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What Had Happened Was: 7/18/16

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GAME. BLOUSES.

On Saturday night in London, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter named Michael “Venom” Page made history at Bellator 158 after knocking out Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. The manner in which Page knocked out his opponent was impressive — a jumping knee to the face — but it wasn’t the historic part. This was:

After Santos got destroyed by the knee and lay limp on the ground, Page put on a Pokemon hat and threw a Pokeball at Santos for good measure. We wish we were kidding:

https://twitter.com/Tory_Bauer3/status/754465834773471234

https://twitter.com/JamJams_1/status/754445854510030848

This, of course, begs a question. It’s poll time!


SOCIAL STATUS

On Sunday night, the Taylor Swift-Kanye West beef got even juicier after his wife, Kim Kardashian, released video of West telling Swift on the phone about the lyrics in his song “Famous,” with Swift even thanking West on the phone. Welp.

Many folks have pointed out that the above video doesn’t include West warning her about the very next line in the song: “I made that b—- famous.” But Swift is getting roasted either way.

https://twitter.com/TomFornelli/status/754877295542796288


BLESSINGS!

Nick Wright, would you please repeat your message one more time for folks in the back? We want them to hear you loud and clear.

Bonus: Hey, black child. *waving emoji*


FOR THE CULTURE

Savannah, Georgia, police had a warrant for Michael Clay. The man in the video is #PatrickMumford. He was tasered and arrested. Mumford was on probation, and although the charges were dropped in April, he may still go back to jail.

Journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells was born on July 16, 1862.

Wells would be proud to see how black women have taken the lead with Black Lives Matter protests.

Hispanic deaths by police officers haven’t received the same level of scrutiny, but Latinos are also trying to change how police interact with their community.

The first official poster for actor/musician Donald Glover’s new show Atlanta just came out this weekend.

A police officer in Atlanta was charged with murder after blindly firing into a car with an unarmed black man inside and killing him.


TOP THREE TWEETS

Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?

1. PANTS ON FIYAH

https://twitter.com/KofieYeboah/status/754877311066013696

2. LET’S GET IN FORMATION

https://twitter.com/4MATlON/status/754414836562456577

3. REST IN POWER


#ICYMI

Our brother Marc J. Spears spoke with Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple, who said he has to return to his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to lend a hand in a time of need:

“I didn’t know Alton Sterling, but I had seen him around before,” Temple said. “I reached out to several police officers to have a conversation on what happened. Ten out of 10 said what happened was wrong. Nine out of 10 said it should not have come to that.

“I was not surprised it happened. Baton Rouge is not the most progressive city in the country. Those type of police officers should not be on the force.”

He hopes to connect with former NBA and Louisiana State University forward Tyrus Thomas and local politicians to see what they can do.

“I got to go back to Baton Rouge,” Temple said. “I can’t run from it. You got to do whatever you can to help solve the problem. People who have voices have to do what they can to help their city.”


PICTURE PERFECT

Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.