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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones says Rousey was not overrated, is happy not smoking weed

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Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Press Conference Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we have Jon Jones saying once again he doesn’t think Ronda Rousey should retire (unlike Freddie Roach and her mom) even though the game caught up to her, Khabib Nurmagomedov moving on from Tony Ferguson, Doo Ho Choi in another Fight of the Year contender from 2013, the lineup for SUG 3, as well as plenty of gorgeous knockouts for all you sleepless savages.

Jones seems a man at peace lately, despite the turmoil he is constantly beset by. And he has some opinions on Rousey, not smoking weed, and her chances at regaining the belt.

I tend to agree with most of this. Rousey did dominate the division for years, and while Nunes proved a brutal matchup, still holds wins over most of the top fighters in the weight class. She might need to get rid of some people - her coach, for instance. However, her other career options might be limited, so a return to the Octagon might just be her best option.

Overcoming the ghosts of two knockout losses will be difficult for her.

Posted by Vendetta Fighter on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jones also said that he has had an opportunity to get his own life back together with the time out from suspension, and that he doesn’t miss blazing - he mentioned that he stopped smoking that marijuana weed on Twitter a few days ago.

That’s good news from the light heavyweight great. Meanwhile, Nick Diaz is blazing it up with Snoop Dogg. Each to their own.

While we are on the subject of Jon Jones, Submission Underground released their next fight card lineup, and it doesn’t include Jon Jones against Conor McGregor’s grappling coach, Dillon Danis. Instead, Danis will face decorated grappler AJ Agazarm.

Chad Mendes, currently suspended from MMA over a skin cream, is featured on the card, as well as Hector Lombard against Garry Tonon. Grappling fans, prepare your bodies.

Khabib is moving on from Tony Ferguson, per the latest rumors.

Bad news for Ferguson, whose only demand is that he simply gets paid by the UFC what Khabib is getting paid by the UFC.

Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting

Remember Doo Ho Choi and his awesome fight with Cub Swanson at UFC 206? (See highlights here)

Well, turns out it wasn’t the first time the Korean Superboy has been in a potential Fight of the Year.

The UFC 208 official event poster has been released. Dana White never wanted to go ahead with the women’s featherweight division, but, hey, here we are. Might as well get hype.

And of course, the unofficial poster from Bosslogic:

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs Tim Boetch also got announced for the Brooklyn card, which is a great middleweight fight. Judging from the cover below, I’ve got to say Jacare has the edge...

Remember when we mentioned that Muay Thai promotion that used four ounce gloves? Well, it has arrived, and the violence is as expected. (Extreme)

This fight was apparently ruled a TKO even though he was down from an eye poke. Seems the referee needs to get used to those MMA-style gloves. Awful call.

I came across this footage of a classic Muay Thai champion, Samart Payakaroon. His use of just the teep and the jab is incredible.


Bobs and Weaves

This has been an incredible year for MMA, and it’s leading promotion, UFC, in particular. Follow MMA Mania’s Youtube channel for more.

Ever wanted to see a worse boxer than Edmond Tarverdyan? This guy below is a candidate.

I live in Houston, so I don’t like the Cowboys. It seems I have those two things in common with Derrick Lewis.

A video posted by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on


Quick Hits

  • War Machine’s trial is coming up on February 27- see details here
  • Cody Garbrandt is saying TJ Dillashaw was a cancer to Team Alpha Male for following the most lucrative career path for himself, was never really the champion and reiterates that he once knocked TJ out in the gym.
  • UFC 207 was a commercial success, with reports putting it at 1.1 million buys - incredible, for a Friday card with a Ronda Rousey media blackout. My bold prediction? Miesha Tate comes out of retirement for a third fight with Ronda later in 2017.

Stay woke, Maniacs.

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