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Midnight Mania! Rogan Knows Why We Love Nate Diaz

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Neither of the Diaz brothers have fought in years. Nate Diaz last stepped into the Octagon in a rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The younger Diaz earned millions of dollars over the course of two fights with the Irisman for the first time in his career, and promptly absconded from the sport for a variety of reasons, including the unwillingness of the UFC to meet his pay demands, Conor McGregor’s absence that kept Diaz from fighting the one draw big enough to give him that payday, and a variety of legal troubles that kept him on the sidelines. He nearly returned in 2018 opposite Dustin Poirier, but Poirier had to withdraw from a fight for the first time in his career, and the disgruntled Diaz withdrew again. Nick Diaz was supposed to fight Jorge Masvidal, but the bout fell through amidst increasingly erratic behavior from the elder Diaz.

Yet, despite the fact that we haven’t seen either brother inside the Octagon for well over two years, their popularity endures. Joe Rogan had some ideas on the lasting appeal of the famous duo, and believes the UFC underestimates their fanbase. Via BJPenn.com:

“Cause he doesn’t give a f**k,” Rogan said. “He legitimately doesn’t give a f**k. He smokes weed all the time. People love it. They love the fact that those guys are like that.

He went on to remind us that McGregor opposite Diaz at UFC 202 did bigger numbers than McGregor fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title a few months later, establishing that Diaz has an appeal all his own, apart from Conor McGregor.

One of the reasons why Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor was so big is because people love Nate Diaz too,” Rogan explained. “It’s not just Conor McGregor. No disrespect to Eddie Alvarez, but when Conor McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez, the vast majority of the eyes were on Conor McGregor. When Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz, you’re looking at a lot of people who love Nate Diaz.

I think those guys are superstars, I think the UFC doesn’t know.”

Will 2019 feature the return of Nate Diaz? The potential for a trilogy closer with McGregor lingers, but is their rivalry wearing out its shelf life? Rogan is right that the UFC seems unwilling or unable to promote Nate Diaz as an independent draw, perhaps because of exactly the ‘don’t give a f***’ attitude that makes him so appealing as a character to fans.


Demetrious Johnson got some of the more random fan art I’ve ever seen

Anthony Smith says he will be a champion or die trying

Israel Adesanya doing wrestling practice

I’ve never seen this- what an amazing moment. Takanori Gomi gave us some incredible MMA moments

Funny if true

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@_asaig_ did you do this ?

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Elbow battle!

Watch the referee

Great fight

This is why a 165-lb. division is the only one that makes sense to add.

Amazing moment.

Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade is likely the co-main event for UFC 237; the most sense would be to have Amanda Nunes defend against Cyborg, Ketlen Vieira, or the winner of Holm-Ladd

This fight was truly insane.

Quick Hits

Random Land

Who among us doesn’t like fluffballs?

High drama in Antarctica

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OHHHH! Nunes Wins, Rogan Loses His S—t


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator, Joe Rogan, is passionate about combat sports, which is what makes his reactions to some of the greatest finishes in mixed martial arts (MMA) all the more enjoyable.

They also get repeated ad nauseam in the UFC promo videos, but we can’t blame that on Rogan, who had one of his vintage freak outs when Amanda Nunes stopped Cristiane Justino in the UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event.

Watch the replay here.

Already the bantamweight titleholder, Nunes became the first women’s “champ-champ” and did so with a violent, first-round knockout. It was the first time the featherweight “Cyborg” has ever been put down with strikes in her 18-year career.

No telling what’s next for either fighter, but all we can do is hope that Rogan is there to call the action, though with his PPV-only schedule, that might not happen until UFC 234 next month in Australia.

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Joe Rogan Doesn’t Believe Jon Jones’s Recent Test Result Indicates Continued PED Use

The Ultimate Fighting Championship went into crisis mode this week, moving the highly-anticipated UFC 232 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on six days’ notice after learning that the Nevada Athletic Commission would not license headliner Jon Jones to fight.
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Midnight Mania! Joe Rogan, Deontay Wilder Destroy Anthony Joshua

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Joe Rogan and Deontay Wilder went in on Anthony Joshua on Joe Rogan’s podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. They were discussing Wilder’s recent fight, a split draw against Tyson Fury (watch the incredible highlight), in which Fury got up from what seemed a sure knockout by Fury to make it to the final bell. Rogan mentioned that the fight and the rematch on track to do so well makes UK heavyweight superstar Anthony Joshua look bad:

Rogan: It’s gonna be incredible. And it puts Anthony Joshua in a terrible situation- terrible! He looks awful.

