Photo of Urijah Faber, Rich Franklin and Dominick Cruz by Mark Jovich via York Blog
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 Urijah Faber, Rich Franklin and Dominick Cruz 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 talks to the director of the Bruce Lee documentary, MMA Convert thanks Ronda Rousey and Middle Easy discovers that a Bellator video game is in the works.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Lowkick staff top 10 pound-for-pound MMA rankings (LowKick)
New entries from previous rankings include Junior dos Santos, Carlos Condit and Ben "Smooth" Henderson. PRIDE veteran and the current number two contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight title, Dan Henderson, is the most improving fighter in this list, moving four positions from #9 to #6.
- 11 music videos featuring MMA fighters (Cage Potato)
- Bellator video game! Whoa! (video) (MiddleEasy)
Cool, another MMA videogame. Yep, the digital Joe Warren you see above is real. Bellator has officially joined the ranks of the UFC, Pride, Strikeforce and all of the imaginary or real leagues you created in Fire Pro Wrestling in being digitally recreated in our living room for our enjoyment. The debut trailer for the Bellator game being published by Spike Games (we don't know who's developing it) was released tonight, and we have to admit: we'd be down for some tournament action in the MiddleEasy offices.
- Director Pete McCormack talks new Bruce Lee documentary (The Fight Nerd)
McCormack, who also directed "Facing Ali" about Muhammad Ali, tells us about his inspiration for making this documentary about Lee, as well as why this film is different from the other ones out there about the same subject. Pete also discusses the similarities between Ali and Lee, why so many different people continue to identify with Lee, and why Bruce is still relevant nearly 40 years after his passing, plus much more.
- UFC's testosterone narrative backfiring (Fight Opinion)
This is what happens when you approach a bully and actually ask legitimate questions. The minute anything substantively is asked about a controversial topic, the bully deflects and goes scorched earth when they know they are boxed into a corner. The problem for Dana is that he & Lorenzo have made so many enemies in the press already that when trouble is brewing, the aggressive PR tactics backfire... like they are now right now.
- New York files its reply brief in Zuffa lawsuit (MMA Payout)
The New York District Attorney and Attorney General have filed its reply brief in support of its motion to dismiss two counts of Zuffa's lawsuit against New York. MMA Payout takes a look at some of the arguments rebutting Zuffa's opposition.
- The 10 best fighters in Ultimate Fighter history (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.
- Why we owe Ronda thanks (MMA Convert)
If God created Eve from one of Adam's ribs, it was a humerus that went into making Ronda, and the judoka isn't done paying Him back in the arm-bone currency she feels she owes. Which is just fine. Because if you're a scrub and not worthy of being in the same cage as her, she'll rip your arm off in under a minute, just as she did to all before her championship turn.
- Quick Shots: SFL news, weekend MMA events (Fightline)
The Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) is back in Portland, OR this Saturday, March 10th for Rumble @ The Roseland 62. The FCFF is bringing three title fights including the return of the 185-pound FCFF Champion Josh Bartlett and FCFF veteran Heavyweight fighter Damion Martindale.
- Fedor: I have to go to the US to face the strongest opponents (Five Ounces of Pain)