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Midnight Mania! Pic: Francis Ngannou is ripped and ready for UFC Columbus

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

In the colorful words of UFC president Dana White, “Holy F*ckin Sh*t!!!!”

It has been impossible to doubt the motivation of Francis Ngannou as of late. After suffering consecutive losses in 2018 that showed his inexperience, Ngannou has seemingly doubled down on his training efforts and reaped the rewards in the form of three brutal first-round knockouts. Ngannou has always been in better shape than the average Heavyweight, but in the pictures above, the Cameroonian power puncher is leaner and meaner than ever before.

Despite his best attempts to land a second UFC title shot, Ngannou has been forced into a state of purgatory by the logjam that is Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3. Rather than try to wait for his deserved chance and sit on the sidelines, Ngannou will square off with dangerous knockout artist Jairzinho Rozenstruik on Sat. March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 8 inside the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Another knockout victory would make it even more difficult to deny “The Predator.”

Insomnia

On a related note, Ngannou is a good guy, and this kid has hands!

Modern problems require caveman-esque solutions.

Weili Zhang does have some dope foot-sweeps and trips in her back pocket, think they come into play opposite Joanna Jedrzejczyk?

This just seems a littttttle bit extra.

Uriah Hall is experimenting with what could be a revolutionary discovery for diet science.

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The new way of eating healthy @beamalecki

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While his teep didn’t end up being enough to overcome the offensive fury of Rodtang, this is an awesome clip.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Beautiful hand trap into a hard 1-2.

Indecisive is perhaps the worst thing a referee can be — don’t interfere if you’re not going to stop the bout!

An awesome knockout clip with a technical breakdown provided by someone other than myself!

Random Land

I don’t have much too deep to say here: whales are cool, and I found this photo striking.

Midnight Music: An hour and a half after posting, I’ll be on a plane heading back to the US of A, so here’s the first song that comes to mind!

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

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