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Max Holloway Met with UFC, Confident He Will Fight Again in 2017

Following his TKO win over Jose Aldo in June, featherweight champion Max Holloway planned on meeting with the UFC to engage in negotiations for a new contract that would treat him as one of the company’s biggest superstars.

While no ink has been put to paper just yet, Holloway met with UFC executives just days ago in Las Vegas and it appears the 25-year old Hawaiian will be a very happy champion in the near future.

“Got to meet with some UFC brass and I can say things are looking up,” Holloway told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday.

“The meeting went super well. Like I said before, I had no doubt in the UFC. I love this company. They always find a way, they figure a way to make stuff happen. I think we’re super close. I believe in my heart you guys are going to the “Blessed” one back in the ring before the end of the year so I’m excited.”

Holloway still has to wrap up his own negotiations with the UFC before officially booking his next fight, but he seems to know the most likely candidate to get the first crack at his featherweight title.

Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar just dismantled highly touted prospect Yair Rodriguez in May and that win came after he defeated fellow top 10 fighter Jeremy Stephens last November.

Of course, Holloway is happy to face anyone the UFC puts in front of him, but it certainly seems like Edgar is the fighter who will get the next shot at his belt.

“Everyone knows I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, any time. I’ve got a belt to defend. Right now if it’s defending the throne, it’s looking like Frankie [Edgar],” Holloway said. “You can’t deny it. The guy’s a legend of the sport, multiple time champ and I can’t wait to get another one on my resume. If Frankie’s the next man up, so be it. I’ve been trying to get this fight forever.

“I always wanted to fight Frankie, I always wanted to challenge myself. I know he’s a tough competitor but at the end of the day he’s going to have to face me so I’m excited.”

The UFC has two big pay-per-view cards to fill in December so it would make perfect sense for Holloway to return at one of those events still in need of a headline fight.

Obviously, Holloway has to finish out his discussions with the UFC first but he sounds very confident that the two sides will come to an agreement that will allow him to return to action later this year.

“Oh yes, I believe I’m going to fight before the end of the year for sure,” Holloway said. “I think it’s going to happen. I think the meeting went in the right direction yesterday and hopefully we announce something soon.”

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UFC vet John Howard headlines CES MMA 46 vs. Roger Carroll in Rhode Island

A former CES MMA champion is returning to the promotion to headline an event in Rhode Island next month.

John Howard (24-13), who went 7-7 over two separate seven-fight stints with the UFC, is returning to the promotion he once held a middleweight title for to take on Roger Carroll (16-14) in the CES MMA 46 main event. The show will take place Oct. 27 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card will air on AXS TV.

Roger Carroll

Howard will be fighting for the first time in more than a year. The Boston-based welterweight won the CES MMA 185-pound title in 2012 not long after his first UFC stint ended with a 3-4 record. He defended that belt four times and earned his way back to the UFC for a hometown fight in Boston against Uriah Hall, and won by split decision.

But Howard lost four of his final five fights in the UFC and after a knockout loss to Tim Means found himself looking for work elsewhere. That came for WSOF, where he went 1-1 in 2016. But now he’ll return in front of the fans not far from his home base.

“I had to take a step back from the sport for a little while, but now I’m back,” Howard stated. “I’ve got so many fans in New England, and I’ve got so much love for them. I can’t wait to get back in that CES cage and put on a show.”

Carroll has a pair of prior fights for CES MMA, but most recently he’s been inside Bellator’s cage, where he dropped a decision to Neiman Gracie and was knocked out by Brennan Ward. The North Carolinan also has been in fights against Dhiego Lima, Scott Holtzman and Uriah Hall.

“It’s an honor to fight an opponent like ‘Doomsday,’ but I’m coming to win,” Caroll stated. “I predict a lot of bombs being thrown, and a great fight for the fans.”

For more on CES MMA 46, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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The fascinating things I've learned about fishing from following Gregor Gillespie on Instagram

Back in April, UFC lightweight Gregor Gillespie scored a quick knockout over Andrew Holbrook and then jumped on the mic with an unusual claim.

He was, he explained, the “best fisherman in MMA.” If you wanted proof, just follow him on Instagram.

Obviously, that was an invitation I couldn’t refuse. I started following Gillespie (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) that night, which is why I wasn’t the least bit surprised to see him win a bonus-worthy fight against Jason Gonzalez at UFC Fight Night 116 on Saturday night, and then decline to call out a new opponent on the grounds that he had some fishing to do before he even thought about fighting again.

Just to be clear, this is an undefeated fighter who is quickly establishing himself as a lightweight contender to keep an eye on, and all he wants to do is get back to fishing.

Seriously, you guys. This man loves fishing. He loves it so much, when he has to stop to focus on his training camp, he uses it as motivation. Of course he wants to beat up whoever’s standing across from him on fight night. That’s the guy who made him miss out on a ton of good fishing.

As a person who knows next to nothing about fishing, following Gillespie’s exploits on Instagram has been very educational.

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A few examples of the things I’ve learned:

You don’t always have to know what kind of fish you’re catching in order to enjoy yourself. Gillespie seems to know a lot about fish, even the weird ones (more on this later), but occasionally he hooks one that stumps him. So what does he do? Well, lucky for him he’s got a lot of fishing buddies on Instagram, so he just crowdsources the question.

Some fish actually have venomous fins. How did I not know this? Unclear, but here we see Gillespie showing off one such fish, which he says is – I kid you not – stinging him with its venom as he is talking to us. But never fear, because Gillespie has been stung so many times that he’s built up a “tolerance” to the venom, not unlike the Dread Pirate Roberts did with iocane powder in “The Princess Bride.”

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When you’re fishing for pike, first soak your lures in “barrel-aged hard cider.” Don’t ask, just do what the man says.

There are some beautiful waterways in New York state. But clearly, Keuka Lake is the “gem of the Finger Lakes.”

One of Gillespie’s favorite types of fish to go after is the mighty “musky.” That’s short for muskellunge, a large member of the pike family sometimes known to be a particularly aggressive fish. Northern muskies are fairly common in the Long Island lakes that Gillespie frequents, but the tiger musky is the truly elusive prize.

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When you’re going after musky? Brother, that’s when you’ve got to get out the “big boy toys.”

Even when you aren’t catching any musky, it’s important to have fun out there. And by fun, I mean convincing your fishing buddy to strip down to his boxer shorts and jump in the freezing water.

If you hear a fisherman refer to a “lunker”? That means a really big fish (e.g. “That’s a real lunker!”). They can’t all be lunkers.

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Those dudes you see standing on the beach and casting into the ocean? Apparently they catch some pretty sizable fish that way from time to time. I had no idea, but here we see Gillespie landing his first bluefish amid the waves, and yeah, he’s pretty stoked.

Gillespie is not even kidding with this “best fisherman in MMA” thing. He refers to his videos as episodes of “Fishing with ‘The Gift,’” and you will always know you’re watching such an episode because it includes at least two or three mentions of him being the best fisherman in MMA.

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Fishermen can be very secretive. This is ironic, since much of Gillespie’s Instagram is devoted to telling us how and where he caught these fish. But sometimes, with a particularly good spot, he’ll go as far as changing his Instagram location (“Paris, France,” reads one example) just to keep the good fishing to himself.

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This isn’t fishing related at all, but when you do a fancy photo shoot of a bunch of Long Island fighters, of course Al Iaquinta is going to be the guy to show up with no shirt on under his sport coat. LOL, dog.

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Sometimes it just gets weird out there.

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Joe Rogan Thinks Conor McGregor Will Return to Boxing

Now that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has made the big money in a boxing superfight with Floyd Mayweather, is he done boxing or will greener pastures lure him back to the sweet science?

UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan thinks that McGregor might be tempted to return to the squared circle.

“[Mayweather] is one of if not the best boxer ever and Conor did catch him with a couple things,” Rogan said on a special edition of his podcast on Saturday night. “They should [rematch]. Why not? I think Conor would have to beat somebody good in a boxing match and he would also have to have a real training camp [before getting a rematch].”

Joe Rogan on Conor McGregor vs Floyd MayweatherEven if McGregor were to box someone else and win, it’s unlikely that he will get another shot at Mayweather. While he did well, McGregor never put Mayweather in much danger. They made their money off of the fight and Mayweather has insisted that he is done boxing. He’s ready to take his money and move full-time into his business endeavors, including Mayweather Promotions. 

