Welcome to Midnight Mania!
This column isn’t strictly MMA news.
You can usually find some of that down below, but my mandate is to bring you ‘the weird and wild from the world of MMA’, as the tagline says. In many cases, this... isn’t exactly news. This should be no surprise to you by now, but some days I feel the need to explain myself more than others, as if I’ve confessed to enjoying Jersey Shore. My other ready excuse, of course, is that you maniacs click on this stuff. In other words, you can blame yourselves for this.
Today, Sage Northcutt had himself a Twitter interaction with Irish superstar Conor McGregor, which just so happened to be on Northcutt’s 22nd birthday. It started with this mashup of Sage Northcutt’s face and body with McGregor’s tattoos.
As the absentee king of the lightweight division, who may or may not be officially deposed after UFC 223, McGregor’s reply was simply, “happy birthday kid.” Classic. Like Bruce Wayne wishing well to a young Dick Grayson.
The clincher, though, was Northcutt’s reply, in which he referred to Conor McGregor as “Mr. McGregor”. He might as well have thrown in a “gee golly” for good measure.
@TheNotoriousMMA Thanks Mr. McGregor! Can’t wait to see you fight again— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) March 2, 2018
Yes. John Dodson and Andrei Arlovski are an amazing duo.
Where does Derrick Lewis find this stuff... and what was this guy thinking??
Claudia Gadelha is training in Vegas
Using Daniel Cormier’s face to meme Jon Jones’ defense is peak MMA Internet.
Israel Adesanya got really real on Instagram.
#asrealasitgets We all wanna be successful. We all see that "gram-life" of the 1% and feel a way like "if only that were me." "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer." - Jim Carrey. That quote been speaking to me for years, but now more than ever it's super clear what he meant. All you guys see is a few minute of work in the cage and some workouts posted online...but you have no idea what it takes to get to this point. No idea what an elite prize fighter as myself has to sacrifice to get here and to keep going. You guys only see 15% of what I allow you to see about me with social media, and I still keep it . I've seen fans turn on many fighters/athletes in the past even when they just. keep. winning... Yes you like me now but at the end of the day you really don't give a fuck about me as a person. I have a job to do and I do it well, I take pictures even when you're rude to me and I smile and wave when I have to for your snapchat with 6 followers. The ones close to me are the ones that know what I go through behind the scenes, when the curtain closes, until the next time to be under the spotlight again. The ones I care about, they deal with a lot of my shit. They understand and really give a fuck about my well-being as a person...I do this shit for me and them in the long run. So Imma do my thing and keep wrecking faces, you do your thing with the cameras and all. Just HAVE some respect for us (fighters) cuz you HAVE no idea xo
Suga Sean O’Malley does indeed look exactly like Hyde. That’s uncanny. I always wondered if Hyde could fight.
Looks like Hyde from That 70s Show. https://t.co/wvbfeWmMg0— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) March 1, 2018
Is Mike Perry considering a move to train at American Top Team? Here he tags their strength trainer Phil Daru and top coach Din Thomas.
Chris Wade explains how the UFC often treats their athletes:
I missed this when it came out, but this is a pretty solid look at how a lot of UFC fighters end up doing business with the promotion for the bulk of their time there: https://t.co/k0UzzAqzAY— Zane Simon (@TheZaneSimon) March 2, 2018
The “uber” tale of the tape for Brian Ortega vs. Frankie Edgar is interesting.
Well that was intense.
Michael Chandler’s lift-jumps are your new workout goals.
#workoutoftheday - @jholt_elitetraining feel Wednesday’s gravitational pull then punch it in the mouth! - single arm DB plyo snatch 3x5 band resist trap bar 3x5 seated to plyo jump 3x5 - snatch - trap bar - plyo jump. First we work strength, then we superset with explosion. - Strength + Speed = POWER - #fitness #fitnessmotivation #workout #workoutmotivation #plyometrics #plyo #plyos #hurdles #explosion #power #strength #endurance #mma #wrestling
Only in Japan.
Matt Brown and innovation at it’s finest.
Frankie Edgar’s coach explains all
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
I missed all these from last weekend, starting with this awesome vertical elbow.
Good Morning— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 25, 2018
Attif BadredDine hellbowed Singpayak Singnawaarwut (MAX) pic.twitter.com/yMzaqOJmIb
Stephan Gorhsechnikov TKO Arkadiy Lisin in 18 seconds (RCC) pic.twitter.com/ooqRBsTSRb— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 25, 2018
Mikhail Balakirev TKOs Damien Lapilus in 2R (RCC) pic.twitter.com/1Y41UE3OP1— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 25, 2018
Ezekiel Choke in an MMA fight- very nice.
Denis Goltsov submits (Ezekiel choke) Atanas Djambazov in 1R (RCC) pic.twitter.com/NReDhPJ9yy— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 25, 2018
Good morning— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 1, 2018
Gatekaew Sor.Paidam KOs Komgchaiyaphum Sanitmuaythai
(The Global Fight) pic.twitter.com/9LXXPGsolE
This combination from Ali Bagautinov is awesome
I love the tricky rhythm of good striking
Attack when the opponent least expects it: Pernell Whitaker would carry his right arm across himself, swaying it to-and-fro, and then flick out a back-handed jab. Note also how Whitaker “steals a step” with his back-and-forth rhythm before the jab. #boxing pic.twitter.com/lghToxhkTD— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) March 1, 2018
Ainagulov of Kazakhstan wastes no time getting the big points pic.twitter.com/a3GawyoI54— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) March 2, 2018
- This in-depth piece on Mackenzie Dern doesn’t address that stupid story about her accent. (You were right, Jesse. She spends a lot of time speaking Portuguese with her parents, so the accent waxes and wanes. Not that complicated)
- Jack Slack’s GIF-heavy breakdown of Edgar-Ortega is historic worth it alone just for the term “Schaubian” to refer to surface-level analysis.
- Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell is a talented guy, and he’s not satisfied with what he’s accomplished so far.
The Galton board: 3000 steel balls fall through 12 levels of branching paths and end up matching a bell curve distribution. Each ball has a 50% chance of following each branch such that the balls are distributed by the mathematical binomial distribution https://t.co/Lct4yUi904 pic.twitter.com/4y6EbT39Xb— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) March 1, 2018
And this is just adorable