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Vitor Belfort Undergoes Hand Surgery, Withdraws from UFC 147 Rematch with Wanderlei Silva

UFC 147 headliner Vitor Belfort has suffered a broken hand and will not compete at the June 23 event.
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Latest UFC/MMA news and notes from around the web for the week of May 20, 2012

Junior dos Santos (left) with Demian Maia (right). Photo by Marcelo Alonzo via Sherdog

Welcome, Maniacs, to the weekly series where we help you catch up on some of the original reporting done by other sites in the vast MMA landscape. Like Junior dos Santos and Demian Maia pictured above, we can all “get along.”

Teaming up with MMA sites like Fightline, Fight Opinion and The Fight Nerd, we’ll provide an opportunity for all MMA fans to read some fresh and original voices in the sport.

This week, The Fight Nerd reviews the ‘Tapout Textbook’, MMA Convert gets an exclusive from Cris ‘Cyborg’ and Lowkick interviews UFC 146′s Edson Barboza.

The full list of links is after the jump.

- ‘Say Uncle: Catch-as-Catch-Can-Wrestling’ book review (The Fight Nerd)

Who were these catch wrestlers, and what were the origins of this sport? Furthermore, why is it still so relevant and implemented in elements of MMA? Jake Shannon has the answers for you in ECW Press‘ “Say Uncle: Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling” book. Is this book worth reading, or should it be covered in dust in some little antique store in Ohio?

- Attacking the rubber-stamping of testosterone usage in MMA (Fight Opinion)

By now, everyone knows that Chael Sonnen got his hall pass to use testosterone while fighting in the state of Nevada. So, his fight with Anderson Silva on July 7th was a fait accompli. Predictably, Nick Diaz got the book thrown at him with a year-long suspension for a second positive drug test (marijuana).

- Sponsorship Spotlight: RYU (MMA Payout)

Welcome to another edition of Sponsorship Spotlight. This time we are featuring MMA apparel company and UFC® sponsor RYU. MMA Payout had the opportunity get in touch with RYU CEO Christopher Martens for a quick Q&A regarding its recent involvement as a UFC® sponsor.

- Diego Brandao plans on ‘cracking skulls’ like Mike Tyson at UFC 146 (MMA Convert)

- Randy Couture offers his opinion on dos Santos vs Mir (Fightline)

- Jon Jones to appear in court on May 29 (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Countdown to UFC 146 (full video) (5thRound)

If you happened to miss Wednesday’s premiere of “Countdown to UFC 146″ on FUEL TV, no worries because we’ve located the footage for you. UFC 146 takes place this Saturday and features a heavyweight title tilt between champion Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.