By Zach Arnold | September 10, 2011
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This week’s MMA Link Club featured stories
Five Ounces of Pain: The Diaz Dilemma — MMA isn’t a beauty pageant
UFC knew what they were getting themselves into when they moved Diaz over from Strikeforce to UFC. He held up Strikeforce more than once, whether he was unwilling to take a drug test on time or his actions in the last ever Strikeforce show on CBS or his lack of cooperation in trying to put fights together that the fans wanted. Even though we didn’t always know where Diaz was, we knew who he was. He was going to smoke weed, he was going to trash-talk opponents during fights, and he was going to be himself. That’s why so many fans flock to him.
Alistair Overeem got dropped from the tournament and signed to the UFC, so the four fighters who are left behind have to figure out for themselves exactly what’s at stake when the Grand Prix lurches onward this Saturday night.
As Josh Barnett pointed out, the winner now gets “a nice, shiny belt,” so there’s that. But aside from the hardware, what else is at stake? The answer to that depends on who you ask.
NBC Sports: Chiappetta’s primer – Strikeforce GP
On Saturday, (Luke) Rockhold returns in a championship match against middleweight kingpin Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. It’s a big jump from where he was in February 2010 to where he’s going on Saturday. He’s being rushed. There are no two ways about that, and it will be an uphill task to seize that golden opportunity.
I was fully expecting campy dialogue accompanied by terrible acting, and boy was I wrong. The plot made sense and unraveled well. All in all, WARRIOR really packs a punch (get it!). Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) is a former high school wrestling star and Marine with a past filled with demons, which eventually come out as the movie unwinds. After the death of his mother and going incognito for a number of years, Tommy returns to the home of his alcoholic and abusive father Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte) to remind him that he’s a piece of
shitwhile also asking him to help him train for MMA competition.
Everyone’s different. I’ve even toyed with the pros and cons, what aspects it takes to get your mind right. How do you accomplish that? At the end of the day for me, it’s always been when I tell myself that at no other point in time other than right there, right when that door closes and that ref says, “Fight!,” that is the only time where I actually get to go out there with no shin guard, no knee pads, no elbow pads and go really try to hurt someone.
Bleacher Report: Carlos Condit speaks about Nick Diaz, GSP, and UFC 137
Middle Easy: Fedor track suit investment opportunity
MMA Convert: Jacare about to put a beatdown on Luke Rockhold
Let’s do some math. On the Souza side of the equation, there’s a Brazilian wielding some of the best jiu-jitsu on the planet, a Strikeforce middleweight belt, and experience slaying all sorts of killer competition. On the Rockhold side of the equation, there’s a jiu-jitsu brown belt, a resume full of wins over less-than-stellar competition, and an injury hiatus that encompasses the last year and a half. Now, based on my calculations, on Saturday night someone is going to be outclassed exponentially, divided brutally, and subtracted from the cage. Any idea who that’s going to be?