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Midnight Mania! UFC Heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, gets humbled at firehouse – ‘Good job! Now go clean a toilet’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Stipe getting humbled and also choosing to embrace rompers, Conor with high white socks and too many belts, Joe Rogan avoiding temptation, Nick Diaz not, Yoel Romero shouting incomprehensibly, sumo, and much more


Fire Fighter

Stipe Miocic may have tied the record for UFC Heavyweight wins with his stunning knockout win over Junior Dos Santos, and even cracked the top five P4P list, but he doesn’t have any trouble staying grounded. Not only does he have a complete disregard for celebrity, but the folks in his life won’t let his success go to his head. He shared as much in an interview on the Jim Rome show:

“I have good people around me. My wife is amazing, my family, my friends, my teammates, my co-workers at the fire station, they keep me grounded, and I love where I’m at and the people that support me,” Miocic said.

In fact, he says his fellow fire fighters do not care about his fame as a cage fighting world champion.

“I usually walk in, they say congratulations, and they’ll hand me a scrubber and say get to the toilets or something like that. They really don’t care,” Miocic laughed.

Even though he’s the world heavyweight champion, Stipe says he would never think of quitting his day job. He’s blue collar to the core, and loves helping people.

“I love what I do. My whole life I’ve been helping people, and I’ve been helped so I can give back,” Miocic said. “And plus I worked so hard to get there, to become a firefighter, going to school and paramedic and all that good stuff, and make my mom proud, show my mom that she raised a son that works hard.”

That doesn’t mean, though, that Stipe can’t appreciate the latest and worst fashion trends.


Insomnia

There are too many belts in this picture. One of them must be the fake belt he bought to annoy Jose Aldo on their world tour.

This impressionist is incredible

The odds for MayGregor have shifted slightly in Conor’s favor… but the Grand Canyon is still smaller.

Don’t forget Rory Macdonald’s welterweight debut in Bellator is tomorrow night.

Absolutely no idea what Yoel Romero is saying here but maybe he should lay off the pre workouts

Joe Rogan being honest

Meisha thought this was funny

Alright, Nick. This is definitely NSFW.

I’ve heard enough about men’s rompers at this point.


Slips, Rips, and SUMO CLIPS!!!

Remember that brawl in the park, with Erdogan’s goons beating down protesters? Looks like he ordered that to happen personally.

15 years to the day since this amazing brawl happened.

Good point

SUMO IS BACK ONCE MORE


Good Reads

  • Shots Fired: Jose Aldo says that fans are coming to see him, and wouldn’t return tickets because Anderson Silva’s not fighting at UFC 212. Except… they did already.
  • Connor Ruebusch explained how Joanna Jedrzejczyk defused Jessica Andrade so effectively
  • Dillashaw is open to dropping down to fight Demetrius Johnson at UFC 214 if Garbrandt can’t make their fight

Stay woke, Maniacs!

Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality to argue about why Donald Trump isn’t saying anything to Erdogan about the beatdowns of Americans on American soil.

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GLORY 16: Zack Mwekassa ‘humbled’ by victory over Pat Barry says ‘it was worth all the pain’

“The Black Warrior” spoke to MMAmania.com at the GLORY 16 post-fight press conference after his vicious knockout victory over Pat Barry this past Saturday night (May 3, 2014) at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Mwekassa opened up about the big win, utilizing his boxing, and how he’s “come a long way.”

It was supposed to be Pat Barry’s coming out party at GLORY 16, and the hometown crowd was roaring at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, for the former UFC heavyweight’s glorious return to kickboxing on Saturday night (May 3, 2014). However, a little-known professional boxer by way of The Democratic Republic of Congo decided to crash it, and throw a party of his own.

See full GLORY 16 results here.

“The Black Warrior” landed a vicious left uppercut that rendered “Hype of Die” unconscious in the first round for the knockout victory. Referee Tom Johnson waved the fight off as soon as Barry hit the deck at the 2:30 mark. Google searchers were probably working fast and furious to find out information on Mwekassa as Barry was still down on the canvas and being attended to several minutes after the fight’s conclusion.

See the GIF here.

Landing a highlight-reel knockout over Barry on Spike TV was about as good of an introduction to the American combat sports audience as possible for Mwekassa, who trained as a kickboxer prior to his successful boxing career. The Congolese fighter’s journey is a powerful one (story here) and winning in his debut left him overwrought with emotion afterward.

