Welcome to Midnight Mania!
For the 42nd time, a handful of top prospects put it all on the line tonight (Tues. Oct. 5, 2021) from inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series (DWCS). Per usual, all of the athletes were especially aggressive, as finishes and violence are really the only way to guarantee a contract.
A boring win just isn’t enough for UFC President Dana White.
This week, four new up-and-comers made their way to the UFC ranks. Of the victors, only Joseph Holmes did not receive a contract, but he’ll have a second chance to impress White on an upcoming episode of “Lookin’ For A Fight.”
There were some quick finishes and an all-action brawl. Check out the highlights below!
Mike Malott defeats Shimon Smotritsky via first-round guillotine
Carlos Hernandez defeats Daniel Barez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Fernie Garcia defeats Josh Weems via first-round knockout
Joseph Holmes defeats Shonte Barnes via second-round rear naked choke
Genaro Valdez defeats Patrik White via second-round knockout
This is a fairly quick turnaround for Kevin Holland given he was flash KO’d on Saturday night.
Right back to Hendrickestan we go!— Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) October 5, 2021
CLASS from Robbie Lawler:
Possibly one of the best post fight interactions in UFC history— AD Christian (MMA/Boxing News) (@ADchristiann) October 5, 2021
Lawler: Are you good?
Diaz: All good man.
Lawler: Are you good… in life? That’s f***ing different. Let me know if I can help.
Who is Canada’s best hope for a ranked fighter at the moment? Tanner Boser?
With Misha Cirkunov moving down to the middleweight division, he has been removed from the light heavyweight top-15 and there is no longer a single ranked Canadian fighter in any UFC division.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 5, 2021
Thiago Santos reveals some insight into his (relative) timidity:
The legendary Jordan Burroughs secured his fifth Worlds win (six if we count his Olympic run).
NFT goofiness aside, holding mitts for Ciryl Gane looks like a challenge!
Khabib with Cristiano Ronaldo:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Israel Adesanya did a Naruto-themed synchronized dance then twice knocked out the other best Middleweight of the last half decade. Insanity.
AND THE MOUTHPIECE GOES FLYING!
This is a really creative display of jiu-jitsu. Transitioning between the triangle to omoplata was sweet, but then managing to twist up the arm after the roll was really nice.
Midnight Music: I would name “lonesome” as the greatest/most iconic single word in country/western music, but “ramble” is a good one too.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.