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The Friday Morning MMA Link Party

The Friday Morning MMA Link Party

It’s Friday, Friday, getting down with Friday. Hopefully you won’t face life’s most troubling questions like ‘which seat to take’ in your underage friend’s convertible like Rebecca Black. You’ve made it to the end of the week without shoving a pencil in someone’s throat. Reward yourself by attending our Friday Morning MMA Link Party.

[list class=”bullet-6″] [li]Could Stipe Miocic Be UFC’s ‘Next Great Heavyweight’? [MMAFighting]

“If you have a computer and a Facebook account — and the mere fact that you are reading this suggests that you have at least one of those things — you might want to be sure and tune in to Saturday’s UFC 136 prelims. If several trainers and MMA insiders are to be believed, that’s where you could catch a glimpse of a very bright prospect in the UFC’s heavyweight division.”

[/li] [li]The Eight Greatest Pranks in ‘Ultimate Fighter’ History. [CagePotato]

“In the early days of The Ultimate Fighter, simply spraying water on a sleeping person was considered a brilliant prank. But after 14 seasons, the bar has been steadily raised for in-house trickery, to the point where even the coaches are now gleefully stripping cars of their tires. We thought we’d pay tribute to the TUF prank tradition by running down the most infamous pranks of the show’s history. Enjoy, and let us know if we’ve left out any of your favorites…”

[/li] [li]Kenny Florian doesn’t care where people rank Jose Aldo. [Fives Ounces of Pain]

“Kenny Florian has been training to win a UFC title for the better part of his MMA career. Saturday night, Florian gets his third shot at accomplishing that dream when he meets Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight crown at UFC 136. “Ken Flo” has lost twice in his quest to claim the UFC lightweight title, falling to Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn. Those defeats, along with a loss to Gray Maynard…”

[/li] [li]Rashad Evans understands the reasoning behind Jones vs. Machida. [LowKick]

“Rashad Evans, who looked like he would be in next in line to face Jones, offered his take on the turn of events, “After my last fight against Tito Ortiz, I dislocated my right thumb, which required it to be set back in place and held with pins. 24 hours ago, my physician removed the pins. At that time, I learned that it would require another three weeks of rehabilitation before engaging in any exercise or training that would require the use of my hand.”

[/li] [li]High stakes for Sonnen, Stann. [NBC Sports]

“It was all part of a very rough year for Sonnen, who started it all off with a middleweight title loss to Anderson Silva. The troubles cost him dearly. Not only did he lose out on several potential paydays after being suspended. Not only did he have his reputation damaged by his legal woes. But he also lost out on an expected championship rematch with Silva after being suspended by the UFC.”

[/li] [li]Dana White Talks UFC 136, Middleweight & Lightweight Title Pictures, Gilbert Melendez, Matt Hughes, Dual Events & More. [MMAConvert]

“Rundown of news and notes from Dana White’s chat with reporters following today’s UFC 136 press conference. Also, Dana White’s interviews with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani and Heavy.com’s Megan Olivi.”

[/li] [li]Third Time’s the FINAL Charm for Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. [5th Round]

“If posting a 2-1-1 record against Maynard is Edgar’s lifelong goal, which it likely isn’t, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) professed there will not be a fourth tango between the two – regardless of what goes down during their trilogy this Saturday.”

[/li] [li]4 Trilogies That Need to Happen After Edgar-Maynard [Bleacher Report]

“This weekend will host UFC 136 , one of the most anticipated cards of the year, headlined by a third bout between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard…”

[/li] [li]Worst UFC Cake Ever… again! [The Fight Nerd]

“Last December, I did a post about the worst UFC cake ever. Little did I know that this was not an isolated incident, and some other poor sap purchased their very own awful cage-fighting pastry. Created by Casa D’Cake, this abomination features a thin licorice fence with a three-dimensional logo, and most importantly two fighters cuddling.”

[/li] [li]UFC 136: Brian Stann only need five seconds to knockout Chael Sonnen [MMAMania]

“I think people are underestimating me. I’m a difficult guy to wrestle to the ground. I’m also a difficult guy to hold on the ground. Chael’s the best at doing those things so we’re gonna find out quickly. People forget that I train with the best guys in the world.”

[/li] [li]Ed Soares: Machida wanted to fight Dan Henderson, Anderson/Henderson 2 almost happened [FightOpinion]

“They never talked to us about that. As a matter of fact, I found out about it when Dana announced it and I was like, ‘really? they never mentioned it…’ But I texted Dana right away and said, ‘hey, even though you guys didn’t ask us, we accept.’ So, it was all good.”

[/li] [li]MFC signs deal with TSN. [MMAPayout]

“Maximum Fighting Championships has signed a one year deal with Canadian sports network, TSN according to the Edmonton Sun. The article reports that TSN approached MFC owner Mark Pavelich as the network wanted an MMA property for its network.”

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