The week that was in MMA: the belt that goes with everything

Strikeforce: Cyborg vs. Carano did well in the ratings game. (Dave Meltzer)

Kenny Florian says that B.J. Penn poked him in the eye a few times during their fight at UFC 101, but Florian says it wasn't an excuse. (MMA Junkie)

Mitsuhiro Ishida, on the other hand, is making excuses. He is accusing Gil Melendez of greasing for their fight at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, in which Melendez kept his interim lightweight title. (Sherdog)

Chuck Liddell's gotta dance! (Cagewriter)

So, remember what Kit Cope had to say about Gina Carano's training at Xtreme Couture? After he loss at Strikeforce, maybe he was right. (MMA Memories)

Brock Lesnar will defend his title against Shane Carwin, a fighter that is much like Lesnar in size and background. (Dave Meltzer)

Anderson Silva now is thinking about moving up to heavyweight. (Sports Illustrated)

DirecTV and Versus are in a spat, which could be problematic for World Extreme Cagefighting, whose next fights are in less than two weeks. (Bloody Elbow)

Still recovering from a groin injury, Georges St. Pierre expects to return to the Octagon in January. (MMA Fanhouse)

Brandon Vera, who is fighting Krzyzstof Soszynszki at UFC 102 next weekend, still has dreams of being a being a champion in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions of the UFC. (ESPN)

Wanderlei Silva's face has surgically been altered from sad puppy to happy puppy. (Cagewriter)

Dana White still wants teammates to fight, but that would make things incredibly difficult for some of the best fighters of the UFC. (Cage Potato)

Dream is hinting that their October 25 event, DREAM 12, will take place in a cage instead of a ring. (Fightlinker)

As of right now, Gilbert Yvel has not signed with the UFC, and Ricardo Arona has not signed with Strikeforce. (MMA Fanhouse)

"King Mo" Lawal makes his stateside MMA debut next Friday. Here, he talks about his knee injury and getting ready for Mark Kerr. (All Elbows)

Strikeforce is none too pleased with Nick Diaz after he flaked out on a drug test and had to drop off of the Strikeforce card. (Cagewriter)

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