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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2466 with Max Holloway, Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Gaston Bolanos

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Max Holloway, Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Gaston Bolanos and Simon Samano.

Holloway talked about his UFC featherweight title unification win over Jose Aldo and who his next opponent might be. Sonnen headlines the Bellator NYC pay-per-view against Wanderlei Silva next week at Madison Square Garden. Pichel beat Damien Brown this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand. Bolanos, a Bellator MMA fighter and kickboxer, co-hosted the show in the studio, as did MMAjunkie assistant editor Simon Samano.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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UFC champ Max Holloway: Dana White 'always solves problem,' will get new deal done

Featherweight champ Max Holloway has yet to meet with UFC President Dana White on a new contract, but he’s confident they’ll hammer out a deal soon.

“We’re going to figure it out,” Holloway on Monday told MMAjunkie Radio. “Dana White figures it out. He’s the man. Whenever there’s a problem, he always solves the problem, and I think we’re going to get it done.

“We’re setting up the meeting. We’re going to talk, we’ll go from there. Dana White always finds a way to figure stuff out, so I’m looking forward to talking with him soon.”

Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) demanded a pay raise immediately after stopping Jose Aldo (27-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) to claim the undisputed UFC featherweight title earlier this month at UFC 212.

“Dana, I want my meeting!” he said after dethroning the once-dominant Aldo in Brazil. “Pay the man! Pay me money! You said you were a big-game hunting! Tell me what big game! I just got one on your head now!”

After calming down a bit, Holloway explained what he meant during his outburst.

“The bigger the game you bring in to the table, the bigger paychecks you get,” he said at the post-event press conference. “I think Aldo is a silverback gorilla. Now I want my paycheck. I don’t want money fights. I want to get paid.”

Meanwhile, several contenders have stepped up to call out Holloway, including ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) and Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC.

The demand comes at an interesting time for White, who’s in the midst of a dispute with UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who spent some recent vacation time with Holloway in his native Hawaii enjoying adult beverages.

White drew fiery backlash online after proclaiming former UFC featherweight champ and current lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, unceremoniously ripping the title away from Johnson after reaffirming it earlier this year.

Then again, it’s far from White’s first encounter with an upset fighter seeking a bigger payday.

So far, Holloway hasn’t made money his raison d’etre for stepping into the octagon. But that could be changing in relatively short order.

Asked where negotiations stood, the 25-year-old champ shied away from making any big proclamations about what he’s owed. At this point, he just wants his sit-down.

“And we can go from there,” Holloway said. “The 145-pound division is under new management, man, and we’re open 24-7, seven days out of the week. This is the only place you can come in and you can leave with an ‘L,’ and leave with a smile on your face.

“At the end of the day, everybody can get it. If I didn’t fight you, get ready, and if I did fight you, get emotionally ready, because you know what’s going to happen. I’ve never run away from a fight in my life. There’s just some things we’ve got to figure out, and we can go from there.”

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Max Holloway's open-hand slap of Jose Aldo featured in UFC 212's 'Thrill and Agony'

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Did you see that open-hand slap in this past Saturday’s UFC 212 main event? The cameras caught it for the latest installment of “Thrill and Agony.”

The UFC’s “Thrill and Agony” videos take us up close and behind the scenes of pay-per-view events, and at UFC 212 on June 3, it was all about the headliner.

In a featherweight title-unification bout, interim champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) dethroned Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) with a third-round TKO in the featured pay-per-view bout in Rio de Janeiro.

Holloway overcame an early deficit before his sustained ground-and-pound assault forced the stoppage. But earlier in the fight, Holloway appeared to land an open-hand slap on the Brazilian hero.

In “Thrill and Agony,” Holloway discusses that specific moment – and how he trolled referee “Big” John McCarthy a bit to do it.

Check it out above. “Thrill and Agony” also captures the emotional aftermath of the big title fight, including cageside reactions and backstage celebrations.

The video is a preview of “Thrill and Agony,” which is available in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Cub Swanson wants title shot with Max Holloway; '100 percent' would've got it if Jose Aldo won

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Cub Swanson is 13 years and 32 fights into his pro career, and “I’ve never been better than I am right now,” he said.

That’s why, he told MMAjunkie Radio, “All I’m asking for is the opportunity.”

The opportunity? A title shot, which thus far has been elusive during his decade-plus in the WEC and UFC.

However, Swanson’s time could be here. Or maybe it’s here (again) for multi-time title challenger and former champion Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC). We don’t know who’s up first, but it does appear it’ll be either Swanson or Edgar who gets the first crack at new undisputed featherweight champion Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who dethroned longtime 145-pound great Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) via third-round TKO this past weekend in UFC 212’s pay-per-view headliner in Rio de Janeiro.

Edgar has made his case for the fight, as has Swanson. In fact, Swanson, who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, suffered back-to-back submission losses to both No. 3 Edgar and No. 1 Holloway in 2014-2015. Since then, though, the 33-year-old has posted four consecutive victories, which included a decision victory over durable Artem Lobov in UFC Fight Night 108’s recent headliner.

