Welcome to Midnight Mania! And yes, this got weird.
Remember this? The 12 year old girl, Momo, who was booked to fight a 24-year-old in Japan? Well, she went out and choked her opponent into submission... inside a round.
This is how she took the back. The fight began as the clip began. Momo took the back within five or ten seconds. pic.twitter.com/WCgEbnRdbj— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) May 22, 2017
According to Uproxx, her 24-year-old opponent works a full time job as a restaurant hostess, while Momo trains 18 hours a week.
While the freakshow nature of the bout was disturbing to many, it is clear that Momo was better prepared for the bout than many realized. The addition of headgear and banning strikes to the head of a downed opponent were cursory nods to the boundaries this fight was clearly pushing, even for Japan.
With that said, many martial arts cultures have a tradition of letting children fight, including Muay Thai...
Two of Kadyrov’s pre-teen children - both of whom fought for his MMA promotion - earned more in disclosed income in 2016 than Vladimir Putin https://t.co/XoJdhUEwCe— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) May 22, 2017
This wasn’t the only extremely young fighter to fight on that Japanese MMA card, either:
From the same event, 16 year old Mizuki Furuse also sends an adult back to their day job pic.twitter.com/21d71GUcuY— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) May 22, 2017
What exactly is going on with Conor’s beard in this painting? Why is it split above and below his chin?
A lot of Twitter beef happening lately, and a lot of Al Iaquinta calling people dorks.
Worst hashtags in the game what a fucking dork https://t.co/B0Ra1cOrY1— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 23, 2017
UFC fighter Tyson Pedro won a punch machine contest at the UFC Fighter Summit and wants it to stay that way. Also... is this true about punching machines?
This doesn’t look like it ends well, and I’m not sure what the YOLO message means when this was clearly a bad idea
Good for Kajan Johnson, UFC lightweight, who actually spoke out about the awful Reebok deal and got removed from the UFC Fighter Conference for it.
Kajan Johnson actually confronted the UFC brass about the Reebok deal. https://t.co/upaCS7X0qz— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) May 21, 2017
Joe Lauzon is adamant he is helping the fighters work out what is going wrong with the disastrous Reebok deal. It’s about time the fighters made their voices heard, particularly with Rory Macdonald reportedly making 400K to fight in Bellator.
@IamRagin I am always helping the process… I just go about things differently! I have had way more talks than most!— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) May 22, 2017
Cormier and Cruz messing with each other
Good call out by Jason Knight, but the UFC aren’t going to give Yair someone this tough as a bounce-back fight
UFC just cloning fighters out there now
My favorite part of this UFC Athlete Retreat roster photo is the two versions of Dominick Cruz – champion and non-champion. pic.twitter.com/usv3suvAMO— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) May 22, 2017
No one wants to go toe to toe with Cyborg- you might get punched, particularly if you are Angela Magana.
You forgot where she punked Weidman like a G! Never seen Weidman pivot away so fast https://t.co/Dx3KdsAc4q— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) May 21, 2017
Well, I guess one person (Megan Anderson, who actually wants to fight Cyborg for some reason) will go toe to toe with her. Still... probably not a good idea.
Dillashaw throwing a little shade Garbrandt’s way with this. He doesn’t think Garbrandt will make their fight date at UFC 213.
Whether winning TUF as a coach or as a fighter, it has helped me as a person and as a fighter. I take everything I do in my career seriously— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) May 20, 2017
Having all the fighters in one place? How could that lead to any trouble at all?
Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips
This double knock-down was amazing, and Dorian Price is the man for just standing back up from that elbow.
It happened again – doubler! knock down & knock out— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 21, 2017
Dorian Price Ko's Jonathan Lecat – Max MT pic.twitter.com/9mRXvtmjqb
Tenshin Nasukawa is just 18 and undefeated in Kickboxing
This guy delivered the goods too
If you like action, Kosei Tanaka won't disappoint. pic.twitter.com/OMlF1olRqX— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) May 20, 2017
Kosei Tanaka knocks down Angel Tito Acosta in the fifth round pic.twitter.com/ykrPG20NxQ— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) May 20, 2017
What ferocious being took over Roxanne’s body? She kicked ass.
Just a little Sumo today.
- My old Muay Thai coach, Michael Corley, is doing his best as president and coach of the US National Muay Thai team, but he needs more support if the USA is to have sustained success. This article on Fightland explains- and also misspells his name... twice.
- Jack Slack breaks down Rory’s Bellator debut win
- UFC fighter Johnny Eduardo’s girlfriend accidentally fought while pregant, according to him
- Dana White is saying Georges St. Pierre will fight the welterweight champion on his return- which makes you wonder, why did they bother with that whole middleweight disaster to begin with?
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour, all four hours fifty seven minutes and forty four seconds of it.
Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By
Monday Morning Analyst of Rory’s Bellator debut
The Severe MMA podcast
Max Holloway should have had a shot at Jose Aldo’s belt after he won this amazing fight against Cub Swanson, but he’s had to win four since then to finally get his crack at the unified featherweight title, making his win streak ten straight.
Okay, yeah, this is hilarious
The secret life of this pet is out
Stay woke, Maniacs!
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