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Midnight Mania! Barboza Vs. Stephens Targeted For Oct. 3

Midnight Mania! Barboza Vs. Stephens Targeted For Oct. 3

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Per a report from Combate, Featherweight violence will make an appearance on October 3, 2020, as veteran knockout artists Edson Barboza and Jeremy Stephens will square off.

There are currently just a handful of fights loosely attached to UFC’s planned event on October 3, 2020, and especially in these pandemic circumstances, fight bookings two months out are always subject to change. However, there’s now reason to be excited, and hope at least this clash of Featherweights holds firm until showtime.

Admittedly, neither man has been doing particularly well as of late. Barboza has lost three straight bouts, though two of them were rather debatable split-decision losses — Barboza even appealed them both!

This will be his second fight at 145 lbs.

As for Stephens, his current five-fight winless streak (four losses, one “No Contest”) has seen “Lil Heathen” represent himself better than his record indicates. He’s gone through blood-and-guts wars of attrition with several of the division’s top contenders, proving that there’s still gas left in the tank 13 years into his UFC career.

Really, this bout is what’s great about MMA. Does it matter at least on viewing night that these two longtime action fighters are not winning consistently? No! It’s still likely to be an amazing fight, one equally likely to end via early knockout or see both men batter one another for the full 15 minutes.

Who ya’ got?


Eric Spicely was one of three men to be removed from UFC Vegas 5, and his reason is different than most — MMA sucks sometimes.

For the sake of transparency this was my first weight cut since starting antidepressants due to the head trauma I sustained in the Deron Winn fight. Needless to say it went horribly wrong and my fight is off. I will figure this problem out and hopefully be able to compete again.

— éS (@EricSpicely) July 31, 2020

Win or lose, five-round fights are a bit rough on the body.

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The dumbest effective sweep in the world into an ultra aggressive armbar:

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Conor McGregor is now hinting at a fight with Manny Pacquiao again.

Conor McGregor has provided a clue for yesterday’s cryptic tweet

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 31, 2020

Aspen Ladd catches a body on Twitter:

Why do people keep trying to punch Francis Ngannou in the belly?

Slips, rips, and KO clips

I won’t be picking him, but I do think Derek Brunson has a fair enough chance at scoring the upset tomorrow night.

Usman Nurmagomedov remained undefeated today, though his opponent was … non-threatening to say the least. That’s the fight game!

Just a one-sided beating from Usman Nurmagomedov, who improves to 10-0. Did anything he wanted. Time for a serious step up in competition. #UAEWarriors12

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 31, 2020

Opening with a high kick is not a bad idea!

Michal Andryszak ! 9 seconds KO :O

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) July 31, 2020

Mounir shows off some pretty sharp hands in this clip.

Beautiful check hook KO by Anas Siraj Mounir at #UAEWarriors12

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 31, 2020

Random Land

Someone break this clip down for me.

Midnight Music: Just one of the coolest and most influential instrumentals ever!

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

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