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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?

Yoel Romero reacts to Michael Bisping’s first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum

Yoel Romero reacts to Michael Bisping’s first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum

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

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping suffered his second stoppage loss in just three weeks at last weekend’s UFC event in Shanghai, China.

After being put to sleep by Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 217 on November 4, “The Count” decided to make a quick turnaround and accepted a short-notice fight with Kelvin Gastelum for November 25.

Unfortunately for Bisping, his fight with Gastelum did not go as planned. Kelvin caught Michael with a massive left hand in the early moments of round one which sent Bisping crashing to the canvas. Gastelum would then proceed to unleash some brutal ground and pound which forced the referee to step in and stop the contest.

While many fighters applauded Bisping for taking the short notice fight with Gastelum, there were others who disagreed with the decision.

Recently retired ONE Championship welterweight title holder Ben Askren put the UFC on blast for allowing “a concussed” Bisping to make such a quick turnaround.

Most recently, Michael Bisping’s bitter rival Yoel Romero spoke with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor where he criticized the bold move.

“You know, I think it is just so crazy. He came back just after just a couple of weeks. He got hurt badly in that fight with St-Pierre and ended up being put to sleep. Normally, the commission and doctors won’t allow a fighter to come back so soon after a fight like that. He came back after three weeks! That is just crazy I think.”

Romero was quick to point the finger at Bisping’s coaching staff who he believes should have advised “The Count” against making such a quick turnaround.

“Bisping’s team should have told him not to take that fight. For the sake of his family. He should have been thinking about his family. They (his team) should have told him not to fight and pointed at his family. The question really is why did his team allow him to fight. They should have said no. It is my humble opinion that he should have not come back so fast.”

Following his loss to Gastelum, Michael Bisping announced that he still plans to have one last fight when the promotion returns to London in March of 2018.

Do you think we will finally see a scrap between Yoel Romero and Michael Bisping this March?

Dana White: “Conor McGregor may never fight again”

Dana White: “Conor McGregor may never fight again”

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

Conor McGregor may never fight again according to UFC President Dana White.

“Mystic Mac” has not stepped foot inside the octagon since defeating Eddie Alvarez for the promotions lightweight title at UFC 205 in November of 2016.

McGregor’s most recent combat sports appearance came this past summer when he took his talents to the squared circle in a bout against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.

The Irish star would end up losing his professional boxing debut to Mayweather via tenth-round TKO. With that said, McGregor made a boatload of cash for his efforts, earning upwards of $100 million for his boxing match with “Money”.

Dana White recently discussed the topic of Conor McGregor’s future in an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole where he revealed that the 29-year-old Irish star may never fight again.

“Listen, Conor McGregor may never fight again.” Stated White. “Try getting up in the morning with $100 million in the bank and getting punched in the face every day.”

If Conor McGregor does decide to return to the UFC’s octagon he is expected to have a title unification bout with current interim title holder Tony Ferguson.

Report | Nate Diaz vs. Tyron Woodley in the works for UFC 219

Report | Nate Diaz vs. Tyron Woodley in the works for UFC 219

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley could potentially be defending his title against Nate Diaz at UFC 219.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Earlier today BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor confirmed that Nate Diaz had started a new fight camp and was closing in on a deal which would see him return at the December 30 event in Las Vegas.

This evening MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that a bout between Woodley and Diaz was being discussed by UFC officials but that no deal has been reached as of yet.

Nate Diaz has not competed since UFC 202 where he suffered a majority decision loss to current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a bout contested at welterweight.

“The Stockton Slugger” had previously defeated “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 by way of second-round submission (rear-naked choke).

Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley was most recently seen in action at July’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, where he successfully defended his title against submission specialist Demian Maia.

“T-Wood” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six octagon appearances scoring wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson and the aforementioned Demian Maia in that time.

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson

Woodley’s last loss came way back at UFC 174 in June of 2014 when he was outpointed by former title challenger Rory MacDonald.

Who do you think will emerge victorious if Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz square off for the welterweight title at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas?