Welcome to Midnight Mania! Ilir Latifi, he of elephant-riding fame, wants to launch a wildlife show where he does more of what he already does- explore nature and ride wild beasts. I’m 100% on board with this. From Nick Baldwin at BloodyElbow.com:
“I’ve always said one day, I’m gonna do a Steve Irwin kind of animal show — 100 percent, you’re gonna see that. That is gonna be on another level. You’re never gonna see the things that I’m gonna do. I have plans about that. I just want to find the right people and team to work with, great production team to do it. I would love to do it. A lot of people would love to see it, right? I’m gonna do a crazy show. Probably we will start in Africa, do the big five: see all the lions, the buffalo, the rhinos — rhinos are my favorite — elephants. Then probably do the Amazon in Brazil, see that. And Australia. There’s a lot of cool places to see. Nature is amazing.”
Latifi explains that the famous photo of himself riding the horse bareback wasn’t something he did for social media. That’s just who he is.
“I’m very interested in everything with nature and animals and wildlife. I just love taking a ride on a horse on the beach. I never thought [there] would be such a hype about that photo. I think it’s just like it is a natural photo, and almost a little bit raw — like some kind of ancient time, I don’t know what. But it’s a cool photo, I can admit it.”
For some reason I get requests to post this picture all the time so here you go pic.twitter.com/xcVSrR43Ts— Ilir Latifi (@Latifimma) May 11, 2016
He also explained the following photo:
“I was at an elephant sanctuary that helps elephants that have been abused and stuff. They take care of them. I was there visiting and got the opportunity to meet some amazing animals. Elephants are very intelligent; they have a great memory.”
“Can you imagine seeing me riding a rhino?” Latifi asked. “It would be amazing.”
Rener Gracie with the smart babysitting.
Who is this old lady??
In this fight, I’ve got Yoel Romero.
Roger Huerta is back in Bellator.
since Roger Huerta is a thing again, remember the time he saw a dude hit a woman and straight fuckin' sparked him? https://t.co/LgIrKKlBk7— The Troys are back in town (@pdlmma) March 13, 2018
Nick Newell draws a distinction between himself and CM Punk without being negative. 14-1 is a respectable regional record’ his only loss is to top ten lightweight Justin Gaethje. I would like to see him get a UFC shot.
Me & CM Punk are two separate cases. He is a great guy making the most of the opportunities presented. He brings in viewers that in turn helps other fighters. I wish him nothing but success. https://t.co/vaPEkjFzEb— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) March 11, 2018
Rich Franklin is living his best life
These are the rice fields on the way to Mt. Kelimutu. The people of Waturaka Village tend the fields. I'm definitely seeing some amazing things on my travels for @ONEChampionship Warrior Series. pic.twitter.com/TbbEeIQZeW— Rich Franklin (@RichFranklin) March 12, 2018
Is this useful or just for show?
9 year old Kira Makogonenko working on that balance with this training technique... pic.twitter.com/pH2WYedOaH— Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) March 11, 2018
I love good pad work.
Some days I truly think Dana White takes joy in people’s pain. Then I remember, that’s crazy talk, he’s the premiere fight promoter for the world’s most open widely accepted rule set of combat. Of course he enjoys violence.
Sharing this clip mostly for the repeated footsweeps, which are great, staged or not.
This crocodile probably didn’t start his day thinking he would get jumped by a pack... pod... swarm... whatever a gang of hippos is called. (looks it up really quickly) Crash. A crash of hippos.
A pod of hippos mess up a crocodile pic.twitter.com/Jv4P1YLLyu— Nature is Scary (@NatureisScary) March 11, 2018
Gunnar Nelson is one of those quiet dudes who is quietly hilarious with his Michael Jackson parody videos and his tribute to Anchorman here.
Slap happy grappling
This was always McGregor’s most signature of signature punches, but the Jose Aldo fight made it iconic.
This kid is the most flexible human I think I’ve ever witnessed.
