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Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Conor McGregor is one of the very best strikers in the MMA game. It’s easy to make jokes about “dat left hand shot,” but the Southpaw’s left has put down plenty of elite opposition, he can both pressure and counter well, and McGregor’s kicking game is quite diverse.
In the clip above, McGregor is asked if he’d be interested in either bare knuckle boxing — like his team mate and friend, Artem Lobov — or Lethwei, the Burmese martial art that involves bare knuckle punches, kicks, knees, and headbutts. McGregor admits while the sports are certainly “damaging,” he still be interested in “giving it a shot.”
Now, of all the potential McGregor match ups to emerge in the previous week or so, this is perhaps the most unlikely. Still, it cannot be completely ruled out if McGregor is truly willing. After all, Floyd Mayweather would boxing up an MMA fighter in one of the biggest sporting events of all time did not seem particularly likely until happened.
The main difference, of course, is that there is far less money in bare knuckle boxing and Lethwei. But who knows ... maybe we’re just at the beginning of the Bare Knuckle Era and don’t know it yet.
The Ultimate Fighter had a good run and all, but it was time.
A bit corny, sure, but it made me laugh. Masvidal actually seemed a bit uncomfortable!
On a related note, some “Gamebred” art featuring Kimbo Slice:
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Kicking off 2020 with a new piece: “Gamebred”: A throwback to the Kimbo Slice backyard fighting days in Miami. Jorge ”Gamebred” Masvidal was able to graduate from the Miami underground fight scene to become a UFC star. ✊ “Gamebred” is an animal that has been bred to be game. For game dogs it means to continue fighting when a normal dog would give up. The ability to fight through pain and fatigue. Jorge knew Kimbo since he was 19 years old and says he wouldn’t be where he’s at if it wasn’t for him. From the Miami backyards to Madison Square Garden. ⛓ #TheWorldisYours • Swipe for full piece. • #gamebred #kimboslice #RIPkimbo #jorgemasvidal #supernecessary #dosbrak @gamebredfighter
Tony Ferguson has definitely stood in the middle of a thunderstorm and dared the lightning to touch him.
It’s time to send Tai Tuivasa to the NFL combine.
Chan Sung Jung is coming for that title.
Is it time to re-brand BJJ? The aftereffects of a heel hook are anything but gentle.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Hell of a headbutt to start this clip, Sumo looks so painful.
An awesome highlight and reminder of just how powerful a single weapon can be:
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I saw a post earlier with loads of Thai fighters merged together with all there best attributes, the left kick was yod, me personally I would have the left kick as this guy @kiatmontep Samkor Kiatmontep. Don’t get me wrong yods left kick is great but Iv never ever seen a fighter literally kick countless other top fighters into submission quite like this guy could. I was lucky enough to fight on 2 of the same shows as him in japan when I was younger coming through the ranks and watching him boot people into submission and hear the noise from ringside was terrifying. If you’ve never seen him fight sit back and enjoy #leftkick #southpaw
Staying off the ropes/cage can be easy in theory and difficult in execution.
Midnight Mania founder and former host, Andrew Pearson, is now nerding out about prehistoric creatures. My childhood dream job was to be a paleontologist, so when he retweeted this cool thread about “non-pterodactyloid pterosaur tracks,” I found it quite interesting. Click through to learn about this new discovery in detail!
This is a big deal because, in > 200 years of research, we've never had any hints about how non-pterodactyloids walked. All trackways known to date belong to pterodactyloids: short-tailed, long-armed pterosaurs of Late Jurassic and Cretaceous age. (Walking azhdarchids pictured) pic.twitter.com/M1V2HGM9dl— Mark Witton (@MarkWitton) January 16, 2020
Midnight Music: I’m a big Lou Reed fan, so of course The Modern Lovers are cool too.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.