Wilder: Oh, they beggin’ now.

Rogan: He looks terrible. He’s gonna fight some other guy, and no one gives a fuck. And it’s like, your titles, whatever titles you got, they’re bullshit! They don’t mean anything! Everybody knows this is where the real title is! It’s a wrap now.

Wilder went on to say that Joshua’s people were reaching out to his people, and pointed out that Joshua could have had the fight- against either himself or Fury- had he wanted it.

You can watch the full podcast below, in which Deontay starts off talking about his grandma telling him he was the chosen one as a child.


Emil Meek has jokes

Paulo Costa practicing his body shots

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Perfect time to bring this old Fedor Emelianenko meme back: Tyson Fury fits it perfectly.

Took me a second to see it…

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Who will beat the Spider’s record?

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The hatred Dana White has for Tyron Woodley makes little sense, but this idea from Woodley does make some sense.

Speaking of welterweight things that make no sense: who thought Sage Northcutt was ready for Santiago Ponzinibbio??

A little artistic liberty and Alex Oliveira could make his forehead stitches into an “A” for his first name.

At least it wasn’t Tenshin Nasukawa Linares knocked down in sparring…

McDojoLife took their page private, last I checked, but Joe Rogan still gets a kick out of this stuff.

Eryk Anders broke his hand and needed surgery after his fight with Elias Theodorou

Combat sports this weekend

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Dan Hooker somehow manages to finish opponents without doing anything spectacular- he recalls an early Chris Weidman in that way

Sometimes its just a matter of pressure

That’s a mean left hook

This sport never fails to show me new wrinkles on things

No Country for Old Men, Indeed

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Joe Rogan Blames Liddell’s ‘Marauder’ Style For Knockout Loss To Ortiz

Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator Joe Rogan didn’t like what he saw from Chuck Liddell at Golden Boy MMA last weekend, but he is just as concerned with the process as with the result.
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Joe Rogan: New Top Secret UFC Glove In The Works

After years of advocating for new MMA gloves that lower the chance of eye pokes, the UFC may finally be finally taking Joe Rogan’s advice.

Rogan revealed on his most recent Fight Companion for UFC Beijing that the promotion might be making a change to their fingerless glove. Co-host Brendan Schaub brought the topic of eye pokes up, and how Neil Magny had blamed his poor performance against Santiago Ponzinibbio partially on a poke.

”That’s a real problem man, and there is a solution in the works,” Joe said. “I can’t talk about it, I’m sworn to secrecy.”

”Goggles!” Schaub suggested. (What?)

”They have a better glove design that they’re working on right now,” Rogan revealed. “That someone is working on. I can’t say anything. I’ve already said too much.”

Obviously that’s not a lot of information to work on, but given Rogan hedged on it being the UFC working on it, we have to wonder if maybe a Reebok glove is incoming? Or a partnership with another manufacturer?

The key change needed to lower the number of eyepokes is in the shape of the glove. Many MMA gloves have a rounded pad that keeps the fingers curled, while UFC gloves as they exist now are stiff and pull the hand open, leaving the fingers extended. Which, of course, causes more eye pokes.

Of course, it doesn’t help that there’s rarely a downside to poking your opponent in the eyes, sometimes several times in one fight. But if a new glove is on its way in that takes into account this simple curved shape that many other gloves have already adopted, that’s very good news for fighters and their corneas.

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Joe Rogan: Mayweather Could Have ‘Terrible Night’ Against Nasukawa If Kicks Are Allowed

The combat sports community is still abuzz after Rizin Fighting Federation announced undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather would square off against unbeaten kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.
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Joe Rogan Believes Most UFC Fighters Will Struggle With Ben Askren’s Wrestling

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division added another potential title contender to its roster in undefeated former One Championship and Bellator MMA champion Ben Askren.
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Joe Rogan Wants Bellator to Grow To Compete With The UFC

Joe Rogan may draw his paychecks from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but he believes it’s best for the sport when there is a legitimate competitor out there for his employer.
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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:


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.


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

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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


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

Random Land

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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