This Week In MMA: News, Articles, Photos, Rankings And Video

It was another fine week in the world of mixed martial arts, and was there to bring you all of the latest news, exclusive videos and much more. Check out our recap of the week that was below:

Spencer Kyte kicked off his Rated Next series with a look at future bantamweight superstar Michael McDonald. He continued the series by looking at Chad Mendes.

We published our May pound-for-pound rankings, which saw little to no change at the top but has a few interesting new developments at the bottom.

Zuffa once again changed the game in a major way by announcing that they’re going to start offering accident insurance for all UFC and Strikeforce fighters. This is a big deal.

The new insurance policy goes into effect too late to help out Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Both guys pulled out of their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 130, leaving Rampage Jackson vs. Matt Hamill as the not-as-much-anticipated main event. We exclusively reported that Anthony Pettis was asked to replace Edgar against Maynard, but the UFC changed their minds. We’re pretty bummed about that development, because it means we would’ve seen Ben Henderson taking on Clay Guida at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, and that would’ve been awesome.

Stephan Bonnar found out he’s going to face Karlos Vemola at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee, which is unfortunate for him since Vemola is the closes thing to an actual Terminator on the UFC roster.

Uh, Kelli Hutcherson is fairly attractive. Promise.

Shamar Bailey came back to talk about the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter. Unfortunately, the show took a turn for the worse when we collectively found out that Brock Lesnar had suffered a relapse of diverticulitis and had been forced to pull out of his season-ending bout with Junior dos Santos. On the other side, we talked to Cain Velasquez and found out that he’d been cleared to return to the gym, which we’re sure made him very happy since he lives to be in the gym.

We traveled to Boys Town here in Las Vegas with Velasquez, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes and did interviews with each of them.

And that wraps up our week. Stay tuned over the next two weeks for more exclusive interviews as we prepare to bring you the next episode of Fight Day prior to UFC 130!

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