Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Justin Bieber showing off his fearsome arsenal of combat skills, the Internet ethering the Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre match up, Teruto Ishihara definitely not training naked, posters, hype videos, podcasts and more.
Via Champions.co comes this tale of celebrity and bone-breaking submission holds.
Justin Beiber is known to the combat sports world for walking Floyd Mayweather out to his boxing matches and getting pimp-slapped by Nate Diaz in memes. I hear that he’s sorta big in the pop music industry, too. However, did you know he could armbar the shit out of you? That’s right, Justin Bieber has legitimate skills.
The Biebs was obviously just messing around, but he did get a shout-out from Light Heavyweight legend Jon “Bones” Jones:
Bieber gets respect from everybody ... even Nate Diaz squashed their beef.
Oh, no big deal, you say. He may be snapping arms like the Goddamn Jacare, but I could still smash that prettyboy. I would just avoid going to the ground with him.
Game over, man. Game over.
Bobs and Weaves
UFC brought this on themselves. They asked for .GIF reactions to the Bisping-GSP announcement, and the Internet, as always, delivered.
(See Ryan’s summary of Twitter’s other responses)
Give us your best GIF reaction when you heard the news that @GeorgesStPierre would return to face @Bisping for the MW strap! We'll start .. pic.twitter.com/fn2jAdcyuG— #UFC209 (@ufc) March 1, 2017
This may not have been quite what they were looking for.
@ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping pic.twitter.com/F6adKv4138— DaMarques Johnson (@DaMarques_UFC) March 1, 2017
This was my reaction, too.
@AnonymousHOF @ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping @joshtylermma reaction to the fight pic.twitter.com/AklEllKf6j— DaMarques Johnson (@DaMarques_UFC) March 1, 2017
I wanted Anderson Silva. I got Bisping.
@ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping pic.twitter.com/S36SlULwE3— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 1, 2017
Yoel Romeros’s actual response:
@ufc pic.twitter.com/aKG3dCEZ5N— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) March 2, 2017
Bisping didn’t want to fight a guy who failed a drug test anyway. Let’s be real, this fight warrants all these reactions and more.
@realmrkimbell @Grabaka_Hitman @ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping pic.twitter.com/JjiVciz1AV— Connor Ruebusch (@BoxingBusch) March 1, 2017
I’m still in denial honestly.
@BoxingBusch @realmrkimbell @Grabaka_Hitman @ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping pic.twitter.com/6ePliRI7IX— T. P. Grant (@TP_Grant) March 1, 2017
This classic .GIF:
@ufc pic.twitter.com/F0Wuem7tfJ— Nick Strickland (@BitaNick) March 1, 2017
The H-town response .GIF:
@ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping pic.twitter.com/Q2vmguSFn7— joe from htown (@joedaddy85) March 1, 2017
Khabib sums this up pretty well. Much better than Jacare.
Khabib reacts to the announcement of Bisping vs GSP pic.twitter.com/PFFEHoDcUu— The MMA Bible (@TheMMABible) March 1, 2017
How well that went for UFC’s social media team?
@ufc @GeorgesStPierre @bisping pic.twitter.com/CiJbqZUYKR— (@KingAltmaier) March 1, 2017
Slips, Rips and KO Clips
Ishihara being Ishihara.
It was Great sparring this morning and don't worries Ima not naked. #enjoyyourlife #ilmb #1asian @TeamAlphaMale pic.twitter.com/TRPbDmHBSR— Teruto Ishihara (@teruto_ko) March 1, 2017
Great fan promo to get you hyped for UFC 209:
GSP on becoming the Canadian Jean Claude Van Damme:
Amazing poster when you think about it:
New RIZIN 4.16 poster featuring Kyoji Horiguchi, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Tenshin Nasukawa, RENA, and others. pic.twitter.com/y5DR8pHPEd— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 1, 2017
Just one more!
Dana white be like pic.twitter.com/w8tTj7ko7W— HELLO JAPAN (@HelloJapan01) March 2, 2017
- UFC files motion to dismiss Mark Hunt’s lawsuit.
- Misha Cirkunov re-signed with the UFC after all.
- Dana White dismisses Bisping’s “money fight” dreams, promises Romero next title shot. Oh wait. What he says means nothing.
Podcasts and Audio
The MMA Ratings podcast, including an interview with Steven “Warman” Wright:
The latest UFC 209 “Embedded:”
Tommy Toehold’s Bushido Talk:
MMAmania.com’s Andrew Richardson breaking down Thompson’s lead leg kick technique:
Stay woke, Maniacs!
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