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Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight!

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Look, I don’t want to keep writing Stephen A. Smith’s name and help justify his massive ESPN salary with more attention. My hand is forced though, because retired UFC fighter and American Top Team coach Din Thomas’s parody of Smith is perfection.

Smith raised the ire of fans last weekend at UFC 246 when he buried Donald Cerrone after his loss, arguing that “Cowboy” cracked under pressure and gave up. The claims were ridiculous then, but the reveal that Conor McGregor broke Cerrone’s face in the short bout made them even goofier in retrospect.

Facing criticism for his harsh words on a topic that is not his forte, Smith did the only reasonable thing: recruit a boxing trainer who clearly has no idea what he’s doing and grab the nearest camera. I don’t know what the intended goal was, but the result was comedy, and Din Thomas expanded upon it wonderfully.

Insomnia

Matt Brown is one of the few fighters I won’t roll my eyes at for calling himself a spartan. Dude is stupid tough.

Speaking of roasted, Khabib Nurmagomedov is pretty effective with simple trash talk.

Dominick Cruz’s pivots are so clean.

Never too much spinning!

This new meme format is very applicable to MMA, and I’m here for it.

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Lean back!

It’s never easy to deal with clean Southpaw boxing.

A really well setup head kick followed by knees — it’s all in the feints!

Random Land

Little known fact: bocce ball, a game of power and finesse, is the official Mania Meet Up sport of choice.

Midnight Music: If it weren’t for Swans, Daughters’ album You Won’t Get What You Want would be my favorite noise rock album of the last decade. A frightening, heavy, and brilliantly written record, YWGWYW is the sound of mental collapse.

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

Dos Santos has ‘best expectations possible’ for Blaydes bout

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Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wants to go after the men who last defeated him in the Octagon. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos knows he will have his hands …

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Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wants to go after the men who last defeated him in the Octagon.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos knows he will have his hands full when he meets contender Curtis Blaydes at UFC Raleigh’s main event. However, that notion does not stop ‘Cigano’ from thinking about his future after the Saturday night fight, which he, of course, expects to win.

In an interview with Combate, Junior said he would like to take on again the men who defeated him in most recently, Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, who both bested him by way of knockout in the past few years. With that being said, he would not turn down a fresh pairing if it were against fellow former champion Daniel Cormier.

“Honestly, it doesn’t matter (if it’s Cormier or Miocic). They’re both great fighters, I have no bad blood with either of them, nor do have the intention to fight anyone. My goal is to be number one, no matter who is up there, be it Miocic or Cormier. I respect them because of their story and how they have handled their careers. I don’t know much about Cormier, I don’t keep up with him that much, but it would be a great fight against either of them, I’m excited to make something happen.”

“We have lots of great fighters at heavyweight, but if there’s one thing that motivates me, it’s rematching guys that beat me, like Ngannou. I would really like that rematch, it motivates me a lot. A third fight with Stipe also motivates me. I’ve been working hard for those things to happen in a good way for us.”

Junior suffered a nasty staph infection in his leg, which forced him out of his fight against Alexander Volkov back in November 2019. He’s healed up now though, and Cigano claims he expects nothing but great results against Blaydes, pointing out that the battle of styles between himself and Curtis is an interesting one.

“I have the best expectations possible, I’m happy to be competing again. It’s a hard fight like any other, the next one is always the hardest. It’s going to be a clash of styles. I like to go for the knockout, to use my boxing. He likes to take people down, wear out his opponents and take advantage of that.”

In his last outing, Junior dos Santos (21-6) suffered a TKO loss to Ngannou back in June 2019. The loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for the 35-year-old, with wins over Blagoy Ivanov, Tai Tuivasa and most recently, in March 2019, Derrick Lewis.

Now, Cigano is expected to take on Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 166’s main event, on January 25, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

LIVE! Bellator 238 Ceremonial Weigh Ins!

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With the Bellator 238 early weigh-in results already in the books (get full results here), the promotion will ask all fighters competing on tomorrow’s card to return to the stage at 9:00 p.m. ET for the ceremonial festivities…

Budd vs Cyborg

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With the Bellator 238 early weigh-in results already in the books (get full results here), the promotion will ask all fighters competing on tomorrow’s card to return to the stage at 9:00 p.m. ET for the ceremonial festivities and corresponding staredowns. Don’t forget to sign up for DAZN RIGHT HERE so you don’t miss any of the combat sports action!

