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Midnight Mania! Incompetent referee allows unconscious fighter to stay in chokehold for 90 seconds

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I cover this sport nearly every day, and I see plenty that make me wince or cringe — a particularly gruesome knockout, limbs snapping, late stoppages — but this may be the hardest thing to watch I’ve seen yet.

The event was Demolidor Fight MMA 13, and the fight was the main event, Melziquiel Conceição (Melk) vs Rafael Barbosa. Melk was the man unconscious as Barbosa held the choke while the referee looked placidly on as a man nearly died in front of his eyes. The commission proceeded to blame the promotion, and the promotion blame the commission, for hiring the referee.

The fighter, who was taken to the hospital, was reportedly okay afterwards, though he said he couldn’t seem to breathe correctly.

Big John also weighed in, and had a similar reaction.

Every referee makes gaffes- John McCarthy himself was infamously kicked by Roy Nelson after a late stoppage of his opponent- but this one was utterly beyond the pale.

Hopefully that referee will never ever oversee two men in combat ever again. He deserves to be decked for that gross negligence, like this referee was.


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Ali Abelaziz is one of the most successful MMA managers today. He’s also full of it.

Tony Ferguson rejects the “weird” label

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still got jokes.

This was the very obvious response to Dana White, who has been saying a lot of stuff lately.

Dana White is just making things up, of course, but this is still egregious.

Mike Perry living his best life

The fight odds for Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick have Gaethje as the underdog, and though I’m rooting for Gaethje, I have to agree. This is another tough matchup for him.

MMA fighter TJ Laramie says this video is of him catching his girlfriend cheating on him.

Slick bit of grappling

I’ve never seen this effortless takedown before.

There is some genuinely awful self-defense advice out there.

Actor Chris Pratt, of Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers 3, Magnificent Seven and of course, Parks and Rec fame, has MMA nightmares and spent Sunday working them out on the pads.

Amazing back kick by Alexey Efremov, took the wind right out of him.

Daniel Cormier has a clean USADA testing schedule, but we all remember towelgate, and Joe Rogan says extreme weight cutting is more effective cheating than steroids.

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How I think I look while training:

How I actually look:

I like this sketch art of Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz. With Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa sadly off UFC 230, this fight takes on more importance to the big NYC card.

Sometimes the best insults don’t use words. Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman 2 means UFC 230 is still middleweight mayhem in the making.

In case you missed this insane Cowboy Cerrone story: the man almost died in an underwater cave. A lot of people have died on cave dives, so he’s not exaggerating the danger.

Look at this body hook.

McGregor has never been particularly adept at defending his big noggin using his gloves (it’s harder to do well with small gloves anyway), so fighting hands low has always made the most sense for him.

Fuck hands up.

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Goats don’t care. Goats live free and die hard.

This guy had some life. I love learning about people that history has largely forgotten.

While I’m on my history kick: they thought man-made climate change might turn out to be a problem in 1912.

Road Runner stuff right here.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Teammate Taunts Opponent, Eats Side Kick to Face

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This was a truly glorious knockout rendered more glorious by what transpired before. Conor McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher got in Ricky Bandejas face at Bellator 204, trying to intimidate him.

It didn’t work out for him.

The man has become a meme, and not in the good way.

Sweet chin music

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That’s just how the sport goes. Bandejas is now 11-1 at bantamweight and someone to keep an eye on. Check out the full Bellator 204 recap with GIFs!


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Pankration, the original MMA, fought naked and sometimes to the death.

This guy, Bud Jeffries, and Tony Ferguson might get along

Great drawing but I can’t decide if it looks like Darren Till or not.

What Canadian maple syrup nonsense was happening at this old Kajan Johnson weigh-in faceoff?? Steve Claveau looks like he came straight from a cabin in the wilderness for this fight.

Sorry man, Palhares will not be outmuscled.

l This isn’t even his final form…

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Mike Perry has big ambitions

A mans gotta have goals @platinummikeperry

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Justin Gaethje is training at altitude with featherweight prospect Cory Sandhagen for his upcoming main event with James Vick.

