Max Holloway says he’s the new face of MMA in Canada

Max Holloway believes he’s the gold standard of mixed martial arts in Canada.

Holloway is proud to hail from Hawaii, but he’s expressed his love for Canada as well. He often refers to the country as the “10th Island.” He’ll put his featherweight gold on the line against Frankie Edgar in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 27. The bout will headline UFC 240.

A media luncheon was held to promote UFC 240. During the session, a reporter said there’s a lot of talk that Canada no longer has their face of MMA with Georges St-Pierre retired. Holloway jokingly took exception (video via MMAFighting).

“You are wrong, you’re looking at him.” Holloway said. “You know, we’ll see what happens. We call it the 10th island, but Canadians I got nothing but for love for them man. They got nothing but love for me. It was Canada Day the other day. I don’t know if you saw the meme [of] famous or successful MMA fighters. Had four guys – GSP, Rory MacDonald, I don’t know who the other one was, and then there was me. So you Canadians I love you guys, eh?”

Holloway has been on quite a roll, winning 13 of his last 14 outings. Holloway fell short in his bid to capture interim lightweight gold, losing to Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision. It’s Holloway’s first loss since Aug. 2013. Since the fight was contested at 155 pounds, “Blessed” didn’t have his featherweight title up for grabs.

Do you think Max Holloway’s popularity in Canada warrants him being dubbed the face of MMA in the country?

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United Fight Alliance Presents FightGame – eSports meets Combat Sports

Hollywood, FL: The world famous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL is teaming with Action Fight League to bring you FightGame MMA – the first ever combined eSports and live MMA event on Friday, July 19th, 2019. Join Emmy Award winning Host and Commentator Jordan “Jay” Adams as he calls the action during this historical sporting event. Soulful Indie Folk Pop artist Selkii from The Voice will be on hand to sing the National Anthem.

Top eSports players from around the world will compete in fantasy fighting with the elimination rounds taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL from 1pm-6pm ET. At 8pm ET the real fighters will begin battling it out in the cage. The eSports finalists will vie for the Championship Belt on stage during the FightGame MMA event later in the evening.

Outside of South Florida, watch live on Stadium at as the action unfolds in South Florida beginning at 8pm ET. You won’t want to miss Chicago Native and Purdue graduate Danny Sabatello, undefeated top prospect out of American Top Team who is taking on UFC Veteran Earnest Walls fighting out of Iowa Top Team. The second female fight of the night features Trisha Cicero, from ATT Coconut Creek looks to keep her winning streak alive while taking on Brandi “Killa Bee” Narvaez out of Corpus Christi. The Main Event features heavyweights Mehdi Hassan versus Emmanuel Verdier. These Main Event fighters make their presence inside the cage with Hassan going for his fourth win in a row and Verdier going for his third win in a row – one of these fighters will end their winning streak on Friday night.

CEO of United Fight Alliance, Jay “Jay” Adams stated, “I’m really excited to be a part of combat sports history and to once again be partnering with Action Fight League, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Seminole Tribe and now, Stadium and Fighting Game Championships! For the first time in sports history, Fantasy Combat and Live Combat Unite! We will travel from virtual warfare to real warfare inside the steel cage!”

FightGame will feature 10 professional bouts each with 3 five minute rounds. See the full line-up below (fight card subject to change).

  • Calvin Glover vs. Stephan Defalle
  • Keith Speed vs. Danny Vega
  • Christopher Fernandez vs. Shane O’Shea
  • Linda Mihalec vs. Yajaira Cunningham
  • Kendly St. Louis vs. Luca Valentin
  • Christian Ynastrilla vs. Rob Fuller
  • James Hay vs. Matthew Ferraiolo
  • Danny Sabatello vs. Earnest Walls
  • Trisha Cicero vs. Brandi Narvaez
  • Mehdi Hassan vs. Emmanuel Verdier (Main Event)

Learn more about FightGame here. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.Doors open at 7:30pm, fights begin at 8pm Friday July 19, 2019.

GRIND all set to sign Indian wrestler Virender Singh as their brand ambassador

Indian wrestler – Virender Singh (Goonga Pehelwan) is set to join GRIND – India’s only pro- grappling tournament as its brand ambassador.

