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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones donates $25,000 to New Mexico food bank

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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing all sorts of problems, from overcrowded hospitals to potential economic collapse. One of the most immediate concerns for many, however, is where there next meal will come from. In the United States, some food banks are overwhelmed by the situation, and that’s before the possible meat shortage some experts are predicting as a result of plant contamination.

It’s a major issue, which is why Jon Jones deserves some positive press for donating 100,000 meals to The Food Depot, a food bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Per Geoff Grammer of The Albuquerque Journal, Jones made a donation of $25,000. Jones has not made a comment on his donation, merely retweeting the announcement from The Food Bank.

At the moment, Jones does not have a fight booked. Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White commented that Jones would not suffer any penalties from UFC for his latest brush with the law, which clears the path for a fight in the Summer or Fall. There are plenty of options for Jones: he’s been called out by his last opponent Dominick Reyes at least a dozen times now, could risk getting fisted by Jan Blachowicz, and there’s always talk of a Heavyweight move.

We’ll just have to wait and see where Jones goes next.

Insomnia

Zero disrespect to Jorge Masvidal, but Justin Gaethje is another appropriate contender for the “Gamebred” nickname.

A quality meme:

Whether you’ve actually been productive in quarantine or have been lazing around, honesty is key.

The drop seoi nage throw looks a bit goofy and does expose the back, but it can be really surprising! Notably, “Jacare” used to do it all the time in the gi. Here’s Yana Kunitskaya’s slow-mo attempt:

Drinking water in front of a weight-cutting team mate is rude. This is cruel and unusual!

Dodgeball is a documentary.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

This lead leg high kick is an absolute beauty.

Let’s acknowledge it one more time: Justin Gaethje is an absurdly violent Lightweight. We’re talking PRIDE-era Wanderlei Silva-levels of murderous.

Will Niko Price be able to land another finish from his back?

Random Land

Rocks are not soft.

Midnight Music: I listened to and would definitely recommend the The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 playlist. It’s all songs from a documentary with the same name: a pretty great mix of Motown, early disco, and lots of classics.

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