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Midnight Mania! Brock Lesnar’s wrist slap, UFC’s suburban sprawl and brawl

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Today, we have Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) selling off its “Sin City”-proper corporate real estate assets so it can relocate to the nearby ‘burbs, Conor McGregor entering the world of … horse racing?, Brock Lesnar getting a meaningless drug-related suspension, Clay Travis with a truly awful Ronda Rousey “hot take,” the usual spiel of awesome knockouts, and more!

So, yeah, WME-IMG is having a continued impact on UFC’s corporate structure, including the literal physical corporate location, which was planned back in late 2015. Fun fact: The original plan for its new headquarters included a Rousey-themed restaurant. Whatever that meant or still means — other than her name on a sign — will be interesting to see after her latest setback and, of course, the new leadership’s vision.

Anyway, Lesnar got a token penalty for juicing ahead of his UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt — a one-year retroactive suspension, which means essentially nothing since he competes inside the Octagon so rarely these days:

…so exactly when Lesnar would want to take another fight, if he were going to? Nice “suspension.” https://t.co/pEbx8zrChG

— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) January 4, 2017

Moreover, it’s very possible Lesnar does fight again:

It’s no secret Brock loves training. That’s a vacation for him. Also his kids are bit older now. Chance to see their dad in MMA.

— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) January 1, 2017

Opinions were strong on this one … for good reason:

Never forget Lesnar was blatantly ALLOWED to cheat in the months prior to UFC 200. All while his opponent was subjected to random testing.

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 4, 2017

I can get behind that take — Mark Hunt has reason to be angry.

I cannot, at any level, get behind this one. Clay Travis went on an uninformed, cringe-worthy, misogynistic rant that somehow managed to link Rousey, Hillary Clinton, and the supposedly leftist sports media for manufacturing the hype behind Rousey. Deplorable.

Especially when the same guy who said that, wrote this:

Life comes at you fast. pic.twitter.com/IzCkQf0r7n

— Tom Craze (@Box_Bet) December 31, 2016

Sure, blame your inane, uniformed opinions on “sports media,” not the fact that Rousey finished every woman she ever fought in violent and devastating fashion until she ran into a former professional boxing champion’s laser-like punches … and feet.

For what it’s worth, though, Amanda Nunes — who waxed Rousey in 48 seconds at UFC 207 — is also on the “Rousey was never that good” train.

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In way of a transition between talking about Rousey and McGregor’s latest new field of conquest:

Im dying pic.twitter.com/JOlPb600Bc

— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) January 4, 2017

Turns out Conor McGregor’s sense of humor does translate to his acting:

That man has a future outside of fighting.

#UFOTD stands for “useless fact of the day” and it’s a fun and entirely trivial hashtag series Sean Sheehan has been running sporadically on Twitter.

There hasn’t been a UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title fight without Rousey or Tate since March 5th, 2011 #UFOTD

— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) January 4, 2017

It will be interesting to see where the division goes from here, with Nunes probably facing the winner of Shevchenko/Pena.

Speaking of which, UFC’s .GIF game is still so trash.

Grappler vs Striker!

Who ya got in the #UFCDenver main event: @BulletValentina or @VenezuelanVixen? pic.twitter.com/WDGZnOBbcM

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) January 5, 2017

In spite of the overwhelming evidence in the above .GIF, I’m picking Shevchenko in this one.

@mookiealexander You’re welcome pic.twitter.com/SNlDjmqr5A

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) January 5, 2017

League of Legends

Ric Flair still got it!

I.Will.Never.Retire. #17 pic.twitter.com/oZxu1ue5XB

— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 4, 2017

B.J. Penn might or might not still have it. Recent history says, ‘No.’

BJ Penn – One by Machinemen https://t.co/rDg5d4K3Ir

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 4, 2017

Penn faces Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 15, 2017, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The card goes down on a Sunday evening, and Penn will do his best to try once more to roll back the clock on his illustrious career.

Speaking of old-time legends, what’s next for Josh Barnett after his fourth career drug test failure? A return to the unsanctioned wild lands of Japan? He seemed to like it there.


— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 4, 2017

Oh, and while we are on foreign MMA, these are from Sengoku: Second Battle in 2008.