UFC 246 ‘Thrill & Agony’: Fury celebrates with McGregor’s family

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Take a deeper look at the raw emotions of Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone’s respective camps, both personal and professional, in the immediate aftermath of UFC 246. The Thrill and the Agony stays true to…

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Take a deeper look at the raw emotions of Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone’s respective camps, both personal and professional, in the immediate aftermath of UFC 246.

The Thrill and the Agony stays true to its name in the UFC 246 feature with Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone.

UFC has released the official teaser for their Fight Pass series post-UFC 246. The video captures the excitement from Team McGregor and the disbelief of Team Cerrone in the immediate aftermath of their main event clash.

Tyson Fury celebrated McGregor’s first-round TKO along with “The Notorious” one’s family and friends. Head coach John Kavanagh remained very calm in McGregor’s corner, but he did flash the slightest of smiles. On the flip side, Cerrone’s corner looked to be in absolute disbelief at the quick finish.

UFC President Dana White was captured saying, “Holy f—king s—t!” in response to the finish. McGregor and Cerrone traded kind words and Conor was even spotted hugging Cerrone’s grandmother.

The video ends with McGregor’s manager Audie Attar popping open a bottle of Proper Twelve.

Joe Rogan Reacts To Stephen A. Smith Bashing ‘Cowboy’: That’s A Bad Look For Everybody

Stephe A. Smith struck a nerve with the mixed martial arts (MMA) community with his comments about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on the UFC 246 post-fight show last week. Cerrone had just lost to Conor McGregor in 40 seconds of their pay-per-view (PPV) main event. After the fight, Smith expressed how “disgusted” he was with Cerrone’s […]

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Stephe A. Smith struck a nerve with the mixed martial arts (MMA) community with his comments about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on the UFC 246 post-fight show last week.

Cerrone had just lost to Conor McGregor in 40 seconds of their pay-per-view (PPV) main event. After the fight, Smith expressed how “disgusted” he was with Cerrone’s performance, before proceeding to bash the longtime UFC veteran. Alongside him during those comments was longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan mentioned on the broadcast that he disagreed with Smith, but didn’t go into too much detail.

That all changed during a recent episode of Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” alongside Josh Thomson. Rogan suggested that, had he done the broadcast like someone such as Daniel Cormier, it would’ve been better for the sport. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“(Daniel Cormier) and I would’ve had a completely different conversation and it would’ve been better for the sport,” Rogan said. “There’s no positive in downplaying the career of Donald Cerrone and what he can do as a fighter. What that showed to me is how phenomenal Conor performed. That’s what it showed to me.

“If either you or I was talking about cricket, and we were on TV doing commentary on cricket, we would look out of place. It would be (expletive) up and real cricket fans would be upset at us. That’s nothing. You are naked in the most literal sense of the word (in MMA). Physically, you are naked. Emotionally, when fighters lose, it’s (expletive) devastating.

“For Conor to smash ‘Cowboy’ like that in front of his wife, his kid, his grandma and the whole world. You’ve got to have some respect for that man, and this sport demands a different perspective. It’s not the same thing as a ball going into a hoop. It’s not the same thing as crossing a line with a football. It’s different. It’s very intense and very personal, and it’s also very (expletive) dangerous and to play it off like it’s just a game, I don’t agree with it.”

Rogan understands that Smith is a household name in sports broadcasting and why ESPN added him to the program. However, the longtime UFC commentator simply believes his comments are a bad look on the sport.

“That’s a bad look for everybody,” Rogan said. “It’s a bad look for ESPN, it’s a bad look for him, it’s a bad look for the sport. There’s other people that can do this. … We have plenty of people out there who understand the sport. There’s plenty of them. But the thing about him is he’s really popular.

“(He just got a contract extension) because his personality is so fun. He’s a fun guy to watch and people love (expletive)-talking and they love people arguing about (expletive) and one person is better at arguing. Stephen A. Smith is really good at that stuff. But it’s not the place for MMA. It’s just not the place. It’s not the same thing.”

What do you think about Rogan’s comments regarding Smith being on UFC broadcasts?

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Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg staff picks and predictions

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Check out the Bloody Elbow staff’s picks and predictions for Saturday’s Bellator 238 card. The BE team has made its picks for Bellator 238, and only Ed Gallo has got Julia Budd successfully defending her wom…

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Check out the Bloody Elbow staff’s picks and predictions for Saturday’s Bellator 238 card.

