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Midnight Mania! Cody Garbrandt gets tattoo of his wife’s face in a tiger headdress

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What did we miss? A whole lot, as it turns out. When I started this column I wasn’t sure I would have enough material every single night of the week. As it turns out, that has never been an issue. Even on Christmas, we had drama. Jimmie Rivera was online doing his best to wrangle a fight out of Marlon Moraes, who has swore up and down he wanted to fight, and then said ... something ... to the effect of “fight on MY terms,” even though a perplexed Jimmie was pretty much willing to fight him at any weight he wanted. Khabib’s nutritionist is out here saying he’s very much on track to make weight, always a fun “will-he-won’t-he” game we play. Donald Cerrone is staying at welterweight to fight Yancy Medeiros, which is pretty awesome. Tyron Woodley got his mom a house for Christmas.

And then, there’s this: Cody Garbrandt getting his wife’s face tattooed on him, wearing a tiger headdress.

Now, Cody has his share of interesting tattoos. His uncle was a tattoo artist, so it runs in the family. He’s got that neckpiece jewel with the wings. He’s got the pistol on his hip, which made for easy jokes watching UFC 217: “Is it legal to bring a weapon into the cage?” and after: “Why didn’t he use his gun??” He’s got some that have a lot of personal meaning, such as his tattoo of the heart with the UFC belt around it, with the words “A Promise Kept” on it. This was directed at young cancer survivor Maddux Maple, to whom Garbrandt promised he would win the UFC championship.

@dallasbrewer "A Promise Kept" #ChampTat @Maddux_maple_nolove #NoloveLogo

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This would be another tattoo in that vein, intensely personal ink directed toward someone close to him. In this case, that would be his wife, Danny Pimsanguan, who is also pregnant with his child, a boy. Usually, the rule is, don’t get tattoos of girls, man. You can’t predict your future together. In the case of a woman who is carrying your child though, it doesn’t necessarily matter. Whether their marriage lasts or not, your child will always be a common bond, so this gets an exemption.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!! ❤️

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But still, it’s a bold move. This isn’t a stencil of her name, this isn’t something that would be easy to alter or cover up. Her face covers his whole quad. For a man nicknamed “No Love,” that’s pretty extreme.


A+ promotional work from the UFC here. Cyborg is clearly a fearsome woman, even when she’s having fun and being silly, and that juxtaposition is perfect in this clip.


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Mike Jackson uses his professional boxing resume to call out CM Punk once again.

James Vick is the only person to hate the Cerrone-Medeiros fight.

Jimmie Rivera is PISSED, and rightly so.

Al Iaquinta was saying truth in jest on Christmas.

Werdum got into a snowboard fight on the slopes. It doesn’t look like as much fun as, say, actual snowboarding. Or boomerang throwing.

Great jiu-jitsu from the spotted cat. Better wrestling from the black one.

Mirsad Bektic is back!

@ufc UFC on FOX in Charlotte, NC on Saturday January 27th 2018!

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Sage Northcutt’s axe-throwing skills are even better than his kettlebell skills.

Watch this WHOLE video.

Michael Chandler has crazy soccer skills

Matt Brown’s social media game is getting better now that he’s quasi-retired.

Always funny until you’re the one on a fail compilation ‍♂️ #fail

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Joe Rogan is worried about fake martial arts, which, why care? Never mind, this bothers me too.

Bethe Correia is coping with seeing her knockout to Holly Holm getting played all over current promos with some beach time.

Pegando um sol pra começar 2018 com energia boa

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Claudia Gadelha explains why she’s back.

My body was very broken from all the hard training I’ve been doing along my career and I took some time off for family, friends and loved ones, had a knee surgery and now I’m finally back in the game. I tried to do everything I could to come back fast because I know the game needs me and I’m here for the game. I’ve always been all about overcome and this time isn’t gonna be different. I will come back killing this gam!! It’s Christmas Eve, I’m with my parents for the first time after many years, I’m enjoying them a lot but also doing what I have to do to get my ass back in shape and get a fight very soon. I love the fans in my life, you guys give me the extra drive I need. Thank you everyone and Merry Christmas!! Meu corpo estava muito quebrado de todos os treinos árduos que fiz na minha carreira e tirei um tempo para a família, amigos e entes queridos. Fiz uma cirurgia no joelho e agora estou finalmente de volta ao jogo. Tentei fazer tudo o que pude para voltar rápido porque sei que o jogo precisa de mim e estou aqui para o jogo. Eu sempre vivi de superação e desta vez não vai ser diferente. Eu voltarei com tudo nesse jogo! Hoje é véspera de Natal, estou com meus pais pela primeira vez depois de muitos anos, estou curtindo muito eles, mas também estou fazendo o que tenho que fazer para voltar ao ritmo e lutar em breve. Eu amo os fãs na minha vida, vocês me dão o impulso extra que eu preciso. Obrigada a todos e Feliz Natal!! #teamclaudia #teamcg #grinder #overcome #mma #ufc #ontopoftheworld #christmasgrind

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This is the quintessential MMA quote for the ages.

Holly Holm said she has KO’ed Donald Cerrone in training. Isn’t that against some sort of gym code?

Darren Till appears to be completely okay with fighting Mike Perry, recent loss or no.

Dustin Poirier got his black belt over the holidays and former opponent Joe Duffy was quick to give respect.

GSP met the salt meme guy

Also big thanks to @nusr_et #saltbae for the amazing steak!

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Speaking of GSP...

Zoom in

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Rafael Dos Anjos has fun in the wild.

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

The police stopped Jack Johnson from murdering this white boxer, which was really fitting for the time.

Some of these are awesome. Okay, all of them are awesome.

This was awesome in a completely different way.

The guy who went straight Matrix on this kick fought again last weekend

He won

Nice back kick. Will we see another one this weekend with Edson Barboza?

Huggy Bear can really throw some kicks

I’m excited to see Carlos Condit back in the Octagon

Watch this

Kunlun fights

Saenchai still has it

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