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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we have Dana White giving Mike Goldberg the silent treatment on the way out, Jon Jones calling out Tito Ortiz to a grappling match (would watch), Gina Carano with some advice for Ronda Rousey, sumo, knockouts, podcasts, Ilir Latifi being awesome, and much more.

Mike Goldberg was let go from the UFC, and while we weren’t always fans of his work, many were sad he didn’t get a better send-off. Seems that lack of care extended behind the scenes as well- Mike got no exit interview, no words from Dana White on the way out.

Jon Jones was disrespected by Tito Ortiz- who is all about respect- and fired back savagely and without hesitation.

Please, let this one happen. No matter what result, it would be glorious.

Amanda Nunes chokes out celebrities and professional fighters alike

Speaking of famous female fighters, Gina Carano has some advice for fellow movie star and MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey:

You have to find something after MMA to make you happy, eventually.

Bobs and Weaves

He’s known mostly for his amazing defense and counter right hand these days, but young Floyd Mayweather was defined by incredible speed and had a killer left hook

All the more reason McGregor has little to no chance against the all-time great.

Many joke about fighters duking it out like rock-em sock-em robots but this guy even had the punching mechanics down until getting his head popped out of place by a counter shot out of nowhere. Just exactly like the game.

Greatest Common Multiple was a regional MMA promotion that seems to have had really cracking fights back in the day. Even Yushin Okami was exciting.

Luke Rockhold nails the perfect surreal fighter pic here.

Step your game up @joey_griffiths

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Ilir Latifi just continues being an absolute legend.

How exactly do you get this job?

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Nothing like high level striking

Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

The Monday Morning Analyst

The CME Podcast discusses the rumors about Ortiz and Sonnen being a worked bout.

Quick Hits

  • Rory Macdonald laughs at Paul Daley’s threats
  • Check out the second part of Schwan Humes’ exploration of the reason scouts are so underutilized in MMA compared to mainstream sports (spoiler alert: it’s green and made of paper)
  • 2016 was the UFC’s best ever- but 2017 is unlikely to top it


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