Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Set For UFC 226

We finally have a date set for Max Holloway’s next title defense. UFC President Dana White confirmed on Friday night to multiple news outlets that the UFC featherweight champion will defend his title against rising contender Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event. Confirmed to me by @danawhite: @BrianTcity fighting for @ufc featherweight […]

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We finally have a date set for Max Holloway’s next title defense.

UFC President Dana White confirmed on Friday night to multiple news outlets that the UFC featherweight champion will defend his title against rising contender Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event.

Holloway was scheduled to make his next title defense against former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 but had to put out due to injury.

If you recall, this bout was originally scheduled for the UFC 218 pay-per-view event. However, Edgar was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering a broken orbital bone in training.

This led to Holloway fighting Jose Aldo in a rematch, which saw Holloway successfully retain his title with a grisly third-round TKO.

Holloway tried to save the UFC 223 pay-per-view event once Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov on short notice, which was the original main event for the lightweight title, was scrapped after Ferguson pulled out with an injury.

However, he wasn’t able to make weight in time and didn’t fight at the show as a result of the commission pulling him.

On the flip side, Ortega beat Edgar at the UFC 222 pay-per-view, which secured the opportunity to challenge for the featherweight title.

He is unbeaten in his MMA career and holds wins over the likes of Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano, and Clay Guida.

UFC 226 is set to take place on Saturday, July 6, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass. Here is the updated card for the event:

Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title
Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry
Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall
Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou

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Betting Odds For UFC Atlantic City: Close Call In Headliner

UFC Atlantic City is here, and it goes down tonight (Saturday, April 21, 2018) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s […]

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UFC Atlantic City is here, and it goes down tonight (Saturday, April 21, 2018) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee in a lightweight bout will headline this event while Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson in a featherweight bout will co-headline the show.

Rounding out the six bout main card is Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis in a heavyweight bout, David Branch vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos in a middleweight bout, Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling in a bantamweight bout, and Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller in a lightweight bout.

According to oddsmakers, Lee is a -145 favorite over Barboza, who is a +125 underdog. Other odds for the main card include Swanson being a +190 underdog against Edgar, who is a -230 favorite. Here are the full betting odds:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

Kevin Lee (-145) vs. Edson Barboza (+125)

Frankie Edgar (-230) vs. Cub Swanson (+190)

Justin Willis (-360) vs. Chase Sherman (+300)

Thiago Santos (-220) vs. David Branch (+180)

Aljamain Sterling (-115) vs. Brett Johns (-105)

Dan Hooker (-355) vs. Jim Miller (+295)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Ryan LaFlare (-145) vs. Alex Garica (+125)

Siyar Bahadurzada (-115) vs. Luan Chagas (-105)

Corey Anderson (-120) vs. Patrick Cummins (EVEN)

Ricky Simon (-165) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (+145)

Tony Martin (-245) vs. Keita Nakamura (+205)

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White confirms Holloway vs. Ortega as UFC 226 co-headliner

Max Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 PPV. Max Holloway’s wish to return to the Octagon in July has been granted, as the reigning featherweight kingpin will defend his title against b…

Max Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 PPV.

Max Holloway’s wish to return to the Octagon in July has been granted, as the reigning featherweight kingpin will defend his title against breakout contender Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 226.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the matchup to multiple outlets on Friday.

The pay-per-view will be headlined by a heavyweight superfight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Cormier, the reigning light heavyweight champion, will look to add a second UFC belt to his collection and permanently etch his name into the history books by dethroning Miocic. Miocic captured the UFC heavyweight title in 2016 and has gone in to defend it a record-breaking three times, finishing all but one of his opponents via knockout.

As for Holloway, ‘Blessed’ will look to extend his win streak to 12 and defend his 145-pound title for the second time of his career. The Hawaiian standout beat former pound-for-pound No. 1 Jose Aldo in back to back championship bouts last year and is considered one of the most well-rounded and talented fighters on the UFC roster.

His opponent, Ortega, established himself as the clear-cut No. 1 featherweight contender after his first-round demolition of ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. The 27-year-old talent made his MMA debut in 2010 and is undefeated after 14 professional fights. Ortega did, however, have his win over Mike De La Torre overturned to a No Contest after he tested positive for Drostanolone in 2014. ‘T-City’ was subsequently suspended for nine months and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

UFC 226, which features the featherweight championship bout between Holloway and Ortega in the co-main event, takes place on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Check out the updated card below, per Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie.

