Welcome, Maniacs, to the sixty-second edition of "This Week in MMAmania.com."
MMAmania is a gigantic and glorious place and we pump out a ridiculous amount of content. If you don't refresh this site every 60 minutes, you might just miss something amazing.
Have no fear, that's what this weekly article is all about! We'll recap the best of all things MMAmania, whether it be a great comment, FanPost, article, video or "something else."
Comment of the week: I don't know if this is really mixed martial arts (MMA)-related, but I appreciate a good argument and this one was thought-provoking. Jesse Holland's article about Forrest Griffin finding God resulted in the usual complaints from Mania readers who want their MMA church separated from the state of religion.
One regular Maniac disagrees:
why? how is this different from the garbage we see on here about tito's gf?
those posts get hundreds of comments without complaint...not to mention the FFT threads. everyone is entitled to their own faith and should be able to hold to it without mocked or belittled - such as the unnecessarily sarcastic "Hallelujah" at the end of Jesse's panning article (which, unfortunately, is not so out of character for him lately).
for all the remarks about mania being great because of the freedom to speak one's mind without - NO ONE seems to be able to speak about their own personal faith without mockery. its juvenile and pathetic
You know what? He's probably right. So many of our favorite MMA fighters are not only religious, they attribute their success directly to God, including Vitor Belfort, Ben Henderson, Diego Sanchez and Edson Barboza, among so many others. While the connection between winning MMA fights and a higher power might seem specious, we could all stand to respect other peoples' inner beliefs.
That award goes to:
Fight metric sucks
It gives you part of the story but people can base their whole judgment of the fight on it.
Cries of ‘robbery' are mostly being based on dislike for Jones but realistically the fight could have gone either way. It was close, very close but ‘robbery' it wasn't.
I'm amazed at the fact some people have watched the fight just once and are sooooo sure they have it right, you need to watch that shit AGAIN! MMA fans, fickle much?!
Article of the week: If you scroll up from "Honorable Mention" comment of the week, you'll get the article written by Cory Braiterman, explaining how Jon Jones' win over challenger Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 wasn't a robbery. And I thought it was this week's most compelling argument (even a stopped clock is right twice a day, eh?)
I think that's a good segue into this week's ...
Photoshop of the week: This one goes out to MauiWaves for an epic photoshop. Whether it's his or belongs to Google, either way, it's great quality.
Statistic of the week: With a recent pay-per-view (PPV), any and every article about UFC 165 received much attention around here with Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson full fight video highlights taking top billing. If you missed the fights, you can catch a little bit of the action there (unless you're from Canada).
But, outside of the UFC 165 "bubble" the most popular article has actually been Joe Rogan's reaction to Jon Jones' desire to box Wladimir Klitschko.
Speaking of statistics, Jones' sixth consecutive UFC title defense ranks third all-time in the organization's history, behind Georges St. Pierre and recently dethroned "G-O-A-T" Anderson Silva.
And although it seemed like Jones was battered in his last fight, his 134 significant strikes landed were the second most ever in a UFC light heavyweight fight.
Still, this is what we'll all remember:
Interview of the week: With a huge card like UFC 165, Mania writers were busy churning out all the action and reaction of the event. But, UFC isn't the only MMA going on out there. The Singapore-based ONE FC has a loyal fan base for the Asian market of MMA talent. Our resident James Goyder is always on hand to keep us abreast of what's going on with that talent, which this week includes an interview with Singapore's own undefeated Juan Wen Jie.
Fanpost of the week: It's not that I don't appreciate the current most up-voted fanposts for the money pool, the free pool, the Kountermove pool, and the Friday Fornication post. But, I need to shout out the underappreciated guys who took the time to put mittens to keyboard and compose their thoughts.
The best one was Steve Borchardt's notes from the under card: UFC 165 Edition. I thought the breakdowns were pretty good.
Burn of the week: This one is a double play. Nate Diaz has threatened not to show up for his trilogy fight with Gray Maynard because he has a high school reunion to go to. Look, like any sane, breathing, living MMA fan, I love Nate Diaz, and all his crazy cannabis-induced paranoia.
Lots of people go to school for seven years!"
"And they are called doctors."
Video of the week: UFC burnout Tito Ortiz made a Twitter joke that he was going to "crash" the UFC 167 PPV in Las Vegas, Nevada, inviting "Rampage" Quinton Jackson, Randy Couture and the Shamrock brothers.
Ken Shamrock voiced his support for the idea, leading to this response from Dana (expletive deleted) White:
White claims Ken Shamrock owes him money, and he's coming to collect it where he's hiding (under the porch, is one spot he speculates).
We don't just have great content on MMAmania, our writers also are very active on Twitter.
Here's our honorary #MMAmania Tweet of the Week: C.J. Tuttle proves that you're not effectively doing your job as an MMA journalist if you're not being shunned on the Internet by UFC fighters:
The fact that Brendan Schaub is wearing a Bony Acai hat makes me hate him 10 times more than when he blocked me.— Christopher J Tuʇʇle (@kidceej) September 22, 2013
If you want to catch any good tweets from your Mania writers, here are our accounts: Thomas Myers, Jesse Holland, Matthew Roth, Adam Guillen Jr., C.J. Tuttle, Andrew Richardson, George Halvatsis Jr., Michael Stets, Jason Probst and Cory Braiterman.
Obligatory TNA of the week: Always make sure to attend every UFC event possible. Sometimes what's going on in the cage isn't the only thing exciting.
And now one that doesn't make sense. And doesn't have to.
Scottidog's "Good guy comment of the week:" Serial sig and ban bet dodger PrivateBox didn't honor his ban bet with Joben over Jon Jones versus Alexander Gustafsson, making it a good juxtaposition to Woolly Shambler's noticeable absence during this six month ban bet he made with letstalkmma over Anderson Silva versus Chris Weidman.
I wish he would let him back!
Wooly is missed!
Bring Wooley back!!!!!
Wooley.....I got love for ya Bro!
Let's finish this off with a friendly question to spawn some Maniac debate. Does Miesha Tate have any hope of beating Ronda Rousey in their rematch? I mean, it's one thing to get the better of her on the "reality television" show, but that armbar is unstoppable.
That's it for this week. Did I miss something? Were you hoping to see an article, blog post, or photos that didn't get in? Well then e-mail me, damn it. I'm not a friggin' mind reader: unambig at gmail.com.