Yoshihiro Nakao pic.twitter.com/o2kl2BPF87

— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 4, 2017

Jorge Santiago pic.twitter.com/I99NpomQsq

— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 4, 2017

Mike Pyle pic.twitter.com/Rs0I9T1spv

— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 4, 2017

Satoru Kitaoka pic.twitter.com/oIfPDJdhxa

— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 4, 2017

And some 2016 boxing knockout highlights for good measure:

No time to watch all of 2016’s “Knockout of the Year” candidates individually? We understand. So here’s a compilation #happynewyear #boxing pic.twitter.com/xqmM13H1mL

— Knuckles and Gloves (@KnucklesNGloves) January 1, 2017

And recent Muay Thai goodness:

Superbon drops Cedric Manhoef pic.twitter.com/Fg7U0VAPlT

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) January 1, 2017

Fan Made

UFC’s Brazilian women’s Bantamweight champion is apparently watching the movie made about Jose Aldo Junior.

@josealdojunior pic.twitter.com/Ziq7v9TC8H

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 5, 2017

Here’s the trailer:

Looks … interesting.

MMA managers, in particular Ali Abdelaziz, who boasts high-profile clients such as Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov, among others, need to stop giving the game away by accidentally tweeting from the wrong account:

Dammit, Ali. pic.twitter.com/scbond9c9x

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 4, 2017

The Internet will catch you and it WILL roast you … just ask Jon Jones.

Bosslogic with the fantastic artwork:

A Promise is a promise – The champ @Cody_Nolove pic.twitter.com/T0UTftpBmH

— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 4, 2017

He also volunteered Ariel Helwani to fight Khabib at UFC 208:

Since #UFC208 needs some good fights added – @arielhelwani X @TeamKhabib 😛 pic.twitter.com/Opj5cMG7NT

— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) January 5, 2017

Helwani was, unsurprisingly, less than enthused about his chances in the hypothetical match up.

Ha! Good one. We could call it, UFC 208: Loyalty. Related: I’ve set my odds at +50000000000. https://t.co/1S8RkMbRe9

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 5, 2017

Speaking of great fan artwork, I love good photography. And here is some of the best, from one of the best, this past year:

Some of my fav photos from 2016. Hope ya enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed taking, maybe toss a RT in there too 😉 https://t.co/xeb6kr9RhB pic.twitter.com/PH7r9H6NP6

— Ryan Loco (@RyanLoco) January 3, 2017

This is the same guy who called Nurmagomedov offering money to Tony Ferguson to fight him:

Dodson! We got Dodson here! RT “@MMAStateOfMind Can we get Dodson VS Rivera?” pic.twitter.com/hLKiMDu40d

— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) January 4, 2017

@jimmierivera135 I hear you need an opponent next week for #UFCPhoenix #LetsDoThis you in? @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby

— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) January 5, 2017

He’s on a roll out here.

Art imitates life, life imitates art.

New #UFC207 Move of the Night items are now available in #UFC Ultimate Team. Featuring:@[email protected][email protected] and more. pic.twitter.com/hh4nAXXeIa

— EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) January 4, 2017

Cody Garbrandt, however, is not impressed.

I thought y’all would add the robot dance moves?? @EASPORTSUFC @ufc https://t.co/uLAPF6VIw7

— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) January 4, 2017

Podcasts and Audio-Visual Thingamajigs

UFC’s 2016 “Year in Review” courtesy of MMAmania.com’s budding YouTube channel:

The Luke Thomas live chat:

Garbrandt explains his “easy” victory over Dominick Cruz:

Heavy Hands:

The MMA Ratings Podcast:

Matt Serra reacts to Edmond Tarverdyan’s desperate corner advice … as only Matt Serra can:

Random Land

Wendy’s does not let up.

@jwhende It’s fried potato covered in cheese. We don’t try to claim it’s healthy.

— Wendy’s (@Wendys) January 4, 2017

This is genuinely impressive.

Found a job for Johnny Manziel… pic.twitter.com/t0ByGxjEPA

— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) January 5, 2017

Ever watch Rich Piana?

Me either, but shout “5% will do whatever it takes” to any dude-bros wearing tank tops and you have at least a 20% chance they will know what you are talking about … 100% of the time, every time.

Stay woke, Maniacs.

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