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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC 236

UFC 236 went down last night (Sat., April 13, 2019) from inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA., which saw Dustin Poirier defeat Max Holloway after five rounds of intense action, winning the interim Lightweight title in the process (highlights). In the co-headlining act, Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum to capture the interim Middleweight title in a Fight of the Year candidate that had everyone giving them a standing ovation (see it again here).

Biggest Winner: Dustin Poirier

After 22 fights inside the Octagon, Dustin Poirier is finally a UFC champion. And he did it by defeating one of the best in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), piecing up featherweight champion Max Holloway in another wild scrap to secure a unanimous decision win. That is now two wins for Dustin over Max, which is a huge feather in his cap as he is the only man who is able to hold that distinction.

For “The Diamond,” the victory not only gives him his first taste of UFC gold, but it propels him into the upper echelon moving forward, as no one can deny his place among the best MMA fighters on the planet. To top it off, he secures himself a big-money championship fight against 155-pound champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year. In his last four fights, Poirier has defeated Holloway, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez. No other combatant can say they hold wins over all of those men, much less consecutively.

Runner Up: Israel Adesanya

Adesanya’s lighting-fast rise to the top of the division culminated last night after he won the interim belt after an absolute barn-burner of a fight against Gastelum. That is now six straight wins for “The Last Stylebender” inside the Octagon in a little over a year. Think about that for a second: Six wins on the toughest proving ground in just 14 months to win his first UFC title. That’s a tremendous feat, and now the 29-year old has pretty much silenced his last naysayer after that performance and locked down a title unification match against division champion Robert Whittaker.

He also walked away with an extra $ 100,000 in bonus money. While it’s way too soon for this, Adesanya just opened up his path to superstardom by overcoming a very game Gastelum who was also seeking his first taste of gold. Israel was tested time and again last night, and when he needed to deliver the most, he did so by dominating the fifth and final round.

Biggest Loser: Eryk Anders

After starting his pro MMA career with 10 straight wins, including two in a row inside the Octagon, Anders has gone on a pretty bad slump, losing four of his last five including his last three in a row. Last night, Eryk came up short to Khalil Rountree in main card action, dropping a unanimous decision “The War Horse.”

To make matters worse, Eryk has gone up and down in weight in his last three fights, leaving him in an odd place in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. What his current losing streak means for Anders is unknown, but if he does get another shot inside the Octagon, he needs to pick a weight class and stick with it.

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UFC 236 Video! ‘Blessed’ Details His Biggest Octagon Battles

UFC featherweight king Max Holloway will try to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles when he squares off with Dustin Poirier later tonight (Sat., April 13, 2019) at UFC 236 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, for the interim lightweight title. It is a rematch over seven years in the making as “Diamond” defeated Holloway via submission back at UFC 143.

This is not only a huge opportunity for Holloway to headline UFC’s PPV debut on ESPN+, but it’s a chance for “Blessed” to prove that his long-storied success at featherweight can transition over to the 155-pound level. As the owner of a staggering 13-fight win streak, which is insanely impressive given the current talent at 145 pounds, Holloway is on the cusp of everlasting greatness. A win over Poirier should also line the Hawaiian up for a massive showdown with undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In advance to Holloway’s main event rematch with Poirier, the featherweight champion sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to take a look back at his Octagon journey throughout the years. Holloway not only breaks down his key wins over the likes of Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega, but he also discusses his first encounter with Poirier back in 2012 and his last recorded loss to Conor McGregor back in 2013.

Check out the video above courtesy of ESPN.

Only time will tell if Holloway can get his revenge on Poirier later tonight at UFC 236. If “Blessed” is able to win in convincing fashion and hoist two belts atop the cage in front of Atlanta’s finest it may finally be time to mention him among the best fighters to ever do it.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 236 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the ESPN+ PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Wichita

UFC Fight Night 146 went down last night (Sat., March 9, 2019) inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as the ESPN+ fight card saw Junior dos Santos knockout Derrick Lewis in the headlining act to earn his his third straight victory (see it again here). Also, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos took out Curtis Millender rather easily in the co-main event, while Niko Price dispatched of Tim Means in an exciting Welterweight war (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Junior dos Santos

With the heavyweight division about to become a bit thinner with the looming retirement of division king Daniel Cormier, now is the time for the big men to start making their move to the top. And “Cigano” is doing just that, winning three in a row — two via stoppage. His win over “Black Beast” looked like vintage “JDS,” as he was light on his feet on swinging his haymakers with mean intent and accuracy.

After a wild first round, Junior connected with a kick to the mid-section of Lewis, which left him wounded. Though Derrick tried his best to fight through it, even playing possum at one point, eventually Junior connected with a clean right hand and from there it was all she wrote. Now, “JDS” — who isn’t a big fan of Cormier vs Lesnar — has set himself up to jump up the rankings and make a case for a title shot, as he currently hold the longest winning streak in the weight class.

Runner Up: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Elizeu got his first big shot as co-main event, and he made the most of it, running right through rising contender Curtis Millender like a hot knife through butter. I mean it was surgical. That is now seven in a row for dos Santos, with his lone loss inside the Octagon coming via questionable split decision in his debut back in 2015. Elizeu should be saying hello to a top 10 foe in his next outing, and he should remain on the main card for the foreseeable future, as this man has truly an exciting talent with unlimited potential to make some loud noise in the welterweight division.