Ido Portal, Conor McGregor’s erstwhile movement coach, on his new sleeping style.

That would get some attention.

Bantamweight prospect Petr Yan is getting his second UFC fight after a first round KO in his first.

All gloves should be banned from competition, it’s the repeat head trauma that’s the problem.

Oooh this is nasty. The classic “duck into a knee” Aljamain Sterling style KO (sorry Aljo)


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This kind of skill will always amaze me.

The goose is loose

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Midnight Mania! Scott Coker on Rory Macdonald: ‘This Guy Is Nuts’

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Scott Coker knew Rory Macdonald’s reputation when he brought the current Bellator welterweight champion over from the UFC, but when Rory fully lived up to the eager disregard for pain he had shown in his UFC career, Coker was still a little shook. He spoke to Rory after the Canadian had won the title in a fight with Douglas Lima that Macdonald himself described as the toughest bout of his career. Via MMAFighting.com:

“Two weeks later, he calls me and he’s like, ‘I’m ready to schedule a fight,’” Coker said. “I said, ‘Rory, no, no. You need to put on the brakes here for a second. Let’s just rest.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m ready. I’m just about ready to walk. I still have a limp, but I think I can start training in another week.’ I’m like, ‘This guy is nuts.’”

“He just wants to fight, he wants to stay busy,” Coker said of MacDonald. “He wants to get out there and compete. So, I think it’s my job to slow him down. He’s chomping at the bit. And he wanted this fight with Gegard and Gegard wanted to fight him. And they wanted to test themselves.”

While Rory didn’t get back into action as quickly as he would have liked, he did get the superfight he was angling for, at a stacked Bellator 206 on September 29 against middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. After that, no matter the result, he plans on competing in the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix, with Coker targeting a February date against Jon Fitch. His welterweight belt will be on the line in each of his fights throughout the tourney, other competitors including Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Paul Daley, Michael Page, Ed Ruth, and Neiman Gracie.

“I have never met a fighter like Rory,” Coker said.


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Dana White credits Trump with helping the UFC when it wasn’t a popular sport

Jon Jones is firmly back on his inspirational shtick.

Jessica Eye and Sijara Eubanks went back and forth and Eye referred to Sijara as her “little cum dumpster”; all in all a normal day on MMA Twitter.

Tony Ferguson could do worse than fight Al Iaquinta but he evidently doesn’t want that fight.

Nick Diaz appears to be itching for a fight. Either that, or he got stuck in traffic.

Nate Diaz liked this artwork

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Some drama on Twitter happened yesterday when boxer Amanda Serrano, who is transitioning to MMA, claimed she rolled for six hours a day and UFC lightweight Jared Gordon said that was an impossible training schedule.

UFC fighters sided with Jared Gordon against Amanda when she brought up his past addiction.

Once again, combat sports this weekend:


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Goodnight at PFL 6.

Don’t mess with anyone who has ‘Magomed’ in their name.

Kayla Harrison got her second MMA win

Slick choke

Rick Story with the win


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RIP Aretha Franklin

Not a month goes by when I don’t get a little sad that I will never see Quetzalcoatlus Northropi fly.

Whoops

I had somehow never heard this American accent before. It’s very odd.

“…Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

⌜ untitled ⌟ _ nov 20, 2017 @ deserto do namibe

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Midnight Mania! Watch Kid Take Off Own Legs, Win Street Fight

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It’s weird. It’s wild. It involves MMA. UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis shared the video tale of this handicapped kid taking off his prosthetic legs- both of them- and somehow still winning the fight. While his opponent in the black shirt doesn’t seem to exactly be a very skilled fighter, it is still an amazing feat, the handicapped boy showing off impressive head movement, courage, and fighting knowledge to close distance and land schooled ground-and-pound.

Here’s a slightly longer version, because you are going to want to watch that again.

There are handicapped people who have had a lot of success in MMA, including congenital amputee Nick Newell, who fights with only one arm. Matt Hamill, who was deaf, had a very successful UFC career. Still, seeing someone win a fight with no legs is an extraordinary sight.


