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UFC 236: ‘Holloway vs Poirier 2’ press conference live stream ,  Max Holloway: ‘I decided to prove myself’ to Khabib Nurmagomedov with UFC 236 interim title fight

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion, Max Holloway, and No. 3-ranked Lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier, are set to clash for the interim 155-pound title in the headliner of UFC 236, which takes place inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga., airing live on pay-per-view (PPV).

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For complete details on how the rematch (“Diamond” submitted “Blessed” at UFC 143 more than six years ago) came to fruition click here and here.

Even though the bout was announced just last week, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization is already setting its hype machine in motion, hosting a UFC 236 press conference today (Fri., March 1, 2019) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event will be open to the public; however, if you are not fortunate enough to be in “Sin City,” fight fans can watch the UFC 236 press conference live on ESPN+ or in the embedded video player above. UFC 236-related coverage will also appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” throughout the evening, according to a press release.

In addition to Holloway and Poirier, the featured fighters in UFC 236’s co-main event, No. 4-ranked Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum and No. 5-ranked Israel Adesanya, will also be on hand to discuss their 185-pound scrap for the division interim belt (details). Of course, UFC President Dana White will also be on hand to emcee the promotional event and likely responding to reporters who say “stupid things.”

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UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway missed out on the opportunity to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov once before, and he doesn’t intend on allowing that to happen again.

Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC) will move up to lightweight next month to meet Dustin Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) for the interim title at UFC 236. With champ Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) planning to take most of the year off in solidarity with his teammates also suspended for the infamous UFC 229 brawl, the promotion opted to move forward with the division.

Holloway said he saw the upside right away when he was presented with the chance to take on Poirier..

“Khabib said he wanted to fight me, but he wanted me to prove myself,” Holloway told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at a recent UFC 236 press conference in Las Vegas. “I got Dustin. April 13, I decided to prove myself. I’m going to go out there and prove myself, and when he’s ready to come back, I’ll be ready.”

UFC 236 takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Holloway vs. Poirier headlines the pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

The matchup is meaningful for Holloway beyond just the interim title at stake. Poirier handed “Blessed” his first career loss at UFC 143 in February 2012, and since then the Hawaiian has flourished into a pound-for-pound great. He has a chance to prove how far he’s come since his octagon debut.

If he wins at UFC 236, all signs point to a unification bout with Nurmagomedov, who Holloway was supposed to fight on short notice at UFC 223 in April 2018 but was ruled out of the bout by the New York State Athletic Commission on weigh-in day due to concerns about his cut.

That last-minute withdrawal was part of a rough 2018 for Holloway, but he closed it out on a high note with a dominant TKO of Brian Ortega to defend his featherweight belt at UFC 231 in December. That 145-pound belt sits on ice for the time being while Holloway tends to business with Poirier. And while the outcome ultimately will decide what happens next, Holloway doesn’t intend to hold up the division.

“After that Ortega fight I had to take some time personally and some business stuff, then they came to me with this fight in April,” Holloway said. “Can’t let it slip through your fingers. At the end of the day, first things first, I got Dustin Poirier, and we’ll talk to the UFC after that. I don’t think Frankie (Edgar) or Jose (Aldo) deserve a champ that’s not willing to defend for a year. After this one I could go back down in the summer. That would be fun. But first things first, April 13.”

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UFC 235 Results, updates: Round-by-round, fight-by-fight coverage

UFC 235 Results, updates: Round-by-round, fight-by-fight coverage

The UFC 235 main event has Jon Jones (23-1) defending his light-heavyweight title against challenger Anthony Smith (31-13). Join us for round-by-round, fight-by-fight coverage from Las Vegas. The card also features: Tyron Woodley (19-3-1) vs. Kamaru Usman (14-1) for Woodley’s welterweight belt; Ben Askren (18-0) vs. Robbie Lawler (28-12), welterweights; Tecia Torres (10-3) vs. Weili Zhang (18-1), women’s straw-weights; Cody Garbrandt (11-2) vs. Pedro Munhoz (17-3), bantamweights.

UFC light heavyweight title: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith

Jon Jones is universally viewed as one of the best fighters of all time and he is looking to fight more often after drug test failures and out of competition issues kept him out of action for long stretches in recent years. Anthony Smith is a massive underdog. He earned this shot with three straight wins, albeit against a couple of fighters past their prime.

