Welcome to Midnight Mania!
When it rains, it pours.
Fight week cancellations are becoming more and more common to the point that it’s no longer wise to get excited for a fight until the two athletes are locked in the cage. COVID-19 ruined Saturday night’s scheduled preliminary headliner by forcing Belal Muhammad out of his bout with Dhiego Lima.
Now, another fight has fallen through. Per an initial report from Al Zullino, veteran Lightweight Rick Glenn has been forced out of his undercard bout with Carlton Minus. It is rumored that Glenn’s reason for withdrawal is COVID-19, though at the moment it remains unconfirmed.
It’s a real rough turn of events for Glenn, who has been sidelined with injuries for just over two years. Otherwise, the former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) champion holds a 3-3 record inside the Octagon and was planning to make a return to 155-pounds.
Meanwhile, UFC is still looking for a replacement opponent for Minus. The Alaskan is still searching for his first UFC victory after a debut loss in August, and this bout was scheduled to be his first at Lightweight.
Max Griffin got some new ink on his elbow to celebrate surgically removing an ear in his most recent bout.
Why is this so accurate?
i'd say a solid eighty percent of valentina's posts could be used as pharmaceutical adverts pic.twitter.com/Vwod4MaGFF— Hektic_One (@hektic_one) December 16, 2020
Kevin Holland presents the best reason in recent memory for wanting to fight someone:
Song Yadong shows off his speed on Sacramento’s most famous bridge:
Congratulations to Jan Blachowicz!
The royal line sustained The heir to the throne is with us!— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) December 15, 2020
Thank you Dorota, you are incredible! You are a better fighter than the UFC champion ;) Proud dad. #LegendaryPolishPower #longlivethefighters pic.twitter.com/99eQfFY4mY
Megan Anderson is salty that Amanda Nunes is working more actively towards a Jake Paul fight than their official title fight, but ... “Lioness” would make way more cash on the freak show fight, and that’s the one most fans would probably rather see if forced to choose.
The face you make when you're opponent doesn't have a 'set time frame' to reschedule your fight but wants to fight a YouTuber... pic.twitter.com/r7UT4ISFkr— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 16, 2020
Former Midnight Mania leader Andrew Pearson linked this one to me: a helpful bit of info for young fighters looking to sign a contract.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
A nice jab feint to left body shot:
Another body shot knockout, this one setup by raw aggression and power more than anything else!
Drako Rodriguez slams his way out of an armbar before immediately attacking the neck to secure his pro debut victory. Rodriguez faces Aiemann Zahabi this Saturday.
This is 100% not the spotter’s fault, but it’s still funny.
Midnight Music: Another ripping garage rock track from the ‘60s!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.