The BE team has made its picks for Bellator 238, and only Ed Gallo has got Julia Budd successfully defending her women’s featherweight title vs. Cris Cyborg. As for the co-main event, yours truly is the sole person picking Adam Borics to advance in the Bellator featherweight grand prix semifinals over Darrion Caldwell.

Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind each pick are not required and some writers opt not to do so for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanations, he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.

Julia Budd vs. Cris Cyborg

Mookie Alexander: Budd is one of the few women’s featherweights who has a reasonable chance to win against Cyborg because she won’t be at a monstrous strength disadvantage, and you never know if/when Cyborg’s decline just happens abruptly. Ultimately though, it comes down to whether or not she can hang with Cyborg’s striking or mitigate the danger as much as possible. I don’t see Budd having what it takes to hurt Cris standing the same way Amanda Nunes did, and Cyborg can neutralize what Budd does best. Cris Cyborg by TKO, round 2.

Zane Simon: Budd has the physicality to hang with Cyborg, but it’s often seemed, throughout her career, that she lacks any real sense of urgency or killer instinct. She’s especially been gunshy in striking exchanges, tending to default to wrestling opponents to the mat, where she can let her muscle do more of the work. I don’t see her getting Cyborg down, and it’s hard to see her really hurting Cyborg standing. So this could look a lot like the Holly Holm fight, which (despite what judges may have thought) really wasn’t very close at all. Cris Cyborg by TKO, Round 3.

Staff picking Budd: Ed
Staff picking Cyborg: Dayne, Mookie, Zane

Darrion Caldwell vs. Adam Borics

Mookie Alexander: Sure why not? Caldwell is the better wrestler and he’s a proven five-round fighter, but I can’t help but think that when his wrestling doesn’t work, his offense is just so limited. Borics is a fireball who can end fights at any given moment. I’m in the mood for a slightly reckless pick, and it’s not as if Borics is helpless as a grappler either! Adam Borics by unanimous decision.

Zane Simon: I’ve totally underrated Borics thus far in his career. So I’m badly tempted to overrate him here and say he turns Caldwell into the next notch in his belt. But, I just can’t trust him to pull it off. Caldwell’s wrestling is too good. His top control is too smothering. Borics may have the few big offensive moments that make for any damaging offense this fight, but will that be enough to win? Probably not. Darrion Caldwell by decision.

Staff picking Caldwell: Ed, Dayne, Zane
Staff picking Borics: Mookie

Henry Corrales vs. Juan Archuleta

Mookie Alexander: Very tempted to pick Corrales here. He has a sneaky good left hook, knockout power, but his wrestling defense was a massive problem against Darrion Caldwell, and while Archuleta isn’t at the caliber of Caldwell, he can certainly get this fight to the ground on his terms and win a decision. Archuleta’s striking is also hardly anything to sneeze at, just ask Eduardo Dantas. Juan Archuleta by unanimous decision.

Staff picking Corrales:
Staff picking Archuleta: Ed, Dayne, Mookie, Zane

Sergio Pettis vs. Alfred Kashakyan

Mookie Alexander: A shame for Sergio that he’s the more technical of the Pettis brothers but has none of the dynamic, explosive athleticism that defined Anthony’s peak years. He should be able to win his Bellator debut, but we’ll see what the future holds in terms of the title picture now that Kyoji Horiguchi is out for a long time. Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision.

Zane Simon: I’m not at all confident in Pettis at 135 against willing strikers that can hit hard. His style of rangy, technical kickboxing really works best when he has a dramatic size advantage working for him as well, like he did at flyweight. At 135? Results have been not so great. Still, Kashakyan is otherwise just worse than Pettis everywhere. That’s not a promising point for picking him. Sergio Pettis by submission, round 2.

Staff picking Pettis: Ed, Dayne, Mookie, Zane
Staff picking Kasakhyan:

Raymond Daniels vs. Jason King

Mookie Alexander: It’s a shame that Lucas Bourdon isn’t picking this fight, because Raymond Daniels is easily one of the greatest strikers in the world. Raymond Daniels by KO, round 1.

Staff picking Daniels: Ed, Dayne, Mookie, Zane
Staff picking King:

Ava Knight vs. Emilee King

Mookie Alexander: Yeah this fight is just… there. And it’s a showcase for Knight. Ava Knight by unanimous decision.

Staff picking Knight: Ed, Dayne, Mookie, Zane
Staff picking King: