Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of February 26, 2012

Ronda Rousey gets a hug from 'Judo' Gene LeBell at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, CA. Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer) via Daily News Los Angeles

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 "Judo" Gene LeBell and Ronda Rousey 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, Lowkick does a photoshoot with Ian McCall, Middle Easy debuts a Ronnie Mann documentary and Fight Line interviews UFC on FX headliner Thiago Alves.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- Photoshoot with UFC flyweight Ian McCall (LowKick)

This weekend, Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall (11-2) will make his UFC debut in Sydney, Australia, as part of the first ever UFC Flyweight tournament. As always, photographer Scott Hirano was on site to bring the following photo-report of Ian McCall's preparations for Demetrious Johnson. Ian McCall trains at Team Oyama in Orange County, CA.

- Eight MMA fighters who have done porn (Cage Potato)

- Ryan Couture ready to break Conor Heun's arm if necessary (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Ronnie Mann documentary (video) (MiddleEasy)

The good news is that we made this extensive documentary in conjunction with WHOA! TV that follows Ronnie Mann and his path to the Bellator featherweight tournament. Take some time off from work/school and let your eyes relax a little by watching this video. I'm sure they would appreciate it. They, of course, being your overworked eyes.

- Bellator FC tryout video with Kahl-One (video) (The Fight Nerd)

- UFC Japan: A wonderful show & a pyrrhic victory? (Fight Opinion)

It should be noted that Japanese media coverage of the event was exclusively sports media & not entertainment media. This is different trend/protocol from what kinds of media attended PRIDE & K-1 events. There were some rather notable Japanese sports media outlets that were, in fact, silent or barely acknowledged the show.

- The financial punch of delaying fights (MMA Payout)

Larry Pugmire of the LA Times reported on the financial impact of delaying boxing matches due to injury. Its an interesting article that shows the differences between MMA and boxing when faced with injuries.

- Tate owes Rousey a little bit of gratitude (

The key in this entire situation, and one that Tate seemingly cannot grasp, is that the two female fighters would not be in the main event of Saturday's card without Rousey constantly badmouthing Tate, Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and various other female fighters.

- Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey preview (MMA Convert)

The reports of female MMA's demise have been greatly exaggerated. This Saturday night, Strikeforce brings us the biggest, most compelling pairing of femme fighters since Cris "Cyborg" Santos stepped into the cage to take on Gina Carano. That's right, I'm talking about Miesha Tate versus Ronda Rousey, a matchup that pits the organization's 135-pound champ against an Olympic judo bronze medalist who rips off arms like you and I rip off pieces of toilet paper from the rolls hanging beside our respective crappers.

- Interview with UFC on FX 2 headliner Thiago Alves (Fightline)

"I know his style is predicated on his stand-up, but once he feels my power he's going to do what most of my other opponents try and do and that's take me down. I know it's going to be an awesome fight for the fans, but it's not going to be like any of his other fights because I plan on knocking him out or submitting him."

- The Ultimate Fighter 15 evolution commercial (video) (5thRound)

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