Virender Singh is an Indian freestyle wrestler from Haryana and is regarded as one of India’s most accomplished deaf athletes. Competing in the 74 kg weight division, he has won three Deaflympics gold medals and a bronze medal.

He has won gold medals at the 2005 Summer Deaflympics (Melbourne, Australia), 2013 Summer Deaflympics (Sofia, Bulgaria), and 2017 Summer Deaflympics (Samsun, Turkey). He has also won a bronze medal at the 2009 Summer Deaflympics (Taipei, Chinese Taipei).
Virender also won the World Title at the World Championship and has a gold, silver and bronze medal at the three World Deaf Wrestling Championships that he has been to. He won gold at 2016 World Deaf Wrestling Championship (Tehran, Iran), silver at 2008 World Deaf Wrestling Championship (Yerevan, Armenia), and bronze at the 2012 World Deaf Wrestling Championship (Sofia, Bulgaria). This makes it seven medals at the seven international events that Virender has been a part of.

In 2016, he received the prestigious Arjuna Award for his stellar contribution to Indian sports. Previously, he had received the Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award, awarded by the Government of Delhi, India.

Shiba Pradhan (Founder/Chief Convener of GRIND) said, “Virender Singh had to overcome a lot of obstacles to reach the summit of success. His inclusion as a Technical Panel member will inspire all the participating athletes. Not every day do you come across an athlete of his caliber. Wrestling is an integral part of grappling hence; we are set to sign Virender Singh as the brand ambassador for GRIND. We aim to involve him in seminars and workshops in the coming days so that athletes can improve their skills.”

Subhoroop Ghosh (Co-founder/ CEO – GRIND) said, “Combat sports like wrestling, judo, brazilian jiu-jitsu, etc builds character. We wish to make grappling a mainstream sport in India today. Virender is an inspiration and icon for all who fight every day to make their dreams come true. We hope that athletes of his kind get equal status like other para-athletes, and thus enable them to inspire, motivate and glorify India on the world stage.”

Alen Amedovski Accepts Sanction for Violation of UFC Anti-Doping Policy

Colorado Springs, Colo.: USADA announced today that Alen Amedovski, of Trento, Italy, has accepted a six-month sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Amedovski, 31, tested positive for Carboxy-THC, the pharmacologically-active cannabinoid metabolite of cannabis, marijuana and/or hashish, at a urinary concentration exceeding the Decision Limit for this Threshold Substance, stemming from an in-competition sample collected on April 20, 2019, at Fight Night 149 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Cannabis, marijuana and hashish are in the class of Cannabinoids and are Specified Substances prohibited in-competition under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Amedovski accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began on April 20, 2019, the day his positive sample was collected. Based on Amedovski’s successful completion of a USADA approved drug awareness and management program, his period of ineligibility was reduced by three months.

BRAVE 24: London will stream live on FightBook MMA

BRAVE Combat Federation has a special gift in store for its loyal and passionate fanbase. The promotion’s first-ever show in England will be available, live and free worldwide. On July 25th, BRAVE CF TV will stream BRAVE 24: London as the highest level of mixed martial artists will entertain an exclusive, invite-only crowd filled with VIPs, dignitaries, celebrities, influencers, and top businessmen.

Fans will only need to go to BRAVE CF TV’s official website and log in or subscribe for free viewership of this historic fight card, set to turn the world of mixed martial arts upside down. After logging in, BRAVE CF fans will be able to live stream BRAVE 24: London.

BRAVE 24 will not be available to the USA, Middle East, North Africa, Philippines, India, and Brazil. Fans from those regions will be able to watch the show through our partners at Fite TV (USA), Abu Dhabi TV (Middle East and North Africa), ESPN5 (Philippines), and MTV (India), Combate (Brazil) or at

In the main event of the evening, Featherweight world champion Bubba Jenkins will defend his crown against former Lightweight titleholder Lucas “Mineiro” Martins. Cian Cowley looks to bounce back from his first promotional loss as he takes on Maciej Gierszewski in the co-main event, with highly-touted prospect Aidan James facing Cameron Else in a Bantamweight bout with possible title implications.

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