Kevin Lee: It’s Too Soon To Call Holloway GOAT

After his showing this past weekend (Sat. December 8, 2018) at UFC 223, many are already putting UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the GOAT dicussion. Holloway successfully defended his 145-pound title against Brian Ortega in the main event. The Hawaiian was pretty dominant in the match-up, clearly the superior striker through the four rounds […]

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After his showing this past weekend (Sat. December 8, 2018) at UFC 223, many are already putting UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the GOAT dicussion.

Holloway successfully defended his 145-pound title against Brian Ortega in the main event. The Hawaiian was pretty dominant in the match-up, clearly the superior striker through the four rounds they shared the Octagon. Ortega refused to go down, but was battered pretty badly. In fact, he likely made it through half of the fight on heart alone. 

Recently, there has been talk of Holloway potentially moving up to lightweight. That would mean he’d be facing the likes of top-ranked 155 pounders such as Kevin Lee. Lee will compete this weekend at UFC on FOX 31.

Speaking on “The MMA Hour,” Lee discussed Holloway being tossed into the discussion for GOAT. Lee said people throw fighters into that mix way too fast nowadays (via MMA Mania):

“I feel like in time maybe people will stop doing that. We are talking about something bigger than that. I feel like people are too short-sighted. You win one fight and all of a sudden you are the GOAT,” Lee said.

“And this is no disrespect to Max at all. Max is one of the very few fighters in the game that I got a lot of respect for and actually consider a good friend. He looked amazing, really. We are all kind of the same generation. I feel like me and him both are in the new generation of fighter.

“He set the bar last week and it has given me a bit more motivation, a bit more fuel to go out there and put a show on. But, I feel like that’s not the way you get it done. That’s not the way you become a superstar by automatically let’s just bump up.”

Lee went on to compare the situation to that of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Immediately after his win over Conor McGregor in October, Khabib called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a boxing fight:

“You see the same thing with Khabib. I told this to Ali, you win one fight and all of a sudden you want to fight Floyd Mayweather for $100 million. Come on, this is not how this game works. It’s a marathon.

“Keep putting in the work, keep taking out No. 1 contenders and then maybe you will get there eventually. You talk about guys like Georges St-Pierre who had to defend the title nine or ten times before they started saying that. I feel that is the way the sport should really be. Let’s get back to the real sport, let’s get back to, we’ve already seen it.

“Why do you want Khabib to fight Floyd? It’s not even a great fight. Why do you want Max to come up and fight somebody like Khabib or like me? It’s unfair for him to even have to, that’s a lot of weight. People do not understand, we are competitors.

“We are just too big and too strong. It’s too big of a disadvantage. I feel like it needs to be a clear playing field, and then that’s when you really see the best fight.”

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UFC 231 Medical Suspensions: Brian Ortega Out Six Months

Brian Ortega and Chad Laprise headline the list of 16 fighters that have been given time off due to UFC 231 medical suspoensions. Ortega fell short challenging featherweight champion Max Holloway for the title on Saturday night. The champion delivered a histroic beatdown to Ortega, who los for the first time in his career.  The Ontario […]

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Brian Ortega and Chad Laprise headline the list of 16 fighters that have been given time off due to UFC 231 medical suspoensions.

Ortega fell short challenging featherweight champion Max Holloway for the title on Saturday night. The champion delivered a histroic beatdown to Ortega, who los for the first time in his career.

 The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport released the event’s finalized medical suspension report earlier today (courtesy of MMA Fighting). Due to the damage sustained during his bout with Holloway 
Ortega will be forced to seek doctor’s clearance or sit out 180 days before returning to active competition, per Ontario commission officials.

Here is a complete list of UFC 231’s medical suspensions below.

  • Brian Ortega: 180 days and medical clearance
  • Chad Laprise: 180 days and medical clearance
  • Alex Oliveira: 60 days
  • Jimi Manuwa 60 days and medical clearance
  • Kyle Nelson: 60 days
  • Devin Clark: 60 days and medical clearance
  • Max Holloway: 30 days
  • Valentina Shevchenko: 30 days
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk: 30 days
  • Gunnar Nelson: 30 days and medical clearance
  • Kyle Bochniak: 30 days and medical clearance
  • Jessica Eye: 30 days
  • Katlyn Chookagian: 30 days
  • Elias Theodorou: 30 days
  • Eryk Anders: 30 days and medical clearance
  • Matthew Lopez: 30 days
  • Hakeem Dawodu: 14 days
  • Thiago Santos: 14 days
  • Nina Ansaroff: 14 days and medical clearance
  • Claudia Gadelha: 14 days
  • Gilbert Burns: 14 days
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier: 14 days
  • Brad Katona: 14 days
  • Dhiego Lima: 14 days
  • Diego Ferreira: 14 days
  • Aleksander Rakic: 14 days

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Frankie Edgar Claims He’s Next In Line For Featherweight Title Shot

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar believes he’s next in line for a featherweight title opportunity. Edgar was set to challenge 145-pound king Max Holloway at March’s UFC 222. However, Holloway was forced off the card with an injury, and replaced by Brian Ortega. Ortega won the fight via first-round knockout, becoming the only man […]

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Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar believes he’s next in line for a featherweight title opportunity.

Edgar was set to challenge 145-pound king Max Holloway at March’s UFC 222. However, Holloway was forced off the card with an injury, and replaced by Brian Ortega. Ortega won the fight via first-round knockout, becoming the only man in MMA history to have finished Edgar inside the cage. Ortega then earned the next shot at the featherweight crown but lost to Holloway via fourth-round TKO over the weekend (Sat. December 8, 2019).

