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Chael Sonnen goes to bat for Ilia Topuria following criticism of BMF title demands for Max Holloway fight

Susan Cox - May 2, 2024

Chael Sonnen is going to bat for Ilia Topuria following recent criticism of his BMF title demands for the Max Holloway fight. The undefeated Ilia Topuria (15-0 MMA) most recently defeated Alexander Volkanovski (26-4 MMA) by KO this past February at UFC 298.  With the victory ‘El Matador’ became the UFC featherweight champion.

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Joe Rogan

Ilia Topuria calls out Joe Rogan: "UFC never offered me this fight"

Zain Bando - May 1, 2024

Ilia Topuria (15-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), the UFC’s newly minted featherweight champion, is unhappy after recent comments from UFC color commentator Joe Rogan regarding Topuria’s intention not to immediately rematch Alexander Volkanovski (26-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) at UFC 305 in Australia in August. On a recent episode of “JRE,” the most widely-consumed podcast in the world, Rogan, who has been with the UFC since 2002 after a brief stint in the mid-90s, suggested that Topuria would not fight the former champion in Volkanovski based on rumors he had heard around the community.

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Max Holloway hits back after Ilia Topuria questions his desire to fight for the featherweight belt: 'You're spiraling!'

Curtis Calhoun - May 1, 2024

BMF titleholder Max Holloway wasn’t one to hold animosity toward other UFC fighters, until Ilia Topuria claimed the featherweight throne. Holloway earned the BMF belt by knocking out Justin Gaethje with one second left at UFC 300 last month. The win was his first career UFC lightweight victory and opened up many options for his next fight.

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Ilia Topuria

Daniel Cormier doesn’t believe Ilia Topuria “has much say in this as he thinks he does” with potential Max Holloway title fight

Harry Kettle - May 1, 2024

Daniel Cormier has questioned how much of a say Ilia Topuria has in his potential showdown with Max Holloway. Since knocking out Alexander Volkanovski, Ilia Topuria has been enjoying life as one of the UFC’s biggest new stars. He’s a huge name in Spain, he’s the featherweight champion of the world, and he has plenty of fighters calling him out.

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Max Holloway reacts after Justin Gaethje isn't credited with knockdown at UFC 300: "That’s some bullsh*t"

Chris Taylor - April 27, 2024

Max Holloway says it is “crazy’ that Justin Gaethje wasn’t credited with knocking him down in their BMF title fight at UFC 300. Holloway (26-7 MMA) squared off with Gaethje (25-5 MMA) in a highly anticipated lightweight fight earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Max Holloway

Justin Gaethje plans to take at least 6 months off following brutal KO loss at UFC 300: “It would be foolish for me to jump back”

Harry Kettle - April 25, 2024

UFC star Justin Gaethje has revealed that he will likely take around six months off following his knockout loss to Max Holloway. At UFC 300, Justin Gaethje suffered a nasty knockout loss at the hands of Max Holloway. While it was a fun bout throughout, ‘Blessed’ scored a big KO in the final seconds of the bout.

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Islam Makhachev shoots down the idea of fighting Max Holloway after UFC 302: “I have some contenders who I have to beat”

Curtis Calhoun - April 24, 2024

UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev has responded to Max Holloway’s callout shortly after winning the BMF belt earlier this month. Holloway knocked out Justin Gaethje with one second left at UFC 300 to earn the BMF title. The former UFC featherweight titleholder will likely return to the 145lb division to challenge Ilia Topuria for the belt.

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Mike Perry believes Justin Gaethje looked “out of shape” for BMF title fight with Max Holloway at UFC 300

Harry Kettle - April 24, 2024

BKFC star Mike Perry believes Justin Gaethje looked out of shape in his UFC 300 collision with Max Holloway. At UFC 300, Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway went to war. They battled it out in a really intense BMF title showdown, but in the end, Holloway was the on who got the job done.

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Justin Gaethje reflects on decision to take "huge risk" against Max Holloway at UFC 300: "I have no regrets"

Chris Taylor - April 20, 2024

Justin Gaethje knew he was taking a “huge risk” when he signed on to fight Max Holloway at UFC 300. Gaethje (25-5 MMA) was coming off a second-round knockout victory over Dustin Poirier in July of last year at UFC 291 to claim the promotion‘s vacant BMF title. In addition to taking home the ‘Baddest Mother F**ker’ belt, ‘The Highlight’ had seemingly cemented himself as the top contender to challenge reigning UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

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Max Holloway names the one UFC memory that still surpasses his knockout of Justin Gaethje

Susan Cox - April 19, 2024

Max Holloway has named the one UFC memory that still surpasses his knockout of Justin Gaethje. The historic UFC 300 which took place last weekend, Saturday, April 13th, in Vegas saw Max Holloway (26-7 MMA) vs. Justin Gaethje (25-5 MMA) in a lightweight bout with the BMF title on the line.

