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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor vs. Justin Gaethje possible for summer

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Whenever Conor McGregor does not have a fight booked, it becomes a serious guessing game as to who the Irishman will fight next (you can even bet on it!). We may have gained some clarity, however, as a first report from ESPN’s MMA Show indicates that McGregor is in talks to face Justin Gaethje this summer.

We’re a long way off from the bout being confirmed, but it’s a serious step in the right direction! McGregor was last seen in the Octagon in January, returning to the Octagon to pick up his first win since 2016 by absolutely plastering Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds. Gaethje also knocked out Cerrone in his most recent performance, stopping the veteran “Cowboy” inside the first round back in September. “The Highlight” rides a three-fight win streak and has won each of those bouts via first-round knockout.

It’s quite simply a tremendous title eliminator, and neither man could be denied a well-earned title shot with a victory. Here’s hoping it happens!

Insomnia

Emil Meek is a touch frustrated after his latest defeat — why does UFC keep matching him up with wrestlers? We’ve seen that fight three times now, and it’s not a lot of fun. Let the viking brawl!

This is the most jiu-jitsu thing I’ve ever seen.

Zhang Weili knocked out Andrade, and everyone forgot how slick her clinch throws are.

The fight no one really asked for is officially official.

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Triple C gets his wish (via @bokamotoespn)

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Man, I’m usually super open-minded about tattoos and don’t judge, but I don’t know about this one ...

It doesn’t look like much, but apparently Lando Vannata really screwed up his foot early in the fight with Yancy Medereiros back at UFC Rio Rancho.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

The best blast double in the business:

A pretty killer duck-and-counter combination:

This whole sequence is awesome. Smith showed off great hips to reverse the throw, then immediately isolated the two-on-one control when his opponent hit the mat. Perfect stuff!

Random Land

Pitching decks are not for the faint of heart.

Midnight Music: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to Astral Weeks, but I still am no closer to understanding its meaning.

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

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