Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Offered to Help Woodley Beat Covington

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Jon Jones’ old college roommate, Colby Covington, has been doing his best to get ahead by making as many enemies as possible. That …

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Jon Jones’ old college roommate, Colby Covington, has been doing his best to get ahead by making as many enemies as possible. That includes Jon Jones himself, who Colby claimed had been juicing since his college days. Jones responded with several vicious social media attacks, complimenting Covington on being a ‘special type of liar’ and calling him ‘disgusting’.

Now that Covington is the interim welterweight champion, he is looking at an upcoming title fight with the real champion, Tyron Woodley. Woodley said that Jon Jones doesn’t talk to him all that much, but he made a special case for this fight, offering to help Woodley any way he needed. From MMAFighting.com:

“It funny because Jon doesn’t reach out to me very much,” Woodley explained recently on The MMA Hour. “Jon said, ‘Hey, whatever you need, brother. I want to help you.’ I told Jon, I said, ‘Man, you work so hard for your platform, from actually kicking ass and beating legends in their prime, and being one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. Don’t give him your platform.’ Because he put a post up about him.

“I said, ‘I am going to kick his ass so bad, he’s gonna wish he was dead instead,’” Woodley continued. “‘He’s going to try to find a way out.’ I said, ‘So don’t worry about it.’ The dude was like, ‘It can’t happen soon enough.’”

Woodley went on to say that while Covington has been talking, he’s been working, and now he’s at 100% after his labrum tear.

“You notice how I didn’t make a fuss about the interim belt? I called it the boo-boo belt because that’s what it is, it’s kind of a joke, but I didn’t go up and make a stink about it. I didn’t go and have a fit. I stayed busy. I kept working, I kept rehabbing, I kept training. And now, at five or six months, I’m 100 percent, which is a fast turnover for anybody who’s ever had a labrum tear. And now that [UFC 225 is] done, [I’ll do the fight] whenever they want to do the fight, if they want us to fight in July, they want us to fight in August, September, November. He ain’t the champion.

“Take a nice warm glass of sit your ass down and shut the f*ck up, because you ain’t the champion, you don’t make the calls. Nobody cares where you want to fight at. You fight when the champ wants to fight. And if you wear that belt around at the press conference, I will make fun of you, I will embarrass you. If you wear a terrible looking suit again, that you got off the f*cking clearance rack and had somebody put two staples in the back, you will get made fun of. So he has no say-so on when we fight. You’re lucky and blessed you get to take this ass-whooping. When I’m ready to fight and the UFC deems it the best time where I can make the most money, then we’ll fight.”

Woodley went on to recount a story that, in his reckoning, shows how Covington lacks a certain humility and work ethic.

“Colby Covington, you are a b*tch, and I’m going to whoop your ass up and down the Octagon,” Woodley said. ”You are an embarrassment to the sport, and I hope after this fight you never fight again. And as I told you in my gym a long time ago, when I told you to get a job when you were complaining about not having money, and you said, ‘Oh, I’ll never be a grocery bagger. I’m a pro fighter.’ I told you I’m a world champion and I’ll bag groceries right now.

“Hopefully you won’t end up taking that job bagging groceries.”


Insomnia

Cowboy Cerrone just keeps on chugging away as the model action fighter the UFC wants everyone to be.

Dominick Cruz working his wrestling with Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell.

Tai Tuivasa… what a gimmick

Joanne Calderwood working the bag

Tony Ferguson went from interim champion to the forgotten man at lightweight because of a freak injury

This guy’s hand motions after accidentally firing his gun…

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Duke Roufus, before he trained the Pettis brothers and Tyron Woodley, was an accomplished kickboxer.

Claudia Gadelha’s dog is named Pablo

On this day 14 years ago, Rampage landed perhaps the most memorable slam in MMA history against Ricardo Arona.

Eddie Alvarez landed a perfect double flip on his very first try

Meisha Tate reposted this reflection on those who have made it to the very top of the sport and lost, as everyone eventually does in MMA.

Chael Sonnen has been posting old-school sparring footage lately- here, Randy Couture spars with Chris Leben with the late great Robert Follis looking on.

Randy Couture with Chris Leben and Robert Follis circa 2003. #beyondthefight

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TJ Dillashaw working with Duane Ludwig on the pads

Al Iaquinta continues to stand out as the rare fighter who doesn’t fear or pay deference to the boss on this, but until Project Spearhead takes off and formally becomes a union, the fighters will not be able to negotiate issues like this.

Junior Dos Santos working his strength and conditioning at American Top Team

@junior_cigano phase 2 strength and explosive power training 3 weeks out!! ______________________________________________ Terms: absolute strength (maximal effort strength), RFD (rate of force development) _____________________________________________ Exercises: skater bounds, cross step med ball toss, hop step med ball rotation toss, CM box jump, Zercher squat, Band pull through, half kneeling landmine press, pendlay row Action/Result: utilizing light loads to initiate explosive power through multidirectional movement patterns. High loads to initiate greater motor unit recruitment and maximal strength through activation of muscle fibers. Posterior chain exercises to bring up strength in the areas needed to produce knockout power. Those of you who know Cigano knows he has the ability to KO anyone with one punch. My goal is to maximize his ability to do this for all 5 rounds. Bringing up imbalances and deficiencies to induce even more potential to get a knockout bonus! Increasing strength while improving movement and balance with plyometrics and compound lifts. ______________________________________________ For more training programs, pdf’s, seminar requests, ebooks, private consults, and podcast interviews you can DM or go to Darustrong.com #DaruStrongTraining #ufc #combatsports #strengthandconditioning #americantopteam #ufcboise #cigano #brazil #strengthcoach #strength #power #performance #darustrong @fightcampconditioning @fightscienceinstitute @overtimeathletes

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Each time I write an article I debate putting Derrick Lewis’ content into Random Land at the end of Midnight Mania

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Carla Esparza got to get her dream car, which is good to see. I remember when she had to sell her TUF motorcycle to pay bills.

