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Mark Hunt Blames UFC, USADA For Ruining His Love Of Fighting

It’s no secret what Mark Hunt thinks of the Ultimate Fighting Championship; in particular, the promotion’s relationship with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Hunt has been vocal in the past about the special treatment certain fighters in the UFC get after being caught taking performance enhancing drugs in the sport.
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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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Colby Covington Addresses Rumors of Usman Matchup: Tyron Woodley Is The Only Person I’m Fighting

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim welterweight champ Colby Covington says he is open to fighting undisputed champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 — if Woodley will accept the fight.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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White: Max Too Big To Keep Fighting At Featherweight

Max Holloway has never missed weight, but his last bout was axed after “Blessed” suffered setbacks during the weight-cutting process to make the Featherweight limit. But at age 27, it seems Max’s cut down to 145 could be getting tougher, which means a future at Lightweight could be in store for the current champion.

It’s something Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White prefers.

“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.”

Indeed, there is still so much mystery regrading what actually forced Max out of his fight against Ortega at UFC 226. Still, everything seems to be on track for Holloway to make it to the weigh-ins and fight night with no hiccups. If all goes as planned, White still wants “Blessed” to fight a division above.

“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.”

Max has been open to the idea of moving up to Lightweight in the past, especially since United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) has made a bit tougher for fighters to cut weight because of the ban on IV’s for hydration.

Indeed, the outcome of Saturday night’s fight could be a major factor in Max’s decision to either stay put or move up to 155 pounds.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 231 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Ortega Fighting At UFC 231 With, Or Without Holloway

The much-anticipated Featherweight title fight between division king, Max Holloway, and Brian Ortega — which was set to go down at UFC 226 this past summer — was delayed after “Blessed” was forced out of the fight a few days due to health issues.

As a result, the 145-pound title fight was re-booked to go down this Saturday night (Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And despite the fact Holloway is confident his issues are behind him, Ortega still has a small fear in him that the fight can be taken from him at any moment once again.

“Small part. Because we know that usually when Max starts cutting weight, that’s where that issue always comes up, you know? And we are worried a little bit, but, I mean I’m doing my part,” said Ortega on a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

It’s because of that fear that “T-City” says he hasn’t been too emotionally attached with the idea of fighting Holloway, saying he is simply preparing his mind and body to fight somebody at UFC 231.

“Yeah. Emotionally haven’t really invested myself in it anymore, especially since the last one. I’ve kind of just detached myself and just have to be ready for whatever. The way I put is that I am just going to fight for a title no matter who it is now. I am just going to get ready,” he added.

Indeed, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pegged Renato Moicano as a backup should anything forbid either Max or Brian from competing Saturday night, which puts Ortega’s mind somewhat at peace.

“The fact that there is going to be another fight absolutely,” he added while saying fighting and defeating Holloway is the ultimate goal. “But that is the ultimate feeling. When you see all these promo videos and everything, you see he is the man. And that is the guy you have to take out to win the belt.”

Holloway has proven to be the undisputed king of the 145-pound weight class over the past few years, defeating Jose Aldo to win the title and then defending it against “Junior” a few months later. In fact, “Blessed” hasn’t tasted defeat since 2014, winning an impressive 12 bouts in a row against a who’s who of competition.

Now, he’ll look to keep it going by handing Ortega his first-ever loss in mixed martial arts (MMA). A tough task to say the least.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 231 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Ortiz Destroys Liddell In Heart-Breaking Display of Old Man Fighting

Well, they went ahead and did it, and it was sad as hell. On the Golden Boy MMA pay-per-view, at the top of an utterly meaningless card, faded legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell fought for a third time. And unlike the first two bouts, this time Ortiz out-struck and crushed Liddell.

Also unlike those first two times: it was heartbreaking. Because, you know, these guys are old men now.

To put things in perspective, consider this: their first fight was in 2004, and their second was in 2006. It is now 2018.

In addition, Liddell was basically run out of the UFC and forced to retire because his once iron chin had turned to glass. Ortiz, on the other hand, has waffled back and forth from retirement to beating on dudes in Bellator.

So guess how this one went? Essentially, Ortiz chased “The Iceman” down, out-boxed him, and when he was confident enough, flurried like a beast until Liddell was taking a nap on the canvas.