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 bring you tidbits from the aftermath of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem before looking ahead at the prospects of 2012. Let's start it up.
- MMA Nation Editor-in-Chief Luke Thomas finished off the second half of his interview with Dave Meltzer. Listen in as the two discuss Brock Lesnar's retirement after UFC 141, whether Olympic athletes can do what Lesnar did, why Jon Jones will carry the company in 2012, Lesnar's biggest contribution to the sport of mixed martial arts and much more. (Click here for part one.)
- Over the holiday weekend, far from a cage, Kimbo Slice had his third professional boxing match. Word to the wise, don't expect fireworks.
- Tito Ortiz has one fight left in him, and if the surefire hall-of-famer had his way, he'd be looking square at Chuck Liddell or Forrest Griffin. Said Ortiz: "Let's make (my last fight) a memorable one."
- Someone finally took Chael Sonnen's bait. After listening to months and months of Brazilian insults, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida had enough, Said Machida: "Chael Sonnen, I just had surgery but I can still give you your present in the octagon with just one arm. All you have to do is accept."
- Sonnen, of course, had his own two cents to throw in.
- Anton Tabuena stopped by Bloody Elbow to give the latest Asian MMA update. Can I interest you in Rolles Gracie vs. Bob Sapp?
- Following UFC 141, it was rumored that Alistair Overeem's purse would be held in escrow until his suit with Golden Glory could be settled. Well, that is apparently untrue, as Overeem has been given his rather hefty paycheck.
- Post-fight interviews can be a strange and wondrous thing. Title shot callouts, sponsorship lambasting, awkward glassectomy references; really, anything is possible. So why then did Jacob Volkmann say he wanted to "punch Joe Rogan in the nuts" after his infamous UFC 141 interview.
- Sweden may not be the only country to pop their UFC cherry this year. Hear the other surprising option straight from Dana White's mouth.
- UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard earned his BJJ blue belt.
- Mayhem Miller brings up an excellent point.
- Leland Rolling capped off the lightweight side of the 2012 World MMA Scouting Report with a Brazilian regional superstar. Watch his highlights here.
- Anthony Johnson is a big, big boy. After struggling to make the 170-pound weigh limit for years, "Rumble" has finally moved up to middleweight for UFC 142. With an extra 15-pound allowance, how scary does Johnson look now? Check it out.
- And, of course, your obligatory Rampage humping a tiger video.