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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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Mayweather Responds To McGregor: ‘Everybody Wants A Rematch With Me’

Conor McGregor, despite riding the sidelines due to suspension, drew attention from most of his rivals this past week.

Not only did Nate Diaz take a shot at McGregor for the Irishman’s recount of their UFC 196 showdown, but Donald Cerrone blasted “Notorious” for not accepting a potential co-main event bout, Paulie Malignaggi challenged McGregor to a grudge match after signing with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), and now Floyd Mayweather Jr. is throwing his hat into the mix.

McGregor, who had his professional boxing debut spoiled by a Mayweather TKO back in 2017, posted the following message to Twitter earlier this week hinting at a potential rematch with the undefeated pugilist:

“I spoiled it with the rush right hook here,” wrote McGregor. “The angle was made. He was in the dirt. I just had to set correctly into my feet and fire. Rushing the right hook I lost balance on my back hand. Great boxing fight! A rematch will be interesting no doubt.”

Never one to bite his tongue, Mayweather responded to McGregor in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above).

“Everybody wants a rematch with me. “Don’t worry about that,” said Floyd while flaunting his expensive watch.

Mayweather, who used his win over McGregor to push his undefeated boxing record to an astounding 50-0, also didn’t sound to keen on a rematch with boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah … everybody’s saying something,” said Mayweather. “I don’t worry about that. I already made over a billion! You already know that!”

“I’m not worried about all that my man. Floyd is undefeated. Nobody can beat me. You already know that, man!”

While Mayweather was briefly linked to a crossover into the Octagon, the 42-year-old retired combat star currently has no plans of returning to fighting. But fight fans know from past experience that Mayweather can easily be brought out of hiding once the money hits the table.

What say you, Maniacs? Do you want to see Mayweather vs. McGregor 2?

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Midnight Mania! Woodley Wants to Face Retired GSP in the Gym

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Tyron Woodley wanted a fight with Georges St. Pierre, but now that GSP is officially retiring, he would settle for facing GSP in the gym. He wrote this on Ariel Helwani’s Instagram post about the French-Canadian champion’s imminent retirement announcement.

Just had a vision of calling him out after my next fight @arielhelwani. Congrats to one of the Greatest! @georgesstpierre since we will never cross paths in the octagon would love to do so in the gym! Would be an honor. You have had the best run of any fighter to grace the caged canvas!

Woodley no doubt hopes to eventually surpass GSP’s run; he has a title defense against Kamaru Usman scheduled for UFC 235. St. Pierre didn’t seem to have much interest in facing Woodley in the Octagon, opting to face Michael Bisping for the middleweight belt instead at UFC 217. He had been hoping to secure a bout with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next, again bypassing Woodley altogether, but when negotiations fell through, GSP opted to retire permanently.


Insomnia

Paul Felder, the Collapsed Lung story

Roy Nelson should not have done this.

It is so fitting Israel Adesanya met Kelvin Gastelum at a buffet table

With his retirement imminent, people are reaching for Georges St. Pierre memories. GSP vs. Condit had this excellent segment backed by Live’s “Lightning Crashes” and it’s just awesome.

I missed Al Iaquinta hilariously offering to sell Dustin Poirier a house on Twitter the other day, and it’s worth revisiting

If somehow this were to happen, Khabib Nurmagomedov should just be stripped now. Waiting until November to not defend your belt is the same stuff he criticized Conor McGregor for, and we’ve had enough. The UFC’s deepest division needs to get moving.

Speaking of Georges St. Pierre, he’s repping some cool (if overpriced) gloves

Dan Henderson is enjoying his retirement

What would you call this choke?

The Exchange

Jon Jones preparing for UFC 235

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Accurate

Combat sports this weekend

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Midnight Mania! McGregor’s Coach Wants Cerrone Fight Next

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McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, is in favor of the proposed fight between McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. He sees the fight itself as fun and the buildup, while perhaps not as contentious as previous McGregor bouts, being entertaining.