Don’t expect to ever see Mayweather don the gloves and get back in the ring. Still, Rogan doesn’t think that McGregor is one and done with his pugilistic explorations.

Mayweather vs. McGregor was confirmed to have broken the U.K. pay-per-view record, so why wouldn’t the Irishman be interested in adding to his bank account?

“I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went [his] very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight, say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it,” said Rogan, although he doesn’t think it’s a good match-up for the UFC champ.

“It wouldn’t be a smart move; especially the difference between Canelo and Floyd. Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll [expeletive] you up. He’ll hurt you.

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“[Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. That’s a terrible fight for him. Those guys are different.”

McGregor had indicated that he’d like to return to the Octagon by the end of 2017, but even that is now in doubt. McGregor’s coach, Jon Kavanaugh, doubts that there’s enough time left to make the turnaround from boxing and return to MMA by the end of the year. But with McGregor, you never know.

What would you like to see next for McGregor?

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'EA All Day:' Watch ex-champ Eddie Alvarez's debut vlog, with a 'TUF 26' media tour

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Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is joining the video blog business. If his debut episode is any indication, there’s some solid content to come.

Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who is current serving as a coach opposite Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, has opted to launch a new YouTube series titled “EA All Day.”

The first episode follows Alvarez behind the scenes during a recent media tour in his hometown of Philadelphia to promote “TUF 26,” which airs every Wednesday on FS1 and features Alvarez and Gaethje coaching a cast of hopefuls who are attempting to become the first UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMA has several solid video blog series’ going, from Alistair Overeem’s “The Reem” to Tyron Woodley’s “Champ Camp.” Now Alvarez’s “EA All Day” can be added to the list.

Watch the complete episode above.

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UFC Fight Night 116 medical suspensions: Newcomer Zu Anyanwu out indefinitely


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One of the 20 fighters on this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event is facing an indefinite suspension following his promotional debut.

Zu Anyanwu

Heavyweight Zu Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) needs to be medically cleared for a right eye injury before he’s allowed to return after his split-decision loss to Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to open up the main card.

MMAjunkie today requested and received from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission a list of the medical suspensions from the event, which took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The card aired on FS1.

A total of 11 fighters on the card received suspensions in excess of the automatic seven-day variety. In the main event, former two-division WSOF champion David Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) tapped to strikes against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the second round and was given a 45-day medical suspension for facial lacerations.

In the co-feature, Alex Reyes (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) stepped in for Thiago Alves on just three days’ notice to fight Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), but was knocked out quickly into the first round. He received a 60-day sit from the commission.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 116 medical suspensions includes:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas Verbally Agreed to Meet in December

It looks like former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is nearing his return to the Octagon.

Aldo is currently targeted to fight in December against top five ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas in a rematch from their initial bout from 2014.

Sources close to the matchup confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the fighters have verbally agreed to the fight although no contracts have been issued at this time. The fight was first reported by Combate in Brazil.

For Aldo (26-3) it would serve as the first non-title fight he’s competed in since 2009 when he knocked out Cub Swanson to earn a shot at the WEC featherweight championship.

Most recently, Aldo suffered a second knockout in three fights when he fell to current featherweight king Max Holloway at UFC 212 in June.Ricardo Lamas

Meanwhile, Lamas (18-5) is coming off a thrilling victory over highly touted prospect Jason Knight in his last fight, which marked his second win in a row overall.

Lamas fell to Aldo in their championship fight back in 2014 but there’s little doubt the would like to avenge that defeat and it appears the UFC is ready to offer him that opportunity.

As of now there’s no card attached to the proposed matchup between Aldo and Lamas, which could be part of the reason why bout agreements may not have been issued yet. The UFC has several shows planned for the final month of the year with plenty of fights that will need to be booked between now and then.

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Daniel Spitz says his 24-second knockout at UFC-Pittsburgh was just how he drew it up


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PITTSBURGH – Daniel Spitz needed just 24 seconds to put away Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 116, but don’t call it luck.

According to Spitz (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), the right hand counter that put Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) down early was the result of some good film study by himself and his team at the Sikjitsu gym in Spokane, Wash.

“I knew when he throws a right hand, his head always tends to lean forward,” Spitz told MMAjunkie following his FS1-televised win at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. “Me and my coach both picked up on that, and we drilled that same combination literally thousands of times. It just worked, you know.”

