Welcome back to Midnight Mania!
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.
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.
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.
Mike Jackson uses his professional boxing resume to call out CM Punk once again.
Happy #boxing day! 4-0, 4 KO’s... is @CMPunk next?... #TruthvsPunk https://t.co/S2jqQ6sTnb pic.twitter.com/lOwOD23OfJ— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) December 27, 2017
James Vick is the only person to hate the Cerrone-Medeiros fight.
This is BS.I offered to fight @Cowboycerrone at 170 no problem and they won't even give me the fight and let me headline in my home state https://t.co/P2jXZpfdl4— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) December 26, 2017
Jimmie Rivera is PISSED, and rightly so.
Let’s be clear on the situation. I’m in Vegas ready to fight. Missed Thanksgiving. Missed Christmas. Missed honeymoon. Was prepared. Was a professional. Cruz out. Lineker out. Marlon full of shit.— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) December 26, 2017
Al Iaquinta was saying truth in jest on Christmas.
For Christmas I just want to be paid half as good as sage northcut to fight opponents twice as tough @seanshelby— Alexander Jay (@ALIAQUINTA) December 26, 2017
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.
Cielo and Ma-Tzu’s first ever encounter without me... ・・・ Original Caption: Cielo and Ma-Tzu's first encounter. It went great. For 10 minutes, they were wrestling but without any incidents like with Dharma. I'm going to start putting them together everyday until they become friends. I think this will happen very soon. Having said this, it is incredible what a great fighter Cielo is. But she likes Ma-Tzu so there was no abuse at all from her part. And Ma-Tzu has a way better defense than Dharma... Date: August 10, 2014 #Cielis #Matzu @bjwtclassicsfan
Mirsad Bektic is back!
Sage Northcutt’s axe-throwing skills are even better than his kettlebell skills.
Merry Christmas! It’s snowing axes pic.twitter.com/ydj3I76JM5— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) December 25, 2017
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.
Joe Rogan is worried about fake martial arts, which, why care? Never mind, this bothers me too.
I’m deeply concerned that the men in this video are completely serious. #legitasfuck #Repost @dank_jits_memes ・・・ If you have a crammed locker room, you know datch struggle ______ #dankjitsmemes #whitebeltproblems #whitebelt #bluebelt #brazilianjujitsu #bjj #bjjmeme #bjjmemes #dankbjjmemes #submission #submissiongrappling #sambo #judo #nogi #mma
Bethe Correia is coping with seeing her knockout to Holly Holm getting played all over current promos with some beach time.
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
This is the quintessential MMA quote for the ages.
"It is what it is. At the end of the day, I don't know what it is." -- Kamaru Usman pic.twitter.com/DO9NZIKOuJ— FullContactMTWF (@FullContactMTWF) December 24, 2017
Holly Holm said she has KO’ed Donald Cerrone in training. Isn’t that against some sort of gym code?
"People say Cyborg looks like a man. So? I've KO'd men in sparring before. I've finished Donald Cerrone." - Holly Holm#UFCCountdown— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) December 24, 2017
Darren Till appears to be completely okay with fighting Mike Perry, recent loss or no.
Thanks for the well wishes... same to you!! The 0 is staying don’t worry about that... and yes I’ll sign it! Let’s go to fucking war if that’s what you want! Rankings and losses mean fuck all to me!!!— Darren Till (@darrentill2) December 24, 2017
Dustin Poirier got his black belt over the holidays and former opponent Joe Duffy was quick to give respect.
Congratulations @DustinPoirier— Joe Duffy (@Duffy_MMA) December 24, 2017
GSP met the salt meme guy
Speaking of GSP...
Rafael Dos Anjos has fun in the wild.
4x4 pic.twitter.com/DD33mAtvBh— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) December 23, 2017
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
The police stopped Jack Johnson from murdering this white boxer, which was really fitting for the time.
On this Day 1908, Jack Johnson is the first Black fighter permitted to challenge for the full Heavyweight World Title - and he easily beats Champion Tommy Burns over 14 rounds before finishing it at will. The result coins the phrase "The Great White Hope" - who can beat Johnson? pic.twitter.com/KmG9YnZO3i— KO Kings (@KOKINGS4) December 26, 2017
Some of these are awesome. Okay, all of them are awesome.
EVERY FINISH! #ACB76 pic.twitter.com/Q0PTlBAJAn— #ACB77 (@ACB_League) December 9, 2017
This was awesome in a completely different way.
He won the fight but he will not enter backflip competition any time soon ;) #KSW41 pic.twitter.com/hrxkS4MxFX— KSW (@KSW_MMA) December 23, 2017
The guy who went straight Matrix on this kick fought again last weekend
The matrix fights next at #RoadFC45 pic.twitter.com/P5HMOpPZtk— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 23, 2017
Fiziev is a solid striker #ROADFC45 pic.twitter.com/ofMZ3V27S8— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 23, 2017
Rafael Fiziev moves to 5-0 in MMA with a first round knockout at #ROADFC45 pic.twitter.com/caYfFRkEeo— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 23, 2017
Nice back kick. Will we see another one this weekend with Edson Barboza?
Asylzhan "Sak" Bakhytzhanuly TKO's Muslim Makhmudov in R2. Spinning back kick was the beginning of the end. Very fun fight. #ACB77 pic.twitter.com/6fr1IMjHhk— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 23, 2017
Huggy Bear can really throw some kicks
Huggy Bear #ROADFC45 pic.twitter.com/enFuauG2EE— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) December 23, 2017
I’m excited to see Carlos Condit back in the Octagon
Carlos Condit brutalized Tatsunori Tanaka w/ big GNP, Soccer kicks and Stomps R1 in his last fight before his WEC debut at Pancrase - Blow 9 (2006) #UFC219 pic.twitter.com/GH4gOVCEab— Honky Extraordinaire (@Mr_Honky) December 23, 2017
Absolutely insane action between Arman Ospanov and Alexey Polpudnikov today in Moscow. This 2nd stanza was a round of the year contender. #ACB77 pic.twitter.com/0aLYEqATkl— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 23, 2017
Alma Juniku VS Zhang Weili. Check out the compelling that you wouldn't get to see under normal conditions. pic.twitter.com/ubJmeqRDMe— Kunlun Fight (@kunlun_fight) December 25, 2017
Saenchai still has it
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