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By far the saddest story today was that Andrea Lee’s husband, Donny Aaron, a real piece of work, has been (allegedly) beating her. He has warrants pending; hopefully Andrea is able to extricate herself and her child safely from this abusive situation. Donny Aaron is the same guy who refused to get his multiple Nazi tattoos covered after they surfaced on social media earlier this year. He defended the symbols as prison tattoos; Aaron spent five years in prison for negligent homicide, after he shot and killed an unarmed black man outside his home. This isn’t his first case of domestic abuse, either.

There was naturally a lot of anger in the MMA community following the story.

This is badass.

Boat party with fighting? Sounds like a fun cruise, except maybe for the losing fighters.

This is a great concept: The Batman slap meme, but Nate Diaz doing the slapping.

Thiago Santos got turned down in his bid to jump to light heavyweight to fight Jimi Manuwa.

Grappling wizard Garry Tonon says transitioning to MMA can be an uncomfortable journey

Jon Jones working on his one shot one kill power

Just because there isn’t UFC this weekend doesn’t mean there aren’t combat sports happening

McGregor was in the mood to write today and explained what he loved about Mexican gloves, Mexicans, the Irish, and tasty four-ounce gloves.


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Speaking of long screeds on Mexico, Joe Rohde, Disney imagineer, tells a good tale of the background of the Aztec-Spanish conflict.

Episode One. The Conquest of Mexico. An IG straight talk History Mini-Serious-Series. Most conquistadors come from a part of Spain that was so nasty they’re like: “We GOTTA to get out of here! ANYTHING is better than this!” Plus, “We hate each other, too, so we’re really competitive. And we spent about 800 years in a perpetual state of war fighting Muslims, so we’re kind of knee-jerk reactionary types and pretty violent.” Most colonial expeditions were like, venture capital investments, see? With a business license from the government. Not so much like the Marines…more like Blackwater. (Academi, now, ..if you’re checking.) So, Cortes is like a entrepreneurial civil servant mercenary soldier. His plan isn’t to wreck the Aztec Empire, just to get the Emperor Montezuma to sign a contract with his Emperor Charles V….so Mexico would be a subsidiary of the Hapsburg Empire, kinda like Instagram and Facebook, and Cortez would be, like the head of Instagram. But his whole plan is all illegal anyway because he doesn’t have a license. So he just kind of improvises the whole thing. The Aztecs are newbies. Really we should call them Mexica, but everybody knows Aztec… So…The Aztecs just show up one day about 150 years back and all these super-ancient civilizations are like “Eeeew! You guys suck. Go live on that crappy island.” Big mistake. The Aztecs turn out to be badass as hell. Their war god is a hummingbird. Hummingbirds are badass. Ask an ornithologist. Pretty soon they conquer almost everybody. In really mean ways, too. Plus, they are reeeeeally into the human sacrifice thing…Industrial Scale. Even the locals are like “Geez!! We get it already!” They turn their little island into a huge beautiful floating city in the middle of the lake, connected by aqueducts and a long bridge. Most of their rulers are more or less generals. But as luck would have it, Montezuma is kind of introverted, you know? The kinda guy who doesn’t like to shake hands? Then one day…a cliffhanger!

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Midnight Mania! GSP Says Sonnen Has ‘Smart’ Solution to Weight Cutting

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GSP says Chael Sonnen has the smartest solution to weight cutting. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Sonnen) proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St-Pierre said during a news conference in Australia that was captured by Submission Radio. “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight.

“And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait (for) someone (to) die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”

St. Pierre joins a chorus of voices, including the recent opinion of Joe Rogan, that something must be done to improve on the current system of weight cutting, which saw most fighters at UFC 227 cut in excess of 10% of their bodyweight to fight at a specific weight class. Numerous recent injuries and medical problems have occurred to fighters while cutting weight, including problems with Cris Cyborg, Max Holloway, Darren Till, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Some fighters have taken the stance that all the responsibility lies with the individual fighter to do their job. GSP doesn’t see it that way.