“The Cerrone one, it looks good,” Roddy told Eurobash.

“It’s a fan favorite fight. Cerrone comes out and he looks to swing and Conor’s going to be looking to knock him out. The banter beforehand, I don’t see it being as [turbulent], I think it will be funny. Both guys will go back and forth and that will be exciting for fans. I think it would be a very exciting fight.”

He acknowledged that other possibilities for a future matchup, including Max Holloway, who cleverly subtweeted McGregor’s whiskey brand on a visit to Ireland. Roddy thinks the Cerrone fight is the most likely.

“[Holloway is] putting the digs in. I saw the post of him the other day in the Jameson [Distillery]…but I don’t know. I think the Cerrone one…because [McGregor and Cerrone] both engaged directly…Conor said he’d do it and then Cerrone said he’d do it…I think that might be in the pipeline,” he said.

“I can’t confirm that 100 percent obviously, but I think the fans would love it. It’s a great fight that people want to see. They can see the two of them in there, standing up and having a bang.”

He also weighed in on the possibility of an immediate rematch with Khabib, who yesterday suspended himself for a year, saying he would return in November. A win over Cerrone would put ‘The Notorious’ in a better position for a rematch… to the detriment of Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier.

“Conor is a superstar. He could turn around and say, ‘No, I want to fight Khabib’, and he could probably swing it, just because he can. But when you lose a fight you sometimes have to fight someone else. Again, I don’t know, anything could happen with Conor, but I think [Cerrone] is a good fight. I would enjoy that and I think everyone would enjoy that.

“We’d enjoy the camp, we’d enjoy the build up…everyone would enjoy the buildup. It would be a nice fight.”


Insomnia

Sage Northcutt being Sage Northcutt

Jorge Masvidal is certainly rocking a… look.

Force field!

McGregor is bragging on the fight after the fight he lost

A young Robbie Lawler was a terrifying force of nature

Game recognizes game

John Nash lays out the history of collective bargaining in sports nicely in this piece

Glory Kickboxing had their star athletes fail tests and promptly cancelled their contract with the drug-testing agency

The Mark Hunt Atomic Butt Drop!

Combat sports this weekend

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After Cejudo At 125, Dillashaw Wants Holloway At 145

After years of refusing to even consider allowing it, the UFC has gone champion vs. champion crazy. Conor McGregor was first to achieve champ champ status, followed by Daniel Cormier in July and now Amanda Nunes in December. Their 2019 kicks off with yet another scrap between two belt holders: bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw will fight newly crowned flyweight champ Henry Cejudo on January 19th.

But why stop at double champ? Dillashaw and his coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig are already thinking TRIPLE CHAMP.

TJ let his interest in fighting featherweight champ Max Holloway be known in an Instagram livestream.

“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” Dillashaw said. “I would love to. But look, one step at a time. Let’s run through Cejudo first then Max can be next. [I can] be the first one to ever go for three belts.”

MMA Junkie reached out to “Bang” Ludwig for his thoughts on the possibility.

”I think that would be more of a challenge to go up in weight than it has been to go down in weight,” Ludwig told MMA Junkie. “TJ is not a big bantamweight anyway. Going up in weight, that’s when we’ll see more change. I assume he would become possibly a little slower, but have more power. But we’ll see what ends up happening if that’s the journey for us. Right now we’re focused on the task at hand.”

That task involves getting the 135 pound Dillashaw down to 125 pounds, a process that has some fans worried as we watch TJ waste away. Meanwhile, his opponent Cejudo only seems to be packing on more muscle, making us wonder whether “Bang” recognizes just how much of a challenge this flyweight challenge will be. Whatever happens, Dillashaw is one game mofo. Garbrandt twice, Cejudo, then Holloway? That’s be a run for the ages.

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Midnight Mania! Anderson Silva Wants the UFC to Bring TRT Back

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Anderson Silva did an interview in Portuguese (you can turn on English closed captions) in which he said he doesn’t mind the USADA program, but wishes the UFC would reconsider Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) because he says a lot of older athletes need it. Transcription via MMAJunkie.com:

“There are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement,” Silva said. “I think, if USADA regulated that, we’d have the sport at a high level, with athletes who have stopped fighting. Vitor, for example. Even me, though I never had the replacement. But some athletes who really need it, who are older. Dan Henderson, many other athletes who have stopped because of this.”

Silva, who has been suspended twice for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use, had a rational-sounding explanation: MMA is an extremely intensive sport. TRT allows fighters to recover faster from the nagging little injuries the training schedule always brings on. Despite his own troubles with USADA, Silva doesn’t have a problem with the organization’s involvement in the sport. He just wishes they were a little more lenient.

“USADA’s entrance in the UFC to control the doping situation, the way I see it, was good,” Silva said. “But, in a certain way, it ends up being a disturbance. Because MMA isn’t a regular sport like all the others. It demands from the athlete fighting training, physical training. There are other countless technical valencies that they have to maintain(like) injuries, etc.

“I’m in favor of doping control, for sure. I think no athlete should or can be, on fight day, taking advantage of some situation. But I think they need to review this. Because there are many injuries, many athletes getting hurt, many fights getting cancelled due to athletes getting injured, etc.

“… For instance, you take a Tylenol, you can get caught in the doping. You take aspirin, you can get caught in the doping. There are many things, many medicines that the athlete uses, that they have to always be policing themselves. … I’m not against USADA; I’m totally in favor, but I think there should be a certain (flexibility) when it comes to what is allowed and what isn’t.”

The problem with Silva’s logic is that even were the UFC to change their policy on TRT, Silva himself probably wouldn’t be eligible to use it. One of the causes of low testosterone is past steroid use. Rewarding a steroid user by allowing them to then take synthetic testosterone isn’t something the UFC seems as… into these days. Technically, Silva could even apply for a TUE now with USADA… but he would still most likely run into trouble with the athletic commissions.

Anderson, who seems to have recorded this interview before his UFC 234 co-main event bout with Israel Adesanya was announced, also went into some detail on the way the UFC matches their legends up with young prospects. He still thinks a rematch with Nick Diaz would be ‘very cool’, and said he has spoken with Diaz about the way the UFC feeds their legends to up-and-comers.

“I think the fight with Nick Diaz would be a very cool fight, very interesting,” Silva said. “Because our last fight, both of us ended up getting caught in the doping, and it was a no-contest. So, actually, the fight didn’t exist. But I think Nick is a guy who has a name, a guy who has a history in this sport. And what we can’t accept is going into the UFC’s game of wanting to use the legends that they have to promote the young guys.

“I’ve talked about this a lot with Nick and with other athletes, as well. We don’t have an issue with fighting any of these kids. We don’t have an issue. We just want to be respected for everything we have built in this sport. Never, in my early trajectory, I never called out anyone. I always let things happen naturally. And I think it can’t be different.

“The UFC has this thing of wanting to promote new talents that don’t have the charisma with the older athletes who have the charisma and who knew how to get the machine working when we were in there. And that’s something that today’s kids can’t do. They go up there, they fight, do good fights. But, once they open their mouths, they only say crap. And they can’t get charisma with the audience. It’s no use being a good fighter and not being charismatic.”

Lacking charisma is not an accusation you can level against Israel Adesanya; perhaps that’s why Silva accepted the bout, widely regarded as an obvious setup for ‘The Last Stylebender’ to build his name by defeating his aging counterpart. Time will tell if Adesanya is able to ‘get the machine working’ as Silva did, and become one of the UFC’s biggest superstars.


Insomnia

Kyoji Horiguchi got dorms named after him at American Top Team- Horiguchi Hall.

Alex Volkanovski celebrating a Petr Yan fight announcement is kinda cool because they are two of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts.

