By Zach Arnold | February 21, 2012
The line for the main event is as razor-thin as you can image. Frankie Edgar is a very slight -130 favorite. Ben Henderson is even money.
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Five Ounces of Pain: Bart Palaszewski is not impressed by Hatsu Hioki’s UFC debut
“Hioki’s actually a fight we asked for,” said Palaszewski. “Before my fights, I always make up my list with my coaches and my management — guys we’re going to go after in case I lose or if I win a fight. We got to turn the winning list into the UFC last time, and Hioki was at the top of the list.”
MMA Fighting: Mauro Ranallo reminisces about the glory days of PRIDE
“I don’t think me beating Frankie at all gets me anywhere near the conversation,” Bendo went on. “I’d have to beat Frankie, then beat a couple other guys, defend the belt — what is Anderson up to? He’s up to like, twelve right now? Thirteen? After I beat Anderson’s record, whatever he stops at — fourteen times, fifteen times — after I beat that, then the conversation can begin.”
Chandella Powell was unavailable for comment.
Hint: Expect a lot of undercard decisions as opposed to finishes.
“When I talk about his game it’s because I have to analyze things objectively, and I think he’s one of the toughest, most dangerous guys in the game. If I describe something that I wish he would do it’s because I think his athletic and fighting potential is immense.”
Bleacher Report: UFC 144 — The Top best Japanese fighters in MMA history
This is an interesting list because if you look at the top Japanese fighters in the UFC, most of them were not big stars back in Japan and never gained heavy mainstream appeal. Two of the most well-known Japanese fighters, Kid Yamamoto & Yoshihiro Akiyama, are looking to break out of slump mode at Saitama Super Arena.
It’s fair to say that she’s the biggest star that Japan has ‘created’ since the death of K-1. Look at what she did to Yumiko Hotta’s face.
The Fight Nerd: Damon Lau of Round 5 MMA action figures at NY Toy Fair 2012
MMA Convert: Japanese MMA scene primer – the Pancrase edition
MMA Payout: UFC hard sell for advertisers while on Versus
The Sports Business Journal reported on the drop in ratings of NBC Sports Network as it rolled out its new name and brand last month. The article also comments on the fact that NBC found it difficult finding advertisers for the UFC when it was on the network.