Get Ready to Meet Penn, Lamas, Liddell, Pettis, and More!
As Bruce Buffer so emphatically bellows, “III…IIIT’S TIME!”
The Filipino MMA collective has agonizingly waited for the second week of October as Fight Week looms ever so closely. In its second coming, the UFC is bringing in UFC Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, recent UFC heavyweight title challenger Alistair “The Reem” Overeem, and No. 8 ranked lightweight Michael “Maverick” Chiesa as guest fighters to the BJ Penn and Ricardo Lamas-led UFC Fight Night Manila.
Chuck Liddell has the coolest victory celebration IMO!
MMA Philippines and EverSport bring you Rizin 2
The first round of Rizin Fighting Federation’s openweight tournament will go down tomorrow night at Saitama Super Arena. Noteworthy among the competitors is Mirko Cro Cop, who is coming out of retirement to fight in Japan whilst his USADA suspension is still in effect. The former Pride and K-1 Grand Prix champion will go against Hyun Man Myung in the last opening round match for the evening. Rizin 2 will be headlined by Kron Gracie and Hideo Tokoro. Also, BJJ world champion and freak athlete Gabi Garcia will open the card against Destanie Yarbrough.
“I’m not about this love type of sh*t; I’m here to fight.”
Today, Max Holloway wants you to know that he is NOT pissed. “I wouldn’t use the word ‘pissed’. It just blows my mind,” Holloway told MMA Philippines and various members of Philippine media as he addressed the proverbial elephant in the room during the UFC Fight Night Manila promo tour at SM Megamall last September 17, 2016.
The 24-year-old Hawaiian just landed in the Philippines when news broke of a possible Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor lightweight title fight to headline UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on November. McGregor is the UFC featherweight champion, but has yet to defend his belt for the first time. The same day, interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who just defeated No.2 contender Frankie Edgar for the interim title, expressed his preference for a money fight with featherweight newcomer Anthony Pettis over legitimate No.3 contender Holloway should McGregor opt not to defend his title yet again.
“I just lost respect for the champion,” Holloway continued. “A champion should be willing to fight the best guy in the world. Everyone’s talking about money fights, mega fights, this and that. At the end of the day, you should want to fight. [Aldo] blatantly said that he wanted to fight Pettis ‘cause Pettis is the easier fight, and he thinks it would sell more.”