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Midnight Mania! Tony Ferguson is still doing weird training exercises to prepare for Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249

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I don’t mean to downplay the many worldwide consequences of COVID-19, but the absolute greatest threat of this viral infection is the risk of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson being cancelled. The next three UFC events have been postponed, and UFC 249 is four weeks away.

Fortunately, Dana White has promised that the fight will happen somewhere, anywhere that will allow them to hold fights. Unfortunately, it’s only mildly reassuring, as the bout has already been cancelled four times previous due to non-pandemic related issues.

Two of those cancellations were due to injuries to Ferguson, who is known for his strange training methods. For anyone hoping that Ferguson would contain his wackiness in the interest of health and longevity, well, check out his latest workout video:

If Nurmagomedov were to shape-shift into a box in the next few weeks, then Ferguson is well prepared to handle his square foe. Otherwise, the above is hard to explain, and Ferguson seems to land on his back pretty hard during the suplex.

At least he’s practicing social distancing?

Insomnia

I’m going to do my best in the coming weeks to avoid overloading on Coronavirus-related posts in these sections, but it may grow difficult as it’s all anyone talks about right now. Anyway, Dan Ige thinks he may have fought through COVID-19 weeks ago.

Modern problems require modern solutions!

Bryce Mitchell has survived much worse than global pandemics. Also, he already eats squirrels, so the Arkansas-native is unlikely to starve anytime soon.

An exercise in painful futility:

Cody Garbrandt offers a bit of clarification on his fight-cancelling kidney issue.

How did everyone feel about the quiet arena in Brasilia? I didn’t mind it from a viewing perspective.

I don’t even want to know how cold it is in this video of Zabit Magomedsharipov beating up what appears to be a homemade punching bag.

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Everyone’s favorite GIANT BABY returned to the win column!

It’s important not to forget about submissions while trying to land ground strikes.

Unless you’re Tyron Woodley, hanging out with your back to the fence is probably a terrible idea. Actually, it’s still probably a bad idea for him too, he just gets away with it!

Random Land

Penguins make everything better.

Midnight Music: I do chuckle to myself every time Spotify’s algorithm attempts to help me “discover” one of the most famous bands of all time. In this case, “Tangerine” was on my Discover Weekly playlist, so on that note, what’s the best Led Zeppelin album? My vote goes to Led Zeppelin II.

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