Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Daniel Cormier with the hot takes- and also getting shaken down for $500 by Khabib Nurmagomedov- about Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey, Ric Flair finding out he is lit AF, Chael Sonnen talking about his recent loss to Ortiz, knockouts, breakdowns, Brock Lesnar playing with a puppy, and much more.
In a recent segment transcribed by Fox Sports 1, Daniel Cormier came out blazing with a hot take regarding Gina Carano’s recent advice to Rousey:
“Gina Carano — who are you to tell Ronda Rousey what to do?” Cormier said on “UFC Tonight.” “If I’ve got to look back on your career and you choosing to act over fighting and continuing to fight, I don’t feel as though, guys — and you can disagree if you want — that the career has not been what it would have been if she stayed fighting.”
That comment didn’t slide by fellow hosts Meisha Tate and Kenny Florian, who disagreed with Cormier vehemently. Tate, in particular, was adamant that Carano be given her dues as the first face of women’s mixed martial arts. Her acting career has been relatively successful, as well, with Carano having played a star in Haywire and a role in Marvel’s blockbuster hit Deadpool. Cormier, however, did not back down.
“Ronda, don’t listen to someone that I feel didn’t make the right choice,” Cormier said about Carano. “Do what I say and that means continuing to fight. It’s where you belong. It is where you belong Ronda Rousey.”
Strong words from the UFC light heavyweight champion, who defends his belt against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 in Albany.
At least I can use this one again :D can't wait to see @dc_mma vs @Anthony_Rumble #UFC210 pic.twitter.com/RmykKTIx2d— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 26, 2017
Khabib shaking Cormier down
So here is the story. We all agreed that professional fighter should pay 50$ for collective needs in the gym, so everyone had paid but Cormier. He promised to invest 500$ as a champion. Can't wait to see if he keeps his promise, but anyway I'll keep you guys posted. @dc_mma you need to stay HUMBLE. Короче история такова: мы договорились в зале что все проф бойцы будут платить 50$ баксов на обшаг, и вот когда все занесли в общую кассу деньги, остался Кормье который не внёс эту сумму, но он обещал 500$ как чемпион, теперь посмотрим сделает ли он это, но в любом случае я вас буду держать вкурсе. @dc_mma тебе надо оставаться скромным #dcwhereisMoney ))))
Luke Thomas interviewed Chael Sonnen, and it was a great talk with the Bad Guy, brushing on many topics, including finding that motivation as an older fighter. Chael admitted that Tito’s choke surprised him, and said he finds it more difficult to fight through the pain than he did when he was younger.
“There were times that I would walk through fire, and I was very consistent at it, whether it went my way or not, but as far as an effort goes. It’s a little bit harder to find those. It’s a little bit harder to find those nights and get that motivation up, and that’s soul searching that, you know, for me as an individual that I’ve gotta do, and I know there are plenty of other people have been in my shoes and had to do it, but now I’m in that spot.”
“I can remember I fought a guy named Nate Marquardt, and the first sequence he threw a knee and broke my sternum, and I didn’t think twice about it. It hurt like hell, and it didn’t have one thing to do with the other. I was pushing through it, and those are the moments that you search for, and the moments that you are really proud of when you do overcome that, regardless of the outcome.”
Sonnen also maintains he did not cheat on the Celebrity Apprentice, from which he was fired, and called his move to cut the cord and stop the clock “brilliant”. In addition, he gives his predictions on the upcoming Flograppling SUG 3 tournament, and dismisses the claims of a fixed fight.
Related: Stab wound tops the list of Bellator 170 injuries? Really??
Pro Wrestling Interlude
Ric Flair had a question about kids these days and Twitter answered.
Need your help Twitter..— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 26, 2017
What does "it's lit" mean??
No, I mean Twitter literally answered:
@RicFlairNatrBoy— Twitter (@Twitter) January 26, 2017
a. To be stylin’, profilin’, limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss-stealin’, wheelin’ and dealin'
.@RicFlairNatrBoy Well, if it's in the dictionary, I'm sure your photo is next to the term. pic.twitter.com/f8DiP7qY9i— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) January 26, 2017
Speaking of pro wrestling stars, here is Brock Lesnar playing with a puppy.
He’s more tolerant than Rampage Jackson.
What the heck, Joanna?
Joanna Jedrzejczyk just knocked out Rocky the Mascot and that's just egregious. pic.twitter.com/vwM5y6cNGR— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) January 27, 2017
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Check out what’s happening this weekend in combat sports:
Live Combat Sport Schedule: 1/24 - 1/29. Frampton-LSC II. UFC on FOX. Bellator. Shooto. EFN. SFL. Kung Fu World Cup https://t.co/aVmDgQoPfg pic.twitter.com/5bfIYGldrv— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 24, 2017
Cerrone faces Masvidal this weekend at UFC on Fox 23.
Masvidal is no slouch himself:
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He’s been in the game for a long time as well:
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7.14.2007 - Jorge Masvidal vs. Yves Edwards - BodogFIGHT. The KO that put Gamebred on the map. #UFCDenver pic.twitter.com/OXZIS2qVhm— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 26, 2017
Cub Swanson training:
Justin Scoggins with the sweet head kick.
#Momentos #MMA #Moments— ROUND 0 MMA (@Round0MMA) January 26, 2017
Justin Scoggins, pure flow@ScogginsFlow pic.twitter.com/XtfymWwTgd
Slick grappling sequence
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King Mo went all in for this entrance
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Derrick Lewis putting in work on those counters:
The new #UFCHalifax main event getting some work in at the @4ozFightClub with Khun Khao. @Thebeast_ufc #BlackBeast #BeastMode pic.twitter.com/xOmFHfsJZP— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) January 25, 2017
So, when do we get woke Sage Northcutt in a post-fight interview?
Blackfinn in Milwaukee pic.twitter.com/5G7V7GlEpJ— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) January 27, 2017
- Andrew Richardson breaks down Cowboy-Masvidal
- Read this technical breakdown of Pena-Shevchenko from the Naked Gambler.
- Anderson Silva is really serious about this Conor McGregor fight.
- Help a Maniac out- akai-suisei wants .GIFs, pics, and clips of practical martial arts used in popular movies. Stuff like Star Wars movie characters using leg kicks, Captain America using a short choke, etc. If you read Midnight Mania regularly, this will be right up your alley.
Remember the insane workouts from the other day? Add this guy to the list
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Stay woke, Maniacs!