Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Stipe Miocic getting clowned by Anthony Joshua, the only possible reaction to Dillon Danis offering to box Amir Khan, Dong Hyun Kim’s hilarious facial expressions, knockouts, and much more.
Anthony Joshua just no-sold Stipe Miocic's proposal for a boxing match. pic.twitter.com/EsKOF4uc5V— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) June 15, 2017
Stipe Miocic wanted in on the high-stakes MMA vs. boxing action currently happening between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. He wasn’t alone, of course. Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, and Jimi Manuwa, among others, have also lobbied for bouts with top boxers. Stipe wanted a place on the undercard of Mayweather-McGregor, which will be all boxing. Stipe went for the biggest of them all, calling out heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. An emerging superstar in the UK, Joshua recently won the title in an instant classic against Vladimir Klitschko. Stipe was as respectful as possible in his callout, as he always is.
Joshua’s reply? Not so much.
In a move that illustrates just how and why McGregor is alone in getting this promotional opportunity, Anthony Joshua copied McGregor’s words to Jeremy Stephens at that UFC 205 press conference:
“Who the fook is that guy”
There goes that.
The fight is ludicrous under boxing rules, of course, but less ludicrous than McGregor-Mayweather. Miocic’s primary skillset is also his boxing, and he has four first- round knockouts in his last four bouts. He even has amateur experience boxing in the Golden Gloves program. Like McGregor, he stands no actual chance against a champion like Anthony Joshua under strict boxing rules. (It’s no surprise Sylvester Stallone is rooting for McGregor- he faces a tougher challenge than Rocky ever did) Unlike McGregor, Miocic is not a draw. He lacks McGregor’s bombast and flair for the dramatic; Miocic is a humble everyman from Ohio, who still has a job as a firefighter.
It lays bare what this fight is really about- the power of celebrity. Just as in modern politics, actual ability or accomplishments of an individual means nothing. The power to draw an emotional reaction from an audience, good or bad, means everything.
A reminder of what 49 previous opponents, including precise power punchers like Canelo Alvarez, have failed to do to Floyd:
A masterful performance from Floyd Mayweather against Canelo in 2013— BoxingTipster (@AgainstTRopes) February 1, 2017
This is elite level boxing. pic.twitter.com/lUxT0n5GFu
Conor? He looks like this against a pro boxer, and it isn’t good.
Interesting analysis on McGregor and Mayweather’s mechanics- although I’m not at all sure how they arrived at those numbers.
Dong Hyun Kim’s facial expressions and body language are fantastic.
MMA fighters and hunting rifles are a natural fit, I suppose, especially with the nickname “Killashaw”
Tony Ferguson wants the lightweight belt he feels he deserves.
There is a new MMA journalist’s association, and I’m curious to see where it goes.
Cyborg congratulates Megan Anderson... and also throws some shade her way.
Yancy running duct tape experiments- either that, or his kid is in time out.
Weight cutting buddies
this kinda ruins it for me. Im not a fan of fighters looking too friendly before their fights pic.twitter.com/y4Z2rlYEVB— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 16, 2017
Justin Scoggins is back at flyweight after a failed weight cut forced him up to bantamweight
For the doubters. I made weight easy af. 126 lbs— Justin Scoggins (@ScogginsFlow) June 16, 2017
This should be fun
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
This is production value right here.
M-1 Challenge 80 – WKG in China Main Card starts now pic.twitter.com/eVbjWUEPpR— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 15, 2017
Sokoudjou goes down hard
Sergei Kharitonov VS Sokoudjou M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 He DEAD! pic.twitter.com/8WDiZ3KUOa— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
Ivan Buchinger vs Timur Nagibin M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 SLEPT! pic.twitter.com/pDqYbfyRIO— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
Sascha Sharma vs Musu Nuertiebieke M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 pic.twitter.com/5zrma74epL— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
Alexander Butenko vs Corey Nelson M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 Flying Knee after the bell pic.twitter.com/MldG2gBVqK— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
Alexander Butenko vs Corey Nelson M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 Cant believe it wasnt stopped! pic.twitter.com/rwx0qZWMVo— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
Asikerbai Jinensibieke vs Mikhail Korobkov M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 pic.twitter.com/bdihlyq54U— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
Carlos Eduardo vs Rene Hoppe De M-1 Challenge 80: Battle in the Celestial Empire 2 pic.twitter.com/ropVwV3uwP— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 15, 2017
He is sleeping— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 15, 2017
Yunus Akhmedov def. Shatlak Chariev in 1R (Tech-Krep) pic.twitter.com/UtWcECC1sq
This guy posts clips as part of his tape study on events- here’s a couple previewing guys fighting this weekend at UFC Singapore.
- If you know anyone who is thinking of betting on McGregor, send them this video.
- Chuck Mindenhall lays out what exactly McGregor-Mayweather is, and what comes afterwards for McGregor
- Andrew Richardson breaks down the game of Holly Holm
Podcasts and Video
What we know about Mayweather-McGregor
Holly Holm’s kicking technique, explained by resident expert Andrew Richardson
Flyin Brian J previews UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Correia
Promotional Malpractice Live Chat
The MMA Ratings Podcast
Stay woke, Maniacs!