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Midnight Mania! Judge Joe Soliz has ties to Trevin Giles, awarded him the decision over James Krause

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It’s been 10 days since UFC 247, and the judging drama continues. In addition to the massive controversy surrounding the main event — in which Judge Joe Soliz awarded Jon Jones four of five rounds — there were four split-decisions spread across the card. Notably, one of the judges was accused of not watching the Lauren Murphy vs. Andrea Lee bout.

Initially, Trevin Giles’ victory over James Krause (though a split decision) was not among the controversial results. It was simply a close fight, one that could have been argued for either man. However, Krause learned today that Soliz, who scored the bout against Krause, shares a jiu-jitsu lineage with Giles.

Krause’s view on his own fight is very mature and fair. He correctly points out that it was a close fight, the type every fighter feels they won, without making that the issue. Instead, he identifies the real problem: there’s no way Krause didn’t win the opening round. He absolutely dominated, taking the back and nearly finishing the fight.

Krause has a right to be upset and has a real argument to file for an appeal. If there’s a silver lining to the whole issue, it’s that Krause’s stock and paycheck rose even with the loss.


Bas Rutten is a marketing genius.

This adds up, as Elias Theodorou fights are only watchable if extremely high. Jokes aside, this is a positive step for the sport!

Last night’s Midnight Mania comment section was a disaster, and I blame y’all!

More Bantamweight drama, but this bit more reasonable: Cory Sandhagen is just as good as any other contender and is plenty deserving of a title eliminator.

I’m not going to link it all because it’s an obnoxious amount of posts, but Diego Sanchez is currently spamming Instagram with defenses of his coach and decision-making. Meanwhile, here’s Michel Pereira’s response to all the drama.

Using heavy hands to secure the body lock:

An example of even more brutal hand-fighting (which is to say, the meanest club I’ve seen in a while):

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Should this count as a #valhallaclub admission

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Breaking down why the kicker did not get Corey Anderson’d: for one, he targeted the head/upper body rather than leg, which is harder to counter with a punch. Furthermore, he led the kick with the knee properly as well, which allows the leg to act as a shield against forward movement.

Kick low, kick high.

Absolute top-notch referee work (and a killer knockout):

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Not for those with sensitive stomachs!

Midnight Music: Doo-wop ain’t dead!

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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