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It’s been several years now, but there was a time when Chris Weidman was atop the throne, the undefeated world champion looking like a longtime kingpin. Then, his first loss led to a second and a third, and if we fast-forward a few more bouts, Weidman had lost five bouts via knockout in six trips to the Octagon.

Weidman’s back was to the wall heading into 2020.

Fortunately, “The All-American” successfully returned to both the Middleweight division and the win column with a hard-fought victory opposite Omari Akhmedov back in August. Interestingly, that win seems to have removed Weidman’s memories of his still-recent struggles, as he’s already been calling for a title shot against Israel Adesanya.

Earlier today, Weidman took to Twitter to argue his case, explaining that his wins over shared competition were better — classic MMA math!

Unsurprisingly, Adesanya does not believe himself to be easy money. In fact, the quarantined “Stylebender” is already well-prepared to trade insults with the former champion. He responded shortly himself, posting an old video of himself promising to “f*ck up” Weidman … though requesting he also go build his win streak first.

I would score this round of trash talk 10-9 Adesanya, but relying on MMA math might actually be an automatic DQ! Regardless, Adesanya seemingly has bigger fish to fry, as he’s been targeting both Jon Jones and the Light Heavyweight title as of late.

Weidman is also unbooked, but a title shot at this time is unlikely.

Insomnia

With the news that Cody Garbrandt is out of his Flyweight title fight opposite Deiveson Figueiredo, there’s actually some drama in the division.

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang is drawing attention to the latest WWE contract controversy, as the promotion is now cracking down on independent Twitch streaming.

1) It’s wild that such a big wrestler pulled this off and 2) Jon Jones did this same back step to Ryan Bader from different position.

If Khabib says you’re very good, you are very good.

I don’t care the context, I will post every MMA Virgin vs. Chad meme I come across.

Michael Chandler’s first sparring session with his son is pretty adorable.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Yorgan de Castro fights this weekend, and his debut finish was ultra clean!

It’s not everyday that a punch causes a complete 360° spin!

Carlos Condit should probably hang ‘em up, but he’s a legend either way, and I’d love to see him fight Nick Diaz again!

Random Land

Sort of random, sort of appropriate?

Midnight Music: Debate night! What’s the best Kanye album? I most often go back to Late Registration.

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





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