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Midnight Mania! Henry Cejudo and Valentina Shevchenko settle their beef, which was never real

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Fake foes became friends in Abu Dhabi.

Continuing with his new “Triple C” persona, Henry Cejudo made headlines with his “wacky” callout of Valentina Shevchenko about a month ago. Though obvious to all paying attention that it was just another part of Cejudo’s goofy gimmick, Cejudo’s bizarre callout actually resulted in quite a bit of attention.

Somehow, both Cejudo and Shevchenko wound up hanging out together in Abu Dhabi ahead of UFC 242. Per a report from MMA Junkie, the two were immediately friendly. The pair squared off and posed for pictures, some of which included Shevchenko putting the double-champ in a rear naked choke while he yelled out, “No Mas!”

The posts have since been deleted, but nothing is ever truly gone from the web.

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They meet in real life.

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Now for the real question... think any bookies are going to honor bets placed on Shevchenko as a result of these pictures?!? At any rate, it will be interesting to see if Cejudo continues his public call-outs of Shevchenko after these pictures spread around.

Insomnia

Everyone wants a piece of the cringe!

I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again: the MMA world is overlooking Dustin Poirier.

Scrambled legs.

Some “Immortal” philosophy from Matt Brown:

Congratulations to Amanda Nunes for inclusion in the ESPN ‘Body Issue.’

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#espnbodyissue2019

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It’s great to see Thiago Santos looking cheery after his earlier post-surgery struggle.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

A well-timed knee to the body can be a game-changer:

I’m definitely in favor of legalizing knees to a downed opponent. This is great execution!

It’s never good to wake up between the ropes.

Random Land

The power of moving water is constantly underestimated.

Midnight Music: To die by your side, dear readers, is such a heavenly way to die.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.