MMA Link Club: Sonnen's flipping footage, Evans' date with lady luck, and Arianny's trip to the ZooPosted on January 26, 2012, 11:31 PM by Joey Santosus
- Will the Real Chael Sonnen Please Stand Up: Inside the Contender's Training Camp (BleacherReport)
"Bisping breaks easily. I think he's mentally weak. Watch how he fought Dan Henderson. I think he was totally intimidated. And I think he's going to be intimidated by Chael too...Chael is such a hard worker and he has such a fast pace. Bisping is much more lackadaisical. He likes to throw a jab, throw a kick, keep his distance. He's not going to be able to keep up the pace Chael forces. Whether on the ground or standing."
- It's a Wonderful Life: Phil Davis UFC on FOX 2 Interview Exclusive (MMAMania)
"It's not so much adapting my style, it's more like looking at what's typical in his style and developing a gameplan around my strengths and not so much changing what I do for someone else. That's just not feasible. Put it more like this, it's more like rearranging the order in which I do things and not so much what I do. - Phil Davis"
- Hot Potato: More Arianny Celeste Hotness in ‘Zoo’ (CagePotato)
"Arianny Celeste is one of the most prolific professional hot chicks of our generation. Just a week after her lovely shoot for EGO, the UFC’s alpha ring girl returns in an even sexier set for Zoo magazine. (Props to TerezOwens for the find.) Check out more great pics from the shoot in the gallery above, and if you’ll be in Chicago for the fights this week, say hi to Ms. Celeste at the Fight Chix Pre-Party at Proof Chicago!"
- Check out Chael Sonnen flipping around at the UFC on Fox 2 press workouts (TheFightNerd)
"Chael Sonnen put on quite the show at the UFC on Fox 2 press workouts, starting his routine by warming up with some fancy flips around the ring. Sonnen, who spoke with us earlier in the day about his fight at UFC on Fox 2 against Bisping, as well as his thoughts on Dan Henderson, also hit some pads, showed off his grappling skills, and smacked away at a speed bag to conclude his workout. Check out the video..."
- Why the sports media is turning their fire on UFC (FightOpinion)
"It is no secret in the MMA online community that the viewpoint of UFC towards MMA writers is extremely hostile. Hell, we have been debating this forever and a day. Everyone already has picked a side on this issue as to whether or not MMA writers, mostly from web sites, should get credentialed to go to UFC events. The attitude on behalf of Zuffa has been the following: hey, we’re doing you a favor, shut up and play by our rules."
- The Unfair UFC Career of Phil Davis (Five Ounces of Pain)
"In the second round of his first UFC fight against Brian Stann, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan compared his skills and physique to Georges St. Pierre. In the third round, with three minutes remaining in the bout, Rogan was already bringing up the possibility of Jon Jones vs. Davis. That’s right, before Davis had already collected his first victory in the UFC, he was already being linked to the current UFC light heavyweight champion."
- To Get to Jon Jones, Rashad Evans Has to Beat Phil Davis and Greatest Foe: Bad Luck (MMAFighting)
"At UFC on FOX 2, he'll have his hands full with Phil Davis, an unbeaten hulk who has had 10 months to add weapons into his arsenal. Still, Evans is the favorite. And in order to accomplish his secondary goal of finally securing a title fight, it's not enough just to win; he'll also have to emerge unscathed. If he only manages the former and not the latter, he will go at least two years since the moment he was first named No. 1 contender, with no title shot in sight."
- Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda - UFC on FX Episode (MiddleEasy)
"For those who are unaware, 10th Planet - West Los Angeles' Scottie Epstein and MiddleEasy have teamed up to provide a new feature called 'Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda.' It takes a black belt to truly analyze what submissions could have been pulled off during a fight. Luckily for us, 'Einstein' has all the necessary hardware to make that happen. This episode covers all the possible submissions that could have occurred at UFC on FOX, and I'm sure you will enjoy it."
- Pro-SOPA editorial may have led to hacking of UFC.com (MMAPayOut)
"The timing of the op-ed piece is interesting considering the SOPA boycott occurred earlier this past week. As a result, a scheduled vote on SOPA this week has been put off. The UFC’s position on SOPA is of no surprise as Lorenzo Fertitta sent a letter of support to the bill’s sponsor last November. The WWE was another company in favor of the legislation."
- UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis Betting Odds (5thRound)
"With the last-minute changes to this weekend’s “UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis” show, the Gambling Gods were forced to crank out some new numbers for the Octagon’s return to primetime television. A light heavyweight scrap between Phil Davis and Rashad Evans headlines the festivities. Evans is a -185 odds-on favorite to hand “Mr. Wonderful” his first professional blemish, while Davis is pegged just behind as a +150 underdog."
- Ronda Rousey Talks Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg & Gina Carano On G4′s AOTS (MMAConvert)
"Ronda Rousey made an appearance on G4TV’s Attack of the Show to promote her upcoming fight against Miesha Tate on March 3. Rousey also explained that her recent Twitter beef with Cris Cyborg was mostly about defending her “girl” Gina Carano."
- The Daily Line: Anthony Johnson Looks At UFC Exile While Nate Marquardt Eyes Return (FightLine)
"It's no secret that UFC president Dana White can be quick tempered and is prone to making harsh decisions when heated, only to soften his stance once heads have cooled. Specifically speaking, White has, on occasion, dropped fighters from the UFC after a screw up or disagreement, before eventually welcoming them back into the fold once things are settled or wounds are healed."
Check out last week's MMA Link Club: MMA Cheerleaders, Falling Tree Knockouts, and Protesting SOPA
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