Midnight Mania! Henry Cejudo and Nikki Bella are flirting online (No, you just threw up in your mouth)

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

I really have nothing to add to the following, except that I’m angry at this whole sport and another entire sports-entertainment industry I don’t even cover for making me watch it.

The backstory here is that Henry Cejudo went on Ariel Helwani’s show and admitted he had a huge crush on Nikki Bella. For some reason she responded to Henry Cejudo… favorably… Always shoot your shot, I guess. You never know. That has to be the lesson here, right? Other than maybe don’t flirt online like this where other people might see it. Please. Please.

I can’t decide which is worse, her video or his response. He’s even worse at ripping off the Rock than he is at… whatever this was. I also can’t tell if Bella is serious, or just doing this for clicks. Otherwise, why make a public video? Why subject us to this? This kind of flirting might work in the DMs… but not when all of us can see it, unless of course, that’s the point.

This is Cejudo and Nikki Bella; this is what they are putting us through, and the rest of us are the guy at the end.


Sometimes an athlete in combat sports pulls off something so spectacular that you have to watch it a few times to really take it in. Fortunately, that’s exactly what the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) was invented for.

Tommy Toehold strikes again, with Laura Sanko doing her best Joanne Calderwood impression

I humbly submit that we can have both USADA and Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa

This guy held two fully grown men like it was nothing. I’m the last person to have pro wrestling opinions, but since I’m on a Sumo kick, why don’t we see more Sumo or ex-Sumo guys in pro wrestling?

Good point by Micheal Chiesa. “Donkey” was used by the creator, Miyamoto, to convey stubbornness; it was laughed at but the name stuck.


This isn’t conclusive by any means, but it could be concerning for combat athletes.

Dustin Poirier is one of the hardest workers in MMA

Leslie Smith’s got a point, and that didn’t happen overnight. It took decades of fighting for the players to get to this point. I doubt MMA will ever get there.

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

I want to see more of this raised platform so we can get Sumo-MMA hybridization.

I love it when a beautiful knockout comes together

I love the bodyshot in combination like this

Sometimes the win is there for the asking

Kickboxing highlights from 2018 from Johny Hendricks’ old coach:

Speaking of old highlights, this one’s a doozy

The full range of the genre

Who says yellow belts can’t beat black belts

The end of history

This looks almost like aikido. Also, ouch

Random Land

Consummate skill

I love to look at pictures of snow a lot more than I liked living in the cold.

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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