“If you make a weigh-in the day of the event, a lot of guys will lose weight, but they won’t lose in terms of (dehydration) weight,” St-Pierre said. “You know that if you go in to compete the same day you can’t dehydrate yourself. If you weigh in an hour before your competition. That’s what they used to do in amateur wrestling in the United States and you know how many people miss weight? Zero. So, now, it’s very weird that in a professional sport, in a professional organization, at the highest level, that people miss weight.

“I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution.”

Same-day weigh ins are far from the only proposed solution; Rogan, for instance, proposed monitoring fighters’ hydration levels all fight week, the way ONE FC does. Currently, the UFC has moved weigh ins further from the fight in an attempt to give more fighters time to rehydrate. Sonnen and GSP would reverse this in an attempt to do away with extreme cutting altogether.


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McGregor inflation

The UFC are searching for a replacement for an injured Glover Texeira to fight Jimi Manuwa.

Anthony Smith has offered to step up.

It would be funny if Kevin Lee tapped Dillon Danis, because I find it hard to believe Dillon has 100K in cash.

Benson Henderson returns

Does Robert “Bobby Knuckles” Whittaker have a future in pro wrestling?

My kids rubbing off on me

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Khabib views his calm and composure as the calm of an apex predator.

Stay Relax

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This might, possibly, maybe, be hyperbole on the part of Duane Ludwig on behalf of TJ Dillashaw.

Agree or disagree?

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Earnest Hemingway was about that life, even if he wasn’t particularly good at fighting.

Cris Cyborg getting some love

Credit to Demetrious Johnson on taking full responsibility for his loss to Henry Cejudo.


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Nearly took his head clean off

This gave me a concussion just watching.


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Since last night’s post concerned QAnon, it seems the cat is out of that bag.

The eagle has landed

Video by @falconry_crarsi Atila —– Black and Chestnut Eagle #Destination_wild

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One of those videos almost guaranteed to make your day or night better

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Midnight Mania! A Lot of QAnon Conspiracy Theorists are MMA, Joe Rogan Fans

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QAnon, the truly bizarre conspiracy theory that posits Trump and Mueller as heroes of a secret campaign to bust pedophile rings of the rich and powerful, has a number of followers that also happen to be MMA and Joe Rogan fans.

This is the finding from Vox’s analysis of the QAnon subreddit, the thread on Reddit where much of the plot percolates. It’s the casual followers who tend to be MMA fans:


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Joe Rogan featuring prominently isn’t altogether surprising. He is known for giving a platform on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, to a number of right-wingers such as Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson, as well as people who entertain theories outside of the normal realm of discourse, including most famously Eddie Bravo, but also figures like Graham Hancock, who push fringe theories (unrelated to QAnon) that appeal to the imagination but are, to say the least, controversial from a scientific point of view.

Perhaps Rogan is the link from QAnon to MMA, or perhaps our oddball sport just attracts minds susceptible to wild, implausible theories. At any rate, there was a stronger overlap with crypocurrency, gaming, and men’s rights activism. Of those, gaming just has a wide reach among males. Cryptocurrency happens to be an interest of several MMA fighters including Jon Fitch, Rory Macdonald and Ben Askren. As for men’s rights… safe to say it reinforces the notion that the audience for QAnon is a mostly (though far from exclusively) male audience.

Happy birthday to Joe Rogan, by the way. The man remains the greatest MMA color commentator of all time, an iconic figure in the sport.


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Tyron Woodley talks his break into Hollywood.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier disagrees with Alex Hernandez about why he lost a decision to the young Texan.

Just checking in on Old man Dan Henderson… yep, looks like he is living his best life, at an event called Bubba Fest in Tennessee.

Michelle Waterson doing burst conditioning

What exactly is being accomplished here

Mia St. John, female champion boxer, admitted she took steroids throughout her career with no repercussions.

No thank you, I will not be this zookeeper

Video by @tigerworld_nc #Destination_Wild

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I’m not saying Boss Logic’s poster is better, but the level of effort does look roughly similar.

I swear Tony Ferguson actively TRIES to injure himself.

