Friday Link Party — February 24, 2012

The Middle Easy network delivers an exclusive interview with the legendary Peter Aerts.

Peter’s whole career has been full of hefty challenges, and in his final fight it will be no different, as he challenges the young and dangerous Tyrone Spong. The question was burning in my mind, why would Peter Aerts take such a tough opponent for his last fight, although he made the answer sound so simple.

“Because he’s a good fighter,” Aerts simply stated. “I prefer to fight my last fight against a good fighter.” It was incredibly simple, yet so incredibly Aerts. There have been many doubting Aerts over the past few years, wondering why he is competing against the best still, but his 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix run showed what he was made of and why, even when faced with retirement, Peter Aerts will be challenging himself. It almost feels surreal to imagine Kickboxing without Mr. K-1, and a part of me wondered if K-1 were to announce that they were back and running a Heavyweight World Grand Prix, would you he in?

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani takes a walk through the streets of Tokyo with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Cage Potato’s cup runneth over with GIFs of Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar.

The folks at Fight Opinion give a full breakdown of the news leading to UFC 144.

MMA Mania reviews the new Spike TV show MMA Uncensored.

MMA Convert breaks down the unsung heroes of the UFC 144 undercard.

Kyle Symes of Bleacher Report laments the retirement of some fighters the sport will miss.

TUF winner Diego Brandao set to compete at UFC 146, Five Ounces of Pain reports.

Lowkick present the full UFC 144 pre-fight media package.

Joe Lauzon tours Japan in his video blog and Fightline reports.

MMAPayout reports on the Nevada Culinary Workers Union calling on NSAC to adopt MMA “Bill of Rights”

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