Max Holloway-Frankie Edgar Featherweight Title Bout to Headline UFC 218 on Dec. 2

Max Holloway will defend his featherweight crown against Frankie Edgar in the UFC 218 main event on Dec. 2.

UFC Plans Sizable Donation to Aid Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is planning to make a sizable donation to aid the victims of Sunday’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas.

Though fight promotion officials told MMAWeekly.com that it intends to move forward as planned with this weekend’s UFC 216, they are currently focusing on the tragic events that occurred in the UFC’s home city on Sunday.

“Our focus right now is on supporting the community and those affected by Sunday evening’s events. UFC 216 on Saturday, October 7 at T-Mobile Arena will proceed as scheduled until further notice.”

Dana White UFC 214 weigh scrumThe promotion has not only issued its support for Las Vegas and the victims of the tragedy, it has been using its tremendous social media reach to help in blood donation efforts and providing information for victims and their families, as well as providing contact numbers for those that can help with the investigation. 

Now, UFC president Dana White has indicated that the promotion is also planning a sizable donation to assist victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

“UFC president Dana White tells me the organization will donate $1 million to the families of those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas,” Las-Vegas Review-Journal reporter Adam Hill tweeted Monday afternoon.

ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto also tweeted that he was told Saturday’s event would be “dedicated to the city of Las Vegas as a whole.”

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Sunday’s shooting occurred as the three-day Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was coming to a close late in the evening. A shooter reportedly opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street from the festival.

At the time of the publication of this article, reports indicated that there were at least 59 people killed and 527 injured, marking it as the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Demtrious Johnson Roasts Kevin Lee on Making Weight: ‘I Had Oreos!’

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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and interim lightweight title contender Kevin Lee were in Los Angeles on Monday for a media luncheon to promote their respective fights, which take place on Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. 

Though the two addressed their fights, Johnson took a little time to have some fun with Lee, roasting him about making weight. Apparently, the flyweight champ doesn’t have much trouble making weight, as he flaunted how he eats Oreo cookies and more. All the while, Lee was chomping on a hearty helping of fresh lettuce.

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Johnson will face Ray Borg, putting his belt on the line in hopes of securing a record-setting eleventh title defense. Lee steps into the UFC 216 main event with Tony Ferguson, trying to capture the interim version of Conor McGregor‘s lightweight strap.

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Aung La Nsang Faces Alain Ngalani in Open Weight Superfight at ONE: Hero’s Dream

Further details emerged on Monday about the superfight, which will headline ONE: ‘Hero’s Dream.’ Middleweight champion Aung La Nsang is slated to face Alain Ngalani in an openweight bout that will not have the Burmese fighter’s belt on the line.

The show is set for the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon on Nov. 3. It will be the first time in ONE Championship history that the promotion has put on a bout without weight restrictions. Ngalani (3-3) has previously tipped the scales at 240 pounds, normally competing in the heavyweight division.

As middleweight champion, La Nsang (20-10-0-1) was required to keep his walking weight down to 205 pounds and pass hydration tests to prove he had not tried to reduce his size at the last minute. It means the hometown hero could be 40 pounds  lighter than his opponent.

Alain Ngalani - ONE Championship“For the first-ever ‘David vs Goliath’ super bout in ONE Championship history, I am thrilled to announce that ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang will face Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Alain Ngalani in a five-round open weight contest,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “It’s going to be another memorable night of action for fans in Yangon and from all over the world. Get ready for some major fireworks!”

Meanwhile, La Nsang acknowledged that he had never previously faced a fighter of Ngalani’s sheer size.

“I am thrilled to be back in the cage this November. As world champion, I will always be proud to represent my home country, and I gladly accept the responsibility of inspiring my countrymen with my time inside the cage. I am truly blessed to be in the position that I am, and I promise to give my best performance yet. Alain Ngalani will be the biggest opponent I have ever competed against, and it is a challenge that I am really excited to take on.”

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Ngalani is coming off a highlight reel knockout of former ONE Championship heavyweight title challenger Hideki Sekine. La Nsang won the belt by beating Vitaly Bigdash by decision in a middleweight rematch earlier this year.

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Conor McGregor Posts Heartfelt Statement Following Las Vegas Shooting

Following Sunday’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and company president Dana White issued multiple statements about the situation showing support for the victims of the tragedy and the city that White and company call home.

While the company’s focus is currently on supporting its home community, UFC officials said that the company plans to move forward with this week’s UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee event at T-Mobile Arena as planned.

The promotion’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, issued his own heartfelt statement on Monday via his Instagram account. 

“Absolutely devastated upon hearing the news in Las Vegas,” he wrote. “A city with so much energy and life. A city of celebration and enjoyment. A city so close to my heart.

“I pray for all the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this senseless act of violence.”

Las Vegas has become a second home to McGregor. The UFC lightweight champion has fought half of his UFC bouts in the city and also fought Floyd Mayweather there in his lone professional boxing bout. McGregor sets up camp for weeks on end in Las Vegas prior to his fights there. He is very familiar with the city and its people, so Sunday’s events hit close to his heart. 

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The shooting in Las Vegas took place late Sunday evening on the final day of the three-day Route 91 Music Festival. The shooter took aim at the crowd of concertgoers from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street from the festival. He sprayed bullets over the crowd, killing 59 people and injuring well over 500 more at last count.

It has been labeled the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Kevin Lee Would Happily Roll Through Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Conor McGregor

(Courtesy of Karyn Bryant)

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and interim lightweight title contender Kevin Lee were in Los Angeles on Monday for a media luncheon to promote their respective fights, which take place on Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. 

Though the two addressed their fights, Johnson took a little time to have some fun with Lee, roasting him about making weight. Apparently, the flyweight champ doesn’t have much trouble making weight, as he flaunted how he eats Oreo cookies and more. All the while, Lee was chomping on a hearty helping of fresh lettuce.

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Johnson will face Ray Borg, putting his belt on the line in hopes of securing a record-setting eleventh title defense. Lee steps into the UFC 216 main event with Tony Ferguson, trying to capture the interim version of Conor McGregor‘s lightweight strap.

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Report: Cub Swanson-Brian Ortega to Headline UFC Fight Night 123: Fresno

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Former UFC Champion Johny Hendricks has New Training Home

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UFC ‘Saddened’ by Attacks in Las Vegas on Monday

Several UFC fighters call Las Vegas home, along with the headquarters of the biggest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC posted a message on their homepage Monday in the hours after the attack that hit the strip. “We are saddened by this senseless act of violence and offer heartfelt condolences to all those affected,” […]

UFC 216: Inside the Octagon Previews Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee

Dan Hardy and John Gooden are back with another sterling rendition of Inside the Octagon. To kickoff fight-week, Hardy and Gooden offer up their insights into Saturday’s UFC 216 main event between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. Ferguson and Lee meet from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the interim lightweight title. MMA News […]