Robert Whittaker working his elbows

Suga Sean O’Malley ought to be a hit with McGregor fans for the similarities in their fighting styles, if nothing else.

Throwback to this ridiculous comeback story told in slow motion

When you overthink everything.

This is me:

McGregor kicked up the old Malignaggi reaction train this weekend with a well-worded tweet. Out of all the stupid McGregor-Mayweather drama, I had at least hoped we would see the full sparring footage of training camp McGregor vs. a washed up former boxer.

Speaking of MMA vs. boxing, it is not clear where or how this fight would take place, and it won’t ever actually happen… there are benefits to having only one McGregor in this sport.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This knockout by Luiz Gustavo at RIZIN 12 was brutal.

I like how the body punching pays dividends at the end of this video

Goodnight, Angela Magana.

Well that’s a rare one for wmma

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Who says you can’t kick moving backwards? (It takes a lot of skill)

Picture-perfect hook

Tricky

Cool trick bro

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What a slugfest. This doesn’t seem like it ought to be able to continue as long as it did.

When you zig that time you should have zagged

See above

Good job, Heber Castillo


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Ryan Reynolds is one of the only funny celebrities on Twitter.

This is an incredible human feat

There is something astonishingly cinematic about this goal orchestrated by Wayne Rooney. You could write an entire magazine article about it.

For every glorious moment like the one above, soccer provides one like this to even the scale

This rogue goat may have helped dozens of other farm animals escape


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Midnight Mania! Couture Calls Khabib “Brilliant” Ahead of UFC 229

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Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture isn’t sure that UFC 229 will break the record, though he thinks the Mayweather fight did raise McGregor’s mainstream profile. Via MMAJvunkie.com:

“Certainly, coming off the pay-per-view from the (Floyd Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match) and all the boxing people who saw that, a lot of those folks will turn around and tune in to watch this MMA competition,” Couture today told MMAjunkie. “That’s certainly going to help.

“It’s not like either one of these guys are WWE guys, so those tend to be the biggest pay-per-views, when they find a way to bring these WWE guys in. The CM Punk (and) Brock Lesnar type fights, that whole WWE crowd tunes in and those tend to be bigger pay-per-views. But it’s all speculation.”

Randy Couture participated in one of only three pre-2010 fights to break one million PPV buys, against Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, so his perception of the drawing power of WWE stars is understandable. It’s not exactly accurate; the current Pay-Per-View (PPV) record is held by UFC 202, headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2. That event sold approximately 1.6 million buys; Dana White, never one to refrain from hyperbole, thinks UFC 229 will eclipse 2 million buys.

One of the most effective wrestlers and clinch fighters of his day, Couture admires the game of Dagestani lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Not only does he not run his mouth and all the extracurricular stuff, but he’s got that grinding style that was kind of my forte,” Couture said. “So, I like the way he fights. Some people don’t like the way he fights – I think he’s brilliant.

“I think he’s exactly the type of fighter that’s going to give Conor McGregor trouble. We’ve seen that a little bit with Chad Mendes. We saw it a little bit with Nate Diaz – that style that forces him to fight on the ground off his back potentially is a style that’s going to give him trouble.”

He says that McGregor has been impressive in the Octagon, but he isn’t a fan of McGregor’s out-of-cage behavior.

“(McGregor’s) fighting style and his ability to back it up in the cage speaks for itself,” he said. “He does some very dynamic things. Some of the things he does using his range and accuracy is impressive. He does a good job. I’m just not a fan of all that other crap.”

UFC 229 happens in Las Vegas on October 6 in Las Vegas.


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Duane “Bang” Ludwig is teaching a combination that has three right hands in a row after TJ Dillashaw’s combination to drop Cody Garbrandt.

Head off the center line, head in motion while your throwing.

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It seems unlikely that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor will go quite like this.

Strange that Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar debuted on the same card.

This made me chuckle- Dustin Poirier fumbling a ball before his last bout with Eddie Alvarez

The truck is headed to the Upside Down

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For some reason this made me angry. Perhaps it’s all the gullible guys in athletic pants who probably paid to watch this.

