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This week at MMA Mania (11/27-12/3)

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my weekly series showcasing some of the original content at MMA Mania in the past week that you might have missed out on.

With SBNation looking for new writers, you guys can expect a ton of new articles popping up in the near future whether it be in the fanposts, Head Kick Legend or some other sites on our beloved fight sports network, so why not add a couple more to your reading list?

I'll include a link as well as a snippet from each interview/article.

Without further ado:

TUF 14 Finale betting guide (by Patrick L. Stumberg)

I’m a big fan of the "Thugjitsu Master," as any proper mixed martial arts (MMA) fan should be, but I’m worried sick about him in this one. Being the only man in almost four years to get knocked cold by "Hands of Foam" Sam Stout Sam doesn’t bode well for him, especially against someone who has legitimate skill in addition to huge power in his hands. The lines were a bit closer a few days ago, but there’s very little profit left at this point. If you must bet on this fight, do so on Ferguson, but make it a parlay -- Edwards is a bit too crafty for me to advocate putting enough money straight-up on Ferguson to turn a profit worth a damn.

Looking back at Cotto - Margarito 1 (by Patrick L. Stumberg)

July 26, 2008. Unbeaten WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, just three months removed from a stoppage win over Alfonso Gómez, must once again defend Puerto Rico's honor against its historical boxing rival, Mexico.

Representing the latter is Antonio Margarito, a towering bruiser notorious for his debilitating power, endless gas tank and indestructible chin. Margarito is ranked number four at welterweight, his sole loss at the weight in 12 years at the hands of "The Most Avoided Man in the World," Paul Williams.

Both men have 26 knockouts to their name, and the boxing world is dying to see whether the speed and skill of Cotto can overcome the relentless pressure of Margarito.

During the referee's instructions, Cotto is hopping up and down restlessly, while Margarito stands as implacable as marble. This dichotomy serves as a preview of the upcoming war that is about to unfold.

Interview with TUF 14 contestant Louis Gaudinot (by myself)

Brian Hemminger: I'd like to talk about you a little bit. Can you tell me about your mentality once those cage doors close, what's going through your head?

Louis Gaudinot: A lot of people get nervous, but I only get nervous right before I walk out. Leading up to a fight I don't get that nervous but when I'm about to walk out right before they call my name, it's running through my head, "Why the hell are you doing this? You're about to be locked in the cage with somebody who's gonna try to kick the shit out of me," but once my music comes on and I head out, my mind gets focused and those thoughts go away.

Interview with TUF 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez (by myself)

Brian Hemminger: I'd like to talk about you a little bit. Can you tell me about your mentality once those cage doors close, what's going through your head?

Louis Gaudinot: A lot of people get nervous, but I only get nervous right before I walk out. Leading up to a fight I don't get that nervous but when I'm about to walk out right before they call my name, it's running through my head, "Why the hell are you doing this? You're about to be locked in the cage with somebody who's gonna try to kick the shit out of me," but once my music comes on and I head out, my mind gets focused and those thoughts go away.

Interview with TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson (by myself)

Brian Hemminger: You've talked about how you get in a zone when you're training, that's actually how you earned your nickname so can you talk about that zone you get into when you're in intense training?

Tony Ferguson: I get in this intense zone and I go into a meditative state where I just go and I imagine myself digging into a hole and I see lights going past me. That's my tunnel vision. As soon as I get into my tunnel vision, there's nothing that can stop it. It's like my own little rhythm, my own beat in my head where I'm just there and you can tell in my eyes. My eyes are how you can tell what I'm feeling, where I am or if I'm focused or if I'm not there. I just tunnel everything and that's the biggest thing. I got my nickname, "El Cucuy" or "The Boogeyman" because I'm scary. I saw the thing with me on The Ultimate Fighter where I'm scary. That's what I try to bring into the cage and then leave it in there so I don't have to bring "El Cucuy" out anymore and I haven't other than that one night on the show.

You can never forget Sergio Hernandez's "History in the Making" series

Jason Miller submits Sakuraba for the first time

Michael Bisping bounces back from brutal KO to defeat Denis Kang

And last but certainly not least, AintNoSunshine dazzles us with his "Ultimate Submissions" series

Dustin Hazelett's omaplata at UFC 91

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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