Midnight Mania! Jones Angered By Sonnen’s ‘Amazing Imagination’

UFC 159 Jones v Sonnen 4-27-2013

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It’s been over six years since the two met in the Octagon, but there is still no love lost between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

Newly retired, Sonnen spends his days as an analyst and podcast host. Shockingly, his positions covering the sport occasionally lead him to discuss the current Light Heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound great. It’s hard to say which statement specifically irritated “Bones,” but it was almost certainly something said on his podcast titled, “Time is running out for Jon Jones…

On that podcast, Sonnen argues that Israel Adesanya is replacing Jones as the sport’s biggest star — an insult compounded by the fact that Jones does not like Adesanya — and that Jones cannot be pound-for-pound king without moving to Heavyweight. Furthermore, Sonnen predicted Jones would not be a champion at 35, which is just three years away.

Jones has been more and more aggressive lately online, and he responded harshly to Sonnen’s critiques:

It was Sonnen, however, who got the last word in.

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As those who watched The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 8 may remember, Ryan Bader is not a man to prank…

Just in case y’all forgot:

Per Perry’s Instagram story, his nose is looking much better (if still swollen).


@PlatinumMikePerry, reddit u/real-goose

Hopefully the UFC continues making moves like this!

Yup, this is a terrible idea.

Yeah, it’s another CBD ad on a fighter’s Instagram, but Jessica-Rose Clark has dope tattoos.

Is this Crossfit?

“Wonderboy” vs. his own students is the best story of the Summer.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

This is a very fun signing, and hopefully the clip below will help explain why:

One Kickboxing delivered the goods earlier today with a heap of stoppages:

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A happy dog to brighten the mood:

Midnight Music: Inspired by the comments on last night’s Midnight Mania, here’s an old, sad folk song from a very talented, very troubled singer in Jackson C. Frank.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Midnight Mania! Sorry Aussies, No Volkanovski At UFC 243

UFC 237: Aldo v Volkanovski

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UFC 243 is set to be one of the biggest events of the year. Set in the massive Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, the main event will feature a grudge match between local favorites in Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker to unify the Middleweight title. That bout alone is worth the cost of admission, but fans have been holding out hope that a second title fight between Max Holloway and Australia’s own Alexander Volkanovski would take the co-main event slot.

Per Dana White on Submission Radio, it isn’t going to happen. The UFC president said, “That’s not happening. I don’t think that Max could turn around and cut the weight again that fast. So, I don’t want to put him in that type of situation.”

Given Holloway’s recent history of struggling at the scale and general health issues, it makes sense to give the champion something of a rest before sending him to war against an elite contender in Volkanovski. It probably strings for “The Great,” however, as Volkanovski’s title shot was delayed so that Frankie Edgar could first receive his opportunity.

If not for the bout, Holloway vs. Volkanovski would likely be happening at UFC 243.

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Legends.

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Everywhere is MUAYTHAI Stadium @buakaw1

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Brian Ortega was given a choice… on whether to swap some knowledge with “DC!”

Weili Zhang has a tiger in her living room.

McGregor is in hot water (again), and Masvidal is still trying to fight with him. The more things change, the more they stay the same…

I’m just visualizing Cejudo pestering some poor t-shirt shop owner to make this dumb shirt. Yes, the lettering must be GOLD!

Two gigantic Middleweights are about to get after it.

I hope part of Oleinik’s seminar involves teaching his students how to have an 80 inch reach and the squeeze of a python, otherwise I’m not sure how effective they’ll be.

“Rampage” found a new sport that doesn’t involve wrestling…

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Even young Pettis had sneaky power in his hands.

Right hand on the break claims another victim:

Don’t know that I’ve ever seen someone jump into a kick so effectively:

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Today is a good day:

The fish:rice ratio is all screwy, but I’d still go for it.

Midnight Music: Twitter informed me this morning that it’s the eight year anniversary of Danny Brown’s XXX, which is quite possibly my favorite rap album of the decade — it’s in my top five at a bare minimum. Dark, desperate and conceptual, the themes of drug abuse and pressure to succeed are evident throughout.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

UFC 241 Clash: Pettis Vs. Diaz!

