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  • Holloway back on mainland, undergoing medical tests

    Holloway back on mainland, undergoing medical tests

    Holloway back on mainland, undergoing medical tests

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:16 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:16:58 GMT
    Image: Max Holloway/TwitterImage: Max Holloway/Twitter

    UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is back on the mainland to undergo further medical testing following his withdrawal from UFC 226 earlier this month. Holloway, 26, was pulled from the card’s co-main event after it was revealed he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms through fight week and was rushed to the hospital just three days before the fight’s were supposed to take place. 

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    UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is back on the mainland to undergo further medical testing following his withdrawal from UFC 226 earlier this month. Holloway, 26, was pulled from the card’s co-main event after it was revealed he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms through fight week and was rushed to the hospital just three days before the fight’s were supposed to take place. 

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  • 3 Hawaii fighters to appear on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

    3 Hawaii fighters to appear on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

    3 Hawaii fighters to appear on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-07-10 21:47:07 GMT

    Coming off an International Fight Week that featured two fighters from the islands in Rachael Ostovich and Brad Tavares, the UFC is giving three more local fighters the opportunity to earn a contract with the promotion. This afternoon, Maui’s Joey Gomez, Riley Dutro and Ewa Beach native Toby Misech will fight on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. 

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    Coming off an International Fight Week that featured two fighters from the islands in Rachael Ostovich and Brad Tavares, the UFC is giving three more local fighters the opportunity to earn a contract with the promotion. This afternoon, Maui’s Joey Gomez, Riley Dutro and Ewa Beach native Toby Misech will fight on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. 

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  • Ortega calls for UFC to vacate Holloway's featherweight title

    Ortega calls for UFC to vacate Holloway's featherweight title

    Ortega calls for UFC to vacate Holloway's featherweight title

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 4:32 PM EDT2018-07-10 20:32:29 GMT
    Image: Brian Ortega/TwitterImage: Brian Ortega/Twitter
    Image: Brian Ortega/TwitterImage: Brian Ortega/Twitter

    When Max Holloway was pulled from the co-main event of UFC 226 this past Saturday, Brian Ortega refused a last-minute replacement fight against featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens. But now that Ortega is nearly a week removed from having his opponent forced to withdraw due to concussion-like symptoms, he’s calling for the UFC to strip Holloway of his title and vacate the featherweight belt. 

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    When Max Holloway was pulled from the co-main event of UFC 226 this past Saturday, Brian Ortega refused a last-minute replacement fight against featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens. But now that Ortega is nearly a week removed from having his opponent forced to withdraw due to concussion-like symptoms, he’s calling for the UFC to strip Holloway of his title and vacate the featherweight belt. 

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  • UFC 226 was a bad week for some islanders, but Hawaii MMA remains as strong as ever

    UFC 226 was a bad week for some islanders, but Hawaii MMA remains as strong as ever

    UFC 226 was a bad week for some islanders, but Hawaii MMA remains as strong as ever

    Monday, July 9 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-07-09 21:21:34 GMT
    (Image: Max Holloway/Instagram)(Image: Max Holloway/Instagram)

    The dust has finally settled on UFC 226 and International Fight Week. Daniel Cormier, who entered Saturday’s main event as the company’s light heavyweight champion, is now the UFC’s heavyweight champion - the “double champ” as he is being hailed nowadays. But even after a historic UFC card that entertained the masses from the Fight Pass prelims to the PPV portion of the card, a cloud hung over the night’s co-main event. 

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    The dust has finally settled on UFC 226 and International Fight Week. Daniel Cormier, who entered Saturday’s main event as the company’s light heavyweight champion, is now the UFC’s heavyweight champion - the “double champ” as he is being hailed nowadays. But even after a historic UFC card that entertained the masses from the Fight Pass prelims to the PPV portion of the card, a cloud hung over the night’s co-main event. 

