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Watch the Invicta FC 9 Weigh-Ins Live at 5pm ET/2pm PT right here on the MiddleEasy

If you’re a male fan of MMA, the nice thing about Invicta Weigh-Ins is that they don’t require a long explanation to a co-worker about why you are watching Dennis Hallman flex in a speedo on your computer monitor. And now that Felice Herrig have moved on to the UFC, it unlikely you will have to discreetly click away to avoid workplace discipline for watching soft porn.

The event will broadcast live via UFC Fight Pass this Saturday, streamed from the River Center in Davenport, Iowa. Invicta shows never disappoint, and this particular show headlines Barb Honchak in a World Flyweight Championship fight against Takayo Hashi. Even after three losses, I’m still particularly excited about the return of Kaitlin Young in her bantamweight fight against Cindy Dandois. I’ll just never get over that time she dropped Miesha Tate with a high kick to her lovely dome.

WHOATV: Glory knockouts, set to the comforting sounds of Bjork

If you’ve heard Björk’s remake of the classic Betty Hutton song, “It’s Oh So Quiet,” you know that there is something comforting and still somehow unnerving about her shushing you to sleep. Thanks to Mike Morgan of WHOATV, you can now confirm this reaction, watching her lullaby several Glory fighters into unconsciousness as their brains cozy against the edges of their snugly concussed skulls.

Because of the musical u-turn during the second half, I’m suddenly craving a 50 Cent / Björk mashup video. Perhaps crossing All is Full of Love and P.I.M.P would be profound.

Ultimate Bromance: Anderson Silva really likes Ariel Helwani, and being back fighting

Anderson Silva sometimes avoids talking to the media. But he makes an exception for Ariel Helwani. So what? He likes Ariel. Es normal.

Silva puts his arm around Ariel’s back, a square gold medallion dangling over a stylish black shirt. “I come to talk to you because it’s very important. My fans watching you, no?”

Perhaps it’s just a matter of brain chemistry. After all, Silva felt “very emotional” after being reunited with his fans. “I’m very happy, and more exciting for back.” Not Ariel’s back, which he had just been touching delicately seconds earlier. He is excited to return to fighting. “All the time when people talk my name, Spider, Spider, it’s the same as first time . . . I’m very happy.”

Bromance aside, Anderson has backtracked on that phase where he didn’t appear to care about whether or not he was champion. “I’m hespect this one,” he says.

Ariel insists that for a long time, Anderson was the King of MMA. Anderson corrects him. “I’m very happy that people talk this, but not the king, no, I’m normal guy.”

No doubt, you can hear his voice just reading the words, but it’s still a lot better when it’s coming into your ears. For a long time, people questioned whether Silva was an appealing champion, and whether he was really connecting with fans. After he’s been gone for a while, hearing him talk is a nice reminder that he’s a unique personality and the sort of guy it is a pleasure to have around contending for the belt. We also might get that GSP fight we've always wanted. "Maybe," he says. "Yeah, very interesting."

Chael Sonnen, not a wrestler: He says he turned down a $5 million contract with the WWE

Chael Sonnen did a lot of wrestling during his MMA career. But he apparently wasn’t interested in abandoning his career with the UFC to wrestle “professionally” with the WWE. He explained the offer on his podcast, transcribed by David St. Martin at MMAFighting.

"Here's the nuts and bolts of it: I was offered $5 million by [WWE promoter] Vince McMahon. Now, I was still under contract with the UFC and I never took this to Dana. I handled it on my own. I told [WWE], 'No' and that was the end of that. I never told Dana White this story, but here's why I didn't tell him. I knew if I called Dana and said, 'I've got a $5 million offer from Vince McMahon,' Dana would have matched it. Dana would have come close and now all of a sudden I'm not a loyal employee. I'm not loyal to the UFC. I'm shopping them and I'm being loyal to myself. That's business. That's how that works and I don't think anyone would have had hard feelings but I didn't see myself that way."

