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Midnight Mania! Throwback Thursday: Weidman Wishes Anderson Happy Valentines Day

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Okay, I can’t say for sure whether Weidman’s enthusiastic holiday greeting is for Anderson specifically, or whether he, in his effusive show of love, meant it for all.

Okkkkk… Been tagged in this picture enough today and it’s time I just post it myself. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

In less romantic news, Weidman has lately been criticizing Israel Adesanya’s win over Anderson, claiming Israel is ‘just a tad bit overrated’, then doubling down and claiming there is no way Adesanya beats him.

Weidman is 1-4 in his last five, coming off a KO loss to “Jacare” Souza. His most recent win came against Kelvin Gastelum. Adesanya is undefeated, having won his first five bouts in the UFC in a year’s time, and says he is willing to wait for his title shot after beating Anderson Silva in a Mortal Kombat-esque affair.


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Has Francis Ngannou improved his cardio since the Stipe fight?

Paul Felder being a cool dad

TJ Dillashaw wants to prove Cejudo’s win over him wasn’t a fluke… I mean… wait…

Whoever runs the UFC’s Twitter account deserves a medal and a raise

Dominick Cruz will apparently teach you his weird-ass footwork for money

Robert Whittaker calling Kelvin Gastelum ‘adorable’ is a great quote from the champion

Bellator is doing the superfight thing too, with Michael Chandler vs. Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull. That should be a good one, as Patricio has his brother to avenge.

Conor McGregor wishes a happy Valentines day to his ride-or-die, Dee Devlin.

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Happy Valentine’s Day my Queen ❤️

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Kamaru Usman really did this to Demian Maia.

Dennis Bermudez just went for it and the ringside commentator paid the price

Zabit Magomedsharipov’s kung fu background explored!

Always a step ahead

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Stack …wha…Triangle

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Japanese kickboxer Takeru hitting pads

Weird nature Joe Rogan might be my favorite Joe Rogan

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks

Octopus are also nature’s stealth fighters

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Midnight Mania! Happy New Year, Maniacs

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Welcome to Midnight Mania, and Happy New Year!


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It is somehow fitting for 2018 to close with amazing events that were headlined with two of the most morally questionable people in combat sports getting dominant wins

Like Amanda Nunes, flyweight great Kyoji Horiguchi pulled off a remarkable superfight win against Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell.

Like Cris Cyborg, Caldwell took the loss incredibly well, like a true champion.

Just like UFC 232, RIZIN 14 had a series of weird, remarkable finishes

(inserts random video-game-esque knockout from another promotion)

I was sad to see Justin Scoggins lose to this highly unusual submission

Japanese MMA is just the best.

Coming back to weird triangle-ish submissions:

Daniel Cormier doesn’t think Jon Jones should come to the wrestling meet.

Ben Askren doesn’t, either, only he said it without DC’s grace

In case you wondered what 215-lb. Alexander Volkanovski looked like, here are photos of him during his League days:

Another look at Nunes flatlining Cris Cyborg:

Like I said, Cyborg took in incredibly well, a true role model in defeat.

This is wild

I have to say, Amanda Nunes is growing on me. She’s just a likable person.

Tyron Woodley’s win over Robbie Lawler felt very similar to Nunes’ win over Cyborg, the faster fighter landing first-round rockets on a champion with a notable advantage in the later rounds.

Speaking of Woodley, Covington won this poll running away, but apparently the UFC has Usman up next:

Forrest Griffin is giving up 14% of his manliness for this kitten, apparently.

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Cute Cats make you 14% less manly

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I got some ideas on this

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Who’s next, still hungry.

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Let’s not forget the situation surrounding Jones’ licensing didn’t magically go away with his win. This could have repercussions in 2019.

If you are travelling home over the holidays, don’t forget this valuable advice:

I really want to pet a cheetah in my lifetime. They are the best Big Cat there is.

Chad Mendes has reportedly called it a career. Better to retire early than late. Mendes had three cracks at UFC gold, including 2014’s fight of the year against Jose Aldo, and came close twice. He apparently has a thriving trail guide business, which is always a good indication a fighter will really be able to walk away, and hopefully he was able to stash that half a million from the McGregor fight into a nice nest egg.

All hail his successor as featherweight prince, Alexander the Great:

This makes no sense. How is Lineker on the prelims?

This seems unlikely to ever happen.

Speaking of things that made me laugh with how little sense they made, here’s Dillon Danis:

Mike Beltran just became way more likeable. Poor Gustafsson.

Gabi Garcia is a scary human.

Dominick Cruz calling fights where his current or former teammates are in the main event seems like a weird practice.