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  • Adesanya defeats Tavares in 5 round striking clinic

    Adesanya defeats Tavares in 5 round striking clinic

    Adesanya defeats Tavares in 5 round striking clinic

    Saturday, July 7 2018 2:01 AM EDT2018-07-07 06:01:51 GMT
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter

    The Israel Adesanya show has arrived to the UFC at the expense of Hilo native Brad Tavares. Tavares, the No. 8 middleweight in the UFC, started out well in the first and was able to exchange with Adesanya with some effectiveness. However, it didn’t take long for “The Last Stylebender” to impose his will on the Hawaiian, who was cut up badly from an elbow form Adesanya during the fight.

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    The Israel Adesanya show has arrived to the UFC at the expense of Hilo native Brad Tavares. Tavares, the No. 8 middleweight in the UFC, started out well in the first and was able to exchange with Adesanya with some effectiveness. However, it didn’t take long for “The Last Stylebender” to impose his will on the Hawaiian, who was cut up badly from an elbow form Adesanya during the fight.

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  • Ostovich loses to De La Rosa at TUF 27 via 3rd round submission

    Ostovich loses to De La Rosa at TUF 27 via 3rd round submission

    Ostovich loses to De La Rosa at TUF 27 via 3rd round submission

    Friday, July 6 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-07-07 02:14:15 GMT
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    Rachael Ostovich couldn’t kick off The Ultimate Fighter Finale for “Team Hawaii” as she lost to Montana De La Rosa in the third round by way of submission (rear-naked choke.) 

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    Rachael Ostovich couldn’t kick off The Ultimate Fighter Finale for “Team Hawaii” as she lost to Montana De La Rosa in the third round by way of submission (rear-naked choke.) 

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  • Holloway breaks silence following his withdrawal from UFC 226

    Holloway breaks silence following his withdrawal from UFC 226

    Holloway breaks silence following his withdrawal from UFC 226

    Friday, July 6 2018 3:30 PM EDT2018-07-06 19:30:38 GMT
    Image: Max Holloway/TwitterImage: Max Holloway/Twitter
    Image: Max Holloway/TwitterImage: Max Holloway/Twitter

    Two days after he was pulled from UFC 226, featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway released a statement this afternoon. “It was what it was,” Holloway said on Instagram. 

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    Two days after he was pulled from UFC 226, featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway released a statement this afternoon. “It was what it was,” Holloway said on Instagram. 

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  • White says Max Holloway 'won't be fighting anytime soon'

    UFC president says Max Holloway 'won't be fighting anytime soon'

    UFC president says Max Holloway 'won't be fighting anytime soon'

    Thursday, July 5 2018 10:22 PM EDT2018-07-06 02:22:19 GMT
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    Max Holloway was ruled out of his UFC 226 co-main event fight against Brian Ortega last night, and it doesn’t sound like the Waianae native will be stepping inside of the Octagon anytime soon. 

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    Max Holloway was ruled out of his UFC 226 co-main event fight against Brian Ortega last night, and it doesn’t sound like the Waianae native will be stepping inside of the Octagon anytime soon. 

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  • Adesanya: Tavares is here because of me

    Adesanya: Tavares is here because of me

    Adesanya: Tavares is here because of me

    Thursday, July 5 2018 4:30 PM EDT2018-07-05 20:30:59 GMT
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter

    If there’s one certainty heading into The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale main event featuring Brad Tavares and Israel Adesanya, there’s no love lost. Adesanya has made a name for himself with his kickboxing acumen and his trash talk. On Wednesday, he made a point to the media that his 2-0 record in the UFC means little as he’s fought over a hundred times in kickboxing competitions.

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    If there’s one certainty heading into The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale main event featuring Brad Tavares and Israel Adesanya, there’s no love lost. Adesanya has made a name for himself with his kickboxing acumen and his trash talk. On Wednesday, he made a point to the media that his 2-0 record in the UFC means little as he’s fought over a hundred times in kickboxing competitions.