Round 1. Smith lands a hard leg kick, the first solid shot by either fighter. Jones swings wildly a couple times and doesn’t land. Jones does connect with a spinning back kick to the body. Jones misses with an ax kick. Jones lands another spinning back kick to the body. Smith lands a head kick. Jones catches the leg and clinches. Uneventful round. 10-9 Jones.

Round 2. Jones opens with a few kicks at different angles. Jones connects with a front kick that forces Smith to back away. Jones lands a spinning elbow. Jones is continually attacking with kicks; those have been his primary weapon in this bout. Both men land punches in an exchange. 10-9 Jones.

Round 3. Jones looks for a takedown. Smith stops him but Jones does land a heavy knee to the body in the process. They end up in a clinch stalemate for an extended period before Jones finally slams Smith down with two minutes left. Nothing really happens with Smith and Jones on the ground. 10-9 Jones.

Round 4. Jones attacks with kicks including a hard spinning back kick to the body and then follows that with some elbows to the head. Jones throws Smith to the ground. Smith is bleeding now from the face. Jones lands some punches on the ground. Smith stands up but then is taken back down. Jones lands some punches, elbows and knees on the ground. Jones lands an illegal knee to the head as Smith is still down. Referee Herb Dean deducts two points for some reason. 10-8 Jones, so 8-8 with the point deduction.

Round 5. Smith comes out swinging with power punches. Jones shoots in for takedown but doesn’t get it. They end up back in a clinch. Jones lands some punches and shoulder strikes but isn’t doing all that much while Smith is just hanging on. This hasn’t been a fan friendly fight. 10-9 Jones, 48-44 Jones.

Winner: Jon Jones, unanimous decision (48-44, 48-44, 48-44).

That wasn’t a fight that’s going to be talked about when remembering Jones’ career. It was a flat fight where Jones was clearly better. Questions remain about how good Jones is now relative to a few years back before all the issues arose

UFC welterweight title: Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman

As Tyron Woodley continues to successfully defend the UFC welterweight title, he is establishing himself as one of the best welterweights in the history of the sport. With excellent wrestling and striking, he poses a difficult challenge for any opponent. Kamaru Usman is younger and longer with an excellent wrestling pedigree of his own. Usman has won nine UFC fights in a row to earn this title shot.

Round 1. Usman immediately moves into range and Woodley throws a right hand. Usman goes for a takedown and Woodley grabs a guillotine. Woodley doesn’t have Usman in danger and Usman just repeatedly attacks Woodley’s body. Woodley looks to stand up while Usman lands a few knees to the body. Woodley stands up and separates. Usman throws a lead jab and then shoots in for another takedown attempt. Woodley blocks it. Usman lands a straight right hand and returns to the clinch. Usman can’t set anything up. Usman and Woodley both land punches from close range before they end up back in another clinch. 10-9 Usman.

Round 2. Usman again throws a jab and then moves in for a takedown. He can’t get it but Usman lands a heavy elbow on the break. Woodley is bleeding right around the eye. Usman then scores a takedown and secures full mount. Usman lands some punches and elbows from there although on balance Woodley is doing a good job defending. Usman looks to set up an arm triangle choke but Woodley prevents that. 10-8 Usman.

Round 3. Woodley throws one of those big right hands as Usman moves in. They end up back in the clinch where Usman lands one punch after another to the body. They break but Usman goes right back in to the clinch where Usman is landing punches and knees. After a break, Woodley lands a nice shot as Usman is moving in. Usman gets that clinch again. 10-9 Usman.

Round 4. Woodley lands an uppercut as Usman comes in. Woodley grabs a guillotine choke and pulls guard but he loses the choke in the process and ends up on his back. Usman uses some shoulder strikes and controlling Woodley. They are stood up and end up back in the clinch. Woodley lands punches while Usman lands knees. Usman opens up with punches and has Woodley in trouble. Woodley is getting punished but fires back with a knee. Usman is beating Woodley up by the cage. Woodley’s facial expression at the close of the round is not good at all. 10-8 Usman.

Round 5. Usman moves right back in for the clinch. Woodley grabs a guillotine choke. Usman slams him down and attempts a Von Flue choke from the top. Woodley gives up the guillotine. Usman lands some punches and elbows to the body and then attacks the head as well. Woodley looks to finally stand back up at the end of the round but Usman won’t even allow him that. 10-8 Usman, 50-42 Usman.

Winner: Kamaru Usman, unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45).

