An inside look at UFC champ Max Holloway's meal plan ahead of UFC 218

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway appears to be well fed going into his first scheduled title defense against Jose Aldo at UFC 218.

Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who rematches Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in the Dec. 2 pay-per-view headliner at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, is working closely with noted nutritionist Tyler “Melee” Minton as he looks to extend his winning streak to 12 fights.

“Blessed” is among the largest featherweights in the UFC, but the Hawaiian has never missed weight during his career. What kind of diet does he maintain to get it done? Minton has shared posts of Holloway’s meal plan throughout the course of UFC 218 fight camp, which can be seen below (via Instagram):

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For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Max Holloway questions Jose Aldo's mindset ahead of UFC 218 rematch

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has some questions about the mindset of Jose Aldo going into their title rematch at UFC 218.

Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who challenges Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) in the main event of the Dec. 2 pay-per-view card at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, is looking to gain revenge after “Blessed” took his belt by third-round TKO at UFC 212 in June.

Aldo said he’s more motivated than ever, mainly because this time he enters the fight as the challenger with everything to gain, and not as the titleholder with everything to lose. Holloway said he takes umbrage to that, though, because Aldo should have had plenty to get up for the first time they shared the octagon.

UFC 212 took place in Aldo’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro and saw red-hot Holloway coming in with bold claims that he was going to take the belt in front of the Brazilian fans. That should have been enough to get Aldo’s motivation to its peak, but apparently that wasn’t the case.

“This guy, we fought him in his hometown, he was the champion, and for him to be saying that now he feels way more motivated; fighting for your country and fighting in front of your people for your belt is not enough motivation, what’s going on?” Holloway said on today’s UFC 218 media call. “I’m motivated. The belt is great. You know what comes with the belt? Better payday, pay-per-views and a lot more stuff, but the belt is the belt. A fight is a fight.

“I ain’t trying to go out there and get my butt whooped, my ass whooped in front of billions of people watching at home, thousands of people. That’s not what I’m about. I’m in the hurt business. I’m out there, and I want to win.

“I don’t care who I fight. I could fight this guy 10 times in a row. I’ll be motivated. That’s just what it is. That’s this warrior spirit that I have in myself and this whole belief I have in myself. It doesn’t take much to motivate me. I don’t know why people talk about, ‘It’s hard to get motivation.’ You’re in the wrong business, man. In this business you can get hurt. There’s another guy trying to hurt you seriously in there. This guy’s talking about motivation. It just blows my mind.”

Holloway, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, has backed up his words with actions in the lead-up to UFC 218. The Hawaiian was originally set to defend against No. 3 Frankie Edgar, but the former lightweight champion suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw on short notice. That allowed Aldo, who was already booked to fight at UFC on FOX 26 in December, the opportunity to step in for his rematch.

There are plenty of previous instances throughout UFC history in which a main-event title fight has fallen apart on short notice and the champion did not remain on the card. Holloway said he intended on fighting at UFC 218 no matter what, though, even if it meant taking a fight against low-ranked opposition or moving up to lightweight.

“I don’t care if it’s him; I don’t care who it was,” Holloway said. “I was ready for the next man up. Line them up, and I’m going to knock them down. Too much people depend on, ‘This is what he did in the first fight; this is what he’ll do in the second fight.’ We don’t know what happens. I’m getting ready for the best Jose Aldo in the second fight, just like I did for the first fight. I was getting ready for the best Frankie Edgar, now it’s Aldo.”

It doesn’t take much to get Holloway’s blood boiling to step in the octagon, but he does feel there’s upside to his situation. Aldo suffered just two losses in his opening 12 years as a professional fighter, and now Holloway has the chance to beat one of the sport’s all-time greats twice in six months.

“At the end of the day this is a legacy fight,” Holloway said. “This is huge for legacy. Jose back to back. Nobody ever beat him twice. Me being the greatest featherweight champion is a long journey. This is a step. That was a stepping-stone. I’ve just got to focus. I got to focus on this one first and then I’ve got to get defenses. He’s got six or seven or eight of them.”

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Listen to today's UFC 218 media call with Max Holloway and Jose Aldo at 5 p.m. ET

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You can listen to a live stream of today’s UFC 218 media call here on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).

