MMA Nation Round-Up provides you with daily coverage of the latest in news, multimedia, and analysis throughout the world of combat sports. Today we'll take a look at Thursday's big news, before moving on to a sparring session gone wrong and an unexpected twist in the Junie Browning story.
- Without a doubt, yesterday's highlight was the Strikeforce - Showtime conference call. In case you missed it, MMA Nation has complete coverage of the proceedings.
- Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez minced no words when he recently spoke about his gameplan for Jorge Masvidal on Saturday: "I'm willing to take it to that dark place. I think a lot of fighters aren't willing to take it there."
- Jason "Mayhem" Miller's trip to Holland has apparently gotten pretty wild.
- We often think off MMA fighters as tough guys incapable of fear or worry, when in reality they're only human. Social Psychology Quarterly published a recent article on the subject and it's a fascinating piece to read. See why one fighter said, "You are wondering if they are thinking of this incredible move that is really going to kill you... This sport is not golf; you can't get hurt or killed playing golf."
- A sparring match between former Super-Bantamweight Champion boxer Daniel Ponce De Leon and Kevin Hoskins turned full-blown MMA after a late punch ignited the youngster. (HT: Bad Left Hook)
- The bizarre story of Junie Browning hit another curveball on Thursday as the former UFC fighter implored the U.S. embassy to help him escape the Thai mafia.
- We'll leave you with a replay of MMA Nation's own Luke Thomas and Nate Wilcox hosting a uStream roundtable over at Bloody Elbow. Check it out for all the Jim Beam, Coke, and MMA goodness you could ask for.