Welcome to Midnight Mania, where we forget about sleep and instead load up on all the mixed martial arts (MMA) minutiae possible.
Let’s just get the mandatory Conor McGregor content out of the way right off the bat. The man generates a day’s worth of news and buzz all by himself ... almost without having to do anything. Here he is, brooding.
If you get a bang of one of these go toward the light pic.twitter.com/mTqoj8YDd8— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 2, 2016
In somewhat related news, McGregor is an 11:1 underdog when it comes to a “super fight” against retired boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. This detailed analysis examines whether he really has a shot against the pound-for-pound boxing great.
Ugly Christmas sweater McGregor, though, is where it’s at. I’m pretty sure my girl would roll her eyes so hard they would get stuck in the back of her head.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, onto the important news: Grabaka Hitman is back! In case you don’t know him, “Caposa” is one of the most integral players in the MMA Twitterverse. He may, in fact, be the essence of MMA Twitter. His account was suspended yesterday because UFC, apparently, does not want us to see Rin Nakai's epic front kick:
UFC’s social media and online policies have been crap since the beginning of time — the world’s leading MMA promotion is just flat-out dumb in that department. Nonetheless, Grabaka_Hitman returned to Twitter under a different account today:
While he was gone:
He wasted no time getting back into packaging awesome content:
Arlison Tenchiran first round KO at WGP #35 pic.twitter.com/0qi4sjH8PP— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 3, 2016
In honor of his return, here are some un-related clips of violence. Remind me never to get into a fight in Russia. You just don’t know who has been doing combat Sambo. Their sprawl game, too strong:
Here’s a Muay Thai knockout ... no context needed:
I'm going to start posting Muay Thai KO's again... pic.twitter.com/GbefhrR7WS— Joshua Yandle (@JoshYandle) December 2, 2016
Looks like that account is worth following... Speaking of accounts worth following, this one definitely is. Check this win by stomps:
Mayumi Hashiba wins by body stomps pic.twitter.com/q3ZO9k46Sq— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 2, 2016
This event was apparently awesome:
Mayumi Hashiba goes from stomping someone's guts in to this pic.twitter.com/9mzNoCQdbf— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 2, 2016
There were a LOT more .gifs — check out Megaton’s feed to see them all. Brandon “The Truth” Vera won his fight in ONE Fighting Championship:
Today was a collection of “what the fuck” moments for me on Twitter. For anyone who thinks fighters are just fine making what they are making — or who don’t understand the need for a fighter’s association ... or don’t have a problem with fighters getting crap pay for a career that takes a brutal toll — read the following. If this doesn’t break your damn heart, I’m not sure what would convince you.
First off is UFC’s first-ever women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza needing to sell her bike to make ends meet:
If anyone is interested, I am selling my 2015 Harley Breakout that I won on The Ultimate Fighter 20 "A Champion Will be Crowned". Brand new (bc of my shoulder surgery), purchase price was $19,799. Going with highest bid OBO. It's very unfortunate that I am selling this bike not because I want to, but because I HAVE to in order to make ends meet. After having a year off from shoulder surgery (injury obtained at UFC 185), taking a short notice fight, and then 8 months since that fight, I literally have enough in my bank account to pay for 2 more months of bills. I need to fight and have been asking for a fight for so long, multiple times a week. I know I can make my run again but I also know that after being off for so long that I'm not ready to fight a title contention fight right away and all I'm being offered is the #1 contender (whom I've accepted and been scheduled to fight 2x in the past). I'm 100% down for that fight. I just asked for just one non-title contention fight with an actual camp after having so much time off from injury and the result is being benched for 8 months and still no word of a fight, not even a whisper. I'm at a loss of what to do. When I make my run, my intention is to WIN not because I'm being forced to when I'm not ready. Just frustrated and sad :( if anyone is interested in buying my Harley or knows someone that might please contact me at email@example.com
It makes an athlete really question choosing a career as a fighter:
Although, the culture around fight sports isn’t always exactly ... sane.
Carla Esparza is selling her Harley to make ends meet. A fan of Carl Frampton sold his wife's car to go watch Frampton fight live in Vegas. https://t.co/J1xdJJFp0S— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) December 2, 2016
As if that wasn’t sad enough, Patrick Cummins made it worse. First, he posted this gross video of the disgusting staph infection that caused him to pull out of his scheduled fight in Albany:
... and then responded to Carla Esparza with this shocker:
Yeah, that’s right. Patrick Cummins, professional UFC fighter, ranked Light Heavyweight, UFC’s barista-turned fighter inspirational story? He’s broke and allegedly homeless.
Oh, and here are several other reminders of the tolls this sport takes. Look at Gray Maynard, fighting tomorrow:
He looks like he just emerged from the wilderness after surviving “Naked and Afraid”.
OH! And you know how Benson Henderson hasn’t looked quite the same since moving to Bellator? He’s been fighting on a TORN ACL!!! WTF “Bendo,” you tough-ass weirdo.
UFC 206’s extended video preview is up. And I don’t care what anyone says, that main event is fire.
Oh, and an obligatory reminder that the best MMA fighter in the world is fighting tomorrow. Check out this feature on Demetrious Johnson.
SuperCalo is another of my favorite Twitter follows. He is consistently funny:
when look deep into Moose Johnson eyes,you see passion, emotion, you see fury & the thirst for vengeance against those who have wronged him pic.twitter.com/7vUsJcx7iw— superCalo (@superCalo) December 2, 2016
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has been around for 24 iterations. This is a great feature on the series by Dr. Patrick Wyman.
Meanwhile, media day mean mugs!
The weigh ins, though, saw the Hulk show up (again), so, there’s that:
Don’t forget Bellator 166 went down tonight. You can access the live feed and story stream here.
Bobs And Weaves:
So, one of my favorite people on Twitter is game developer Jon Jones. Because of his name, he gets a LOT of messages from people. Fortunately, he has a sense of humor. He also happens to have become friends with fellow MMA Twitter-name doppelganger Daniel Cormier, because people kept tagging them together. They share an interest in video games and a love for cats. Just search the hashtag #wrongjonjones to see some of his stories.
I seriously never imagined I'd have a life where people would tweet me angrily and incredulously about dick pills and having a huge cock. https://t.co/LRIfK8Tl3t— Jon Jones (@jonjones) December 2, 2016
What makes an iron chin, anyway? Ten points if you guess correctly. Hint: It has nothing to do with your actual chin.
MMA is going to Congress! The Ali Expansion Act is beginning to go through the legislative process. Perhaps that’s another route for fighter’s lives to get better. Let us hope so.
To best of my knowledge, it's the first time congress will seriously look at MMA. Witnesses will be announced approx. 48 hours before.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 2, 2016
Gegard Mousasi is in the history books today, apropos of nothing:
Dec2.2005— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) December 2, 2016
Gegard Mousasi earns the 9th victory of his professional career,
when he knocks out Tsuyoshi Kurihara with a knee to the face pic.twitter.com/VTR8oIjch8
Cody Garbrandt is player of the year, if you look closely at this translated article with the appropriate accompanying picture:
Yeah, I don’t think he’s missing Paige VanZant. He did well for himself. Very well.
- The Korean Zombie is returning to face all-action fighter Dennis Bermudez in Houston. First of all, I live in Houston. You can bet your bottom dollar I’m getting tickets to that one. Second of all, neither of them have ever been in a boring fight. I cannot wait.
- This! Jon Jones had an anxiety attack after failing his drug test before UFC 200.
- And this! Roy Nelson finally apologized for kicking John McCarthy in Brazil. About time.
Completely Unrelated To MMA (But Still Cool)
Reindeer hit by lightning in Norway is a kinda disturbing thing to watch.
I came across this gem on SuperCalo’s 16. Yeah, it was indestructible.
They don't make em like they used to pic.twitter.com/fU7XZ7zKUU— superCalo (@superCalo) December 1, 2016
Stay woke, Maniacs.
Shoot me an email over at VorpalManiac@gmail.com with any feedback or sweet memes. Seriously ... I’m getting lonely over there.