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Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of February 5, 2012

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 Mark Munoz, Jake Ellenberger and Anthony Pettis pictured above, we can all "get along."

Teaming up with MMA sites like MMA Fighting, 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 reviews Gary Goodrige's new book, Cage Potato scores an interview with referee Steve Mazzagatti and Bleacher Report speaks with Jorge Santiago.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- GSP talks scientific training methods, the interim title and Silva vs. Sonnen II (LowKick)

"The question is not if Chael Sonnen will beat Anderson Silva, I believe he has the perfect style to do it. The only problem is, his last fight with Michael Bisping, he was coming pretty straight, and if he does that with Anderson Silva, he will run into punches. So, I think if he can move standing up without getting hit and find a way to close the distance bring the fight to the ground, he's got a very good chance to win. The thing is not really if he's going to win or not, but how he's going to get out of Brazil after that?"

- Steve Mazzagatti talks slapping, sh*t talking and Dana White hate (Cage Potato)

Love him or hate him, "The Mazz" don't care. He has a job to do and he isn't in this game to make friends.

- Roger Gracie weighing move to 185 pounds (Five Ounces of Pain)

Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold has been very vocal about his desire to see the organization bring in some new contenders for him to face. However, it appears the promotion may already have a new option for Rockhold on their roster with the ability to fight at 185 pounds and give any opponent a run for his money.

- Diaz's positive test not surprising (MMA Fighting)

Stop me if you've heard this one. Nick Diaz fights in Las Vegas, does his usual schtick enlarging his fame among his diehard fans and leaving the rest of the MMA world slightly confused, but intrigued. Then the drug-test results come back, and suddenly he has a real problem that won't go away. Not without a suspension and a fine, in all likelihood.

- Dustin Poirier threatens to "expose" Korean Zombie (5thRound)

- Michael Page's awesome anti-walk off knockout (MiddleEasy)

It's sixty six seconds of of incredible confidence, dancing, style, explosive athletic ability and a walk off KO so good Michael Page doesn't even walk off, he just stands there and absorbs the soul of his opponent as he basks in his impressive victory. Michael Page can lose his next 10 fights in a row and I will still be fascinated by this fight and Page's post fight celebration. Watch it now. Watch it twenty times.

- Review of Gary Goodrige's book "Gatekeeper" (The Fight Nerd)

As the new guard of MMA begins to take over, the old guard is finally beginning to reveal their stories to fans around the world. In this case, one veteran from the bareknuckle days of cage fighting, Gary Goodridge, is telling his tale to the world, with his new autobiography entitled, "Gatekeeper: The Fighting Life of Gary ‘Big Daddy' Goodridge."

- Make the case to me why fighters shouldn't be suspended for weed usage (Fight Opinion)

Best arguments in the comments section will be copied into this post.

- UFC 143: Payout Perspective (MMA Payout)

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective. This week we take a look at UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada where Nick Diaz took on Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight belt.

- Interview with Jorge Santiago (

"I've been through this before in my life. I fought in the UFC and I got cut back in 2006. Everybody thought I was done. They didn't think I would come back but I did. I proved them all wrong. I became a top middleweight in the world. And, I'll do it again," promised Santiago. "I don't care what people think."

- Why an immediate rematch between Diaz and Condit would have been bad (MMA Convert)

Nick Diaz may have urinated into a cup and destroyed his income potential for the next twelve months, but this article isn't about that. No, it's about how, if the UFC had made an immediate rematch between Diaz and Carlos Condit - so soon after their UFC 143 scrap that the Stockton native's marijuana-infused piss was likely still warm as it sat on a shelf in the lab - that it would've been bad. "Bad" as in, pointless. "Bad" as in, disingenuous. "Bad" as in, please, Dana White, give us a freakin' break.

- Ronda Rousey says Cyborg sets a bad example as a role model (Fightline)

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