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HOT TWEETS: Fighters React to Max Holloway’s UFC 206 Win

Max Holloway walked out of UFC 206 with a gold belt to match a gold tie he wore to the arena. And while his tie game might stand out, it was his performance in the Octagon that’ll be remembered more. 

UFC fighters to took to Twitter to react to Holloway’s win and we bring them to you in the latest edition of Hot Tweets. 

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Max Holloway Blasts Anthony Pettis for Interim 145-Pound Belt, Calls Out Jose Aldo (UFC 206 Results)

Max Holloway took out Anthony Pettis in the main event at UFC 206, winning the UFC interim featherweight title on Saturday in Toronto.

Holloway stormed in with heavy stirkes in the closing sequence, getting the technical knockout at 4:50 in the third round.

“Let’s get the [expletive] real one,” Holloway exclaimed, calling out current UFC 145-pound champ Jose Aldo in his post-fight interview.

RELATED > UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis Live Results and Fight Stats

Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis UFC 206 weighEach fighter spent much of the opening round carefully measureing the other, trading leg kicks early on. As Pettis closed the distance, he landed short combinations, but Holloway countered well and landed strikes as his opponent stepped away. The round ended with Pettis attempting a single-leg takedown to no avail. 

Holloway was more aggressive in the second and landed a counter-right hand that dropped Pettis. He remained active in pushing the pace, even as Pettis attempted a cartwheel kick mid-round. The two engaged in a clinch towards the end of the round, and Holloway appeared to get the better of the exchanges. 

After suffering an inadvertent low blow in the third, Pettis looked to recover from the hit by utilizing his kicks. He paid for it, however, and Holloway executed two trip takedowns, the second of which included him landing some ground and pound. 

Holloway later landed a left hand that dazed Pettis. He then landed a kick to the mid section followed by several punches and Pettis curled up against the cage. The referee then pulled Holloway off his opponent and brought an end to the fight.

With the win, Holloway secures the interim featherweight championship and will next face Aldo for the undisputed belt at a soon-to-be-determined card.

Following the loss, Pettis said he’ll be returning to 155 pounds, explaining that he can’t make the difficult cut to 145.

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Video: UFC 206 Q&A Featuring “Rumble” Johnson & “Wonderboy” Thompson

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https://youtu.be/SpdXk9yFeKc Ahead of this Saturday’s UFC 206 pay-per-view was the special UFC Fight Club Q&A held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Friday. Featured above is the complete video, which shows Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, the originally scheduled UFC 206 headliner, along with top 170-pound contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, fielding questions from fans in Toronto. Join us here at MMANews.com on Saturday evening for live results coverage of the UFC 206 PPV from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

UFC 206 Weigh-In Results: Pettis, Letourneau, Khabilov All Miss Weight

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzKEv-UB0kE The weigh-ins for tomorrow night’s UFC 206 are over with. The big news is main venter Anthony Pettis missing weight, but here’s how the whole card stacks up: Undercard on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET: Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Dustin Ortiz (125) Jason Saggo (155) vs. Rustam Khabilov (158.5; missed 156 lb. limit by 2 lbs.) John Makdessi (155) vs. Lando Vannata (156) Prelims on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET: Mitch Gagnon (135.5) vs. Matthew Lopez (136) Valerite Letourneau (117.5; missed 116 lb. limit by 1.5 lbs.) vs. Viviane Pereira (114) Olivier Aubin-Mercier (156) vs. Drew Dober (156) Nikita Krylov (206) vs. Misha Cirkunov (205) Main Card on Pay-Per-View at 10:00 p.m. ET: Jordan Mein (170) vs. Emil Weber Meek (170.5) Tim Kennedy (186) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (185) Cub Swanson (146) vs. Doo Ho Choi (145.5) Donald Cerrone (170.5) vs. Matt Brown (171) UFC Interim Featherweight Championship: Max Holloway (145) vs. Anthony Pettis (148; missed 145 lb. limit by 3 lbs. but the title is still at stake if Holloway wins)

Michael Bisping on Anthony Pettis: ‘It sounds like he took the easy way out.’

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W33tgE4_T64 On Friday afternoon, during Fox Sports 1’s UFC 206 weigh-in show, UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping had some pointed comments for Anthony Pettis in light of the latter missing weight for his UFC 206 main event for the interim featherweight title. Co-anchor, UFC Welterweight Champion, and Pettis teammate Tyron Woodley had been explaining what Pettis said earlier: That he stopped sweating, a doctor came in, and told him to rehydrate. Bisping thought this was a cop-out. “It does [make sense], and I don’t want to kick a man while he’s down, but we’re all severely dehydrated [when cutting weight],” Bisping explained. “If a doctor saw any of us when we’re making weight, they would all say ‘You’re severely [de]hydrated! You need to rehydrate immediately, Mr. Bisping!’ That’s what they would always say. Of course he’s going to say that! You don’t take that advice. You don’t listen to a doctor.” His conclusion? “It sounds like he took the easy way out.” Bisping is not really wrong in the general sense. Even if Pettis was in worse straits than other fighters cutting similar amounts of weight, it’s likely that a doctor would have said something similar to most of the fighters on the card who made weight.

