Midnight Mania! A Toe In The Taint?!?

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Midnight Mania…

Emphasis on weird. Emphasis on wild.

Last Saturday (June 22, 2019), Bellator 223 went down in London, shaking up the sport a bit when grappling ace Rafael Lovato Jr upset Gegard Mousasi in an excellent five-round war. Elsewhere on the card, Melvin Manhoef swung for the fences, and some English prospects looked to gain a bit of acclaim on their home turf.

However, the most Bellator moment of the card occurred long before Mousasi walked to the cage. During the preliminary portion of the event, Jorge Kanella delivered an illegal kick to the butt region of opponent Alfie Davis. See for yourself:

Kanella lost a point for his actions, but it wasn’t immediately clear what rule specifically he violated. Luckily, legendary referee John McCarthy took to Twitter to explain the finer points of toe-in-butt penalties.

While I always knew attacking the spin and base of the head was illegal, I wasn’t aware the tailbone was included in that rule, though it does make sense. At any rate, Davis ended up victorious despite the foul, and his reflections on the trauma is perhaps my favorite part of the whole ordeal. Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie:

“It was like, the bum, right at the bottom of the balls. If you’re standing up with someone on the floor, you do not go straight line like that. You’re never taught that because it’s a foul. … It slid up. So when I stood up, it was right in the gooch. It’s normally pleasurable for a man, isn’t it? The gooch. We all enjoy the gooch, but not when you’re getting kicked straight in it.”

Ultimately, Davis gets the win, some additional fame, and clearly a bit of a laugh. All’s well that ends well? There is something of a precedent in Bellator history


Henry Cejudo is angling for some kind of fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, and the expert boxer has recently been training Muay Thai in Thailand. Coincidence?

Using my skills of inference, I believe either Max Griffin or Niko Price is next for Mike Perry.

A bit of highlights from the weekend’s goofiest — and most popular according to our numbers — event.

Speaking of…

Mike Chandler is out here making the rest of us look silly with his stupid levels of athleticism.

Great comparison from the Muay Thai legend.

While on the topic of Muay Thai, check out what the doc has to say on strengthening the shins for kicking. From personal experience, my shins feel fairly strong, but I’m still hoping the tops of my feet manage to toughen up more. Nothing worse than smacking your foot/toes on an elbow or knee — it’s awful.

Days ahead of Francis Ngannou’s main event slot, the French minster of sports has announced professional MMA to be legalized at the start of the 2020.

Slips, Rips, and KO clips

A pair of highlights from this weekend that ended in very similar, brutal fashion. Neither man looked ready to return to combat after the first drop.

All fighters are guilty of it to some degree, but another example of why blocking a high kick with one arm is a bad idea.

Pretty brutal rear naked choke given the torque on the trapped arm.

Random Land

This is absolutely top-notch, God bless Russia for its contributions to the internet. Admittedly, the skinny kid with the knee sleeve is completely useless, which essentially brought this back to a one-on-one slugfest. Still, it’s worth-watching several times.

Tonight’s Midnight Mania was brought together in part by the powerful Chicago blues of Muddy Waters’ At Newport 1960.

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

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