Welcome to Midnight Mania!
It has been a difficult year for many, but few have dealt with their adversity as publicly as Tony Ferguson. “El Cucuy’s” legendary Lightweight win streak came to an end in brutal fashion, Ferguson’s would-be fights with top contenders like Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler fell through, and he also underwent some real drama with his management.
The 36-year-old former champion is now looking to rebuild opposite Charles Oliveira on Saturday (Dec. 12, 2020) on UFC 256. However, he’s entering the fight with a very apparent chip on his shoulder, and he spoke a bit about his ire towards the media to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.
“Where’s my title shot? Where’s all my stuff that’s supposed to be ‘owed’ to me? Nothing’s owed to you. You got to earn it,” Ferguson said (transcription via TheBodyLock). “And I keep my earning my way to victory every single time. But nobody speaks up. You guys don’t speak up because you guys are getting paid by Conor [McGregor]. You guys are getting paid by Proper Twelve and all that other bullsh*t.
“You guys got that f*cking facade over your face. You guys don’t want to speak up for me and be like, ‘yo, give Tony the f*cking title shot.’ You guys got umpteen amount of time to talk to Dana [White] but you guys aren’t speaking up for me. You guys are watching me get f*cked over left and right by my old management companies. Nobody’s saying sh*t right but yet here I am saving the f*cking day [at UFC 249] and making sure everyone’s got entertainment in the world and then taking heat afterwards saying, ‘why didn’t you win?’”
In particular, Ferguson felt that he (and other athletes like his opponent) were being overlooked despite their success, and he believes it’s up to the media to speak up.
“I would just say stop kissing so much ass,” Ferguson explained. “Saying Conor’s name. I’m going to be real — the guy hasn’t competed in how long? You’re saying there’s not a household name [in these cards] because the name that’s in your guys’ mouth [is Conor]. You guys aren’t putting the other names out there. You’re not giving a chance for these other athletes like myself or Charles Oliveira. You guys are putting in people like [Michael] Chandler who did what for the UFC? Now he’s got a top three position. Get the f*ck out of here.”
Chan Sung Jung calls out Zabit Magomedsharipov, and even after his last loss, the fight makes more sense than most other options with Yair Rodriguez suspended.
A funny Petr Yan reply and continuation of last night’s Midnight Mania:
And when will you defend yours??? We are all waiting. https://t.co/6iEOd2YszE— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) December 10, 2020
An awesome highlight and great shout to City Kickboxing:
Every single one now has a UFC contract. https://t.co/e5gGKqmjLM— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) December 10, 2020
Everyone at this party smells like booze and cigarettes.
It’s cool that UFC is re-booking Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards, but why are there fights on a Wednesday? Now that I look into it, why are there TWO UFC events on Wednesday’s in January? Four events in a 14-day span is odd.
Just finished up an interview with Dana White who tells me that the plan is to have Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev headline the Wednesday, January 20th card, which is targeted to take place in Abu Dhabi.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 10, 2020
How many more fights will end up in the ever-growing scrap pile?
Does this ... does this make Latory Gonzalez the official Platinum Princess? Platinum Queen?
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Two fight finishes from Cage Warriors, two defeated athletes convinced to circle into some serious power shots.
Giorgio Petrosyan makes a read and punishes his opponent:
Apparently, dropping ice in a deep enough hole connects one to the Star Wars universe.
Midnight Music: Back in the late ‘70s, Nigeria’s William Onyeabor produced some of the coolest call-and-response soul/funk/afrobeat ever. His music didn’t become particularly known to western audiences until 2014, when a super group made up of stars like David Byrne and Damon Albarn toured and played his music.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.