Welcome to Midnight Mania!
The usual captain of Midnight Mania, Mr. Andrew Pearson, is taking the week off, presumably to organize the proletariat in some type of uprising. While he’s busy, I’ll do my best to fill his shoes, though I’ll also be giving a bit of my own spin on the Midnight Mania zaniness. Expect a little bit of extra technique talk, more Team Alpha Male drama (you know you want it), and maybe some extra memes!
Or maybe I’ll just spend the entire week complaining about Game of Thrones, which would work, too.
As it turns out, my first night on the job is a graphic one, as Paulie Malignaggi is doing his best to hype his grudge match with Artem Lobov. The two are set to throw down at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 on June 6, 2019, with the event unsurprisingly taking place in Tampa, Florida. A full month ahead of the bout, Malignaggi is raising the stakes, as the former WBA Welterweight boxing champ spit at Lobov today.
Spitting is ugly, but it’s not unheard of in combat sports. Malignaggi’s trash talk, however, was another notch higher on the bizarre meter. See for yourself!
Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov kicked off at the obscene press conference to announce their June 22nd bare-knuckle boxing fight: "I'm gonna take out my d**k, after I knock his teeth out, and I'm gonna p*** in that toothless mouth." pic.twitter.com/IJ2XeVXzWd— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 20, 2019
Given Malignaggi’s general lack of punching power and Lobov’s cinder block-esque skull, it doesn’t sound like a rather likely outcome. More to the point, Malignaggi’s over-the-top approach to hyping up this fight is clearly an attempt to draw Conor McGregor from Twitter and back to the boxing ring. That doesn’t sound likely either, but I suppose Malignaggi will try his best to piss his way into a big money fight.
Either way, this is not the first time a combat sports athlete has taken it upon himself to blur the strange line between violence and sex. Wanderlei Silva infamously missed a word when threatening to f*** up Chuck Liddell. Joseph Benavidez made a reference to the classic Patrick Swayze film Roadhouse (that no one recognized) to intimidate Henry Cejudo on their season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). And in perhaps the most famous example, Mike Tyson made some terrifying direct threats to a reporter that involved words on the Mania no-no list.
Aren’t combat sports the
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a rough sport. I watched this fight and never saw the upkick, but lots of strikes like these are missed while still leaving a mark. Big credit to Ed Herman for over a decade of work inside the Octagon!
Boom we got it done @ufc #ufcrochester #teamherman #teamshortfuse pic.twitter.com/reHLGf9evz— Ed Herman (@EdHermanufc) May 19, 2019
Another clip from Israel Adesanya’s visit back to Nigeria.
No PR team needed.— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) May 19, 2019
I don't do it for the likes...I do it for the love pic.twitter.com/XrZXXmFwEl
Truly, there is no cure for the MMA mindset of, “you’re only as good as your last fight.”
When a UFC fighter loses, fans be like:— Danny Castillo (@lastcall155) May 20, 2019
-Not the same since USADA
-Go to Bellator
-Get new training partners
Y’all people are something else.
Few fighters are as open about their feelings after a loss as Kevin Lee. Like him or not, that’s admirable.
“This s--- really makes you question what you believe in.” (via @MoTownPhenom) pic.twitter.com/SYITdnLbJT— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 19, 2019
Sage Northcutt is a wonderful human being.
I can't get over it. how metal is @sagenorthcutt's hospital photo. Esp in black and white. pic.twitter.com/ntr1eARh89— esther lin (@allelbows) May 19, 2019
Always and forever.
Slips, Rips, and KO clips
KSW 49 was overshadowed by UFC ‘Rochester’ this weekend, but the Polish promotion delivered another solid night of combat. Really, KSW has found their niche: squat, jacked European dudes whipping hooks at each other.
#ErkoJun's one-punch KO win over #AkopSzostak last night at #KSW49! pic.twitter.com/yBPk2yRYqY— KSW (@KSW_MMA) May 19, 2019
Pro tip to any fighters out there: spamming an Orthodox fighter with left kicks to the liver from Southpaw is almost never a bad idea.
Wow, @scottaskham1 is relentless with those body kicks! #KSW49 pic.twitter.com/QwcJFvm5cD— KSW (@KSW_MMA) May 18, 2019
I didn’t realize Luis Henrique had been released from UFC’s roster, the Brazilian definitely has some talent.
WOW!!! Luis Henrique finishes Michal Andryszak!!! #KSW49 pic.twitter.com/9PE0Rt3dlF— KSW (@KSW_MMA) May 18, 2019
I actually got to train with Antun Racic at Team Alpha Male a couple years ago, the man is about as strong as he looks.
What an end to Polytilo vs. Racic!! #KSW49— KSW (@KSW_MMA) May 18, 2019
Watch live right now on https://t.co/F6vAzlDmE2!! pic.twitter.com/GEvZdWs1cn
Even if you saw Deontay Wilder’s massive knockout win on Saturday night, you should watch it again.
“Let’s get our money’s worth, Deontay! Chill, not yet. Gimme five rounds, please!”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 19, 2019
Wilder, 10 seconds later:
(via boymeetsworld/IG) pic.twitter.com/wT35fdcnYx
Yes, I’m still mad. And I’m not alone.
What the hell was the point of this? #GameOfThronesFinale pic.twitter.com/wvfPQz9Zu3— Wookiebush (@wookieebushclm) May 20, 2019
New Zealand is spectacular.
From the album that played while aggregating all this content! Of the many greats that died too young, Jeff Buckley is a personal favorite.
Sleep well Maniacs! If I’m not fired for my lead story, check back in with me tomorrow night!