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Midnight Mania! Four Reasons Khabib’s Stand Is Coolest Moment to Date

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Khabib Nurmagomedov once wore a shirt into Brazil that said “If Sambo were easy, it would be called [Brazilian] Jiu Jitsu”, walked out into an arena of people chanting his death, and knocked his Brazilian opponent out cold. The man grew up wrestling bears. He learned to walk on a wrestling mat. While beating down Michael Johnson at UFC 205, he calmly informed Johnson, “I need to fight for the title. You know this. I deserve it” while dropping elbows on Johnson’s face. The Dagestani is a serious guy.

Yet, of all the unbelievable things Khabib has ever done, declaring solidarity with his teammate after he was cut during a brawl Nurmagomedov started in the aftermath of UFC 229 is his best ever, for four big reasons.

Firstly, Nurmagomedov told the UFC if they were going to cut Zubaira Tukhogov, “don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.” That willingness to walk away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes off as completely genuine. Khabib is not kidding. He doesn’t need the American-based promotion. Russia is its’ own market and Khabib is a national star there. The UFC, though, definitely stand to lose if Khabib walks. He just headlined the biggest UFC Pay-Per-View of all time, just under 2.5 million buys, and choked out the biggest draw in MMA history. That puts him in a position of unprecedented leverage.

Secondly, he told the UFC to keep their money. Who scoffs at millions of dollars? Khabib’s entire purse is currently being held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), unlike McGregor’s. “I hope it doesn’t get stuck in your throat” is also a ridiculously cool line. This is the part that really lets us know, Khabib isn’t playing games. If he is leaving that much money on the table, he is truly willing to walk away. That is a terrifying man to sit across a bargaining table from, because it means the UFC have no leverage over him. Nurmagomedov does not care about the money.

Thirdly, this is the first time I can recall where a fighter of Khabib’s stature threw his entire weight behind a teammate in solidarity. That’s not a small thing. Fellow AKA fighter Josh Thomson wondered if this could be a dawning of a new collective consciousness in fighters’ minds. Despite the team format of MMA gyms, most fighters have an extremely individualistic approach to fighting. When Aljamain Sterling tried to get a better deal from the UFC and the company decided they would rather let him go than pay him more, it never occured to Chris Weidman to put his own position in the company at risk to support his gym mate. Project Spearhead, the anonymous card-collecting effort to unionize the UFC, just had another of their most public supporters- Kajan Johnson- leave the promotion. It may be too much to hope that this display galvanizes a collective identity among fighters, but it sets a bold precedent.

Lastly, Khabib set out his case in a way that made sense to people. “We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my brother” is the kind of stirring line that people instantly connect with. From what I can tell in the comments sections, Khabib’s stand is wildly popular with fans. It was Khabib, after all, that started the brawl. Everything flowed from his actions, and from that perspective his ‘brothers’ were just backing him up. It makes sense for Khabib to take all the blame on his shoulders and not let his teammate suffer for something he started. He also pointed out that in his mind, he defended his honor. That “realness” is a quality people have an appetite for. In a world known for it’s bluster and promotion, Khabib doesn’t play.


Insomnia

Artem Lobov doesn’t want Tukhugov cut, he wants to fight the guy.

Daniel Cormier might be reaching a little bit with this one. Lobov didn’t hurt anyone personally. Zub jumped into the cage and punched McGregor.

Breaking news: nothing has happened yet in regard to suspensions.

This story shared by MMA legend Frank Shamrock is so sad. The United States doesn’t do a good job caring for people with mental health issues.

UFC 230 is still a great fight card, especially if you forget the fights that could have been.

Well… this might be one more good thing to come from the incident

Stipe Miocic is miffed Cormier openly took the Lewis fight because he considered it easier on short notice.

Daniel Cormier was not taking prisoners online today

The best of Khabib and DC

Chael Sonnen wants Bellator to re-sign Eddie Alvarez

That’s a very big check for a regional show.

DC defends his stance on Zubaira

Fedor is also very cool, the original Russian GOAT.

Dillon Danis denies using an Islamaphobic slur

Derrick Lewis and DC’s backstage conversation is very funny.

