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Friday Link Club: BJ Penn’s Road To UFC 137 and Nick Diaz

RVCA brings us an in-depth look at BJ Penn’s training camp for his fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 137

Hot Potato Gallery: Model/Grappler Monique Minton (Guys, you’ll definitely want to click this one) | Cage Potato

Potato Nation, say hello to Monique Ricardo, AKA Monique Minton, a fitness model and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiast.  Minton started competing in figure competitions back in 2007, and has since added grappling tournaments to her routine after getting turned on to BJJ a couple of years ago.

Vinny Magalhaes turned down opportunity to train Fedor Emelianenko because M-1 wouldn’t pay him | MMA Mania

“That happened before too. My manager tried to negotiate with them and at first they agreed to come, blah, blah, blah but then when it was time for me to go, they said, “A lot of guys will train with Fedor for free just because he’s such a legend,” but I was like, “I can’t go three weeks, not working. I have to pay bills. My son was 2-3 months old at the time. I couldn’t train there for free,” so I ended up not going. So this time, it’s gonna be the same way. If they’re not gonna pay for me to be there, then I’m not going. It’s not like I’m all about money, but if I’m not going to be working at Xtreme Couture, I’m not going to be holding my classes, I’m going to be leaving my family and my wife doesn’t work so I want to support my family. I have to be compensated.”

Mirko Cro Cop: Chael Sonnen has an IQ of child’s shoe size | LowKick

“You can tell by his face that the man is slow, that he is stupid and has the IQ of a child’s shoe size. You can tell this by his face, the way he communicates and let’s not get into his calling out of people like ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, Fedor’s accomplishments or Wanderlei Silva’s, me, so on. People whose heights he will never reach. Is he crazy? Obviously he is, but I’m not mad at him. It’s just as I can’t get mad at my eight month old son Filip. That man holds a PhD in idiocy. I’m only sorry that he is missing like 30 pounds because I would beat his ass so bad he would multiply three times. In anger I would beat him up so bad that I would split him apart. I would clone him into three specimens. One day I’m hoping to see him summering in Croatia, so I can iron his ass, so steam can shoot out his pompous ass. That’s what he needs to know.”

Back to basics: takeaways from UFC shifting PPV start times back to 10 PM EST | Fight Opinion

When you announce that you’re going to be running 34 shows a year starting in 2012, that’s too many damn shows. People respond by cherry-picking the shows they only care about. Ask WWE how well that non-stop schedule has worked out for declining PPV buys.

Watch J Lau’s friends freak the eff out when he submits Melvin Guillard | MiddleEasy

I wonder how many brown-ish plaid couches get broken from sudden spastic fight celebration freak outs. If there was a stastic on this I would assume brown-ish plaid couches probably lead the pack, with emerald green crushed velvet dual recliner couches coming in a very close second. It seems like everyone knows someone who has a brown-ish color plaid couch in their basement with little knubs all over the cushions from the daily friction of jean covered glutes sitting upon them. You can even see one of these all too familiar couches in this home video of Joe Lauzon’s friends freaking out when he gets the submission win over Melvin Guillard in Houston at UFC 136. I bet there’s a random frito or two stuck underneath those couch cushions after this genuine celebratory freak out. Check it out.

Payout Analysis: The Strikeforce Death Knell? | MMA Payout

In the midst of losing their top talent, the rough estimation is that Strikeforce has seen TV ratings dip 5%, attendance drop 32%, live gate profits down 11% and an increase of 26% in fighters payroll since Zuffa took control in March 201

Ariel Helwani’s official MMA rankings | NBC Sports

Ariel Helwani’s October rankings by weight and pound-for-pound.

MMA Top 10 Featherweights: Is Mendes the Man to Challenge Aldo? | MMA Fighting

Jose Aldo is continuing to run roughshod over the rest of the featherweight division, improving his professional MMA record to 20-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Kenny Florian at UFC 136. So does anyone at 145 have a chance against Aldo?

MMA Exclusive: Jorge Masvidal “I’m Gonna Smash Gilbert Melendez” | Bleacher Report

Most of the time when I enter a fight, I’m not looking to stop a guy, but rather win a solid decision, but in this fight, I’m going for the stoppage. I’m going to put the pressure on him and make him break. I don’t want to leave it in the judges hands, especially with all the f*cked up decisions these days. This is my title shot and I have to take full advantage. I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one. Who knows what’s gonna happen in life?

Upset Alert: Why Lyoto Machida Will Beat Jon Jones | Five Ounces of Pain

At this point in his (still young) career it seems crazy to pick against the UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. He has achieved a level of dominance at 205 pounds that has not been seen since the heydays of former company poster boys Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, and you could make a good argument that Jones has fought better competition than either man. The craziest part of all this is that Jones is only 24 years old and has probably not even achieved the pinnacle of what he can do as an athlete in combat sports.

Even with all that being said, I think Lyoto Machida will beat Jones on December 10 in Toronto.

Roland Delorme’s TUF Blog: Bass Laid on His Back and Was Pumped Like a Hooker Trying to Pay the Rent | 5thRound

“Me and Stephen Bass had gotten into a heated argument about three or four days before his fight, so I didn’t feel bad about watching him lay on his back and get pumped like a hooker trying to pay the rent.”

Anderson Silva doesn’t want to sign autographs, he just wants to dance! 
| TheFightNerd

It looks like that case of Bieber Fever that Anderson Silva recently contracted in Brazil has worsened, as the UFC Middleweight champion was caught dancing during an autograph session at this past weekend’s UFC Fan Expo in Houston. Silva danced the night away with fans, and if you wanted to get an autograph you better be able to bust a move with the Brazilian fighter!

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

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

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD