Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Few men are more open about the mental side of competition than Robert Whittaker. The Aussie has spoken about battling depression and mental fatigue while champion, admitting previously that his title loss was something of a relief.
Looking back at his time as champion again, Whittaker reflected on a unique portion of the Israel Adesanya challenge: trash talk. “Stylebender” pretty consistently manages to chirp at his opponents beforehand (and sometimes after too), either because of genuine or manufactured bad blood.
It affected “The Reaper.”
“I think it was one more thing that piled on top,” Whittaker told MMA Tonight (transcription via TheBodyLockMMA). “One more thing we threw on top of a pile of an already huge clutter mess of what was going on in my head. And certainly, I can’t discount the fact that side of it, as well as the hype and the buildup and the attention me and him were receiving in Australia. … The size of the event, the size of the venue — it was a massive thing. It just blew everything up to bigger proportions.
“I’m certain it did play a factor. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But I think it was the cherry on top, not so much the driving factor.”
If the two indeed do face-off a second time, perhaps Whittaker will be better prepared for the verbal warfare aspect.
Bobby Green has a chance to make history tomorrow night.
.@BobbyKGreen has been a busy man in 2020. He can make modern UFC history with 4⃣ wins in 128 days. #UFCVegas12 | More: https://t.co/ye2RN5zDym pic.twitter.com/UVZoO3WMrM— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) October 30, 2020
There was a WBC vs. UFC Family Feud episode, and since I am neither a geriatric nor a sick child home from school, I did not watch it. I did, however, laugh at this thread of highlights (click through).
Time for what everyone has been waiting for ... the WBC championship boxers vs. UFC Family Feud thread. And, oh boy, this graphic has me HEATED already pic.twitter.com/etb0O8hVVb— Loma Shoulder Expert (@BoxrecGrey) October 30, 2020
Happy early Halloween! I would not have included this meme had “Stylebender” himself not liked it.
Good news for fight fans who hate Light Heavyweights with healthy legs: Khalil Rountree Jr. isn’t retiring just yet!
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I’m extremely happy to announce that I’ve decided to extend my contract with the @ufc and will be making my return at the start of 2021 • After being away from the sport for over one year now it feels like I have the opportunity to start fresh. I’m back in the game 100% like I’ve just begun, ready to put on the most exciting fights you’ve seen from me yet. I’ve had lots of down time to reflect, reinvent and tighten my circle. I’ve taken the time to look at myself from the inside out and I’ve shared with you all the ups and downs publicly. Now it’s time to bite down and fight harder than ever. I’m ready, and you should be too. If you know a company or brand that you’d like to see me repping, please tag them below as I’m looking for sponsors/partners to grow with. #winningticket @mickmaynard2
“The Gauntlet” is something of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It looks worse than it feels, but there’s always one d*ck who manages to do a full windup and dig in.
There’s some debate whether 2 Chainz says “Going down like Askren” or “Aspen” at about the two minute mark. Decide for yourself:
Are you freaking kidding me, I’m even getting harassed In effing @kanyewest songs. So bogus. https://t.co/VDTAgWBQpt— “Young Superstar” (@Benaskren) October 29, 2020
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Uriah Hall may not have turned into the title contender his TUF season promised (yet?), but damn, it’s still impressive to this day.
As far as introductions go, @UriahHallMMA’s jaw-dropping run in the TUF house is hard to top— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 31, 2020
Hall returns Saturday at #UFCVegas12 on ESPN+ pic.twitter.com/EHeSjp8RIs
Knocked him out of stance with a low kick and then capitalized big!
Frank Wells had a badass finish in his pro debut #CFFC86 pic.twitter.com/diXsm1F6H3— ShayMyName (@ImShannonTho) October 30, 2020
Squeezing the head off a man is a great way to lay claim to a championship belt!
De Ridder does it with a chin crush that oozed right under the next to get the much needed 1st rd finish over Aung to win the MW championship.— Dusty Andrews (@Fight_Expert) October 30, 2020
Fighters making names for themselves on this one.#InsideTheMatrix pic.twitter.com/DDxDXfGgTr
Muay Thai killer Liam Harrison introduced me to @SlapForCash, and I don’t know that life will ever be the same.
Midnight Music: Gorillaz released a new album a week ago, and it’s pretty wild. Every song has a feature, which range from Beck and Elton John to ScHoolboy Q and JPEGMAFIA. Somehow, it still manages to sound reasonably cohesive!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.