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Midnight Mania! Sean O’Malley parodies Tony Ferguson and Yoel Romero, does crazy workouts

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The current situation is an odd one for many of us. Far more free time available than usual, and barely anything productive to do with it. At this point in quarantined MMA life, we’re really stuck with pointless debates to pass the time until UFC 249 potentially returns us to relative normalcy.

Ignoring all the push-up challenges annoying people are guilting their poor friends into, today saw the rise of MMA specific challenges. #TheDarrenTill challenge, which involves taking a picture with your gut pushed out, had a few takers, but that’s too close to home for most of us who’ve been avoiding those pesky push-ups. In the Insomnia section below, Mike Perry proposes his own challenge — it is distinctly appropriate for the “Platinum” one.

My favorite example, however, is #TheTonyChallenge, which does actually predate the global pandemic and can be accomplished by anyone willing to do silly workouts on camera. Sean O’Malley has been giving it a go over the last few days, and the “Suga Show” proved entertaining as ever!

A fanny pack, weed, and moped — an excellent trifecta.

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Active recovery sesh was lit

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This one is actually a parody of Yoel Romero, who was seen fireman’s carrying a bunch of training partners consecutively in a workout video prior to UFC 248.

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Good work today bois

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And finally, I’d argue this last clip is a homage for Max Holloway and the bottle cap challenge.

Stay tuned for the latest and greatest Instagram challenges, and if we’re lucky, perhaps even some news about actual MMA fights happening again!


As promised, here’s Perry’s latest challenge. My theory? He’s getting his revenge opposite inanimate objects for that time when he nearly strangled himself with a band.

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The legend himself posting a throwback that helped inspire it all:

There are a lot of real classics in this thread, as well as a quality joke or two.

For anyone concerned, Gregor Gillespie is also still doing miserable, grueling workouts while stuck at home.

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I will start this post by giving credit to the people I gathered these parts from to create the full workout 1) Tim Flynn. 2) @kycerm. 3) @savage_wrestling_club WORKOUT of the day: 3 parts MAKE SURE YOU Watch all 3 videos to get a good idea of what it should look like! 1) bench press: 2 reps every 20 seconds for 20 minutes. (Find the right weight, the end of the 20 minutes you really should have a harddd time getting 2 reps w/out a spotter) 2) pull ups: 3 reps every 20 seconds for 20 minutes (now I did them with fat grips on the pull up bar but they are not necessary if you don't have them don't worry!) ALSO, you can adjust this as needed, for example if I didn't use fat grips, I would have done 4 pull ups every 20 seconds. If you need to do less to complete the workout, PLZ DO! DON'T abandon the workout bc you can't get 3 or 4 every 20 1 or 2 instead, or do assisted pull ups! Make it as hard as it needs to be for YOU!) 3) Finish with: 3X 1 MIN wrestling stance and motion WITH a medicine ball! Take a 30 second break between each 1 min go AND AS ALWAYS comment here and let me know how you like the workout! One more thing, for customized workouts during this weird time... shoot me a Direct message and we can work something out Based on what your resources are! Look forward to hearing from you! #bestwrestlerinmma #bestfishermaninmma #fishingwiththegift #ufc

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Firstly, I’m totally here for this idea. Second, did anyone else not know Clay Guida fought in the WEC? Per Wikipedia, he competed just once for the promotion in 2006, winning a decision.

Jordan Burroughs reacts to the Olympics being postponed:

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Can’t lean that heavy on the lead leg and not have a plan for when the other guy decides to kick the hell out of it! It’s 2020, even Nate Diaz checks low kicks!

When stance-switching goes wrong ...

It’s tough to see given the angle, but this is a real sneaky switch into Southpaw and check hook.

Random Land

A live look into my living room:

Midnight Music: Sadly, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin died today. Rieflin played for damn near half of my favorite bands at various points, groups like King Crimson, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, and R.E.M.

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

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