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Welcome to Midnight Mania! The dream is over. As recently as yesterday, hope was (barely) alive. Khabib Nurmagomedov came out with a comment about finishing up his training and still being ready to fight if the details could be figured out for UFC 249, which is now just 11 days away. However, when a fake Ariel Helwani Twitter account baited a response from Dana White, revealing that Nurmagomedov would not be competing against Tony Ferguson...

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For the fifth time, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is off. Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champion, won’t defend his title in the highly anticipated bout with Ferguson at UFC 249, which is supposed to take place on April 18 in a location yet to be determined. On Wednesday, Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) announced on Instagram that he won’t be competing since he’s stuck in Russia during the coronavirus pandemic. “Staying home in quarantine and...

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is currently training in his native Dagestan, unsure if he’ll defend his 155-pound strap against Tony Ferguson at the upcoming UFC 249 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for April 18, 2020 at a city and venue to be determined. That’s because “The Eagle” — like most of the world — is faced with a strict travel ban in response to the coronavirus pandemic, that as of this writing,...

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Despite many obstacles blocking the tracks, Dana White has attempted to keep the UFC train rolling along. Over the past few weeks, as the COVID-19 outbreak burst into a global pandemic, White and company have been racing against time to find a new host location for UFC 249 next month, which is currently scheduled to take on April 18. The event will be headlined by a lightweight grudge match pitting current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov against...

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After losing to Dan Hooker via razor-thin split decision at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand a few weeks ago, an emotional Paul Felder indicated that he had competed in his final mixed martial arts (MMA) fight. Now that he’s had time to reflect on things a bit more, “Irish Dragon” is still feeling the sting, but says he will, in fact, continue chugging along and won’t be hanging up his gloves anytime...

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Often overlooked in the analysis of fights and fighters is just how much fighting hurts. Pain is rarely a conscious issue on the mind of fighters during a bout, but there are definite consequences to getting whacked on the nose or cracked in the ribs. Such consequences often come in the form of rash decision-making or sudden energy expenditure, which can lead to further pain. In particular, kicks hurt quite a...