Welcome to Midnight Mania!
One year ago today — plus or minus a few hours depending on your timezone — Anthony Pettis scored a shocking knockout win over Stephen Thompson. The bout billed as a kickboxing match between traditional martial arts specialist lived up to the hype, as the two strikers brought their best.
Pettis was sharp, digging low kicks to both legs and frequently chopping the leg across the body. However, it was Thompson who was controlling the bout, stinging Pettis with straight punches and bloodying up his face. “Wonderboy” looked to be in firm control and pulling further ahead ... until a perfectly timed Superman punch counter handed Thompson his first-ever knockout loss.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Thompson couldn’t be more gracious in the video above. There’s a reason the Karateka is the semi-official “Nicest MFer,” as Thompson has never been anything but class. Few would handle any loss with jokes. humility, and aplomb, let alone a brutal knockout in a fight they were previously winning.
Since that bout, Thompson successfully returned to the cage with a masterful performance opposite Vicente Luque, ending the Brazilian’s win streak. He’s still in a difficult position to secure another title shot, but “Wonderboy” remains one of the world’s best Welterweights.
Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou with the PSA:
Coronavirus survival tips for MMA fans pic.twitter.com/0lKdRSjmUn— As Shopped As It Gets (@AsShopped) March 21, 2020
Henry Cejudo angling for that red panty night?
And that’s actually what the problem is! @TheNotoriousMMA you should be working your your takedown defense #Mctapper @Justin_Gaethje would destroy in round one! #pussycat https://t.co/lGy5RofqpZ— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 21, 2020
#TheTonyChallenge is all fun and games until you trip and tear your MCL.
Thiago Santos following the in Home Tony Ferguson training program. Who do you want to see attempt the #Tonychallenge next?#UFC #Tonyferguson #ufc249 pic.twitter.com/pZNSzYQdiy— Chris Deep (@Xdeep13) March 22, 2020
Mike Perry is struggling with a philosophical dilemma.
Omg I either am hungover from day drinking or I have corona and am not goin to make it. I just wanna day .... FUCK YOU— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) March 22, 2020
Me and my growing quarantine belly feel great shame watching Michael Chandler’s uninterrupted workouts.
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#workoutoftheday - explosions on explosions, by yourself, with at least 6 feet between you and the rest of the world. - 10 medball tosses(straight up) 5 stair broad jumps —3 sets— —1min rest— - Supplement a regular broad jump if you don’t have access to stairs. The goal here is to explode...the stairs are not as important. - See you at the top! - : @marqos_maldonado
Seriously, who is Conor McGregor face-kicking in this picture? Internet detectives, activate!
All those working in the health care industry are heroes ... except the lads who screwed up Liam Harrison’s shin stitches.
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With all the serious madness going on if anyone fancies a laugh I’m still having to get fuckin side ways baths after what those useless fuckin paramedics have done to my legs....I honestly would have looked into suing them if this madness wasn’t all going on but seeing as I can’t train or do anything anyway then suppose there’s no point. Fuckin Harold shipman was a better doctor than these bastards who have done this to me...still can’t shower, still can’t get em wet, still Can’t do any training....thanks lads #sidewaysbathcrew
Slips, rips, and KO clips
The initial collision of SUMO! will never not be insane to me.
Dewanoryu wins the Jonidan yusho pic.twitter.com/wVpRt1MvKo— MEGATON (Gono Fashion Channel) (@BasedDongeezus) March 20, 2020
Mason Jones is likely heading to UFC after picking up the Cage Warriors title over the weekend. “The Dragon” visits Sacramento fairly often and is the real deal, a very creative striker and hard worker.
The Dragon roars in Manchester #CW113— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) March 20, 2020
A devastating finish in round, Mason Jones is the NEW lightweight champion! pic.twitter.com/rDRPR9LPgf
Need help knowing how long to wash your hands?— Patrick Connor (@PatrickMConnor) March 20, 2020
In 1996, David Tua knocked out John Ruiz in exactly 19 seconds. Boxing fans, every time you need to wash your hands, click play on this video, and when Ruiz is catching forty winks, you're done. pic.twitter.com/IhqaM89Zhp
I’m just going to steal a cool Instagram comment: self ice-olating!
Midnight Music: Father John Misty — one of my favorite singer-songwriters of the 2010s — released an excellent live album today, and all proceeds go to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Check it out!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.