UFC 202: Diaz v McGregor 2

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight rivals Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz will collide this Saturday (Aug. 17, 2019) at UFC 241 from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Since Pettis lost his title and a pair of consecutive bouts afterward, “Showtime” has been looking for greener pastures. He’s jumped around weight classes with inconsistent results, but his first Welterweight showcase opposite top-ranked striker Stephen Thompson resulted in his best victory in probably five years (watch it); therefore, Pettis is hoping to prove that 170 pounds is the solution. Meanwhile, Diaz elevated himself from long-time veteran to superstar status thanks to his pair of bouts with Conor McGregor. After receiving those major paychecks, Diaz has happily vanished waited from the sidelines for a bout that interests him both personally and financially. It’s taken three years, but Diaz is ready to return.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Anthony Pettis

Record: 22-8
Key Wins: Benson Henderson (UFC 164, WEC 53), Stephen Thompson (UFC Fight Night 148), Gilbert Melendez (UFC 181), Donald Cerrone (UFC on FOX 6), Michael Chiesa (UFC 223), Charles Oliveira (UFC on FOX 21)
Key Losses: Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185), Tony Ferguson (UFC 229), Edson Barboza (UFC 197), Max Holloway (UFC 206), Dustin Poirier (UFC Fight Night 120)
Keys to Victory: Pettis has faced the absolute best of the best at multiple weight classes since the moment he stepped into the Octagon. The flashy kickboxer and slick submission fighter may not be perfect, but he’s capable of ending any bout in an instant.

The blueprint to defeating Diaz was written a half-decade ago at least. The Southpaw boxer is great at throwing combinations and making the most of his reach with long, pawing straights, but he struggles with lateral movement and low kicks. Even McGregor completely changed his style to deal with Diaz in the second match, and Pettis should follow his lead.

Chop the leg. Do it early and often, and if Diaz begins to check, Pettis would be wise to attack the back leg as he did opposite Thompson. If Diaz’s leg is too trashed to pursue his opponents, none of that conditioning or grit really means much of anything.


Nate Diaz

Record: 19-11
Key Wins: Conor McGregor (UFC 196), Michael Johnson (UFC on FOX 17), Donald Cerrone (UFC 141), Jim Miller (UFC on FOX 3)
Key Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC 202), Raphael dos Anjos (UFC on FOX 13), Josh Thomson (UFC on FOX 7), Ben Henderson (UFC on FOX 5)
Keys to Victory: Diaz is a pressure boxer with a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Utilizing a long jab and cross, pull counters, and body shots, Diaz overwhelms opponents in volume, often until they make the mistake of giving him the neck.

In general, Diaz is pretty patient at establishing his range and making his opponent work before he really commits to the pressure strategy. He’ll wait until he really stings an opponent to fully go on the offensive, preferring to work a high-pace kickboxing match until that happens.

Against Pettis, there is no benefit to hanging around at distance for longer than is necessary. At 170 pounds, Diaz should be the heavier man. Between that advantage and Pettis’ historic problems with being bullied along the fence, it makes a ton of sense for Diaz to relentlessly walk his foe down with the hopes of landing in the clinch.

Diaz does not clinch like a wrestler. He drives his forehead into the jaw, pins an arm, and wails away at the body. That type of dirty boxing breaks opponents, and it seems well-suited to messing up Pettis’ kick-based strategy.


Bottom Line: It’s a fantastic fight that should’ve happened in 2013, but remains just as intriguing.

This is a really fun match up. The problems that plague each athlete are well-known — a result of a shared decade against top-notch competition. They both have the tools to capitalize upon their foe’s weakness, so it really will come down to whoever is able to execute the game plan more effectively. Historically, telling Pettis to stay off the fence or Diaz to check a low kick will result in a similar rate of success, so there’s a real chance both men will score significant offense in a wild scrap.

The stakes are high for each as well. Pettis is looking to prove himself a real contender at 170 pounds — defeating Diaz for a second consecutive major win would certainly help his argument, likely setting him up for another top five foe next. As for Diaz, he’s more interested in money fights than title shots, but an entertaining victory would go a long way in setting up the McGregor rubber match.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 241 fight card this weekend, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the pay-per-view (PPV) main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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At UFC 241, Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz will go to war in the co-main event. Which man will earn the victory?

Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down Miocic!