Brian Ortega with Halle Berry at the fights

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Megan Anderson put her toe in Cat Zingano’s eye


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Don’t watch this if you like iguanas.

This is how that always goes:

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Colby Covington Would Be Happy To Welcome Conor McGregor Back To Welterweight

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight challenger Colby Covington believes that sometime in the future Irish mega star Conor McGregor will return to the welterweight division and “Chaos” will be ready to greet him when he does.
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Colby Covington Would Be Happy To Welcome Conor McGregor Back To Welterweight

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight challenger Colby Covington believes that sometime in the future Irish mega star Conor McGregor will return to the welterweight division and “Chaos” will be ready to greet him when he does.
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Midnight Mania! Macdonald Happy Away From UFC’s ‘Fake’ 170-lb. Division

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Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald is preparing for his superfight with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, tomorrow night at arguably Bellator’s best-ever event on paper, Bellator 206. The event also features Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson 4, uber-prospect Aaron Pico, and an exciting fight in Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima, as well as Muay Thai spinning elbow master Gaston Bolanos.

Macdonald, aside from being on the wrong end of the greatest welterweight title fight of all time against Robbie Lawler, famously defeated current UFC champion Tyron Woodley by a wide margin back in 2014. He was asked if he still pays attention to the state of the UFC’s 170-lb. division. He does, and doesn’t seem sorry to have left it behind him.

I see what’s going on; Tyron’s doing very well. Seems very dramatic, from what I can tell, so I’m happy to not be a part of that. I’m happy that I’m fighting great competition over here, getting great opportunities. That’s it. Just enjoying my sport.

When asked what he meant about ‘drama’, Rory clarified that he meant all the trash talk between fighters.

I find that stuff just annoying, and fake, not what martial arts is about. I’m happy to be here, where I feel like mixed martial arts can be represented in a more old-fashioned way.

Rory is very open to the idea of facing Woodley again, and he thinks it would be a more difficult fight the second time around.

Sure, I think it would be a competitive fight. I think it would be more competitive than our last fight. I think Tyron had expressed he wasn’t at his best for that fight, and who knows, but when you are fighting the top five guys in the world, anything can happen. I would love to have that fight again, being that we are both champions of our weight divisions in different promotions. You never know what the future holds.

Gegard Mousasi, like Rory Macdonald at welterweight, could very well be the best fighter in the world at middleweight, having exited the UFC on a five-fight win streak that has since extended to seven in Bellator. Being in a promotion that runs a distant second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of size, market share and density of top talent means proving one is the very best can be a difficult task. Rory thinks his fight with Mousasi this weekend will bolster his claim, though he doesn’t worry too much about it at the end of the day.

Sure! This fight this weekend, it could be better for me in that argument. If I go up and I win a middleweight title, it improves my standing in that argument in people’s opinion. I’m not worried about it. It’s just people’s opinion. I’m going out, challenging myself and enjoying it.


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Leslie Smith confirms that the NLRB never reviewed the employee claims of UFC fighters, and will be appearing on an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Your random fact for the day: Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz have 59 fights between them without pulling out of a single one.

I had to laugh at how perfectly this fit- credit to Derrick Lewis for finding a good one.

Tobin’s weightlifting buddy was making some petulant expressions at his hearing, and they have entered MMA memeography

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Aldo vs Faber in the WEC

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Jon Jones wrote some savage words to Daniel Cormier and the two-weight champion threw it right back at him.

Khabib does have to stand up with McGregor… for at least a fraction of a second.

Find someone who won’t rip your yoga mat out from under you in a fit of rage, ideally.

Yeah, this was hilarious. Wait for Sage Northcutt

Nick Newell is stepping up his social media game

If I know Maniacs, this is worth your click.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Oh MAN. This is one of those all-time classics, straight out of a movie

Speaking of classics, anyone remember this one?

Fantastic combination, the knee into the same-side punch is a classic, but turning the knee into a jump knee? Next level.

The rhythm on this

Brutal body kick

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Luke Rockhold Happy to Fight Weidman at UFC 230 But Needs ‘The Right Contract’

It has been reported for a number of weeks now that a matchup between former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman was in the works for UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden, New York although nothing has been made official yet.
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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor ‘truly happy to see the joy’ in Jose Aldo’s win

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Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo spent a lot of time together on promotional duties, including an entire world tour, ahead of two scheduled fights, and then just an infamous 13 seconds together in the Octagon, with McGregor handing Aldo his first defeat in 18 fights over 9 years. Despite the pre-fight animosity McGregor calculatingly built in that time, he was genuinely happy to see his old rival win last weekend against Jeremy Stephens. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“I was so happy for him,” McGregor said. “Honestly, truly happy to see the joy he had after it. It’s a crazy business, and I know he’s gone through a lot of stuff. So to see him come back with that great finish, I was very happy for him and his coach, Andre Pederneiras. The whole of Ireland was happy for Jose Aldo that night.”

You can see the whole video, including his timetable for return, here.


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Fitting that Cody Garbrandt’s hot-mic moment is just annoyance at the press.

This is a weird UFC sponsor but it makes sense.

Deep Thoughts From Tony Ferguson Here

Tony Ferguson Hitting A Bag So Hard It Breaks:

“Monday Vibes” SnapJitsu™️ #snapintuit 10P4L -Big Bear, Ca

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Darren Till is not about to share the stage with Colby Covington

Flawless victory

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Urijah Faber is probably the best actor in this picture and he’s not even in it.

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Glorious, glorious slow-motion

Joe Rogan posts some cool videos sometimes


Quick Hits and Good Reads

  • Cody Garbrandt is 100% right that UFC fighters are extremely underpaid relative to other, non-combat sport athletes. Best estimates put their share of the gross revenue at 17%, compared to 30-50% for mainstream sports. While there is no moral case for WME-IMG to make hundreds of millions while paying their athletes barely a living wage to get long-term brain damage, that’s also just the state of modern capitalism. The best hope in the current world for this to improve even a little bit would be collective bargaining for the fighters- hopefully Garbrandt signed his Project Spearhead card.
  • Khabib’s manager maybe isn’t doing the sharpest negotiation here

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Well this is horrifying if you live in New York

Beavers are among my favorite animals

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Midnight Mania! Stipe Miocic Finally ‘100% Happy’ with UFC 226 Paycheck

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Stipe Miocic has the most credible case of anyone as the best UFC heavyweight of all time, yet the man remains his quiet, unassuming, underrated self.

It’s the underrated part that has gotten just a little bit under his cold-bitten Cleveland skin in the past, particularly in how that under-rating was reflected in his paychecks. He was out-earned by Alastair Overeem defending the belt in his hometown- a fight he won by first-round TKO, shutting off Overeem’s motherboard with terrifying ground strikes. His next fight, after not getting the pay raise he wanted, he was also the underhyped, the focus being on fearsome Cameroonian man-mountain Francis Ngannou. Ngannou had Stipe by twenty pounds or so, but Stipe had him by twenty minutes of cardio, pushing through his own exhaustion to grind the African into inert survival on the mat. He did all this while holding down his day job as a fireman and EMT, and starting a family to boot.

Now, Stipe is finally getting the recognition he never craved, but knew he deserved. He just coached opposite 205-lb. champ Daniel Cormier on The Ultimate Fighter, and is featured in a Modelo ad highlighting his working-class roots. Thrust into the limelight of a superfight with the light heavyweight champion, on the most packed card of the year, Miocic is content with the state of relations between himself and his promoter. Via MMAFighting.com:

“Dana and I, we talked that stuff out and it worked out great,” Miocic told reporters Monday. When asked if the Cormier fight represents the biggest payday of his career, he added “100 percent.”

Miocic blames the sale and subsequent ownership transition of the company for past slights, saying in his hoarse but happy growl that he basically got neglected in the shuffle.

“A lot has changed,” Miocic said. “I think it had a lot to do with the change in the company too, they were stuck in their transition. I’m just, I was stuck when they sold the company, they were looking for what’s good for them, but I understand that. They spent a lot of money, they spent four billion dollars it’s not like ‘ahh, sure guys.’ it’s a little bit different than that. They made it right and it was all good.”

UFC 226 is this Saturday. Don’t miss it.


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Sometimes Joe Rogan has a good take, and his Suga Sean O’Malley shirt is very cool.

Cody Stamman vs. Aljamain Sterling is a fine fight

Congratulations to Bellator’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane on her title defense last weekend

Mike Chandler training for strength and power

Real life application to martial arts technique here. Gritty stuff.

Nailed it.

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Big boys throwing down

Vicious loop choke

Congratulations to everyone (even Joben) who sponsored MMA Mania’s own pro fighter, Alpha Male’s Andrew Richardson.


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Perfect shot

Perfectly timed photo! Photo by @chefpaulrifkin #Destination_wild

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This challenge has been going around lately. Pups beware

Not everyone is up to the challenge

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‘Semtex’ Unhappy With Bellator, But Very Happy To Punch Fitch In The Face

Bellator 199: “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place this Saturday night (May 12, 2018) at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., featuring an exciting Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament match in the main event of the evening as 205-pound kingpin, Ryan Bader (24-5), takes on Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final first round bracket bout.