With the way UFC 212 played out, Swanson thinks he deserves the Holloway fight next.

“We both knew going in that if Aldo won, I 100 percent was going to get (the next title shot),” he said. “And then if Max won, it was going to be a tossup between the two of us. That’s just because Frankie never fought Holloway.

“The reason I was going to get it over him either way was just because Frankie has fought for the title a bunch of times. And when you fight for the title a bunch of times and you don’t win, it’s hard to sell that.”

Swanson just hopes his sales pitch isn’t taken as a slight at Edgar, a fan favorite who’s fought nearly every major name at 145 and 155 pounds, though he’s come up short in recent title fights to Aldo and Henderson (both twice).

“I’m not taking anything away from him,” Swanson said. “I respect the guy. I think he’s an amazing fighter. He has a win over me. But since then, I’ve been on a tear. And the fact is he’s 0-4 in his last four title fights.

“That fact you can get that many title fights is crazy. I’m just looking for one. I’ve never had the opportunity, and I’ve been promised multiple times and had it taken away. … All I’m asking for is the opportunity.”

For complete coverage of UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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With his Jose Aldo tribute, Max Holloway is the UFC champ we don't deserve

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Undisputed UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is the latest fighter to come out with a message of support for dethroned champ Jose Aldo.

Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) beat Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in the third round of this past Saturday’s UFC 212 headliner, unifying the featherweight title and adding an 11th win to his relentless streak. Losing the crown front of the crowd of his adopted Rio de Janeiro home was visibly hard on Aldo, who looked devastated walking out of the octagon.

Holloway carried himself with class after his TKO win, showing respect toward Aldo’s achievements. And, today, the 25-year-old champion took it up a notch with a moving post defending the ex-champ’s legacy and thanking him for serving as an inspiration (via Instagram):

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“Losing is part of this fight game. Saturday night takes nothing away from his legacy. This is a guy who would show up to his gym sometimes without eating in the last day because he was so damn poor. This is a guy who built the 45 division and became king. This is a guy who found motivation to keep earning what he already had. He defended his throne. For a decade. For honor. For his team. For his countrymen. This is a guy who didn’t start at pole position in this world and look at what he achieved. Brazil needs to celebrate that man. Acai with powered milk and cashews for everyone. He’s a GOAT, and his story will always be an inspiration to me and people of Hawaii. Obrigado, Ze @josealdojunioroficial Obrigado.”

Saturday’s outcome was only Aldo’s second UFC setback, after a title-costing loss to current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. While the 30-year-old fighter wasn’t available for the post-fight press conference, he’s since issued a statement on his own Instagram page vowing to return to the cage.

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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What will Jose Aldo's 2 losses in more than 10 years really mean for his legacy?

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Jose Aldo had barely scraped himself off the mat at UFC 212 and already the career obituaries had started up on social media. Even before his third-round TKO loss to Max Holloway this past Saturday, words like “tarnish” had begun to follow words like “legacy,” all because of his knockout loss to Conor McGregor some 18 months prior.

It’s a strange and sad twist for a fighter who was so good for so long. Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) won 18 straight fights and went 10 years without a loss. He held the WEC and then the UFC title for six years, uninterrupted.

Then he lost two fights in a year and a half, against two of the best fighters currently in the UFC, and now his rare failures threaten to overshadow his many triumphs.

It’s a fair question, trying to figure out how to weigh defeats against victories in a fighter’s legacy. But for some reason, it’s a formula that seems unevenly applied, depending on the fighter.

Anderson Silva suffered two losses as UFC champ, and then two more in the non-championship years that followed. Chuck Liddell lost the UFC light heavyweight title via knockout, and then won just one fight in his next five attempts before retiring. Brock Lesnar? He was barely above .500 in his brief but memorable time with the UFC. Nick Diaz, who, in the eyes of many fans, is so legendary as to be a sort of stoned Paul Bunyan, hasn’t won a fight since 2011.

Defeat doesn’t usually define a fighter in this sport, if only because it’s so common. You stick around in MMA for any length of time, and eventually you’re going to be the one standing there and sadly clapping as the other guy gets his hand raised. So why does it seem like Aldo’s two losses are being treated like career armageddon?

Some of it is the proximity in time. Aldo’s losses are both fresh in the collective memory. It’s easy now to remember Liddell as the guy doing the Conan pose in reverse after a win rather than as the guy waking up on the floor after a loss. Enough time has passed that, consciously or otherwise, we get to choose how we want to remember him.

Another part of it is how the losses fit into the greater narrative. For Aldo, McGregor emerged as a kind of career-defining rival, someone with the power and charisma to elevate his bouts from hardcore fan fodder to mainstream importance. It was the pairing that launched a world tour, when his previous fights were doing well to launch a video blog.

Losing that rivalry fight stings. We remember Tito Ortiz for a lot of things (cracked skull, anyone?), but when you talk about his place in the all-time light heavyweight rankings, you can’t help but mention his two losses to Liddell. It’s the same with Rich Franklin and Silva. Or Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.

