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Power Slap has a seen a lot of controversy in its few short months of existence. Congress is pissed, ratings are not that impressive, and athlete pay is exactly as disappointing as one would expect. There’s been relatively little positive coverage of the event anywhere outside of UFC social media accounts, which have received backlash for posting more about slapping than promoting events like UFC 284.
Power Slap’s planned pay-per-view (PPV) debut has been demoted to some random app.
UFC President and Power Slap head honcho Dana White is not discouraged, however. He seems to be abiding by the “All publicity is good publicity” maxim, as he actually gave credit to media outrage for helping grow the sport further. In his opinion, people just want something to be angry about, especially if his name is attached. Specifically, White shouts out The New York Times after their recent critique article.
“The media has been incredible through this thing. If any of you saw the Chris Rock special that’s out, ‘selective outrage,’ that’s what’s happened with Power Slap. Selective outrage! Slapping has been around for 10 years! Logan Paul and Arnold Schwarzenegger had a slap event — unregulated, no medicals, no nothing — nobody said ‘Boo!’ There wasn’t one story written.”
He continued, “We do the right things. We go for approval. We test. We invest millions of dollars into it. We make it safe, go through the Nevada State Athletic Commission. And everybody is outraged, this is disgusting! This should never happen! Selective outrage. I love the media. You guys have helped me build this thing into a monster over the last eight weeks. I just want to thank you all. Especially the New York Times, you guys are amazing.”
Nobody ever seems exactly sure how to handle Petr Yan’s willingness to goof around combined with his likelihood of actually throwing a punch at any time.
Petr Yan bullying members of the bantamweight division including his opponent this weekend pic.twitter.com/LabdvLhURw— (@mmamarcuss) March 8, 2023
Following up on Abubakar Nurmagomedov’s removal, he will be replaced by Jared Gooden.
A.Nurmagomedov out. Carlston Harris will now fight Jared Gooden at #UFCLasVegas on March 11th. (first rep. @PrimeiroRound) #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN #UFC2023 pic.twitter.com/sabCo7CXMq— Marcel Dorff (@BigMarcel24) March 8, 2023
Sparring with Alex Pereira looks about as miserable as one would expect.
Bad intentions.@AlexPereiraUFC | #UFC287 pic.twitter.com/ORKeID93il— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) March 6, 2023
A different style of wrestling:
There are four basic rules of Icelandic Glima:— Blaine Henry (@BlaineHenryTFL) March 7, 2023
- wrestlers must always stand upright
- wrestlers aren’t to fall on or forcefully push their opponents. Technique, not strength, is emphasized
- wrestlers are to step around each other clockwise to avoid a stalemate
- opponents… https://t.co/NB3oxwSWhC pic.twitter.com/DNQBELwN1d
I have seen many not-so-kind rumors about Fernand Lopez alleging all sorts of negative acts and overall incompetence.
French combat sports Twitter on Fernand Lopez pic.twitter.com/5IUQ41OIbi— Val Dewar (Violenceweight Rankings Steward) (@the3els) March 7, 2023
The man who looked wildly emaciated making Flyweight vs. the Flyweight who retired because the judges keep screwing him!
Nate Maness will fight Zhalgas Zhumagulov at #UFC288 on May 6th. #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN #UFC2023 pic.twitter.com/Inst1bfcYL— Marcel Dorff (@BigMarcel24) March 7, 2023
It’s wild that UFC is continually photoshopping arms onto their champions even after it’s become a known thing on social media.
They gave Jon Ngannou’s arm ♂️ pic.twitter.com/eprqHmcSKn— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) March 8, 2023
Sign me up for Derrick Lewis vs. Walt Harris!
@Thebeast_ufc Hey bro are you busy during @ufc international fight week?— Walt Harris (@thebigticket205) March 7, 2023
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Marlon Moraes damn near killed Merab Dvalishvili in the first round, but “The Machine” really is inhuman.
25 September 2021— Ocelot MMA (@Ocelot_MMA) March 6, 2023
Bonkers fight against Marlon Moraes
Merab is nearly finished in Rd 1, but secures a clinch and proceeds to break Marlon. Wins via Rd 2 TKO pic.twitter.com/YEIB2xd7w0
Context stolen from a comment: “In Thai we call them “Muay Wat.” The most of that event are organized out of Bangkok and mostly in Isan province. And in this video is two young men who propose to fight without knowledges.”
A whole thread of retired One Championship strap-hanger Sam A showing off!
Floors the prodigy Sangmanee twice in 5 seconds (2014) pic.twitter.com/2brBatLL9h— tae sai (@somefightclips) March 7, 2023
Hold on tight.
Midnight Music: Hip-hop, 1993
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.