predicted for The Ultimate Fighter 15 (Five Ounces of Pain)