Welcome to Midnight Mania!
It’s been half a year since Brock Lesnar jumped into the cage and shoved newly crowned heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier, flashing decayed teeth as he cut a promo against the champion. The prospective bout with Cormier had a built-in roadblock, with Lesnar needing to finish out his USADA suspension for the anabolic steroids he was suspended for after UFC 200. (Mark Hunt is still angry about that, in case anyone was wondering). Six months on, its still unclear whether Lesnar will actually return to the cage. However, he did spend some time on the mats recently, which could be a good sign.
The skillset that brought Lesnar his fame and glory was developed in his college wrestling days. Now, Brock is back on the mats, practicing with Gable Stevenson at the University of Minnesota.
.@BrockLesnar vs @GSteveson going live. Who you got? pic.twitter.com/Rq5kwWRRHg— Minnesota Wrestling (@GopherWrestling) January 16, 2019
Could there be a better training partner for @GSteveson than @DCBROCKLESNAR ❓ #GopherTough #GopherFamily pic.twitter.com/X7YKlc4Kzb— Minnesota Wrestling (@GopherWrestling) January 16, 2019
Could his motivation be to train for a bout with two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in the UFC’s Octagon? We will get our answer in 2019.
Will Brock return to the UFC in 2019?
This poll is closed
Alexander Volkanovski wins the ten-year challenge
#10yearscallenge ♂️ pic.twitter.com/CdkVK0D0lh— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) January 16, 2019
Dana White’s entry was pretty funny too, courtesy of Michael Chiesa
Cub Swanson had a solid entry
#10yearchallenge pic.twitter.com/r5o8qEveoR— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) January 17, 2019
Aljamain Sterling has stepped his beard game up
I’m not sure if much changed besides my peanut head filling out This was amateur debut on the left!— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) January 15, 2019
•#10YearChallenge #Decade #MMA #UFC #DreamChaser #LittleFunk pic.twitter.com/pLrQ75scsB
I never realized Angela Hill was an animator
2008: Full-time animator, part-time bartender at @cafehabana (hence the calendar photo)— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) January 14, 2019
2018: Full-time professional MMA fighter, part-time gamer.
Wonder what I’ll be doing in the next ten #10YearChallenge pic.twitter.com/eTjI15irWU
This is the problem with superfights- the clog up the divisions every single time.
#UFCBrooklyn— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 17, 2019
For @henry_cejudo the plan is to defend his UFC flyweight title against TJ Dillashaw and then do the immediate rematch, fighting Dillashaw for his UFC bantamweight championship, after negotiating with the UFC, of course.
Full scrum:https://t.co/CvRRcByhAC pic.twitter.com/fTFRFRUlip
Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal is going to be an interesting staring contest
Breaking: Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal will headline UFC Fight Night on March 16 in London on ESPN+, per Dana White. pic.twitter.com/xUXxyqoS8K— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 16, 2019
Lando Vannata drilling striking combinations
I don’t usually include John Danaher in Midnight Mania because he writes novels for captions, but something about the geometry in this triangle choke setup was aesthetically appealing.
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Angle and alignment: Jiu Jitsu is a game of prerequisites. UNLESS THOSE PREREQUISITES ARE SATISFIED, THE END RESULT YOU SEEK WILL ELUDE YOU. In the case of the front triangle (Omote Sankaku), quite a bit has to happen before the stranglehold is established. Two of the most important elements are ANGLE and ALIGNMENT. The more you position yourself at a perpendicular angle the easier you will be able to capture your opponent in a well locked triangle - particularly important for those of you (like me ) who have short legs. Another key element of the ALIGNMENT OF YOUR LOWER LEGS PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL LOCKING OF THE TRIANGLE. You want both of your lower legs POINTING IN THE SAME DIRECTION. Failure to do so makes it easy for a wary opponent to posture up and out of your lock. Look how Nicky Ryan, a young master of the triangle, works on both angle and alignment as he drills in the blue basement - in this example the alignment is so good the strangle is taking effect before he even locks his legs. So when you fight from guard and you see your opportunity to enter this great attack - think about the need for angle in your hips and upper body and alignment of your lower legs - soon your guard will be a veritable danger zone for your opponents!
Tony Ferguson needs to get his title shot in 2019, or we riot.
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My Old School Crew “Keep It Classy” The Rest Of You... Don’t Get All Flustered & Excited About Some Normal Stuff I Do On The Reg It’s A Rare Glimpse At My Routine Ground & Pound Bagwork I’ve Been Savin’ For Someone Special Check It Out... McNuggets Is Fried & Fathead Khabieber Is Off On His World Tour. I Got A Good Ol’ Fashioned Ass Whoopin’ W/ A Side Of That Hotsauce For Em’ On Standby, Don’t Trip One Bit. Them Boys Scared To Go Toe To Toe & We Just Warmin’ Up #snapintuit x SnapJitsu™️ It’s All About Attitude. -Team El Cucuy- My Mat.
Anthony Pettis against Stephen Thompson seems like a mismatch, but Pettis is just here for the glory and the loot.
I love Dustin Poirier’s positive mentality.
My goal isn't to get even with these guys. My goal is to prosper.#championmindset #Gold— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 16, 2019
Amanda Nunes was all over the place on Twitter today, but confirmed she seems to have no interest in a rematch with Cris Cyborg
Sorry Cristiane but I’m done with 145. My Goal was to be a double champ. But, now I can help you build the division. I got someone for you @Judo_Kayla is a true 145er— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
Holly would definitely be a great fight to defend my belt at 135.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
I changed my mind. I think I want @dc_mma next or @JonnyBones— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
Okay... what is going on with her account?
OKAY GUYS I’M DONE PLAYING. IM REALLY PLANNING ON GOING DOWN TO FIGHT FOR THE 125 BELT.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
Megan Anderson says Nunes should be stripped if she won’t defend
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) January 17, 2019
Strip her then... I'll fight Cris for the vacant 145 UFC title if Amanda wont give her the rematch Cris deserves. https://t.co/R5KNmWFM1j
Tatiana Suarez is the strawweight champion in waiting
Yeah aight #bussdown pic.twitter.com/H8FYjMcLk0— Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) January 17, 2019
Ben Askren and Kelvin Gastelum went back and forth on Twitter
I’m sorry I don’t know know who you are young man! pic.twitter.com/x6FS3HvYjV— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) January 16, 2019
Kelvin 1) I have more followers than you 2) no one believes your pathetic lie 3) maybe try a little originality 4) you missed weight by 10lbs I mean holy crap what kind of person does that? https://t.co/b0I0eTNI5Q— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) January 16, 2019
You a master of original trash talk, I’ve never hard that before https://t.co/EO9rglHItE— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) January 16, 2019
I had never seen this incredible one-shot fight scene
Sumo has questionable decisions too
Questionable call as Hakuho gets the nod over Hokutofuji pic.twitter.com/qNO4Vze8oO— MEGATON (Shemetov To RIZIN) (@BasedDongeezus) January 16, 2019
It's been a while, lets see what's going on over at Alaska FC. pic.twitter.com/BkFl7HO1ar— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 17, 2019
On this note...
Goodnight internet. https://t.co/1Ya9er1B8N— Bi Nguyen “killer bee” (@killerbeemma) January 17, 2019
Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality