Welcome to Midnight Mania!
The Conor McGregor show continues! After over a year on the sidelines, the sport’s biggest star will return in just about a week at UFC 246. Until then, however, expect McGregor news to continue dominating the airwaves.
Earlier today, EssentiallySports reported on McGregor’s salary for next Saturday, and it’s significant. The Irishman is set to earn $5,000,000 for his main event return, and that figure does not include other sources of revenue like the Reebok sponsorship, pay-per-view (PPV) points, or potential performance bonuses. Previously, the highest recorded official purse for a UFC fighter was McGregor’s showdown with UFC Lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov. In his losing effort to “The Eagle,” McGregor still banked $3,000,000.
Not a bad raise!
In addition, it was revealed that Donald Cerrone will also be paid seven figures, though his paycheck is to be $2,000,000. That may be quite a bit less than McGregor, but it’s still a very significant increase from his usual fight purse and well-above what most UFC fighters will ever hope to make in a single fight.
Belal Muhammad’s parody of Tony Ferguson’s crazy workout style is perfection.
Exclusive LEAKED clip of Tony Ferguson training camp pic.twitter.com/TDvmcBBbQL— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) January 10, 2020
Ryan Hall might just have found himself a foe!
UFC is donating 250k to help with the Australia wildfires!
The UFC family sends its love and support to all those affected by the devastating bushfire crisis in Australia.— UFC (@ufc) January 10, 2020
Join us in supporting relief efforts ➡️ https://t.co/besoxVzvVQ pic.twitter.com/mvvxFHTcNt
Chase Hooper not only got his M&Ms, he got his own SPECIAL M&Ms.
Just received a jar of custom @chase_hooper @mmschocolate.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 10, 2020
Nice to see the UFC marketing machine get behind the youngest athlete on their roster.
Check out the video in the retweet to hear Chase's M&Ms power rankings. https://t.co/xQ4TZDnbpx pic.twitter.com/nkkpEZHiZa
USADA’s response to Jessica Eye’s case does not inspire much hope for her case ... the real solution is fleeing to Japan!
USADA Statement on Jessica Penne’s Public Comments pic.twitter.com/2XH6yFsBvy— USADA | UFC Anti-Doping Program (@USADA_UFC) January 10, 2020
Florida Man strikes again.
I present to you the “who wants the smoke challenge” smoke 3 packs of ports and run 3 miles as fast as you can— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 10, 2020
Another challenge, one less entertaining but likely with a more positive impact:
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Koala Challenge found from @barstoolsports Challenge excepted!!! Let’s raise some awareness and money for the Australian Bush fires. I challenge @joannajedrzejczyk @jayglazer and @damianlillard To try the Koala Bear challenge and donate to one of many Australian Bush fire fundraisers like I have. #koalachallenge
Slips, rips, and One Championship clips
Southpaws don’t need much more than a sharp, accurate left kick.
Muay Thai's "Million Dollar Baby" racks up Kenta Yamada's medical bills, as Sangmanee Sathian Muaythai (182-26-5) repeatedly rockets his shin into his foe's ribs and noggin en route to a clear decision. The tri-division Rajadamnern champ rides seven straight wins. #ANewTomorrow pic.twitter.com/L7DTzcvuLe— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) January 10, 2020
Rodtang is absolutely terrifying. It doesn’t seem to remotely matter what you throw in his direction — he’s going to fire back much harder.
The King of Violence Rodtang with another vintage performance, annihilating Haggerty's body and will to fight for a third-round stoppage. pic.twitter.com/m6jxqSwC9s— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) January 10, 2020
All that rage Liam Harrison unleashes on pads? He does that in the ring also.
The story of this 93-year-old man dressing in all black and shooting his apartment manager IN BOTH LEGS over water damage is incredible. The geriatric assassin clearly doesn’t need AARP to settle his disputes!
FREE MY NIGGA ROBERT THOMAS HE JUST WANTED YALL TO FIX THE WATER DAMAGE BUT NOOOOOOOOOOOO... pic.twitter.com/07qwB5k00L— YouTube: Theory901 (@Theory901) January 9, 2020
He ain’t have to shoot bruh in BOTH LEGS though.... ♂️ pic.twitter.com/UqT32ongaV— YouTube: Theory901 (@Theory901) January 9, 2020
Midnight Music: The first single for the forthcoming posthumous Mac Miller album Circles dropped yesterday.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.