The call features UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) and former titleholder Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who headline the card.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, and it airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Reports: Jose Aldo to rematch Max Holloway in UFC 218 headliner after Frankie Edgar's withdrawal

Jose Aldo will get an immediate opportunity to regain the undisputed UFC featherweight championship he lost to Max Holloway earlier this year.

In the wake of Frankie Edgar’s (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) injury withdrawal from next month’s UFC 218 headliner, Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has agreed to step in on short notice to challenge Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) for the belt in the Dec. 2 headliner at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. The card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Brazilian website Combate first reported the news, which MMAFighting.com also reported. Attempts to reach Holloway’s management by MMAjunkie were unsuccessful following the reports.

Holloway, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, entered his first meeting with No. 2-ranked Aldo at UFC 212 in June as the interim 145-pound champion. He went to Brazil and unified the gold with a third-round TKO, marking Aldo’s first loss in the weight class outside his memorable 13-second defeat against Conor McGregor.

The Brazilian has never lost a rematch in his career and will get another shot at revenge. The circumstances aren’t particularly bad for him, either, because Aldo already was training for a Dec. 16 matchup with Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 26.

Aldo will have to cut his training camp two weeks short, and for him, hopefully it will be enough to snap the incredible 11-fight winning of “Blessed,” who was eager to remain on the card after Edgar’s withdrawal.

With the change, the UFC 218 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Reports: Frankie Edgar injured, off UFC 218 title fight vs. Max Holloway

Frankie Edgar has suffered an injury and will not be able to compete against featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 218.

Brazilian outlet Combate first reported the news, which ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto confirmed. Sources close to the fighters told MMAjunkie that Edgar suffered a fractured orbital bone.

The title fight was set to headline the UFC 218 pay-per-view, which takes place at Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Representatives for Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) declined comment to MMAjunkie on the situation.

The Combate report states a search is underway for a replacement to face Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC), who was to make his first title defense as undisputed champ after unifying the title with a dominant win over Jose Aldo at UFC 212.

Edgar most recently notched a win over up-and-comer Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211, upping his current win streak to two after a loss to Aldo in a fight for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200.

The UFC 218 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. TBA – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC champ Max Holloway surprised his mom with a brand new truck

UFC featherweight titleholder Max Holloway is sharing the wealth now that he’s one of the few fighters in the sport earning championship payouts.

Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who is scheduled to defend his belt for the first time against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) in December’s UFC 218 headliner, recently struck an agreement on a new contract with the UFC. “Blessed” said he was happy with the terms of the deal, apparently to the point where he made a hefty purchase for his mother.

The Hawaiian splurged on a brand new Chevy Colorado for his mother, unbeknownst to her. He surprised her with the gift, and managed to document the moment for social media (via Instagram):

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UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Holloway vs. Edgar headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Holloway, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, unified the title and became undisputed champion with a third-round TKO of Jose Aldo at UFC 212 in June. He puts his belt up for grabs for the first time against No. 3-ranked Edgar, a former lightweight champ who is coming off a dominant second-round TKO of Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211 in May.

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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What do you think of UFC 218's official poster (and Frankie Edgar's 'crazy eyes')?

Dann StuppCheck out the official poster for UFC 218, which got a mixed review from headliner Frankie Edgar.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

On paper, it’s a pretty solid lineup: a title fight, notable names, intriguing matchups and vets with lots of finishes – all in a variety of weight classes.

Here’s the official poster:

With a featherweight title fight between streaking Hawaiian champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC) and fan favorite Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) in the headliner, “UFC 218: Holloway vs. Edgar” also features heavyweights Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) vs. former title challenger Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC).

All four are featured on the poster, though as Edgar wonders, “Why they got me all crazy eyed?” (via Instagram):

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(But hey – at least he didn’t point out the misspelling of “championship” on the poster.)

The latest UFC 218 card includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Twitter Mailbag: Is Demetrious Johnson's UFC 216 title defense a tree falling in an empty forest?

The UFC flyweight champion will try once more to set that title defense record, but are fans still interested? Plus, what could the right TV deal do for the UFC? And are you a bad fan if you’re more interested in two heavyweight finishers than a historic 125-pound champ?

All that and more in this week’s TMB. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

 

It’s significant, sure. Definitely worth mentioning and celebrating. When anyone wins that many fights in a row in this sport, especially while being at the top of a division and having everyone else in the weight class take their best shots for years, it’s a major accomplishment.