Mike Bisping loved this admittedly funny and cute video, and made sure he explained in his caption that he doesn’t love animal cruelty.

Thank you for this wisdom, Glory kickboxer Zach Wells

Wow they (or maybe ‘we’) really don’t care about men’s flyweight


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Calm down Houghton

Lights out

This guy can use the parts of his body where his limbs bend to really hurt you

No reason to have the Ultimate Fighter any more

This guy might be pretty good at striking

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Midnight Mania! Former UFC Champion Mark Coleman Victim of Sexual Abuse by Ohio Doctor

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Former Olympian and UFC champion Mark Coleman is among the over 100 former students at Ohio State University to say he was a victim of a former doctor, who is accused of sexual abuse. Initially, he also implicated current Republican congressman Jim Jordan, who was an assistant wrestling coach at the time. Coleman said Jordan had to have known about the abuse, and did not intervene to end it. Via CNN.com:

“There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State,” Coleman told The Wall Street Journal about Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was an assistant wrestling coach during the time the doctor is accused of abusing athletes. “I have nothing but respect for this man. I love this man. But he knew as far as I’m concerned.”

Jordan denies that he knew about the abuse, and claimed if he had known, he would have stopped it. Now, Coleman has clarified his comments to CNN, saying that he has no direct knowledge that Jordan knew for certain.

“Maybe I spoke without thinking,” Coleman said Thursday. “This has absorbed my life. Since I’ve said that, it’s consumed me 24 hours a day, and I didn’t like the way it was heading, the direction it was heading.”

“I was angry and said words that I shouldn’t have said,” Coleman said. “He may have known about some locker room banter because we did joke about it in the locker room, but I don’t know of anyone ever reporting it to Jim Jordan directly.”

“I’m clarifying (the earlier statement) because it’s been on my mind for a long time and I feel guilty that this happened, and I wanted to clarify it,” he said. “Not change it. I said what I said.”

Jordan is looking to replace the outgoing Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. He expressed frustration at CNN for investigating the allegations that he turned a blind eye to the abuse.


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Uh… Paul Harris…

Computer, enhance… yep… these motherf***ers are all on steroids.

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This is how Khabib thinks power works like this because that’s how it does work in the oligarchy that is Russia. (It just might work in this case too, who knows)

@danawhite please ask Donald Trump give my father a visa. #ufc229

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Speaking of Khabib

Conor McGregor with the Green Shadow Kick

First it was Bruce Lee. Now it is Conor Mac.

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Sometimes, Kamaru Usman gets a feeling… He gets a feeling that he’s never, ever ever ever had before…

Jon Fitch is one tough guy. I had forgotten how badly Georges St. Pierre was beating him in this fight.

Sometimes a little angle is all it takes

Nick Newell hasn’t given up on his dreams, or his “your mom” comebacks.

Boxers vs. MMA fighters on punch machines is fun even if it’s not exactly valid

Gervonta Davis offered to fight TJ Dillashaw, who threw some Lomachenko shade back his way

This before and after picture will give a lot of fans the nostalgia

Daniel Cormier has a sense of humor

This can only go well- Kevin Hart and Tony Robbins invested in PFL.

Jokes about pay are always funny because they are true

Rampage Jackson seems like a good dad, at least in this clip

Speaking of tough guys who have a lighter side, Stipe Miocic’s wife reposted this.

Jon Jones giving back to the community.

Tom Duquesnoy doing footwork drills

Tony Ferguson seems like a big lightweight but evidently he’s not that big.

Mike Perry sparring Jacare Souza

Yo I fight straight up murderers on like a daily basis #Platinum #MMA @Ajneste

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The lead elbows are tricky because half the time I have to watch the replay to see what happened.

Okay this was a WILD knockout from Shamrock FC that somehow I missed.


Good Reads


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Oh, this is gold.

These ants formed a bridge with their bodies to…raid this beehive? It seems awfully inefficient to dip that far; but also, how did it form? Did it start on the ceiling and slump down to this upside down parabola?


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Midnight Mania! Of Course Logan Paul Thinks He Could Fight In The UFC

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Logan Paul thinks he could fight either CM Punk or Conor McGregor in the UFC, because of course he thinks that. He’s done athletics his whole life, you see.

