Midnight Mania! Askren To Debut Against Lawler at UFC 233
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Robert Glenn Lawler, otherwise known as “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, was maybe the one welterweight Ben Askren had nothing to say about. Yet, Lawler is the one who drew the short straw to welcome the undefeated wrestler to the Octagon.
Lots of welterweights breathing easy right about now. Don’t worry your times will come! https://t.co/8xDJwIC7VZ— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 6, 2018
Lawler is no walkover opponent. In his resurgence as UFC champion, he had a wicked sprawl, managing to stuff just enough of Johny Hendricks’ takedowns to win the belt, then totally shutting down any attempt by Rory Macdonald to wrestle him in their UFC 189 all-time classic war.
Askren isn’t going to give him the kind of battle Macdonald did- but will he be able to put the former champion on his back and stifle his dangerous striking? It seems we are likely to find out on January 26th in Anaheim, California.
Floyd Mayweather is fighting Tenshin Nasukawa because the world is delightfully unpredictable and doesn’t have to make sense.
Their combined amateur and professional records show that Nasukawa is somehow the more experienced fighter in terms of sheer number of bouts.
Regular readers of Midnight Mania ought to be familiar with Tenshin Nasukawa at this point.
Troll or not, there's lots of people watching Tenshin highlights now and that makes me happy. pic.twitter.com/Er3U2gIVFR— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 5, 2018
Eryk Anders doesn’t think Floyd Mayweather will ever allow kicks, but the rules apparently haven’t been settled yet.
Floyd gonna modify the rules so much. They are gonna box barefoot and with mma gloves. You already know takedowns and kicks are gonna be out the window. Floyd getting slept If o buddy is allowed to do any of those— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) November 5, 2018
Boxing legend Matthew Saad Muhammad vs Japanese wrestler Kiyoshi Tamura pic.twitter.com/c1WbWSgJAJ— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) September 1, 2018
I don’t usually find pro wrestling entertaining but this was good.
Could Sage Northcutt become the next big ONE Championship signing?
UPDATE: I reached out to @YODCHATRI for comment:— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) November 5, 2018
“Sage Northcutt is a tremendously gifted superstar athlete who embodies the values and spirit of authentic martial arts.”
Read into this what you will, but this is pretty much exactly what he said about DJ and Eddie https://t.co/ldSY2c4Xe2
This is by far the funniest video I’ve seen all day.
At least Chris Weidman is a great sport about his knockout loss to Jacare Souza.
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Unfortunately last night didn’t workout for me. Congrats to Jacare & his family & team on a amazing win. He is a true warrior & it was an honor to share the octagon with him. Thanks to everyone for the support, love & prayers. I appreciate it all. I will be back better from this! #Repost @ronaldojacare with @get_repost ・・・ Espero que você esteja bem Campeão sou um grande fan seu e obrigado por me dar a oportunidade de lutar contra você. I hope you well champion I am your big fan and thank you for giving me the opportunity to fight you. @ufc_brasil @ufc @canalcombate @evolvkitchen
Unfortunately last night didn’t workout for me. Congrats to Jacare & his family & team on a amazing win. He is a true warrior & it was an honor to share the octagon with him. Thanks to everyone for the support, love & prayers. I appreciate it all. I will be back better from this!— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) November 4, 2018
Nick Diaz was not impressed by the body of two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier.
Dana White denying blocking Ben Askren on Twitter was so perfect. His buddy Donald Trump is rubbing off on him.
This weekend’s main event is going to be, as they say, lit. Yair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung is an awesome fight, El Pantera vs. The Korean Zombie.
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First double issue! Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez- He’s Stealth, He’s a Savage, He’s El Pantera! - - #illustration #pencilsketch #comicbookcovers #comicbookart #artistsoninstagram #fightposium #ufc #mmaart #mmamemes #sketching #combatsports #ufcfightnight #ufc #ufcdenver #comicbookartist #pencilshading #elpantera #yairrodriguez #ufcfightnight139
What a picture. I hadn’t seen this much blood in the Octagon in a long time.
Israel Adesanya is undoubtedly the UFC’s breakout star of 2018
It was strange seeing all these faces together in the crowd at UFC 230.
How can you not love Daniel Cormier?
Curtis Blaydes doesn’t rate Brock Lesnar’s chances very highly against the Daddest of them all.
Brock’s gonna get starched even quicker than @Thebeast_ufc did ♂️— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) November 4, 2018
Daniel Cormier: "Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that new WWE title. I feel like being a WWE champion, too. Let's go, Brock."#UFC230— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 4, 2018
Despite how the fight turned out to be an easy stylistic matchup, Daniel Cormier is still among the most impressive fighters in UFC history.
Daniel Cormier is now the first fighter in UFC history to successfully defend two different titles. #UFC230— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) November 4, 2018
Is Jacare not merciful??
This was such a weird callout by Jared Cannonier but I dig it.
Things are getting a bit weird at #UFC230. Jared sniffed Adesanya’s “scent” on the Octagon post and then marked his own territory over it. He will now surely call out Adesanya in what may be the most creative way of picking a fight ever seen in the UFC— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) November 4, 2018
Cannonier or Canine-ier pic.twitter.com/hI9154I2Jr
He may have gotten outshone by some of the card’s brighter lights, but Karl Roberson is an excellent prospect.
Conor McGregor was absolutely on something writing this...
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I went to see Mike Tyson last night in the Helix, Dublin, Ireland. I love and respect Mike Tyson. And I love the Helix. I won my first World Title here, and also my second. It was good to meet you Mike. You spoke some things about me in the past which I did not like and I was happy to speak to you face to face, put it to bed and have some fun. You are in good spirits and I was happy to see this! I will always have the height of respect for you! Some decisions you have made around your finances I do not agree with. As a fighter you must fight here. The most. And this is a fight that never ends. It is even a fight that we pass on to our next in line. Our blood line. Make sure you stay switched on with those around you at all times. You have good people around you now, I can tell. But stay switched on. Your Marijuana strain that you grow on your own ranch “KO Kush” is really nice. It was an honour to taste it and I wish you and your team all the best with this endeavor. Just remember, if someone tries to rip you. Rip their nose off their face. You are a fighting icon and deserve endless love and respect! And from me, you will always have it! Don’t let anyone take anything from you. You owe nobody nothing. It is you who is owed. Always remember that. I love you Mike! Iron Mike Tyson! Here is an iconic photograph as a gift from me to you, from head photographer at @mcgregorproductions , @ginger_beard_photos
This slip to high kick is fun
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
The weekend had plenty of great knockouts
Clean knee KO by Thiago "TKS" dos Santos at Thunder Fight 17 last night in Sao Paulo. pic.twitter.com/k4GJC4BqKG— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 4, 2018
What a brutal guillotine- this guy was out cold.
dream sweet brother— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 4, 2018
Rinat Fakhretdinov sleeps Viktor Shabalov in 2R
(Battle on Volga MW Title Fight) pic.twitter.com/CowbLzg8rB
A reminder of how truly great Anderson Silva was. Will Israel Adesanya’s legacy end up being even greater?
The best there is. The best there was. And the best there ever will be. pic.twitter.com/xRTcYKlLAJ— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) June 7, 2017
Hit the Road big guy
faceplant— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 3, 2018
nice KO by Go Gi-Won from today's Road FC pic.twitter.com/lNZjCFRCgQ
Low blow TKOs, the Bobby Green special. No, I won’t ever let that go.
low blow TKO by Yuki Ito ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Road FC) pic.twitter.com/fMV5uHTuDA— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 3, 2018
All our idols must fall
oh shit, my singing idol Heo was TKOd by Shim Gun-Oh in 20 seconds ☹ pic.twitter.com/9nnxF0rtJQ— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 3, 2018
This was by far the most insane knockout of the weekend.
OMG !— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 3, 2018
Mzwandile Hlongwa with spinning back hellbow KO
Torbjorn Madsen is out cold (EFC) pic.twitter.com/cvKKgMpaz3
Matt Frevola and Lando Vannata had themselves a war and it’s weird to see Vannata continue to get draws no matter the level of his competition.
Lando Vannata joins Ken Shamrock, BJ Penn, and Caol Uno as the 4th fighter in UFC history to earn two draws. #UFC230— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) November 4, 2018
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Are these real or fake? You find out.
the internet went from showing food recipe videos to alchemy in less than a decade, there’s going to be a quick video on how to make the philosopher’s stone from tomato sauce next week pic.twitter.com/dyKBHCEXTD— hiba (@iatemuggles) November 3, 2018
Reality is both stranger and funnier than satire
Turkmenistan's president lifts golden weights bar before his applauding Cabinet. Will the madness ever cease? pic.twitter.com/9MszhO4dD4— Peter Leonard (@Peter__Leonard) November 2, 2018