If you believe Chael, his unconventional strategy allowed him to avoid complications that might have resulted from being paid millions of dollars by the UFC, a job he later had to resign after he failed that pre-fight drug test. That is either the Ultimate Irony, or another tall-tall by the master storyteller.

Friday Afternoon Link Party: Stories from @FightHubTV @MMAHotSauce @CagePotato and more!

Another Friday, another... Link dump? We're going to make a vow to our friends and readers starting now that every Friday we're going to gather a bunch of Links like it's a Nintendo cosplay party that lacks creativity. 

We've got our usual buds from WhoaTV, LiverKick, DstryrSG and FighterXFashion, and now we're introducing some new people to the party. Namely, MMAHotSauce and CagePotato. They're all good, strong people. They deserve to be here. 

Let's get started. 

FightHubTV: Halloween special: Dave Sholler trolls Jon Jones on Twitter

MMA Hot Sauce: Wilson Reis Kicked Scott Jorgensen Super Duper Hard (pic)

CagePotato: Hand Bra of the Day: Ronda Rousey goes Topless for Buffalo Pro Ad Campaign

Screen Junkies: Terminator: Genisys Is Going To Be Confusing

DstryrSG: Judo Newaza makes me breathe heavy too

LiverKick: Five questions with Glory's Marc de Bonte

WhoaTV: Lorenzo Fertitta talks Anderson Silva's return

FighterXFashion: Spooky Savings at MMA Warehouse - Buy one get one 50% off

Aliens Explained: GSP tells Chael Sonnen about childhood alien drawings, erased memories, and a real-life UFO encounter

A year ago, Georges St. Pierre revealed his suspicion that he routinely encountered aliens, beginning when he was a child. 

“I can’t say something happen to me. I have no proof. I just don’t know,” he said on the Joe Rogan podcast. “But I’m going to tell you something and I’m going to be honest about it. Sometimes, I’m looking at the clock. And it’s like I wake up and I look at the clock right after, and it’s like the clock advance like four hours, or two hours. There’s a time zone that I don’t remember what happened…. Or I can drive my car and it already happen. I drove my car in a normal day, going somewhere, and I look, and it’s two hour pass. Two hour had just pass like this (snaps fingers) … This is like a third-type encounter.”

The comments probably wouldn’t have been a big deal if he hadn’t then retired from MMA several months later, citing personal issues as part of the reason he was taking a sabbatical. And so, we’ve all had reason to nervously wonder if the beloved champ might be a bit looney.

Thankfully, Chael Sonnen has just asked GSP about the alien issue on his podcast.

“UFOs, Georges,” Sonnen says. “ I wanna know your opinion. Do we have aliens that have visited this country?”

Georges answers, “I never said . . . I never talk about aliens. I talk about non-identified flying objects. And if you don’t believe me, one day I was in Albuquerque . . . with Rashad Evans and Mike van Arsdale, a fighter called Alejandro, he’s a Mexican guy, and also Ali (Abdel-Aziz), I believe he managed Frankie Edgar. And we’re all in the car. And you could ask any of those guys . . . we were in a car in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the highway, and we saw a UFO all together.”

“I don’t know what it was,” he continues. “But it’s something that we cannot explain . . . it came swift towards us and right away it changed directions and it disappeared.”

It was the first time in his life he had seen a UFO. But the “thing with Joe Rogan” was “another thing . . . it has nothing to do with what I said.” Georges explains again that, from the time he was young, he experienced several losses of “time of memory of stuff that has happened.” It usually happened at night, when he went to bed. He would lose his complete memory of thirty minutes to an hour of his life, and this all happened before he started getting punched in the head for a living.

“It’s very weird stuff, and I heard it . . . a guy like, I think it’s Hershel Walker, it happened to him too . . . it’s a disease or something, but I have not been diagnosed by that disease that they talk about.”

