I think my smile was as big as Pat Barry’s as I watched this…

A Review of Jim Genia’s “Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts” | Five Ounces of Pain

If you want to dive deeper into MMA and read the stories of fighters starting at the bottom level and working their way up, then read Raw Combat. You won’t find a better book out there that covers the sport from where it begins, underground and local fights, and not from where it is now, national TV and PPV.

Opinion: Dana White is not the right man to lead the UFC during their era on Fox | Fight Opinion

Dana White has been the catalyst for the UFC’s growth from 2005 to present day. He is the most influential man in the sport and transformed UFC into an MMA empire. He avoided the kinds of pitfalls that doomed promotions like the WFA, the IFL, Affliction, PRIDE, DREAM, and Strikeforce. Thanks to Zuffa’s connections with Ari Emanuel, the promotion was able to bank a seven year, $700 million USD contract with Fox Sports to air UFC content on various Fox-related platforms.

Dana White was the right man at the right time to get the UFC to this business point. However, he is not the right man moving forward.

The Nick Diaz Phenomenon | MMA Fighting

For years, Nick Diaz has been an enigma to many on the outside looking in. His friends and teammates say he is fiercely loyal, hard-working and yes, even kind-hearted. But we rarely see that side of him. The public face of Diaz is usually scowling, irritable and contemptuous.

That duality may well be an accurate portrayal of Diaz in his private and public settings, and it may not be a bad thing. Because Diaz’s personality perfectly fits into a sport like MMA. To his fans, he’s an ass-kicking, counterculture anti-hero. To his detractors, he’s an overrated, irascible ingrate. Whatever the case, he’s undeniably a one-man MMA phenomenon.

Roy Nelson enlisted Frank Mir to help him train for Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 137 | NBC Sports

Big Country has enlisted the help of Frank Mir, the man who most recently defeated Nelson at UFC 130, to help prepare him for his UFC 137 fight against Mirko Cro Cop.

Hot Potato: 18 Photos of ProElite Ring Girl Jennifer Swift (aka ‘Ms. Tapout’) | Cage Potato

Jennifer Swift is a model and writer for TapouT Magazine and co-host on B-Real TV who was recently hired as a ring girl for ProElite. She can throw ‘bows with the best of them, and apparently those things are real. Check out some of our favorite Jennifer Swift photos in the gallery above, follow Ms. Tapout on Facebook and Twitter, and look out for her during the HDNet broadcast of “Big Guns” on November 5th.

Is UFC 137 Still Worth the Money Without Georges St-Pierre? | Bleacher Report

Each person will have to make his or her own choice when it comes to buying this and any UFC event, but before you decide to say “no” to this one, please take the time to check out the top five reasons why you should be rushing to your cable box to order UFC 137.

Paul Daley Hopeful for return to UFC | LowKick

“I can be an asset to the UFC. There’s a big opportunity for me to come back to the UFC, established fighters always find their way back. There’s loads of interesting match-ups. There’s the Nick Diaz rematch, which would be a nice opportunity if he lost to BJ Penn. There’s Anthony Johnson, even though me and him get on well, then you’ve got Rory MacDonald, who’s a good up-and-coming fighter. “

Live 3D UFC Pay-Per-Views Coming to a Theater Near You | 5thRound

“By partnering with Cinedigm, we’re taking the UFC viewing experience to a whole new level,” said UFC president Dana White. “For the first time ever, fight fans can watch a UFC pay-per-view card in 3D at theaters across the country.

“We want UFC fans to have the best viewing experience possible and now they get a chance to experience major UFC pay-per-views in 3D.”

Watch Bas Rutten fight a crew of zombie puppets | MiddleEasy

If civilization was forced to restart due to some cataclysmic event (like a zombie apocalypse) experts believe Bas Rutten will not be the person to lead humanity back to normality. ‘Experts’ being my friends who sincerely believe zombies taking over the city of Los Angeles is a plausible scenario. In fact one of my friends is so adamant about this seemingly improbable event that he has moved from Los Angeles to a mountain in Colorado and has set up hidden provision stations near his house just in case he finds himself away from his residence at the exact time when the undead began to rise and take over the planet.

TUF Enough: MMAmania interview exclusive with UFC 137’s Roy Nelson | MMA Mania

“I feel standing, like I think I’ve stood up with some of the best heavyweights in the world. I stood up with Junior [dos Santos] so like, I think I might regress for this fight and go back to my roots, go back to my first five or six wins were all submissions. Maybe I’ll regress in the chain of being an MMA fighter.”

Dan “Punkass” Caldwell from The TapouT Crew at NYCC 2011 
| TheFightNerd

“I think Kenny [Florian] is a really exciting fighter in his past matches, he just needs to fight the right people… me personally, I think the 155 lb. division looks a little more inviting again. I think he should go back to 155 and try his hand there. Some of those guys would match up better with his style.”

ProElite Signs Multi-Year TV Deal With HDNet | MMA Payout

ProElite announced a new multi-fight, multi-year TV deal with HDNet last night during Inside MMA’s live broadcast debut on the network. The first ProElite televised event on HDNet will be “HDNet Fights: ProElite – Big Guns”, taking place at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL on November 5th.