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Jorge Masvidal is sick and tired of the same old trash talk from just about everyone these days. He doesn’t mind bad blood, but if it isn’t coming from a genuine place, what’s the point? Via MMAJunkie.com:
I could talk if I wanted to, but what am I going to say? ‘Oh, you’re a punk,’ and then he calls my mom names? It’s (expletive) childish,” Masvidal said. “I get it – the 17-year-olds are (expletive) eating this (expletive) up, and maybe a little bit older than that – maybe some people never got out of high school. But if it’s not like a genuine dislike between two people, and it’s not creative, either, where it’s just that annoying (expletive)-talk – ‘You’re an idiot.’ ‘Well, you’re stupid.’ – it’s (expletive) so stupid, man.
The thing is, Masvidal is a longtime friend and training partner of one of MMA’s worst and most egregious trash talkers, Colby Covington. Masvidal doesn’t want to single Colby out, but when asked how he reconciles his stance with Colby’s over-the-top antics, he had to admit what Colby does is not his thing.
Colby’s a particular case because we’ve been friends for a long time,” Masvidal said. “I’ve known him six years, plus. So it’s more than just teammates – we’re good friends, and he’s doing his thing. Am I a fan of that? I mean, whatever – it’s not really what I care for. Everybody’s doing it. It’s not just Colby. I don’t want to just pick on Colby. Everybody’s doing it.
Can you get mad at Colby because he wants to put extra money in his pocket? No. But when you think about it, everybody’s going to be doing it? What the (expletive), man? Nobody has a little bit of personality? Nobody’s like, ‘I’m going to be myself today; I’m not gonna insult your mom.’ It’s corny, and it’s only going to get worse. We’re seeing it more and more. And I know you guys do it because the clickbait works so well and the fans eat it up.
Masvidal faces Darren Till in the main event of UFC: London on Saturday night, only on ESPN+. Here’s something closer to his idea of what pre-fight talk should look like:
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When I won my first World Championship in 2011, I was 23 years old and ready to take on the world. I had a chip on my shoulder. I would wrestle hard because I thought that my opponents were better than me. I didn’t think I had the skills to compete with them, so I took a lot more risks. I had to wrestle hard, wear them down, and eventually score to win. I relied on my toughness — my grit — my willingness to take my opponents into uncomfortable territory and break them. And with that came the wins. And the glory. And the praise. And then the comfort. As I got older and my skills began to improve, I started to take less risks. I thought I was better than my opponents, so I didn’t wrestle as hard anymore. I started to play the game. I relied on my technique and not on my heart. I wanted it to be easy. I was wrestling to protect something. With that protection came a fear of failure, and then came the losses. I thought that since I’d won so much that my opponents would lay down for me. I thought that because I’d become better the rest of the world hadn’t. It was actually the opposite. My competition was training harder to beat me. They wrestled harder, too. They gave me their best shot every single time. As I sit back to reflect, I realize that it’s not always the most skilled competitor who wins, but the hungriest. Because hungry lions hunt best. Nine years in and I’m still one of the best in the world. Sure, I’m older. But I’m not any slower. I had just forgotten what it’s like to be the hunter. I won’t forget again. Stay hungry my friends. – JB @mattnager
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