Midnight Mania! Did UFC Actually Just Sign A Flyweight?!?!

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For anyone even remotely invested in the future of the UFC Flyweight division, it’s been a bumpy road.

Toward the end of 2018, reports emerged that a bulk of the division would be dissolved. Suddenly, any Flyweight who lost a fight — regardless of ranking, level of competition, or quality of fight — was getting released on a loss.

Henry Cejudo’s ascension to double-champ reportedly saved the division just last month, but honestly, it was hard to believe. When “Triple C” went under for surgery and currently spends his time calling out Urijah Faber, professional boxers, and women, it’s hard to feel confident in the future of Flyweight. Just a couple weeks ago, Joseph Benavidez picked up his third straight win in dominant fashion to prove himself the definitive No. 1 contender at 125 lbs. Afterward, UFC president Dana White still did not sound particularly eager to grant him his shot, which really seemed like a bad omen.

One of the men released last year was Brandon Moreno, better known as “The Assassin Baby.” A veteran of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Moreno was something of a fan favorite for his aggressive submission game and endearing personality. He had even headlined an event in Mexico, where UFC is always trying to grow its name.

Today, a report emerged from MMA.uno that Moreno was signed by the UFC once more after just a single win on the regional scene. If that’s true — and Moreno was signed at Flyweight — it’s really the best piece of news regarding the division in months. Announcements about the division’s future are not to be trusted, but an action like signing new Flyweight combatants does a lot more to keep hope alive.

Insomnia

UFC vet Katsunori Kikuno shattering some concrete.

Here’s to wishing Thiago Santos a speedy recovery.

Cormier working hard ahead of his second Heavyweight title defense.

Some follow up on the Diego Sanchez oil check incident.

Here’s a good reminder that Cody Garbrandt is really freaking fast.

Interestingly, it’s only an 11 year age difference.

A collegiate wrestler and top-tier Muay Thai fighter pick up some (fake) knives and go at it!

For all the talk of a Russian takeover, African fighters are doing work!

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#andstill for the culture!!✊

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Picture-perfect question mark kick

Emmet vs. Bektic is the best fight of this weekend’s card, and it should’ve been the main event.

Last night’s Contender Series brought the body shots!

Random Land

For the Rick and Morty fans.

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@rayrod747 Boom Roasted

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Camera trap surprised this big kitty.

Sleep well Maniacs! There’s always more martial arts madness on the way.