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Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar are set to clash for Holloway’s Featherweight strap at UFC 218 inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 2, 2017, according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
Holloway has won 11 straight fights, most recently dismantling former champion Jose Aldo over three rounds. The 145-pound title shot had been a long time coming to Holloway, whose hit list before that included such names as Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson. He could justifiably have received a title shot in 2015 after beating Swanson, his sixth straight win at the time. The last person to beat him? A then-little known Irishman named Conor McGregor back in 2013.
Edgar, on the other hand, has had numerous title fights. The former Lightweight champion dropped 10 pounds after two razor-close losses to Benson Henderson in 2012, and has floated near the top of the weight class ever since. He lost twice to Aldo, but Holloway becoming champion has created another opportunity for the veteran. He is currently on a two-fight win streak, having beaten Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez. Edgar’s never-say-die style, wrestling, toughness and endless cardio make him a tough out for anyone in the division. In fact, only Aldo has had an answer to Edgar at Featherweight thus far.
Holloway is never in a boring fight, and this fight will pit his high-paced striking style against Frankie’s tenacious wrestling. It is a worthy headliner.
Cody Garbrandt had a friend shot twice in the Las Vegas massacre, detailing how his wife was hysterical.
Jon Fitch plays a Tom Petty tribute to the late and great musician.
Warning: this is sickening to watch.
Mike Perry doesn’t want to fight Thiago Alves ... or does he? I can’t tell.
Hendricks and Cerrone swapping war stories during training:
The fights going on this week in combat sports:
Another great fight on tap at Lightweight!
Phil Baroni explaining why he didn’t defend the choke A.J. Agarzam put him in at Submission Grappling. Whatever you say, Phil.
Why didn't did you defend that choke? Did you think the undertaker was gonna do a "run-in" & save you? #WasntRasslin'— AJ Agazarm (@TheFloridaBoy) October 2, 2017
I didn't defend it cause I already beat you & you know it.I beat you pretty easy 2be honest. Im that good. I almost forgot how great I am https://t.co/Q9mymSPPk8— phil baroni (@philbaroni) October 2, 2017
Never let your girl do this!
''Take a free shot honey, I have a great chin!'' pic.twitter.com/17oXj8WTrT— BoxingTipster (@AgainstTRopes) October 3, 2017
Here’s a 5’1” gymnast doing the same thing to a much more jacked dude:
Slips, Rips And KO Clips
Petr Yan could be an exciting addition to an already exciting division:
ACB's Petr Yan belt defense vs Mattos was the last fight under his current contract. Bantamweight champ says he has UFC offer on hands pic.twitter.com/O8Yfv72Opm— Denis Geyko (@DenisGeykoRT) October 1, 2017
This reaching motion is the kind of flinch reflex you want to train away as a fighter:
Always love a good suplex:
Speaking of pro-wrestling moves, this suplex at Jungle Fight pic.twitter.com/iXI2DCJMWh— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 30, 2017
Akihiro Gono vs Crosley Gracie (Pride Bushido 7, 05/22/2005) pic.twitter.com/j8S15L1X1U— Brody Armbar (@ntsprsts) October 3, 2017
- This profile of up-and-coming flyweight Poliana Botelho is a good read on what it takes just to get to the big show.
- UFC is now free to shop around for a better TV deal. Will it stay on FOX or go with another broadcast partner?
- File this under “just saying things:” Oezdemir says he will sleep Cormier in under two minutes. I guess he is called “No Time” for a reason. Impatient man.
Podcasts and Video
Five things to watch at UFC 216:
UFC 216 Beer Pairing with Flyin’ Brian J:
DJ and Lee eat lunch and talk to media:
UFC 216 Countdown:
Follow this Twitter thread to see Wingstop and Wendy’s go at it
We know why the chicken crossed the road— Wendy's (@Wendys) October 2, 2017
But you crossed the boss and straight got told
We had some fun, but yeah we're through
Gift wrapping this L to send home with you https://t.co/UPc2vFsoh3
In Russia, when stadiums aren’t big enough for the World Cup, they just cut the sides open and put up bleachers
Ekaterinburg Arena. One of the Stadiums for the World Cup in Russia next summer pic.twitter.com/aBCOeU7LCB— FootballAwaydays (@Awaydays23) October 3, 2017
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