Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Last month, Jon Jones was arrested in yet another alcohol and vehicle related incident, this time with a loaded firearm. However, Jones has yet again managed to escape relatively untouched from the charges, and UFC’s official statement about the situation did not mention anything about stripping the title.
It all blew over as standard “Bones” behavior after like three days of memes.
As such, Jones is still the Light Heavyweight champ, and Dominick Reyes is still gunning for him after their highly controversial fight back at UFC 247. However, Reyes told MMAJunkie that while both he and UFC like the rematch, he’s concerned that Jones is less interested. “I know the UFC is on board,” Reyes said. “I know I’m on board. The issue is Jon right now. He’s going to say he’s down online, obviously on Twitter. When he gets those contracts in front of him, he’s a little different. That’s where we’re at.”
“It was a straight dog fight, brother,” Reyes continued. “The last fight was a pure dog fight. I don’t think he wants to do that again. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t think he wants these hands again. He doesn’t want to get in this dog fight with me. That’s where we’re at.”
Despite Jones’ aforementioned arrest, Reyes is happy Jones remains the champion, as he wants to take the belt from “Bones” himself.
“Well, (expletive), man,” Reyes said. “I feel like I was wronged on Feb. 8. I’m not OK with that. I’m not just living my life like, ‘Oh yeah. It’s cool. I got robbed. I’m not going to do anything about it. I want to rematch him. I want to fight him again with judges who are a little more competent.”
If the bout does materialize, Reyes expects it to take place in Fall.
Well, that rumor lasted less than 24 hours.
As it turns out, Mike Beltran is precisely the hero we need right now.
Well here it is. Enjoy the laugh and stay safe out there. Nothing wrong with a sense of humor and a laugh at my expense. Gracias pic.twitter.com/StB9pwLEfN— Mike Beltran (@RefMikeBeltran) April 16, 2020
Self-belief (almost to a delusional level) is pretty critical to making it to the highest levels of combat sports!
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Said it since 2010, I’m gonna be the UFC champ. For a skinny runt with not much athletic ability and a lot of passion for MMA that was a BOLD statement and it was often said with conviction. Never let anyone tell me how to think of myself or who I was. I always knew I was the one. #hateormotivate : @jeffsainlar visuals✨
Related fact: Chuck Norris is currently a third-degree black belt under Jean Jacques Machado.
... There’s no way Dominick Cruz is able to stay healthy for another three weeks, is there?
Uhh yeah. Mouthpieces are important. Please wear them while sparring.
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That time @jordan.w.bc teeth flew out of his face....again hahaha. He must of spent about 30k on teeth jobs over the year. None of us started wearing gum shields until we were in are mid 20s we only used to wear them for the first round of the fight and take them out Cos we didn’t feel comfortable with them, only reason we started was the first time Jordan’s got knocked out in a fight and we realised how fuckin expensive it was to get them fixed hahaaha. So the lesson is don’t be a nob...protect your gob.... @andybadco had a nightmare Aswell when he didn’t put his gum shield in he got teeped in the face about 10-11 years ago and his bottom lip ripped in half and was hanging off...Iv been so lucky to get through all fights and mad sparring sessions I have and keeping my teeth and lips intact wouldn’t dream of doing it these days with no gumsheild, got @xsguard looking after me to make sure my teeth don’t fly out all over the place #muaythai #gotteeth @meleadybadco @davymac_muay_thai
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Another “Marvelous” clip, another legendary boxing match:
Absolute precision from “The Doctor.”
A successful guard pull? Pretty rare. A successful guard pull into twisting footlock submission? Nearly unheard of!
I’m forced to disagree with Derrick Lewis: he’s not okay.
Midnight Music: My mom linked me to a pretty cool cover of John Lennon’s “Isolation” that is definitely worth a listen and features Johnny Depp (?!?).
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.