Friday Link Party — November 11, 2011

For all of the controversy surrounding his character, UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen also generates some good press. Here’s MMA Mania’s story of how he got the 11 year-old son of a fan the ultimate fan experience.

“I took my 11 year old son, Ty, to UFC 136. He is a huge UFC fan and we traveled from NJ to go to the Fan Expo and attend the fight. After Chael’s victory, my son approached the security gate to get his autograph. Chael lifted my son over the gate and took him behind the scenes where the other fighters were either recovering from their fight or preparing for an upcoming battle. A security guard brought me back as well, and what followed is a father/son moment that we will both never forget.”

Middle Easy has a subjective look at the 12 best Thai boxers in the world

The guys over at Lowkick brought us this interview with UFC on Fox co-headliner Clay Guida where he discusses his opponent, Ben Henderson.

“Ben Henderson is pretty much the same [as Anthony Petts], great on the feet and solid on ground. I won’t go into detail, but I want to finish this fight. To me, a big win earns a title shot. I want to win big so that there is no question about my title shot. Everyone hyped Melvin Guillard as the obvious next shot, but then he lost in the first-round to Joe [Lauzon]. So, I figure with a big win, then it’s my turn for that title shot.”

According to MMA Payout, ad inventory sold out for UFC on Fox.

“Media buyers say a 30-second spot in The UFC on Fox cost just north of $100,000. Among the marketers advertising are Anheuser-Busch, the Casio G’zOne Commando smartphone, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Two studios—20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.—have also made buys.”

Is Velasquez Vs. Dos Santos The Best Heavyweight Title Fight Of All Time? Fightline asks the question.

“Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on pay-pre-view likely wouldn’t outsell Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem, a non-title fight. Even with the ballyhoo over the UFC’s debut on Fox, Velasquez vs. dos Santos doesn’t carry with it the breathless aura that Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic did during the Pride era. So, is Saturday’s main event really the best heavyweight match-up of all time?”

Bleacher Report’s Tim McTiernan discusses some fights Jon Jones could take at 265 upon his return to action.

Gina Carano Likens Fighting To Sex… Seriously. See it on MMA Convert.

Keeping it light, Cage Potato logs a nostalgic interview with the legendary Dan Severn.

Fight Opinion breaks down the betting odds for tomorrow’s UFC on Fox.

Video with Ariel Helwani on MMA Fighting: How Mainstream Is MMA?

Going to the undercard of UFC on Fox, Five Ounces of Pain interviews Cub Swanson.

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