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Midnight Mania! Jessica Andrade volunteers to fight Angela Magana on behalf of Cyborg

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, Andrade challenges Magana to a very unfair fight, Stipe gets floor time at the Cavs game with Machine Gun Kelly, a model/fighter explains how Muay Thai helped her, knockouts, sumo, and much more

Brazilians, Assemble

Angela Magana and Cris Cyborg got into it, and Cris Cyborg punched her in the face. Now, Cyborg is facing battery charges, and fighters are lining up on one side or the other of this social media dispute gone south. Several have come out in favor of Cris Cyborg, notably her Brazilian compatriot, recent title challenger Jessica Andrade.

The callout started with Magana going back and forth with Tim Sylvia, of all people.

It was at this point that Jessica Andrade, who just challenged for the title in Magana’s weight class, jumped in and offered to hit Magana inside the Octagon. She even hashtagged herself #babycyborg, which makes it that much better.

This wouldn’t be anything like a fair fight, of course. Andrade just challenged for the title, and while Joanna Jedrzejczyk picked her apart, she destroyed three other contenders leading up to that fight, while Angela Magana hasn’t won a professional fight since 2011.

But Baby Cyborg facing Magana in a fight with punches probably beats watching Full Size Cyborg overpower Magana in a grappling match, as Magana suggested.


Gegard Mousasi didn’t think Kobe Bryant lives in the same world as UFC athletes, and he’s right. Bryant’s world includes athlete’s unions, among other things.

Ariel Helwani said this was one of his favorite interviews ever. It’s cool to see what martial arts can do for someone.

Tony Ferguson hitting the speed bag

Justin Scoggins pointing out he beat Ray Borg not that long ago. Does anyone besides Mighty Mouse want to see Borg get the title shot at flyweight ahead of Dillashaw?

Stipe getting honored in Cleveland

The TUF tryouts involved a lot of grappling. Remember Rachael Ostovich?

Ray Borg on how he feels about fighting Demetrious Johnson, and offers Wilson Reis as another possible opponent. He also calls some fans turds, which is fair and just.

These really aren’t the best numbers- maybe Bellator shouldn’t be airing these on tape delay. Just saying.

Updates on MayGregther.

Slips. Rips. Awesome Clips

This weekend in combat sports

Justin Gaethje fights Michael Johnson and Gaethje fans are excited.


Good Reads

  • MMA Mania’s own Andrew Richardson, out of Team Alpha Male, wrote up a detailed and fascinating account of his latest fight. I thoroughly enjoyed his first-person narrative of the lead up and the fight itself, and his commitment to write this up even though the night didn’t go his way.
  • Alliance MMA, a publicly owned regional MMA conglomerate, is run by a shady businessman and is not doing well. Read the full story
  • Jack Slack previews Gus-Texeira

Podcasts and Video

Heavy Hands gets into some excellent discussion this week, but I don’t get name dropped, so ultimately it’s not the Best Episode Ever.

The Promotional Malpractice Live Chat

Tommy Toehold gets almost as hype as I am about Robert Whittaker fighting Yoel Romero. I don’t care about ratings or buys- UFC 213 is awesome possum

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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