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Hundreds of people gathered to meet the plane carrying Hawaii’s own undisputed featherweight champion, fresh off the performance of his career against Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro to unify the title.
Holloway defeated the longtime 145-pound kingpin Aldo in the main event at UFC 212, stopping him via an emphatic third-round TKO (strikes). It was the eleventh victory in a row for “Blessed,” who became the first Hawaiian champion since BJ Penn. Meanwhile, Medeiros picked up his second straight win since moving up to the welterweight division. Medeiros stopped MMA veteran Erick Silva in the second round of the fight.
The homecoming for Holloway and Medeiros didn’t stop at the airport. The celebration rolled on, carrying over to Waianae, as seen below:
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) June 6, 2017
— UFC (@ufc) June 6, 2017
Frankie Edgar had quite a Saturday night at UFC 211, pinning rising star Yair Rodriguez to the canvas and beating him bloody until doctors intervened between the second and third round. But celebration was muted for the New Jersey native. Just days before the fight, Edgar’s teammate Nick Catone suffered the loss of his two year old son.
“I want to send a heartfelt message out to my teammate Nick Catone and his wife Marjorie,” Edgar said after his win. “They woke up and their infant son, little Nicholas, had passed away during the night. Goes to show none of this means shit. I just want to go home and hug my kids. I can’t imagine what they are going through. That was for you.”
On Thursday May 11, Nick Catone tucked his healthy, beautiful little boy Nicholas in to bed to the sound of him saying ” Goodnight Daddy “. In the morning, Marjorie Catone went to wake the baby who lit up every second of her life- the little light filled spirit who made everything worthwhile. And in that moment, everything shattered. Nicholas simply did not wake up.
In the face of a terrible, tragic loss, there is nothing you can say to ease the despair of a parent who has lost a child. ” I am so sorry ” never feels like enough.
For Nick and Marjorie, and their beloved daughter Madeline, the world has fallen in. Although funeral arrangements are made, many people have asked what they can possibly do to help. As their friend, I have started this Memorial Fund to offset the cost of arrangements that no parent should have to make, and in lieu of flowers, ask you to donate to.
A scholarship for the care and education of Nicholas’s sister Madeline will be founded with any remaining funds.
If you can donate, we’re sure every amount helps. Our condolences to Nick and his family.
After medical issues related to his weight cut canceled his Ultimate Fighting Championship interim lightweight title bout with Tony Ferguson scheduled for UFC 209, Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken for the first time.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes successfully defended her title with an emphatic win over former 135-pound titleholder Ronda Rousey at the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place last Friday night (Dec. 30, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Watch the replay here.
Following her 48-second destruction, former division No. 1 title contender, Cat Zingano, went to the champion’s Instagram page to sneak a peek at the bantamweight belt — only to be found guilty of trespassing.
Take a look:
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) January 1, 2017
“Lioness” responds in kind:
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 2, 2017
Zingano (9-2) — no stranger to watching past opponents capture the crown — holds a technical knockout win over Nunes from their 2014 fight at UFC 178. Unfortunately for “Alpha,” she went on to drop two straight, including her unanimous decision loss to Julianna Pena at UFC 200 back in July.
Any chance we get to see these two bantamweight rivals rematch in 2017?
Urijah Faber will compete in the final fight of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at this weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 17, 2016) UFC on FOX 22 event against Brad Pickett in Sacramento, California.
But will it truly be the end for “The California Kid” once the dust settles inside the Golden 1 Center?
According to Faber, while he is content with his decision to call it a career after nearly 15 years in the hurt business, he tells “UFC Tonight” that will never completely put the final nail in the coffin when it comes to his fighting career, so to speak.
“I’m pretty content with what I’ve done. I wouldn’t rule out anything. But I’m planning on phasing it out and focusing on other things. I know it’ll be tempting. My focus is to hang it up. I’ll be super hands on, as a coach helping out, as a mentor for the next generation, helping build the brand and recruiting. We always had guys coming to us, but we’ll go find some people, too. I’ll be in there daily, hopefully not getting punched by Cody daily.”
There have been many combatants who have retired and un-retired after getting the itch to scrap again, namely Randy Couture and more recently BJ Penn — who will face Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103 on January 15, 2016 in his first fight in over two years. So don’t be surprised if Urijah makes an appearance inside an MMA cage down the line.
Faber, 37, is currently riding a two-fight skid as he heads into his farewell fight against a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) colleague, so you know he’d love nothing more than to end his career on a high note.
And in front of his hometown crowd, no less.
To see the most up-to-date UFC on FOX 22 fight card — which features Paige VanZant taking on Michelle Waterson in the headlining act — click here.
Two months after the last fight of his legendary MMA career, Dan Henderson still has a bad taste in his mouth.
Henderson’s retirement fight was a championship bout against UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping. The fight headlined UFC 204 and it took place in Bisping’s hometown of Manchester, England. Although many criticized the legitimacy of Henderson’s title shot, being 2-2 since his return to the middleweight division, his performance that night silenced the critics, as ‘Hendo’ came close to finishing Bisping, and many had thought the 46-year-old had done enough be get his hands on middleweight gold at the end of five rounds.
But as we know by now, that night Henderson lost a close decision, and today he still believes he won that bout more than ever.
“I watched about a week after the fight, and yeah, it was pretty much the same after watching it than I did when I was there,” Henderson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour when asked if he still thinks he defeated Bisping at UFC 204. “I’m a little bit more pissed off again, but that’s the way it is.”
“Yeah, I didn’t think differently. I felt that even a couple of rounds that I gave him were a little closer than I actually thought that night, you know, that I would have gave him for sure, but after watching it, it was closer than I thought it was that night.”
If victorious against Bisping, many thought Henderson would have abandoned his retirement plans to defend the belt. But Henderson says that even if champion, he would have retired anyways.
“That would have been ideal, to just walk away with the belt,” Henderson explained. “But knowing in my mind that I left everything out there, and I did everything I could do, and for whatever reason I didn’t get the decision, I’m completely content with it. It left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but I’m okay with it.”
Now, it looks like the person getting the next crack at Bisping will be Cuban fighter Yoel Romero, and Henderson is not too convinced Bisping keeps his belt this time around.
“Probably Romero,” Henderson said when asked who would win the fight. “Hopefully he can get his corner stalling tactics to a minimun for the fight through, but I would pick Romero based on his style.”
Henderson might be retired from MMA, but not combat sports as a whole. The former Olympic wrestler is returning to competition this Sunday to battle Jon Jones in a grappling match at Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 2. Henderson was once scheduled to fight Jones for the light heavyweight title back in 2012 at UFC 151, but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury, and the event was cancelled.
Henderson says he’s back on the mat for one reason only – Jones.
“It’s all because it’s Jon Jones,” Henderson said. “And even against Jon Jones I wasn’t overly excited about taking it, but you know, after talking with my wife she kind of talked me into it, thinking it would be a fun thing to do, and I didn’t get to fight him and this is the next big thing. Maybe taking part of his arm home with me or something”