Mandatory Eight Count: UFC 102, Teddy Atlas, Jesus Soto Karass and more

UFC 102 is the main attraction in combat sports this weekend, and BloodyElbow.com will have live, round-by-round coverage of the event tonight.

UFC 102: Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Live Results and Commentary - Bloody Elbow
Our friends over at BloodyElbow.com bring you live, round-by-round coverage of tonight's UFC 102 event, main evented by Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. This would've been a massive, massive fight years ago. For BE's full coverage of the event, click here.

Jesus Soto Karass Continues His Run towards a Title -- MaxBoxing.com
Feature article on the always-exciting Jesus Soto Karass from MaxBoxing's Gabriel Montoya. JSK is one of those guys I really hope gets to win an alphabet title. I don't like the titles to begin with, but if they're going to exist and become ways for a lot of bums to call themselves "champion," at least let's get one on a likable dude like Jesus.

Russian contender gets Atlas back into the fight game - Staten Island Advance
Teddy Atlas' return to the training game with Alexander Povetkin hopefully won't turn out quite as bad as his commentary has been this year. Atlas reached some dizzying heights in absurdity last night in Florida on the Friday Night Fights season finale, working with substitute play-by-play guy Bob Wischusan.

Title trinkets, birthday wishes and more - ESPN
Dan Rafael's blog talks about the WBC's ridiculous "diamond championship," cards worse than Gale Van Hoy's, HBO and Andre Berto, and more.

The Boxing Bulletin: Chris Arreola Has The Tools To Rise Above Expectations
TBB's Michael Nelson believes Chris Arreola has more than just a puncher's chance against Vitali Klitschko on September 26.

Showmanship in Boxing: is It Really Necessary? - newsblaze.com
A bizarre read. Let me answer the headline question: No. No it isn't. Not at all. It is absolutely, 100%, without a question not "necessary." Actual quote from article: ""There are special fighters who require no extraordinary stagecraft to be recognized as among the elites in boxing: Manny Pacquiao and Edwin Valero." Over/under on Valero fights seen by writer: 1.5.

The Canadian Press: Lawyer for boxer Gatti's widow says client is suing Brazilian state
Amanda Rodrigues will be suing after being apparently wrongfully accused of murder in Brazil.

Prelate backs Pacquiao’s 2010 bid -- INQUIRER.NET
Manny Pacquiao will run for a congressional seat next year, he says, and supported by former Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Orlando Quevedo. Buboy confirms he's "definitely" going to run.

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