Biggest Loser: Derrick Lewis

Lewis looked to get back in the winner’s circle after being submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in his previous outing. Unfortunately for Derrick, he ran into a highly-motivated dos Santos, who handed him his second straight defeat, the first time Lewis has suffered back-to-back losses in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The climb back to the title gets a bit tougher, as does a do-over against Francis Ngannou. On the bright side, Lewis has the power in his hands to end fights rather quickly, so racking up three or four impressive wins in rapid pace isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which means he can get back in the mix sooner, rather than later. But the possibility and risk of dropping three straight will weigh heavy on his mind in his next fight.

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Wichita

UFC Fight Night 146 went down last night (Sat., March 9, 2019) inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as the ESPN+ fight card saw Junior dos Santos knockout Derrick Lewis in the headlining act to earn his his third straight victory (see it again here). Also, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos took out Curtis Millender rather easily in the co-main event, while Niko Price dispatched of Tim Means in an exciting Welterweight war (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Junior dos Santos

With the heavyweight division about to become a bit thinner with the looming retirement of division king Daniel Cormier, now is the time for the big men to start making their move to the top. And “Cigano” is doing just that, winning three in a row — two via stoppage. His win over “Black Beast” looked like vintage “JDS,” as he was light on his feet on swinging his haymakers with mean intent and accuracy.

After a wild first round, Junior connected with a kick to the mid-section of Lewis, which left him wounded. Though Derrick tried his best to fight through it, even playing possum at one point, eventually Junior connected with a clean right hand and from there it was all she wrote. Now, “JDS” — who isn’t a big fan of Cormier vs Lesnar — has set himself up to jump up the rankings and make a case for a title shot, as he currently hold the longest winning streak in the weight class.

Runner Up: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Elizeu got his first big shot as co-main event, and he made the most of it, running right through rising contender Curtis Millender like a hot knife through butter. I mean it was surgical. That is now seven in a row for dos Santos, with his lone loss inside the Octagon coming via questionable split decision in his debut back in 2015. Elizeu should be saying hello to a top 10 foe in his next outing, and he should remain on the main card for the foreseeable future, as this man has truly an exciting talent with unlimited potential to make some loud noise in the welterweight division.

Biggest Loser: Derrick Lewis

Lewis looked to get back in the winner’s circle after being submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in his previous outing. Unfortunately for Derrick, he ran into a highly-motivated dos Santos, who handed him his second straight defeat, the first time Lewis has suffered back-to-back losses in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The climb back to the title gets a bit tougher, as does a do-over against Francis Ngannou. On the bright side, Lewis has the power in his hands to end fights rather quickly, so racking up three or four impressive wins in rapid pace isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which means he can get back in the mix sooner, rather than later. But the possibility and risk of dropping three straight will weigh heavy on his mind in his next fight.

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Video: Hardy Comes Face-To-Face With One Of His Biggest Critics

Much of the talk surrounding the upcoming UFC on ESPN+ 1 fight card — which is set to pop off this Saturday (Jan. 19, 2019) in Brooklyn , N.Y. — has been the debut of Greg Hardy, which will be a co-main event slot against Allen Crowder.

Indeed, the controversial figure simply can’t escape his past after he was embroiled in an ugly domestic violence case a few years ago. And despite how much UFC president Dana White wants everyone to move on, many people simply can not.

And they are under no obligation to do so.

Among Hardy’s biggest critics is longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist Ariel Helwani, who has gone on record on multiple ESPN platforms recently to express his unhappiness with having Hardy get such a big opportunity in his UFC debut. Above all else, however, putting Hardy on the same card as Rachael Ostovich — who was recently involved in a domestic violence case herself — was simply a “tone deaf” decision, according to Helwani.

Not one to hide behind the camera, though, Ariel came face-to-face with Hardy earlier today (Jan. 17, 2019) in Brooklyn during a media day to talk about — among other things — his criticism toward him.

This is what Hardy had to say.

“I would say two things, it’s a two-fold answer. One, you would not be where you are now if you were shooting for low-level journalism. The only way to get there is to shoot for the stars. So I encourage everybody out there to shoot for the stars,” said Hardy.

“Opportunities come and you have to take them. That’s the only thing that I am doing. And the other answer is, God bless you, brother. I would be just like everybody you’re talking about that wants to hate me or throw me away as a human being and devalue me and act like I don’t have worth if I sat here and said I’m upset with you because you have an opinion.”

“You are allowed to have an opinion and that should not affect how I feel about you because you have done no wrong to me man. You’re awesome,” he concluded.

One person who does take issue is UFC president Dana White, who didn’t take too kindly to Helwani’s criticism of the former NFL defensive end. Though that battle has been on-going for years now.

Nevertheless, Hardy added that he hopes the time will come that he no longer has to keep answering the same questions about his past, and says the 2019 version of himself is here to stay and is determined to prove that the opportunities he’s getting on the big stage are warranted.

To see Hardy’s full interview click play in the embedded video player below:

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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Oscar De La Hoya Claims Liddell-Ortiz 3 Will Be Biggest Payday of Both Men’s Careers

Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz have been household names ever since both fighters dominated the Ultimate Fighting Championship during their prime, but their new promoter claims that only now are they about to be paid what they truly deserve.
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