Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Despite wildly negative reception since its genesis, UFC President Dana White’s Power Slap League continues to keep on keeping on. Getting booted off cable television didn’t kill the concept, and White continues to tell anyone who will listen that the alleged sport is a massive success that’s crushing the ratings game.
Fans, meanwhile, are in active revolt against the continuous Power Slap promotion. UFC social media accounts are constantly advertising slap fighting, sometimes more than the actual UFC events themselves! Thus far, however, the two have otherwise remained separate products.
That’s going to change tomorrow morning. According to Fan Sided’s Amy Kaplan, slap Heavyweights Nate “The Buffalo Soldier” Burnard and Stevie Ray Payne will face off during the early morning UFC 290 weigh-ins ceremony. The match is expected to conclude the event, meaning at least the dehydrated fighters won’t have to delay their fluids because of slap silliness.
Predictably, the replies to this news revealed a great deal of anger amongst the UFC fan base:
Dana is never gonna let power slap die.
They’re getting desperate for fans.
Say slap league is not doing well without saying slap league is doing well.
Why is Dana pushing this nonsense so much?
If Slap is thriving as much as Dana claims it is, he wouldn’t have to attach it to the UFC name. Keep it separate. Nobody cares about this s—t.
This is so f—king embarrassing.
Perfect time for a bathroom break.
As for the actual UFC 290 event, which will feature closed fists and athletes allowed to defend themselves, the action will go down this Saturday (July 8, 2023) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two titles are on the line, as Alexander Volkanovski will seek to defend his Featherweight crown opposite interim king Yair Rodriguez, and Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno seeks to avenge his earlier losses to submission ace Alexandre Pantoja.
Charles Oliveira has the moves.
Islam Makhachev shouts out a former (and future?) foe:
Speaking of the Lightweight champion of the world ...
Islam Makhachev is a real one for punching up Dillon Danis during Khabib’s cage jump pic.twitter.com/eLRfYmwRMd— - (@AIKYGDLT) July 6, 2023
Arman Tsarukyan is not impressed by Dan Hooker.
hooker is an absolute joke who turned down every opportunity to fight me in the past https://t.co/fmhMcWt8Iq— Arman Tsarukyan UFC (@ArmanUfc) July 6, 2023
Sean Strickland’s JRE appearance is sad but unsurprising.
Sean Strickland first watched porn in 1st grade.— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) July 6, 2023
“We had a communal porn box” that was used by his brother and father pic.twitter.com/HRjsIHbhJ4
Ryan Garcia seemed to handle his first professional loss pretty well in my eyes, but he’s facing a lot of heat regardless.
I don’t remember ever making a excuse for my loss.— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) July 5, 2023
I just said that parts of my team showed they didn’t have loyalty, that has nothing to do with a fight, only with integrity.
Bhop trying to help Oscar. I never seen an attack on someone’s own fighter by a promoter ever.
Center column has my bet.
Brendan Schaub is confidently wrong more than almost anyone I’ve ever seen.
Alexandre Pantoja knocked out Islam Makhachev? pic.twitter.com/DBs8A4Nxfw— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) July 6, 2023
The frame-by-frame of the Conor McGregor push feels like Renaissance art.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Robbie Lawler really knocked Ben Askren unconscious with punches (very bad for you) then nearly got choked out (not bad for you), then still lost the fight. All-time weird MMA moment!
Underrated Lawler finish. Herb let him go out like 2-3 times. pic.twitter.com/tpLY1vH65H— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 5, 2023
Flying guillotine is more cool than high percentage, but damn, it’s so cool.
Successful ax kick alert!
Midnight Music: I’ve been on a Black Sabbath kick for the last week.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.