Prior to the night’s post-fight press conference, Mwekassa was the first fighter up on the dais, sitting with his head in his hands and looking down. As much as it is a sad moment for Barry’s loss, it is a great one for the South African, who overcame living in a war-torn country among many other obstacles in his path.

Now 1-0 as a professional kickboxer, Mwekessa reflected on the moment when the media session got underway.

“I mean it’s great,” he told MMAmania.com. “I know that a lot of people couldn’t even dream of this. Pat Barry is a good man that has made a big name for himself in mixed martial arts and kickboxing.”

“Who is this guy from nowhere?” he said about himself. ” I’ve worked very hard and it feels great. If feels really rewarding. Everything I’ve done, everything I’ve put into this. All the effort, all training, all the hours, all the worries. It’s satisfying. It really feels like it’s worth it. It’s worth all the pain.”

Speaking on pain, the lone time Mwekassa was in trouble was after he got clipped by a Barry high kick early in the round, before managing to recover from that and a flurry that followed after, by knocking his opponent back with a strong counter punch.

The former WBF Intercontinental cruiserweight champion admitted he was a bit hazy on the details.

“I can’t really remember everything,” he said, prompting the room to laugh. “What I remember is he caught me with a high kick and that stunned me a little bit, but I think my experience in boxing played in my favor, because as I was in that position — with his hands — I don’t think he knew exactly what could have been done, so I think I took advantage of that.”

Mwekassa said he was “ready for war” and his boxing “was the foundation,” for the victory. His punches were accurate and he showcased his power several times aside from the finishing uppercut. The emotional fighter dedicated the victory to the late Mike Bernardo, who was one of his training partners under Steve Kalacoda in South Africa early in his career when he was learning the sport he has just returned to. He called him a “male figure he looked up to.”

Mwekassa was seeking to turn pro as a kickboxer at Steve’s Gym, but “lack of opportunity” led him to professional boxing. After this victory, it would appear that he will have plenty more of them.

GLORY head of talent operations, Cor Hemmers, is already working on it saying, “It was a good debut for him and we already have some names in mind for his next opponent.”

From being a relative unknown boxer to winning by knockout on Spike TV over Pat Barry in his GLORY debut, has been a “humbling experience,” Mwekassa told reporters.

“I’ve come a long way,” he said. “I’ve worked very hard and it feels great. If feels really rewarding. Everything I’ve done, everything I’ve put into this. All the effort, all training, all the hours, all the worries. It’s satisfying. It really feels like it’s worth it. It’s worth all the pain.”

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Jon Jones taking MMA more seriously after Alexander Gustafsson humbled him at UFC 165

Not exactly what the rest of the light heavyweight division wants to hear.

Jon Jones, for the most part, has blitzed through the light heavyweight division, defeating former world champions Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans with relative ease.

But on Sept. 21, 2013, “Bones” ran into the toughest test of his dominant title run when he met Alexander Gustafsson in the center of the cage at UFC 165 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

After five grueling, back-and-forth rounds, Jones earned the unanimous decision victory — one which many disagreed with — to retain his 205-pound title. Though he proved to be the victor, the “Fight of the Year” battle against “The Mauler” humbled the champ.

Something that isn’t necessarily a good thing for his future opponents. In fact, it could be a downright “scary” thing for them. “Bones” broke it down to “Lavar and Duke’s” 106.7 radio show (via MMA Fighting):

“My last fight I had a really tough fight. I just won by decision. I just squeaked out a victory. I’ve been humbled. It’s an empowering thing. It’s a scary thing for [my opponents]. Now I’m taking my job more seriously than ever.”

Jones is booked to face Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Should he walk out the winner and Gustafsson do the same against Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 on March 8, 2014, a rematch between the towering light feavyweights is expected for later this year.

While Jones isn’t one to overlook his foes, he does anticipate an eventual showdown against Daniel Cormier, as well. And though the two have a bitter rivalry, “Bones” says he doesn’t necessarily like “DC,” but he does respect him.

“I really don’t like [Cormier] too much, but right now he’s coming across as being good for the sport. He’s a really articulate guy. He’s doing a lot of broadcasting and commentary. He’s a winner and an Olympian. So even though I don’t like him, I do respect what he’s doing for our sport.”

