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.
With the UFC taking a quick breather this weekend, Bellator hosted the week’s only major MMA event.
Two former Octagon fighters suffered losses at Bellator 59 as Phillipe Nover and Kurt Pellegrino both came up short in their appearances.
Following the loss, Pellegrino officially announced his retirement from MMA.
Enough talk, onto this past week’s top news:
Vadim ready to offer Fedor Emelianenko to UFC [Lowkick]
“We are determined to move forward, and would like to offer the UFC a fight between Cain Velasquez and Fedor Emelianenko. M-1 Global would take a full responsibility of organizing the fight sometime during 2012 in Moscow, Russia.”
Exclusive Interview with Phillipe Nover [MMAMania]
“I am still the toughest nurse on the planet. I’m actually on my way to work right now. I do work 12 hour shifts at the hospital. I don’t work the emergency department anymore. It was really tough balancing working in the ER and being on my feet running around like a maniac.”
Josh Koshceck pulling for Diaz, wants GSP [Fightline]
“Realistically, I think GSP is a strategist and GSP is probably gonna come in with a good game plan, that’s where he can play it safe and get the victory.”
“Based on the last couple of PPVs (UFC 136-225K buys, UFC 137-280K buys), it would not be out of line to state that UFC 139 is in the neighborhood of 250K buys. With that being said, it may be time to recalibrate how many PPV buys makes a card successful.”
Rampage Jackson will be fighting in Japan [CagePotato]
“Though we reported earlier this week that it seemed as if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would not be getting his requested fight at UFC 144 in Japan, it turns out the former UFC light heavyweight champion will indeed be getting the wish he requested.”
Japanese MMA becoming a circus show [BleacherReport]
“Unofortunately, DREAM has decided to do what it always does, which is to turn the sport into a circus with mismatches based on how well they might draw.”
Alistair Overeem plans to rip Brock Lesnar apart [MMAConvert]
“I will knock this guy out. He is great at takedowns and controlling people on the ground, but he I can stop his takedowns and he is no match for me on the feet. I am going to rip Brock Lesnar apart, piece by piece.”
Maiquel Falcao recovering from heart attack [MMAFighting]
“UFC 123 competitor Maiquel Falcao remains in intensive care at the Santa Casa de Pelotas hospital in Brazil after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.”
Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida talk UFC 140 [Five Ounces of Pain]
“‘I believe it is my destiny to be the UFC champion for many years,’ Jones said in an extended preview for the event.”
Jon Jones spars with Holly Holm [MiddleEasy]
“Just spend your time watching this clip of 30-1-3 professional boxer, Holly Holm, getting down with Jon Bones Jones inside the cage. Holm is also undefeated in professional kickboxing and MMA.”