That was a masterful performance by Usman, who put it on a great champion and dominated for 25 minutes. Usman has been underappreciated for some time and he proved his skill level in that bout. It was the sort of performance that makes you think he might be able to hold that title for a while.

Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren

Robbie Lawler is the former UFC welterweight champion and he has beaten some of the top names in the sport. He welcomes to the UFC Ben Askren, the former Bellator and One champion. Askren is unbeaten in MMA and is an NCAA champion and Olympic wrestler.

Round 1. Askren immediately grabs a hold of Lawler. Lawler slams Askren down and opens up with a vicious series of punches and elbows. Askren is just barely holding on. Askren gets up and eats a hard knee to the body. Askren walks into an uppercut. he’s bleeding badly. Askren clinches again. Askren lands a knee but Lawler answers with a knee of his own. Askren finally gets a takedown with two minutes left. Askren looks for a bulldog choke and the fight is stopped.

Winner: Ben Askren, submission, round 1.

That’s sure to be a controversial stoppage. Lawler’s arm dropped down quickly, giving the impression that he was choked unconscious. Referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight. Lawler protested immediately but it certainly seemed possible that Lawler went unconscious and then woke up. Either way, that was a heck of a comeback from Ben Askren after getting badly damaged at the beginning of the fight and barely surviving.

Weili Zhang vs. Tecia Torres

Weili Zhang has won 18 straight fights and is looking to become the first UFC star fighter from China. UFC has invested in that market and is hoping with its martial arts tradition that it can become an MMA hotbed. Tecia Torres is likely the toughest opponent thus far in Zhang’s career and Torres is motivated coming off two straight losses against elite fighters.

Round 1. Both fighters come out throwing plenty of kicks. Zhang looks for a takedown in a scramble but Torres avoids that and returns to the feet. Zhang again looks for a takedown and she jumps on Torres’ back in the effort. Torres is eventually able to get out of that. Torres gets Zhang down late but Zhang rolls through and takes top position at the close of the round. 10-9 Zhang.

Round 2. Zhang opens with a few low kicks. Torres and Zhang both connect with punches on the other in an exchange. Torres lands a nice combination of punches, one of the best for her in the fight. Zhang looks for a takedown. Torres defends well initially but Zhang is able to get her down and lands a few punches. Torres is able to reverse into top position and hit Zhang a few times before the round concludes. 10-9 Torres.

Round 3. Torres connects with a few heavy punches early. She has turned things around from an output standpoint in the second and third rounds of this fight. Zhang clinches and looks for a takedown but Torres blocks it. Zhang gets a takedown at the midpoint of the round. Zhang lands a series of punches and elbows from in Torres’ half guard. Zhang keeps landing until the fight comes to an end. 10-9 Zhang, 29-28 Zhang.

Winner: Weili Zhang, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

It looked like Zhang’s takedown in the third might have been the difference in the fight but ultimately the judges had her ahead anyway. That was a competitive fight and certainly not a dominant performance from Zhang but she got the win against a ranked opponent. It also likely showed her she has some things to work on if she is going to make the top of her division. Zhang confirmed as much in her post fight interview.

Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz

Cody Garbrandt won the UFC bantamweight title and was a burgeoning star of the sport before losing twice via knockout to T.J. Dillashaw. Now Garbrandt will seek to rebound against Pedro Munhoz, who has won 6 of 7 and now receives the biggest opportunity of his career.

Round 1. Munhoz catches a kick and looks for a leg submission but he can’t get anything and gives it up. Both fighters are relying more on one strike at a time rather than throwing combinations, particularly Munhoz. Munhoz keeps attacking the leg of Garbrandt and Garbrandt is walking a little awkwardly. Garbrandt is stunned following a clash of heads and Munhoz follows him to the ground. Garbrandt gets up and comes up with a wild knee that connects. Garbrandt then starts wildly swinging and Munhoz swings back. They go toe to toe throwing hard punches back and forth, each landing big blows. Finally, in the closing seconds of the round, Munhoz lands a heavy right hook. Garbrandt goes down, Munhoz lands a few more punches on the ground and that’s it.

Winner: Pedro Munhoz, TKO, round 1.

Once again, Garbrandt got reckless while doing well and got knocked out. That’s three straight fights that has happened. He’s a dangerous striker and has great confidence in himself but his chin is a vulnerability and he doesn’t protect it sufficiently against top flight opponents.

