Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Did tonight’s headline make you check your phone for today’s date? As far as I know, this is the first Midnight Mania in weekend history! The reasoning behind this temporary change should be somewhat self-explanatory: there ain’t no fights happening. Luckily, there are still all sorts of interesting quotes and social media buffoonery to discuss.
Enter Diego Sanchez.
“The Nightmare” knows a thing or two about getting punched in the face. Per Mike Bohn, he had already absorbed 1,168 head strikes back in September of 2018, the second highest total in UFC history (behind only BJ Penn!). Terrifyingly, Sanchez has competed four times since then, so perhaps he has since caught up to his former opponent.
Sanchez isn’t concerned about potential brain damage or Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In fact, Sanchez believes the entire discussion is a “mental weapon” and negative “placebo.”
This is the week’s second reminder that despite the global pandemic, some things don’t change: Jon Jones is still getting in trouble, and Diego Sanchez is still living in an alternate reality. He didn’t even need his movement guru’s help for this one!
At any rate, Sanchez is still an active UFC fighter, ready to accrue more strikes to the dome. Technically, he’s won three of his last four bouts, though his most recent win came via disqualification in a bout where Michel Pereira really expanded upon that previous punch total.
Israel Adesanya gives his best guess regarding UFC 249’s mystery location:
Valentina Shevchenko bringing side kicks around the globe!
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Some of my favorites #SignatureSideKick over the World 1. Lima, Peru 2013 2. Sumatra Island. Indonesia 2016 3. Hawaii. Big Island. 2017 4. Colorado. 2017 5. Saint Thomas. US Virgin Island 2019 6. Maine. 2017 7. Abu Dhabi. UAE 2019 8. Dalian. China 2019 9. Amazon River. Iquitos. Peru 2013 10. Texas. 2017
Chase Hooper being son of Ben Askren is funnier than it should be.
Petr Yan’s exercise definitely doesn’t look easy, but imagine fighting a savage like Marlon Moraes with this and similar workouts as a main method of preparation. These upcoming UFC fights are going to be weird (if they happen).
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Tiger Muay Thai fighter @petr_yan demonstrates a workout that can be done anywhere with just a few meters of space. Petr is currently ranked no.3 in the UFC bantamweight division, and is staying fit in this time of self isolation to be ready for his June 13th fight with no.1 ranked Marlon Moraes at UFC Kazakhstan #isolationtraining #tmtfightteam #ufc #mma #tigermuaythai #phuket #thailand
I promised social media buffoonery, and Darren Till is helping me deliver.
Wives helping with workouts are out, dog push-ups are in.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Obviously Imanari is amazing at the Imanari roll, but it has to suck to be submitted by a move you’re well aware is coming.
Liam Harrison and Saenchai are killer Nak Muay who produce cool Instagram content, so both are frequent features of Midnight Mania. Here’s some highlights of their second fight:
Prepare for liftoff!
Midnight Music: Listened to my playlist of ‘70s hits tonight, so here’s a classic slice of Philadelphia soul.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.