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Happy New Year everyone!
What a year 2011 was and it ended with a bang as UFC 141 saw the debut of Alistair Overeem in the Octagon and the retirement of former champion Brock Lesnar.
It was also learned the day of Friday’s pay-per-view that Overeem had been sued by his former management team and forced to give 30% of his purse to Golden Glory.
Enough talk, onto this past week’s top news:
Brock Lesnar may have broken his rib [MMAMania]
According to UFC President Dana White, Lesnar told him after the bout that he feels he may have suffered a broken rib, a message White passed along to reporters at the UFC 141 post-fight press conference.
The 10 worst New Year’s Eve fights in Japan [TheFightNerd]
As 2011 comes to a close, MMA fans can look forward to one thing – New year’s Eve MMA events in Japan! Truly the best of the best when it comes to events, these super shows usually have great matches with the top talent fighting each other.
The 25 greatest MMA photos of 2011 [CagePotato]
As we enter the last week of 2011, join us in celebrating the year’s most memorable images — from tense face-offs to action shots, ring girl pin-ups to gnarly post-fight injuries, and other assorted insanity.
Interview and photoshoot with Vladimir Matyushenko [Lowkick]
ast New Year’s and Christmas I went to Brazil to spend with my wife’s family and I came back like 20-pounds over weight. So, it’s hard, after that period, to come back and get back on track.
Brock Lesnar had issues with Alistair Overeem training at Xtreme Couture [Fightline]
“There were some issues with Alistair training at Xtreme Couture because Randy, after he fought Brock, trained with him and signed a disclosure with them,” Martinez revealed. “So even though Randy isn’t at the gym, Brock’s people made it an issue so Overeem ended up not finishing his training here.”
MetroPCS becomes a UFC sponsor [MMAPayout]
MetroPCS partnered with TapouT earlier this year as what looks now to be a prelude to its sponsorship with the UFC. We will see what brand activation plans MetroPCS will have with the UFC. It was a prominent logo in the Octagon at UFC 141.
Why Reem will own the heavyweight division [BleacherReport]
Overeem has one more hurdle before he goes down as the best heavyweight in the world today, and rest assured that Chuck Liddell or Mauricio “Shogun” Rua didn’t end their respective PRIDE fights with Overeem with nearly the same power as the power Junior dos Santos packs.
Lawsuit filed against Alistair Overeem [MMAConvert]
The financial details of Overeem’s UFC contract were revealed today in a lawsuit his former management KOI/Golden Glory filed against Overeem in Clark County, Nevada this week claiming that they are entitled to 30% of his earnings.
Alistair Overeed sends Brock Lesnar into retirement [MMAFighting]
Overeem landed a kick to the liver that knocked Lesnar down, then swarmed on him and landed punches on the ground until referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop the fight. The bout lasted only two minutes, 26 seconds.
Gabriel Gonzaga says the UFC is his home [Five Ounces of Pain]
When heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga returns to the Octagon next month at UFC 142 he will have been away from the infamous eight-sided cage for more than a year, opting to recompose himself.
Chael Sonnen’s tour of Team Quest [MiddleEasy]
Our bodies are our machines and they’re the only temples we have, so worship them by finally going out and joining Team Quest like you’ve always told yourself that you would. This is veteran WEC fighter and Oregon politician Chael Sonnen.
Dana White doesn’t care what you think about Miguel Torres’ return [FightOpinion]
The real meat of this interview is at the beginning when he’s asked to address why he fired-and-rehired Miguel Torres for his ‘rape tweet’ when Forrest Griffin got a pass for his Twitter antics (on the night Joe Paterno got the axe from Penn State) and Rashad Evans, despite getting eviscerated by Jim Rome on ESPN for his Jerry Sandusky crack towards Phil Davis (UFC Fox 2 Chicago presser), didn’t get the hammer dropped on him.