Source : latimes.com

UFC 236 Live

UFC 236 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video Live Stream: Max Holloway Vs. Dustin Poirier Fight Card

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UFC 236 is more than a month away, but that doesn’t mean the UFC is going to wait to start promoting the event. The four fighters competing in the headlining bouts will be in Las Vegas today for a pre-event press conference.

UFC 236 takes place on April 13 from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The main event of the upcoming card finds featherweight champion Max Holloway meeting Dustin Poirier in a bout which will determine the interim lightweight champion. This bout marks the second meeting between these two. Holloway made his UFC debut against Poirier in 2012. At the time, Holloway was 4-0, while Poirier was 11-1. Poirier won that featherweight fight by submission in the first round.

Holloway is currently riding a 13-fight winning streak. His four most recent bouts have ended via TKO. He has never fought at lightweight with the UFC. Poirier moved up to lightweight in 2015. He’s 8-1-0-1 since that move and riding a streak of three straight TKO wins.

The co-main event of UFC 236 will also have an interim title on the line. That fight features Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum. The winner of that contest will claim the interim middleweight title.

Adesanya is a perfect 16-0. He joined the UFC in 2018 and has racked up a 5-0 record with the promotion. Gastelum, a former welterweight, was set to face Robert Whittaker for Whittaker’s middleweight crown at UFC 234, but that fight was scratched when Whittaker had to undergo emergency surgery for a collapsed bowel and an abdominal hernia. Gastelum is on a two-fight winning streak at middleweight.

The UFC 236 press conference takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, before the UFC 235 ceremonial weigh-ins. You can watch a live stream of the presser right here.

 

UFC 235: How To Watch On Live Stream, TV And Potential Viewership Competition

UFC 235 is one of those MMA cards that you simply can’t miss if you love the sport. There are a lot of clear favorites, but the names scheduled to be in action make this one of the premier MMA events so far this year.

Here’s how you can watch.

  • Date: Saturday, March 2
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • Times: Early Prelims at 6:30 pm, Mid-Level Prelims at 8 pm and Main Card at 10 pm ET
  • TV: Mid-Level on ESPN and Main Card on PPV
  • Live Stream: Early Prelims on UFC Fight Pass, Mid-Level Prelims on ESPN app, Main Card can be ordered on UFC.com, Amazon, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

The Draws

Arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, Jon “Bones” Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against the surging Anthony “Lionheart” Smith. Jones returned from suspension to defeat Alexander Gustafsson via TKO in a highly anticipated rematch in December. The victory landed Jones his third reign as world champion, though the second was technically wiped away because of a failed drug test.

Now that he’s back and seemingly focused on getting the most out of his career, every time Jones steps into the Octagon it’s a treat for fans of martial arts excellence. Smith has earned this title shot, but he comes in a massive underdog. If he were to defeat Jones, it would be one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.

That said, he’s strong, rugged, determined and confident. The fight should be interesting while it lasts.

In the co-main event, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley looks for his fourth consecutive title defense against Kamaru Usman. Woodley hasn’t lost a fight in almost five years and he seems to be getting better, despite being 36 years old.

Usman is an athletic wrestler who could potentially give the champ some issues. It’ll be a tactical battle that hardcore fans of the sport can appreciate, but might draw some boos.

Don’t Sleep On Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov

Johnny Walker might be the next major star in the light heavyweight division, though Dominick Reyes will have something to say about that. Walker stepped in on short notice to face the once-streaking Misha Cirkunov in an important battle in the 205-pound division.

Walker is huge for the weight class and extremely athletic. He’s the kind of physical presence that would appear to be an interesting opponent for Jones down the line. However, he can’t look past Cirkunov who is looking to continue to rebuild himself after back-to-back losses in 2017.

Cirkunov bounced back with a win over Patrick Cummins in October 2018, and now he’d like to extend his winning ways to the tune of a two-fight win streak.

What Else Will Be On?

Combat sports fan with a budget and appetite for the UFC will likely be ready to tune in on Saturday. The only other combat sports programming that runs through any part of UFC 235 is a rather nondescript Showtime card featuring Erislandy Lara facing Brian Castano.

Aside from combat sports, there is a primetime NBA matchup that sees the Golden State Warriors head east to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s an attractive game, but none of it should prevent ESPN from doing solid numbers with the prelims, or the UFC/ESPN from generating solid PPV buyrates.