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The rumor is, Khabib Nurmagomedov might be facing all-time welterweight great Georges St. Pierre sometime in 2019. If the fight does go down, it will largely be predicated on wrestling. Daniel Cormier, Khabib’s teammate, this weekend’s UFC 230 headliner and a man who knows a little bit about wrestling predicts that Khabib will win- but it won’t be an easy fight.
“Khabib wins but this is his closest fight ever because you don’t just control Georges St-Pierre,” concluded Cormier. “But you’re asking me a loaded question because I’m never gonna say Khabib’s gonna lose.
“I think it’s a five-round decision. You don’t finish Georges St-Pierre, unless you are Matt Serra.”
He does think it’s the fight to make, though it will leave poor Tony Ferguson out in the cold. He also floated the ever-popular idea (at least to fighters lately) of fighting at 165, and said it is a big enough fight that it doesn’t require a belt on the line to make it compelling.
“Khabib has a number of options,” Cormier said recently on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Tony is great. I don’t dislike Tony Ferguson at all. I think he’s a phenomenal fighter, this dude’s a beast. I think he’s the tougher matchup for Khabib but I say do Khabib vs. Georges St-Pierre. That’s the fight. It’s big.”
“Matchup wise, Tony, tough, GSP, super tough; but the history and the matchup of a GSP fight, at 165. . .” Cormier said. “It doesn’t have to be for a belt. This is a big enough fight that it doesn’t have to be for a title. Make it a catchweight fight. When you’ve got names like Khabib and Georges, it can be for anything. Let those guys fight.”
The prospect of deciding potentially the greatest MMA grappler in history is an intriguing one. Of course, the UFC’s new signing, Ben Askren, also wants a piece of that action.
You can’t admire the remarkable personal problems without running into the remarkable career.
It’s almost time for the Popeyes showdown
Cris Cyborg getting padwork in
This spinning elbow deserved a recap
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fan art
Claressa Shields, Cyborg’s training partner, doing work in the ring.
Daniel Cormier is going to get carpal tunnel in his injured hand
I’ve legitimately done 13 hours of media and shit in 2 days. I’m exhausted
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 30, 2018
A reminder that Derrick Lewis makes a habit of third-round knockouts
Tickets are still available if anyone in NYC wants to go to UFC 230…
I might need to renew that DAZN trial subscription if this happens…
It’s a move that would make a ton of sense. Canelo, of course, is now fighting exclusively on DAZN. While the Mexican star is likely headed to a May 4 bout with Daniel Jacobs, DAZN would love Canelo-GGG 3 in September
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 31, 2018
When is the UFC making an official announcement on signing Ben Askren? Are they waiting to iron out contract details?
Hey @ufc are you gonna make an announcement? You are like that guy with a GF who’s embarrassed to tell his buddies even when everyone knows! Ha ha ha you know you love me.
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 30, 2018
This kid is a phenom
Nicky Ryan placed 3rd in 2016 at BOTH ADCC East and West Coast Trials at the age of 16. We CANNOT wait to see what he does this Saturday at the trials in 2018. pic.twitter.com/xE1oezAHPF
— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) October 31, 2018
Speaking of phenoms
Roy Jones Jr
Roy had it all! He really was a sensational boxer
1. Is there a fighter who you believe would beat a prime Jones Jr?
2. What’s your Jones Jr fantasy fight?
RT for more opinions pic.twitter.com/JQyU5gsLoI
— BoxmanSteve (@SteveBoxman) October 30, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson was on some strong stuff when he typed this thought up…
Seems to me, if an Octopus wanted to lock a human in a room, it would just need to design the exit with three doorknobs.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 31, 2018
Halloween is coming up and this costume is really the perfect one for collecting candy. I never celebrated Halloween. My parents were those buzzkills who turned off all the lights and then served apples to kids who still rang the doorbell.
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