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Friday Link Club: UFC 136 Preview

UFC 136 Event Primer | NBC Sports

Frankie Edgar’s record against everyone not named Gray Maynard: 13-0. But against Maynard: 0-1-1. He’s been a puzzle Edgar has not been able to solve. In their last fight, Edgar was nearly knocked out in the first round but battled back to salvage a draw. Edgar took the positives of the last four rounds as a learning experience, and hopes tightened defense along with speedy footwork will keep him from a similar predicament this time around. In the back of his mind, Edgar knows that he took Maynard’s biggest shots and survived, and that has to be a confidence booster.

UFC 136 Breakdowns: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard, Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian | MMA Fighting

Frankie Edgar has spent the last year of his fighting life focusing on just one man: Gray Maynard. Being forced to return his attention to the same task over and over hasn’t driven him crazy, but even the mild-mannered lightweight champion has had just about enough.

UFC 136 Fight Card: Ranking the Best Fights on the Card| Bleacher Report

The card for Saturday night is one of the most stacked cards of the year and could very well be the best event of 2011.

Aside from both title fights, we will also see Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who rarely disappoints, as well as the always-entertaining Melvin Guillard, and the return of Chael Sonnen.

UFC 136 Breakdown: The Undercard | Five Ounces of Pain

If there were ever any lingering doubts as to the importance of marquee superstars in the sport of MMA, this Saturday’s UFC 136 will serve as a useful — but perhaps unfortunate — reminder. On the whole, this card is light-years superior to its PPV predecessor, UFC 135. And yet, despite two championship bouts complimented by a stellar undercard, this weekend’s event isn’t generating the kind of hype worthy of a show of this magnitude. Nevertheless, from top to bottom, UFC 136 offers arguably the most robust lineup of mouth-watering fights we’ve seen this year.

Dana White Issues Challenge to Kenny Florian | 5thRound

“Jose Aldo is a finisher,” White stated during Wednesday’s UFC 136 pre-fight press conference. “He comes in to either take your legs out or knock you out. He’s 100 percent the whole time he’s in there, and so is Kenny Florian.

“I’m not gonna get into … everybody knows what I’ve said about Kenny in title fights. I want to see Kenny prove me wrong on this one.”

Hired Hero: An MMAmania interview exclusive with UFC 136 fighter Brian Stann (part two) | MMA Mania

“The fact of the matter is, I don’t care who you are. If I hit you on the chin, there’s a good chance you’re going out. Anderson possesses that same ability. He’s only a man. I don’t put any fighter on a pedestal of being unbeatable. I train with guys like Jon Jones every day who is every bit as devastating.”

Hot Potato: 25 Photos of Stacey Hannant, Blonde BAMMA Bombshell | Cage Potato

“Stacey Hannant is a 19-year-old British glamour model from Doncaster, England, who has recently been holding round-cards for BAMMA alongside Zoe James and Georgia Graham — and if you ask us, she might be the most stunning of the three. Check out this gallery of our favorite Stacey Hannant photos. (Things get a little NSFW near the end, so be careful.)”

Vitor Belfort says he’s still the man to KO Anderson Silva, picks Overeem to beat Lesnar | LowKick

Multi-time UFC Champion Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort shared thoughts about the variety of topics, including the potential rematch with Anderson Silva and the upcoming Heavyweight blockbuster between Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar. According to Belfort, Anderson Silva’s kick was a “lucky moment”, and that he’s still the man to KO “The Spider”. As far as Overeem vs. Lesnar goes, Belfort picks The Demolition Man to defeat Brock Lesnar en route to becoming the next UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Is the state of MMA’s heavyweight division lacking in quality? | Fight Opinion

November & December features two of the most high-profile heavyweight fights in the history of the sport with Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar. Outside of those individuals (alongside with Josh Barnett & Daniel Cormier), the current heavyweight picture is lackluster in comparison to other weight classes.

Shogun Rua thinks Dan Henderson is the favorite at UFC 139 because he defeated Fedor | MiddleEasy

“He has heavy hands indeed, he can punches you in such a way that leads you to a knockout. We’re two guys who go for the KO, it’ll be a good for the MMA fans. He doesn’t like to play it cool, he wants to fight hard, so it’ll be a great bout for the fans to watch.”

“No, he’s the favorite. Dan Henderson is the favorite, he defeated Fedor.”

Culinary Workers Union creates anti-UFC website 
| TheFightNerd

Maintained by the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, the website uses the acronym of UFC to stand for “Unfit For Children” instead of the “Ultimate Fighting Championship.” Dana White’s many rants are listed in detail on this page across a series of sub-categories, including “Obscenities”, “Slurs” which features many of the comments DFW directed at Loretta Hunt among others, “Cheap Shots” which focuses on remarks about random people involved in entertainment and sports, and “Other $#@%!!!” which documents rude comments that UFC fighters have said about others, including Chael Sonnen’s negative thoughts on Brazil. traffic on the Decline? | MMA Payout

So here we have three different independent analytic services that are all in one way or another indicating a decline in visitor traffic for the website. It’s really no surprise though as these results are indicative of the kind of 2011 the UFC has had with PPV buyrate averages falling and television ratings on a bit of a decline. We can now see some decrease in the promotions Internet based audience.

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Fight Cards

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Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
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Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

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Event Date: November 19, 2016
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