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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou partners with CashApp, will receive half of UFC 270 purse in Bitcoin

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Francis Ngannou’s finances have been a major topic in the lead up to his UFC 270 title fight vs. Ciryl Gane. “The Predator” may not be happy with his UFC contract, but he’s willing to invest/gamble a portion of it in the hopes of a positive return.

Teaming up with CashApp, Ngannou revealed that he will receive half of his purse in Bitcoin, which he calls “the future of money” in the video above. The cryptocurrency is valued at about $42k per coin at the time of writing, down from $52k a month ago but way up on a longer timeline.

Ngannou enters this match up riding a five-fight win streak, all via knockout, most recently stopping Stipe Miocic to claim the undisputed crown. Since that win, Gane picked up an interim crown off his own to cap off a seven-fight UFC win streak.

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BLOCKBUSTER BANTAMWEIGHT BATTLE! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Newark, N.J., for the first time in more than three years on Sat., May 6, 2023, with a blockbuster Bantamweight collision inside Prudential Center that will see Aljamain Sterling attempt another successful title defense against returning two-division titleholder and former gold medal-winning Olympic wrestler, Henry Cejudo. In UFC 288’s last-minute pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, former Welterweight title challenger, Gilbert Burns, locks horns with No. 4-seeded contender, Belal Muhammad, in a five-round, 170-pound No. 1 contender eliminator match.

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

Insomnia

There are some conflicting opinions on whether or not Paddy Pimblett vs. Jared Gordon is going down on March 19, but Dave Portnoy and Gordon himself seem confident.

Gregor Gillespie gives us a preview of his would-be match up vs. Tony Ferguson.

A solid Featherweight match up has been rebooked for April.

With Kayla Harrison likely remaining in PFL, is it time yet to close the UFC women’s Featherweight division?

Yeah, based on the main event a few nights ago, Alexander Volkanovski would’ve been a nightmare match up for Giga Chikadze.

Slava Borschev reacts to his bonus-winning UFC debut:

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Three right hands produce three knockdowns in a short period of time!

Finishing counter combinations with a head kick is one of the most high percentage ways to land the strike. Also, this looks to be some high-level amateur fighting!

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A neat treehouse!

Midnight Music: In last night’s thread, I was recommended the Eddie Hazel LP Games, Dames, and Guitar Things. Hazel is perhaps best known for his legendary guitar solo on Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” — which has been featured previously — but his album is also pretty sweet for guitar fans!

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