Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Ahead of a seriously high-profile event like UFC 264, all eyes are on the fighters for any signs of weakness. Pre-fight speculation regarding a strange limp on media day, supposed botched weight cuts (far before weigh-in day!), and iffy training camps can run rampant, and should always be taken with a grain of salt.
With that in mind: Twitter and Reddit are speculating that Conor McGregor may have a staph infection. McGregor has been riding his bike sans-shirt quite often in the promotional lead up to his trilogy bout vs. Dustin Poirier, and some eagle-eyed fan noticed a strange mark on the former champion’s elbow.
Check it out:
Staph infections are one of the gnarliest skin ailments that can be picked up from the mat. Unlike a more mild problem like ringworm — which itches then goes away in a week or two — staph can be a serious problem. Even when treated by antibiotics, fighters have reported feeling extremely weak once actually in the ring. It’s also highly contagious.
Of course, that doesn’t stop fighters from hiding it from athletic commissions, because the show must go on!
Admittedly, it’s also quite possible that McGregor fell off his bike and scraped himself, a training partner failed to clip his fingernails properly, or a mat/heavy bag rubbed off some skin. Either way, expect the online fan base to remain hyper-focused on both Mac and his elbow leading up to next week’s event.
I am pretty sure Jiri Prochazka has a title shot locked down following his last two absolutely insane knockout wins, but otherwise, yeah a fight vs. Aleksandar Rakic would be pretty cool!
Main Event the week before or after #UFC267 in Abu Dhabi!— Aleksandar Rakic (@rakic_ufc) June 28, 2021
You and me @jiri_bjp.
No more 'he said, she said shit', the past is the past.
Let's do it @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 @UFCEurope https://t.co/qj0pbjWE35
In defense of the new bogus Sean O’Malley match up, “Suga” wanted Ricky Simon, a far more formidable challenge.
Now he can’t make weight— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) June 30, 2021
Not surprised— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) June 29, 2021
Holly Holm is majorly strong.
Triller and Jake Paul are taking every opportunity to dunk on UFC’s pay structure — the heroes we need?
Triller Fight Club has donated $25,000 to the Go Fund Me started by UFC fighter Sarah Alpar after she sought assistance to be able to train full time for her upcoming fight. #UFC pic.twitter.com/LJ1PNGImP1— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 30, 2021
I am glad UFC is giving Manel Kape another chance after a contentious split-decision loss.
The Ultimate Fighter Kemran Lachimov (who came up short last night) apparently loves getting punched in the face.
Happy Birthday to the great Mike Tyson! Here’s hoping for a training clip that doesn’t cut away every three punches someday in the near future. Still though, that speed ...
Letting the low kicks fly!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
It’s become somewhat forgotten because it happened previous to his rise, but Cory Sandhagen’s rally vs. Yuri Alcantara deserves to rank highly on all-time comeback wins.
No one lands on their face this hard on purpose — this is a KO!
Tremendous selling by Mercedes Martinez … or was she legit KO’d? pic.twitter.com/lIdlbqAWH9— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) June 30, 2021
Tap or nap!
Zion National Park is dealing with some wild flooding right now.
Midnight Music: Spotify’s Early Alternative mix is pretty solid!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.