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 Jay Hieron and Randy Couture 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.
The full list of links is after the jump.
PRIDE FC and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov returns to kickboxing this Friday, when he meets Mark Miller in Moscow, Russia. Below is footage of Kharitonov's unorthodox preparation for the bout, during which he visits a local meat locker to batter some pig carcasses.
Though he first landed on our radars as a competitor on TUF 7, fighter/trainer Mike Dolce has become much more famous for The Dolce Diet - the health and nutrition system he employs to help MMA stars hit their weight limits while retaining peak performance on fight-day. Fresh off his wizard-like guidance of Thiago Alves earlier this month, we decided to get the Living Lean author on the phone to find out exactly how he does it.
- You can now bet on fights for The Ultimate Fighter Live (MiddleEasy)
"Go ahead, bet away your April month's rent on tomorrow's The Ultimate Fighter Live fight. I'm sure if you explain it to your landlord, he/she will understand. Don't worry, it's happened to me before. I ended up pawning my bass guitar only to use the money to bet on another fight. Fortunately I won, which enabled me to barely not get evicted from my apartment. Keep in mind, this was a different time in MMA."
- How to avoid scam supplements (The Fight Nerd)
"We all know this already about many things in life, but buyers continue to fall victim to sales tactics that promise to change us from meek to sleek overnight. If something was really that easy, why wouldn't everyone in the world be doing it? Certain products do deliver instantly, such as those dietary supplements that claim to shed pounds. Why? Because it's a diarrhetic, and will result in extremely unpleasant urination and discharge..."
- Mike Kogen has had enough of Rampage's complaining with the UFC (Fight Opinion)
"Rampage's comments have raised key issues regarding Testosterone usage in MMA and also the role of doctors and alleged relationships with the UFC. This is his own doing, for better or for worse, and Rampage clearly thinks he's on the right end of this PR battle. With that as the latest background, fighter agent Mike Kogan has had enough of Rampage's act. Here's what he posted on Twitter on Saturday night."
- SEC files order against Pro Elite (MMA Payout)
In terms of ProElite and the SEC filing, Stratus Media Group (parent group of ProElite) CEO Paul Feller told MMAPayout that this "does not impact the daily operations of ProElite", as it is a "total separate matter carried over from the old Pro Elite group." He went on to state that "We're doing all the necessary paperwork required to comply with the SEC and to lift the temporary hold placed on ProElite." Feller expects a resolution to the matter in a "very short time frame"
"All my fights have been at 155 but I need to make that transition, you know. I feel making 155 was too easy and, you know what, these guys at 155 are getting really, really big. There's no reason I shouldn't be a contender at 145."
- Interview with BAMMA middleweight champion Tom Watson (Fightline)
"After the last fight I had quite a bit of contact with Sean Shelby of Strikeforce. Everything is about timing in this business and the best thing that I can do is go out and win this fight against Marshman on March 24. The more I win, the more in demand I will be and from there I can negotiate and see what's next. Strikeforce has a couple quality middleweights to face: Luke Rockhold, Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza"
- TUF Brazil debuts online this Sunday night (Five Ounces of Pain)
- The Jon Bones Jones revolution - One year later (5thRound)