Welcome to Midnight Mania!
It’s International Fight Week for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and that means stacked pay-per-view (PPV) cards, star-studded events, and a new Hall of Fame class to induct. This year’s Hall of Fame class was led by former UFC champions and long-time teammates, Daniel Cormier and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both currently retired, “DC” and “Eagle” are two of the greatest fighters of all time. Whether it’s Cormier’s UFC double champ status or Khabib retiring undefeated at 29-0, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) training partners deserved every second of their Hall of Fame inductions.
In addition to Cormier and Nurmagomedov, Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi earned their way into the UFC Hall of Fame for their Fight of the Year performance back at UFC 206 in 2016. Current UFC featherweight contender Giga Chikadze walked away with the 2022 Forrest Griffin Community Award for his service in his home country of Georgia.
It was a momentous night to say the least. Check out some of the highlights below:
.@TeamKhabib recalls his father's sacrifices, including selling their house, to make his Hall of Fame career possible— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 1, 2022
"He invested in us, he invested in me, my brothers, my close people. He invested in thousands and thousands of kids in Dagestan." pic.twitter.com/dx4kchXofU
Jorge Masvidal healed a pool injury with a bottle of Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve.
This mid-fight tutorial by Max Holloway will never get old.
I don’t even know where to start...
This looks like the beginning to a bad heist movie.
Logan Paul has signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Here’s a throwback photo of Mike Tyson in celebration of his 56th birthday.
Seeing Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo train together warms my heart.
Iron Sharpens Iron— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) June 30, 2022
I think it's just awesome to see how much better @MightyMouse could STILL get. This is just the beginning.
Behind-the-scenes, all-access with Demetrious Johnson in PHX up on my YouTube right now! https://t.co/HjFuDjJLdP pic.twitter.com/pB9Ef0dvU2
From superhero to Miss Twin Peaks contest judge, is there anything Kevin Holland can’t do?
Duty calls tonight… out here judging the Miss Twin Peaks contest. Caption this pic- pic.twitter.com/AnutqVw6ih— Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) June 30, 2022
A little Robbie Lawler appreciation never hurts.
I think this fan gives the ”Just Bleed” guy a run for his money.
This was a fun one. Lemon juice!
What do you think of this UFC 276 artwork?
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Chujaroen displayed incredible pocket presence in his decision win over GLORY featherweight champion Petchpanomrung.
Chujaroen with another clinching master class against GLORY Featherweight Champion Petchpanomrung. pic.twitter.com/V3x5C8olW9— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) June 30, 2022
Here are some Israel Adesanya kickboxing highlights to prepare us for the weekend.
Israel Adesanya’s kickboxing highlights are INSANE pic.twitter.com/LcMCaFVdaE— ᴛʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ (@TheArtOfWar6) June 30, 2022
Does this knockout count even if it’s virtual? Sorry Paddy.
Testing if scousers don't get knocked out pic.twitter.com/iT1w3CG9zQ— Liam⚔️ (@LiamHealy16) June 30, 2022
If I walked out of the grocery store and saw someone did this to my car I don’t think I could ever wash it.
You paying $5,000 for this Star Wars drink on Disney’s cruise ship?
The most expensive drink in the galaxy. The Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge on the Disney Wish has a $5,000 Kaiburr Crystal drink. pic.twitter.com/ZcUp3yt0RI— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) June 29, 2022
The biggest tip I ever received was $300 and I moved a truckload of furniture for 12 hours in Colorado (I got pulled over for speeding on the way home and had to pay a $200 ticket). Landing $800 to deliver a couple of pizzas is absurd.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.