Sage Northcutt is back

July 14th Boise Idaho

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Colby Covington claimed he could beat Garry Tonon in a grappling competition (he couldn’t) and Tonon has been roasting him relentlessly on Instagram ever since. Guess where Colby is tagged in this photo…

Ever wondered how to train to punch hard? American Top Team strength and conditioning coach Phil Daru explains how he gets his fighters combat-ready and the minimum strength he looks for when they hit the weight room.


Slips, Rips, and Chokeout Clips

‘Fluffy’ is an amazing nickname for a professional fighter.

Tenshin went to war with Rodtang a few days ago and it was pretty awesome

The full fight:

Peaceful sleep. I envy it wherever I see it.


Podcasts and Video

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Heavy Hands


Random Land

Add Australia to my long, long list of travel destinations

As a former soccer player, this level of skill with a soccer ball never ceases to amaze me.

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Artem Lobov’s UFC Future Secure, Fight Offered

Even with a record of 14-14, two straight losses, and participation in the Brooklyn bus fiasco, Artem Lobov’s future in the UFC, at least for the time being, is safe. Following the bus attack in April, Artem Lobov seemed to fly under the radar as far a…

Even with a record of 14-14, two straight losses, and participation in the Brooklyn bus fiasco, Artem Lobov’s future in the UFC, at least for the time being, is safe. Following the bus attack in April, Artem Lobov seemed to fly under the radar as far as speculation regarding his future is concerned, despite being […]

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Artem Lobov’s UFC Future Secure, Fight Offered

Even with a record of 14-14, two straight losses, and participation in the Brooklyn bus fiasco, Artem Lobov’s future in the UFC, at least for the time being, is safe. Following the bus attack in April, Artem Lobov seemed to fly under the radar as far a…

Even with a record of 14-14, two straight losses, and participation in the Brooklyn bus fiasco, Artem Lobov’s future in the UFC, at least for the time being, is safe. Following the bus attack in April, Artem Lobov seemed to fly under the radar as far as speculation regarding his future is concerned, despite being […]

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Report: Josh Barnett released from UFC

“The Warmaster” is reportedly no longer part of the UFC roster. Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett was one of the last remaining fighters from the old-school. But on Wednesday, it was reported that “The Warmaster” has been relea…

“The Warmaster” is reportedly no longer part of the UFC roster.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett was one of the last remaining fighters from the old-school. But on Wednesday, it was reported that “The Warmaster” has been released from the UFC, after a second stint with the company that lasted for five years.

An anonymous UFC official and another individual close to the situation reached out to MMAjunkie, who first reported the news. The news of the release has yet to be made public and the reason that has led to this decision has not been specified.

The 40-year-old Barnett was given clearance during his recent arbitration with USADA for his failed drug test in December 2016 when he tested positive for Ostarine, a banned substance. Originally set to be slapped with a four-year ban, he was merely given a slap in the wrist through a reprimand.

In a January interview, Barnett stated his intentions to carry on with his career.

“I’m not finished with it. I still have a lot within MMA that I want to do. There’s still a desire in me to go out and fight. I know that it is going to be a much smaller window for me in that there’s so many other things in my life. At the moment, I know the desire is there to compete, but the desire to structure my life around training camps and all that at the moment just isn’t there.”

Barnett (35-8, with 29 wins by stoppage) last saw action in September 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, where he faced fellow former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. He won the fight via third-round submission, along with both Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night honors.

Kamaru Usman Nearing New Multi-Fight UFC Deal

Kamaru Usman is primed to deliver nightmares to the welterweight division for many years to come. On the premiere episode of Ariel & The Bad Guy, Ariel Helwani announced that although Usman only has one fight remaining on his UFC contract, that wil…

Kamaru Usman is primed to deliver nightmares to the welterweight division for many years to come. On the premiere episode of Ariel & The Bad Guy, Ariel Helwani announced that although Usman only has one fight remaining on his UFC contract, that will soon change: “They’re working on a long-term deal,” Helwani said. “They’re very […]

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UFC on FOX 30: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 fight card

Check out the fight card lined up for UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, July 28th. When the UFC first held an event in Calgary, Alberta, it was regarded as one of the worst pay-per-views in company history. The fans we…

Check out the fight card lined up for UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, July 28th.

When the UFC first held an event in Calgary, Alberta, it was regarded as one of the worst pay-per-views in company history. The fans were chanting “Refund!” as Renan Barao beat Urijah Faber to cap off a truly lackluster main card, and Dana White promised a better show the next time the Octagon appeared in the city.

Well it took six years to come back to Calgary, but it’s happening. Saturday, July 28th features a highly anticipated lightweight rematch between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier as the UFC on FOX 30 main event. The co-main sees former featherweight champion Jose Aldo take on Jeremy Stephens, in what is Aldo’s first three-round bout since almost a decade. Ex-strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is also in a three-rounder, as she’s set to battle Tecia Torres.

The bout order is not set outside of the top three fights, but here are the fights in store for UFC on FOX 30:

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres
Alexander Hernandez vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Jordan Mein vs. Alex Morono
Nina Ansaroff vs. Randa Markos
Alexis Davis vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Kajan Johnson vs. Islam Makhachev
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Austin Arnett
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau
John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson