Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Brian Ortega has access to some dark magic, or he has an X-men healing-type factor, or maybe he just has really good skin. That because just one week after taking a UFC-record 290 significant strikes from Max Holloway, here is Brian Ortega today:
In case you forgot, this is what Max Holloway did to Brian Ortega at UFC 213 nine days ago:
The term "masterclass" is oft misused in sports. Let Max Holloway show you what one looks like. pic.twitter.com/K6FmnzQK2u— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) December 12, 2018
This is a close-up of what his face looked like:
I can’t figure it out. It’s almost as astonishing a recovery as Tyson Fury casually getting up from Deontay Wilder’s sure-fire knockout. Maybe Ortega’s selfie is just taking advantage of some really good lighting?!?!?!? He still has some discoloration under his left eye, but otherwise ... he looks fine. Remember, Ortega received a provisional six-month suspension for his UFC 231 loss. The doctors had to stop the fight because he couldn’t see out of his eye, a decision all of us — including Ortega — agreed with because he said he was willing to die in the Octagon.
One week later, he looks ready to take a stroll on Malibu Beach, not like a man who was on the losing end of the most intense title fight in UFC history. If he’s got some secret skin-care regiment, I want to know. This is a mystery.
Speaking of crazy recoveries, Ed Ruth was tapped out by Neiman Gracie this Saturday. Now, look at him.
I promise that I won’t ever quit till I’m the best fighter in the world, I make no excuses, I just get better! Failure will only fuel me. #Deadicated #pushinglimit #onepercent pic.twitter.com/TfRIx5UPc8— Dead Ruth (@edruth67) December 17, 2018
Conor McGregor says he’s launching rockets in 2019!
Eddie Alvarez doesn’t get the point of this drill, which is to feed the ego of the bald guy.
This is information from a hearing between lawyers. Per Suzanne Davis, Rachael Ostovich’s husband is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing tomorrow.
Ostovich's husband had a hearing on 12/3. Here are a few highlights from the minutes of that hearing.— Suzanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) December 17, 2018
- Order of protection is valid until December 3rd, 2038. (That's not a typo.)
- No contact with Ms. Ostovich or their daughter.
- Must attend DV and anger management classes. pic.twitter.com/4fLvq2LGpt
This doesn’t always work, but its still a smart move by Anderson Silva ahead of his bout with Israel Adesanya. Alex Pereira is the only man to knock Adesanya out in the kickboxing ring.
Anderson Silva is training with Alex Pereira, who owns wins over Israel Adesanya in kickboxing, during this camp.— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) December 17, 2018
Of course, this was an equally smart move:
Dan Hooker had a concussion too after that fight with Edson Barboza, probably the most brutal bodywork I have ever seen in MMA.
Seriously, I can’t recall seeing someone take that many blows to the gut in one fight. Even Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje wasn’t as intense as this.
Wishing Sean Strickland a swift and smooth recovery after his motorcycle accident
Sean Strickland was in a motorcycle accident. https://t.co/1EJ5RXOF3K— Flyin’ Brian J (@FlyinBrianJ) December 16, 2018
Yes, people are still teaching BS in 2018
Mike Bisping is a sucker for fluffballs, evidently
Tony Ferguson says he said yes to an opponent for Anaheim, but the other fighter evidently didn’t want the bout.
Chris Weidman congratulates his teammate Al Iaquinta on a fantastic underdog win. This is a scary guy to have coming after you in the cage.
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I’m so pumped for @aliaquinta ! He showed the world how good he really is especially when given a training camp to prepare! He is a straight gangster!!couldn’t be happier for him. There are some big fight options for him after this win can’t wait to see what’s next !#champ2019 #serralongo
Yeah... that lost shot is dirty
This could be a wrestling clinic for Zabit Magomedsharipov but my gut tells me Jeremy Stephens will knock him the f—- out.
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens is in the works for UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas, multiple sources told ESPN. The fight isn't finalized just yet but moving in the right direction. https://t.co/KT5Nnegh1V— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 16, 2018
Al seems to think Gaethje would be a step back, but this is the fight the fans want
Yeah I want that little raging bitch— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) December 16, 2018
Give Michael Chandler a break, he just won his belt back
Slips. Rips. KO Clips.
This Invicta KO might have been the most shocking knockout of the weekend, and that’s saying something
It wasn’t a good weekend for fighter midsections
Congrats to Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for retaining her Bellator flyweight title
1R KO by Evgeniy Ryazanov (MFP 226) pic.twitter.com/WRDNnVAjq2— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 15, 2018
Road FC brought the violence
crazy exchange and nice KO in the clinch by Nandin Erdene (Road FC) pic.twitter.com/HCxf8eP4zd— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 15, 2018
Falling ‘em with style
faceplanted— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 15, 2018
what a one punch KO by Michel Pereira !
(Road FC) pic.twitter.com/CAmTNXCMDq
Genuinely good head movement remains the most impressive skillset in all of martial arts to me
Joaquim Silva doesn’t care.
the man has a family, Joaquim Silva... pic.twitter.com/DDo0TIAfAX— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 16, 2018
deadly GNP— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 15, 2018
Anton Vyazigin KOs Gerônimo Dos Santos in 1R (RCC5) pic.twitter.com/OjrAWMsoQH
This thread is a trip if you decide to click through
Got my days wrong and ended up alone in a room with my boss and the President of Ireland while I was on ketamine. https://t.co/gSjPY8WjKL— Seamas It Ever Was (@shockproofbeats) May 3, 2018
“Sleep, you black-eyed pig
Fall into a deep pit full of ghosts.”
-Icelandic mothers wanted their children to have nightmares in the early 19th century, evidently.
Sweet dreams, Icelandic baby pic.twitter.com/JAVCi4DR5t— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) December 17, 2018