Meanwhile, you can also look forward to a big match in the Bellator MMA debut of Jon Fitch (30-7-1, 1 NC) against the very hard-hitting Paul Daley (40-15-2). Daley earned the nickname “Semtex” after a form of highly compact and powerful explosive, which suits the 5’9” fighter with 30 mixed martial arts (MMA) wins by knockout (and 14 in kickboxing) very well.

Fitch had a reputation in UFC, though, for “making good fighters look bad.” He’s a relentless grinding wrestler with some power in his hands (five knockouts) and a decent Brazilian jiu-jitsu game (six submissions) whose single biggest asset is that he will never ever quit in a fight (19 decisions).

MMAmania.com recently spoke with “Semtex” about facing Fitch in San Jose — a fight he campaigned for and which he’s happy to take — even if Fitch may be a local favorite thanks to American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).

“I’m happy to be fighting. It could have been anybody really, but I’m just happy to be fighting. I’ve always performed well in San Jose. I know it’s his hometown, but I like to think that people know when they come to see me fight that there’s gonna be some kind of entertainment and they’re gonna get their money’s worth. And that’s what I’m looking forward to — I’m just looking forward to going out there and fighting, finally.”

That “finally” is the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg. Daley has been unhappy in Bellator for a while and wasn’t shy about addressing it with the media before the Fitch fight.

“I feel like I should have been put out (to fight) a lot sooner than that, they obviously thought different, whether it’s the fact that I’ve got two fights left or what. What I don’t get is … I speak to people at Bellator and I don’t feel like I’m valued. Well, if I’m not valued why are you holding me for these cards? Why don’t you just put me out? Put me in your Pechanga Casinos, put me in your smaller shows, just get rid of me. They say one thing and they’re doing another.”

If I can speak directly to the readers for a moment, it’s a little awkward to have a fighter dogging a promotion on a call it arranged to promote an upcoming event. It wasn’t going to get easier.

“So either value me and treat me like you value me or you just put me out and let me run my contract and go somewhere else. That’s just how I feel. This is why I’m happy to be fighting because promises have been made and promises haven’t been kept. Bellator is saying this shit is like because I didn’t accept the MVP fight. Well, I’ve made it clear, I’m not going to beat Lorenz Larkin, who’s beat a former UFC Welterweight champion, who was ranked in the Top 10 when he left UFC, and go and fight MVP who hasn’t fought anybody and in his last performance looked horrendous against Fernando Gonzalez, a guy that I beat with one hand! Like, no, I don’t want that fight, give me a big name.”

Just to connect all the dots together here, Daley is referencing Larkin’s fight with Robbie Lawler and his kickboxing match with Gonzalez, so by his “MMA math” he’s bypassed a Michael “Venom” Page fight.

“Jon Fitch, um, the match up isn’t great for me as far as wrestlers versus strikers in my history book. Thankfully, Scott Coker listened to me and gave me someone that I’m worthy of fighting coming on the back of a win like Lorenz Larkin, and that’s that. As you can hear I’m not happy with the promotion, I don’t even want to be doing these hour-long interviews that I have to, not because I don’t like doing media, but because these guys treat me like I’m not valued.”

At this point, the dark clouds looming overhead threatened to rain on Fitch vs. Daley entirely, but thankfully “Semtex” brought it back into perspective by praising his opponent ahead of the fight.

“This is a great fight. Like I said, this is the kind of fight that I feel makes sense coming off the Larkin fight. He was a champion of another promotion and in that run as champion he beat some other fantastic guys. This is a good fight, this is the type of fight that I’m happy to be having. Do I wish it would have came sooner? Yes. I think Fitch — despite him being a little older than he was in his prime — he’s still a world class operator. So I’m happy that a fight like this has been put together.”

Bad weather nearly ruined Fitch’s last fight, and coincidentally, Fitch wasn’t happy in his promotion, either. He’s coming to Bellator looking for sunnier days, while Daley may be trying to make a statement on his way out of the sport altogether.

“My mind’s right for this fight so, I think that’s the key to this fight, my mind’s right. I know what I have to do, I’m relaxed, and yeah I’m ready to perform. I’m not too concerned about the titles no more. I just want to fight. I’m 12 months left in this sport, and I just want to fight big fights, fights that my fans will love. That’s why I’m still here and that’s why I keep heading up these cards in America, because people like to see me fight, so who cares who it is? Just bring me bodies.”

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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Israel Adesanya Not Happy with Split-Decision Triumph Over Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29

Israel Adesanya generated a fair amount of hype with a technical knockout win over Rob Wilkinson in his Octagon debut in February, but his sophomore outing showed he is still very much a work in progress.
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