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Midnight Mania! UFC Vegas 30’s Justin Jaynes is betting entire fight purse on himself

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Here at Midnight Mania, we love a bold maneuver ... for better or worse. Full-on sprint into a flying knee, sacrifice top position for a leg lock, or let someone try to kick a water bottle off your head? Well, there’s are surefire ways to make it in the column.

Justin Jaynes, who will compete this Saturday night (June 26, 2021) at UFC Vegas 30 opposite Charles Rosa, is definitely bold. This is a man who debuted inside the Octagon on short-notice and immediately went after it, stopping Frank Camacho in a “Performance Of The Night”-winning knockout just 41 seconds into the fight (HIGHLIGHTS!). Unfortunately, his all-action style has since seen him rack up three stoppages defeats in a row, admittedly to some pretty tough opposition.

“The Guitar Hero” is doubling down though. In an interview with Danny Podolsky, Jaynes revealed that he’s bet the majority of his purse on himself to defeat Rosa Saturday night.

“As soon as the betting line comes out between Justin Jaynes and Charles Rosa, I’m putting my entire fight contract on myself, and my coaches are doing that as well,” Jaynes said. “I’m betting close to 25K that I’m winning my fight because that’s how much I believe in myself. This is all in for me, and if I lose this fight, I do not get paid and my coaches do not get paid either. And that won’t be as bad as losing my job of being in the UFC.”

At the time of writing, Jaynes is a +145 underdog, meaning a $25k bet would payoff to the tune of $36,250. Did the second preliminary bout of the night just become the most interesting fight on Saturday’s card for anyone else?

Insomnia

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

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Jumping switch knee to the mid-section is definitely an unusual finish.

Random Land

I thought this speed climbing comp on the pillars of a bridge was pretty cool!

Midnight Music: I first heard this track from a sample on a Pusha T song, but the OG song is pretty damn great as well.

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