This takes an incredible amount of skill and composure
Staying in punching range and fighting in the pocket is no easy task. Here’s @chocolatitobox catching and slipping punches and then countering like a boss. Overrated? Shit, if anything this wonderful little fellow is still underrated. #boxing pic.twitter.com/2il4s4uGNI— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) March 10, 2018
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
We got a lot of weekend knockouts to review... you’re going to want to see some of these.
Okay this was the best knockout of the weekend by far.
Puesto 7⃣— Barrele la pierna (@Barrelelapierna) March 11, 2018
Igeu Kabesa y un hermoso codo giratorio! pic.twitter.com/jHZsONOtfr
Nice debut indeed.
nice pro MMA debut for Boris Medvedev— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 10, 2018
(KOs Kirill Mazhara in 2R) (M-1) pic.twitter.com/gW0stug7L1
This is the kind of clinch punching I aspire to
Front kick to the face!
He definitely tapped
you can't stop the fight by yourself— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 10, 2018
Brendson Ribeiro x Denis Vygovsky (M-1) pic.twitter.com/A5xpLxk4JD
This got real violent
Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch.
This is why the gi changes everything
I can name a couple but this is pretty good
Here we have some old-ass fights in this thread and if you like that stuff you should go visit it. Lucas Bourdon has the old-school kickboxing knowledge.
Where they trained with Toshio Fujiwara (the first non-Thai to win a Stadium title) and Mitsuo Shima. https://t.co/VWt5o4Gf1v— Lucas Bourdon (@lucas_bourdon) March 11, 2018
Old school grappling is fun too
Carlos Newton hitting probably my favorite counter ever. GSP use to counter double wrist locks in very much the same manner. pic.twitter.com/ylFA819sK6— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) March 9, 2018
I never knew this about Ricardo Arona and Rampage Jackson’s famous powerbomb.
I still maintain that this was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen watching mma. The noise of Arona tightening his grip and squeezing Sergey Ignatov’s face until it nearly fragments was some terrifying stuff. The reason Arona was so pissed and held on is below.. pic.twitter.com/kR2YmHMpOT— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) March 10, 2018
Arona was pissed that when Rampage powerbombed him that it wasn’t a DQ for Jackson headbutting Arona and knocking him out. pic.twitter.com/0g3dHiBZKH— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) March 10, 2018
- Israel Adesanya is modelling for high fashion designer Karen Walker, and this piece about it is full of the fashionspeak that makes no sense to me, but it’s cool for him.
- This article is by UFC fighter Shane Burgos and it explains the low calf kick’s application very well.
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour
The Monday Morning Analyst examines whether Nick Newell does or does not belong in the UFC
The Newell-to-UFC debate without looking at the tape is incomplete, so I did exactly that.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) March 12, 2018
What does the tape (along with other historical evidence) tell us about whether Newell deserves to be in the UFC, what that level is and more?
It's the #MMAnalyst: https://t.co/0M5H2QnkzU
This girl is insanely strong
Cool video on Stefi Cohen's cage pulls. I realize I dont think Ive ever seen a single warmup set by her until this video. GOAT female lifter? https://t.co/Eumrnzj4iY— Jonnie Candito (@JonnieCandito) March 11, 2018
This is hilarious
Lake Wendouree in Australia is so named because when a settler asked a local woman about it, she responded "wendaaree". In the local language, "wendaaree" means "go away". (Photo: VonApplesauce.) pic.twitter.com/3d0g2dw6yp— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) March 12, 2018
If Daylight Savings kicked your ass today this will cheer you up
I’m not ending tonight on fluffy cat and chick videos... because I’ve got something even better.
Mark Hamill singing in German, 1980 pic.twitter.com/8MDi9UB2iJ— skywalker (@tolkienianjedi) March 10, 2018
I remember not wanting to wear a gold jumpsuit like a rejected member of ABBA or if I could memorize dialogue in a foreign language-but thought "Who cares? No one outside of Germany will ever see this!" Thanks to the internet-NOTHING EVER GOES AWAY. Who knew? https://t.co/qkmBOsajLS— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 11, 2018