Friday Link Party – October 14, 2011

While this nerd is away at NY Comic Con all weekend, here are some things you can enjoy from around the MMA blogosphere!

MMA Payout Analysis: The Strikeforce Death Knell? Over the past 5 months Strikeforce had their top draws cherry-picked by the UFC, an impressive list that includes former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, former welterweight champ Nick Diaz and Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson. It’s almost certain the Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez will join them. By hollowing out the promotions champions, Zuffa’s actions speak louder then words and Showtime should be getting the message now loud and clear.

On the other hand, MMA Convert says Scott Coker Believes Zuffa and Showtime Want To Extend Strikeforce Contract: “I know that negotiations were ongoing and they were going back and forth,” Coker said. “It’s like any negotiation. They’re trying to come to a deal that makes sense for both parties. The devil’s always in the details.”

UFCs Anthony Pettis wants a top five contender … before the end of 2011 according to MMA Mania: “I’d love to get back in there by the end of the year. That’d be ideal. There’s match ups going on right now and it doesn’t seem too promising. But I’ll be healthy and get ready and if anybody gets hurt or injured, I’ll be ready.”

Akira Corassani talks about Episode 4 of TUF with Lowkick: “Our energy was at the bottom of the ocean!”

After giving career & life advice on PBS’s Roadtrip Nation, Joe Rogan issues funny weed video on Fight Opinion: When it comes to weed discussion, Rogan is unmatched. “Weed’s awesome for you.” When pressed on why he’s encouraging the youth of America to smoke pot, he deadpans the following: “I don’t tell the children, I tell the adults.”

Former teacher Rich Franklin talks about passing his first test in the ring with Five Ounces of Pain: “This is how dumb I was: we come out and we’re mixing it up, and I end up taking him down. I’m kind of cross-mounted on him and I have a submission, but I let it go and go to another submission, and I have a shoulder lock almost completely locked out, but then I thought, you know, I trained all these months, all these years, for a 30-second fight? I’m going to let him up. So I just let go, and the crowd — all 200 of them or whatever it was — went from screaming and yelling to completely speechless.”

Middle Easy has The Top Ten Alterations to MMA History That 100% Occurred in a Parallel Universe, definitely worth the read!

MMA Fighting reports that DREAM Veteran Hong Man Choi was Booked With Assaulting Female Customer: Seven-foot-two K-1 World GP in Seoul Champion and DREAM “Super Hulk” Hong Man Choi has been booked with assault following an October 8 altercation with a female customer at a bar he owns and operates in Seoul, South Korea. The alleged assault occurred when a female customer refused to pay a tab at Choi’s bar which turned out to be more expensive than she had anticipated.

Cage Potato has a list of Five More Things That Dana White Would Be Pretty F*cking Stupid Not to Do: The UFC has no ranking set in place, which causes everyone to second-guess matchups and the reasoning behind it. This is especially troubling when a championship is at stake. Can you imagine Roger Goodell sending out a press release announcing this year’s Super Bowl would feature the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions without us first having witnessed firsthand that both teams have beat the best and actually earned a shot at the Lombardi Trophy?

Vinny Magalhaes responds to rumors of him training Fedor Emelianenko at MMA Mania: “A lot of guys will train with Fedor for free just because he’s such a legend,” but I was like, “I can’t go three weeks, not working. I have to pay bills. My son was 2-3 months old at the time. I couldn’t train there for free…”

Jorge Masvidal on his upcoming fight with Gilbert Melendez at Bleacher Report: “Most of the time when I enter a fight, I’m not looking to stop a guy, but rather win a solid decision, but in this fight, I’m going for the stoppage. I’m going to put the pressure on him and make him break. I don’t want to leave it in the judges hands, especially with all the f*cked up decisions these days. This is my title shot and I have to take full advantage. I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one. Who knows what’s gonna happen in life?”

While you are still here, don’t forget to check out our Ring to Cage caption contest, where you could win a signed glove from Strikeforce women’s champion Cris Cyborg!

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