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Midnight Mania! With Woodley out, the Robbie Lawler sweepstakes has begun

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Robbie Lawler sweepstakes has begun. After former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley withdrew from his rematch with Lawler at UFC on ESPN 3 this June in Minneapolis, Minnesota, due to a nagging hand injury, welterweight contenders of all shapes and sizes have offered to fill in against “Ruthless.”

First to speak up was former welterweight title challenger Darren Till, who made a case for a main event scrap with Lawler as long as the contest took place at 175 pounds. Having struggled with weight cuts in the past, Till’s request makes sense.

However, that’s not how fellow welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio sees it. Instead, “Gente Boa” believes Till is being a big brat in requesting a catchweight matchup with “Ruthless.” Ponzinibbio may have went a little hard in his explanation, but this is the fight game. All bets are off, verbally and physically.

Adding to the Lawler sweepstakes were a few other welterweight hopefuls searching for their divisional break on big ESPN.

And, of course, the always entertaining Mike “Platinum” Perry had to throw his hat into the cage as well.

Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes offered support for the injured Tyron Woodley.

And then we have this...


Newly crowned UFC interim champions Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya made a triumphant return home this week:

Is there anybody scarier than Deontay Wilder in boxing right now?

Don’t look now but former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is taking her business ventures to the next level:

UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson reminded us all to just keep smiling:

This Thor-inspired reenactment of Douglas Lima’s knockout over Michael “Venom” Page is pretty epic:

This grappling session between Angela Hill and Jessica Penne got real interesting:

Slips, Rips, and ONE Clips

By the looks the this knockout, Sage Northcutt wasn’t so “Super” in his ONE Championship debut:

The legendary Tito Ortiz offered the following insight into Northcutt’s debut gone wrong:

The ONE Championship: ‘Enter The Dragon’ event also spit out the following action:

Jiu-Jitsu wizard Garry Tonon seemed pleased with the above heel-hook submission finish over Yoshiki Nakahara:

Back to the action...

A short right hand put this heavyweight boxer through the ropes:

Random Land

No superhero will ever top this:

Is this really the best choice for the next Batman?

And last but not least, check out this intense collision on the ice:

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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