Max Holloway shows off damage from leg kicks almost a week after fight with Justin Gaethje: ‘He kicks like a Mack truck’

Max Holloway shows off damage from leg kicks week after Justin Gaethje fight He hits like a Mack truckMax Holloway took quite a few leg kicks from Justin Gaethje during their BMF title fight at UFC 300….

Max Holloway shows off damage from leg kicks week after Justin Gaethje fight He hits like a Mack truck

Max Holloway took quite a few leg kicks from Justin Gaethje during their BMF title fight at UFC 300.

Holloway scored an incredible fifth-round knockout win over Gaethje to become the BMF champion. It was an incredible win from Holloway, but he did take some nasty leg kicks, and during the fight a welt started to show.

Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria's demands for potential title fight: 'That’s kind of un-BMF'

Following the win, Holloway was on his Kick live stream and showed off some of the damage he took from the leg kicks.

His leg was still swelled up from the kicks, showing how serious the leg kicks were, but Holloway powered through the leg kicks through the fight to get the knockout win.

Max Holloway eyes featherweight title shot

With Max Holloway becoming the BMF champion, the plan for the Hawaiian is to return to featherweight to fight Ilia Topuria for the title.

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Even before Holloway won the BMF belt, he and Topuria had been trading shots at one another, and that has only increased since then.

Speaking on The MMA Hour, Max Holloway says he wants Ilia Topuria next time out and hopes it does happen.

“That was always my main goal. My main goal was always fighting Ilia,” Holloway said. “This was a fun fight. Shout out to Justin Gaethje. Justin Gaethje’s a legend, ‘The Highlight,’ he had everything to lose. He gave me the shot and this happened. But in my mind it was always, no matter what, win, lose, whatever it is, even until today, I wanted to fight Ilia.

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“People always ask me, ‘What are your thoughts on Ilia?’ The only thing that comes to my mind is it’s questionable. The dude is super questionable. Every other 145 contender that they wanted to fight [Alexander Volkanovski], they went through me. They fought me or they had to fight me. That’s one guy that eluded me. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, but he did and he got the title shot,” Holloway added.

Currently, the fight between Holloway and Topuria has not been booked, but both men are calling for the bout to happen next.

Rejected! Jiri Prochazka declines Jamahal Hill’s post-UFC 300 callout: ‘I’d like to fight for the title’

MixCollage 18 Apr 2024 03 51 PM 8541Jiri Prochazka has no interest in a fight with Jamahal Hill. Following his big win over Aleksandar Rakic at…

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Jiri Prochazka has no interest in a fight with Jamahal Hill.

Following his big win over Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 300, Prochazka moved into the No. 1 spot in the light heavyweight rankings — though Jamahal Hill deserves some of the credit for that. ‘Sweet Dreams’ was the division’s top-ranked-contender before suffering a brutal first-round knockout at the hands of reigning 205-pound king Alex Pereira in the landmark event’s headliner.

Alex Pereira KOs Jamahal Hill

Since then, Hill laid down a proposal to Jiri Prochazka, challenging the Czech to a fight for the right to rematch ‘Poatan’ later this year.

Jamahal Hill challenges Jiri Prochazka

Responding to the former champ’s request during an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Prochazka declined the offer. Instead, ‘BJP’ would prefer to jump right into the Octagon with Pereira — even if it means riding into enemy territory on two weeks’ notice.

“I like to fight for the title,” Prochazka said. “Especially after the decision in New York. The fact I won the fight last Saturday, that’s the only thing I feel right now. That’s what my management is working on. I am [confident]. As soon as possible. If that will be for the title with Alex, I am open to take the date in Brazil, like in two weeks. If there will be another date, let’s see.”

Jiri Prochazka may have to get in line behind Magomed Ankalaev

Prochazka came up short against Alex Pereira in their inaugural meeting in November at MSG for the vacant light heavyweight title. With the win over Rakic, ‘BJP’ certainly has a case for the rematch, but he may have to get in line as Russian standout Magomed Ankalaev appears to be the defacto next man in line for the Brazilian powerhouse.

Magomed Ankalaev

Ankalaev is currently sitting on a 10-fight win streak, with knockouts against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith and Johnny Walker. In between those two performances came a split draw against ex-titleholder Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282.

With things a bit cluttered at the top of the light heavyweight division, Pereira’s next opponent is not exactly clear. Perhaps Dana White and Co. can work that out while ‘Poatan’ makes a pit stop to bag a third UFC title?

