Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, Garbrandt brings TJ’s mother into the trash talk, Ben Askren questions GSP’s protruding belly, Junior Dos Santos training with Anthony Joshua, Cub and Ron Swanson face-melded, Al Iaquinta trashing lightweight fighters, knockouts, and much more.
The buildup to the bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt is truly no holds barred. They have breached gym etiquette, aired dirty Team Alpha Male laundry, called each other all sorts of names, shoved each other, and dragged mutual coaches and teammates into the fray. Now, they’ve involved family as well. Garbrandt has been telling Dillashaw to pick a charity for when Garbrandt sells the mythical video of himself knocking TJ out in the gym. (TMZ apparently offered 50K for the footage). Dillashaw responded with a suggestion to give the money to kids without fathers, so they wouldn’t turn out like Cody.
Now Garbrandt has brought TJ’s mother into the fray.
This came after a back-and-forth exchange in which Garbrandt accused Dillashaw of not being original with his insults, and Dillashaw blew Cody off as only using snake emojis.
@Cody_Nolove Says the person and all his fans that can only use Snake and emojis. Super original there. Sometimes I wonder how you get through life.— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) April 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Chris Holdsworth, who Garbrandt claimed had his career ended by a Dillashaw cheap shot, denies this narrative and wants us all to mind our own business and keep his name out of it.
How about every1 mind their own fucking business. Media will play things out how they want to play it. Pls keep my name out of the drama.Thx— Chris Holdsworth (@HoldsworthMMA) April 25, 2017
Bobs and Weaves
Ben Askren calling attention to GSP’s Chuck Liddell-like figure, implying possible steroid use.
What causes a protruding stomach like that ??? https://t.co/gEDXIzftpH— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 26, 2017
How Sage sees himself:
Someone finally put this together. The Swansons are badasses, fictional and real.
Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta would be a good matchup.
Diego is the easiest fight in the division. No wonder Al came back for this one— Kevin Lee (@MoTownPhenom) April 23, 2017
Kevin lee couldn't throw a punch to save his life— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) April 25, 2017
Cyborg trash talking.
Junior Dos Santos training with Anthony Joshua:
Junior Dos Santos JDS Getting Striking Tips From Boxing Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua https://t.co/pAI4EkLz77— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) April 25, 2017
Dustin Poirier doing work!
Slips, Rips, Knockout Clips
Artur Kyshenko - Kunlun Fight 60 pic.twitter.com/KkB8JB5yhn— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) April 24, 2017
When Floyd Mayweather was young, he was a lot more aggressive.
Sometimes life comes at you fast:
When you think you're about to beat someones ass and then life catches up with you pic.twitter.com/3reC1uI2si— Thirty Sec Fights (@ThirtySecFights) April 25, 2017
RXF - Bogdan Barbu KO's Maris Ciprian in less than 1,5 of 1R pic.twitter.com/qrVJyCYeX9— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 25, 2017
Since Steve Bosse and elbow KO's are in the news, here's him flattening Houston Alexander. pic.twitter.com/RpdUrg8rCi— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 25, 2017
- Watch Carla Esparza punch a willing victim in the face. She carries wavers in her purse now, this happens so often.
- Nate Diaz can earn a third fight with Conor McGregor by fighting Tony Ferguson- says Tony Ferguson’s manager. Or, he could just wait. Not that I wouldn’t love to see that fight.
- Watch Kenny Florian get choked out by Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. It’s a pretty tricky clock choke by the veteran Shaolin. Somewhat fun fact: When I first tried to take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Vitor Shaolin’s gym in Manhattan was the first place I visited. I shook his hand there, which was cool, but his Manhattan prices were too much for me and my intern’s stipend at the time. I found a gym in Queens instead.
Podcasts and Video
Jason Knight almost fought Conor McGregor? You know, I wouldn’t mind watching that. I also won’t mind watching Hick Diaz take on Chas Skelly at UFC 211.
Tommy Toehold on Garbrandt-Dillashaw:
In case you missed it, the Monday Morning Analyst
Dodson wants Jimmie Rivera? Man, that’s a good matchup
Some report that it’s difficult to get sponsorship money even in Bellator because the Reebok deal collapsed the sponsorship market. Ryan Bader tells a different story:
Super heroes are real
Stay woke, Maniacs!
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