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Midnight Mania! Boxing wizard Vasyl Lomachenko calls out Conor McGregor- for UFC fight

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Vasyl Lomachenko teasing a UFC bout, possibly against Conor McGregor, Chris Weidman showing his sexy side, Kelvin Gastelum still hunting for that fight against Anderson Silva, knockouts, free fights, and much more.


Vasyl Lomachenko is atop many pound-for-pound lists in boxing. The Ukranian is a world champion at super featherweight, which is 130 pounds in boxing. A multiple-time Olympic gold medalist in boxing, he recently called out Irish superstar Conor McGregor. Not for a boxing match, which has been McGregor’s focus of late. Instead, Lomachenko mentioned a background in wrestling, judo, and the Russian grappling art of sambo, and asked Conor McGregor if he should try his luck in the UFC.

With McGregor currently the biggest active draw in combat sports, it makes sense for Lomachenko to call him out. Unlike Mayweather, however- currently the Irishman’s target- Lomachenko is willing to step across the rulesets and give McGregor what he said he wants- a fight under mixed martial arts (MMA) rules.

Perhaps the inspiration for the idea came from Lomachenko’s training session with former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. He spent four rounds sparring with Dillashaw under boxing rules. Dillashaw’s take? “He kicked my ass.”

Boxing stars have made crossovers into MMA before. Holly Holm was the most spectacular of them all, knocking out Ronda Rousey to win a world title. McGregor recently made an Instagram post that stated boxers would get “dismantled and killed” in a real fight. It appears Lomachenko is willing to take Conor up on that assertion.

Update: Lomachenko says it’s a joke anyways

According to his replies to fans, it seems Vasyl was just taking a dig at McGregor’s cross-sport ambitions

Still fun to think about, though.

Bobs and Weaves

Chris Weidman wants Paige VanZant to know she’s not alone.

Kelvin Gastelum still wants Anderson Silva, but Brazil is now too close for comfort. He wants on a New York card in the summer. Last time he was in New York for a fight, he didn’t make it to the scales.

Nate Diaz doesn’t need the UFC

Glover Texeira is one tough dude.

Rory McDonald is one crazy man.

Dustin Poirier violence incoming! I can’t wait for his fight with Eddie Alvarez.

I get the feeling Forrest Griffin drinks a lot.

Cody Garbrant before he was cool.

ThrowBack with my uncle @stingray_139 during my amateur boxing days... #BabyFaceKilla #Loyalty

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Gegard Mousasi living the good life.

This is the kind of marital support we all need.

I enjoy Jiu Jitsu but not this much

Sugar Ray Leonard putting the hurt on a young heavyweight. Watch till the bodyshot at the end.

Slips, Rips, Knockout Clips

I had never seen this classic before

This dude is the definition of acrobatic.

Throwback Thursday

Podcasts and Video

Free fights for you this week include the classic first fight between Junior Dos Santos and Stipe Miocic. Keep an eye on Junior’s body jab- changed the fight for him in the last two rounds.

Stipe was a lot more decisive against Alastair Overeem

This extended preview is awesome. UFC 211 is a love letter to fight fans.

MMA Ratings features a special guest this week, Trevor Wittman

Yves Edwards thinks the second Miocic-Dos Santos fight will be similar to the first.

Tyron Woodley’s podcast, the Morning Wood Show.

Quick Hits

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