Anthony Pettis’s Body’Just Gave Out,’ Required Rehydration Before Weigh-In

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS2gvnzAv1U Anthony Pettis missing weight for tomorrow night’s UFC 206 card is the news of the day in MMA. Being the first time he missed weight in his career, it shocked a lot of fans, who wanted answers, and Pettis gave them to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani. Probably the most intriguing part of Pettis’s comments to Helwani is that he claims he arrived in Toronto on Tuesday at 153 lbs., which would have seemingly put him well on his way to making 145 lbs. on Friday morning. But he got down to 146.5 lbs. before he stopped sweating and developed a number of severe symptoms that required he be rehydrated a bit before weighing in. “It was a team call,” said the former lightweight champion. “My body just wouldn’t let go of that extra weight. It’s just one those things. We did everything right beforehand, everything was on point. My body just gave out. I had nothing left to give. […] In the end, we decided that my career and health are more important than those two extra pounds.” Apparently, the symptoms that really started worry came when his body temperature shot up, he got lightheaded, started gagging repeatedly, was unable to properly manage his breathing, and was getting bad acid reflux. It would get better when he was able to lower his body temperature, only for the symptoms to come roaring back when he tried to break a sweat again. “It was definitely a different feeling,” he said. “I’ve never felt like that in my life.” Pettis wasn’t sure if he would stay at featherweight, deciding to look at the situation later since he felt he did all of the right things to cut the weight.
Pettis has been using the somewhat controversial Lou “Loutrition” Giordano for nutrition counseling in this camp. Giordano also works with Johny Hendricks, who missed weight in his last fight at UFC 200. There had been some concern from fans when the first episode UFC 206 Embedded showed Giordano allowing Pettis to treat himself to steak and eggs at his favorite local steakhouse a week or so before the fight. of the MMA reporter Iain Kidd, who is writing a book about weight cutting with George Lockhart, currently the most prolific nutritionist in MMA, tweeted these thoughts on Pettis missing weight:
Giordano rose to prominence last year after Eddie Gordon, up to that point at thick, boxy middleweight, showed up for his fight ripped and weighing in at 183 lbs. without cutting and water or starving himself. Neither man gave much detail of the preparation other than that Gordon had to send Giordano photos of all of his meals and snacks for approval before eating. It was just a few weeks before he had skeptics, though, as in an interview for Bloody Elbow, he gave a rambling answer a question from Zane Simon about the ban on I.V. rehydration that worried some readers.

Video: Up-Close Look At Fight Week Festivities In Episode 4 Of UFC 206 Embedded

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https://youtu.be/OQU-v1WqyIk On episode four of UFC 206 Embedded (see above), UFC fight fans get a special close-up look at the “Fight Week” festivities for this weekend’s UFC 206 event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The official description for episode four of UFC 206 Embedded reads as follows:
“On Episode 4 of UFC 206 Embedded, welterweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone replaces his sparring gloves with soccer, basketball and rock-climbing, then reconnects with former opponent Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Middleweight Tim Kennedy reveals a newfound love of MMA. At open workouts in Toronto, welterweight Matt Brown has harsh words for his opponent, and featherweight title contenders Max Holloway and Pettis perform for fans. Korean knockout artist Dooho Choi discusses his road to the UFC and his plan to defeat Cub Swanson on Saturday night. UFC 206 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the stacked card at UFC 206, taking place Saturday, December 10th live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV.”
Featuring a main event of Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis for the interim UFC Featherweight Title and the fight-fan-friendly matchup between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and “The Immortal” Matt Brown in the co-main event, UFC 206 emanates live from the Air Canada Centre on Saturday evening, and airs live via pay-per-view. Join us here at MMANews.com on Saturday evening for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 206 pay-per-view.

Video: EA SPORTS UFC 2 Simulation Predicts All-Out War Between Holloway & Pettis

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https://youtu.be/FRx5MogmH8o In what has started to truly feel like a main event as the event draws closer, Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis is getting some final pre-fight shine. Featured above is the always-popular EA SPORTS UFC 2 Simulation video for this weekend’s pay-per-view main event for the interim UFC Featherweight Title (sort-of — more on that below) between Max “Blessed” Holloway and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Due to the fact that Pettis missed weight for the fight, if he manages to pull off the victory on Saturday evening, he will still not be the interim UFC Featherweight Champion. If Holloway, who did make weight successfully, pulls off the victory over Pettis, he will become the new interim UFC Featherweight Champion. As seen in the EA SPORTS UFC 2 Simulation video above, the video game simulator believes that Holloway will indeed be a “Blessed” man this weekend, as they predict he will walk out of the Octagon with some extra hardware after what they show to be an all-out war in the 145-pound main event of Saturday’s UFC 206 pay-per-view event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Join us here at MMANews.com on Saturday evening for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 206 pay-per-view.

Video: Ronda Rousey’s “Warrior Code” For Title Fight At UFC 207

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https://youtu.be/RdOv5-TpPlc Let the “Rowdy” reaction from the fans to the amount of recent Ronda Rousey content continue. Featured above courtesy of the official UFC On FOX YouTube channel is the full Ronda Rousey “Warrior Code” video for her upcoming Octagon return. Rousey is scheduled to compete in a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout against current champion Amanda Nunes in her return bout in the main event of UFC 207. UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey is scheduled to take place live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 30th. Join us here at MMANews.com on 12/30 for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 207 pay-per-view.

Video: Lewis Emotional After UFN 102 Win, “Kind Of” Calls Out Browne & Hunt

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https://youtu.be/dzYsPN-oZSs Following his fourth round TKO in the main event of UFC Fight Night 102 on Friday evening at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, UFC Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis took part in somewhat of an odd post-fight Octagon interview. Featured above is Jon Anik’s complete post-fight interview with the victorious UFN 102 headliner. As seen in the video, Lewis was somewhat emotional about his performance, despite picking up the “W,” and seemed to call out Travis Browne and/or Mark Hunt. “I was gnona say I want Travis Browne or Mark Hunt,” said Lewis regarding his next potential dance partner inside the Octagon, however he continued, once again pointing to what he felt was a lackluster performance on Friday night against Shamil Abdurakhimov. “But this performance was some bullsh*t, so I’ma sit my ass down.” For complete UFC Fight Night 102 results, click here.