MMA Link Club: Top Stories for Week of January 1st

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
January 8th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

Once again we’ve gathered the best MMA news from the baddest websites on the ‘net so that 5thRound nation won’t miss a beat! Make sure to check out the links after the jump.

What a crazy week.

Strikeforce champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos has been suspended by the CSAC after failing a drug test.

UFC president Dana White promptly stripped the most dangerous woman on the planet of his title.

Middleweight king Anderson Silva is all healed up and back in training for what could be the biggest war in UFC history so long as Chael Sonnen can defeat Mark Munoz at the upcoming UFC on FOX card.

Enough talk, onto this past week’s top news:

The top 10 UFC fights in 2011 [TheFightNerd]

2011 served as a flagship year in the world’s largest MMA organization when it came to great fights. To put a bow on this passing age, below are the top ten greatest fights in the UFC for 2011. See who earned the top spot!

Karo Parisyan interview [Fightline]

I’m not taking any of these fights as serious as I’m supposed to. Guys I’m supposed to walk over – not walk over, I don’t want to be disrespectful. Guys I’m supposed to beat.

Five MMA trends we hope to leave in 2011 [CagePotato]

Here’s a quick look at some of the bad habits we’ve picked up and poor decisions we’ve made over the past 12-months. Let’s hope we can leave them behind in yesteryear.

Meisha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey official [MMAMania]

Rumors have been swirling for some time now that Miesha Tate would be defending her women’s bantamweight championship against Ronda Rousey on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Cesar Gracie says BJ Penn just making excuses [Lowkick]

At some point it is up to those around you to protect you from yourself. To take you aside and let you know you are wrong and help save you from your folly. Unfortunately for Penn he is surrounded by “Yes Men” that are unwilling to do that.

‘Cyborg’ suspension could ruin women’s MMA [BleacherReport]

Once considered the “baddest women on the planet,” Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos now faces steroid allegations that could have a major impact on her career and quite possibly all of women’s MMA.

Anderson Silva back in training [MMAConvert]

It still remains to be seen who his opponent will be, but if it’s Chael Sonnen, the rematch will “probably” happen in a Brazil soccer stadium in June, according to UFC president Dana White.

‘King Mo’ re-signs with Strikeforce [MMAFighting]

Lawal had one fight left on his current contract, so this assures that he will fight in Strikeforce for at least five more fights. This also means that Lawal won’t be moving over to the UFC any time soon.

Efrain Escudero vs. Mac Danzig at UFC 145 [Five Ounces of Pain]

A loser-leaves-town match is likely in order for TUF winners Efrain Escudero and Mac Danzig, as the two have signed to face off against one another at UFC 145.

‘Bigfoot’ Silva coming to UFC to fight Cain Velasquez [MiddleEasy]

Portal do Vale Tudo is reporting Big Nog revealed this morning in his weekly column for Rio’s ‘Extra’ that Bigfoot Silva is indeed coming to the UFC in April and his first opponent appears to be former UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.

Is pro-wrestling causing UFC to lose female interest [FightOpinion]

Here’s the needed background information on this video clip so you can get a summary as to what the context of the discussion is. Hint: The firestarter for this discussion is CM Punk and Convict Chael Sonnen being bestest buddiess in Chicago.

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