Welcome to Midnight Mania! Today we’ve got Tyron and Dana reaching an uneasy truce, Tyron and Stephen not reaching any truce, Ferguson and Khabib facing off, a fighter who talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, puns, knockouts, Ngannou insulting Derric Lewis, and much more
Woodley and White have had some things to say about each other lately. Woodley has gone on record saying he’s the worst treated champion in UFC history- quite the claim, considering champions like Randy Couture- and White responded by calling Woodley a drama queen. Woodley laughed at that, considered White’s history of making dramatic statements himself. It looks like they are still on speaking terms, but you can feel the tension.
1 drama queen or 2? UFC welterweight champ Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley is arguing drama queen status with Dana White. #PROcastPosted by PROcast on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Thompson and Woodley had quite the interview. Thompson stayed really chill, while Woodley was a little edgier. Woodley went after GSP’s praise of Wonderboy as the best striker he had ever seen.
“It’s kinda funny he would say that, given that you got outstruck by me in the fight that we had in 205.” Woodley remarked.
“It’s alright, man. You hit me twice.” Thompson responded.
Woodley didn’t agree, saying he knocked Wonderboy down four times, and said perhaps Thompson should have gone to college. Woodley continued going in on Thompson, saying that he was fooling himself, and that Thompson was the one who had been running his mouth.
“Why you gotta be so mean?” Thompson joked.
It will be a fascinating rematch. According to Fightmetric, Woodley outlanded Thompson overall, 61-43, while Thompson outlanded him at distance, 42-23. Fightmetric only counted one knockdown, but depending on how you judge a knockdown, it was somewhere between the two and four that each fighter alleged, respectively. Woodley will be looking to finish the fight this time, while Thompson has bulked up to counter Woodley’s raw strength.
Bobs and Weaves
Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov had a tense staredown, one that startled Dana White.
March 2, 2017
What was really going on:
this is # 1 BS#UFC209 pic.twitter.com/76buwDy9yr— mojahed fudailat (@MojahedFudailat) March 3, 2017
Khabib throwing shade on Tony’s shades.
Khabib says Ferguson has been wearing "little cheap" sunglasses and he has some Gucci shades he can give him #UFC209— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) March 2, 2017
Forrest Griffin is my spirit animal.
Be on the lookout... @ForrestGriffin will be serving up commentary & analysis on FB Live this Sat @ #UFC209. #CloserThanEver pic.twitter.com/CKZhX0GF1d— MetroPCS (@MetroPCS) March 2, 2017
Khabib made this young girl’s day.
A-dorbs. @teamkhabib gave this young fan a papakha! #UFC209 pic.twitter.com/aV1evlaFjV— esther lin (@allelbows) March 3, 2017
That scene makes the meme going around today seem relevant to Khabib.
this is the future liberals want #UFC209 pic.twitter.com/9kQsF9NdB4— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) March 2, 2017
I can’t resist an awful pun.
How impressive has Ferguson's run been? He didn't just beat one Anjos, he beat Dos Anjos— Angry Dana White (@BipolarDana) March 2, 2017
Tyrone Woodley and Stephen Thompson may have had a dramatic welterweight title bout, but those welterweight title fights have been absolutely inspired ever since GSP left the division. This was possibly the best round of them all:
This is so good.https://t.co/DdV1AilLlk— The Naked Gambler (@NakedGambling) March 2, 2017
Francis Ngannou insulting Derrick Lewis fight after Lewis called him out. The rising heavyweights seem to be on a collision course.
Mr. @francis_ngannou on @Thebeast_ufc: "I'm not impressed by him. He's too slow." pic.twitter.com/tBd6S0MPXR— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 3, 2017
Tony dishes on being overlooked, finally facing Nurmy on the third attempt, and says he can’t wait to derail the hype train. He also speaks on inspiration and the reasons he fights.
A fighter who speaks like Arnold so that Americans can understand him? Sounds counterintuitive, but I guess whatever works.
Why does #UFC209 fighter @PCraigmma impersonate @Schwarzenegger?— AtTheBuzzer (@TheBuzzerOnFOX) March 3, 2017
So the American media can understand him.
Allow him to explain... pic.twitter.com/a3AD8D638H
This is an intense handshake.
Never realized that the Trump handshake was actually invented by Carl Froch & George Groves. pic.twitter.com/Gnf8j9zVSN— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) March 1, 2017
Lmaoo "He dead" pic.twitter.com/IMLPUMtWo6— Thirty Sec Fights (@ThirtySecFights) March 2, 2017
What sport is this? Because that ref ain’t boxing.
Real wrestling is crazy bruh pic.twitter.com/sf5CEaRNme— Thirty Sec Fights (@ThirtySecFights) March 2, 2017
- Tony Ferguson put Tyron Woodley on notice.
- Khabib meets Mike Tyson in the latest Embedded.
- Conor McGregor’s coach thinks Nurmagomedov is a better GSP
If you haven’t seen this yet it’s pretty awesome.
Stay woke, Maniacs!