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Midnight Mania! Colby Covington mocks ‘fragile’ Jorge Masvidal for UFC 269 pullout

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Earlier today, there was a collective groan heard round the MMA world when it was revealed that Jorge Masvidal was injured and forced to withdraw from his long-awaited match up vs. Leon Edwards. The bout was planned for UFC 269 next month, but with “Gamebred” out, the next step is uncertain. Already, top contenders like Khamzat Chimaev have offered to fill in opposite the English athlete.

Colby Covington, freshly removed from a competitive second loss to Welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman, has his eyes set on Masvidal. The former training partners have both spent plenty of time talking trash towards one another in the last year or two, and Covington wasn’t going to pass up this chance to angle for a high-profile fight vs. the BMF belt winner.

“Heard Street Judas the fragile Guy is out with hurt feelings,” Covington wrote. “WHO could’ve predicted that?!”

In the video, none other than Colby Covington himself suggests that Masvidal should withdrawal from the Edwards fight to scrap with “Chaos” instead. “I think the most logical step is the heated rivalry with my old room mate, Street Judas Masvidal,” Covington said at the UFC 268 post-fight presser. “He should probably pull out of that fight with Leon Scott, and we should run it.”

Covington’s prediction/recommendation is halfway accurate already, but the extent of Masvidal’s injury is unclear. If he’s able to return sooner than later, a grudge match vs. Covington would certainly make plenty of sense.

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MASSIVE MIDDLEWEIGHT MATCH! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its highly anticipated return to Sydney, Australia, for the first time in five years on Sat., Sept. 9, 2023, with a 185-pound world title fight inside Qudos Bank Arena. In the ESPN+-streamed pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight roost-ruler, Israel Adesanya, plans to silence No. 5-seeded contender, Sean Strickland. In UFC 293’s hard-hitting Heavyweight co-main event, No-6-ranked fan favorite, Tai Tuivasa, locks horns with towering Russian, Alexander Volkov (No. 8).

Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!


It’s not always clear whether the cause is COVID-19, travel restrictions, or plain old injury, but fights are dropping left and right this week.

Diego Ferreira takes nothing but challenging match ups against excellent, underrated opponents. This fight is going to be SWEET!

Shield your ears! Ultimate Fighter (TUF) product Vince Murdock recruited The Island Boys for a personalized song (okay, that’s generous) calling for an official UFC shot.

Just a pair of UFC legends hanging out.

Kurt Angle wants an invite to Covington’s next fight.

Caleb Plant and Canelo had a little mid-fight chat.

Aljamain Sterling is pissed that fighting is more likely to improve one’s pound-for-pound ranking, compared to, say, not fighting.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Click through for a recap of every Conor McGregor knockout inside the Octagon:

Chopping down the tree:

A bit of swagger in the absolute division!

Random Land

High-rise agriculture.

Midnight Music: Well, I’m back in charge of this, and we might as well make the stylistic shift dramatic! JPEGMAFIA released a new album — the succinctly titled LP! — a couple weeks back, and I got around to checking it out today. Per usual, it’s his uniquely glitchy, aggressive, and often hilarious brand of hip-hop.

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

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