Combat sports this weekend include Derrick Crawford and not one but two Bellator events

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Twitter reacts to Versace-clad Conor McGregor’s ‘date night’ with busty British singer Rita Ora

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor is the most popular fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), and since he’s not competing inside the Octagon, there is nothing else to talk about aside from his Bellator assault social life.

Which appears to be thriving.

While longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin was home taking care of their newborn son, “Notorious” was glamming it up at the British Fashion Awards last Monday night in London, England, because the wealthy Irishman knows a thing or two about fancy threads.

Unfortunately for McGregor, no one was talking about his purple suit, which was two shades from Grimace, because he was too busy cozying up to busty British singer Rita Ora, who bragged about their “date night” on social media.

Then paid for it on Twitter.

“Russian Hammer” to the rescue?

McGregor doesn’t seem to be worried about appearing in public, despite reports that he’s in “very serious danger” from the Irish mob. But I guess “Notorious” has nothing better to do these days, since he’s not in a position to defend his 155-pound strap.

Which begs the question … why does he still have it?

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‘Jacare’ Souza Says He’s Accepted Derek Brunson Fight; Brunson Responds, Disputes Date

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is a pressure fighter by nature, but he knows how to press an issue outside of the cage, as well.
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‘Jacare’ Souza Says He’s Accepted Derek Brunson Fight; Brunson Responds, Disputes Date

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is a pressure fighter by nature, but he knows how to press an issue outside of the cage, as well.
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‘Jacare’ Souza Says He’s Accepted Derek Brunson Fight; Brunson Responds, Disputes Date

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is a pressure fighter by nature, but he knows how to press an issue outside of the cage, as well.
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Video: Watch as Nick Diaz tries to steal Rampage Jackson’s date from under his nose

Nick Diaz and Quinton Jackson got into a small altercation over the weekend — which may or may not be fake news — in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Stockton slugger apparently tried and somewhat succeeded in trying to steal “Rampage’s” date from him.

The clip — which was uploaded by Jackson on his Instagram — sees Diaz walk up and start delivering his best pick up lines on the unsuspecting woman, much to the chagrin of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion of the world.

Of course, it could be simple, playful revenge as Diaz once told a story in which Jackson once stole a girl he was fond of from him inside a Burger King when he was only seventeen years of age. Diaz admitted he wasn’t dating the girl at the time, which gave “Rampage” the path to try his best to get a date with her.

LOL?

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It’s ON! Mayweather VS McGregor Fight Is Official With Date Set!

According to Yahoo and TMZ Sports it’s on – August 26th. Stay tuned for more soon!

 

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It’s ON! Mayweather VS McGregor Fight Is Official With Date Set!

According to Yahoo and TMZ Sports it’s on – August 26th. Stay tuned for more soon!

 

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Midnight Mania! Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight date targeted for Aug. 26

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! We’re back, Maniacs, and there is a lot to catch up on. I was gone for a whole week, so there might be some stuff in here you’ve seen already. Deal with it. Tonight, we’ve reportedly got a date for MayGregor, we’ve got a lot of cool knockouts, podcasts, robot wrestling, kangaroo fights, factoids … you know, the usual bit.


Save The Date!

ESPN.com is reporting that the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight is possible for Aug. 26, 2017, after the original date was hijacked. ESPN references a “source with knowledge” for this information.

Mayweather Promotions plans to request the date from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the much-anticipated boxing match between Mayweather, the former longtime pound-for-pound king and heavy favorite who plans to exit a 23-month retirement for the bout, and UFC superstar Conor McGregor, a source with knowledge of the plan told ESPN on Monday.

ESPN’s article goes on to state that Mayweather Promotions was slated to officially request the date for an unspecified promotion, but it dropped that request, probably because the deal is not yet finalized with Showtime. ESPN’s source also said the bout would most likely take place at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is currently in the application process for his Nevada boxing license, while Mayweather must renew his. Originally, the date they had been eyeing was reportedly Sept. 16, 2017, but that date was taken by Canelo-GGG, who, according to the article, requested a three-week window from the T-Mobile arena around their event so that Mayweather-McGregor wouldn’t eclipse them. The August date is exactly three weeks before September 16. McGregor warned us something big was coming.

