Welcome to Midnight Mania!
For dedicated fans — particularly those in Europe — Mamed Khalidov was a major “what-if.” For eight years, Khalidov dominated the field in KSW, winning both the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight crowns in that time. Naturally, UFC expressed interest in signing “Cannibal,” but the promotion was unwilling to match the substantial pay that KSW was offering for a fighter relatively unknown to the American audience.
In short, we never quite found out how high Khalidov’s peak was, as the Chechen-born athlete retired at the age of 38 after consecutive losses last year. That was probably supposed to be the end of Khalidov’s story in the public eye, bar some coaching or the occasional interview.
Instead, a report from TVP.info was released today, implicating Khalidov in the illegal importation of luxury cars. According to the report, Khalidov was arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Operations Office, as Khalidov was allegedly responsibly for forging the paperwork regarding the origins of the cars, which included “such vehicles as Porsche Panamera, Range Rover Evoque, BMW M6, BMW 7 Series.”
While these accusations are still fresh, combat sports and organized crime have a fairly long history. Most notably in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, Lee Murray was a UFC veteran, foe of Anderson Silva, and — according to legend — knocked Tito Ortiz out cold in a street fight. He also took part in the largest bank robbery in United Kingdom history, for which Murray is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence.
Everyone made fun of the dorky guy in the white glasses, but his recent success is undeniable.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz made a pretty gut wrenching Instagram post following her loss this weekend.
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— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) June 11, 2019
For those wondering why the new owners didn’t keep Mike Goldberg around…
“Referee Larry Landless, our thoughts go out to him as he lost his aunt this week. That is signified by the purple stripe on his shirt… and will it be Miletich or Lindland who brings black and blue to their opponent first?”
Found it. Found the greatest Mike Goldberg segue.
— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) June 11, 2019
Dana White must be thrilled.
This series of Twitter questions continues to entertain.
I wanted to use this cool highlight clip from 1984 as an excuse to talk up the most recent addition to the Team Alpha Male coaching staff, the legendary Lee Kemp. Kemp won gold at the World Championships in Freestyle Wrestling three times between 1978-1982, but his Olympic dreams went unfulfilled when America boycotted the 1980 Olympics. At any rate, Coach Kemp is one of the most interesting and motivating people I’ve ever spoken with. At 62 years of age, the man is still on the mat everyday and feels like wrestling a piece of iron.
Slips, Rips, and KO clips
No-gi baseball chokes are incredibly rare, the type of move that really shouldn’t work given the position.
Here’s an important reminder ahead of next week’s main event that 1) “The Korean Zombie” can flurry like few others and 2) the man has been fighting professional for more than 11 years!
A hand trap and pivot proved the perfect tools for securing the angle to land this devastating high kick.
I play the same game with my (slightly) smaller cats using a simple piece of rainbow colored fabric.
Teach ‘em young.
Music from the making of Midnight Mania: continuing through the ‘50s in my must-listen-to-albums book, the records tend to shift between being more influential/”important” vs. simply great listens. This one sits comfortably in both categories.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.