Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Ladies and gentlemen, the Robbie Lawler sweepstakes has begun. After former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley withdrew from his rematch with Lawler at UFC on ESPN 3 this June in Minneapolis, Minnesota, due to a nagging hand injury, welterweight contenders of all shapes and sizes have offered to fill in against “Ruthless.”
First to speak up was former welterweight title challenger Darren Till, who made a case for a main event scrap with Lawler as long as the contest took place at 175 pounds. Having struggled with weight cuts in the past, Till’s request makes sense.
Yes @Ruthless_RL I’ll meet you at 175 in 6 weeks for a tear up
Yeno wa time it is
— Darren Till (@darrentill2) May 17, 2019
However, that’s not how fellow welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio sees it. Instead, “Gente Boa” believes Till is being a big brat in requesting a catchweight matchup with “Ruthless.” Ponzinibbio may have went a little hard in his explanation, but this is the fight game. All bets are off, verbally and physically.
Bruv, I’ll give you the bail money to come fight me in Uruguay (August 10) after I whoop @Ruthless_RL . You miss weight, back to back losses, knocked out in front of your own people and now you’re picking a new weight class? Spoiled brat.
— Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA) May 17, 2019
Adding to the Lawler sweepstakes were a few other welterweight hopefuls searching for their divisional break on big ESPN.
— Elizeu Capoeira (@ElizeuCapoeira) May 17, 2019
And, of course, the always entertaining Mike “Platinum” Perry had to throw his hat into the cage as well.
Everybody wanna see it and ain’t no 175 bih
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 17, 2019
Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes offered support for the injured Tyron Woodley.
I came from Brazil for the first time and had nobody here in America. My first fight for Strikeforce his family was the only ones I could hear from the crowd. We have been friends since that moment until today. 9 years later. Also…his beard smells good. parceiro @TWooodley pic.twitter.com/G75sxA39jv
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) May 17, 2019
And then we have this…
Newly crowned UFC interim champions Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya made a triumphant return home this week:
Is there anybody scarier than Deontay Wilder in boxing right now?
Don’t look now but former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is taking her business ventures to the next level:
UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson reminded us all to just keep smiling:
This Thor-inspired reenactment of Douglas Lima’s knockout over Michael “Venom” Page is pretty epic:
This grappling session between Angela Hill and Jessica Penne got real interesting:
Slips, Rips, and ONE Clips
By the looks the this knockout, Sage Northcutt wasn’t so “Super” in his ONE Championship debut:
The legendary Tito Ortiz offered the following insight into Northcutt’s debut gone wrong:
Don’t ever circle left on a right hand fighter! Stay away from the right hand circle right.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) May 18, 2019
The ONE Championship: ‘Enter The Dragon’ event also spit out the following action:
Jiu-Jitsu wizard Garry Tonon seemed pleased with the above heel-hook submission finish over Yoshiki Nakahara:
5-0! Garry Tonon is no longer a prospect in MMA. This is a resurrection! I’m bringing grappling back from the dead and to the forefront of mixed martial arts! Goal#1 Become the greatest Featherweight of all time, Goal#2 Become the greatest p4p mixed martial artist of all time.
— Garry Tonon (@Garry_Tonon) May 18, 2019
Back to the action…
A short right hand put this heavyweight boxer through the ropes:
No superhero will ever top this:
Is this really the best choice for the next Batman?
And last but not least, check out this intense collision on the ice: