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ONE Championship to Air in United States on TNT Network

If you were scratching your head in wonder as to why Asia-based promotion ONE Championship signed Sage Northcutt, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson, well, wonder no more.

The promotion is going to be airing events on TNT in the United States.

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but while we were all sucking on the UFC’s pay-per-view and FOX Sports teat, the broadcast industry was changing. Nowadays, it’s becoming more and more about digital streaming platforms, and the sports content they can offer. So by offering up some heretofore unseen MMA flavor to the domestic consumer, TNT has made their broadcast rights that much more valuable.

Anyway, here’s ESPN:

ONE Championship is coming to America.

The Asia-based promotion has signed a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports, sources told ESPN.

The deal, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, calls for 24 events to air live on B/R Live, Turner’s digital platform. The partnership is expected to be announced in the coming days.

In addition to the live events, Turner will air shoulder programming and taped events on TNT and there is also a reality show in the works, as well, according to sources.

The first event is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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ONE Championship to Air in United States on TNT Network

If you were scratching your head in wonder as to why Asia-based promotion ONE Championship signed Sage Northcutt, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson, well, wonder no more.

The promotion is going to be airing events on TNT in the United States.

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but while we were all sucking on the UFC’s pay-per-view and FOX Sports teat, the broadcast industry was changing. Nowadays, it’s becoming more and more about digital streaming platforms, and the sports content they can offer. So by offering up some heretofore unseen MMA flavor to the domestic consumer, TNT has made their broadcast rights that much more valuable.

Anyway, here’s ESPN:

ONE Championship is coming to America.

The Asia-based promotion has signed a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports, sources told ESPN.

The deal, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, calls for 24 events to air live on B/R Live, Turner’s digital platform. The partnership is expected to be announced in the coming days.

In addition to the live events, Turner will air shoulder programming and taped events on TNT and there is also a reality show in the works, as well, according to sources.

The first event is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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BloodyElbow Writer Busted for Child Porn, Everyone Attacks BloodyElbow

On Friday, the news broke that a writer over at MMA news site BloodyElbow had been busted for child porn over the summer. Iain Kidd was the writer, he’s based out of Scotland, covered everything to do with performance-enhancing drug violations, and had been contributing to BloodyElbow for years.

He was, of course, promptly fired, and his digital footprint was scrubbed from the site.

Child porn is a pretty egregious thing, so his firing was certainly just. But because BloodyElbow has made a lot of enemies over the years, those enemies felt the time was right to attack BloodyElbow.

Here’s noted drug abuser Jon Jones piling on:

Oh, and here’s fighter manager Malki Kawa doing the same:

Here’s fighter manager Ali Abdel-Azziz:

Sorry, but all of this is total crap. Kidd deserves all the scorn in the world for his crimes. But BloodyElbow has for years been the watchdog the sport needs, and to paint them with the same brush Kidd is being painted with is wrong. No one knew about Kidd’s proclivities over there, and the minute it all came to light, immediate action was taken.

Deadspin hit the nail on the head with their take:

Iain Kidd, and only Iain Kidd, is to blame for what he did. That some of the most cynical gits on the internet—and some of the most powerful people in MMA—are beating down his colleagues over crimes they had no connection to and no reason to know about, for no better reason than that they don’t like being covered critically, is its own sort of disgrace.

I’ve contributed maybe two or three articles to BloodyElbow over the past decade – just for the hell of it. And I would gladly do so again. They’re good journalism.

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UFC 231 Results: Max Holloway Silences the Doubters, Stops Brian Ortega

I doubted Max Holloway. I admit it.

He was unable to make it to the scale for his last couple of fights, and by all appearances, it seemed as if the cut down to featherweight was getting to be too much for the champ. So when it was announced he’d finally be facing top challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231, I was skeptical he’d even make it to the cage. Or, the very least, he’d be too depleted from his weight cut to do anything but lose.

I was wrong.

For four rounds, Holloway beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of Ortega, feeding him a steady stream of punches that eventually turned the challenger’s face into a Tiki mask.

UFC 231 Results: Max Holloway Silences the Doubters, Stops Brian Ortega

I doubted Max Holloway. I admit it.

He was unable to make it to the scale for his last couple of fights, and by all appearances, it seemed as if the cut down to featherweight was getting to be too much for the champ. So when it was announced he’d finally be facing top challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231, I was skeptical he’d even make it to the cage. Or, the very least, he’d be too depleted from his weight cut to do anything but lose.

I was wrong.

For four rounds, Holloway beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of Ortega, feeding him a steady stream of punches that eventually turned the challenger’s face into a Tiki mask.

UFC 231 Results: Max Holloway Silences the Doubters, Stops Brian Ortega

I doubted Max Holloway. I admit it.

He was unable to make it to the scale for his last couple of fights, and by all appearances, it seemed as if the cut down to featherweight was getting to be too much for the champ. So when it was announced he’d finally be facing top challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231, I was skeptical he’d even make it to the cage. Or, the very least, he’d be too depleted from his weight cut to do anything but lose.

I was wrong.

For four rounds, Holloway beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of Ortega, feeding him a steady stream of punches that eventually turned the challenger’s face into a Tiki mask.

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UFC 231 Results: Max Holloway Silences the Doubters, Stops Brian Ortega

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I doubted Max Holloway. I admit it.

He was unable to make it to the scale for his last couple of fights, and by all appearances, it seemed as if the cut down to featherweight was getting to be too much for the champ. So when it was announced he’d finally be facing top challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231, I was skeptical he’d even make it to the cage. Or, the very least, he’d be too depleted from his weight cut to do anything but lose.

I was wrong.

For four rounds, Holloway beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of Ortega, feeding him a steady stream of punches that eventually turned the challenger’s face into a Tiki mask.

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UFC 231 Primer: The Max Holloway Countdown Is On

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The last time featherweight champ Max Holloway was supposed to fight, he was pulled because he was a damn mess. The time before that, the Commission in New York pulled the plug. So the big question is: will Holloway be able to face challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 this weekend?

If you ask Ortega, he’s not so sure.

Meanwhile, UFC boss Dana White thinks Holloway shouldn’t be trying to cut down to 145 pounds anymore. As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s weird; I’m not nervous, but I should be,” White told MMAjunkie. “You know, I didn’t want him to fight again at ’45. He wanted this fight so bad. He got cleared by every test and doctor and everything we’ve done. Came in light this week, so we’ll see what happens. Yeah, it would be really bad if he didn’t make weight.”

“I think he needs to go to ’55,” White said. “He’s too big for this weight. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting to ’45. But you know what he wanted? He wants this Ortega fight. He wants to fight Ortega so bad. This is the fight he wanted. He got it. He medically got cleared, and he got what he wanted.”

By all accounts, Holloway looked full of pep at today’s open workouts in Toronto. But the weigh-ins are tomorrow, so we’ll know for sure then.

The countdown is on, folks.

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UFC 231 Primer: The Max Holloway Countdown Is On

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The last time featherweight champ Max Holloway was supposed to fight, he was pulled because he was a damn mess. The time before that, the Commission in New York pulled the plug. So the big question is: will Holloway be able to face challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 this weekend?

If you ask Ortega, he’s not so sure.

Meanwhile, UFC boss Dana White thinks Holloway shouldn’t be trying to cut down to 145 pounds anymore. As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s weird; I’m not nervous, but I should be,” White told MMAjunkie. “You know, I didn’t want him to fight again at ’45. He wanted this fight so bad. He got cleared by every test and doctor and everything we’ve done. Came in light this week, so we’ll see what happens. Yeah, it would be really bad if he didn’t make weight.”

“I think he needs to go to ’55,” White said. “He’s too big for this weight. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting to ’45. But you know what he wanted? He wants this Ortega fight. He wants to fight Ortega so bad. This is the fight he wanted. He got it. He medically got cleared, and he got what he wanted.”

By all accounts, Holloway looked full of pep at today’s open workouts in Toronto. But the weigh-ins are tomorrow, so we’ll know for sure then.

The countdown is on, folks.

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UFC 231 Primer: The Max Holloway Countdown Is On

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The last time featherweight champ Max Holloway was supposed to fight, he was pulled because he was a damn mess. The time before that, the Commission in New York pulled the plug. So the big question is: will Holloway be able to face challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 this weekend?

If you ask Ortega, he’s not so sure.

Meanwhile, UFC boss Dana White thinks Holloway shouldn’t be trying to cut down to 145 pounds anymore. As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s weird; I’m not nervous, but I should be,” White told MMAjunkie. “You know, I didn’t want him to fight again at ’45. He wanted this fight so bad. He got cleared by every test and doctor and everything we’ve done. Came in light this week, so we’ll see what happens. Yeah, it would be really bad if he didn’t make weight.”

“I think he needs to go to ’55,” White said. “He’s too big for this weight. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting to ’45. But you know what he wanted? He wants this Ortega fight. He wants to fight Ortega so bad. This is the fight he wanted. He got it. He medically got cleared, and he got what he wanted.”

By all accounts, Holloway looked full of pep at today’s open workouts in Toronto. But the weigh-ins are tomorrow, so we’ll know for sure then.

The countdown is on, folks.

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