Tom Aspinall confirms return on UFC 304 card in Manchester, waiting on fight agreement: ‘I’ll be announcing it soon’

Tom Aspinall confirms return fight at UFC 304 in Manchester I'll be announcing it soonUFC interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall confirms he will fight on next UK PPV card later this Summer.  Despite…

Tom Aspinall confirms return fight at UFC 304 in Manchester I'll be announcing it soon

UFC interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall confirms he will fight on next UK PPV card later this Summer. 

Despite Jon Jones reigning as the UFC’s current undisputed heavyweight title holder, a strong argument could be made that is Aspinall who is the best big man in the world. The Brit would capture the interim title in November of last year, stopping the then No.1 ranked Sergei Pavlovich with a vicious flurry of punches in just over a minute.

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With the division currently being held up with the cancellation of Jon Jones – Stipe Miocic and the subsequent lack of rebooking, Tom Aspinall would have to wait a lengthy amount of time for his shot at undisputed. Unless of course he were to take a fight in the meantime and defend his interim title. 

Tom Aspinall confirms UFC 304 comeback fight

Since his win over Pavlovich, Aspinall has been adamant that he wants to keep busy and in his latest post to social media announced he had got his wish. Aspinall would also confirm that the fight will take place on home soil in what will be the UFC’s return to the UK.

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“I had a meeting with the UFC, it has now been confirmed that I am fighting on UFC Manchester, so I’m back home preparing for that now, started the early stages of training camp,” Tom Aspinall said.

“Just waiting for my opponent to accept so stay tuned and I’ll be announcing it soon.”

A likely candidate for Aspinall’s opponent would be former foe Curtis Blaydes. The two squared off in July 2022 but unfortunately Aspinall would suffer a torn ACL and the fight would come to a close after just 15 seconds. 

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A perennial contender, Blaydes most recently scored an impressive victory over surging grappler, Jailton Almeida, last month. 

Who would win in a rematch, Tom Aspinall or Curtis Blaydes?

Manager explains why Alex Pereira won’t make fighting return at UFC 301: ‘He has to go and let the dust settle’

Manager reveals why Alex Pereira won't fight at UFC 301 He has to let the dust settleUFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira won’t be fighting in Brazil at UFC 301 after all. Pereira scored a…

Manager reveals why Alex Pereira won't fight at UFC 301 He has to let the dust settle

UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira won’t be fighting in Brazil at UFC 301 after all.

Pereira scored a first-round knockout win over Jamahal Hill in the main event of UFC 300. With Pereira not taking much damage, he called to fight in a few weeks at UFC 301. However, Pereira’s manager, Jorge Guimarães spoke on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast and explained why he won’t be fighting on the card.

“That won’t happen, no way, especially now that he has another broken toe,” Guimarães said of Pereira fighting on May 4 in Rio de Janeiro. “He has to go to the shipyard and let the dust settle and celebrate the victory. Maybe [go to Brazil] to watch the event, but no fights for him.”

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Alex Pereira not fighting at UFC 301 is a bit disappointing for fans, but due to the broken toe, he will be taking time off and making sure he’s healthy for his next title defense.

Manager Doesn’t Think Alex Pereira – Tom Aspinall fight is next

Since Alex Pereira became the light heavyweight champion, he has hinted at a future move to heavyweight.

Tom Aspinall has shown some interest in facing Alex Pereira in the future, but the Brazilian’s manager doesn’t think the fight makes sense for Aspinall.

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“I don’t think [fighting Pereira] is a good idea for Aspinall at this moment,” Guimarães said. “We have to see what’s going to happen. I think it’s still too premature. Aspinall is the interim champion, why would he risk fighting ‘Poatan’? I don’t think it makes much sense [for Aspinall], I don’t think it’s a good idea [for Aspinall]. For us, it is [a good idea].”

Ultimately, the plan for Pereira is to defend his light heavyweight title next, but his manager isn’t ruling out a fight at heavyweight in the future.

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“He has the desire, and I’ll tell you this, he’s going to do an incredible job at heavyweight,” Guimarães said. “He’s a super tough fight for anyone in the heavyweight division as well. He’s hungry to fight. He says his time is running out, and he wants to achieve the most he can. He’s extremely confident, and I think he would shine at heavyweight. Let’s see what the UFC has on the table for us, but he won’t be fighting in Rio de Janeiro.”

Charles Oliveira targets quickfire return after UFC 300, rematch fight with Max Holloway: ‘It would be wonderful’

Charles Oliveira weighs up Max Holloway rematch after UFC 300 it would be wonderfulPlanning a hasty return to action off the back of his close, contentious split decision loss to Arman Tsarukyan…

Charles Oliveira weighs up Max Holloway rematch after UFC 300 it would be wonderful

Planning a hasty return to action off the back of his close, contentious split decision loss to Arman Tsarukyan over the weekend at UFC 300, former lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira has expressed his interest in a re-run with newly-minted BMF titleholder, Max Holloway in the future.

Oliveira, a former undisputed lightweight kingpin, who slipped to number two in the official lightweight pile over the course of the weekend, found himself on the wrong side of a close, debated split judging (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) defeat to Armenia native, Tsarukyan failed to lock up a slew of close submission attempts in each round.

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And arguing his case for a potential victory on the judge’s scorecards against the newly-ranked number one contender, Oliveira claimed that his active in hunting for submissions should likely have gotten him the nod in a close back-and-forth. 

“I had to finish him,” Charles Oliveira explained during an interview with Canal Encarada. “It went to the judges, and it’s their call, there’s nothing we can do. If you go back tot the first round, you’ll see I tired to finish him more and they scored it for me. The second one was closer and I ended up with a triangle choke locked in, and they gave it to him. The third, he was on top, holding me there, but wasn’t doing Jiu-Jitsu or anything, and I finished with a choke locked in, and they still have it to him. There’s not much we can do.”

And in terms of an ideal return time – it’s as soon as possible according to Sao Paulo finisher, Oliveira, who also noted his interest in sharing the Octagon with the above-mentioned, Holloway in the future – who himself turned in a viral, buzzer-beating KO win over common-foe, Justin Gaethje.

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Charles Oliveira weighs up Max Holloway rematch

“We don’t need to get desperate,” Charles Oliveira explained. “I want to come back as soon as possible. Of course, a fight with Max Holloway would be wonderful, but he will definitely go back to his weight class to fight for the 145 [pound] title. Justin Gaethje hurt his nose, so we have to think.” 

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First fighting Holloway atop a UFC Fight Night Saskatoon main event back in 2015, Oliveira saw a four-fight unbeaten streak come to an end in unique circumstances, suffering a first round TKO loss after he injured his esophagus during a scramble at the Octagon fence.

Would you like to see Charles Oliveira rematch Max Holloway?

Bo Nickal confident he would ‘ragdoll’ Khamzat Chimaev in potential middleweight clash

Bo Nickal confident he would 'Ragdoll' Khamzat Chimaev in potential middleweight clashBo Nickal can’t see Khamzat Chimaev hanging with him inside the Octagon — especially in a five-round fight. Making…

Bo Nickal confident he would 'Ragdoll' Khamzat Chimaev in potential middleweight clash

Bo Nickal can’t see Khamzat Chimaev hanging with him inside the Octagon — especially in a five-round fight.

Making his third appearance for the promotion at UFC 300, Nickal was dragged beyond the first round for the first time in his career. Still, the result was the same as the three-time NCAA Division I National Champion dispatched his opponent, Cody Brundage, via rear-naked choke in the latter half of the second stanza.

Bo Nickal submits Cody Brundage

Sitting at 6-0 in his mixed martial arts career, it’ll be a while before we see Nickal squaring off with anyone sniffing around the middleweight top 10, but that won’t stop the former Nittany Lion from looking ahead. Particularly when it comes to the undefeated Chechen monster, Khamzat Chimaev.

Khamzat Chimaev

Nickal has had his sights set on a scrap with ‘Borz’ since scoring his contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. Perhaps one day we’ll see how that plays out. For now, we’ll just have to live with Nickal’s prediction of how things could potentially play out between the two world-class wrestlers.

“I think I would do similarly to him what I did to this last guy,” Nickal said during an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani “[I would] take him down, ragdoll him, throw him around. He’s not a big 85er, he gets tired. Is his first round gonna be a little more competitive? Probably, but if that fight is five rounds I don’t think he makes it five rounds.

“Will it be tough in the beginning? Is he gonna come at it? Absolutely, but I don’t think he’s going to be able to hurt me or do anything that inflicts so much damage that I’m not going to be able to widen the gap on him as the fight continues.”

Khamzat Chimaev meets Robert Whittaker in a high-stakes scrap in Saudi Arabia

Currently, Khamzat Chimaev is gearing up for what will be the biggest test of his career thus far. Returning to the Octagon on Saturday, June 22, ‘Borz’ will headline the UFC’s debut in Saudi Arabia, squaring off with former middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker.

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Robert Whittaker at UFC Saudi Arabia

After kickstarting his UFC career with three wins in eight weeks, Chimaev’s appearances have been few and far between. He last fought at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi where he earned a majority decision over short-notice opponent Kamaru Usman. The victory came more than a year removed from his UFC 279 debacle that saw him go from fighting Nate Diaz to competing against Kevin Holland in the span of 24 hours.