Welcome to Midnight Mania, Christmas Night Edition! This probably isn’t the most up to date, because I’m not working on Christmas, but enjoy this smattering of posts about events over the past few days! What a holiday season its been already for MMA fans.
MMA is an incredible sport, a perfect reflection of the chaos of our age, and did not disappoint with one last debacle before the end of 2018. Jon Jones single-handedly got the UFC to play Twister, moving an entire UFC card to a different state and city on one week’s notice because he had a trace amount of steroids in his blood... again... a similar amount to what got Tom Lawlor cut from the UFC. But don’t worry, he didn’t test positive, Dana White assures us.
Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson went back and forth on Twitter afterwards, and Gustafsson got the better of the exchange.
U r a damn clown!!! Of course we all know u r used to taking shots nothing new bro!!— Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) December 24, 2018
The only ones u r blessed by is @danawhite and Jeff.
Ur luck runs out Saturday night!
That barb seemed to get to Jones, who responded to it several times
Making excuses already, was steroids the reason you lost the first time too? Just curious https://t.co/ZVCPGKNoeD— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 24, 2018
You’re way too lame to write something clever like this, tell whoever did a good job. https://t.co/ZVCPGKNoeD— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 24, 2018
Breaking: Jon Jones has enrolled in the VADA drug testing program as of today, in addition to the mandatory UFC USADA program. California required it, as part of its approval of UFC 232 move. Jones is the first MMA fighter to be enrolled in both VADA and USADA at the same time.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 24, 2018
These are the people actually affected:
Can I have some of Jon Jones purse though as reimbursement to the family that I have flying down to Vegas and the hotels booked ? @ufc— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) December 24, 2018
Fighters are ripping into the UFC’s hypocricy, and how little the powers that be care about anything except their arbitrary, short-term financial goals. Mark Hunt went off:
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hey everyone let’s move the whole Ufc show in a week for a cheater promoting and condoning steroids isn’t ok @Ufc @jeffnovitzkyufc @danawhite and @jonnybones your a worthless cheating lil rat @alexthemauler don’t bother this loser isn’t on your level this peice of shit company has always promoted cheaters and now they moving the show in one week from Vegas to California for money they certainly have taken away my love for fighting fucken scummy theives I hope everyone sues the ass out of u fuckers fucken trash Oh and merry Christmas to all u fuckers dahahahahaha and a happy new fucken steroid year
Corey Anderson’s not mad, he’s just disappointed:
Khabib Nurmagomedov just wants the special treatment too:
Daniel Cormier’s reaction was the best:
All is subsumed to the concerns of capital.
Only explanations I can think of for moving UFC 232 instead of just postponing Jones-Gus is they have annual financial targets to meet because they either promised investors or they're planning on selling again & want the year's numbers to look as good as possible.— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) December 24, 2018
Men lie, women lie, Jon Jones lies. If there is one thing we can say about him for certain, it is that.
If you get a chance, read Greg Howard’s profile on Jon Jones, which holds up even better than when it was written. Its one of the best pieces of MMA writing ever done.
Don’t forget Tenshin Nasukawa this New Year’s Eve
Olivier Aubin-Mercier is hilarious.
The gang wish you happy holidays with the people you love and terrible things to your enemies.— Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) December 24, 2018
let the vacation begin ! pic.twitter.com/76fPhXRMZN
Don’t be that guy at the holiday party:
How does this animated face capture the soul of an entire genre of fan so accurately?
This was hilarious to me because its the equivalent to the Old West trope “you draw on the count of 3” and then drawing on 1... except it actually worked!
Elismar Carrasco KOs The Prince in 1R (JF94) pic.twitter.com/8udTZUKfsk— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 23, 2018
Watch your uncles this holiday season:
I’m very upset with this video
Some color for your Christmas:
This isn’t a painting, it’s an unedited photograph. Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park https://t.co/gU6BIIj4nA pic.twitter.com/3DXkCb7G09— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) December 22, 2018
Another tsumani in Indonesia??
Here’s a much lighter video: a Fennec Fox trying to figure out the new craze, sound-activated Yellies toys.