With an impressive resume already in place, one which includes a record six title defenses in the 205-pound division, Jones — at the age of 26 — is already building quite a legacy for himself in mixed martial arts (MMA).

And as he looks ahead to his next potential opponents, can he extend his title defenses to nine — and beyond — now that he’s more focused than ever?

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Morning Report: Jon Jones says he’s been humbled by Alexander Gustafsson, respects Daniel Cormier but doesn’t like him

Visiting the Nation’s Capital alongside his UFC 172 opponent Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is still looking back to his September bout with Alexander Gustafsson. Speaking with 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jones says his last outing with Gustafsson has given him new resolve as a champion.

“My last fight I had a really tough fight. I just won by decision. I just squeaked out a victory. I’ve been humbled. It’s an empowering thing. It’s a scary thing for [my opponents]. Now I’m taking my job more seriously than ever.”

With claims by some fans that he’s already looking down the road at future opponents, Jones says it’s all just part of the game.

“It’s kind of a no-brainer. Anybody who pays attention to the sport knows who’s coming, you know who’s deserving. You’ve got to give Alexander Gustafsson the No. 1 contender spot behind Glover Teixeira. Then with the way Daniel Cormier has been performing, he’s top three at the heavyweight division. Lets see how he competes at the light heavyweight division but with the tear he’s been on, if he can continue that, it’s unquestioned that he deserves a shot, as well.

“I really don’t like [Cormier] too much, but right now he’s coming across as being good for the sport. He’s a really articulate guy. He’s doing a lot of broadcasting and commentary. He’s a winner and an Olympian. So even though I don’t like him, I do respect what he’s doing for our sport.”

Back to the matter of Teixeira, Jones doesn’t look to be buying into the Brazilian’s knockout hype.

“I won’t have to gameplan for it. I’ll just have to be aware of it and respect it. In Glover’s last fight, you saw that. He was getting beat up. He had his back against the wall. He was covering up his face, kind of in the fetal or turtle position. He peeked up, saw that he had an opening, swung and got a knockout, which was extremely impressive. So yea, Glover is someone I’m going to have to respect tremendously. He has knockout power in both his right hand and left hand. It’s just going to be a really entertaining fight to watch.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Rumble returns. After going 6-0 outside of the UFC, Anthony Johnson returns to face Phil Davis at UFC 172.

A rising Overeem lifts all ships. Chuck Mindenhall explains why a dominant Alistair Overeem means more eyeballs on the sport.

Signal to noise. Luke Thomas gives us his best and worst of UFC 169.

Brain study. Legislators and promoters have teamed up to study brain trauma in combat sports.

Fight pass. The UFC has started taking steps to improve security for the digital service.

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MEDIA STEW

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A look at Forrest Griffin’s time in TUF 1.

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Jose Aldo and Renan Barao hanging out a few hours before their fights at UFC 169.

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Cris Cyborg says she’s walking around at 165lbs.

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Jones runs into Georges St-Pierre.

Then a followup of Jones asking TMZ why they tried to create controversy over nothing.

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Teixeira talks Jones.

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Bless you, Korean UFC Fight Night 36 promo.

(via r/MMA)

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Long watches.

Daniel Cormier on Steve Austin’s podcast. (Skip ahead to 12:00 to get to DC)

Senators Reid and McCain Join Boxing, MMA Executives to Support Professional Fighters Study (Skip to about 1:00:00 to get to Lorenzo and the fighters)

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Feb. 4 2014)

Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC 172

Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold at UFC 172

Diego Brandao vs. Will Chope booked for UFC Fight Night 38

cancelled Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov at UFC 170

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FOX 11

Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 11

Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares at UFC on FOX 11

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via forty two.

Guys fighting…or how fight teams might change the seemingly endless sea of UFC events.

Thirty something days into the year and with 4 events in the books the UFC are on track to reach the 50+ events they announced for 2014. After yet another night of ‘guys fighting’, it is clear that the UFC is not firing on all cylinders when it comes to marketing their fighters or their events. The fight promotion has effectively become a fight planning company. With at least a 1000 fighters entering the cage in 2014, even for hardcore fans it gets difficult to keep track of everything that is happening in and outside the cage.

One way to bring a more cohesive structure to the extensive roster of fighters and events is to introduce the idea of fight teams. This is by no means a new idea, but developing it further might help solve some of the more obvious problems that are present in the current MMA eco-system.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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