Well, that was an interesting weekend. While the rest of the sports world was whipped into a Super Bowl frenzy, the mixed martial arts community was still decidedly abuzz from UFC 143's polarizing main event. Plenty of fallout arrived amid Diaz vs. Condit, so catch up on everything you might have missed and everything you need to see on today's edition of the Morning Report.
5 MUST-READ STORIES TO START YOUR DAY:
Dana White believes Carlos Condit deserved to win. Ariel Helwani and the UFC President discuss whether the judges made the right call, before being interrupted by a shirtless Mike Goldberg.
UFC 143 morning after: Condit has what it takes to beat St. Pierre. Michael David Smith weighs-in with his thoughts from Saturday night, from Condit vs. GSP, to Kim Winslow's perfect stoppage.
Video of the new UFC intro. Catch a replay of the new pay-per-view lead-in video that cost an "obscene amount of money," according to Dana White.
THIS WEEKEND'S MEDIA GUMBO:
Relieve Saturday's action with this Fox Sports highlight package.
This man clearly did not agree with Sensei Cecil Peoples. (HT: Bloody Elbow)
With that out of the way, afford yourself a look ahead at UFC 144, featuring fighters so strong they knock the pigment off their opponent.
Surprised she didn't armbar her.
I don't think Japan is ready for a second dose of Rampage.
Anyone else holding out for "RESPECT THE VADGE!" to become the female version of "Don't be scared homie?"
Miguel Torres gets it.
Here's what was announced over the weekend (Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 - Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012):
- UFC on Fox 3: Louis Gaudinot (5-2) vs. John Lineker (19-5)
- UFC on FX 3: Brandon Vera (12-5, 1 NC) out with injury, Thiago Silva (14-2, 1 NC) expected to receive new opponent
- UFC on Fuel TV 1: Yoislandy Izquierdo (6-0) out, Tim Means (16-3-1) in against Bernardo Magalhaes (11-1)
- Bellator 63: War Machine (12-4) out, Chris Lozano (9-2) in against Karl Amoussou (13-4-2)
- Tachi Palace Fights 12: Casey Olson (13-3) vs. Cody Gibson (5-2)
FANPOST OF THE DAY:
Today's FPOTD belongs to MMA Mania reader Wooly Shambler: As the "Godfather of MMA," how proud would Bruce Lee be of what MMA is today?
Referred to as the godfather of MMA , Bruce Lee envisioned martial arts as truly becoming mixed. He felt that at the pinnacle of martial arts one should "be like water," meaning fluid and able to adapt instantly around an object or obstacle. While alive and teaching these beliefs he was met with strong opposition from many masters and disciples of the old guard. Bruce was challenged and scoffed at for believing that not one single martial art or form was best or sufficient. It seems however that not only through his demonstrations and victories, in both form and film, but also in the evolution of martial arts after his death that Bruce was right.
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