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.
Former multi-division champion BJ Penn took on Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on Saturday night.
UFC president Dana White also said that if there was a gay fighter in the UFC, the promotion would welcome him with open arms.
Fans could’ve also seen the last of MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop.
Enough talk, onto this past week’s top news:
MMA’s Greatest Techniques of the Year 1993-2011 [CagePotato]
“Over the last two decades, MMA has evolved so consistently that fighters are still finding new and unexpected ways to destroy their opponents — while causing fans to spit their beers in shock. We decided to take a lil’ spin through MMA history and identify the single most awe-inspiring technique from each year since the sport’s modern inception.”
Exclusive Interview with Bellator’s Ben Askren [MMAMania]
“Yeah he was a national champion in junior college but Jay [Hieron] is significantly overrating his wrestling ability. What you have to realize is that people who win national junior college tournaments, I pin them in 30 seconds.”
Jim Genia on NY Underground MMA scene [TheFightNerd]
“New York doesn’t allow MMA right now, so fighters have to go to New Jersey to fight where its sanctioned or they have to go underground in New York city… but the book isn’t just about the underground fight scene in New York, it’s also about the development of sanctioned MMA in the east coast.”
GSP to Blame for Lack of Buzz [BleacherReport]
“A fight card without a championship on the line at a different date, time and place than originally expected. Don’t get me wrong, these bouts still figure to be entertaining, with excellent matchups all around.”
BJ Penn Wants to Stay Away from Hype [MMAConvert]
“There’s nothing wrong with talking smack and backing it up. Muhammad Ali did it and I did it in my career, but honestly I feel like I am too old now for that. As you get older, have a family of your own, talking about opponents stops being something you want to do or be part of.”
Viacom Buys Majority Stake In Bellator [MMAPayout]
“Spike carries rights to air the UFC library through 2012. For the time being, Spike will supplement MTV2′s current Bellator programming with highlight shows and related content, online and on TV. Additionally, Spike.com will continue to stream preliminary card fights.”
Exclusive Interview with TUF’s Akira Corassani [Lowkick]
“People are selling each other out and eventually, when it goes down, everybody is going to fight each other. So, the whole thing was just a matter of what kind of fighter you are yourself. Like, what you bring to the table coming into the show.”
Helwani’s Official Rankings [NBC Sports]
“There have been 11 events since we last issued our rankings, so lots of activity across the board.”
Viacom Making Statement with Purchase of Bellator [FightOpinion]
“Look at how fast the landscape of the sport has changed in a year. Ari Emanuel brokers a huge 7-year, $700 million USD deal between Fox and UFC. Viacom, looking to replace UFC content on Spike TV, ends up buying a majority stake in Bellator.”
Ben Henderson and Clay Guida Not Guaranteed Title Shot [MMAFighting]
“UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting that on the heels of Edgar’s stirring comeback knockout win over Gray Maynard, he’s yet to determine the champion’s next challenge.”
UFC on Fox Prelims to Air Online [Five Ounces of Pain]
“Everyone wanted to see the lightweight showdown between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida on November 12 and now they’ll be able to. No, the bout won’t air live on FOX prior to the heavyweight main event, but the entire UFC on FOX preliminary card will air online on Facebook.com and Fox.com.”
UFC 137 ‘The Hangover’ Parody [MiddleEasy]
“If you take this parody of ‘The Hangover’ literally, then it would mean Nick Diaz was already in Las Vegas and therefore Dana White calling to check where he’s at is nullified. He was in Vegas the entire time, not allegedly on his way to the airport from Stockton, California.”