The counter right was what put Hamilton down, but it was the follow-up punches from the side that convinced referee Dan Miragliotta to call it off. Hamilton appeared to object to the stoppage, and the crowd reacted with some initial boos. But Spitz had no issue with it.

“I don’t think it was early,” Spitz said. “The ref has a hard job. I’m never going to critique what he does. I hit (Hamilton) four or five times unanswered. As a heavyweight … I think that’s a good stoppage. But it’s not on me to decide.”

As for his decision to call out fellow UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman after his win, Spitz explained it didn’t stem from any animosity, but rather from a desire to get back in the cage soon since his quick win left him healthy enough for a quick turnaround.

And as for why he chose “The Vanilla Gorilla” as his target opponent?

“The Sherman thing is nothing personal,” Spitz said. “I like the way he fights, and I think it’d be a fun fight.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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ONE: Total Victory Fight Highlights Include 11-Second Knockout

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The ONE: TOTAL VICTORY main event saw former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov score a close three-round split decision victory over the Philippines’s Geje Eustaquio. The event also featured an 11-second knockout amongst a night full of exciting finishes.

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  • Flyweight bout: Kairat Akhmetov defeats Geje Eustaquio by Split Decision after three (3) rounds
  • Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Sim Bunsrun by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:07 minutes of round 1
  • Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani defeats Hideki Sekine by Knockout at 0:11 minutes of round 1
  • Strawweight bout: Roy Doliguez defeats Yago Bryan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:58 minutes of round 3
  • Featherweight bout: Hisyam Samsudin defeats Jeremy Meciaz by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47 minutes of round 1
  • Flyweight bout: Ramon Gonzales defeats Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:52minutes of round 2
  • Strawweight bout: Adrian Matheis defeats Phat Soda by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:11 minutes of round 1
  • Bantamweight bout: Riski Umar defeats Adi Nugroho by TKO (Strikes) at 2:00 minutes of round 1
  • Catchweight bout (68.3kg): Thai Rithy defeats Jerome S Paye by Knockout at 0:19 minutes of round 2

(Video and photo used by courtesy and permission of ONE Championship)

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After first UFC knockout, Gilbert Burns wants lightweights to know he's dangerous everywhere


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PITTSBURGH – Jiu-jitsu world champion Gilbert Burns has some serious grappling skills, but after Saturday he’s happy to show he’s got the hands to go with them.

Burns’ (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) second-round finish of Jason Saggo (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in UFC Fight Night 116’s opening bout meant recovery from the second loss of his pro career. But, more than that, Burns believes scoring the first knockout of his UFC run also served to show he’s not a one-trick pony.

“One of the things that I started to put on my game is – a lot of guys, they just have the jiu-jitsu,” Burns told MMAjunkie after the lightweight bout, which aired on FS1 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. “You just saw (welterweight contender) Demian Maia fight for the belt. And if he’s not able to take the guy down, that’s it. He can’t win the fight.

“And I always have that Plan B. I want to do my jiu-jitsu, but if something happens and I cannot take you down, I want to be able to strike with you.”

It might have taken him a while to get there, but at least Burns did it with style points. In what until that point had been quite an even match, he found a huge overhand right that sent Saggo straight to the mat. Burns even threw in a walk-off for good measure.

With three knockout wins to his name prior to the UFC, Burns knew his overhand packed power. In fact, his coaches reminded him of that in the locker room before he walked out. Now that there’s visual proof, however, he’s hoping the rest of the 155-pound division took notice.

“They’ve got to know I’m a danger everywhere,” Burns said. “On the ground, on the stand-up, the beginning of the round, the end of the round. I’m training so hard, I want to get to the next level in the UFC.”

While Burns doesn’t know the specifics of what this next level might entail, he’s hoping it means a quick turnaround, especially after sitting out an entire year following a UFC Fight Night 95 loss to fellow Brazilian Michel Prazeres.

“I’m ready to go,” Burns said. “I had a big layoff. My last fight was in September of last year. It was a loss, so I learned so much. I improved all my game. And I want to get back in there at the end of the year. December would be a great date.

“I saw a couple of guys that want to fight. Jim Miller, a lot of guys want to fight. I’m here. I’m ready. Anyone. December would be a great date for me.”

To hear more from Burns on his big win – and the solution he found to evade the hurricane chaos with his family – check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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