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The week that was crazier than fiction keeps dropping gems, like the fact that McGregor has parted ways with his normal attorney and hired one named Bruce Mafeo. That’s right, Bruce Mafeo is a real name of a real lawyer in New York City.
Statement from Jim Walden, Conor McGregor's lawyer last week who will no longer represent him pic.twitter.com/LeRAoxRU2a— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) April 11, 2018
This can’t be real. “Cozen” means to trick or deceive, so McGregor is literally hiring someone whose firm is named “the trick of Conor.”
To follow-up on the McGregor lawyer story, this just in from McGregor’s team:— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2018
“Conor has retained Bruce Maffeo of the law firm Cozen O'Conor, a long-time criminal defense attorney from Brooklyn. Conor thanks Jim for his great work on such short notice.”
Bruce Mafeo is, fortunately, accustomed to dealing with cases that aren’t normal.
Not even kidding — Conor McGregor's new attorney Bruce Maffeo (as reported by @arielhelwani ) famously represented a rap mogul back in 2014 accused of hiring a hitman to take out somebody from 50 Cent's crew.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 11, 2018
I’m wishing all the best for Bruce Mafeo of Cozen O’Conor.
Holly Holm vs. Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson is a great matchup, but a dangerous one for Megan, who is pretty much the only up-and-coming featherweight to challenge Cris Cyborg’s dominance over the division.
Now this is a commentator having fun. Mauro Ranallo is great.
MAURO RANALLO RULES!!! pic.twitter.com/mRGfrRHHYZ— Brian The Guppie (@briantheguppie) April 11, 2018
Jon Jones celebrates siblings day with his arguably even more talented brothers.
Now I’m just hungry
Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping go at it... in the chimichanga challenge.— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 12, 2018
The loser has to say chimichanga radomly thoughout Saturday's Pre Fight show. pic.twitter.com/jgksjZZdsn
Nick Newell is right.
Respect to the Undertaker but I'll be dammed if he doesn't look like Frasier Crane right here pic.twitter.com/RCpXhicvxu— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) April 12, 2018
Joanna Jedrzejczyk doesn’t seem to be taking her loss TOO hard.
Watch out, Vasyl Lomachenko. Jorge Linares is not playing around.
Jorge Linares knocks out sparring partner pic.twitter.com/KrAncXYH3e— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) February 2, 2018
The Zuckerberg testimony was comedic on many levels, but also Facebook is potentially destroying our democracy, so anyway here’s a jiu-jitsu meme about it.
Congrats Jesse. You made it into the memes.
Today on Twitter a rumor got started about the new broadcast deal the UFC is supposedly striking. Only... it came from an anonymous person, mmalogic, on an MMA message board. If it turns out to be true, that would be the most MMA-typical event since last week when UFC 223 went off the rails.
I knew that "PPVs reduced to 6 per year" bit sounded familiar. pic.twitter.com/Tj6W6ZoIIc— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) April 11, 2018
McGregor making a cameo in Cat Zingano’s walkout was one of the first moments where I began to realize he was everywhere.
I’m kinda looking forward to this
New serial investigative podcast coming soon. Crowdfunding campaign shortly. Here's the poster/shirt design for season 1, which will feature all of the evidence I've been withholding and interviews with victims, LE, and multiple sources who witnessed and lived through the saga. pic.twitter.com/ydtxwKphQw— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) April 12, 2018
This is the Muay Thai shark-tank clinch work that makes champions.
Zabit Magomedosharipov is more or less a modern Russian ninja, who actually studied kung fu and went to a real-life full time martial arts academy as a child.
I really want to see the Yair Rodriguez fight
According to Magomedsharipov’s team, he heard Rodriguez was in Vegas today and waited for him for two extra hours at the UFC Performance Institute to discuss a potential fight. Alas, they never ran into Rodriguez.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 11, 2018
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- Justin Gaethje has subtleties to his defense that you may overlook in the slobberknocker violence fest he always brings.
- Dagestani supermarkets are selling chicken labelled after Conor McGregor because of course they are.
- Nick Diaz is back, baby
- Why does the media get blamed for absolutely everything, including ‘cokehead’ Conor McGregor?
- Andrew Richardson’s preview of Vettori vs. Adesanya this weekend is your required technique reading of the day.
Podcasts and Video
Top three UFC fights to watch this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube
Always good to watch a specialist at work.
Albino rhombic egg eater eats an egg pic.twitter.com/iicy8gw3zQ— Nature Is Fu*king Lit (@NaturelsLit) April 12, 2018
I wonder what the North American ecosystem was like when we still had cheetahs and lions. These are the vital questions that keep me up at night.
Watch this massive cruise ship crash into the land. You won’t regret it.