Midnight Mania! Beware The Covington Kissing Booth

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As power-punching prospect Mike Perry has made violently clear multiple times, he really does not like Colby Covington. The two have traded barbs on several occasions, but it began when Covington insulted Perry’s girlfriend (now wife) and corner woman, the appropriately titled “Platinum Princess” Danielle Perry. Since then, Perry has repeatedly taken every opportunity to insult Covington and angle for a fight against him.

Aside from the comments at the start, Perry consistently has beef with Covington’s fight style, which is definitely wrestling-first. However, it is a bit ironic that Perry is warning Kamaru Usman of Covington’s tactics, as “Nigerian Nightmare” does just as much clinching and head-fighting as “Chaos!”

Both Perry and Covington will compete Saturday night at UFC 245, and perhaps some day they’ll meet in the Octagon as well.

Insomnia

Every once in a while, Covington allows some non-heel moments to slip through, and this is a big one (even if the specifics seem a touch exaggerated to me).

Amanda Nunes is rolling into fight week dressed like a dope old-school rapper.

Stefan Struve has pain in his heart and his Dutch balls.

For anyone interested in learning a bit more about the Twister submission:

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The Twister: Arguably the meanest submission in grappling ••••••••••••••••••••••• The twister or the “guillotine” was a pinning technique used in amateur wrestling for years, however jiu jitsu master, @eddiebravo10p was an early pioneer in using it as a submission hold. In jiu jitsu there was already a submission hold referred to as a “guillotine” so the term “twister” was used instead. What makes the twister such a mean submission? . The twister is one of the few submissions that applies force directly to the spine. The technique works by imposing shear and torsion forces simultaneously (spinal lateral flexion and and axial rotation). The spine or vertebral column is composed of: 33 vertebral segments •7 cervical •12 thoracic •5 lumbar •5 sacral (fused) •4 coccygeal (fused) •Intervertebral discs separating segments. The entire lumbar region only has 5-7 degrees of axial rotation, 20 degrees of lateral flexion.The thoracic region has 30-35 degrees of axial rotation, 25-30 degrees of lateral flexion. The cervical spine has 30-35 degrees of lateral side bending. ✳️The motion of the twister will cause lower cervical lateral flexion, upper thoracic lateral flexion and lower thoracic/lumbar axial rotation. Based on these numbers if you are imparting a shear force (causing lateral flexion) and a torsion force (causing axial rotation), the most limited range of motion would likely be axial rotation. . The vertebral column is complicated and here are many structures that oppose extreme motion: •Ligaments: Ligamentous flava, Intertransverse ligament •Joints: Apophyseal joints, Articular facets •Intervertebral disc: Annulus fibrosus While any of these structures may be damaged one of note is the intervertebral disc, which is particularly vulnerable to excessive axial rotation and lateral flexion. . Why is this submission so mean? It isn’t like an armbar which targets one joint the twister targets several joints simultaneously. . Last night @thugnasty_ufc hit the 2nd twister in UFC history.

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This clip of Saenchai sparring with his father is pretty awesome.

In Michael Chandler’s latest crazy workout, he’s sled-pushing a car, because of course he is!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Boloyoang threw a haymaker, and Raynard’s head was out past his knees … That’s a real bad combination.

A heavy cross-hook combination caused a faceplant KO in GLORY this weekend:

It’s rare to see a guillotine set up from the bottom rather than off the takedown, but Ayoub did a nice job of securing the correct angle for the arm-in guillotine. It’s usually easier to release full guard to gain the angle further, but clearly Ayoub was able to get the proper squeeze regardless! Note how he twists into the choke rather than just extends backward.

Random Land

At least his beer survived the crash!

Midnight Music: Lee Hazlewood was just the coolest, and he has a lot of great songs outside of his more famous duets with Nancy Sinatra. Aside from perhaps the great Sturgill Simpson, you still don’t hear many combining country music with a psychedelic edge quite like Hazlewood, and few can match that baritone.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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