Former Heavyweight strap-hanger, Stipe Miocic, will look to retake his throne from Olympic wrestler, Daniel Cormier, this Saturday (Aug. 17, 2019) at UFC 241 from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Little more than one year ago, Cormier surprised Miocic at UFC 226.

I don’t think Miocic expected Cormier’s speed, which allowed the wrestler to stick hard jabs in Miocic’s face more than any past foe. He was definitely surprised by the right hand on the break that put him down, and judging by his constant request for a rematch, had zero expectations of walking out of the Octagon without his belt. For the rematch, Miocic knows a little bit more of what to expect of “DC” at Heavyweight. He’s had plenty of time to work on the problems that Cormier presented and his own issues that were capitalized upon. Now, it’s time to see if that’s enough to make the difference.

Let’s take a closer look at Miocic’s skill set:

Striking

Miocic has some great physical tools that he takes full advantage of — namely an 80-inch reach and face-melting power — but he’s long shown more smarts than the average big man. Miocic is willing to gameplan and adjust to his opponents, which is a major reason he’s been so successful.

Miocic does excellent work with the jab. Unlike many fighters, Miocic recognizes that while a jab can do damage, it doesn’t have to every time. Miocic throws dozen of jabs without fully committing, doing little more than swatting his opponent’s nose or punching his gloves.

The jab sets up most of Miocic’s success by establishing his range and drawing strikes from his opponent. A common sequence in Miocic’s bouts sees the champion land a jab and pull back, avoiding his opponent’s looping power shot. Then, as his foe tries to regain good position, Miocic steps back in with a more committed pair of punches.

The best demonstration of Miocic’s jab remains his bout with Mark Hunt, one of the division’s better counter punches. Hunt is used to fighting at a reach disadvantage, but Miocic is one of the few who made it count, picking at Hunt with the jab constantly (GIF). Miocic kept his head back on most of the jabs, which helped him stay safe from counters, and he also feinted constantly. Those jab feints made Hunt hesitant, unsure of when to fully commit to his counter attempts.

Against Ngannou, Miocic showed great strategy and technique when faced with a giant man chasing him and winging power shots. Early on, Miocic was willing to focus largely on defense, circling away from “The Predator” and letting most shots come up short. When trapped along the fence, Miocic used takedown attempts to gain better position or rolled his way to safety (GIF).

Later on, Ngannou tired and realized he should probably do something other than sprint and throw power shots. He began to jab, but unlike the champion, did not set up his jabs with feints or noncommittal jabs. The result was some of Miocic’s best right-handed counters (GIF), as he slipped outside to load up the right or slipped inside for the cross counter.

It’s worth mentioning that Miocic has some nasty low kicks (GIF). He goes to the inside and outside well with different intentions. Usually, Miocic’s inside low kick is quick and shakes up his opponent’s stance, allowing for follow up punches. On the other hand, Miocic’s outside kick is simply devastating and painful. Prior to his Octagon debut, Miocic actually finished one of his opponents via low kicks.

Thanks to Miocic’s outside work, a reasonable strategy when facing the Ohio-native is to pressure him. While his wrestling does a nice job of deterring that plan, his counter right hand is another major tool in his arsenal (GIF).

Much of Miocic’s success comes from maintaining his distance and sticking his opponent with the jab and cross, mixing in some low kicks and clinch work when appropriate (GIF). That’s the strategy that carried him into the Top 10, but many of Miocic’s recent bouts have seen a change in approach. While he still does a good job of maintaining stance and working behind the jab, Miocic’s focus has been on pressuring fighters and finding a home for his crushing right hand.

Opposite Alistair Overeem, Miocic had little interest in trading kicks with the former K-1 champion and was obviously motivated to get in the pocket. For much of the bout, Overeem stood as a Southpaw. Pawing at Miocic’s lead hand, Overeem looked to take away the jab and maintain the kicking range, where he could slam home hard kicks to the body and look to counter any forward movement with a brutal overhand left.

It definitely worked on some levels, but Miocic did his best to pressure relentlessly without becoming an easy target for the left hand. One of the things he did best was reach out and grab Overeem’s lead hand, catching and closing the distance. Overeem could fire his left, but that would mean accepting close range with Miocic. Often, Overeem literally ran away, which allowed Miocic to chase him down with doubled up punches. Alternatively, his hand control backed Overeem into the fence, where Miocic both doubled up and dug to the body to work around Overeem’s defense.

