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You know that saying about kids, that ANY attention is good attention? Well, it holds true in any public sphere of modern life as well. This is doubly the case in mixed martial arts, which is starved for any and all mainstream exposure. Sure, the UFC is worth somewhere between 4 and 7 billion dollars, depending on who you listen to, but the fighters themselves have precious little of that pie. Moreover, in this post-Reebok age of corporate sterilized monopoly, the secondary market for sponsors has collapsed, taking away opportunities for fighters to find a niche and develop their own audience.
So when a figure like Logan Paul, whose career IS mining mainstream attention, especially among young people, shows an interest in the sport, it’s like a feeding frenzy. Fighters trip over themselves in any and all attempt to call out the hot new guy. It’s only rational; non-fighters present both an easy fight and a LOT of attention. Brock Lesnar was among the first crossover stars to demonstrate this appeal; CM Punk showed that the UFC themselves are also greedy enough to cash in on the freak-show appeal even when a Famous Person has no fighting skill. Then, of course, there was McGregor-Mayweather, the Ultimate Circus.
Logan Paul is somewhere north of CM Punk on the “fighting skills” index, though it isn’t clear by how much. He wrestled in high school; he boxes with better form than Punk, but he
lost drew in a boxing match with another YouTuber, KSI, so we can’t rate that too highly either. Today, Sage Northcutt called out Paul on Twitter, who responded by calling him Sage Northbutt.
Let me know when you wanna catch these hands— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) August 31, 2018
IT HAS BEGUN.....— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) August 31, 2018
Sage Northcutt might be the perfect opponent to capitalize on the popularity of Paul; also blond, unbelievably ripped and athletic, even more corny, probably the most likely fighter to capture the imagination of the demographic Paul brings to the table. The UFC absolutely ought to book this fight. It’s both an insult to the sport and the most rational decision for all parties, with the possible exception of Logan Paul. Sage Northcutt would beat the shit out of him while smiling the entire time, then do a standing gainer afterwards just for fun.
For that matter, Mike Perry jumping on the bandwagon and offering to train Paul is also perfect in many ways. Why not?
Myself , #FrankTheTank and @JacksonWinkMMA would love to be the people to help you prepare for a high level fight if you’re interested @LoganPaul— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 31, 2018
Darren Till explained why not, for anyone who was listening. This sport is incredibly hard work, getting mentally and physically broken over and over again until you are tough as nails, and then repeating that process ad infinitum until your career is over. Paul jumping in for one fight and undoubtedly making millions like Punk, is just insulting. But that’s our sport and our world now.
Every day is hard as fuck, every day is a little more harder on your physical & mental state. Then ye get a cunt coming along like this youtuber fella thinking he can mix it in the @ufc fuck off will ye mate and don’t embarrass our sport.— Darren Till (@darrentill2) August 30, 2018
Mike Perry’s Twitter attacks on Donald Cerrone border on being legally actionable.
@Cowboycerrone cuz you deserve it brotha— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 31, 2018
This RIZIN 13 trailer will get you HYPE, as the kids say.
I PRESENT THE RIZIN 13 TRAILER. MADE BY MYSELF !!!!!— Desmond Madden (@DesmondMadden) August 30, 2018
Please share and click the YouTube link below to help out my channel. pic.twitter.com/8KVo6SkRmu
I really hope this guy is okay. Real world violence like this
Darrion Caldwell, back in his wrestling days, might possibly have been a little bit of a show-off.
Tbt 2009 to the infamous backflip. 1. The commentator talking was completely bias Iowa Hawkeyes were deducted a team point not NC State. 2. Where’s the score clock in the video? He touched me at 0 seconds. 3. I just won a National title I’m gonna celebrate. Hop off my scrodem 4. They say always look forward never behind you. Apparently I was in the lead. 5. I ruined a career on this day and catapulted my own! #nationalchamp #backflip #ncstate #wolfpack #wrestling #celebrate
Islam Makhachev understands exactly how rankings work.
Now I’m top 15 @danawhite @seanshelby give me Brock Lesnar or Mayweather let’s go pic.twitter.com/7ciyWcMGr0— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) August 30, 2018
Twitter suspended an account for posting a PICTURE (not a video) of an MMA fighter
Listen UFC — I don’t get the mixed signals. If you want me, you can have me. No need to play games. https://t.co/lxuPqTYJJy— Kayla Hracho (@kayrockMMA) August 30, 2018
Aljamain Sterling is trying, with the rest of us, to figure out how Angela Hill comes up with these cosplay outfits. Turns out she makes them herself.
I crafted them myself— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) August 30, 2018
Derek Brunson might be onto something.
This had me weak pic.twitter.com/C8RQHFNmG7— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 30, 2018
Shane Burgos is back for more high-octane featherweight action.
This is gonna be fun.. https://t.co/PmVa3MsXsV— Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB) August 30, 2018
Floyd Mayweather posted this on Thursday
#WCW “WHOOP CONNOR WEDNESDAY”— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 30, 2018
Everyone following me...repost this, come up with your own creative caption & tag me. Thanks in advance! pic.twitter.com/4R3FizyW65
Ted Cruz somehow sucks at basketball MORE than I do, which is almost impossible
This Ted Cruz hoops tape is pic.twitter.com/g0oLF4yHqx— Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) August 30, 2018
This picture can really make you think about the passage of time, along which we are just ants in an ocean
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