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Holloway Wants Khabib And Conor To Combine Powers Captain Planet Style

After a colder than usual spring, Max Holloway wants people with platforms to raise awareness for real issues, not trashy feuds.

In a sport currently dominated by trash talk and outside the cage brawls, Max Holloway continues to be a class act and a gentleman. Perhaps that’s to his disadvantage, as tales of bad behavior from people like T.J. Dillashaw and B.J. Penn continue to overshadow his move up to 155 at UFC 236 to challenge Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title.

But even if it costs him (and us!) some clicks, Holloway is keeping it positive. He even had a suggestion for Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose feud continues to generate ugly moments. Why talk trash when you can encourage people to do something about trash? Help clean the world up because it’s going to hell and soon climate change is going to KO us all.

”Climate change is for real,” Holloway told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview. “Look at the climate change, stop looking at these guys talking about what they’re talking about. They’re not talking about fighting any more. That’s what it’s about.”

When asked about the Khabib-Conor thing by TMZ Sports in another interview, Holloway again turned things back to climate change.

”At the end of the day it’s not even about the sport any more, so I don’t even want to talk about that,” he said. “I’m glad Dana White said he’d intervene. You know, these guys got a big platform, they should talk about more important stuff like climate change.”

”Like right now in New York it’s not supposed to be this cold, I’ve heard it’s supposed to be warmer. And in Hawaii it’s been pretty cold, in the 70s. I know I sound like a big cry baby about 70s, but us Hawaiians are not used to this weather! What’s up with the climate control?”

As Holloway said, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that human made climate change is happening and screwing up our spring. The polar vortexes that hit us several times this winter and the colder than usual temperatures we’re experiencing on the Eastern seaboard right now are caused by rising temperatures slowing down the gulf stream, meaning the polar jet stream heads further south.

It’s all part of thermohaline circulation, and while as usual there’s some disagreement on how badly it’s going to bitch slap us in the future, there’s no denying what it’s doing in the now. But are you going to listen to some random blogger on an MMA site if you’ve got doubts? Probably not. That’s why we need Khabib and Conor on board.

Holloway and Poirier are main-eventing UFC 236, with Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum under them in a fight for the interim middleweight title. Keep in mind this is the first UFC pay-per-view that you can’t order via traditional cable pay-per-view in the United States. Now all orders must go through ESPN+, so keep that in mind when preparing for this must-see event on Saturday April 13th.

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Khabib Responds To McGregor And Yes, He Went There

Leave it to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, along with ex-lightweight titleholder, Conor McGregor, to somehow make the Brooklyn bus attack — as well as the UFC 229 post-fight brawl — two of the least offensive things they’ve done throughout their protracted rivalry.

Thanks social media!

Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor back in October in what should have sent both fighters in opposite directions; however, last week’s “Notorious” retirement announcement came with side commentary from “The Eagle.” As you might expect in the fight game, everyone wants to have that “mic drop” moment (and secure fanboy supply).

McGregor tried to land the killing blow with his offensive (and since-deleted) “towel” tweet (see the screenshot here) and now Nurmagomedov has responded in equally vulgar fashion, taking aim at some of the Irishman’s recent tabloid headlines, which include accusations of sexual assault.

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“Talking shit, this guy is insulting someone’s wife and making fun of her religion and belief,” Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, wrote on Twitter. “He doesn’t realize he’s insulting 1.5 billon Muslims. Religion and family is a no no. You’re fucked Conor, let’s see what the media is going to say now. He’s a rapist, and a bitch.”

When Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspended both fighters for brawling at T-Mobile Arena (more on that here), the governing body suggested stiffer penalties for combatants who took trash talk to an inappropriate level. Naturally, fans (and media) were aghast at the “insane” suggestion that speech should be regulated in combat sports, but now the idea doesn’t sound so crazy.

Sorry folks, we just can’t have nice things.

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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz Roasts Khabib, Gets Roasted By Askren

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Ben Askren and Dillon Danis have been roasting each other online, but “Funky” has no shortage of words for anyone, including Nate Diaz.

Diaz posted a picture of Khabib in the sauna with his boys. The picture is funny because, like many things in mixed martial arts (MMA), it has homoerotic overtones, but Khabib is very traditional and religious, and on good terms with Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, who is famously and violently homophobic. (The part that isn’t funny at all is that Kadyrov allegedly conducted a ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya). Nevertheless, Diaz and Khabib have had bad blood between them for a long time, even getting into a brawl back in 2015.

Askren couldn’t resist a counter-dig at Diaz and his crew in the “209.”

Jake Shields, Nate Diaz’ long-time teammate, was quick to point out that this kind of thing would get Askren slapped in Stockton … and Ben was quick to counter that it would get you stabbed in Dagestan, but Diaz still posted it.

This fun exchange of awkward insinuation, predicated on homophobia, has been brought to you by MMA in 2019.


Insomnia

What is Dana White so happy about?

A focused Dustin Poirier training for Max Holloway …

Rafael dos Anjos is thinking of cutting from nearly 200 pounds down to Lightweight?

Paulo Costa’s manager denies Yoel Romero’s claim that he tested positive for PEDs.

Askren’s #BoomRoasted line is very corny, but some of his lines are accurate. Dillon Danis isn’t a difficult target.

Then again, he had a couple good lines of his own:

A Novel, by John Danaher: sometimes just knowing is half the battle.

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The legend of Alabama Joe – part 1: Would it be possible to become a better fighter just by knowing the theory of what you ought to do in a fight without ever actually practicing? That’s a question I have always found interesting. I got an answer years ago while working as a bouncer during my early years in NYC. Working around the city in was often teamed with interesting characters with many different approaches, theories and styles of combat. Some of them (especially wrestlers, BJJ and Judo players and boxers) were very effective – others not so much. At one time I was briefly paired with a fellow who we called “Alabama Joe” He was man of average build, not in particularly good shape whose main joys were drinking, smoking cigarettes and fighting. We worked a door together for just four nights in the lower east side mid 1990’s but I never forgot the experience for a good reason. As we worked, Joe talked incessantly about his prowess in brawling and how he would whip any man who was foolish enough to step up to the plate with him. I was rather skeptical as I’ve always believed fighting prowess to be mostly determined by ones training regimen and Joe’s training regimen appeared to be based around nothing more than Bourbon and Marlboro’s. He proudly told me he had never trained a day in his life but that he was a huge fan of the early UFC’s which he would watch incessantly. I was intrigued by this as I had begun training with Renzo Gracie And was similarly fascinated. He told me that when he fought he just did what he saw Royce do – run forwards and tackle people, climb up to mount, hit them and wait for them to turn and then strangle them. Later that night we threw some fellows out of the bar after a dispute and outside one of them was unimpressed by the appearance of Alabama Joe and demanded a fight. This fellow was a powerful looking man and I had to do some work to get him outside with a body lock and some light wrestling – I was not at all confident that Joe would be able to handle him. They immediately went to fisticuffs and true to his word, Joe tackled him, got mounted and punched him enough to make him turn and strangled him out!

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John Wayne Parr has had nearly 100 fights, so he is always posting highlights I’ve never seen before of him in some war or other.


Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

Phenomenal fight. The guy who lost has a mean overhand.

Nasty choke!

I love seeing obscure techniques being pulled off, such as this Aikido-esque wrist drag!

Short, but sweet …

It’s not the size of the sumo wrestler in the sumo ring, but the size of the sumo in the sumo wrestler … or something like that.

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Midnight Mania! Max Out to Prove Himself to Khabib

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Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway says he’s out to prove himself to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov by fighting Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 for the interim title. He was scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmadomedov once before, on short notice, before the New York State athletic commission pulled him during his weight cut. Now that his health issues seem to be behind him, he’s on the hunt for glory again. Via MMAJunkie.com:

Khabib said he wanted to fight me, but he wanted me to prove myself. I got Dustin. April 13, I decided to prove myself. I’m going to go out there and prove myself, and when he’s ready to come back, I’ll be ready.

He also gave his plans for the featherweight title. Thus far, no double champion has been able to defend both their titles. There is a lull in featherweight contenders for the moment, unless Alex Volkanovski manages to get by Jose Aldo, which won’t happen until May 11.

After that Ortega fight I had to take some time personally and some business stuff, then they came to me with this fight in April,” Holloway said. “Can’t let it slip through your fingers. At the end of the day, first things first, I got Dustin Poirier, and we’ll talk to the UFC after that. I don’t think Frankie (Edgar) or Jose (Aldo) deserve a champ that’s not willing to defend for a year. After this one I could go back down in the summer. That would be fun. But first things first, April 13.

Max also laid out his relationship with the UFC matchmakers: he asks for the toughest challenge possible, then signs whatever contract they send his way.


Insomnia

Askren could barely crush that watermelon. Lawler was fine.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos will throw the spinning shit

Speaking of spinning shit, so will Muslim Salikhov, who was recently cleared of a doping situation much like Jon Jones’.

Darren Till and Ben Askren are going at it on Twitter

Weili Zhang waxes philosophical

It was the way he still tried to keep it going after spiking himself on the backflip that really made this clip special

Is Jon Jones contemplating fighting Thiago Santos in Brazil?

I like Michael Bisping’s thoughtful caption to this David Goggins video

Amazing

That is indeed how this shit goes, Cody Garbrandt.

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Kill or be Killed that’s how this shit goes!

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Combat sports this weekend


Random Land

I’m not sure what’s going on here to be honest

Everyone just wants to stay warm

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GSP Officially Retires, Khabib Sends Him Some Love

Well, Georges St. Pierre made it official today, and with the help of a UFC-promoted press conference, told the world he’s hanging up the gloves for good.

Yes, we should all feel a tinge of sadness, although the dude had already retired, and only came back to throw the middleweight division into disarray. But hey, the man was a legend and a star.

Here’s the UFC’s official release:

UFC® legend and former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) today at a press conference in Montreal. Widely considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, he holds the record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” said St-Pierre (26-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada). “I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217. I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

Meanwhile, the last guy who jockeyed hard to get a fight with him – lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov – gave GSP some love and respect on Instagram.

GSP Officially Retires, Khabib Sends Him Some Love

Well, Georges St. Pierre made it official today, and with the help of a UFC-promoted press conference, told the world he’s hanging up the gloves for good.

Yes, we should all feel a tinge of sadness, although the dude had already retired, and only came back to throw the middleweight division into disarray. But hey, the man was a legend and a star.

Here’s the UFC’s official release:

UFC® legend and former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) today at a press conference in Montreal. Widely considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, he holds the record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” said St-Pierre (26-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada). “I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217. I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

Meanwhile, the last guy who jockeyed hard to get a fight with him – lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov – gave GSP some love and respect on Instagram.

GSP Officially Retires, Khabib Sends Him Some Love

Well, Georges St. Pierre made it official today, and with the help of a UFC-promoted press conference, told the world he’s hanging up the gloves for good.

Yes, we should all feel a tinge of sadness, although the dude had already retired, and only came back to throw the middleweight division into disarray. But hey, the man was a legend and a star.

Here’s the UFC’s official release:

UFC® legend and former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) today at a press conference in Montreal. Widely considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, he holds the record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” said St-Pierre (26-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada). “I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217. I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

Meanwhile, the last guy who jockeyed hard to get a fight with him – lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov – gave GSP some love and respect on Instagram.

GSP Officially Retires, Khabib Sends Him Some Love

Well, Georges St. Pierre made it official today, and with the help of a UFC-promoted press conference, told the world he’s hanging up the gloves for good.

Yes, we should all feel a tinge of sadness, although the dude had already retired, and only came back to throw the middleweight division into disarray. But hey, the man was a legend and a star.

Here’s the UFC’s official release:

UFC® legend and former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) today at a press conference in Montreal. Widely considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, he holds the record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” said St-Pierre (26-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada). “I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217. I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

Meanwhile, the last guy who jockeyed hard to get a fight with him – lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov – gave GSP some love and respect on Instagram.

GSP Officially Retires, Khabib Sends Him Some Love

Well, Georges St. Pierre made it official today, and with the help of a UFC-promoted press conference, told the world he’s hanging up the gloves for good.

Yes, we should all feel a tinge of sadness, although the dude had already retired, and only came back to throw the middleweight division into disarray. But hey, the man was a legend and a star.

Here’s the UFC’s official release:

UFC® legend and former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) today at a press conference in Montreal. Widely considered the greatest welterweight champion of all time, he holds the record for the most 170-pound title defences at nine.

“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” said St-Pierre (26-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada). “I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their indefectible support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217. I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”

Meanwhile, the last guy who jockeyed hard to get a fight with him – lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov – gave GSP some love and respect on Instagram.

St-Pierre Responds To Khabib Callout

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is set to announce his official retirement form mixed martial arts (MMA) during a special press conference to be held tomorrow (Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

More on that here.

The bombshell prompted current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to take to social media in order to plead with “Rush” to hold off on cashing his 401K until November so the two men can engage in fisticuffs inside the Octagon.

St-Pierre — who did express real interest in facing “The Eagle” in the past — told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that those types of matchmaking decision aren’t ultimately up to the combatants themselves and vowed to spill the beans during his press conference.

Just spoke to GSP. He didn’t want to go into too much details. I asked about @TeamKhabib‘s message and he said: “I saw what Khabib wrote, and I appreciate it very much. Unfortunately, these decisions aren’t up to us. I will address everything at the press conference tomorrow.”

St-Pierre was looking to become UFC’s first-ever three division champion, but UFC president Dana White was over the French-Canadian’s “one off title fights,” especially after he left the promotion high and dry after defeating Michael Bisping for the 185-pound strap at UFC 217 back in late 2017.

As for Khabib, he may have two less lightweight contenders to worry about once he gets back into the swing of things.

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