Now, Edgar, who is recovering from a torn bicep injury, is just about ready to get back into the Octagon. When he does, he believes he’s still next in line for a 145-pound title opportunity. He had this to say on the “Ariel Helwani MMA Show” earlier today (Mon. December 10, 2018):

“I think I’m next in line, I think we should go back to that fight (Holloway). I feel like Holloway, he doesn’t owe me anything, but I think we wanna get that one done.”

Edgar noted he has already reached out to UFC President Dana White, and the pair have agreed to speak soon on what’s next for him:

“I said, ‘I gave my shot up, maybe it wasn’t the best idea, but I thought I was gonna win that fight, it didn’t go my way – ‘ And he said we’ll see. He said we’ll talk next week, we’ll see what happens, and we’ll see how it plays out.”

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Holloway moving up to lightweight next. White has said he’d like the Hawaiian to move up to 155 pounds, and Holloway is certainly interested in the superfights the division has to offer.

As for Edgar, he’s one of the last big match-ups available to “Blessed” at 145 pounds before a potential division change.

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Brian Ortega Speaks On UFC 231 Loss To Max Holloway

Brian Ortega didn’t take long to talk about his UFC 231 loss. Last night (Dec. 8), Ortega challenged Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight championship. The bout took place inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “T-City&#…

Brian Ortega didn’t take long to talk about his UFC 231 loss. Last night (Dec. 8), Ortega challenged Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight championship. The bout took place inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “T-City” showed heart, but was peppered with clean shots on his way to a TKO loss before the […]

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Max Holloway Details Why He’s Not The Best Featherweight Ever

Featherweight king Max Holloway continues to impress, as he has never looked better then he did last (Dec. 8, 2018) night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Welcome to the “Blessed Era.” Holloway was absolutely brilliant in his defense over No.1 Brian Ortega. He masterfully picked the unbeaten Gracie black belt apart for the majority of the 20-minute […]

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Featherweight king Max Holloway continues to impress, as he has never looked better then he did last (Dec. 8, 2018) night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Welcome to the “Blessed Era.” Holloway was absolutely brilliant in his defense over No.1 Brian Ortega. He masterfully picked the unbeaten Gracie black belt apart for the majority of the 20-minute affair.

Although many fans and media members agree that the 27-year-old Hawaiian is the greatest 145-pounder to have ever graced the Octagon, Holloway respectfully disagrees. He believes one of his former foe Jose Aldo is the true featherweight GOAT. He is honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as ‘Junior’:

“I still believe the greatest featherweight of all time is Jose Aldo,” Holloway told reporters post-fight at UFC 231. “When I’m 30 or 31 or his age then you ask me if I’m the greatest featherweight of all-time if I’m still here.

Not the Goat Yet?

The Hawaiian could make a strong case for the featherweight GOAT if he wanted to. He currently holds a few divisional records like longest winning streak, most wins, most stoppages and more. The key area where Aldo stands out is in title defenses. He successfully defended the 145- pound strap six straight times. 

Holloway believes he could eventually catch and pass Aldo. He just needs more time.

“I’ve got to just keep winning, keep doing my job and keep winning fights and let you guys keep talking about it,” Holloway said. “Personally, for me, I think Jose still is. I’m chasing him. He set the bar, and I’m still chasing that bar, and I’ve got to break it. People are saying this is a new era. I guess I’m setting the bar for the new era. When ‘The Blessed Era’ is here, ‘The Blessed Era’ is going to be in full effect.”

For now, all Holloway can do is keep fighting. As for what division he will be competing in moving forward, no one is quite certain. UFC President Dana White has expressed a strong desire to see Holloway move up in weight. The champ, however, does seem lukewarm to the idea.

“At the end of the day I just want to be the pound-for-pound No. 1,” Holloway said. “I’m the champion, and I keep defending my belt, I’ll be No. 1. If it’s up a weight class, it’s up, If it’s defending my throne. If I get to fight one of my good friends, ‘The Daddest Man on the Plant’ (Daniel Cormier) for that title, bring it on Kung Fu Panda. I’ve got you, ‘DC.’ I can see him very soon.”

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Dana White Praises Doctor Stoppage In Holloway vs. Ortega

Dana White praises the doctor stoppage in last night’s UFC 231 main event between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega . In the headliner, the doctor stopped the fight and Holloway was awarded the late TKO win. The reason for this was due to the left eye being shut on Ortega. The event went down on […]

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Dana White praises the doctor stoppage in last night’s UFC 231 main event between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega .

In the headliner, the doctor stopped the fight and Holloway was awarded the late TKO win. The reason for this was due to the left eye being shut on Ortega. The event went down on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Following the fight, White praised the decision to stop this fight as he was hoping someone would make the call.

“I wanted them to stop that fight going into the fifth round,” White told reporters. “I was hoping that either the referee or the corner was going to stop that fight.”

The fourth and final round of this featherweight title fight was a brutal one. Ortega was more than willing to go despite the fact that he took 134 significant strikes in this bout. It also marked the first loss of Ortega’s career after a seven-fight winning streak.

“For all of us that have been in the fight game a long time, that’s what you call too tough for your own good,” White said. “And I believe he could have done the fifth round. I believe he would have done the fifth round, but it should have never happened.

That fifth round should have never happened. He’s a young, talented guy, and I think going into that fifth round would have been very bad for him, health wise. The fourth round wasn’t good for him health wise.”

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