Welcome to Midnight Mania!
By all accounts, Daniel Cormier is working extremely hard to regain his Heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic on Saturday night (Aug. 15, 2020) at UFC 252 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The former double-champ has spoken repeatedly about his commitment and intensity to prove himself the better man, and we’re just a few days away from that contest.
Also by all accounts — including his own! — Cormier loves to eat. After all, this is the man who earned himself a Carl’s Jr. sponsorship after complaining that Derrick Lewis stole his Popeye’s opportunity. As a result of such questionable food habits, it’s not uncommon for the 5’11” Heavyweight to balloon up in weight in the off-season.
As it turns out, such was the case after his loss to Miocic. Cormier posted the following video earlier today, giving a bit of behind-the-scenes info on his fitness.
”Quick peek into my journey from April to now,” Cormier wrote. “I was on that big boy diet, but today I feel ready to go. It was tough but we got back into shape and ready to fight.”
Admittedly, we didn’t get side-by-side body comparisons, but the difference is clear. Cormier doesn’t look healthy in the April flashback, let alone ready to fight for five rounds. Fast-forward to the modern day, and “DC” looks about as fit as he’s ever been at as a Heavyweight.
For absolute top-tier analysis, look to Cormier’s team mate Khabib Nurmagomedov, who replied to the post simply, “My Fat Friend.”
The feud between Yair Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov continues, but will it ever result in a fight?
I try not to judge tattoos, but ... if this “bird” is intentional, it’s hilarious. If not, it’s unfortunate.
The story behind Beneil Dariush’s incredible spinning back fist knockout over Scott Holtzman (watch it!) is awesome.
Beneils friends son told him to try knocking out Holtzman with a spinning back fist because he throws it well in UFC 3.. He took his advice and earned the eighth spinning back fist KO in UFC history pic.twitter.com/1LdDHQzUTb— MMA Gone Wild (@mmagonewild) August 9, 2020
Derrick Lewis’ bowel movements have been a recurring story throughout his career, which cannot be said for most athletes.
Happy Shark Week!
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So this is pretty crazy...@lisharkman and @x_tina0227 and I went fishing yesterday and we ended up landing and tagging 4 #brownshark but that's not the crazy part, this is...look to the right above Chris's head, it just so happens that while taking a picture with my first ever shark, someone was flying a #sharkweek banner by from a plane and we had NO IDEA until after we saw the picture! #whatarethechances #discoverychannel
Since Michael Chandler just knocked out Benson Henderson (from Southpaw?!?), so perhaps he’s a good man to listen to regarding building explosive power.
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#workoutoftheday explained. - You hear me preach it all the time! - STRENGTH+SPEED=POWER - Adding “time under tension.” - In this case we have Band resisted kettlebell front squat with a 5 second eccentric rep, exploding up x5. Coupled with 4 explosive jumps. 3 times through is one SET. 5 total sets. - Stay dangerous. - Continue to build power. - See you at the top! - : @connergrimes
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Punching through a kick works out well or terribly. There is rarely a middle ground.
Magnum with the huge head kick turned knee knockout at Muay Hardcore. pic.twitter.com/tlPfYzVHuO— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) August 8, 2020
Masahiro Oishi armbars Stephen Gillinder to advance to the ZST GP 2 semifinals pic.twitter.com/aABrE7QuII— MEGATON (King Kai Asakura) (@Megatonfan) August 9, 2020
Haraguchi pulled his weight backwards really well, creating a really strong lead hook.
If you don’t find this funny or cute or at least vaguely interesting, kindly remove yourself from my column.
Midnight Music: Blood On The Tracks is fantastic as a whole, but I’ll admit this track simply popped up while I had music on shuffle.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.