Midnight Mania! Who The F—k Is That Guy?

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The last few years have really taught UFC fighters that there’s big money in boxing. Conor McGregor really started the trend with his “Money” fight vs. Floyd Mayweather, but Tyron Woodley scoring career-high paydays vs. Jake freaking Paul set off alarm bells in a lot of athletes’ heads. Fast-forward a bit, and now Francis Ngannou is telling UFC he wants to fight Tyson Fury … or else. There’s even the bare knuckle boxing wave, which is also siphoning away UFC fighters with promises of big purses.

One such potential bout is Kamaru Usman vs. Canelo Alvarez. The two men are undisputed kings of their divisions in their sport, but the ball has yet to really get rolling in terms of public interest. Usman is pushing for the bout, but Alvarez is noncommittal at best.

Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is displeased with Alvarez’s response, and he lashed out on Twitter, labeling the boxing superstar a “chicken.”

This is, of course, an absurd claim. Were Alvarez and Usman to fight, Canelo would enter as a simply massive favorite. Usman can punch, sure, but he’s still a wrestling-based MMA fighter, not a world-class boxer like many past Alvarez opponents. If Canelo can throw down with Gennady Golovkin for 24 rounds, Usman and his nine knockout wins are unlikely to have his knees shaking.

Canelo replied to Ali with a simple retort, “Who the f—k is this?”

Somehow, I don’t think Alvarez vs. Usman is any closer to materializing after this interaction.

Five Weeks Of Self-Promotion

At the moment, I’m still waiting to hear back on a new opponent. I’ve accepted one, but nothing is confirmed at the moment. The plan remains to compete on May 28, but well, nothing is certain with MMA …

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Insomnia

Anderson Silva shows off his skills with a firearm:

Is anyone else surprised that “Cowboy” is this much of a favorite over Joe Lauzon? His last fight was … not great.

Rafael dos Anjos and Dan Hooker will not be fighting based on this Twitter interaction. “RDA” does deserve better, but also … he did say anybody!

I’m not predicting a Chase Sherman win, but no one should ever be this confident in a Heavyweight MMA fight.

Win or lose, Terrence McKinney entertains and goes home early.

How long will Nate Diaz be forced to sit on the sidelines?

Khamzat Chimaev sitting on the cage during Gilbert Burns’ walkout was an instantly iconic moment.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

This kickass thread recounts Marlon Vera’s entire UFC career, and it’s a wild ride! Click through:

Head kick through the glove!

Caught the kick, got caught by the punches:

Random Land

Popped out of the water at the absolute wrong time …

Midnight Music: West coast hip-hop, 2018

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

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