Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Demian Maia revealing he has been strong-armed into taking the Masvidal fight, mass brawls in Russia, McGregor with the classic bowl cut, Yoel Romero with some insane wrestling, Shevchenko dancing, weight cut disputes, sumo, ninja chokes, knockouts, and much more.
Demian Maia should be getting a title shot. He’s won six in a row, the last four wins over ranked opponents. Each win has been startlingly dominant. He’s not up for the belt next, though, and he’s made his peace with that, even if he’s not sure he will beat Jorge Masvidal.
However, this wasn’t something he decided. He wouldn’t reveal exactly what happened, but he did say he wasn’t given a choice. Maybe Masvidal was right- maybe the UFC brass ARE using him to take out welterweights they aren’t invested in. The Tyron Woodley strategy of sitting out and just waiting won’t work for Maia. (something Woodley now says he never did)
“I did not change anything in my head, it changed in the head of the UFC,” Maia told AGFight in Brazil. “[The UFC] said I would have to take this fight to be able to fight for the title. I had an option, which was to accept the fight if I wanted to fight for the belt [after that], and I accepted.
“Who decides who will fight for the title is the UFC.”
“There are things that happen and we have to keep [quiet] and do what has to be done”, Maia said. “I can not talk about everything that happens because it involves other people and it involves everything that helps or hinders my career.”
Maybe Maia’s problem is that nice guys really do finish last.
Bobs and Weaves
I love mass brawls. One broke out in Russia after the fighters began to strike each other after the bell, via BloodyElbow.com:
In case you missed it, Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes can’t seem to agree on a fight date. Background: Nunes wants the fight at UFC 212 in Brazil. Valentina said her schedule is full that month, pick another.
I see you June 3? @BulletValentina— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 13, 2017
UFC offered fight in Apr, you declined. Was told U would be back July. My schedule planned till July. Any where/anytime in July @Amanda_Leoa— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) March 13, 2017
Nunes was none too happy with that response
A challenger doesn't pick the day. The challenger is just supposed to fight. @BulletValentina— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 14, 2017
Shevchenko, though, is probably too busy dancing in a tropical paradise to care.
Festejo dance. Hawaii. March 2017 #AfroPeruvian #dance #festejo— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) March 14, 2017
De #Peru hasta #Hawaii el Festejo
Танец Фестехо. Гаваи. Март 2017 pic.twitter.com/9j36AlAKsI
BBC are doing a documentary on the dangers of weight cutting
Is weight-cutting for a fight more dangerous than the fight itself? #TheWeightCut pic.twitter.com/GuqTjPZKGF— BBC Three (@bbcthree) March 13, 2017
Not everyone likes this, though. Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler says that the problem is a lack of discipline, not the practice itself.
You're not doing it right...stop letting your lack of discipline make the whole lot of us look bad. @bbcthree #discipline https://t.co/X1cyGLJzRe— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) March 15, 2017
Tyron Woodley on set for “the Favorite”, a movie he is shooting
The CHAMP @TWooodley is on set and in character as Ulysses Jackson in the upcoming move, "The Favorite."— FOX Sports: PROcast (@PROcast) March 14, 2017
He can fight, he can act! pic.twitter.com/awFPatny8V
I had the same bowl cut as a child. Pretty sure my redneck cousins still do. Also, does this remind anyone else of Home Alone?
Gennady Golovkin is a monster
@JedKMeshew @AdelBrkic https://t.co/es9jo0iGjF— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) March 15, 2017
Teruto Ishihara, ladies.
I'm the Naked ranger. What ranger are you? #TAMranger #enjoyyourlife @TeamAlphaMale pic.twitter.com/rbBvD2571n— Teruto Ishihara (@teruto_ko) March 14, 2017
- Michael Bisping is saying Mayweather wants McGregor because he was scammed and lost a lot of money. Dana White is saying there is no target date for the fight, which probably means it’s booked and ready to go.
- Anderson Silva is fighting Kelvin Gastelum in Rio. Yeah, it seems weird to me too
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk is already looking forward to fighting Michelle Waterson... she’s got to get past Jessica Andrade first though.
Slips, Rips and Awesome Clips
Oh, nothing to see here, just Yoel Romero tripping a wrestler while balancing on one leg. Athleticism at this level is awe-inspiring. It won’t get Yoel a title shot, though, or even a fight with Anderson Silva.
Speaking of Anderson Silva, he was pretty insanely good back in his day too:
The young eat the old in combat sports. If Old Man Silva wants to test his skills against the new blood, so be it. At least Kelvin brings it pic.twitter.com/B0tDc6rr1b— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 14, 2017
Now for some current highlights:
“The Technician” carves up another one!— PBC (@premierboxing) March 15, 2017
Unbeaten middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko improves to 10-0 with a 5th RD TKO of Kemahl Russell. pic.twitter.com/UdrVJMZQCk
And, back to old school: Jean Claude Van Damme doing the martial arts thing with martial artists.
The UFC has been getting a little better with the whole Twitter thing, but this is still terrible. How do you post this and not GIF at least one of his KOs?
The guarantees of life:— UFC (@ufc) March 15, 2017
3. @Anthony_Rumble putting people to sleep #UFC210 pic.twitter.com/jHvsYqxXup
Takayasu thwarts Kotoshogiku, might soon be getting that Ozeki promotion pic.twitter.com/ZH5rAb0QoT— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) March 14, 2017
If you show up in a gi it must be embarrassing to get choked unconscious. And by that I mean, even more than usual
March 14, 2017
When you can’t get your leg free quickly enough
Meet Seiichiro Ito, ZST champ, Tokoro and Shu Katsumura protege, and ninja choke extraordinaire pic.twitter.com/Ta2pREHwhs— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) March 14, 2017
This can be true for heavyweights whose arms don’t make their hands go fast enough to punch well.
The more musclebound they come, the harder they fall. Filip Stawowy KOs strongman Artur Walczak at Poland's Slugfest 10. @Jolassanda pic.twitter.com/n8Lf4MF0mb— DC Howard (@DCHoward_MMA) March 13, 2017
Podcasts and Video
UFC 210 full fight video breakdown with Flyin Brian J:
The Severe MMA Podcast with Sean and Graeme
Eddie Alvarez talks McGregor and his new opponent, Dustin Poirier, at UFC 211
Stay woke, Maniacs!