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Midnight Mania! Khabib Was Unmotivated Until ‘Worthy’ Ferguson

Midnight Mania! Khabib Was Unmotivated Until ‘Worthy’ Ferguson

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The idea of Khabib Nurmagomedov being unmotivated is bizarre. If one looks past the little details for a minute, the Dagestani mauler does precisely the same thing to almost all of his elite opponents: dominate them. Yet according to “The Eagle” himself (translated by Twitter account MMARusTwitter, an account which dedicates itself to translating Russian MMA content), he hasn’t felt much spark until this upcoming title defense opposite Tony Ferguson.

Q:”Compared to your last training camps, are you going to approach this fight any differently?”

Khabib:”I will train hard.With every fight,i gain more and more experience. Im getting older,i am 31.I think it’s the peak age of fighters career.

— ➡️ (@MMARusContext) December 3, 2019

And to be honest, i lacked this motivation for my last fights.Iaquinta,Conor,Barboza,Poirier.They’re not the same as Tony Ferguson.Thats why i feel that fire burning inside me again.”

— ➡️ (@MMARusContext) December 3, 2019

Once again, it’s almost a thought experiment to try to consider Nurmagomedov unmotivated while thinking of his vicious beating of Edson Barboza. On a more personal level, Nurmagomedov seemed plenty motivated to pummel Conor McGregor as he stood over him and showered him with punches and trash talk alike.

Yet, Nurmagomedov says “El Cucuy” is different, and who are we to argue?


Daniel Cormier and Khabib bickering again, this time about a certain Irishman.

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Alright, which one of Ali Abdelaziz’s 200 fighters failed a test?

If you are an UFC fighter out there and USADA tried to call you and tried to talk to you directly , Never do that because their job is to get suspensions , it’s them or us

— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) December 3, 2019

One of my favorite clips I’ve ever found working this gig — perfect in its simplicity.

The Miyao brothers are made of rubber or hate themselves and their knees. It has been difficult to determine which …

Everyone’s an expert …

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Kelvin Gastelum and Marvin Vettori showing good control in this little sparring clip even while brawling:

Cody Garbrandt and his family get the Simpsons treatment:

Slips, rips, and KO clips

This bizarre ninja choke from the bottom is my favorite submission on this list of ten submissions from last week, but take the time to click through and check out all ten!

Wow. This choke by Akmaljon Mamurov. Dude had no idea what happened. – FMR Fighting Championship 3

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 1, 2019

Every Rodtang fight is automatically worth-watching, and Rajadamnern is one of the best Muay Thai stadiums in the world, so this is doubly confirmed as awesome even before one presses click.

The second clash between Rodtang and Saeksan that took place in september, won this years ‘Rajadamnern Fight of the Year’ award!

— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) December 3, 2019

Hell of a head kick:

2 BRUTAL Knockouts!
@MelyFabulus (6-0)
Returns this SATURDAY!
COMBATE 51: Hidalgo
Desiree Yanez (5-1)
Live on @FiteTv
: @CombateAmericas

— Mikey Thomas (@MikeyThomasMMA) December 3, 2019

Random Land

Ehh he’s not going that fast, should be fine!

Why women live longer than men…

— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) December 2, 2019

Let’s end on an educational note.

Midnight Music: Real friends, how many of us?

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