Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Dana White giving an update (or lack thereof) on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather; Cub Swanson fight week; Tyron Woodley training for ... someone, Michelle Waterson wearing her fight on her face, knockouts, podcasts, and much more.
I need shorthand for McGregor-Mayweather. McWeather? MayGregor? McGrayweather? I’ll workshop it!
Dana White is saying the fight isn’t even close. Tonight, the news is that there isn’t any news. It’s still a work in progress. That’s all Dana will say ... though he does dish on Ronda Rousey’s potential future.
What could be holding it up? Several things, but the most cited reason is the most obvious: Money. No pun intended. On that score, White said that accounts by Jeff Mayweather and Bob Arum that UFC wants 50 percent or more of McGregor’s revenue are bullshit (but never actually denies them).
Bobs and Weaves
Cub Swanson fights the most like an old school Wild Western brawler out of any UFC fighter. Just add cartwheel kicks and spinning elbows.
This is a bad example, but the reckless, full-body swings, the all-out aggression -- Swanson is inimitable.
Meanwhile, Artem Lobov — his opponent this weekend in UFC Fight Night 108’s main event — fights like a miner. It’s a worthy clash of old West archetypes ... even if it does nothing for Swanson’s ranking.
Remember Swanson’s win Dennis Siver? It was a classic:
I’m completely down for Whittaker-Rockhold. That’s a fight that could slingshot Whittaker past Yoel Romero in the Middleweight title queue.
.@LukeRockhold "I was impressed," Rockhold said about Whittaker's win.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 16, 2017
A RIZIN Bantamweight tournament sounds like fun on a bun.
RIZIN announces Bantamweight GP at 61 kilograms (134lbs). Kyoji Horiguchi will participate. https://t.co/lf3LF1zwJc— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) April 17, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, Francis Ngannou has got the hands.
Francis Ngannou os legitimately scary. Speed, technique, power, timing.— Brandon The Truth (@Brandon_Nocaute) April 15, 2017
Yeah, if you can’t explain it to people, it’s going to be awkward for Michelle Waterson’s husband. That fight was pretty awesome, though, even it didn’t go her way.
Imagine the looks Michelle Waterson's husband got at the airport. pic.twitter.com/TYqWhVigNc— Connor Ruebusch (@BoxingBusch) April 18, 2017
Tyron Woodley’s mystery opponent? Please, not Nick Diaz. Just cancel the Jorge Masvidal fight and give Demian Maia the title shot already.
#TRAININGCAMP Starts #Today The next time I set foot in the #Octagon it will be 4 Title Fights in 12months. Starting with the Spirit, Mind, Soul and the Body will catch up. The fight outside the Cage has always proven to be tougher then the one inside. Time to win on both ends! @ufc #ufc #ChampCamp #AndStill #WhoGotMyBack !
Ian McCall laments over what could have been.
I'm useless these days. Technique wise I'm still the best as a fighter but my body/mind won't let me prove it. I've failed the fans truly https://t.co/PZMdfhePip— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) April 16, 2017
Not sure what’s going on in China. Let’s hope it’s just translation error.
Watching kunlun fight highlights with the translations on pic.twitter.com/33HbNvKt6r— MF Gav (@gczeus) April 17, 2017
Nice lead hand work here:
Podcasts and Video
“The MMA Hour,” which was actually 4:12:20 in length:
The Severe MMA podcast:
The CME are responsible for the Bobby Knuckles nickname for Robert Whittaker -- it is a result of a re-nicknaming contest to replace “the Reaper.”
“The Monday Morning Analyst” on Whittaker’s performance against Jacare Souza:
The other Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in a fun interview:
- Jon Jones has been offered Daniel Cormier this summer ... if he’s up for it.
- A 360-degree camera experience of UFC on FOX 24? Yes please!
- See McGregor’s trashed hotel room here.
Stay woke, Maniacs!