Georges acknowledges that people may call him crazy, but he reveals something he hasn’t made public before. “When he was young,” he continues, “I used to be scared to sleep alone . . . and I used to at night run to my parents’ room and tell them ‘I am afraid and the monster is coming to get me,’ and I remember I used to draw them. I used to draw them, the monster I was talking about . . . As I’m getting older . . . as time goes by I stop having those memories of what was happening, and it’s kind of weird.”

“Sometimes I feel like my memory got erased.”

Georges admits he doesn’t know what happened, but he is clearly open to the possibility that he not only had alien encounters, but that those intelligent life-forms took steps to cover their tracks by erasing his memories.

“If you ask me about if I ever encountered something . . . I have no memory. I do have memory that, if you ask my parents, I used to draw the monster . . . I used to draw them on a paper. But even if I look at the paper, I have no memory of this, I have no memory that I used to draw them. It’s like a part of my life that’s been erased.”

He remembers that UFO encounter in Albuquerque, though. And that has to be unsettling for a guy who is trying to make sense of strange events from his childhood, and ongoing losses of memory that keep occurring under cover of night.

Glory's Top 20 Knockouts - Part 3

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was somehow keeping kickboxing from being the biggest sport in the world. It's everything any combat sports fan wants, plus kicks. Think I'm wrong? Glory has consistently put on some of the most entertaining shows of the last year or two, and now we get a reminder of why we miss Glory so much ahead of Glory 18 (only a few short days until November 7th, thank god).

Spike has uploaded the top 20 Glory knockouts in a four part series. We've posted the first two here, now watch part three of Glory's Top Twenty Knockouts, and mainline the hype directly into your waiting veins.

Mark Hunt gets asked all the questions, answers them

Mark Hunt is not a loquacious man, but like his punches, he makes each word count. Unlike his punches, his words are usually soft and inconsequential. Mark Hunt seems like a guy who gets bored easily, so what does he do when he's at a dinner table trying to kill some time? He answers questions from his fans, of course. C'mon.

It's not the most spectacular broadcasting space, but it's very... Mark Hunt. Except with less blood and unconscious men strewn about. Let him gently speak to you and fill your mind with Mark Hunt knowledge. You know you want it.

The one question he doesn't answer is why he has a dinner table in his bedroom. Maybe that's why he's 300+ pounds?

This little kid will push you to the limit when he holds the pads

You just got done with an exhausting pad workout. You're getting that elbow up on your hooks, you're following through and getting that oh so satisfying 'blam' when your gloved fist hits the pad. You've come a long way, and you wouldn't have evolved if not for your coach. You look at him, admiring his poise. He's stern but fair, dark eyes piercing the between-round timer, counting the seconds until he can push you to your limits once again.

He reaches down and takes a hit off his juicebox.

Such is the life of Ramadan Ondash, the world's youngest striking coach that we know of. Watch him bark orders to his elders in order to make them better fighters and better people.

Thanks to Zahi Ephram for the tip!

Blast to the Past: When gangland Sexyama killed a member of a boy band

Genki Sudo is MMA’ s godfather of Far East music videos. His synchronized android band World Order has controlled the lyrical province unchallenged since 2010. But a potential turf war was secretly brewing in 2013, when a predictably shirtless Yoshihiro Akiyama partnered with a South Korean boy band. They produced a music video that is disturbing enough to make you forget about Genki’s articulating robotics.

MYNAME is a five-member idol group that originally debuted in July 2011 as the Hwanhee Boys, named after the Fly to the Sky member who trained them and produced their record. They soon appeared in a local MTV reality show called “Ta-Dah It’s My Name.” The song used in this violent 19+ rated video, Baby I’m Sorry, was the title track for their first mini album. It was inspired by “Friend,” a 2001 Korean film about a group of pals who were sucked into gangland culture.

Sexyama demonstrates once again that you can do just about anything, even slowly stab a young man in the heart, and it’s totally fine as long as you look really sexy doing it.

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