The professional attention-seeker and poster boy for white adolescent A-holes everywhere said, that after his planned boxing matches against fellow Youtuber KSI this fall, he wants to fight a UFC fighter. Via SI.com:

“I want to fight a UFC fighter. I want to get in the octagon,” Paul said. “Yeah, bro, I wrestled my whole life. For real for real. Bro, there’s no reason I can’t. I literally did athletics my whole life.

“Dana White, you watching this, bro? Pick a fighter for me, dude. Late next year.”

The sad thing is, Paul probably is a better athlete than CM Punk, who had no athletic background whatsoever. There is a huge audience for whatever it is he does besides get banned from Japan for filming in their suicide forest. Paul also mentioned the circus of a boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor as proof anything is now possible in this world.

He’s already got takers. Resident good-looking long-haired Canadian Elias Theodorou volunteered his services, and he would be near the weight class Logan said he would fight at. Mike Jackson, who of course fought CM Punk at welterweight, also volunteered to handle it.

Paul is currently training for his boxing match and can be seen knocking down a sparring partner here


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Zabit Magomedsharipov getting in some body shots. Better Ramazan than me.

Darren Till and Mike Perry had a little trouble with the accents; Till thought Perry wanted to go to the spa with him. But of course they happily went back to the hotel and sparred, boxing glove on their power hand and MMA glove on their lead hand.

It will be interesting watching Darren Till go at it with Israel Adesanya once he inevitably moves up to middleweight.

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Midnight Mania! Of Course Logan Paul Thinks He Could Fight In The UFC

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Logan Paul thinks he could fight either CM Punk or Conor McGregor in the UFC, because of course he thinks that. He’s done athletics his whole life, you see.

The professional attention-seeker and poster boy for white adolescent A-holes everywhere said, that after his planned boxing matches against fellow Youtuber KSI this fall, he wants to fight a UFC fighter. Via SI.com:

“I want to fight a UFC fighter. I want to get in the octagon,” Paul said. “Yeah, bro, I wrestled my whole life. For real for real. Bro, there’s no reason I can’t. I literally did athletics my whole life.

“Dana White, you watching this, bro? Pick a fighter for me, dude. Late next year.”

The sad thing is, Paul probably is a better athlete than CM Punk, who had no athletic background whatsoever. There is a huge audience for whatever it is he does besides get banned from Japan for filming in their suicide forest. Paul also mentioned the circus of a boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor as proof anything is now possible in this world.

He’s already got takers. Resident good-looking long-haired Canadian Elias Theodorou volunteered his services, and he would be near the weight class Logan said he would fight at. Mike Jackson, who of course fought CM Punk at welterweight, also volunteered to handle it.

Paul is currently training for his boxing match and can be seen knocking down a sparring partner here


Insomnia

Dustin Ortiz doesn’t like the matchup between Joe Benavidez vs. Ray Borg being billed as a fight for a title shot.

Alex Volkanovski doing a cool thing for charity on eBay, so if anyone has disposable income, feel free to buy the glove.

I’m a little worried John Dodson III with hair grown out might have superpowers

Aaron Pico is facing his most legitimate challenge yet, Leandro Higo, at at stacked Bellator 206 that also includes Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory Macdonald, Rampage vs. Wanderlei 4, and Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov, who are in the opening round of Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix.

Zabit Magomedsharipov getting in some body shots. Better Ramazan than me.

Darren Till and Mike Perry had a little trouble with the accents; Till thought Perry wanted to go to the spa with him. But of course they happily went back to the hotel and sparred, boxing glove on their power hand and MMA glove on their lead hand.

It will be interesting watching Darren Till go at it with Israel Adesanya once he inevitably moves up to middleweight.

Young Blood

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This lady just trucked this guy.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Gunnar Nelson is either in training or a horror movie, either would work.

Im almost ready

A post shared by Gunnar Nelson (@gunninelson) on


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Random Land

This is a great series of photos


Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality. Support my Kickstarter

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