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Rematch! Jose Aldo steps up to fight Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 218

Rematch! Jose Aldo steps up to fight Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 218

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway gets a new opponent and will still be defending his title at UFC 218 on December 2 in Detroit, Michigan.

The news was reported by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

Holloway was originally slated to make his first title defense against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar at the event. However, “The Answer” was forced to pull out of the contest Wednesday afternoon due to injury.

Shortly after the news that Frankie Edgar had been forced off of the December 2 fight card, Max Holloway took to social media where he stated his intention to remain on the Detroit fight card.

“Injuries are part of this fight game. Frankie [Edgar]’s the man. I wish him a speedy recovery. Detroit, you guys are a bunch of tough motherf-ckers. I met many of you last month when we visited. You guys deserve the best fight card of the year and you’re still gonna’ get it. I’m fighting no matter what. Santa is still coming early to Detroit, so get ready. Malice in the palace part two if we have to. I’ll see you soon.”

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The Hawaiian champion, Holloway, was most recently seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event in Brazil, where he earned a third-round TKO victory over Jose Aldo to become the UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion of the world.

As for Holloway’s newly announced opponent, Jose Aldo and Holloway last fought at UFC 212 where the Hawaiian successfully unified the UFC featherweight titles. Now, his first defense of the unified belt will be against the former king of the division himself.

Who do you think will win when Max Holloway and Jose Aldo square off on December 2 in Detroit? Sound of PENN Nation!

Denver Broncos part ways with Pro Bowl Safety T.J. Ward

Denver Broncos part ways with Pro Bowl Safety T.J. Ward

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Denver Broncos have released veteran safety T.J. Ward according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Ward was set to make a non-guaranteed $4.5 million this upcoming NFL season.

The two-time Pro Bowl safety recorded three interceptions and five forced fumbles during his 41 games with the Broncos.

“This was a difficult decision to part ways with T.J. after everything he’s done for our football team,” general manager John Elway said in a statement. “He was a respected teammate whose attitude and physical mindset played a big part in our Super Bowl run. We thank T.J. for his contributions as a Bronco and wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

The 30-year-old, Ward, will likely find a new home before the start of the 2017-2018 season, as teams have already begun to express interest.

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Max Holloway looks to make history at UFC 212

Max Holloway looks to make history at UFC 212

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Max Holloway will look to make history next weekend at UFC 212 in Brazil when he squares off with current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the promotions undisputed title.

If victorious, Max Holloway will become only the second Hawaiian in UFC history to become an undisputed UFC champion, the other being UFC legend BJ Penn.

“Blessed” procured the UFC’s interim featherweight strap in his most recent bout at UFC 206 in December, where he became the first fighter to TKO former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

Max Holloway is currently riding an impressive ten-fight win streak, which includes notable victories over Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson.

As for Jose Aldo, the reigning UFC featherweight champion was most recently seen in action at UFC 200 where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Aldo and Holloway throw down on June 3 in Brazil?

Jose Aldo reacts to being promoted to undisputed featherweight champion

Jose Aldo reacts to being promoted to undisputed featherweight champion

Jose Aldo is once again the undisputed UFC featherweight champion.

This all comes after the UFC announced that Conor McGregor “relinquished” his featherweight title shortly after winning the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, making him the first concurrent two-division UFC champion is the history of the sport.

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UFC President Dana White stated multiple times prior to UFC 205 that Conor McGregor would have to decide which division’s title he would give up if he ended up winning the lightweight title from Alvarez, which “The Notorious” did in a brilliant performance.

Aldo spoke with SporTV channel’s Planeta (transcribed by MMA Junkie) after being promoted from the UFC interim featherweight champion to the undisputed champion of th 145-pound division.

“It was a fact that this was going to happen. We knew (McGregor) was going to relinquish the belt – obviously, either mine or the lightweight one,” Aldo said.

“I think both are very tough fights for him, either at lightweight with Khabib (Nurmagomedov) or a rematch with me. So he chose to let go of mine. It’s no problem. Of course, first I want to do a (title) defense and then, yes, I will want to pursue a fight with (McGregor).”

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Aldo added that he will get his rematch with “The Notorious” at some point in the future.

“Since Dana said that we can choose who we want to fight, I want to fight (McGregor). “That’s what’s going to happen.”

Even with not getting his rematch with his Irish rival just yet, Aldo says he is happy with getting his championship status back.

“I think I’ve always been the champion, and I will always be the champion,” Aldo stated. “As long as I’m at featherweight, no matter what happens, I’ll keep being the champion. So this, for me, was something that was already certain. The minute I lost, I knew, the next day, the belt would be mine again. It was just a matter of time. Of course, (it was) not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion.”