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Morning Report: Pros react to Max Holloway pulling out of UFC 226 title defense

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The International Fight Week curse lives on.

Since 2014, the UFC has promoted multi-event weeks for International Fight Week, Unfortunately, also during that time at least one major fight has dropped off of one of the scheduled cards. In 2014, Chael Sonnen failed a drug test and was removed from a fight with Vitor Belfort (that was originally supposed to be against Wanderlei Silva before a whole host of issues interceded to prevent that fight). In 2015, Jose Aldo pulled out of his scheduled title defense against Conor McGregor for UFC 189. In 2016, McGregor was pulled out of a rematch with Nate Diaz after fake retiring and then Jon Jones failed a drug test to force him out of his scheduled rematch with Daniel Cormier. Last year, Amanda Nunes pulled out of her scheduled bout with Valentina Shevchenko for UFC 213. And now, Max Holloway has been forced off UFC 226 due to concussion like symptoms.

Holloway’s removal from his scheduled title defense against Brian Ortega is a major blow to one of the best cards of the year. Undefeated in MMA, and riding a streak of six consecutive finishes, Ortega appears to be the most interesting challenger for Holloway’s title. The two will likely be set to rematch each other once Holloway’s injury concerns have abated, but in the meantime, see how the MMA world reacted to the loss of the UFC 226 co-main event.

It is what it is. We’ll run this shit later.

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TUF 27. Check out the results from the last episode of The Ultimate Fighter 27.

Out. Max Holloway is out of his scheduled featherweight title defense against Brian Ortega.

Finish. Daniel Cormier: I would have finished Francis Ngannou ‘if I spent 22 minutes on top of him.’

Plans. Stipe Miocic says UFC called him about Cormier bout two days before Ngannou fight.

Exposed. James Vick says Justin Gaethje has been ‘exposed’ in UFC: ‘I don’t think he’s a world-class fighter.’


Reaction to the news.

Timeline for UFC 226.


Gaethje on Conor vs. Khabib.

Tate on Conor vs. Khabib.

Can you name all the UFC champions ever?


Heavy Hands. Previewing UFC 226 and Wyman’s last ride.

Obviously Fight Talk. Previewing UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier.


Can’t imagine this will happen.

Matt Serra is amazing.

Bisping called it.

Cormier is so good at every single facet of MMA.


Smash him #soon

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Vitor still wants it.

Stepping up.


@bellatormma @ryandcouture I would love to do it over again in Israel!!!

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Elite level Twitter post.

T-Wood not having any of it.



Anthony Smith (29-13) vs. Mauricio Rua (25-10) UFC Hamburg, July 22.

Brad Pickett (25-14) vs. Jesse Brock (23-9); ACB 91, Aug. 11.

Yusup Raisov (13-1) vs. Reza Madadi (14-6); ACB 92, Aug. 25.


2008: Forrest Griffin became the UFC light heavyweight champion when he won a unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson at UFC 86.

2014: Chris Weidman successfully defend his middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida at UFC 175. Also that evening, Ronda Rousey knocked out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds to retain her bantamweight title.

Pat Miletich was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.


Hope y’all enjoyed the holiday. Sucks that Max and Ortega was cancelled but that’s pretty much par for the course in MMA these days. Let’s just hope the rest of 226 holds up. Also, that Belal suggestion of Ortega vs. Showtime got me thinking about that fight and wow do I want to see that.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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