MMA Nation Round-Up provides you with daily coverage of the latest in news, multimedia, and analysis throughout the world of combat sports. This morning we examine a variety of topics, including B.J. Penn's latest sighting and Rashad Evans' prediction for Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva. Plus a lost photo of Dana White and Tito Ortiz that's guaranteed to give you a double-take. Let's start it off.
- Lightweight contender Clay Guida can't be too happy about his UFC on Fox contest against Ben Henderson getting shut out from the one-hour network broadcast. Even still, he refused to mince words when asked what the highly-anticipated bout means for the 155-pound division, declaring, "I want to win big so that there is no question about my title shot."
- Nick Diaz's comments about fighter pay at the UFC 137 post-fight press conference set off a firestorm of discussion that was once again brought up after UFC 138. An obviously exasperated Dana White shut the sentiment down, explaining that in five years the UFC has created "40-something millionaires [and] 20-something multi, multimillionaires."
- ProElite's sophomore effort was, by all accounts, a complete and total bust. But that may be the least of their problems. Leland Rolling explains, "ProElite's progression, while still in its infancy, makes one cringe, mainly due to their antiquated thinking in the face of a changing environment."
- The UFC 138 Q&A session with Rashad Evans was a late upload but does include some interesting nuggets from the former light heavyweight champion. Among other topics, Evans believes his young rival, Jon Jones, would lose to middleweight champion Anderson Silva by catching Jones "doing something stupid."
- There's nothing like family. UFC 138 headliner Mark Munoz arrived back to the states on Monday afternoon to a heartwarming surprise.
- The CSAC's decision to appoint John McCarthy for the UFC on Fox main event elicited a strangely divisive reaction from mixed martial arts fans. MMA Mania probed Commission Executive Officer George Dodd about the reasoning behind the selection.
- If you've seen the recent trailer for the video game Assassin's Creed Revelations, you might have noticed an unexpected, but familiar face.
- And we'll leave you with this bizarre photograph that's been making the internet rounds. Behold a fresh-faced Dana White rolling with a young Tito Ortiz.