At UFC 223, Max Holloway is going to try to become a two-weight world champion when he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov. Can he get the job done on short notice? We’ll discuss. Plus, Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin (GGG) has been cancelled as well as Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit. What’s going on? We’ll also dig into Bellator 196’s Benson Henderson vs. Roger Huerta. This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat with Luke Thomas.
Max Holloway faces Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223. It is a virtual certainty Nurmagomedov is going to get Holloway down, but that wouldn’t be an accurate reflection of Holloway’s takedown defense. By any sober and informed assessment, ‘Blessed’ has excellent takedown defense. Yet…
Tony Ferguson is out against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is in. There are lots of factors to consider in this fight, including how healthy Holloway is or how he’ll perform on six days notice. Nevertheless, he’s competing and understanding how he’ll handle the takedown pressure of Nurmagomedov is key to the fight. So, what can we say about Holloway’s takedown defense and how it measures up to Nurmagomedov’s style of takedowns? We’ll explore that question on this episode of the Monday Morning Analyst.
In light of the Australian cricket scandal, I wondered: what are the most memorable moments in sports cheating, particularly those caught on television? Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield’s ears? Yoel Romero sitting on the stool too long during the Tim Kennedy fight? In this segment from my radio show, we discuss the topic and take calls.
On today’s podcast, we’ll discuss Ronda Rousey’s ESPN media tour where she bizarrely answered questions from Max Kellerman and Mike Golic. What do fighters owe media and what does media owe fighters? We’ll discuss. We’ll also get into welterweight fights finally being made between Gunni Nelson and Neil Magny. Is the division finally moving along? We’ll get into that plus more. This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat with Luke Thomas.
At UFC London, Alexander Volkov earned the best win of his career by defeating former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum via strikes in the fourth round. However, it wasn’t just the strikes that helped him gain the victory. In fact, it was the Russian’s grappling defense that enabled him to keep the jiu-jitsu world champion at bay, find his moment and finish the fight. Specifically, Volkov showed good guard retention and deep half escapes. In this episode of the podcast, I explain why those were key to his victory. It’s the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.
Duke Roufus, head coach of Roufusport, joined me on Thursday to discuss his UFC 223 fighters Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder as they get ready for their fights. He also discussed Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, who would fare better against Conor McGregor, Ben Askren vs. Georges St-Pierre (GSP), CM Punk’s improvements and much more.
A United Airlines flight from Houston to New York saw a passenger forced by a flight attendant to put her dog – who was in a TSA-approved carrying case – in the overhead compartment. During the course of the three-hour flight, the dog died, leaving the owners horrified and despondent. While this story itself is unbearably tragic, combined with other notably horrific incidents, it also underscores how there’s not enough competition in the airline industry, Americans have grown accustomed to being abused and over policed and why reform of the industry is so desperately needed.