Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou stars in new Harvard case study — ‘The business of sport’
Welcome to Midnight Mania!
Francis Ngannou is officially 0-1 since leaving the UFC, yet “The Predator” just keeps winning.
When it was announced that Ngannou was pursuing free agency outside of the Octagon, his decision was met with a fair amount of criticism. He was accused of ducking Jon Jones, ruining his legacy, and, of course, fumbling the bag. Then, he signed an absolutely massive contract with Professional Fighters League (PFL), knocked down Tyson Fury, and made many millions of dollars in the process. Oh yeah, another big Saudi Arabian paycheck awaits when he squares off versus Anthony Joshua in March.
Ngannou is on course to make unheard of money for an MMA fighter (outside of Conor McGregor, at least). That’s not bad for a former sand miner, and there certainly isn’t a fumbled bag in sight.
In fact, Ngannou’s business savvy and willingness to bet on himself are now the subject of a new Harvard Business School case study. According to its author, Harvard professor Anita Elberse, Ngannou’s manager Marquel Martin was instrumental in making it happen — the very same manager that UFC threatened to sue!
Francis Ngannou reacted to the case study announcement by tweeting, “The business of sport” accompanied by a sunglasses and chess emoji.
If and when excerpts from the study and financial numbers release online, expect to find them right here.
Horrendous news. Here’s wishing all the best to Ryan Curtis’ recovery.
Irish Flyweight, Ryan Curtis, has suffered a horror injury in the gym per Leah McCourt.
This is incredibly distressing to read. He was scheduled to fight for the Cage Conflict title this year. pic.twitter.com/aXqZM57jBP
— Andy Hickey MMA (@AndyHickeyMMA) January 13, 2024
Saudi Arabia turning down UFC Apex-esque fights and forcing the card to be delayed is already the funniest story of the year.
A flash from the past!
Bahamondes vs. Giagos reads like a fun and competitive “Prelim” fight to me.
Made possible by impressive hip mobility:
Merab Dvalishvili is honestly one of the most entertaining fighters on social media.
Sean Strickland may not watch tape, but based on the Israel Adesanya fight, his coaches and team sure do!
Sean Strickland says he doesn’t prepare game plans for his opponents.
“Guys I never have a game plan. I never even watched [Adesanya’s] fights. I might have watched him fight Whittaker once.
I was actually there when [Du Plessis] clowned Whittaker. I watched that one”#UFC297 pic.twitter.com/AtzyM52ktj
— Championship Rounds (@ChampRDS) January 15, 2024
Slips, rips, and KO clips
MMA fighting looked a little different 24 years ago.
Even as a longtime jiu-jitsu guy, I think face-kicking one’s way out of an armbar should be legal. Let go!
Are you looking forward to Beterbiev vs. Bivol?
So, this guy just casually has the ability to fly? Incredible athleticism.
Midnight Music: Hip-hop, 2023
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.