Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Last Friday (May 17, 2019), legendary kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan was controversially upset by Petchmorakot in a very close fight at the “Enter the Dragon” event in Kallang, Singapore. The Thai athlete made the most of brief clinch attempts to score some hard knees, which were likely the deciding factor in shifting the scorecards to his favor.
Petchmorakot advances to the semifinals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix with a split-decision win over the legendary Giorgio Petrosyan! #WeAreONE #EnterTheDragon #Singapore #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/ur6C5cxju8— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) May 17, 2019
At least, it was the deciding factor until earlier today, when ONE Championship made the decision to overrule the judges. As the tweet below mentions, initially the plan was for the two to rematch, but now it appears Petchmorakot’s management is rejecting that option.
The controversial split decision win for Petchmorakot Petchyindee over Giorgio Petrosyan at ONE: Enter The Dragon, has been ruled a no contest and the two will now rematch. #ONEChampionship #EnterTheDragon #Kickboxing https://t.co/evo8a47fVa— Asian Persuasion MMA (@APMMA_Net) May 22, 2019
As a professional fighter, I really want to love ONE FC — hell, I shouted them out for a fight opportunity twice in my travel blog a couple months ago. It is doing a major part in keeping hope alive for 125-pound fighters. Even as a fan, I understand the desire to fix incompetent judges and referee calls. Such incompetence is rarely officially addressed, as the government committees that oversee mixed martial arts (MMA) in the states are loathe to criticize their own.
All that said, there wasn’t anything blatantly wrong with the Petchmorakot-Petrosyan decision. It was a close fight, and ONE involved itself unnecessarily. By getting involved, questions have to be asked about ONE’s motivations — how much of this decision to overturn the call was in interest of seeing Petrosyan (the more popular man) advance further in its tournament?
This is a bad time for ONE to overplay its hand. In April, ONE implemented a bizarre and controlling set of regulations regarding who can manage its fighters. Perhaps the most appealing part of competing for ONE FC is its supposed fix for weight cutting, but Urijah Faber just claimed that its athletes are finding ways around the system. To cap it all off, no one actually knows if the promotion is making any money or pulling the numbers it claims.
I still really want to love ONE FC, and competing in Singapore would be a dream, but it would be silly to pretend there are not red flags.
No one can deny Josh Emmett’s knockout power after his last couple wins, but I’ve had the fortune of watching that man absolutely shred mitts for years now. Few can close more distance with that right hand-roll than Emmett.
A reminder that despite my questions for ONE FC and its lack of oversight, our commissions in the United States do whatever the hell they want, too.
NSAC reduces brawl ban for Khabib's teammates https://t.co/YZ2rN4wetK— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) May 22, 2019
Juan Adams is a pretty major step up in competition for Hardy and deserved to have his hand raised last time out. I have a tough time seeing Hardy surviving this one.
BREAKING: UFC is finalizing a bout between Greg Hardy and Juan Adams for July 20, San Antonio. Adams has targeted Hardy a lot on social media. Says he "hates" him and uses a #F---GregHardy hashtag. Obviously, a fight he's been looking for. https://t.co/TEtzaooOHW— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 22, 2019
I stand firmly by the belief that “El Cucuy” is the best Lightweight in the world. Title fight or no, let’s all get excited for his battle with Donald Cerrone.
What better way to prep for #UFC238!— UFC (@ufc) May 22, 2019
Re-live the highlights of our FIGHT OF THE YEAR: @TonyFergusonXT vs @ShowtimePettis. pic.twitter.com/qE5WfEjeBF
Speaking of “Cowboy,” Cerrone’s pace and activity against the best in the world is not going to be seen again for a long, long time. One day, I hope Cerrone really goes into detail on the physical toll of so many fight camps in such a short time and how he managed it.
1️⃣8️⃣ days since we last saw @CowboyCerrone.— UFC (@ufc) May 22, 2019
1️⃣7️⃣ days 'til we see him again. #UFC238 pic.twitter.com/I49ECp9gAS
Slips, Rips, and KO clips
This is where I oversimplify the below mastery with an admittedly true statement like, “elbows are underutilized in MMA.”
Jab high, body-body! A combination that I still remember as a Joseph Benavidez signature.
Sumo is simply the coolest, ask anyone other than Skip Bayless!
Day11 Mongol #Roga in his enthusiasm to get his KK, knocks Aratora right off the screen. ;) my #sumo pic.twitter.com/RGB4tUxDFv— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) May 22, 2019
Speed kills ... sometimes.
Block or charge? ♂️ pic.twitter.com/o7oh1ce4ix— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) May 22, 2019
I’m 3/3 on whining about Game of Thrones, but this time I’d also like highlight the fact that Avatar: “The Last Airbender” was top-notch television. Middleweight interim champion Israel Adesanya has multiple tattoos from the show, so I’m not even that far off topic right now!
Music from the making of tonight’s Midnight Mania! London’s FKA Twigs is one of the most brilliant musicians working today. Her latest music video is pure artistic vision: written, co-produced, performed, and choreographed by Twigs, who is BACK after some health struggles in recent years.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.