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“DreamKiller” Gaston Bolanos is pretty good at spinning elbows. In fact, his coach at CSA Gym, Kirian Fitzgibbons, once said Jon Jones doesn’t knock people out with spinning elbows because he doesn’t time them correctly. Bolanos does. This is, in fact, his specialty; he has (at least) five spinning elbow knockouts in kickboxing and Muay Thai competition. Now that he’s fighting in MMA, we get to see him do the same thing in the Bellator cage. He truly makes it look effortless.
Here’s another angle of tonight’s knockout.
Here’s a thread with his earlier knockouts, courtesy of Bestrafer7
Gaston Bolanos vs. Caleb Archer pic.twitter.com/RQooyvke7S— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 2, 2017
Gaston Bolanos vs. Juan Allevato pic.twitter.com/WmxP8fzPiM— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 2, 2017
Gaston Bolanos vs. Tyler Toner pic.twitter.com/SR5bdFv3CT— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 2, 2017
Gaston Bolanos vs. Leonardo Palacios pic.twitter.com/FrWS5Zkd5r— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 2, 2017
Oh yeah, Brett Johns did a calf slicer today too, only the second in UFC history.
Just asked Johns what he'll do to celebrate in Vegas. His answer: If I don't wake up with Mike Tyson's tiger in my room, I'll be disappointed.— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) December 2, 2017
High quality video
Someone asked Julie Kedzie why she was still in college (grad school) at 40.
Oh, and what did you do after fighting in the UFC? https://t.co/ZBCWp8y2Ly— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) December 1, 2017
Uh... is this supposed to roll off the stage like this?
Also... Nicco Montana (it’s Montano). Whoever did this must be an intern on loan from Reebok.
In stark contrast to this card is UFC 218 tomorrow night:
This has gotta be the first time in UFC history that every fighter on a PPV main card is ranked No. 6 in the world or better. #UFC218— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) December 1, 2017
The biggest guys in MMA
Derrick Lewis, social media must-follow
This looks interesting
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- If you haven’t read Francis Ngannou’s story, do yourself a favor. Chad Dundas did a remarkable job
- That’s a title eliminator I can fully get behind. Karolina Kowalkiewicz will fight Jessica Andrade at UFC on Fox 28 in February, according to reports
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Holloway's body work is my favorite part of his game. Watch the bruise form instantly on Pettis' ribs. pic.twitter.com/tnFDMumaqX— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 30, 2017
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Outsiders, with a special interview at the end featuring “Notorious” director Gavin Fitzgerald. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!
December’s must-watch fights. This list is missing a couple, especially Tim Elliot vs. Justin Scoggins
I have a rule about anything political in Midnight Mania- it has to have comedic value entirely apart from political stance. This passes that test. Or maybe I just watched Idiocracy and the similarities are striking. Either way, maybe they should hold off on passing this until they can discuss it a little more?
I was just handed a 479-page tax bill a few hours before the vote. One page literally has hand scribbled policy changes on it that can’t be read. This is Washington, D.C. at its worst. Montanans deserve so much better. pic.twitter.com/q6lTpXoXS0— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) December 2, 2017
UPDATE: We just got a copy of what I think is the last-minute amendment to the bill. It's 479 pages long. An unsearchable PDF with handwriting all over it. This is the new tax code. To be voted on by the US Senate in just hours.— Seth Hanlon (@SethHanlon) December 1, 2017
This is also genuinely funny. Raising taxes on grad students to fund private jet ownership. Amazing.
I can't believe this is real, a tax break for private jet owners: "No tax shall be imposed...on any amounts paid by an aircraft owner for aircraft management service related to...maintenance and support of the aircraft owner's aircraft or flights on the aircraft owner's aircraft" pic.twitter.com/xz54FlprrD— Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) December 2, 2017
Oh, and if you happen to live in these states, feel free to call these numbers.
It will take only 3 to kill the #GOPTaxPlan.— Randy Prine (@randyprine) November 29, 2017
These 6 are on the fence:
Johnson (WI) 202-224-5323
McCain (AZ) 202-224-2235
Corker (TN) 202-224-3344
Flake (AZ) 202-224-4521
Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
Daines (MT) 202-224-2651
If yours, be relentless!
If not, be relentless anyway!
You read that? Here’s a picture of an otter as reward