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Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

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

Frankie Edgar will fight anyone at any weight class and Cody Garbrandt is down!

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke some very unfortunate news Friday when he announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had suffered an injury and was no longer able to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.

With that news, the UFC has been left scrambling to try and find a new main event while attempting to keep “The Answer” on the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was hoping to have Brian Ortega replace the injured Max Holloway against Frankie Edgar in a non-title bout.

The promotion was also hoping to book a short-notice bantamweight title fight rematch between current champ T.J. Dillashaw and former title holder Cody Garbrandt to help salvage the card.

Unfortunately for fight fans hoping to see that rematch, Dillashaw is apparently injured and would rather return at UFC 226 this July in a super-fight with current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

The always game former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar recently took to Twitter where he bravely announced that he would be willing to fight anyone in any weight class to save the UFC 222 pay-per-view event.

“I’m down for anyone, any fight, any weight class. Let’s save this fight card! @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2” – Frankie Edgar

It did not take long for “The Answer” to receive an offer, as the aforementioned former UFC bantamweight champion of the world Cody Garbrandt took to social media with the following.

“@AliAbdelaziz00 get us paid I’m down!! #fightersfight” – Cody Garbrandt

Is this the fight to make?

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent

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

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent!

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has suffered an injury and will no longer be able to compete against Luke Rockhold in the headliner of next month’s UFC 221 pay-per-view in Australia.

The former UFC middleweight champion, Rockhold, will now face off with perennial contender Yoel Romero for the promotions interim middleweight title at the event.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was first to report the news on Twitter:

“Breaking on ESPN: Robert Whittaker has pulled out of UFC 221 next month due to injury. Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero for interim title will headline, per UFC. Whittaker will face winner.” – Brett Okamoto

Yoel Romoero was originally slated to square off with David Branch at February’s UFC on FOX 28 event in Orlando.

No word yet on who will replace the “Soldier of God” against Branch.

Romero was last seen in action at UFC 213 where he suffered a close decision loss to the aformentioned Robert Whittaker in a bout that crowned the promotions interim middleweight champion.

Whittaker was later promoted to undisputed middleweight champion, this after Georges St-Pierre opted to vacate his middleweight strap shortly after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in UFC 221’s newly announced main event between Romero and Rockhold?

UFC 219 Results

UFC 219 Results

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

Get all of the UFC 219 Results below:

UFC 219 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – Cyborg def. Holm via decision (49-46, 48-47 x2)
Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Nurmagomedov def. Barboza via decision (30-25 x2, 30-24)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Esparza def. Calvillo via decision (29-28 x3)
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Magny def. Condit via decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker – Hooker def. Diakiese via submission in round three

UFC 219 Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):

Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree – Oleksiejczuk def. Rountree via decision (30-27 x3)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori – Fight was ruled a majority draw (28-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury – Jury def. Glenn via decision (30-27 x3)
Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka – Nicolau def. Smolka via decision (30-26 x2, 30-25)

UFC 219 Prelims on Fight Pass (7:30 p.m. ET):

Mark Delarosa vs. Tim Elliott – Elliott def. Delarosa via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:14 of round 2

What’s next for UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway?

What’s next for UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway?

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

Max Holloway made his first successful UFC featherweight title defense at last weekend’s UFC 218 event in Detroit defeating Jose Aldo via third-round TKO.

With the win, the proud Hawaiian extended his current win streak to twelve in a row and solidified himself as one of mixed martials arts pound-for-pound best fighters.

Holloway was originally expected to face former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 218, however “The Answer” was forced to pullout of the fight with an injury.

So what is next for “Blessed”?

Obviously Frankie Edgar is a logical choice to be Holloway’s next opponent.

But don’t rule out former division champion Conor McGregor.

The UFC’s biggest star and current lightweight champion, McGregor, threw shade at Holloway following his victory over Aldo on December 2.

Max quickly returned fire at McGregor by calling him a “retired fighter who enjoys looking back at his past accomplishments”.

Holloway and McGregor met way back in 2013, with Conor emerging victorious via unanimous decision.

“Mystic Mac” is expected to unify his lightweight title with current interim champ Tony Ferguson in his next octagon appearance.

However, McGregor has been outspoken about Ferguson’s lack of drawing power and a rematch with Holloway seems to be a more favourable fight/payday for the Irishman.

Who would you like to see Max Holloway fight next?