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 UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones pictured above, we can all "get along."
Teaming up with MMA sites like Low Kick, Fightline, 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 the new MMA documentary Fightville, Fight Opinion reveals three of UFC's psychological moments this past week and Fightline interviews Rory MacDonald.
The full list of links is after the jump.
- Looking back at UFC on Fuel 2: The fan experience (LowKick)
""European fans in general, are very passionate about Mixed Martial Arts. They are loyal to this sport, and would follow the fighters wherever. As noted by Marshall Zelaznik, they would have no problem attending an event at midnight. When it comes to international UFC events, there are a lot of variables, such as TV deals, time difference, suitable arenas, local regulatory systems."
- A review of the MMA documentary: Fightville (The Fight Nerd)
As both a movie and a learning experience, Fightville succeeds on so many levels that it's difficult to list them all. Perhaps the best part of the documentary is that it has something to offer everybody.
- Three revealing psychological UFC moments (Fight Opinion)
While the focus is in Atlanta this weekend, there have been three interesting & curious events that have taken place in Zuffaland that I think reveal the current psychology of the company. All of them may not interest you, but I think at least one of the three will be revealing to you for your own reasons.
- Jones clothing deal could be sign of the future (MMA Payout)
Interesting news came out last week when it was announced that Jon Jones would be wearing UFC branded gear for his fight this Saturday night. The UFC tells the USA Today that there will be more fighters wearing UFC gear in the octagon.
- Rebellion Radio with Jade Bryce and Tony Ferguson (MMA Convert)
- Interview with UFC 145 welterweight Rory MacDonald (Fightline)
Rory MacDonald talks not knowing much about his UFC 145 opponent, training with Georges St. Pierre and Kenny Florian and more
- Randy Couture breaks down Jones/Evans (Five Ounces of Pain)
"The favorite is probably Jones because of his range and he is so athletic with such a dynamic striking style. Rashad has the tools and the skillset to make it a tough fight for Jones, but he has to make it a wrestling match and take him down at every opportunity."
- UFC 145 complete betting odds (5thRound)
There's plenty of hype surrounding "UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans," but if you were to ask the Gambling Gods, there's no point in ordering Saturday's pay-per-view broadcast.