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Midnight Mania! ‘Pay The Man!’

Midnight Mania! ‘Pay The Man!’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Dustin Poirier is a pretty incredible fighter. The former interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight strap-hanger has fought an outrageously high-level of competition over the years. Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway — Poirier goes toe-to-toe with champions, consistently putting on all-time great fights, at no small cost to his own health.

Does “The Diamond” deserve some extra cash for all his extraordinary effort?

The Louisiana-native believes so, and ahead of what would surely prove to be yet another barn-burner opposite Tony Ferguson, he stood his ground in negotiations. UFC promptly moved on from the bout, labeling the negotiations unsalvageable.

Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Poirier’s would-be opponent Ferguson is on his side. “El Cucuy” tweeted out support for Poirier, requesting UFC “pay the man” and make the fight happen.

“Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid” Pay the man @danawhite @ufc Love ya’ll but let’s give the Hardcore & Casual fans what they deserve, a good fight Sir ⚔️ -CSO- @DustinPoirier #ufc254

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) September 14, 2020

UFC 254 is still about six weeks away, so perhaps there’s a chance for all sides to come to an agreement. Unless something dramatic happens, however, it would appear that Dan Hooker is the rather possible option to replace Poirier.

Shameless Self-Promotion

I accepted a short-notice fight for the Global Legion FC Flyweight title on September 26th in Tampa, Florida! For each of my previous professional fights, I’ve raised funds to cover camp costs via my banner, in which members of the Mania community can get their name/nickname/username on the banner via a $5 or more donation. The promotion has rules against advertising during their shows, so the banner is unlikely to make it into the actual cage, but it will still be signed and raffled to a random supporter.

For anyone reading who enjoys my writing and would like to support/enter the raffle, I have Venmo (AndyLRichardson), PayPal (, and a GoFundMe. There will be a PPV stream link that I’ll include here as well once I have it … Let’s bring home a belt, y’all!


Chase Hooper improves upon an Askren family photo:

Dear Ben, I wrote you, but you still ain’t callin’… I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom…

— Chase Hooper (@chase_hooper) September 14, 2020

Both of these guys deserve a shot at a more well-known name, but damn if this isn’t a great fight!

Carlos Diego Ferreira will fight Drew Dober at UFC event on November 7th. (first rep. @bokamotoESPN) #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN

— MaRCeL DoRFF (@BigMarcel24) September 14, 2020

Is it me, or is Derrick Lewis looking leaner than ever?

Kevin Croom changed his life with his last-second upset win over the weekend (WATCH IT!).

On Wednesday I had $64 in my bank account, and was trying to figure out how to make it $65……helluva weekend!!!

— Kevin Croom (@KevinCroom_mma) September 13, 2020

Shockingly, the Internet is already cracking jokes at Conor McGregor and his latest charge.

— As Shopped As It Gets (@AsShopped) September 13, 2020

What do you make of the Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodriguez controversy?

Illegal … but cool!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

A big overhand causes the chicken dance!

Josh Quinlan KO’s Pete Keepers #LFA91

— Streetfight Banned-cho (@streetfitebncho) September 12, 2020


Day1 Ukrainian rikishi, ShiShi (Lion’s share?) (L) in his 2nd basho. Foe is DaiShoHama who joined sumo in May ‘11 (just after the Quake). ShiShi is 23, got a 6-1 last basho. #Akibasho2019

— SumoSoul 相撲魂 (@TheSumoSoul) September 13, 2020

Nishikifuji by shitatenage

— MEGATON (King Kai Asakura) (@BasedDongeezus) September 13, 2020

That’s one way to follow up on a missed kick!


— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) September 13, 2020

Random Land

A little three-on-one boxing!

Midnight Music: There aren’t many better workout albums than Welcome to Sky Valley.

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

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