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Chael Sonnen sure knows how to keep his name in the headlines. It’s been just about two years since Sonnen retired following a loss to Lyoto Machida, but that has done little to quell his ability to feud with Jon Jones, one of the best active (sorta) fighters alive. Once again, Sonnen and Jones have clashed online.
Now, the timeline here is a bit iffy, thanks to Jones’ longstanding habit of tweeting-and-deleting whenever he says anything too controversial. From what it appears, the latest kerfuffle began after Sonnen mocked Jones’ recent tweet promising to give birth to greatness.
Jon Jones is giving birth...to what? pic.twitter.com/7QHqe8gktP— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 25, 2021
At some point afterward, Jones tweeted (and deleted) a rather harsh sentiment towards Sonnen, which was captured and kept up by the “The American Gangster.” Mocking Sonnen’s attempts to gain attention off Jones’ name, the former Light Heavyweight kingpin wrote, “I’ll tell you to go f*ck yourself or to take my d*ck out of your mouth and you’ll actually go home and celebrate getting my attention that day. Seriously man, look at the position we are in.”
Indeed, Sonnen did make the most of Jones’ response, firing back not long afterward. Sonnen clearly employed a blanket fire strategy, attacking everything from Jones’ negotiation tactics to his marital status, while still managing to also promote Submission Underground, Sonnen’s jiu-jitsu competition company.
Check it all out below:
You've got some grammar problems there, (former) Champ— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 25, 2021
Spend a little less $ on Tequila and a little more on an editor
I beat you— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 25, 2021
I tore your toe off
You tried to play Chess against Dana White when you can't win at Checkers against Betty White. You're alone, bitter, & bored— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 25, 2021
Come grapple on SUG again
Jon...— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 25, 2021
Got your SUG contract here.
FedExing to you at the intersection of Irrelevant Ave and Obscurity St, Nowheresville, USA
Is it my fault my wife is hotter than the pics you had on the walls of your prison-cell?— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 26, 2021
I'd attack your wife....— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) May 26, 2021
But.....Y'ain't GOT one
I guess multiple rehab stints, arrests, and booking it after crashing into pregnant women don't exactly scream "marriage material", does it?
For what it’s worth, Jones did leave one tweet up (so far), which seemingly refers to his continued beef with Sonnen. He wrote, “I can never be irrelevant, I swear my haters keep my name going strong better than my fans do.”
I can never be irrelevant, I swear my haters keep my name going strong better than my fans do..— BONY (@JonnyBones) May 25, 2021
Darren Till, Leon Edwards, and Jimi Manuwa are teaming up to help combat knife violence in the UK.
A pair of very different, but very weird direct messages. Fighters/semi-public figures of all levels get weird DMs!
This is the most outlandish DM I've ever received... I don't even get the logic lmao. pic.twitter.com/gGJoTC29yR— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) May 25, 2021
“The Korean Superboy” is back! Doo Ho Choi is nothing if not exciting.
A slick clip from Sergio Pettis’ title-winning performance — that Rob Font loss is a lot more understandable nowadays!
Not a bad background for a workout.
Watching this made me want to vomit.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
It took some SHOTS to put Bennie Briscoe down.
#OnThisDay in 1974, Rodrigo Valdes won the vacant WBC middleweight title with a 7th round TKO of Bennie Briscoe in Fontvieille, Monaco. It was the only time in almost 100 fights that "Bad" Bennie was stopped #boxing #history #boxeo pic.twitter.com/ec9A1bdZtO— Boxing History (@BoxingHistory) May 25, 2021
Are you an unhealthy weirdo who enjoyed watching Chris Weidman’s catastrophic leg break? If so, this clip is for you!
**Broken Leg Warning**— Streetfight Banned-cho (@streetfitebncho) May 23, 2021
Mohammed Sadok Trabelsi def. Niko Samsonidse pic.twitter.com/iFQVVhTlFy
UFC really did something foul by pitting prime Daniel Cormier vs. hunchback Dan Henderson.
Cows can fly, apparently.
Midnight Music: For Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, Stereogum put out an excellent collection of interviews from different musicians (including names like Jewel and David Byrne) regarding their favorite Dylan track. For nerds like myself, it’s worth reading!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.