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QAnon, the truly bizarre conspiracy theory that posits Trump and Mueller as heroes of a secret campaign to bust pedophile rings of the rich and powerful, has a number of followers that also happen to be MMA and Joe Rogan fans.
This is the finding from Vox’s analysis of the QAnon subreddit, the thread on Reddit where much of the plot percolates. It’s the casual followers who tend to be MMA fans:
Joe Rogan featuring prominently isn’t altogether surprising. He is known for giving a platform on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, to a number of right-wingers such as Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson, as well as people who entertain theories outside of the normal realm of discourse, including most famously Eddie Bravo, but also figures like Graham Hancock, who push fringe theories (unrelated to QAnon) that appeal to the imagination but are, to say the least, controversial from a scientific point of view.
Perhaps Rogan is the link from QAnon to MMA, or perhaps our oddball sport just attracts minds susceptible to wild, implausible theories. At any rate, there was a stronger overlap with crypocurrency, gaming, and men’s rights activism. Of those, gaming just has a wide reach among males. Cryptocurrency happens to be an interest of several MMA fighters including Jon Fitch, Rory Macdonald and Ben Askren. As for men’s rights… safe to say it reinforces the notion that the audience for QAnon is a mostly (though far from exclusively) male audience.
Happy birthday to Joe Rogan, by the way. The man remains the greatest MMA color commentator of all time, an iconic figure in the sport.
Tyron Woodley talks his break into Hollywood.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier disagrees with Alex Hernandez about why he lost a decision to the young Texan.
Meh ! I Was more surprised that he was that bad at striking and that good at cardio TBH
— Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) August 13, 2018
Just checking in on Old man Dan Henderson… yep, looks like he is living his best life, at an event called Bubba Fest in Tennessee.
Michelle Waterson doing burst conditioning
What exactly is being accomplished here
Mia St. John, female champion boxer, admitted she took steroids throughout her career with no repercussions.
Disturbing and revealing comments here by former professional boxer @MiaStJohnBoxer. Admits to having doped throughout career, taking steroids, masking agents, weight-loss drugs and “catheters with other people’s urine”. Never failed a test. https://t.co/5rYNm3RS9C
— Nick Butler (@NickJMButler) August 13, 2018
No thank you, I will not be this zookeeper
I’m not saying Boss Logic’s poster is better, but the level of effort does look roughly similar.
I swear Tony Ferguson actively TRIES to injure himself.
Robert Whittaker working his elbows
Suga Sean O’Malley ought to be a hit with McGregor fans for the similarities in their fighting styles, if nothing else.
Ufc 229 now has 2 main events. One to start the show and one to end it.
— Sean O’Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) August 12, 2018
Throwback to this ridiculous comeback story told in slow motion
When you overthink everything.
This is me:
McGregor kicked up the old Malignaggi reaction train this weekend with a well-worded tweet. Out of all the stupid McGregor-Mayweather drama, I had at least hoped we would see the full sparring footage of training camp McGregor vs. a washed up former boxer.
Speaking of MMA vs. boxing, it is not clear where or how this fight would take place, and it won’t ever actually happen… there are benefits to having only one McGregor in this sport.
Come on over then. Ask daddy Mayweather for permission and come sign a one fight contract then. Actually, no need for a one fight contract, just sign a one round contract. That’s all I need. https://t.co/48i3m55vqu
— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 11, 2018
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
This knockout by Luiz Gustavo at RIZIN 12 was brutal.
I like how the body punching pays dividends at the end of this video
Goodnight, Angela Magana.
Who says you can’t kick moving backwards? (It takes a lot of skill)
What a slugfest. This doesn’t seem like it ought to be able to continue as long as it did.
When you zig that time you should have zagged
Good job, Heber Castillo
Ryan Reynolds is one of the only funny celebrities on Twitter.
Weird. My daughter JUST stabbed me in the right eye. (She’s not a ninja, but she IS a bit of a dick) Point is, We can finally trade roles… (Happy Birthday Bubba!) https://t.co/TsDLuTACaO
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 11, 2018
This is an incredible human feat
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the world record for the highest wave ever surfed, during a session in Nazare, Portugal, according to the World Surf League. The São Paulo native set the new record riding an 80-foot (24,38m) wave in November 2017 https://t.co/lMUkJm8bBl pic.twitter.com/PYL7qscNd6
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) August 12, 2018
There is something astonishingly cinematic about this goal orchestrated by Wayne Rooney. You could write an entire magazine article about it.
For every glorious moment like the one above, soccer provides one like this to even the scale
This rogue goat may have helped dozens of other farm animals escape
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