Miocic may have ate some shots in the process, but as the younger, more durable fighter, that was a fair trade to land his own heavy blows.

Finally, Miocic’s rematch with dos Santos showed yet another aggressive game plan that was both planned and improvised. Miocic likely intended to back Junior dos Santos into the fence — he did in the first bout, and “JDS” has long struggled from that position. However, a few heavy low kicks from the Brazilian damaged Miocic’s lead leg, motivating him even more to push into the boxing range.

While backing up dos Santos, Miocic showed his craft. He kept a jab on dos Santos, getting the Brazilian to move his head and then firing a tight right hand when dos Santos’ head movement stalled or he hit the fence (GIF). Another smart decision by Miocic was to switch to Southpaw when dos Santos hit the fence, as it tricked “JDS” to circle into his new power side and absorb a couple left crosses.

Defensively, Miocic does stand a bit tall and can occasionally forget his patience, as seen when he quite literally walked into a massive left hand from Overeem. At the same time, Miocic showed a great deal of thought and self-control to avoid Ngannou’s massive blows.

Wrestling

Miocic’s college wrestling background has been a major asset to his game even if he spends more time boxing, as he’s been quite successful in wrestling exchanges on offense and defense. It also helps that Miocic is a quality athlete for the division, a solid mix of speed and power.

One of the most interesting aspects of his Miocic’s game is his habit to mix half-hearted takedown attempts into his offense. These half shots serve a significant purpose, as they keep his opponent off-balance and give Miocic an opportunity to read his opponent. More than anything else, it’s another layer of complexity for Miocic’s offense, as his opponent must more often react and respect these feints. At any point, Miocic can actually reach out and really grab onto the lead leg for a snatch single, which he tends to finish by running the pipe.

The real exception to Miocic’s usual wrestling style is his first bout with dos Santos. Rather than a few well-timed single legs, Miocic was frequently driving through double-leg takedowns. Though dos Santos stuffed the vast majority of them, Miocic was able to force the fight into the fence and work from there.

Miocic was forced to use driving double legs and clinch work against Ngannou as well, as you cannot really snatch single a man charging straight into you. It may not be Miocic’s preferred style, but he did a great job of running his legs underneath the shot to off-balance Ngannou and plant him on the mat (GIF).

The Ngannou bout also showcased Miocic’s brand of top control. Historically, Miocic likes to stay in half guard, sitting on one of his foe’s legs to pin him to the mat. From there, Miocic will also look to trap one of his opponent’s arms, allowing him to tee off with the free hand and generally make his opponent’s life miserable.

The Ohio-native did plenty of that opposite the Frenchman, but he also worked from turtle quite a bit. As Ngannou tried to turn away and stand, Miocic would control the far wrist and weigh down on his opponent. He was never truly able to release his ground strikes from that position — due to both fatigue and fear of letting Ngannou escape — but he did plenty of damage regardless.

To finish Overeem, Miocic showed off the benefits of proper posture at Heavyweight. From full guard, Miocic stood over his opponent and picked his shots. Thanks to his size and gravity, Miocic’s punches quickly ended the contest (GIF). For the most part, Miocic’s takedown defense is quite solid. Even when he is taken down, he’s pretty quick to scramble back to his feet. Thus far, none of his opponent’s have found consistent success in taking him down.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Miocic has yet to be put on his back long enough to really display any submission game. Offensively, Miocic has never submitted any of his opponents nor even really attempted to. However, Miocic has proven to be a strong guard passer. In his bouts against Shane del Rosario and Joey Beltran, Miocic was able to slice through their guards, achieve dominant positions, and maintain top position. While Beltran is not exactly a jiu-jitsu specialist, del Rosario was known for having a dangerous bottom game, but Miocic nullified it. At the same time, Miocic does like working from the half guard as explained above, so it often benefits him to stay there and drop heavy shots.

Conclusion

Miocic is really a man who thrives on fundamentals and feints. He does nothing exceptionally complicated or flashy, but Miocic’s consistent approach almost always finds a home for his right hand. Against Cormier, it will be very interesting to see whether Miocic switches up his approach at all, or if he sticks by his tried-and-true one-two combination.


Andrew Richardson, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, is a professional fighter who trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. In addition to learning alongside world-class talent, Andrew has scouted opponents and developed winning strategies for several of the sport’s most elite fighters.

Midnight Mania! Is ‘Showtime’ Vs. McGregor Next?

UFC 241 Cormier v Miocic 2: Open Workouts

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Look, no one knows when Conor McGregor will return to the cage nor who his opponent will be — not even Dana White, who is awaiting the results of UFC 242 before making any final decisions. Plus, if McGregor already has an opponent set in his mind, good luck arguing with him. However, earlier today Anthony Pettis revealed that he was once matched up with McGregor already for a November contest with the Irishman.

I like that fight a lot, both from a pure entertainment perspective and one of logical sense. After so long away from the Octagon and even longer without a victory, McGregor should not be allowed to jump the Lightweight ladder. It should not matter that McGregor holds a 2014 knockout win over Poirier — there should be no immediate rematch if “The Diamond” were to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Tony Ferguson needs his title shot damn it!

A fight with the winner of Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis, however? That makes all the sense in the world. If Pettis is victorious, perhaps that Madison Square Garden bout can still be scheduled. It would be a fairly quick turnaround for “Showtime,” but when there’s this much money on the line, Pettis is not likely to decline the opportunity.

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Both Nate Diaz and Pettis brought their unique charm to the open workouts today.

Even with her recent struggles, I would not have expected Zingano to be released.

… Except for Anthony Smith, “OSP,” and Thiago Santos to name a few.

Assuming Walt Harris’ random bouts of hesitance are truly in the past, this is going to be a really great fight.

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It’s been long enough. Let’s gooooo!!!!

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A nice, brief look into conditioning in MMA. It’s a lot more complicated than simply spending a lot of time in the gym or running a few miles!

Dear lord, “Cro Cop” is gigantic.

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balance training

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Why do all of the fake wrist-lock masters look exactly the same?

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Bare Knuckle really keeps it brutal:

I love watching boxers that can move this well:

… and then there’s Muay Thai, where most fighters just stand firm against absurdly powerful kicks. I admire both approaches to combat.

Random Land

Absolute talent:

Midnight Music: A great, very much overlooked album from a country legend!

Sleep well Maniacs! There’s always more martial arts madness on the way.

UFC 241 Clash: Romero Vs. Costa!

MMA: UFC 226-Hall vs Costa

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight powerhouses Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will slug it out this Saturday (Aug. 17, 2019) at UFC 241 from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

It’s remarkable just how close Yoel Romero has come to capturing the title on multiple occasions — and that’s not even considering the years where Michael Bisping avoided a contest with the Cuban knockout artist. At the age of 42, Romero is looking to get back in the win column and earn another title shot, and if anyone can do it, it’s “Soldier of God.” Costa’s four fights inside the Octagon have gone largely the same way: the hulking Brazilian chases his opponents around the cage, wails on them with combinations, and eventually batters them into nothingness. Costa has earned his shot at an elite competitor, and it’s almost certainly going to be a ridiculous fight.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Yoel Romero

Record: 14-3
Key Wins: Luke Rockhold (UFC 221), Chris Weidman (UFC 205), Ronaldo Souza (UFC 194), Lyoto Machida (UFC Fight Night 70), Tim Kennedy (UFC 178)
Key Losses: Robert Whittaker (UFC 225, UFC 213).Rafael Cavalcante (Strikeforce: “Barnett vs Kharitonov”)
Keys to Victory: Romero makes a strong argument as the most athletic fighter on the roster. The Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling largely fights in bursts, occasionally exploding with a vicious offensive flurry, potent counter strike, or sudden series of takedowns.

Against Costa, Romero must do what all past opponents have failed to accomplish: earn the Brazilian’s respect. Uriah Hall and Johny Hendricks both landed some pretty decent shots on Costa, and Hall even rocked him briefly. All the same, Costa marched forward, and eventually his pace and power shots overwhelmed them.

