Welcome to Midnight Mania! It’s the weekend once again, so we have a double knockdown and Samoan drop at Legacy Fighting Alliance 10, a street fight involving a girl in a wheelchair, Amir Khan blasting Artem Lobov, Urijah Faber going off on TJ Dillashaw, and much, much more
This sequence is incredible. First, they knock each other down. Then, somehow, the fighter in the black and red shorts manages to pick the other fighter up in a fireman’s carry, slams him backwards, and still ends up in a crucifix (which was what blue shorts was going for the whole time)
You don’t often see that.
Bobs and Weaves
This is actually good poster art.
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis posted this on his Instagram account. I don’t say this often, but what is wrong with people? How do you sit there and let this happen? An able-bodied girl slapping another girl in a wheelchair repeatedly? Not cool.
Don’t remind us of broken dreams, Tommy Toehold. We are due this rematch. We deserve it.
Somehow I missed Amir Khan putting Artem Lobov in his place for saying the most ridiculous stuff possible.
Urijah Faber had a lot to say about what he feels are conflicting reports from TJ Dillashaw on how he left Team Alpha Male. In Dillashaw’s defense, the way Faber set up Team Alpha Male, he makes money on most of the fighters that train there, so he has a vested interest in “loyalty”. There is no denying that things got ugly quickly with the messy split, and are still ugly, with Garbrandt calling Dillashaw a bitch after Dillashaw posted that violence is not the answer. Faber tells his side here:
Sad to see my former friend @tjdillashaw lie about me on national television to save his reputation. He knows there was no ultimatum, he got lured by money And @ludwigmartialarts your welcome for employing you (when u were broke, down & out) for 1 year and 3 months - of the 14 yr existence of @teamalphamalemma, a team built with some of my closest friends, with blood, sweat, and tears. And thanks Duane for trying to warn me about TJ being sold off, once he won the belt (see the text on 3rd slide). Thank u @thenotoriousmma for seeing the future Thank u @cody_nolove for being a real champion inside and outside of the octagon Thank u to @studshowradio for the best podcast ever (kinda ) My coaching staff that is the best in the world @justinbuchholz_ @holdsworthmma @lastcall155 @dustinakbari @fabiopradobjj @masterthong916 @joey_rodriguez916 And for the word LOYALTY which is hard to find.
I just read Miguel Torres’ retirement post, and it’s moving. Torres was an early bantamweight great, the best at 135 lbs. before Dominick Cruz. I once saw him compete in kickboxing, long after his UFC career. I didn’t think, watching him then, what athletes give of themselves in this sport.
Former WEC, UFC and WSOF fighter Miguel Torres has retired from MMA. This is a statement via his Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/0ZtVkBwCCS— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) April 20, 2017
Slips, Rips, Headkick Clips
This happened tonight in Bellator. (See full results and highlights from Bellator 178 here)
Reminds me of this unexpectedness from back in the day, on this day:
Pitbull won the main event with this guillotine:
Looks like her arm is broken
Michelle Nicolini def. Irina Mazepa via submission (armbar) in R1 - ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny pic.twitter.com/jNZeGGZpGo— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 21, 2017
XFL - nasty elbow KO by Daniel Vega KO's (vs. Angel Origel) pic.twitter.com/0prR28G4c4— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 22, 2017
What a beatdown:
Look at this violence at XLF !— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 22, 2017
Mexico always brings it ! - TKO by Valeria Ramirez pic.twitter.com/5HF9D1SmUP
Baby you turn my head right round
This is old, but check out the great dropkick at 42 seconds of this video
What a comeback.
Some remember Yamato for his incredible war with American Muay Thai icon Kevin Ross.
Nightmare on Fremont Street: Tetsuya Yamato vs Kevin Ross Lion Fight 11 ... https://t.co/rbcxqSXPci— Jeffrey James (@FightTimes) April 22, 2017
There are lots of amazing fights happening this weekend.
Pretty hyped for Ev Ting vs. Eduard Folayang tomorrow morning. Could be 25 mins of chaos. pic.twitter.com/S3vzXtb7We— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 20, 2017
Kyle Dake is a god on the mat.
What even is this?
I think we finally found a strategy that will work against Tenshin Nasukawa. pic.twitter.com/SbqMaNIgXv— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) April 21, 2017
In Other News
- Frank Mir got a backdated two-year suspension for failing that drug test back in 2016 after a fight with Mark Hunt. He said the failure was due to tainted kangaroo meat. I’ll file that with the foot cream excuse.
- Watch Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov go at it on the pads ahead of their clash tomorrow night!
- Jake Shields had already sparked a rivalry with Dillon Danis when he threw coffee at him in the lead-up to McGregor-Diaz 2. Now, they are set to grapple at SUG 4.
Stay woke, Maniacs!