Welcome to Midnight Mania!
2020 was an odd year for Conor McGregor, even barring the various reasons 2020 was odd for everyone! The Irishman returned early in the year with a vengeance, battering Donald Cerrone into dust with ease and revving all the excitement back up. He didn’t end up fighting again throughout the year, retired at one point, and even exposed some direct messages with Dana White regarding a potential bout with Diego Sanchez.
White talked to ESPN earlier today, explaining how his relationship with McGregor suffered as a result of that final incident. “We were in a really bad place then,” White said (transcription via MMAJunkie). “I was really upset. It wasn’t because he put out private messages. It was (because) we were talking about another fighter. I like Diego Sanchez a lot and I have a lot of respect for Diego Sanchez. I care about Diego Sanchez. I was very upset about that. I talked to Diego face-to-face about it. Being the great human being that he is, we’re all good. Then I was really, really upset with Conor.”
Fortunately, the beef did not last for long, as the pair were able to move past the issue and return to good terms.
“Conor and I fixed that and we talked and we got through it,” White said. “We’re in a good place now. … Me and everybody are always in a good place as far as business goes.”
In addition, White spoke about McGregor’s mentality, about how the Irishman has returned to his previous anyone, anywhere outlook that saw him rise up the ranks to stardom.
“There’s nothing more exciting or more fun than a motivated Conor McGregor when his head is in the right place,” White said. “You can tell when he is, and you can tell when he isn’t. Right now, you can tell he’s in. … If something happens to Dustin Poirier, he is the Conor McGregor right now that does not give a (expletive) who we put in that fight on that night. He’s that guy right now.”
McGregor is scheduled to face Poirier at UFC 257 on Saturday 23, 2020 from “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.
All the fighters are stuck in hotel rooms as they quarantine in Fight Island, which means staying active can be tricky. Here’s Poirier’s workout!
Sample of my brother @DustinPoirier’s hotel quarantine fight specific workout before Abu Dhabi! pic.twitter.com/kZ8TMGVhHR— Phil Daru (@DaruStrong) January 11, 2021
Roxanne Modafferi with an appropriately Mortal Kombat reaction to her upcoming island fight!
A far away island for a martial arts battle!! @ViviAraujoMMA are you ready to TEST YOUR MIGHT? #FinishHer #MortalKombat #Kitana Video edited by Chris Roman (I do not own music rights) @ufc @espnmma #ufc pic.twitter.com/7jNZqM2G2m— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) January 10, 2021
Fighting with the flu sounds really, really unpleasant.
UFC 35 took place 19 years ago today in Uncasville, Connecticut.— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) January 11, 2021
The event was plagued by a flu-like illness that spread throughout trainers, UFC staff & fighters.
Kevin Randelman defecated inside his shorts during his fight. Dave Menne drank Peptol Bismol until he walked out.
Remember: font choice is important.
oh man, he's gonna kill dustin— Leg Kickin Tacos (@LegKickTKO) January 9, 2021
look how buff he looks pic.twitter.com/jneqz7AaRj
An attempt at a snap down goes wrong ... real wrong!
This is absurd. pic.twitter.com/gNcm20AsQ8— Kyle Bratke (@Kbratke) January 9, 2021
Weili Zhang has learned English impressively fast!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
A historic knockout with a context-providing historic comic as well!
when you're Joe Louis and your trainer is old and weak so you knock Buddy Baer out in the first round to save your trainer from having to walk up the ring steps multiple times. A king. https://t.co/lXA7l8gKml pic.twitter.com/BtqsMTDtxb— Patrick Connor (@PatrickMConnor) January 9, 2021
One of those results that sort of gets lost in time: Rafael Cavalcante handed Yoel Romero his first professional — and only knockout — loss back in Strikeforce.
Counter headbutts are an interesting concept.
An alternative method to prepare one’s dinner:
You can cook a chicken by slapping it at 3725.95 mph, an impossible task by any human means.— aden (@ade__n) January 8, 2021
If you do succeed however, you will not only cook the chicken but also decimate its entire structure, causing a violent explosion.
This is a simulation of the slap using FEA. pic.twitter.com/QDjEbcuQnq
Midnight Music: For the first time in a while, I listened to Raekwon’s mafioso rap classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx in full. Best Wu-Tang record is a hard title to hold, but this one has a claim, even if Liquid Swords is my favorite.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.