Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of April 1, 2012

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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 Douglas Lima, Roan Carneiro and Dhiego Lima 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, Bleacher Report speaks with UFC featherweight Jason Young, Low Kick interviews Todd Duffee and Five Ounces of Pain interviews top UFC welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- Todd Duffee: I don't care about proving critics wrong (LowKick)

"Honestly, I d"n't care at this point. I just want to prove my friends, family and training partners right. Some people are going to love you for all the things they perceive you to be whether true or not, and some people are going to hate you for the same reasons.?

- UFC: Ultimate Submissions DVD review (The Fight Nerd)

We are talking back in the days when gloves and groin cups were optional, all the way up to the point where the sport had begun to branch out and begin to take on a life of its own in American households. Even with the greatness that is submissions, getting this DVD led to this ever-important question - was this DVD worth the lengthy wait, or should Zuffa have simply quit while they were ahead?

- UFC's current stance on testosterone: Not much of a plan (Fight Opinion)

The media heat about the testosterone issue is undoubtedly getting to the politicians & the promoters. The fighters who are the face of TRT usage have been rather stupid in handling the topic publicly. Keith Kizer even made the admission recently that Rampage's campaigning for testosterone usage has only increased interest in said usage as far as trying to get exemptions from various state athletic commissions.

- Payout Perspective: UFC on FOX deal 2012 Q1 performance review (MMA Payout)

Last year, UFC and FOX announced a huge 7 year TV deal worth as much as $90-$100 million per year, which would move UFC programming from Spike TV to FOX, FX, FSN's, and Fuel TV. Now that Q1 of 2012 has passed, we look back and analyze what type of impact UFC programming had on the FOX properties and how the new platforms have impacted the UFC.

- Jason Young talks UFC on Fuel and third chances (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

"In terms of Eric, I think I have a better overall game. I suppose we are pretty similar in some ways. He has a good knockout ratio, and I have always been known as a good standup fighter. He may have the edge in submissions so I will have to watch that carefully."

- Diego Sanchez interested in possible lightweight match when he returns (MMA Convert)

- NSAC will not change Alistair Overeem's last win over failed drug test (Fightline)

- Rory MacDonald: I'm not worried about him and I'm not worried about this fight (Five Ounces of Pain)

I hold no fear of standing toe-to-toe with this guy. He's the one who needs to worry about me, as I'm fairly certain I'll be better than he is in every single area of this fight. He's going to have to adjust to my style. I have many, many weapons in this fight and he will have to be cautious in everything he does. I'm not worried about him and I'm not worried about this fight.

- Looking ahead to UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs Silva (5thRound)

For those of you longing for some Octagon action, don't fret because we're just 12 days away from witnessing "UFC on FUEL TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva." The card will be available on free television, so hopefully that helps make up for the organization's extended hiatus. Alexander Gustafsson was slated to headline the show opposite Antonio Rogerio Nogueira until a knee injury forced Little Nog to withdraw from the scrap.

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