Welcome to Midnight Mania!
UFC athletes are taking a much-needed break for the holidays this Saturday, but next weekend (Saturday, December 3, 2022), the promotion travels from the UFC Apex to Orlando, Florida for a “Fight Night” event. “. With just ten days left, the card has just undergone a major shakeup, as Derek Brunson was forced to withdraw from a scheduled match against Jack Hermansson. According to a report from ESPN, Roman Dolidze will step in to face ‘The Joker’.
Dolidze gained a step ahead of the competition. The Georgian talent has won his last three fights to improve his record to 5-1 inside the Octagon. Perhaps more importantly, he has won his last two fights in impressive fashion, earning two knockout victories in two rounds over Phil Hawes and Kyle Daukaus. Both wins earned “Performance of the Night” honors, creating this opportunity against No. 8-ranked Hermansson.
Conversely, the 34-year-old Swede returned to the win column last time out, splitting Chris Curtis to end his winning streak. Hermansson has won two of his last three matches, and although he is not in contention for the immediate title, he is a highly respected and proven veteran, especially on short notice!
As for Brunson, it’s an unfortunate late-camp injury for the longtime middleweight contender. Brunson was looking to bounce back from a February loss to Jared Cannonier, but the comeback will have to wait.
Ciryl Gane reacts to the current Heavyweight title picture:
Cris Cyborg has a date booked for her return to the ring.
Cris Cyborg will face Gabrielle Holloway in a professional boxing bout under Terence Crawford’s card against David Avanesyan. December 10 in Omaha. $39.99 on BLK Prime. Four rounds.
This will be Cyborg’s second professional boxing fight. She won on her debut in September.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 22, 2022
There are no title implications, of course, but I can hardly imagine a better match. The lightness is awesome!
Even Sean Strickland knows not to try to start something with Raymond Daniels.
Usman Nurmagomedov gifts his father the Bellator Lightweight belt:
Cool to see Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo working together!
I don’t know why this is happening, but it seems very appropriate for the column.
Slips, tears and KO clips
If you didn’t catch One Championship last Friday, Christian Lee’s rise to double champion status was absolutely insane.
Here’s another great highlight of a fight that most readers probably missed.
Old-school nerds will remember the “six months of sprawl training” meme (from before memes existed!). Well, 2022 looks like the YEAR of six months of extended training: the kickboxers are overwhelming!
Bombing the hills of San Diego!
Midnight Music: 1989, alternative
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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