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Midnight Mania! Demian Maia really hopes Dana White keeps title shot promise – ‘I trust him’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania, our nightly round up of all the mixed martial arts (MMA) odds and ends. Andrew is out enjoying a rare night of sweet, sweet freedom so you’re all stuck with me. But, if you think that’s bad, imagine how Demian Maia feels having to rely on Dana White sticking to a promise he made about Maia being next for a 170-pound title shot!

Round One

Maia, the wily Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, is currently sitting on a six-fight win streak and has apparently gotten assurances that he’s next in line — no cutsies! But, with Jorge Masvidal calling him out and White suggesting a fight between Maia and Nick Diaz was in the works, Demian has decided to speak out on Facebook regarding his situation:

When Dana White said at UFC NY post fight press conference, after Wonderboy and Woodley fought to a draw for the WW title, that I would get the next shot if I want to wait or I could fight somebody else, my understanding was that I had earned my title shot and that it was going to happen sooner or later, and it was my choice if I wanted to remain active or not. I have the biggest respect for Dana, I trust him, and I had seen how Woodley could wait for longer than a year and get his title shot, that ultimately crowned him as a champion, so why would I believe it would be any different with me?

Maia makes a more than rational argument for sitting back and waiting a little longer rather than taking a huge risk fight against tough opponents.

If others got their opportunities with less wins, or sometimes close fights? If the next WW fight was months away, I could understand any urgency’s, or a scenario where people feel other guys had to have their chance to claim a spot as the next contender right away. But the WW title fight is pretty much one month away, so It seems only natural to wait, and finally have my chance at WW, as this is what I really care about.

But, with both Tyron Woodley and UFC on the prowl for big money fights, who know what will happen next?

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Here’s Fabricio Werdum hanging out with controversial leader of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, who recently got into a fight with Fedor Emelianenko over children competing in MMA that resulted in Fedor’s daughter being attacked.

O dia que fui nomeado embaixador do #mma na #chechenia pelo Presidente @kadyrov_95

A video posted by Fabricio Werdum (@werdum) on Jan 29, 2017 at 3:18am PST

Add “El Guapo” to the list of fighters singing the praises of CBD oil.

I #LoveCBD because it has restored my energy, strength, and endurance. I heard my kisses are also much softer What do you think @Rileecoyote? Tell us what you think by using #LoveCBD in a post on #Instagram and you could win free #CBD products from @ReceptraNaturals ! Visit BasCBD.com to get yours! @adams1212 @baiano97 @LRaptor @Ianheinischmma #hemp #Receptra #cbd #ufc #health #wellness #contest

A photo posted by Bas Rutten (@basruttenmma) on Feb 2, 2017 at 6:58pm PST

Is it too late in the night for a Throwback Thursday to when “Korean Zombie” was young?

Young TKZ #UFCHOUSTON pic.twitter.com/C2etc3H3AG

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 2, 2017

Super Sodiq Yusuff with more Throwback Thursday to his first pro knockout. Stick around for that shoulder shake after the killing blow.

Tbt. First pro fight. you never get a second chance to make a first impression pic.twitter.com/ynnxYvPPwk

— Sodiq yusuff (@deekyyyyy) February 2, 2017

Last throwback to this great axe kick knockout from Alfie Davis vs Nick Baker from last June.

Stunning AXE KICK KNOCKOUT

Stunning AXE KICK KNOCKOUT
FULL FIGHT HERE: https://mma-core.com/v/10132806

Posted by MMA-Core on 30hb Januari 2017

Four years ago, Tyron Woodley made his UFC debut and knocked his opponent stupid with the same overhand right that’s dropping people today.

#OnThisDay in 2013: Welterweight champ @TWooodley made his explosive debut inside the Octagon!

https://t.co/ZmbaW4bzBr pic.twitter.com/08FYDtUiEv

— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) February 2, 2017

Sage Northcutt and Tyron Woodley continue to explore interesting new realms of Bromance.

Lol pic.twitter.com/FAKZaWoqOd

— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) February 1, 2017

Amanda Nunes gives her Super Bowl prediction … sorta.

My @housuperbowl prediction.#dolphins #superbowl pic.twitter.com/9RgRkDJPIm

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) February 2, 2017

“Rowdy” Bec Rawlings figures if you can’t eat pizza while cutting weight … be pizza.

Because Pizza #weightcutfeels #pizza #pizzaislife pic.twitter.com/1wk3R87c49

— Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) February 2, 2017

Li Jingliang really wants a fight with CM Punk.

CM punk, let’s fight!!! @danawhite @CMPunkFight @CMPunkTheHero pic.twitter.com/ac8TQLRysw

— UFC Li Jingliang (@UfcJingliang) February 1, 2017

CM punk I can kill you a round you !!! @CMPunkFight @CMPunkTheHero @danawhite @ufc https://t.co/I2ggle58N9

— UFC Li Jingliang (@UfcJingliang) February 1, 2017

Now that we know Travis didn’t leave Edmond, he has Travis AND Winkles. Checkmate, haters.

TRAVIS BROWNE LEFT HIM. RONDA SHOULD. BUT WINKLES WILL NEVER LEAVE EDMOND. NEVER.. #edmondtarverdyan #photoshopsteve #ufc #nonsense pic.twitter.com/0G7th3QB7l

— Photoshop_Steve (@photoshop_steve) January 20, 2017

Podcasts and Videos

Luke Thomas droppin’ dat knowledge.

Jack Slack taking us back to classic boxer Jack Johnson and his unique clinch work.

“Korean Zombie” vs. Leonard Garcia, just in case you forgot how awesome Chan Sung Jung is.

Apparently, Joe Riggs competed in a bareknuckle boxing match last weekend.

Ice Cube and Charlie Day on “UFC Tonight?” Okay then.

Odds and Ends

  • BJJ champion Mackenzie Dern has her second MMA fight scheduled for Legacy Fighting Alliance on March 10, 2017, in San Antonio against Katherine Roy. Fortunately, if you don’t happen to live in the Lone Star state, you can still see her fight on AXS TV.
  • Thiago Tavares has left UFC. The Brazilian veteran has been with the promotion since 2007 and amassed a 10-7-1 record over that time. He becomes the latest fighter to walk away from the promotion rather than sign a new contract. Instead, he’ll be getting back to action on Feb. 17, 2017, for Brazilian promotion Aspera FC.
  • The HBO boxing pay-per-view (PPV) between Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland originally set for Feb. 25, 2017, is off due to a broken nose suffered by Kirkland.

Random Land

This bit of video randomness comes to us via Derrick Lewis …

pic.twitter.com/Y6nO8ZwcBh

— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) February 2, 2017

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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