Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Conor McGregor jumps on Twitter, and the world takes note. Since the “Notorious” Irishman published his personal pound-for-pound/greatest of all time (GOAT) rankings online, there’s been plenty of talk. A great deal of his fellow fighters struck back online, and even with his own rubric, McGregor landed in the second place spot to Anderson Silva.
Apparently, McGregor’s list gathered enough attention that it warranted a revisit, as McGregor took to Twitter to fully claim GOAT status earlier tonight. Once again, McGregor chooses criteria based on what looks good and blurs the facts — how exactly did he win more titles than the other three again?
Don’t forget highest % ratio of KO’s, as well as fastest KO’s, both inside and outside the UFC. Also most titles won. Also most knockouts in most divisions. Also, I’m just the fucking GOAT.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 28, 2020
Get over it baby, and get with it!
It’s good on this side!
Come chill with the Billi GOAT! https://t.co/ZSo7t60rrs
8ko’s and 10ko’s that’s the lol for me. Gets me giddy.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 28, 2020
Switch the channel giddy.
A small part of me does wish I stayed around and fought Ortega and Fili and the gang though, imagine that damage! But you know yourself,
my balls were always just way too big for the baby jets.
McGregor’s most recent Twitter flex aside, all this GOAT talk has drawn Anderson Silva back into the mix again. The former Middleweight kingpin hasn’t won a fight since 2017 and has not competed below 185-pounds since 2001, but that hasn’t stopped him from calling for a scrap with McGregor at 176 lbs.
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SUPER FIGHT 176.37LBS Tenho uma imensa admiração pelo grande atleta Conor e acredito que um super fight seria algo histórico para o esporte, nem um de nós precisa provar mais nada a ninguém; acredito que os fãs do ufc e do esporte gostariam de ver este grande espetáculo marcial, testar minhas habilidades marciais com ele seria fantástico!!
The translated caption: I have an immense admiration for the great athlete Conor and I believe that a super fight would be something historic for the sport, neither of us need to prove anything to anyone; i believe ufc and sport fans would like to see this great martial show, testing my martial skills with him would be fantastic!!
While the match itself is definitely a huge long shot that really does not need to happen, it would undeniably generate a ton of revenue. Currently, neither man has a fight booked, so I guess hope is alive for any fervent fans dreaming of a weird, PRIDE-style freaky fight?
Apparently, Dana White and co. are not too mad at John Olivier if they’re willing to borrow his ideas.
Last week: John Oliver suggested the UFC use “UFSEA” instead of Fight Island— Pub Sports Radio ™ (@PubSportsRadio) May 27, 2020
One day later: the UFC filed 4 new trademarks to use the term “UFSEA” with upcoming events, posters, and merchandise pic.twitter.com/PxPYPvhyNg
It’s confirmed: Francis Ngannou is definitely scared of Jon Jones.
Frankly, this little knee to the thigh just seems rude!
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Tiger Muay Thai trainer Kru Fahsuchon @lightningteep teaches how to catch an opponent's body kick, and counter with a knee to the thigh followed by a sweep. A multiple time Lumpinee stadium champion, Fahsuchon won the extremely prestigious "Muay Thai Fighter Of The Year" award in 2000, and used this technique to great effect many times during his career. Stay tuned to our page for more techniques from our champion trainers, and updates on when Tiger Muay Thai will reopen! #muaythai #champion #technique #tigermuaythai #phuket #thailand
The forgotten Welterweight contender, Leon Edwards, remains down to fight for a title.
.@USMAN84kg fuck em they dont want it. They making every excuse in the book. I'll fight you. fight island or in the USA lets go.— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) May 27, 2020
Demetrious Johnson took to the track and showed off his hops. Has there ever been a fighter able to routinely push such a ridiculous pace at “Mighty Mouse?”
Meanwhile, Colby Covington is embarking on his own personal variation of my favorite arc on The Office.
Colby Covington leaving ATT to start Colby Covington Incorporated is like when Michael Scott quit Dunder Mifflin to start the Michael Scott Paper company. pic.twitter.com/xlrIJOjhYe— MacMally (@MacMallyMMA) May 27, 2020
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Tyron Woodley provided us with one of the greatest block-and-return counters in UFC history opposite Josh Koscheck.
In honor of Tyron Woodley fighting this weekend here’s him knocking out Josh Koscheck pic.twitter.com/jsS6zg51dB— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) May 27, 2020
A slick and devastating series of Southpaw uppercuts:
Semi-retired Bellator champion and BJJ legend Rafael Lovato Jr scoring a gorgeous kimura sweep from half guard:
A hail story that looks more likely artillery fire:
Midnight Music: I listened to a lot of Joy Division tonight, including their live album Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979, which features a ton of their best-known songs on an even higher level of intensity.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.