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MMA Link Club: Top Stories for Week of October 9th

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
October 16th, 2011
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UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

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.

A week after dominating Brian Stann in his return to the Octagon, Chael Sonnen is all over the news this week as he continues to push for a rematch with UFC middleweight title holder Anderson Silva.

UFC president Dana White has always given the fans what they want and this rematch seems like another no-brainer and should sell a lot of tickets.

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

Is Chael Sonnen Vegas bound? [NBC Sports]

If the UFC decides to book Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White doesn’t expect the controversial Sonnen to have any issues getting licensed in Nevada

Joe Rogan’s funny weed video [FightOpinion]

“When it comes to weed discussion, Rogan is unmatched. “Weed’s awesome for you.” When pressed on why he’s encouraging the youth of America to smoke pot, he deadpans the following…”

Scott Coker believes Zuffa and Showtime want to extend deal [MMAConvert]

“It sounded like it would be settled by now, however Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed today that both sides are still talking and actually want to make a deal.”

Showtime Sports exec leaves for HBO [MMAFighting]

“HBO officially announced Thursday that Hershman has been hired as the new president of HBO Sports. His reign begins on Jan. 9, 2012.”

Josh Koscheck wants big fights regardless of weight [Five Ounces of Pain]

“That’s where I want to be. I want a big fight, my next fight to be a big fight. Who could it be? Maybe a Nick Diaz, maybe a B.J. Penn, Carlos Condit, maybe someone at 185 pounds. There are a lot of good guys at 185 pounds.”

Chael Sonnen gives Anderson Silva an offer he can’t refuse [MiddleEasy]

“This morning, Chael stated that Anderson Silva has twenty-four hours to accept his offer, and if he doesn’t, things may start to get ugly.”

Steven Seagal want to secure Mexico border [CagePotato]

“He’s like the rest of us that live down here; he has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help.The television aspect of what we’re doing here is the last priority.”

Vinny Magalhaes responds to rumors about training with Fedor [MMAMania]

“That happened before too. My manager tried to negotiate with them and at first they agreed to come, blah, blah, blah but then when it was time for me to go, they said, “A lot of guys will train with Fedor for free just because he’s such a legend,” but I was like, “I can’t go three weeks, not working. I have to pay bills.”

Wrestler Victor Kozlov trains MMA [TheFightNerd]

“Training at Zealous Nation MMA with head coach Oleg Savitsky, Vladimir Kozlov comes through to his old friend’s gym to keep his Sambo skills up to par by hitting some mitts and practicing some submissions. Is a transition into the world of MMA in the future for Kozlov? Sounds like it, as both he and Savitsky voice their interest in competing in the sport!”

Jorge Masvidal: “I’m going to crush Gilbert Melendez” [BleacherReport]

“Most of the time when I enter a fight, I’m not looking to stop a guy, but rather win a solid decision, but in this fight, I’m going for the stoppage. I’m going to put the pressure on him and make him break. I don’t want to leave it in the judges hands, especially with all the f*cked up decisions these days. This is my title shot and I have to take full advantage. I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one. Who knows what’s gonna happen in life?”

Payout Perspective: Strikeforce death knell [MMAPayout]

“In the midst of losing their top talent, the rough estimation is that Strikeforce has seen TV ratings dip 5%, attendance drop 32%, live gate profits down 11% and an increase of 26% in fighters payroll since Zuffa took control in March 2011.”

Alexander Shlemenko: My main goal is to KO Hector Lombard [Lowkick]

“Hector Lombard will not be able to take me down and play the clock on the ground. I could beat him up and then win via KO standing.”

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