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 Mauricio Rua and Dana White pictured above, we can all "get along."
Teaming up with MMA sites like MiddleEasy, Cage Potato, Fight Opinion and Five Ounces of Pain, we'll provide an opportunity for all MMA fans to read some fresh and original voices in the sport.
This week, MMAFighting speaks with Dana White, Lowkick speaks with Fedor Emelianenko about his fight with Jeff Monson and MMAConvert gets Jim Genia to break down the recent lawsuit that the UFC filed against New York.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Interview with Fedor Emelianenko (LowKick)
I had an exciting opportunity to interview Fedor Emelianenko in Netherlands (3 hours by train from my home, up north in Groningen), ahead of what could easily be the most important fight of his illustrious MMA career. Visibly reenergized Emelianenko shared about his plans for the fight with Jeff Monson, and what he's been concentrating on in this training camp
- Presenting the Matt Mitrione phone message contest (Cage Potato)
- Grappling with issues - 11/17/11 (Five Ounces of Pain)
Is Cain Velasquez destined for a title-shot in 2012? Should the winner of this weekend's main event between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua jump Rashad Evans as #1 contender? Will Fedor Emelianenko‘s fight flop on PPV? Could UFC 139 mark the final time Wanderlei Silva steps into the ring?
- Around the Octagon with Dana White? (video) (MMA Fighting)
White talks about UFC 139, W. Silva's future, UFC on FOX 2 and more. Watch Ariel Helwani's Exclusive Interview
- Wanderlei Silva running from retirement (5thRound)
For 15 edge-of-your-seat years, Wanderlei Silva has participated in some of the most spectacular fights in MMA history. However, much like an NFL running back, there are only so many hits the human body can endure before it's time to call it quits.
- Interview with Mark Coleman (video) (MiddleEasy)
- Ken Pavia on leaving MMAgents for Takedown Fight Media & MMA current events (TheFightNerd)
"If you believe King Mo and some fighter sentiment its only a matter of time before they merge - I believe King Mo said ‘it's dying on the vine.' It seems that Zuffa bought Strikeforce to add more main event type fighters to their roster to support their increased scheduling. That said, if the rumors about Strikeforce and Showtime are true, that'll be a certain way to secure its future."
- Media insider fallout from UFC on FOX (Fight Opinion)
So, wait a second - when PRIDE was drawing 20 million viewers on Fuji TV and getting paid a lot a money last decade, that didn't qualify MMA reaching ‘adulthood' status because it happened in Japan instead of America? Don't get me wrong - I'm not someone who thinks that UFC ‘failed' with the Fox showing on Saturday night.
- SpikeTV's UFC on FOX counterprogram nets 719,000 viewers (MMA Payout)
MMAPayout.com has learned that Spike TV's Saturday night telecast of "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title" between 9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT drew 719,000 viewers and a 0.6 rating with Men 18-34. List of ratings for "Unleashed" episodes pre and post UFC on FOX are listed below
- Chris Weidman: Tom Lawlor doesn't have the experience like I do (BleacherReport.com/MMA)
"As far as experience goes, look at Alessio Sakara. He had plenty more experience than me. He was in the UFC forever. I didn't let that get to me. Tom Lawlor, he hasn't been there as close to as long. I won't let that get to me. The way I look at it is, I 've been wrestling my entire life. I've faced top notch competition for a very, very long time. Tom Lawlor doesn't have that experience."
- Jim Genia breaks down the UFC lawsuit against New York (MMA Convert)
"I'm here to give you a breakdown on this nuclear bomb that's been activated in the Empire State - and make no mistake, a lawsuit that implores the federal judicial system to take action against a state is no precision instrument meant to galvanize; it's a weapon of mass destruction meant to leave devastation in its wake. If you want a law that empowers an athletic commission to regulate a sport, the nice, friendly route is to lobby, secure votes and let the system runs its course. The hard-ass route, which is far and away what this is, ensures that legislators are left grumbling. And a grumbling legislator can be bad. Very, very bad. But we'll get to that later. Now, the facts..."
- Dan Henderson responds to Shogun (Fightline)
Dan says good luck trying to become the first to knock me out