UFC Atlantic City live results, PBP, analysis, highlights, more

Check out Bloody Elbow’s extensive fight night and post-fight coverage for UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee on Saturday, April 21st in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main event pits lightweight contenders Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee in a f…

Check out Bloody Elbow’s extensive fight night and post-fight coverage for UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee on Saturday, April 21st in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main event pits lightweight contenders Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee in a five-round clash, with New Jersey’s own Frankie Edgar once again taking on fellow top featherweight Cub Swanson in the co-main event.

Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega On Tap for UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier

Max Holloway wanted to make his return at UFC 226 and now he’ll get his wish. The reigning UFC featherweight champion will put his title up for grabs when he faces No. 1 ranked contender Brian Ortega as part of International Fight Week 2018 with …

Max Holloway wanted to make his return at UFC 226 and now he’ll get his wish. The reigning UFC featherweight champion will put his title up for grabs when he faces No. 1 ranked contender Brian Ortega as part of International Fight Week 2018 with their bout joining UFC 226 on July 7 in Las […]

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Midnight Mania: The UFC Paid Leslie Smith To Go Away

The UFC has a reputation for being stingy lately, but they opened up their wallets to get rid of Project Spearhead founder Leslie Smith. Fighters missing weight is barely news these days … it’s more shocking when an entire card makes it …

The UFC has a reputation for being stingy lately, but they opened up their wallets to get rid of Project Spearhead founder Leslie Smith.

Fighters missing weight is barely news these days … it’s more shocking when an entire card makes it through the process without anyone’s organs shutting down. The UFC doing sketchy things in regards to fighter pay after a fight falls out is also not all that surprising since the Fertittas left town. Like … are you really shocked that flyweight Ulka Sasaki is only being offered half his show money after his opponent Magomed Bibulatov pulled out last minute due to a back injury?

But what is rather unique is a fighter missing weight and the UFC deciding to pay her opponent their full show and win money to not fight. That’s what happened after Aspen Ladd came in 1.8 pounds over for her fight with fighter and Project Spearhead leader Leslie Smith, who happened to be on the last fight of her contract.

“I told the UFC that I would be willing to take the fight as long as they extended my contract,” Smith told MMA Fighting. “They did not want to extend my contract. Instead, they said they would pay me my win bonus in addition to my show money and that would fulfill the fight on my contract and they would not be extending it.”

“It feels like the UFC is paying me off to go away,” she concluded.

That’s the feeling a lot of the MMA Twittersphere has on the subject too, although there’s a fairly even split between those siding with Smith and the UFC. Smith has spent 2018 trying to rally the UFC roster around Project Spearhead and collect enough representation cards to kick off unionization. Unlike other flash in the pan attempts, Smith’s tenacity has kept Project Spearhead in the headlines.

Project Spearhead’s first goal after signing up enough UFC fighters: to clarify whether they deserve employee rights rather than the paltry protections afforded to them as private contractors. It’s an important question that would have a lot of different effects and funny enough if UFC fighters were employees it would probably make the UFC’s release of Smith illegal.

But as it stands, the UFC still holds all the cards and why would they keep around a troublesome athlete that’s always asking for better fighter treatment and pointing out all their questionable behavior? As eyebrow raising as it is to pay Leslie Smith an extra $31,000 to just make her go away, the UFC has never had many issues in the past playing hardball and getting rid of dissidents (if getting paid $62,000 to not fight can be considered hardball).

Past ruthless behavior from the organization has led to an ongoing billion dollar anti-trust lawsuit that alleges the UFC has used it’s monopsony powers to depress wages and distort the market. We have to wonder whether pushing the head of Project Spearhead out of the UFC will stifle the unionization effort or bolster it.


Insomnia

Black Beast already gearing up to win the meme war against Francis Ngannou. Nothing personnel, kid.

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Poster!

Lots of people rallying for Leslie Smith, which shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Paige VanZant’s book tour continues with a USO visit.

Happy 4:20!

Schaub embracing it.


Friday Night Fights

Meanwhile, at Combate Estrellas … round one vs. round two.

Starched.

Stick and return fire.

Watch out for that head kick!

How do fighters not s**t their pants the moment they get kicked like this?

That’s it from me, hope y’all enjoyed 420! Stay woke, Maniacs!