The big difference is that, to date, Aldo has gotten only one crack at McGregor (whereas McGregor got two shots at Nate Diaz, the rival who beat him). After Aldo’s loss, McGregor ascended to a higher level both literally and figuratively, leaving Aldo to reclaim a version of the UFC featherweight title only to lose it again to Holloway.

It’s a rough 18 months, to be sure, but Aldo is still just 30. He’s already declared his intention to rise again, so it’s not as if the whole story has been written here.

And yet, short of revenge against one or both of the men who defeated him, it’s hard to imagine him turning the current narrative upside-down. In that way, Aldo seems like a victim of his own success. He’s lost so few fights that it means so much more to be one of the few to beat him.

But history advises caution in these instances. Aldo could easily fight for another five years or more. There may be triumphs and failures still to come. Things could get better, just as they could also get so much worse.

If those who came before him are any indication, don’t be surprised if it turns out to be one and then the other.

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Hawaii gave new UFC champ Max Holloway an incredible hero's homecoming

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Max Holloway is more than just the new undisputed UFC featherweight champion. He’s the undisputed champion of Hawaii, and the people came to show him love.

After defeating Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) with an impressive TKO finish to claim his title Saturday at UFC 212 in Brazil, Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) traveled back to his home state Monday and received nothing short of a hero’s welcome once he landed.

It started at Honolulu International Airport, where he was greeted by family and a throng of fans (via Twitter):

Then it continued with a celebration in Holloway’s hometown of Waianae, where locals went nuts the moment their favorite son stepped off the bus carrying UFC gold (via Instagram):

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It was an unforgettably emotional homecoming for Holloway.

Via KITV.com in Honolulu:

“I was like, ‘Don’t cry, Max. You’re a fighter. Don’t cry.’ But I’m joking,” Holloway said. “Just overwhelmed, you know. We had something big inside there when we came off the plane. I was tripping how big that was. They were like, ‘This is nothing. The (University of Hawaii) football players is out there.’ I was tripping out. It’s surreal. You can’t put it in words. You got to be here to witness. This is one of those things you can’t put it on these cameras. You got to be here to witness and feel the energy.”

Holloway certainly is hoping UFC President Dana White took note as the champ continues to lobby for the UFC to host an event in Hawaii for the first time.

For more on UFC 212, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 212 staff picks: Forget the staff – MMAjunkie readers are split like never before

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Aldo
vs.
Holloway
Gadelha
vs.
Kowalkiewicz
Belfort
vs.
Marquardt
Bamgbose
vs.
Borrachinha
Medeiros
vs.
Silva
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 45-33
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Holloway
(51%)
kowalkiewicz2017
Kowalkiewicz
(52%)
belfort2017
Belfort
(56%)
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
(61%)
esilva2017
Silva
(51%)
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 52-26
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Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 49-29
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Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 47-25
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aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 47-31
trophy copy 2016 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
marquardt2017
Marquardt
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 45-33
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holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 42-36
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 38-40
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

The UFC returns to Brazil on Saturday for UFC 212, which features a featherweight title-unification fight at the top of the card.

UFC 212 takes place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is a narrow 6-4 choice over interim titleholder Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC).

Also on the card, Claudia Gadelha (14-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the unanimous choice over fellow strawweight co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and Paulo Borrachinha (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the 10-0 pick over middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Additionally, Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is a 9-1 pick over fellow middleweight vet Nate Marquardt (35-17-2 MMA, 13-10 UFC), and Yancy Medeiros (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the 6-4 choice over fellow welterweight Erick Silva (19-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Holloway, Kowalkiewicz, Belfort, Borrachinha and Silva are the choices, though the results were awfully close.

Check out all the picks above.

And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'UFC 212 Embedded,' No. 5: Max Holloway gets a preview of a hostile Brazilian crowd

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The UFC returns this week with UFC 212, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s pay-per-view event.

UFC 212 takes place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) meets interim champ Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in a title-unification bout. Additionally, former strawweight title challengers and top contenders Claudia Gadelha (14-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) meet in the co-headliner.

In the fifth episode, the fighters head to a crowed open-workout event, where the Brazilians are warmly welcomed. MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets with his countrymen, and all the fighters continue a packed schedule of media obligations.

Check out the full episode above,

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And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Who ya got?! Do fighters think Max Holloway can go to Brazil and upset Jose Aldo at UFC 212?

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Max Holloway has his work cut out for him. After all, he has to go into hostile territory to try to upset arguably the best featherweight fighter the MMA world has ever seen.

Interim champ Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) meets undisputed titleholder and Brazilian legend Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 212 pay-per-view headliner, which takes place at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Aldo is No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings and No. 6 pound-for-pound; Holloway is No. 2 at 145 pounds and No. 15 pound-for-pound. At the sports books, Aldo is a -150 favorite over +125 underdog Holloway heading into UFC 212’s featured attraction.

So who emerges victorious and unifies the title? While fellow fighters think Holloway is a live dog, they know Aldo is no pushover.

Check out their predictions above.

And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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