The parties involved are determined not to repeat their experience negotiating Mayweather-Pacquiao.

“There are negotiations ongoing, but none of us wants to turn this into the circus that the Mayweather-[Manny] Pacquiao negotiations were, so I think it’s best if we keep all the business discussions private until the deal is done,” Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza told ESPN on Monday night.

Ever since I started writing this column back in November, McGregor-Mayweather rumors have been swirling, and I’ve had to write about them. Now, it finally appears that this dumbass fight has a date and a signed contract. And that’s great, because it means I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t even care that there is a .0001 percent chance it will be competitive in any way. I am just stoked to see a date in sight.


Insomnia

Robot single-leg and slam? Daniel Cormier would be proud.

Kangaroos go hard, and this girl doesn’t have the motivation of freeing her dog.

Oh my …

Dan Kelly’s Wikipedia page tells us so much about him. Brunson should feel bad about first round KOing a guy whose other name is “Dad” … especially this close to Father’s Day.

Speaking of Father’s Day, Chris Weidman winning all the dad points here.

Me as Ultimate warrior and @gpvillante as Hulk Hogan #cjsbirthdayparty

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Cris Cyborg’s regimen is really insane!

Cultural collision between Marc Diakese and Teruto Ishihara.

Whoever runs the UFC Fight Pass account can consider themselves served — don’t play the facts game with Mike Bohn.

Some other facts, specifically about Aldo and his vaunted leg kicks. He hasn’t used them consistently since World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).

More facts! I get to include this since I was gone last week and Max Holloway is awesome.

I am stoked for the “Blessed Era.”

Vitor Belfort getting the star treatment in Brazil — maybe another reason he isn’t retiring.

This was great trash talk from Tito Ortiz in case you missed it. Liddell posted a “Why not?” pic and Tito was quick to respondthen apologize. Bisping is saying that Liddell may sign with Bellator because he’s “pissed off” at losing his cushy UFC job, so maybe this fight is still a possibility.

Why not?

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

How insane was that Max Holloway win over Jose Aldo last weekend? I’m still buzzing over it a week and change later.

Aldo avoided the first two punches, but he wasn’t moving his feet at this point and he paid for it. Aldo has been a frustrating fighter for years to me because he rests in fights a lot, going minutes at a time without throwing anything. Max Holloway didn’t let him do that … and that’s what won him the fight.

Watching someone twitch into unconsciousness via chokehold is cringe-inducing.

Ouch!

Lethwei is the gloveless cousin to Muay Thai, and it’s pretty wild.

He found the “easy” button!

I love a good joint submission.

This was really wild. First, Harut Grigorian looks away, for some unknown reason. Naturally, Murthel Groenhart knocks him out cold … and then gets ferociously assaulted in the ring.

I still don’t know why he just turned away here …

Beatdown!

Multiple opponents in MMA is always a bad idea.

The Swiffer … I get it!

Man, that wasn’t what I expected when this clip began, but that’s why they say MMA is chaos.

This was from last week, but there is something so classic about the head shake to immediate flattening … especially when that flattening comes courtesy of a perfectly placed head kick.

How beautiful.

I’ve seen this before, but it’s a backfist with aspirational appeal. I, too, want to land this in a street fight.

Mark Hunt dug into his bag of experience to defeat the Black Beast at the weekend. He’s come a long way since this fight.


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

MMA Mania’s own post-fight show and Fight Nerds podcast (subscribe to our channel here)

The Severe MMA podcast, which is probably garbage because I didn’t submit any questions this week (vacation and all)

The Co-Main Event podcast is off this week. Please go spam them and complain about that on Twitter.

The Naked Truth podcast interviewed Brandon Gibson, the legendary Jackson-Winklejohn striking coach

The Naked Gambler also had an unparalleled meltdown after UFC 212, which anyone who loved Aldo will relate to.


Good Reads


Random Land

Anyone watch the NBA? Golden State Warriors got their championship this time around.


Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Dana White on Mayweather-McGregor Negotiations: We Just Lost Our Date to ‘Canelo’ and ‘GGG’

Surprise, surprise: there’s now another hurdle standing in the way of a proposed Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor showdown.
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