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Ilia Topuria claps back at Max Holloway over BMF title talk: “If you don’t like the terms I’m sure Ortega will oblige”

Cole Shelton - April 18, 2024

Ilia Topuria has fired back at Max Holloway and claims Brian Ortega could be getting the next featherweight title shot. In the lead-up to Holloway’s UFC 300 fight against Justin Gaethje for the BMF belt, the Hawaiian took shots at Topuria. He claimed there was a reason that the UFC never offered him Topuria before he got a title shot and called him questionable.

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Max Holloway blasts Ilia Topuria for naming lone stipulation for accepting title fight: "That's un-BMF"

Curtis Calhoun - April 18, 2024

Tensions between BMF titleholder Max Holloway and UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria are ramping up ahead of a potential fight. Holloway knocked out Justin Gaethje with one second left in the fifth round at UFC 300 last Saturday. The former UFC featherweight champion earned his first UFC lightweight win and has many options for his next fight.

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Max Holloway

Alex Volkanovski refutes the idea that Max Holloway is having a career resurgence: “He’s always been that good”

Harry Kettle - April 18, 2024

UFC star Alexander Volkanovski has questioned those who are suggesting Max Holloway is having a career “resurgence”. Last weekend, Max Holloway shocked the world. After largely dominating Justin Gaethje in their BMF title fight at UFC 300, he shut Gaethje’s lights out. He did so in the final seconds of the fight, reaffirming his position as one of the best fighters on the planet.

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Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman claims eye pokes 'altered the outcome' of Max Holloway's KO win at UFC 300

Curtis Calhoun - April 17, 2024

Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman feels Max Holloway’s two accidental eye pokes against Justin Gaethje at UFC 300 should be getting more post-fight discussion. Holloway defeated Gaethje by knockout with one second left in their instant classic at UFC 300. He captured the BMF title and earned his first UFC lightweight victory against one of the top stars in the division.

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Ilia Topuria clears the air on visibly cold reaction to Max Holloway's knockout at UFC 300

Curtis Calhoun - April 17, 2024

UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has opened up on his talked-about cage-side reaction to Max Holloway’s UFC 300 knockout. Holloway earned the BMF belt with one of the wildest knockouts in UFC history last Saturday at UFC 300. After being up on the judges’ scorecards in the final seconds, he lured Justin Gaethje into a last-second firefight and ended up knocking Gaethje unconscious.

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Michael Bisping explains why Justin Gaethje was a “victim of his own success” in UFC 300 fight with Max Holloway

Harry Kettle - April 17, 2024

UFC commentator Michael Bisping has given his thoughts on Justin Gaethje’s approach at UFC 300 last weekend. On Saturday night, Justin Gaethje fell short against Max Holloway. He lost his BMF championship, with Holloway managing to knock him out in the final seconds of their five-round war.

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Joe Rogan calls Max Holloway's UFC 300 win over Justin Gaethje the greatest KO ever: "So many people counted him out"

Josh Evanoff - April 16, 2024

Joe Rogan believes that Max Holloway’s victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 300 is the greatest knockout ever. Over the weekend, ‘Blessed’ and ‘The Highlight’ fought on the main card of UFC 300. The two competed over for the ceremonial ‘BMF’ title that Justin Gaethje won last summer, with a knockout victory over Dustin Poirier. For Max Holloway, he entered the bout riding a two-fight winning streak down at featherweight.

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Max Holloway admits that Conor McGregor rematch would be his ideal next fight: "Let's run it back"

Josh Evanoff - April 16, 2024

In his ideal world, Max Holloway would be facing Conor McGregor in his UFC return later this year. ‘Blessed’ returned to the cage over the weekend on the main card of UFC 300. In a rare lightweight appearance for the former featherweight champion, he faced Justin Gaethje. On the line was ‘The Highlight’s BMF gold that he won last year against Dustin Poirier. Despite entering the bout as an underdog, Max Holloway turned in a masterclass.