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  • Pros, media react to Holloway's removal from UFC 226

    Pros, social media reaction to Holloway's removal from UFC 226 co-main event

    Pros, social media reaction to Holloway's removal from UFC 226 co-main event

    Thursday, July 5 2018 1:45 AM EDT2018-07-05 05:45:52 GMT
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    This calendar year has not been kind to UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway as he had already been pulled from two fight cards -- UFC 222, UFC 223 -- due to medical reasons. Tonight was no exception. 

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    This calendar year has not been kind to UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway as he had already been pulled from two fight cards -- UFC 222, UFC 223 -- due to medical reasons. Tonight was no exception. 

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  • Holloway out of UFC 226 co-main event with 'concussion-like symptoms'

    Breaking: Holloway out of UFC 226 co-main event with 'concussion-like symptoms'

    Thursday, July 5 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-07-05 05:20:07 GMT
    (Image: Max Holloway/Instagram)(Image: Max Holloway/Instagram)

    For the third fight in a row, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has been ruled out a fight. 

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    For the third fight in a row, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has been ruled out a fight. 

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  • Tavares believes he will defeat Adesanya at UFC 226 because he's a 'complete fighter'

    Tavares believes he will defeat Adesanya at UFC 226 because he's a 'complete fighter'

    Tavares believes he will defeat Adesanya at UFC 226 because he's a 'complete fighter'

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-07-04 23:09:28 GMT
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter

    Brad Tavares might not have been the most excited fighter in the UFC middleweight division to accept a fight against rising prospect Israel Adesanya, but he’s come around to the idea of giving “The Last Stylebender” his first career MMA loss.

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    Brad Tavares might not have been the most excited fighter in the UFC middleweight division to accept a fight against rising prospect Israel Adesanya, but he’s come around to the idea of giving “The Last Stylebender” his first career MMA loss.

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  • UFC 226: Everything you need to know ahead of International Fight Week

    UFC 226: Everything you need to know ahead of International Fight Week

    UFC 226: Everything you need to know ahead of International Fight Week

    Sunday, July 1 2018 5:36 PM EDT2018-07-01 21:36:12 GMT

    International Fight Week is here, and UFC 226 is only a matter of days away. In the main event of, arguably, the most anticipated fight card of the year, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will look to defend his title against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in what is being hailed as a true “Superfight.” Not to be outdone, the co-main event of the evening on July 7th will be between Waianae native and featherweight champion Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega. 

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    International Fight Week is here, and UFC 226 is only a matter of days away. In the main event of, arguably, the most anticipated fight card of the year, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will look to defend his title against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in what is being hailed as a true “Superfight.” Not to be outdone, the co-main event of the evening on July 7th will be between Waianae native and featherweight champion Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega. 

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  • Drake name drops Holloway on latest album

    Drake name drops Holloway on latest album

    Drake name drops Holloway on latest album

    Saturday, June 30 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-06-30 19:34:14 GMT
    (Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)(Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)
    (Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)(Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)

    To be the best, you have to beat the best. And the best is blessed - but only when they attached to you, according to Canadian rapper and songwriter Drake who references UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway in his latest album. “Max said they only bless when they attached to you,” raps Drake in his song “8 out of 10” from his album, Scorpion, which was released two days ago. 

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    To be the best, you have to beat the best. And the best is blessed - but only when they attached to you, according to Canadian rapper and songwriter Drake who references UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway in his latest album. “Max said they only bless when they attached to you,” raps Drake in his song “8 out of 10” from his album, Scorpion, which was released two days ago. 

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  • Holloway 'not scared' of Ortega's ground game ahead of UFC 226

    Holloway 'not scared' of Ortega's ground game ahead of UFC 226

    Holloway 'not scared' of Ortega's ground game ahead of UFC 226

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-06-29 22:55:05 GMT
    Image: Max Holloway/InstagramImage: Max Holloway/Instagram
    Image: Max Holloway/InstagramImage: Max Holloway/Instagram

    On the surface, the co-main event of UFC 226 featuring featherweight champion Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega appears to be a classic “striker vs. grappler” fight. Ortega’s reputation as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt precedes him. 

