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The Final Bell: 10/17/11 – 10/22/11

Every day delivers a piece bright and early providing some op-ed material related to one of the numerous blips on MMA’s radar screen. Called The Opening Round, topics have ranged from breaking down particular match-ups to reviewing events to roster cuts to curious business decisions to…well, you get the idea.

In case you missed any of this past week’s offerings, The Final Bell will give readers an opportunity to review each piece by reading below where you can find all six items succinctly listed with brief summaries of each…

“The End of King Georges’ Reign Grows Nigh”

Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre may appear unbeatable but when he eventually meets Carlos Condit, as he was supposed to at UFC 137, his title-wearing days are over…

“Non-Title Nuttiness”

For some reason Bellator has their champions fight in non-title affairs, a move devaluing the importance of the organization’s belts and calling into question the significance of the men/women wearing them…

“Kiss Your ‘Ace” Goodbye”

The time has come for Rich Franklin to consider retirement based on age, injury issues, and a lack of divisional relevance based in part on mismanagement by the UFC and his own willingness to be a “company man” rather than look out for himself…

“Diaz Nuts?”

Might Nick Diaz‘s strange, often anti-social/unprofessional behavior actually be a good thing for MMA? We think so…

“Condit’s Conundrum”

Carlos Condit decided to turn down a bout with Josh Koscheck after St. Pierre withdrew from UFC 137 due to injury while maintaining the belief he will be next in line for a title-shot no matter what, a mindset recalling the classic moral, “Don’t count your eggs before they hatch…”

Chael Sonnen Set to Be the Host with the Most

Sonnen is set to co-host an upcoming awards show and without a doubt it should result in a “must see TV” experience…


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