Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Valentina Shevchenko has shared the cage with Amanda Nunes twice, in Nunes’ most competitive bouts of her championship run. She fell just short in her UFC debut against Nunes and again in a bantamweight title match. Now a champion in her own natural weight class, flyweight, after defeating former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231, she has some thoughts on how Cris Cyborg matches up with her former foe. As a training partner of Cyborg, she is far from a neutral observer, but also offers unique insight into both fighters’ capabilities. Via MMAJunkie.com:
“Cris has an advantage in her endurance – a very huge advantage, because she’s training like a fanatic,” Shevchenko said. “And most important, she’s not tiring. In the morning, she runs marathons, and after marathons, she comes to training and does her work hitting pads and sparring. She doesn’t get tired. She has the power to move forward. So in this fight, I will support Cris.”
Nunes is currently a 2-1 underdog to Cyborg, closer odds than any previous Cyborg bout, including Holly Holm, who was a little more than a 3-1 underdog against the defending featherweight champion. Cyborg herself feels her pressure and pace will break Nunes, who brings the most firepower of any challenger to face the legendary Cyborg. Cris has said this will be her last fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Will ‘the Lioness’ unseat Cyborg from her championship throne?
Max Holloway is the man.
This will be fun. The sense of anticipation that Alexander Gustafsson is finally getting his rematch with Jon Jones is palpable.
The UFC will be holding a press conference for UFC 232 with Dana White, Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes next Thursday at 2 pm pt/5 pm et— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 19, 2018
This tweet by Conor McGregor made me chuckle:
Send them on, my child. https://t.co/HhT4eoBFxU— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 19, 2018
The man is clearly back in training:
McGregor’s constant Proper 12 shoutouts on Twitter are just about as appealing as this picture.
That’s quite the throw!
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Great KO's tonight by Emmett, Di Chirico, and Taleb. Still have to go with Alexandr Shabliy's uppercut for KO of the week. pic.twitter.com/OrGu1URzbz— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 17, 2017
Some classic MMA throws, trips and takedowns:
At UFC 129, Rory Macdonald dominated Nate Diaz with some of the nicest takedowns that I have seen in an MMA fight. What do you think was the best takedown in MMA? pic.twitter.com/QP6HO8BJVE— Kiiyon Kimura (@kiiyonkimura) December 17, 2018
The one time Israel Adesanya got knocked out was from this hook:
This is Demetrious Johnson’s next opponent:
Catching up with Pancrase, and lawd what a performance by Yuya Wakamatsu against The Fro. First fighter to finish Mamoru w/ strikes in 48 fights. This on the heels of a FOTY contender against Senzo Ikeda back in Feb. #Pancrase297 pic.twitter.com/cOysFbPCeV— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 1, 2018
Hideo Tokoro is evidently an extremely exciting fighter I didn’t know anything about.
Daisuke Nakamura and Hideo Tokoro finish a classic pic.twitter.com/Oo4Qm5Rf9X— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 18, 2018
Probably my favorite MMA/combat sports moment ever. Hideo Tokoro pulls off one of the biggest upsets at the time as he knocks out Pequeno with a spinning backfist just 8 seconds into the extension round pic.twitter.com/me0pgaqbUJ— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 5, 2018
This is how life feels sometimes!
My cat did not want to be at the vet today. So he kept sticking his head in this trash hole. I died. pic.twitter.com/Q3z4YoJJMa— Ashly Perez (@itsashlyperez) December 19, 2018