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    On the surface, the co-main event of UFC 226 featuring featherweight champion Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega appears to be a classic “striker vs. grappler” fight. Ortega’s reputation as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt precedes him. 

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  • Medeiros out of UFC 226 after suffering a broken rib

    Medeiros out of UFC 226 after suffering a broken rib

    Friday, June 29 2018 3:50 PM EDT2018-06-29 19:50:49 GMT
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    Welterweight contender Yancy Medeiros will not fight at UFC 226 after suffering a broken rib. The Makaha native was set to take on Mike Perry in Las Vegas next Saturday. He confirmed to ESPN.com that he suffered a displaced fracture during training which forced him to be pulled from the fight.

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    Welterweight contender Yancy Medeiros will not fight at UFC 226 after suffering a broken rib. The Makaha native was set to take on Mike Perry in Las Vegas next Saturday. He confirmed to ESPN.com that he suffered a displaced fracture during training which forced him to be pulled from the fight.

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  • Tavares looks to derail Adesanya hype train at The Ultimate Fighter 27 finale

    Tavares looks to derail Adesanya hype train at The Ultimate Fighter 27 finale

    Tavares looks to derail Adesanya hype train at The Ultimate Fighter 27 finale

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-06-27 23:02:42 GMT
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter
    Image: Brad Tavares/TwitterImage: Brad Tavares/Twitter

    UFC middleweight and Hawaii native Brad Tavares was angling for a big name fight after defeating Krzysztof Jotko via TKO back in April. Instead, Tavares was offered a fight against rising prospect Israel Adesanya - a fight that looks designed to propel Adesanya to stardom with a win. Tavares will headline his first UFC main event next week at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on July 6th, one night before UFC 226.

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    UFC middleweight and Hawaii native Brad Tavares was angling for a big name fight after defeating Krzysztof Jotko via TKO back in April. Instead, Tavares was offered a fight against rising prospect Israel Adesanya - a fight that looks designed to propel Adesanya to stardom with a win. Tavares will headline his first UFC main event next week at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on July 6th, one night before UFC 226.

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  • Holloway: Fight against Ortega is a superfight

    Holloway: Fight against Ortega is a superfight

    Holloway: Fight against Ortega is a superfight

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 5:11 PM EDT2018-06-27 21:11:12 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    The main event at UFC 226 featuring light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is being promoted as “The Superfight”, and for good reason. It’s not often that two champions from two different divisions meet inside the Octagon, but July 7th’s main event might not even be the most anticipated fight of the evening.

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    The main event at UFC 226 featuring light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is being promoted as “The Superfight”, and for good reason. It’s not often that two champions from two different divisions meet inside the Octagon, but July 7th’s main event might not even be the most anticipated fight of the evening.

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  • Dan Ige: Getting rid of early weigh-ins is 'stupid'

    Dan Ige: Getting rid of early weigh-ins is 'stupid'

    Ige: Getting rid of early weigh-ins is 'stupid'

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:36:53 GMT
    Image: Dan Ige/TwitterImage: Dan Ige/Twitter

    The biggest issue the UFC and MMA has to deal with is no longer the use of performance enhancing drugs. Instead, weight cutting has become a plague for organizations across the world and, more importantly, the fighters themselves. Cutting weight to drop to a lower weight class to have a size advantage over an opponent has its pros and cons. But as more fighters continue to cut massive amounts of weight in a short amount of time, the health of fighters is at risk. 

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    The biggest issue the UFC and MMA has to deal with is no longer the use of performance enhancing drugs. Instead, weight cutting has become a plague for organizations across the world and, more importantly, the fighters themselves. Cutting weight to drop to a lower weight class to have a size advantage over an opponent has its pros and cons. But as more fighters continue to cut massive amounts of weight in a short amount of time, the health of fighters is at risk. 