But I don’t expect it to feel like a huge deal, in part because it feels like he’s already done it. Ray Borg is about an 8-1 underdog against Demetrious Johnson. If Borg wins and ruins the streak, now that would be amazing. For Johnson to win again and cruise right past Anderson Silva in the record books, that would feel more like a continuation of the status quo.

Johnson been rampaging his way down the ranks, fighting people who are further and further from the top out of necessity. Beating the next guy in that sequence feels like a testament to his consistency, but that one win doesn’t seem more meaningful than any of the others.

Mostly I’m looking forward to being done with it, so we can move on and hopefully find a more interesting challenge for Johnson.

Don’t beat yourself up. What you’re feeling is perfectly reasonable. Derrick Lewis and Fabricio Werdum are two exciting heavyweights, both with the ability to win the fight at any moment with a sudden surge of violence.

Johnson-Borg, on the other hand? As flawless a fighter as Johnson is to watch, it feels like we already know what’s going to happen here. It’s like a surgical procedure compared to a building demolition. One may require a lot more skill and specialized training than the other, but that doesn’t make it as crowd-pleasing an affair as the big boom that makes big things fall down.

You don’t dress like Kevin Lee does if you’re not a very confident person. Of course, you also don’t walk around looking like a “Mad Max” backup dancer if you don’t believe in a little bit of showmanship, so maybe it’s not an either-or kind of thing.

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I don’t blame him. He has to find a way to stand out as something other than the next guy Tony Ferguson is supposed to beat up. He doesn’t have anywhere near as impressive a UFC resume as Ferguson does, but he still doesn’t want to seem like some jobber in plain blue trunks there to take a butt-whooping from the superstar who wears sunglasses indoors.

So he reaches for his share of the spotlight, however he can. He talks a big game. It’s part of how he got here in the first place, since his recent wins don’t necessarily cry out for an interim title fight all on their own. Now he’s going to ride this as far as he can. He might as well.

I wouldn’t be so certain that this is Frankie Edgar’s last UFC title shot. Remember, this one was announced just a little over a year after his last UFC title shot. And that title shot came against the same man who beat him in the title shot before that, which came immediately after two consecutive losses in previous title fights.

Point is, Edgar is a popular, likable fighter with the skills to beat just about anybody not wearing a gold belt around his waist. Guys like that tend to find themselves in title fights every now and then. That’s not to say Edgar is undeserving of this shot by any means. He keeps thumping on the contenders until he’s the only logical choice left, so this makes sense.

Still, it’s tough for me to see how he’s going to beat current champ Max Holloway. You’re probably not going to do it with five rounds of takedowns and ground-and-pound. You’re going to have a hard time getting close enough to land that one big punch – and even if you do, the man has a solid chin. If you stay on the outside and let him get going, he’s a nightmare.

On the flip side, this does seem like a great way for Holloway to nail another major pelt to his wall. A win over Edgar, and he’ll be able to say he’s beaten a former or current UFC champ in each of his last three fights. And neither of the other two made it past the third round.

Not sure I’d describe that as a mauling, but sure, I see your point. If Tim Kennedy can take Michael Bisping down and keep him there for the better part of five rounds, why couldn’t Georges St-Pierre, one of the finest takedown artists this sport has ever seen, do the same?

And, I mean, he definitely could, but will he? GSP hasn’t fought in four years. He hasn’t fought at middleweight at all. Now he’s going to roll in there and blast double his way to the title against a sneakily sound defensive wrestler in his first fight back?

Again, I’m not saying it can’t happen. What I am saying is that just because a bulldog of a middleweight like Kennedy was able to do it, that’s no guarantee a rusty former champ from one division down will have quite so easy a time of it.

The one who actually fought for a living, and was good at it, even well into his forties. If you’re confused about which one that is, well, it’s not this guy.

Is it a little weird to have an interim title fight headline over a title fight featuring the most dominant champion in the organization? Sure. Do we sometimes make too much of bout order as a status symbol? Definitely.

Look, both these fights are five rounds. Both will end with the winner wearing a big hunk of leather and metal. Just because one happens last and the other one happens next to last, we shouldn’t let it ruin anybody’s evening.

Besides, if you asked fans which of these two fights they’re more excited for, I’m guessing a strong majority would pick the Ferguson-Lee over Johnson-Borg. I’d include myself among that majority. I don’t mind a bout order that reflects that general preference, especially when it doesn’t change a thing about the fights themselves.

