Midnight Mania! Would-Be ‘Quadruple C’ Wants Volkanovski
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The Bantamweight division has an argument for the deepest in the sport. Every other weekend, some new 23-year-old Bantamweight debuts and showcases a deep skill set and excellent conditioning. At the top of the division, there are four men who have reasonably strong cases for title shots already: a fierce Russian combination striker (Petr Yan), the best combo of takedowns and range kicks since Jon Jones (Aljamain Sterling), a liver-punching fusion of Dillashaw and Holloway (Cory Sandhagen), and a “Magic” man with a switch kick so fast it might as well be invisible (Marlon Moraes).
Yet champion Henry Cejudo is lined up to face Jose Aldo. “Scarface” is an all-time great, but he’s also lost two straight bouts and four of his previous six. Already looking past Aldo, Cejudo is trying to line up a fight outside his division opposite Alexander Volkanovski, which sounds like a great way to logjam the division even further.
I will admit, it would be kind of funny to see Cejudo throw down with Volkanovski at 145 lbs. — between the two, the combined width might be taller than combined height! If there’s a silver lining, at least Cejudo is calling out male fighters again.
Congrats to Holly Holm on 1) passing all these tests and 2) her ridiculous physique.
— UFC (@ufc) February 13, 2020
Sounds like presidential aid just wasn’t enough …
Based on conversations I’ve had, a potentially sweet middleweight fight between Darren Till and Jared Cannonier is NOT going to happen on March 7 in Las Vegas.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 13, 2020
It’s great to see Tai Tuivasa leaving his comfort zone in an effort to improve. You won’t find a better gym for a big man trying to master his wrestling than AKA!
Great show of respect between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes, as well as a cool look at the post-fight high:
It’s always fun to watch Dominick Cruz flow through his drills, the former champ is very smooth.
Hard to say whether this video inspires me to stretch a bit more or shows me that I should just give up on ever trying to be athletic?
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Reminder: Corey Anderson is coming into his own and gaining more and more confidence as a striker.
“There’s levels to this!”
— UFC (@ufc) February 14, 2020
It’s only February, but I’m pretty sure we already know what fight saw the year’s gnarliest rib-roasting.
Some slick takedowns and counters to jiu-jitsu leg entanglements:
Destroying the egos of the local youth one dunk at a time!
Science teacher by day, pro dunker at night. His students had no chance
(via jclarkthejumper/IG) pic.twitter.com/37Al2u8ML4
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 12, 2020
Midnight Music: “Everybody wanna talk about who this and who that
Who the realest and who wack, or who white or who black
Critics want to mention that they miss when hip-hop was rappin’
Motherf*cker, if you did, then Killer Mike’d be platinum”
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.