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.
Mike Goldberg on #themmahour says he never heard from Dana White about UFC exit, was disappointed. "No conversations, no contact. Nothing."— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) January 23, 2017
Jon Jones was disrespected by Tito Ortiz- who is all about respect- and fired back savagely and without hesitation.
That man better enjoy his JV victory&stay in his lane, I'd make him look like a white belt. @FloGrappling set it up https://t.co/n68gbYlZrE— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) January 23, 2017
Please, let this one happen. No matter what result, it would be glorious.
Amanda Nunes chokes out celebrities and professional fighters alike
Watch: @Amanda_Leoa Takes Down @ChristianSlater With A Rear Naked Choke on @LiveKelly: https://t.co/Ak2l3r31GT pic.twitter.com/0ZrX1lYtLy— #WSOF35 (@MMAWorldSeries) January 19, 2017
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
OTD 2001, Floyd Mayweather (24-0) defended his WBC Super Featherweight title for the 6th time by stopping Diego Corrales in the 10th round pic.twitter.com/ZiiafDRwmC— KO KINGS (@KOKINGS4) January 20, 2017
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.
What a comeback this is.. pic.twitter.com/DcjIlAj2Sd— KO KINGS (@KOKINGS4) January 19, 2017
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.
@Bestrafer7 Pre-UFC Okami pic.twitter.com/DDg4o3e4YI— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) January 21, 2017
It's never a bad time for some Greatest Common Multiple GIFs pic.twitter.com/Yun5EqCw3D— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) January 21, 2017
Luke Rockhold nails the perfect surreal fighter pic here.
And with Hakuho's loss here, Kisenosato is your 2017 Hatsu champ with a day left to go pic.twitter.com/VSfaT2YSfP— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 21, 2017
Ishiura ruined Oosunaarashi's plan to elbow him into the 3rd row pic.twitter.com/EdIYp0KUrR— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 21, 2017
Slaaaaap pic.twitter.com/xtTuiUbNiP— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 21, 2017
Ura continues being awesome pic.twitter.com/EAiyMbPvX6— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 21, 2017
Ilir Latifi just continues being an absolute legend.
January 21, 2017
How exactly do you get this job?
I would like to apply for the GLORY Clown position pic.twitter.com/m5ys0MXpnd— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 21, 2017
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Nothing like high level striking
this spinning something was nice :) pic.twitter.com/v5peMfO4Rf— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) January 21, 2017
@Grabaka_Hitman ahahah, reminds me of the GOAThttps://t.co/QjFxBWik0I— DavePella (@DavePella) January 21, 2017
Guto Innocente #GLORY37 pic.twitter.com/vCCrGgn793— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 21, 2017
#GLORY37 pic.twitter.com/tB2T452wCv— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 21, 2017
Adesanya with the destructive uppercut #GLORY37 pic.twitter.com/ifOapu4llG— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) January 20, 2017
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour
The Monday Morning Analyst
The CME Podcast discusses the rumors about Ortiz and Sonnen being a worked bout.
- 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
Stay woke, Maniacs!