Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Edson Barboza calling out Tony Ferguson, video of Khabib eating (or not eating) the tiramisu before his weight-cut failure at UFC 209, highlights from EBI11, including (of course) a twister submission, crazy leaping armbars, and much more.
Lightweight standout Edson Barboza has plans for Tony Ferguson. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Barboza spoke out about his place in the 155-lb. title picture. With the Khabib’s future uncertain after missing weight, the latest in a long string of fight-ending injuries, Barboza thinks that this is his time. Riding a two-fight win streak over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, Barboza is a dark horse contender at lightweight, and he wants a rematch with El Cucuy for the interim belt.
I feel that’s gonna be a perfect fight, you know? Me against Ferguson for the interim belt. I think that’s the fight makes sense for me after this one.
Their first fight was on short notice, and it was an all-out war, with Barboza eventually succumbing to exhaustion- and one of Ferguson’s nasty D’Arce chokes- in the second round. The Brazilian got the better of many of the first-round striking exchanges, and no one can argue with the entertainment value of running that one back again. Barboza talks about the adjustments he would need to win a rematch, and mentions an illegal upkick by Ferguson that rocked him in the first round.
Most important, I get a full camp, cause I say yes for fight with him for short notice, just four weeks train. I was in Brazil, you know? Just a full-time camp, and I hope, not an illegal upkick, you know?
When asked if he thought the real lightweight champion would be the winner of that fight with Ferguson, with Conor McGregor on paternity leave, Barboza was frank in his assessment.
Yeah, I think so, because, man, I have more than ten fights in this division, more than fifteen. Ferguson have more than ten fights, Khabib have more than ten fights. Conor, I think, have just one fight in the division, and he’s the champ. That really don’t make sense for me... I really don’t care about Conor. I think he’s not true champ. I think the champ’s gonna be me, or Khabib, or Ferguson.
Before anything like that, though, Barboza has to get past the very durable Beniel Dariush, who is riding a two-fight win streak of his own.
Remember, though, Barboza can do this.
Bobs and Weaves
On a video from February 1st, via mmaimports.com, Khabib Nurmagomedov is seen eating that tiramisu... or is he? He says he did not actually partake of the delectable dessert. It appears as though Khabib’s teammates are messing with him, and Khabib goes along with the joke during his weight cut.
That didn’t stop Tony Ferguson from chewing Khabib out. Ferguson, though, had reason to be pissed, as the UFC paid him less than half his show money for circumstances entirely outside his control.
I’m having this much fun too, because... spring break!!! Yeah...
If organizing your socks sounds like fun then I am living it up right now— Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) March 10, 2017
Maybe hit the squat rack, Sage. Lightweight. See what I did there?
#Throwbackthursday pic.twitter.com/KyBiFAOyAb— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) March 10, 2017
EBI 11 went down on March 5th, on UFC Fight Pass. Of course there was a twister submission win. Of course.
A twister just touched down in Southern California at #EBI11!! pic.twitter.com/jP7kEZhbn1— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 6, 2017
This was also the first look at Combat Jiu Jitsu, which allows open-handed ground strikes. Champions.co details the rule change:
First look at what you can expect from combat jiu-jitsu! #EBI11 pic.twitter.com/SpJITjXV8R— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 6, 2017
The King is headed back to the Finals!!! #EBI11 pic.twitter.com/vqQaMd8tzE— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 6, 2017
Another Twister attempt that didn’t quite come off:
The action at #EBI11 continues! Almost had ourselves a Twister! Great attempt, great escape. pic.twitter.com/pGt06Gfjec— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 6, 2017
Other things on Fight Pass include Mark Hunt’s rough-and-tumble K1 kickboxing career.
K-1 HAS ARRIVED!— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) March 10, 2017
FREE FIGHT ▶️ https://t.co/aggMUGeLMM pic.twitter.com/vdDO5wmxTX
Watch this insane submission. Women’s Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate excellence:
This is, to borrow the Golbergism, virtually identical.
Reminder: Davi Ramos (making his UFC debut Saturday) pulled off this armbar in a goddamn ADCC final. #UFCFortaleza pic.twitter.com/ywHDjSc3Ya— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 9, 2017
Phrasing. Are we still doing phrasing?
not sure I agree with direction mMa is headin in— superCalo (@superCalo) March 9, 2017
whats wrong with good solid moral christian entertainment like barn dancin, fightin etc pic.twitter.com/xJ7RoNmMg6
At least Rockhold’s not alone with the ambiguous wording.
Rockhold joins Garbrandt as the second current/former UFC champion to declare his desire for an opponent's round, supple buttocks. pic.twitter.com/KcesqiMQnO— The Naked Gambler (@NakedGambling) March 9, 2017
Anyone miss Cody Mckenzie?
@SecretMovesMMA #OldGIF pic.twitter.com/sCXZ5bMxT9— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) March 9, 2017
This was a great guillotine.
@CrooklynMMA @SecretMovesMMA @JasonNawara McKenzie vs. Stevens from TUF 12 remains one of my fav fights of all time. https://t.co/8URRw437Y5— Jared Jones (@JJWritesStuff) March 9, 2017
Stipe Miocic won the title with this footwork.
You're seeing this counter coming in from the open side in the UFC at the moment. Leonard was doing it 90 years ago. https://t.co/pT8AhWjVRr— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) March 9, 2017
- Don’t watch Christie Mack’s testimonial against “War Machine” if you want to have a good night’s sleep
- Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez has been booked for UFC 211 in Dallas on May 13th, which is looking increasingly stacked. It is so stacked, in fact, that some have suggested un-booking Maia vs. Masvidal and re-booking Woodley vs. Maia and Wonderboy vs. Masvidal on different cards. I am in favor of said unbooking and booking
- Blindspot actress Jaimie Alexander details her fight scene with Ronda Rousey for an episode of the show- she says she blacked out (but loved working with Rousey)
Podcasts and Video
Joe Rogan and Brett Okamoto discuss UFC matchmaking. Joe’s opinions on this are no mystery.
Clip from Five Rounds: Rogan and I discussing GSP-Bisping and direction of UFC matchmaking in general. https://t.co/EUrtAt3Txn— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 9, 2017
On Gastelum’s unwilling middleweight career:
Professional fighter and resident MMAMania.com analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down Kelvin Gastelum’s jab with Andrew Coyne. Good job, Andrews.
Stay woke, Maniacs!