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  • Life of a fighter: Dan Ige balances life inside the cage and behind the desk

    Life of a fighter: Dan Ige balances life inside the cage and behind the desk

    Life of a fighter: Dan Ige balances life inside the cage and behind the desk

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:31 PM EDT2018-06-12 00:31:00 GMT
    Image: Dan Ige/TwitterImage: Dan Ige/Twitter
    Image: Dan Ige/TwitterImage: Dan Ige/Twitter

    Dan Ige is not your average prize fighter. Fighting in the UFC is the ultimate goal for many mixed martial artists. For Ige, a Haleiwa native, it’s a dream come true. But fighting is far from the only thing that Ige has a passion for. 

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    Dan Ige is not your average prize fighter. Fighting in the UFC is the ultimate goal for many mixed martial artists. For Ige, a Haleiwa native, it’s a dream come true. But fighting is far from the only thing that Ige has a passion for. 

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  • Ige earns 1st UFC win after vicious TKO finish at UFC 225

    Ige earns 1st UFC win after vicious TKO finish at UFC 225

    Ige earns 1st UFC win after vicious TKO finish at UFC 225

    Saturday, June 9 2018 6:49 PM EDT2018-06-09 22:49:31 GMT
    Image: Dan Ige/TwitterImage: Dan Ige/Twitter
    Image: Dan Ige/TwitterImage: Dan Ige/Twitter

    Dan Ige came into Saturday’s UFC 225 fight against Mike Santiago with a chip on his shoulder after losing his Octagon debut back in January. But less than a minute after the Octagon door closed, the fight was over. And Ige had his hand raised for the first time in his young UFC career. 

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    Dan Ige came into Saturday’s UFC 225 fight against Mike Santiago with a chip on his shoulder after losing his Octagon debut back in January. But less than a minute after the Octagon door closed, the fight was over. And Ige had his hand raised for the first time in his young UFC career. 

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  • Ahead of UFC 226 Holloway goes toe-to-toe with... Jon Stewart?

    Ahead of UFC 226 Holloway goes toe-to-toe with... Jon Stewart?

    Ahead of UFC 226 Holloway goes toe-to-toe with... Jon Stewart?

    Monday, April 30 2018 10:35 PM EDT2018-05-01 02:35:28 GMT
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    UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway may have found a new challenger while participating in a recent USO Tour in support of the United States military.

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    UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway may have found a new challenger while participating in a recent USO Tour in support of the United States military.

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  • Max Holloway to face Brian Ortega at UFC 226 for featherweight title

    Max Holloway to face Brian Ortega at UFC 226 for featherweight title

    Max Holloway to face Brian Ortega at UFC 226 for featherweight title

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:27 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:27:48 GMT
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    Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega is on for UFC 226. Joining teammate and close friend Yancy Medeiros on the card will be the UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native, Holloway. On July 7th, Holloway will take on Ortega for the 145-pound title, according to the UFC. 

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    Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega is on for UFC 226. Joining teammate and close friend Yancy Medeiros on the card will be the UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native, Holloway. On July 7th, Holloway will take on Ortega for the 145-pound title, according to the UFC. 

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  • Yancy Medeiros set to return against Mike Perry at UFC 226

    Yancy Medeiros set to return against Mike Perry at UFC 226

    Yancy Medeiros set to return against Mike Perry at UFC 226

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-04-17 22:20:21 GMT

    Makaha native Yancy Medeiros, one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters in the welterweight division, is making his return to the Octagon. Medeiros will look to move on from his TKO loss to Donald Cerrone earlier this year when he faces Mike Perry, who is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak at UFC 226 in Las Vegas on July 7th. 

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    Makaha native Yancy Medeiros, one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters in the welterweight division, is making his return to the Octagon. Medeiros will look to move on from his TKO loss to Donald Cerrone earlier this year when he faces Mike Perry, who is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak at UFC 226 in Las Vegas on July 7th. 

