Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Pedro Munhoz is the latest fighter to test positive for COVID-19, as the virus continues to wreak havoc on athletes scheduled to visit Fight Island. Munhoz’s illness leaves Frankie Edgar without a dance partner for July 15th, and the initial report was that Edgar would be left without an opponent.
However, multiple Bantamweights are champing at the bit for a fight with the former champion. Currently, the front-runner is top-ranked wrestler Aljamain Sterling, who recently strangled Corey Sandhagen to cement himself as the top contender at 135 lbs. after Jose Aldo and Petr Yan settle their business.
Is Frankie in Abu Dhabi?— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 7, 2020
Time to pack ✈️— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 7, 2020
I don’t know that the fight makes sense for “Funkmaster,” who is already the No.1 contender, but maybe he wants an extra paycheck!
Regardless of Sterling’s apparently imminent travel plans, there are many other fighters throwing their hats in the ring. For example, Ricky Simon is already in Abu Dhabi (and therefore COVID negative) to corner Paige VanZant.
I’m on Fight Island and ready to go. https://t.co/mmlbkc8Je2— Ricky Simón (@RickySimonUFC) July 6, 2020
Similarly, the always exciting Marlon Vera is in town. Vera’s last bout was a highly competitive loss to Song Yadong, and there’s little doubt “Chito” is just the type to fill-in on short-notice.
I’m here in shape corona free let’s go— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) July 7, 2020
Cody Stamann, who just a few weeks ago picked up an excellent win opposite Brian Kelleher, also threw his name into the hat. It’s worth-noting that the Kelleher fight was held at catchweight, as Stamann cuts a lot of weight. Edgar presumably wants to finally debut at Bantamweight, so that’s a potential obstacle.
Finally, it’s been roughly a year since we last saw No.9-ranked Jimmie Rivera inside the Octagon, but his manager claims he wants the bout too.
Ultimately, it appears that UFC and Frankie Edgar have many options to discuss if Edgar is willing to fight a new opponent. Who would you like to see “The Answer” battle?
Another week, another Thailand training episode! This time around, we visit a new gym, and I get a traditional bamboo tattoo.
Cat Zingano is really dangerous from the front headlock position.
Khalil Rountree is moving up to Heavyweight and going after Greg Hardy?!? I quite like this match up, and I may finally pick one of the 205-pounders jumping up.
Ultimate negocia Greg Hardy x Khalil Rountree para o UFC 252, dia 15 de agosto, em Las Vegas | combate | Globoesporte https://t.co/PVvXdzs6KR— Raphael Marinho (@raphamarinho) July 6, 2020
Daniel Cormier has brought in Corey Anderson to help him train for his Stipe Miocic rubber match.
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#motivationmonday 6 years ago TODAY I won the Ultimate Fighter and shared the platform with @frankieedgar and @dc_mma and told DC "I'm here to be the best and if that means I gotta beat you to get there, so be it". . . . FFW 6 years from that moment to now and I just finished my first training/sparring session with the man himself as he flew me out to help him out with his upcoming fight and sharing tips and advice. Crazy how life works his way out!! From an unknown kid to the #4 LHW in the @ufc to being asked to come out and help the former #doublechamp reclaim his belt. This life is a blessing!!! Just continue to chase your dreams. And oh yeah.... WE WENT AT IT TODAY! . . . #ufc #champ #andnew #letsgo #dc #overtime #weworking #thebestisyettocome
Paige VanZant passes the quarantine time in style.
Dan Hooker might just be Wolverine.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I have seen many guillotines in my time, but I have never seen one pants a man.
BRUH ♂️! Ok, let me be CLEAR, if SOMEONE SPITS on me, that SOMEONE just ENTERED an ASS WHOOPING CONTRACT FOR 0/0 WIN or LOSE. That's DISRESPECT on a level that can't be explained. Took dude clothes off. FK it, FIRST person to NAME the SUBMISSION will be RETWEETED. JIU-JITSU pic.twitter.com/hM1jqLajBj— Brad Johnson (@bradjohnson_mma) July 5, 2020
This clip is extra fun because I fully thought the opposite fighter was going to be doing the counter right hand KOing.
Is this the greatest knockout in UFC history?
The mind-boggling nutritional info behind Joey Chestnuts latest binge:
Joey Chestnut eats 75 Hot Dogs & Buns.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 4, 2020
Here is the Nutritional Info for that accomplishment... pic.twitter.com/5ckG3EBWGt
Midnight Music: When this song popped up on a Spotify playlist, my ears figured it for ‘60s or ‘70s ... I was super wrong! It’s a recent single for an album that releases at the end of this month. I dig it regardless.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.