Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Jason Momoa doing the Haka for Mark Hunt’s next fight, Sage Northcutt’s tonsils, Manuwa-Oezemir rumors, Jose Aldo being a freak athlete, knockouts, toe holds and much more.
New Zealand Warriors
Jason Momoa is probably best known for his role in Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo. I first remember him as Ronan, the blaster-wielding space warrior from Stargate Atlantis. Most recently, he is filming as AquaMan in the upcoming DC Comics movie after the same name.
He was also present to take part in Mark Hunt’s sendoff, involving the traditional New Zealand pre-battle “Haka” dance. Here they kneel in support for Hunt, which clearly moved “Super Samoan.”
Blown away is a understatement I'm extremely humbled to be a part of the heartbreak family and thank you all so much for the prayer and haka today I'm speechless I will always go out into battle and give it my all and I appreciate the love I have felt from you guys here today ❤️ fighting is a part of our culture and has always been a part of my life and I'm so blessed to share a part of my journey with you guys @heartbreakconditioning @colehbc @junior.tafa @fabio_galeb @justin_tafa @esera_teo @prideofgypsies @realdealmada @j_k_porter @ryancarr_ketu @jojo_ancajas @bambamthetakeover so many more to name but I've had a lot of kicks to the lips sorry bout it
It was a meaningful sendoff for Hunt, who faces heavy hitter Derrick Lewis in his upcoming main event at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland, New Zealand, on June 11, 2017.
Other famous Haka in modern times:
Stipe saw an opportunity to put his unique skillset to use watching that sloppy brawl I wrote about yesterday.
Thinking about making a comeback to baseball after watching the @Bharper3407 fight!— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) May 31, 2017
I didn’t know Tito did this.
This is disgusting.
Demetrious Johnson puts his reputation behind saving something important to him
Lomachenko with the shade directed at Guillermo Rigondeaux
Ready to go back to work! Coming back to the US this Friday to get ready. #Next— Hi-Tech Lomachenko (@VasylLomachenko) May 30, 2017
Ready to put on a show for the fans, not put people to sleep.— Hi-Tech Lomachenko (@VasylLomachenko) May 31, 2017
This would be the perfect fight to make at Light Heavyweight
All parties on board with the idea of Jimi Manuwa x Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214, per multiple sources, but it's not a done deal just yet.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 31, 2017
USADA doing its thing ...
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Yeah, this was pretty violent.
Consider me very hyped for Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway!
First one to bring up “McGregor” or “13 seconds” in the comments gets a special prize for being a special kind of individual.
Yeah normal people can’t do things like this.
Another scintillating Brazilian headlines the prelims. Time to see what Marlon Moraes has got for us.
Great promo video!
Some international action ...
Yoshinori Horie advances to the Featherweight Neo Blood finals pic.twitter.com/cCv4021Idk— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) May 31, 2017
Yuki Ota advances to the Lightweight Neo Blood finals with a 27 second toe hold finish pic.twitter.com/RuFyGW0sMj— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) May 31, 2017
This is what we refer to as a “brawl”, kids
Talk about a war— TheRootsofFighting (@RootsOfFighting) May 29, 2017
Brian Stann vs Wanderlei Silva⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ pic.twitter.com/jEOKsxgASL
- Kajan Johnson discusses that standup confrontation he had with the Reebok rep and the UFC, and the meeting that followed. He called the Reebok rep a “sociopathic capitalist”, which is pretty great, but the follow-up meeting doesn’t give me a lot of hope for any improvement from the UFC or Reebok.
- I featured a few of the knockouts, but here is the story behind that crazy KSW event in Poland with Satanists, eyeball-tattooed rappers, and strongmen, which apparently filled 58,000 seats.
- Schwan Humes returns with the second part of his Wonder Woman breakdown, explaining which actual MMA fighters she resembles and how her refusal to back down from anything is a weakness she shares with a particularly famous female fighter.
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour
MMAmania.com’s Flyin’ Brian J. with his UFC 212 Beer Pairing:
And MMAmania.com’s Andrew Richardson breaks down Max Holloway’s combination striking ...
This is a bi-partisan problem, so this doesn’t count as political, but it’s fun to watch the discomfort on display here.
Watch as Stuart Jones, a high-level acting official in the State Dept, is asked why they criticize Iranian elections but never Saudi Arabia: pic.twitter.com/RLkKGn48Z7— Alex Emmons (@AlexanderEmmons) May 30, 2017
Wanna have some real fun? Read this survey of experts’ opinions on how soon machine intelligence will replace all human jobs. Fun, fun, fun.
Stay woke, Maniacs!
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As I mentioned yesterday, I am going on a vacation to hunt coyotes from ultralight using night vision. Obviously, that rules out writing Midnight Mania. When I return with my bag limit of coyote pelts, I expect you to have left some sweet comments under the placeholder posts I’ll set up.