Welcome to Midnight Mania!
2022 isn’t quite over yet, but there’s already at least one fight to look forward to in the new year. According to a report by The sweatFormer UFC title contender Kelvin Gastelum will return to action against French prospect Nassourdine Imavov in the main event of a UFC “Fight Night” event on January 14, 2023, likely from the interior of the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Times have admittedly been tough for Gastelum, who have lost five of their last six fights. Admittedly, he only fought the creme de la creme at 185 pounds, only spitting losses against top-ranked opponents. Still, the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champion needs a big win or his position in the leaderboard – and possibly the roster – could be in jeopardy.
Imavov, meanwhile, is riding a considerable wave of momentum. The talented boxer won three in a row, stopping two of his opponents via strikes before winning a savage brawl over Joaquin Buckley. He’s on a fast track to the Top 10, and defeating Gastelum might just be his ticket to those ranks.
Gastelum was originally scheduled to face Imavov at UFC 273. However, visa issues forced Imavov out of the fight and then injury sidelined Gastelum as well. In a few months, they will have a second chance to throw themselves.
Who do you have?!?
Yoel Romero continues to frighten and amaze.
One Championship gets into the champion versus champion affair.
It’s not the kind of trash talk I expected between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira, but I’m here for it!
Alex Pereira hits back at Israel Adesanya’s tennis ball practice
“Training with a tennis ball is easy! I want to see him practice boxing on a hoverboard. pic.twitter.com/DiOpJuXtse
— Alex Behunin (@AlexBehunin) September 28, 2022
If Khamzat Chimaev is allowed to remain a welterweight, this is the fight to be had.
Here is a good fundamental kickboxing exercise applied at a high level:
Are you on Bo Nickal’s fashion train? You probably should be.
5 fights in 1 year. 5 finishes in the first round. 0 hits absorbed. No one can do it like me. We went to the top! Lots of love to all my supporters, bigger things are on the way!
— Bo Nickal (@NoBickal) September 28, 2022
Darren Till is training in Tiger Muay Thai for his next fight against Driscus du Plessis.
It seems that incidents at press conferences are becoming more and more frequent.
Slips, tears and KO clips
A pretty sweet climax to “Poatan” that kills people left and right:
Aaron Pico is one of the most explosive finishers I’ve seen covering the sport. He opens his shots with so much dynamism, it’s brutal!
A very stylish flying armband!
A different look at our planet:
Midnight Music: Trap, 2019
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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