Romero’s recent strategy has involved staying tight defensively and waiting for his moment, and that’s not a bad thought against the all-offensive style of Costa. Before he allows his foe to build too big a lead, however, Romero must sting him with a hard shot — something powerful enough to force Costa to respect his feints or even hesitate a bit before engaging.

Given how absurdly powerful Romero’s punches, kicks, and knees can be, it shouldn’t be an overly difficult task, but it’s one that must be accomplished early.


Paulo Costa

Record: 12-0
Key Wins: Uriah Hall (UFC 226), Johny Hendricks (UFC 217), Oluwale Bamgbose (UFC 212)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Costa is an absolute bruiser. Despite his giant muscles, Costa sets and maintains a high pace, throwing combinations of power punches punctuated by hard kicks until his foe crumbles.

Costa is perhaps the first opponent of Romero who can stand up to his strength and power. He does not have to carefully outmaneuver his opponent at every time — Costa can make this a war of attrition from the first bell and very possible come out ahead.

Romero is a foe who always bides his energy until he sees an opening, and that’s a habit Costa should take advantage of. Early in the fight while Romero is still trying to get a read on Costa, the Brazilian should be pressing his foe and trying to slam home that right body kick. If Costa commits to wearing his foe out early, it will make later bursts from Romero less dangerous and allow Costa to stay on his usual path of aggression with less chance of getting put to sleep in the process.


Bottom Line: It’s a must-watch fight, arguably the best on a great card.

Romero cannot outrun Father Time forever … right? At some point, his age is going to catch up to him, which will be a disaster given how his game relies on freak athleticism. Each year, it becomes more and more likely that Romero will lose his edge, which makes this an extremely important fight for him. A win here puts Romero right back in the title mix, perhaps even earning him a title shot if Israel Adesanya were to capture the strap later in the year.

A loss is a signal that the inevitable has happened, and it may cost Romero any future chances at the title.

Costa is facing the scariest fighter without a title in the entire organization. If “The Eraser” is successfully in his attempt to beat up Romero, he’s immediately in the title mix with a fair argument at the next shot. It’ll depend on how the division shakes out, but expect a title eliminator at the very least next for Costa if he’s victorious.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 241 fight card this weekend, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the pay-per-view (PPV) main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 241: “Cormier vs. Miocic 2” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

At UFC 241, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will throw down. Which man will remain standing when the dust settles?

Midnight Mania! Betting Odds Release For Cejudo Vs. Shevchenko!

UFC 238: Ultimate Media Day

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As with all my favorite headline topics, we’re definitely going “weird” tonight.

A couple days ago, double-champ — or triple, if one was to ask the man himself — Henry Cejudo issued a challenge to women’s Flyweight queen, Valentina Shevchenko, for the “intergender” championship. For the most part, “Bullet” smartly laughed it off, but still was emphatic that she feared no challenge.

In the words of many self help books, putting something out into the universe is the first step to making it a reality. As a result of Cejudo’s callout, Bovada has released opening odds for the extremely hypothetical match, setting Cejudo as an 11-1 favorite over his fellow strap-hanger.

If I were to entertain the match up actually happening, I personally would set the spread far further, but it’s all pretty irrelevant. This fight will never happen; it’s just a (successful) attempt from Cejudo to agitate fight fans and get them talking about him.

“Triple C” might want to avoid windows for a little while though…

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Insomnia

Who else is extremely excited for Diaz-Pettis this weekend?

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Mike Perry broke down a bit of his post-fight finances on his IG story.


More slick wrestling/jiu-jitsu transitions from “Persian Fury.”

… and some kickboxing technique for our striking readers!

I would prefer to go through life without ever getting whacked in the mid-section by Aaron Pico.

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It’s no longer World Elephant Day, but is there a wrong time to celebrate these awesome animals?

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Happy #worldelephantday

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Struve is back! MMA retirements are the best.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Easily the worst position in all of MMA:

Great opportunism! It only takes a brief second for the arm to slip under and effectively end the fight.

Spoiler alert: the wrist pin and some offensive options afterward are the subject of this week’s Daniel Cormier technique highlight, albeit from half-guard rather than mount.

Random Land

This is a really impressive display of athleticism:

Midnight Music: My Discover Weekly playlist has forced me to go full hipster on our poor readers: I adore Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sleep well Maniacs! There’s always more martial arts madness on the way.