It wasn't really the loudest of weekends. There was no UFC, no Strikeforce, no ONE FC, no Bellator. Sure, there was Invicta FC 2 and that was plenty exciting, but there were virtually no major fight announcements or news to track. That isn't to say you shouldn't catch up on Invicta if you missed it. There's great action throughout the card and controversy in the main event. It's hard to go wrong there.
Of course, we can't neglect to mention what's ahead: UFC on FOX 4. I'd be lying if I said the buzz was huge, but I'd also be lying if I said there was no discussion about the event. In fact, there was television programming on FOX on Sunday to promote the event. They should've been there for UFC 148, but better late than never, right?
Be sure to catch up on all the news from the weekend, video from Invicta FC 2, the 'Road to the Octagon' preview of this weekend's event and so much more in this Monday edition of The Morning Report.
Consider this: Olympic trials with Kurt Angle. Sound ludicrous? It's not. Let College Humor take you home:
As Rousey's star and fame grow in the sport of mixed martial arts, more and more programming is trying to show you her life behind the scenes. To her credit, 'All Access' by Showtime is a decent attempt. You should watch it:
Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) July 29, 2012
KNAPP IS A HAPPY CAMPER
Thanks again to EVERYONE for ur kind words and amazing support! We appreciate each and every one of u. We couldn't do it without u. :)— Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) July 29, 2012
SPARRING WORSE THAN WEDDINGS?
It's times like this I'm thankful my gym is 110 degrees... I'm at a wedding and everyone in the church is dying from the heat. #Comfortable— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) July 29, 2012
JOSH 'EL COCHINO' BARNETT
You ever unleashed such a fart that it made you a better person? I just did.— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) July 29, 2012
MIESHA TATE TALKS FEMALE ANATOMY
Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 30, 2012
Today's FanPost of the Day comes courtesy 'fightmedicine' who believes Shogun's ACL surgery is going to greatly impact his future in MMA:
In regard to Shogun’s upcoming fight against Vera. Shogun has had not only one ACL surgery, but also a second one which makes the chance of it failing even greater. In addition, he likely will never reach the same level of strength he had before his surgeries. Back in Pride, Shogun was known for his devastating kicking power. Unfortunately, we will never have the Shogun from Pride fighting in the UFC, but so far the Shogun we have seen has done pretty well. Even recently, ESPN’s Sport Science measured his kicks at an amazing 2749 pounds of force! Brandon Vera, however, is known for his striking ability, and ACL surgery can limit your ability to move laterally out of the way of oncoming kicks. As these guys get older, they can't rely on strength and speed anymore and must use their technique, which usually means more of a ground game. On his feet, Shogun’s clock is ticking thanks to his injuries and surgeries. For Shogun’s sake, let’s hope his knees outlast his UFC career.
I hope to start some quality discussions where fans, fighters, and doctors can come together to make the sport safer and people can make better decisions with better knowledge.