- LubbockOnline.com has an interview with Zack Ryder, who was promoting this Saturday's RAW live event in Lubbock, TX. During the interview, Ryder revealed what he felt that he needed to get to the next level.

"I need a new approach," said Ryder. "Actually, all I need is one more big win, over a big name opponent. That's the opportunity I'm looking for."

You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

- TheStarPhoenix.com has an interview with UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, who faces Anderson Silva this Saturday night at UFC 148 in the biggest UFC fight of the year. During the interview, Sonnen spoke about training with Steve Austin for 30 days and was asked who he felt cut a better promo: The Rock or Austin.

"'Stone Cold' is the man because he's unscripted," said Sonnen. "He's just being himself. He finally said to the hell with gimmicks and he started being himself. That was absolutely refreshing. It's the same thing I've done. No more of these scripted, pocketed statements ... It's real. Somebody asks me a question, I answer the question. If it's a pleasant answer, fine. If it's not a pleasant answer, even finer."

You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

- Speaking of Silva vs. Sonnen, FightLine.com has an article about UFC President Dana White talking about how this fight almost didn't happen, you can check it out at this link. Things got heated between Silva and Sonnen at the UFC 148 pre-fight press conference earlier this week, you can check out their staredown below:

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