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Friday Link Club: UFC 140 Preview, Rape Joke Controversy

UFC 140 Main Event Breakdown: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida | MMA Fighting

If Jon Jones beats Lyoto Machida in UFC 140’s main event on Saturday, he will have completed one of the greatest calendar years in modern MMA, having defeated Machida, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Ryan Bader.

UFC 140 Breakdown: The Undercard | Five Ounces of Pain

But before Jones steps inside the cage for arguably the toughest test of his career, MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will bid to avenge his 2008 loss to Frank Mir in the evening’s co-main event. Nogueira’s brother, Rogerio, faces a must-win situation in his bout with a resurgent Tito Ortiz, while former featherweight top contender Mark Hominick faces Chan Sung Jung in what can only be described as sure-fire violence.

‘UFC 140: Jones Vs. Machida’ Pre-Fight Presser Notes And Quotes | FightLine

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida goes down this Saturday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and will feature a light heavyweight title bout between champ Jon Jones and former champ Lyoto Machida, a heavyweight rematch between veterans Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, as well as a light heavyweight tilt between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz. All of those fighters and UFC president Dana White filled the dais today to promote the bout.

Behind the UFC 140 numbers: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida fight complete statistical breakdown | MMA Mania

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fights don’t happen on paper — they happen in the cage. With that said, if you’re looking to make any wagers on this massive headlining bout, it’s best to go in knowing exactly what you’re working with.

UFC 140 Fight Card: 5 Fights That Will End in a Knockout | Bleacher Report

What makes this card even more exciting is the high possibility of knockouts that could take place throughout the evening. The following slides display five fights that will end in a knockout at UFC 140.

Jim Rome skewers Rashad Evans for Sandusky quip; Miguel Torres cut from UFC for rape remark | Fight Opinion

“Rashad, you’ve got to be kidding me. What is it, other than totally insensitive and just… dumb? Guys have run regrettable smack before. David Haye saying that his fight with Audley Harrison was going to be ‘as one-sided as gang rape’ immediate comes to mind but you, my man, might be the new standard bearer. Look, I get that these guys are in hype mode and the blood starts to flow at these pressers. I just don’t care. You can’t say you’re going to do to your opponent what Jerry Sandusky allegedly did to these kids. Not that I haven’t done this already 100 times before but memo to all athletes — there’s certain things you cannot ever talk junk about. Ever. Keep all references to 9/11 and Hitler out of your mouths and, I never thought I’d have to say it, but you can officially add Jerry Sandusky to that list as well. Look, I work in smack for a living. I put food on my family’s table with smack. Smack is the family business, so I know smack and that’s some of the worst smack I’ve ever heard.”

Dana White’s ethical quandry of rape jokes | MiddleEasy

For some reason rape jokes have become the gold standard for distasteful jokes made by UFC fighters. Forrest Griffin began the trend on his twitter account through a series of rape jokes that span months, only one of which really raised the ire of the media enough to report on it and make a big deal about it. Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter has a rather good relationship with UFC head Dana White and the issue was quickly swept under a rung in a coordinated PR move of Forrest doing a photo-op at a rape clinic, discussing how terrible rape is.

Dan Henderson May Have Great Incentive for Phil Davis Win | 5thRound

By connecting the dots, ‘we’ll see’ seemingly translates to the company believing Davis’ resume doesn’t warrant a title fight at this time, even if he were able to extend his record to a perfect 10-0 by beating Evans.

Exclusive: Brittney Palmer Talks UFC Return, Her Fans and Fighter Twitter Beefs | Cage Potato

“The UFC Octagon Girl, who will return from a brief hiatus from the sport at UFC 140 Saturday night, spoke to us about a variety of topics including art school, her fans, fighter Twitter beefs and how she felt about winning the “2011 CagePotato Hottest Women in MMA Grand Prix.”

TUF 14 Finale: 2.4 million viewers | MMA Payout

Another good sign for the TUF franchise as this season went out on a high note. One can argue that it was Miller-Bisping that people tuned in for but the viewership could be in part due to the great action the bantamweights/featherweights had on the show. Hoping to capitalize on this, the UFC announced Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz as coaches for TUF 15.

Check out this original UFC 1 ad from 1993! 
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Check out this classic ad from the December 1993 issue of “Black Belt Magazine”, which featured this full-page ad for the premiere event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship! “Who will be the Ultimate Fighter?” this ad asks, which is practically the same ad campaign used today for the UFC’s reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter.” The picture in this advertisement looks like a screen-capture from a vale tudo match, since the first event had not yet debuted on November 12. No matches are listed here, but various styles are, ranging from sumo, kickboxing, tae kwon do, savate, and draka… which I have never heard of until now. Interesting to note that while jiu-jitsu appears, it does not explicitly say Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ was still an enigma at the time, but even as far back as 1989 the style had been gaining interest in the inner circle of martial arts, heightened by the Gracie Challenge which was in full swing by this era.

Jimi Manuwa: Three years from now I will have the UFC belt (Exclusive Interview) | LowKick

With eight of his ten victories coming by way of first-round knockout, undefeated Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa fights like a man that’s in a hurry. However, when the UFC came calling earlier this year, “The Poster Boy” chose not to rush success. Though the world’s most prominent mixed martial arts organization is where he aspires to be, Manuwa knew it wasn’t the right time. In addition to being fresh off of an injury that kept him sidelined for more than a year, the British slugger had blown through all of his previous opponents, not one of which made it outside of the second-round.

Instead, Manuwa’s search for more challenging opposition has since taken him to the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, with whom he’s inked an exclusive four-fight contract. Now set to face Antony Rea in his promotional debut, Manuwa will look to continue his dominant streak when he meets the dangerous veteran in the BAMMA 8 headliner this Saturday night in Nottingham. Here’s what “The Poster Boy” had to say about Rea, training at Alliance MMA, and his fighting future:

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