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  • What's next for Max Holloway? A look forward at the UFC featherweight champion's options moving forward

    What's next for Max Holloway? A look forward at the UFC featherweight champion's options moving forward

    What's next for Max Holloway? A look forward at the UFC featherweight champion's options moving forward

    Monday, April 9 2018 5:29 PM EDT2018-04-09 21:29:48 GMT
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    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    History can wait. But Max Holloway doesn’t plan on waiting around long to defend his UFC featherweight title, even after a disappointing turn of events over the last few days. 

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    History can wait. But Max Holloway doesn’t plan on waiting around long to defend his UFC featherweight title, even after a disappointing turn of events over the last few days. 

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  • Holloway talks what really happened ahead of UFC 223, weight cuts, McGregor's outburst, and what's next

    WATCH: Holloway talks what really happened ahead of UFC 223 and what's next

    WATCH: Holloway talks what really happened ahead of UFC 223 and what's next

    Monday, April 9 2018 1:00 AM EDT2018-04-09 05:00:35 GMT
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    Max Holloway talks all that happened at UFC 223 (including that incident with Conor McGregor)

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    Max Holloway talks all that happened at UFC 223 (including that incident with Conor McGregor)

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  • Max Holloway declared medically unfit, won't fight at UFC 223

    Max Holloway declared medically unfit, won't fight at UFC 223

    Friday, April 6 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-04-06 23:20:09 GMT
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    UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway will not compete this Saturday night after he was unable to make the 155-pound weight limit this morning during UFC 223’s weigh ins. 

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    UFC featherweight champion and Waianae native Max Holloway will not compete this Saturday night after he was unable to make the 155-pound weight limit this morning during UFC 223’s weigh ins. 

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  • BREAKING: Max Holloway set to fight for UFC lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223

    Max Holloway set to fight for UFC lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223

    Max Holloway set to fight for UFC lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223

    Sunday, April 1 2018 9:55 PM EDT2018-04-02 01:55:04 GMT
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    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. This is actually happening. Tony Ferguson has pulled out of his upcoming UFC 223 fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

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    No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. This is actually happening. Tony Ferguson has pulled out of his upcoming UFC 223 fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

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  • Max Holloway's wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach details build up to Saturday's UFC 223

    Max Holloway's wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach details build up to Saturday's UFC 223

    Max Holloway's wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach details build up to Saturday's UFC 223

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:44:01 GMT
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    (Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)(Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)

    This past Sunday, Max Holloway was playing video games with his son, Rush, at home in Waianae. Then all of the sudden, the phone rang. That call was from the UFC, asking the organization’s 145-pound champion to step up a weight class to fight one of the most feared fighters in MMA, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Holloway didn’t think twice: He accepted the fight and made calls to get his team of coaches ready to board a plane later that night. 

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    This past Sunday, Max Holloway was playing video games with his son, Rush, at home in Waianae. Then all of the sudden, the phone rang. That call was from the UFC, asking the organization’s 145-pound champion to step up a weight class to fight one of the most feared fighters in MMA, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Holloway didn’t think twice: He accepted the fight and made calls to get his team of coaches ready to board a plane later that night. 

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  • Max Holloway 'can't wait' for UFC 223 title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Max Holloway 'can't wait' for UFC 223 title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Max Holloway 'can't wait' for UFC 223 title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Monday, April 2 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-04-02 20:56:34 GMT

    It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for the MMA community since the main event of UFC 223 fell apart after interim-lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was pulled from the card due to injury, but to Max Holloway, it’s just business as usual.

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    It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for the MMA community since the main event of UFC 223 fell apart after interim-lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was pulled from the card due to injury, but to Max Holloway, it’s just business as usual.

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  • Examining what's next for UFC welterweight Yancy Medeiros

    Examining what's next for UFC welterweight Yancy Medeiros

    Examining what's next for UFC welterweight Yancy Medeiros

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:12 PM EST2018-02-20 22:12:00 GMT
    (Image: Yancy Medeiros/Instagram)(Image: Yancy Medeiros/Instagram)

    If Yancy Medeiros beat Donald Cerrone this past Sunday night, the outlook of the UFC’s welterweight division would have changed dramatically. Maybe Medeiros, who was ranked No. 15 in the division, would garner enough attention for a potential Top 5 fight against an elite 170-pounder. Unfortunately, the UFC’s plans to develop Medeiros into a more marketable fighter were thrown out the window after a first-round knockout loss to Cerrone. 

