clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Midnight Mania! Yoel Romero claps back at Daniel Cormier, DC shuts him down again

New, comments

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

UFC 226: Miocic v Cormier Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Yoel Romero’s clapback at Daniel Cormier was pretty good. The two-time middleweight title challenger, who has only lost to Robert Whittaker in the UFC, (the second fight by the narrowest of margins) pointed out that getting a title shot a division up after a loss was not too far from what Cormier himself accomplished at UFC 226. Of course, Cormier’s second loss to Jon Jones was turned into a no-contest after Jones popped for steroids, and he defended the title against Volkan Oezdemir after that, but those are just technicalities.

And, to back up Cormier’s admittance that Romero would likely have beaten him in straight wrestling, Romero’s manager Abraham Kawa posted his wrestling credentials.

That drew a response from Cormier, who was having none of it, and told Romero to keep dreaming. He pointed out the flaw in Romero’s argument, and also indicated that he thinks it is Romero’s manager’s brother, Malki Kawa, that is posting on his behalf.

Of course, Romero missed weight by 4 ounces after the commission stopped his weight cutting an hour early. Cormier, over by 1.2 pounds at UFC 210, went a much simpler route.

This fight won’t happen yet, if it happens at all. Cormier has way too important a money fight on his horizon in Brock Lesnar to risk it against Yoel Romero. Maybe Shogun Rua. (Please, not Shogun Rua)

I’ll accept Yoel Romero vs. Jon Jones instead, after the requisite Romero win over ranked light heavyweight competition.


Mere rings cannot contain Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi

I fear for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next foe

I’m guessing this papapkha allows him to control an super-powered arrow via whistling.

Justin Gaethje looks like he hits pretty hard in sparring.

No. Why? Please, no. I just defended fun fights but the interim belts? Please make them stop. Holly Holm and Ketlen Vieira don’t need an interim title fight.

This is a good sparring tool.

Nice drill to work on close range fighting

A post shared by BEST NEWS HIGHLIGHTS AND K.O'S (@2kboxingofficial2) on

I just turned my alarm off this morning. Take the power back.


A post shared by Grappling Gorilla (@grapplinggorilla) on

Anderson Silva’s son has come of age.

Another proud father, John Wayne Parr, holding pads for his daughter as only a father can

I hope Kyle Snyder does transition to MMA eventually

Familiar feelings

l Chuckle

A post shared by Because jitsu (@because_jitsu) on

I wouldn’t want to fart around Junior Dos Santos either.

In case you doubted Paul Felder’s arm was really broken.

Never stop being yourself, Tony Ferguson

This would be fun

Mike Perry and Derek Lewis

@thebeastufc and @platinummikeperry

A post shared by ORIGINAL MMA CONTENT (@beaversmash) on

Brendan Schaub started the internet on some wild speculation today about who he and Dana White have in common. The smart money is on Joe Rogan.

I tried to be cool. @danawhite #Icandoyourjobyoucantdomine

A post shared by Brendan Schaub (@brendanschaub) on

The memes coming out of this Dana White-Brendan Schaub spat are admittedly somewhat funny.

#ufc #mma #ithinkyoudbesurprised

A post shared by Grappling Science (@grappling_science) on

A post shared by ASAIG (@_asaig_) on

Daniel Cormier is the second-oldest champion in UFC history. Randy Couture, the oldest, was also an Olympic wrestler, also both light heavyweight and heavyweight champion AND fought Brock Lesnar for heavyweight gold. Coincidence?

It is still very cool to me that UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas is a very skilled piano player

Angela Hill is just giving away the UFC’s secret long-term plan for the sport right now

Good Reads

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

When you want to knock someone out without getting your hands dirty. This is incredible.

These debuts were all really good but I think hindsight bias may be in effect here too

First impressions are key. We countdown our Top 5️⃣ UFC Debuts.

A post shared by ufc (@ufc) on

This remains the most blistering front kick knockout I have ever seen

Still my personal favorite Conor McGregor knockout

Just call him left hook Rottang

Sumo: because the basho is back baby

Podcasts and Video

Ivanov has a good ten-fingered guillotine, evidently. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The JRE with Israel Adesanya

The best-timed counters in MMA?

Random Land

Me, looking for a headline each night

Hang in there, fam. It's almost Friday.

A post shared by Museum Hack (@museumhack) on

I like ghost gardens almost as much as ghost towns now

This iconic piece of history destruction made me sad

I found a new bird account to follow. The Honey Buzzard really does eat bees.

蜂鷹 Honey Buzzard

A post shared by 陳承光 (@joinus12345) on

This is satisfying to watch


A post shared by 陳承光 (@joinus12345) on

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality