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Midnight Mania! Aljamain Sterling unloads on ‘paper champ’ Petr Yan

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Aljamain Sterling is on one hell of a tear. “The Funkmaster” has won five straight bouts over high-quality competition, showcasing consistent improvement. In his last bout, Sterling faced one of his division’s fastest-rising new contenders in Cory Sandhagen, strangling the expert kickboxer in less than 90 seconds (WATCH IT).

Sterilng is ranked No. 2 at 135-pounds, and most would agree he’s the most deserving contender for Petr Yan’s first title defense. However, UFC President Dana White remains hesitant to confirm Sterling as the next fighter in line.

As such, Sterling has gone on the offensive online, doing his best to create some hype for his potential showdown with “No Mercy.”

Sterling wrote, “Paper Yan is a paper champion. His resume is single ply, too thin to even wipe my ass with it. Hasn’t beaten a single guy in the top five. So you know I’m coming on that [peach emoji ]no tissues....pause!”

Beyond the bathroom trash talk, Yan vs. Sterling is simply a fight that makes a lot of sense. Sterling has merit to his argument that Yan has yet to face a fighter currently ranked in the top five, even if Jose Aldo did show his excellent in his losing effort to Yan. Sterling has wins over two top five opponents, and he’s also perhaps the biggest wrestling threat to Yan at 135 lbs.

If the two do face off, who ya’ got?

Insomnia

Bare Knuckle really is a holdout from a bygone era.

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Codie Shuffield kicking it old school! #BKFC11

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Israel Adesanya is one smart cookie.

Fun with photoshop!

Some footage from the latest EA UFC game. I haven’t played one since the first iteration, but who’s excited for this one? Who hates it?

True to the clip’s promise, this is indeed a sneaky elbow!

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This is the sneakiest short elbow I’ve ever seen.

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Get a first look at Alexander Volkanovski’s forthcoming children’s book!

This guy demonstrates better technique in this street (parking garage) fight than a fair percentage of amateur fighters!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

An absolutely perfect slip inside the jab and left uppercut:

If the choke is under the chin, that’s enough! Feeling too comfortable in such a threatening position is a common reason strangles like this work out.

Head kick from the open side is perhaps the most dangerous single shot in MMA.

Random Land

Add this big ol’ hand to the must-see list.

Midnight Music: The Rolling Stones released a previously “lost” collaboration with Jimmy Page from 1974, and it sounds like what one would expect for a ‘70s Stones and Led Zeppelin collab!

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