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    If Yancy Medeiros beat Donald Cerrone this past Sunday night, the outlook of the UFC’s welterweight division would have changed dramatically. Maybe Medeiros, who was ranked No. 15 in the division, would garner enough attention for a potential Top 5 fight against an elite 170-pounder. Unfortunately, the UFC’s plans to develop Medeiros into a more marketable fighter were thrown out the window after a first-round knockout loss to Cerrone. 

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  • UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone knocks out Makaha native Yancy Medeiros in first round

    UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone knocks out Makaha native Yancy Medeiros in first round

    UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone knocks out Makaha native Yancy Medeiros in first round

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:26 AM EST2018-02-19 05:26:53 GMT

    Yancy Medeiros’ Cinderella run at welterweight came to an end tonight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC Fight Night Austin as the fight was stopped in the first round after Cowboy sent the Hawaiian crashing to the canvas. 

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    Yancy Medeiros’ Cinderella run at welterweight came to an end tonight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC Fight Night Austin as the fight was stopped in the first round after Cowboy sent the Hawaiian crashing to the canvas. 

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  • UFC welterweight Yancy Medeiros expects a war this Sunday against Donald Cerrone

    UFC welterweight Yancy Medeiros expects a war this Sunday against Donald Cerrone

    UFC welterweight Yancy Medeiros expects a war this Sunday against Donald Cerrone

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 5:01 PM EST2018-02-13 22:01:19 GMT

    This Sunday, Yancy Medeiros is looking to make a statement in the UFC’s welterweight division by defeating one of the sport’s most popular fighters, Donald Cerrone. 

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    This Sunday, Yancy Medeiros is looking to make a statement in the UFC’s welterweight division by defeating one of the sport’s most popular fighters, Donald Cerrone. 

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  • UFC champion Max Holloway injured, forced to pull out of UFC 222

    UFC champion Max Holloway injured, forced to pull out of UFC 222

    UFC champion Max Holloway injured, forced to pull out of UFC 222

    Saturday, February 3 2018 1:47 PM EST2018-02-03 18:47:42 GMT
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    Waianae native and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered a leg injury during a training session this week and will be unable to compete at UFC 222, according to sources with knowledge of the injury. 

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    Waianae native and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered a leg injury during a training session this week and will be unable to compete at UFC 222, according to sources with knowledge of the injury. 

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  • UFC champion Max Holloway 'might have to step up' to lightweight division due to weight cuts

    UFC champion Max Holloway 'might have to step up' to lightweight division due to weight cuts

    UFC champion Max Holloway 'might have to step up' to lightweight division due to weight cuts

    Thursday, February 1 2018 5:07 PM EST2018-02-01 22:07:43 GMT
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    From winning and defending the UFC Featherweight division title to his patented cupcake celebrations after he cuts down to 145 pounds, Max Holloway isn’t shy about his taste for the sweeter things in life. But due to new weight-cut regulations that could be put in place, Holloway might have to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the top-heavy UFC Lightweight division. “If they change a few things around, I’m probably not going to be able to make 145."

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    From winning and defending the UFC Featherweight division title to his patented cupcake celebrations after he cuts down to 145 pounds, Max Holloway isn’t shy about his taste for the sweeter things in life. But due to new weight-cut regulations that could be put in place, Holloway might have to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the top-heavy UFC Lightweight division. “If they change a few things around, I’m probably not going to be able to make 145."

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  • Holloway to defend title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

    Holloway to defend title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

    Monday, January 8 2018 7:28 PM EST2018-01-09 00:28:27 GMT
    (Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)(Courtesy: Instagram/@blessedmma)

    The next bout of the 'Blessed' Era has been booked for Las Vegas.

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    The next bout of the 'Blessed' Era has been booked for Las Vegas.

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