Money’s always going to be a part of it, sure. If you’ve grown accustomed to several lump sums a few times a year, it’s hard to give that up and go work for the slow drip of a steady paycheck. It might be even harder if the paycheck is pretty small, which it might very well be when you have almost no work history aside from what took place inside the cage.

Plus, while you’re fighting that’s how people know you. You’re the fighter. Once you retire, you’re the guy who used to fight. With every passing day you get a little further from that. You also begin to realize that you’ll never again feel those feelings, that rush of walking through the curtain and into an arena of people who are all watching you. Instead you feel this drudgery of everyday life, like somebody drained the color out of everything.

And what if you felt like you could still do it? What if you felt like you’d left some things undone? You have the rest of your life to be retired. Why couldn’t you come back and take one last stab at it before time rolls over you for good?

I think all those factors can work together simultaneously, whether fighters are consciously aware of them or not. It’s not any one thing. It’s probably not any two things.

Plus, you look around and see how many others have retired and then come back. It’s not so unusual. Some people even became champions that way. If they can do it, why can’t you?

That’s a good question, especially now that we find ourselves near the end of the FOX deal, which has taught us at least a little something about what a broadcast partner can’t do for the UFC.

Remember back when this deal was first announced? It was a colossal shift, a game-changer. The UFC was going to finally break through, and the world of sports would never be the same. But despite all the talk of world domination and being bigger than soccer, MMA is still somewhat of a niche sport. All combat sports are. It’s a bloody, brutal business, and it’s never going to be everyone’s cup of Xyience.

FOX couldn’t change that, and neither would CBS or ESPN or HBO or HGTV. There are certain built-in limitations as to how popular cage fighting is going to get, and that’s fine.

But depending on how the deal is structured and how much control the new UFC is willing to give up, a TV partner could make some significant changes. It could pressure the UFC to put better fights and bigger fighters on free TV, for instance, rather than saving all the best stuff for pay-per-view. It could take over more of the production, and maybe give the look and feel of a UFC broadcast a fresh overhaul. It could give fighters more exposure outside of fight night.

Will any of that happen? It remains to be seen. Right now it seems like all the UFC cares about is the price tag, since the new owners are depending on a huge jump in the price of TV rights to help justify the huge purchase price of the promotion.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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UFC champ Max Holloway faces Frankie Edgar in UFC 218 headliner

Hawaii meets New Jersey in Detroit.

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will look to defend his unified title for the first time when he meets former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 218.

ESPN.com first reported the booking. MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the plans with UFC officials.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view, though an official bout order has yet to be revealed.

Holloway is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, while Edgar sits at No. 3.

More on this in just a moment.

With the headliner in place, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC champ Max Holloway hints at possible move to 155 for Conor McGregor rematch

Dann StuppMax Holloway really wants a rematch with fellow UFC champ Conor McGregor – and he can’t understand why his former opponent seems uninterested.

In fact, Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s won 11 straight fights and claimed the featherweight belt since a 2013 loss to current lightweight titleholder McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), pointed to LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors to make his point.

Holloway, who awaits his next assignment after scoring a TKO win over Jose Aldo and unifying the belts in his most recent performance, seems a bit perturbed about McGregor still claiming himself as the true king of 145 pounds.

As Holloway told FloCombat.com:

“He can go around and tell everyone he’s the featherweight champion, but he keeps forgetting numbers. It’s 2017. Imagine LeBron (James) going around and saying that he didn’t want to play against Golden State this year because he beat them the year before. That makes no sense, and Golden State ended up winning.

“People look at this sport different than other sports, and it blows my mind. The whole thing is just crazy.”

McGregor hasn’t fought at featherweight since late 2015, and after claiming the lightweight belt in 2016 to become the first UFC fighter to simultaneously hold two belts, he was stripped of the featherweight belt. Now, his focus seems to be on pro boxing (thanks to a recent pay-per-view blockbuster against Floyd Mayweather), a possible trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, and the 155-pound division.

That could be bad news for Holloway, though he’s not ruling out a move up in weight of his own to get that long-awaited rematch with “The Notorious.”

As he told FloCombat.com:

“I’m turning 26, I’m growing, so if that fight happens, it’s probably at (155). Don’t forget your boy is Hawaiian and Samoan. I love to eat. Lightweight is not out of the question.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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