Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Mike Perry talking about killing people, Al Iaquinta going HAM on fighter pay, Jimmie Rivera claiming TJ Dillashaw had no power when they sparred, Fabio Maldonado leaking massive amounts of blood, knockouts, head butts, and much more.
Mike Perry is a ... well, he’s Mike Perry. The face-tattooed welterweight scored this brutal knockout of Jake Ellenberger last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 108. Afterward, he was asked if there was any concern for his opponent after putting him to sleep with a violent standing elbow. Perry immediately began talking about the possibility of killing a man inside the Octagon.
Listen to Mike Perry describe his brutal KO of Jake Ellenberger and the possibility of killing someone inside the octagon. pic.twitter.com/eNymyvtp0Y— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) April 24, 2017
“I don’t think I’m the guy that’s gonna be the first dude to kill somebody in the UFC. I think that I have clean knockouts, and with a clean knockout people go to sleep, but then they wake up, and he’ll heal up, he’ll be fine, you know what I mean? People do this. We get hit every day. I’ve seen bad knockouts before. If that were to happen, I always pray for my protection, their protection, but ... I pray for victory, too, man. That’s how I win. That’s how I do it.”
It’s difficult to comment on Perry’s attitude here. Presumably, he’s expressing concern for Ellenberger’s safety, but no one asked him about killing anyone. This is clearly something he’s thought about ... and accepted. In the end, it comes out a little bit like Ivan Drago.
Bobs and Weaves
I posted this a few Midnight Manias ago, but Jimmie Rivera commented in an interview with Connor Ruebusch on this footage of himself and T.J. Dillashaw sparring, which is about four years old. He said Dillashaw has no power.
Fabio Maldonado has been in a VERY BLOODY accident that seems to have taken place in his household. The Instagram caption translates roughly, “I had an accident and I will go through a surgery rushed here in Sorocaba, I lost a lot of blood but God willing I will be well.”
Scene of the crime:
Pre-op meat shot:
Looks like he is okay, though:
Yoel Romero correcting the media on Twitter!
JDS busting out the air guitar!
That’s not that much money, Dillon.
This desire is so pure, so right.
I miss fucking punching people in the face.— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) April 24, 2017
I'll never stop missing that.
Tom Breese out with injury.
How is this allowed??
Good to see Melvin is finally getting it together.
Over the weekend, Melvin Guillard got into it with bareknuckle boxer Jimmy Sweeney and pulled a butter knife on him in a restaurant— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) April 23, 2017
He apparently participated in a bareknuckle event, which must be how he found himself in the same room as Sweeney.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
I missed this live:
Sparring can get very hard in these gyms.
TAM’s Austin Meese (Garbrandt's Cousin) DROPS Tattoo Face Bully Julian Wallace Very Hard Sparring https://t.co/5sn7M8nz7w— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) April 24, 2017
This fighting style is called “Pachycephalosaurus:”
Alejandro Martinez TKOs. Paulo Bananada in 2R HL pic.twitter.com/Fy830b6gYP— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 23, 2017
Someone else hit a Von Preux??
Waiting for this to happen in MMA pic.twitter.com/l4vz9GWZjj— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 23, 2017
This was smooth.
That was the calmest two piece I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/wb5GpMfOKo— Thirty Sec Fights (@ThirtySecFights) April 24, 2017
Podcasts and Video
“The MMA Hour,” lasting 4:34:20
Jack Slack offers alternate commentary for Perry vs. Ellenberger:
UFC Fight Night 108 post-fight show with MMAmania.com’s Flyin’ Brian J:
The Co-Main Event podcast:
The Severe MMA Podcast:
- GSP is looking beefed up for his bout with Michael Bisping
- Tyron Woodley got caught in the middle of the Rock-Vin Diesel feud
- Robert Whittaker is content to wait for a middleweight title shot, saying youth is on his side
- Chris Weidman claims he dominated Mousasi and wants an immediate rematch
on my way to steal ur girl pic.twitter.com/ORK1X7wuqn— Danny Charnley (@DanKCharnley) April 25, 2017
Stay woke, Maniacs!