Jon Jones celebrated this on social media

He’s kind of in that zone where if he does ‘pulse’ with more long-term metabolites, we will wonder if he’s still on the sauce somehow, and if they never show up in his tests again, we will wonder if it was all BS.

Jason Knight is looking for a new promoter. Hopefully The Kid can get his career back on track.

Since we are probably getting a rematch at some point, worth going back to Brendan Schaub’s analysis of their first bout.

Mike Tyson getting work done

This knee is why it pays to be flexible. He just curves his kneecap right over the guard

Colby Covington vs. Darren Till would be an interesting fight. Till’s defensive wrestling seemed to hold up pretty well against Tyron Woodley. Covington could just hold out and probably still get a title shot after Usman, though, so we will see what happens.

Jessica Eye says she is outshining her haters

Rachael Ostovich’s brother and dad are jacked.

The seven deadly moves all rolled into one

Luke Rockhold went in hard at welterweight Jason Jackson, but Jackson didn’t back down one inch — nice bit of head movement from both guys.

Khabib Cat!

Santiago Ponzinibbio and Rafael dos Anjos got into it last night on Twitter, Ponzi apparently tweeting drunk. These are the tweets that were in English.


Podcasts and Video

I get a shoutout on this episode of Heavy Hands a little past minute 51.

One of these fights is already gone, sadly


Random Land

I just came across this sport, Kabaddi, for the first time and I can’t figure out what is going on.

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Conor McGregor Wants Floyd Mayweather’s Sloppy Seconds

On New Years Eve, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather trekked to Japan to fight kickboxing stud Tenshin Nasukawa. It, uh, wasn’t even a remotely close match.

It was, however, the easiest payday Mayweather has seen in a while. You know those Japanese – they’ll pay through the nose to see one of their countrymen get destroyed by a foreigner.

Now Irish whiskey-maker Conor McGregor wants in on the action. I mean, poor Tenshin didn’t even last a full round with Mayweather, so how long could he last against McGregor in an MMA bout?

For his part, Tenshin seems cool with the idea. Of course, he stipulates that McGregor will have to cut down to just under 128 pounds for that fight to happen. (Note: McGregor looks ghastly when he cuts down to 145 – ain’t now way he can make 128 pounds!) Also, kickboxing only, son.

Conor McGregor Wants Floyd Mayweather’s Sloppy Seconds

On New Years Eve, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather trekked to Japan to fight kickboxing stud Tenshin Nasukawa. It, uh, wasn’t even a remotely close match.

It was, however, the easiest payday Mayweather has seen in a while. You know those Japanese – they’ll pay through the nose to see one of their countrymen get destroyed by a foreigner.

Now Irish whiskey-maker Conor McGregor wants in on the action. I mean, poor Tenshin didn’t even last a full round with Mayweather, so how long could he last against McGregor in an MMA bout?

For his part, Tenshin seems cool with the idea. Of course, he stipulates that McGregor will have to cut down to just under 128 pounds for that fight to happen. (Note: McGregor looks ghastly when he cuts down to 145 – ain’t now way he can make 128 pounds!) Also, kickboxing only, son.

Conor McGregor Wants Floyd Mayweather’s Sloppy Seconds

On New Years Eve, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather trekked to Japan to fight kickboxing stud Tenshin Nasukawa. It, uh, wasn’t even a remotely close match.

It was, however, the easiest payday Mayweather has seen in a while. You know those Japanese – they’ll pay through the nose to see one of their countrymen get destroyed by a foreigner.

Now Irish whiskey-maker Conor McGregor wants in on the action. I mean, poor Tenshin didn’t even last a full round with Mayweather, so how long could he last against McGregor in an MMA bout?

For his part, Tenshin seems cool with the idea. Of course, he stipulates that McGregor will have to cut down to just under 128 pounds for that fight to happen. (Note: McGregor looks ghastly when he cuts down to 145 – ain’t now way he can make 128 pounds!) Also, kickboxing only, son.

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