Live: Filthy White sick of UFC ‘bulls***’

UFC 231 is headlined by a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, while Valentina Shevchenko takes on Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the flyweight strap in the co-main event.

The prelims start at approximately 12pm while the main card will get underway a couple of hours after that.

12pm

Main card

Holloway and Ortega do battle today.Source:AP

Featherweight

Max Holloway (19-3) vs Brian Ortega (14-0)

Flyweight

Valentina Shevchenko (15-3) vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2)

Welterweight

Alex Oliveira (19-4-1) vs Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1)

Featherweight

Hakeem Dawodu (8-0-1) vs Kyle Bochniak (8-3)

Light heavyweight

Jimi Manuwa (17-3) vs Thiago Santos (19-6)

12pm

Undercard

Strawweight

Claudia Gadelha (16-3) vs Nina Ansaroff (9-5)

Flyweight

Katlyn Chookagian (11-1) vs Jessica Eye (12-6)

Middleweight

Eryk Anders (11-2) vs Elias Theodorou (16-2)

Lightweight

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (12-3) vs Gilbert Burns (14-3)

Bantamweight

Brad Katona (8-0) vs Matthew Lopez (10-4)

Welterweight

Dhiego Lima (15-7) defeated Chad Laprise (14-4) via KO (R1)

Lightweight

Diego Ferreira (14-2) defeated Kyle Nelson (12-2) via TKO (R2)

Light heavyweight

Aleksandar Rakic (10-1) defeated Devin Clark (9-3) via TKO (R1)

10.50am

Angry White tees off

Dana White is sick of talking about Greg Hardy.Source:AP

Ahead of UFC 231, it was another card that was causing UFC president Dana White grief.

The promotion has come under fire for a decision to have a former NFL star with a history of domestic violence issues make his debut on the same card as a female fighter who recently suffered an alleged assault by her husband.

NFL pariah Greg Hardy will make his full UFC debut in January at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on a card featuring Rachael Ostovich’s women’s flyweight clash with Paige VanZant.

Hardy, 30, was excommunicated from the NFL after details of an alleged 2014 assault on his ex-girlfriend became public while Ostovich was hospitalised last month after an alleged altercation with her MMA fighter husband Arnold Berdon left her with a cracked orbital bone.

But White is sick of defending the UFC from criticism for the scheduling.

“I’m not going to talk about Greg Hardy anymore,” White said on Saturday. “I already covered this. I’m not playing this bulls*** with you guys. He’s on the UFC roster. He’s on the UFC roster — period, end of story.

“He’s on the roster. You guys want to be sensitive about s***. Anybody can be sensitive about anything. You can make an issue about everything.

“The weird thing is you guys give a (expletive), but she (Ostovich) doesn’t. She doesn’t care. You know what she said yesterday in her statement? ‘Please stop asking me about this. I want to focus on training. I don’t want this to be an issue for me. I don’t know this guy. This guy has nothing to do with me. I have nothing to do with this guy. This guy’s never done anything to me. This isn’t an issue.’

“You, you. you … and a lot of other people are making this an issue. It’s not an issue for her. She actually doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.

“I’m done with it!”

10.30am

White wants Holloway to move

Is Holloway fighting at the right weight?Source:AP

UFC president Dana White claims featherweight champion Max Holloway should move up in weight.

Holloway, 27, is set to defend his featherweight title in the main event of UFC 231 against Brian Ortega, 27, The Sun reports.

The pair were set to meet at UFC 226, however, Holloway was pulled from the fight due to “concussion like symptoms”.

UFC chief White told MMAJunkie that he would like Holloway to step up to lightweight and revealed he previously did not want “Blessed” to take another bout at featherweight.

White said: “I didn’t want him to fight again at 145 (pounds). He wanted this fight so bad.

“He got cleared by every test and doctor and everything we’ve done. Came in light this week, so we’ll see what happens.

“I think he needs to go to 155, he’s too big for this weight. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting to 145.

“But you know what he wanted? He wants this Ortega fight. He wants to fight Ortega so bad. This is the fight he wanted. He got it. He medically got cleared, and he got what he wanted.”

Heading into the weigh-in Ortega questioned whether Holloway would make the weight and be cleared to fight.

However, Holloway successfully made weight scaling in at 144.5 lbs (65.5kg) — while Ortega came in at 144.75 lbs meaning the UFC 231 main event is officially on.

The featherweight champion has not fought since December 2017, when he knocked out former champion Jose Aldo for the second time.

In April Holloway was called upon to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 after Tony Ferguson pulled out due to injury. However, Holloway was pulled from the fight as doctors did not feel it was safe enough for the fighter to continue his weight cut.

Holloway claimed as champion he wants to defend his title, but revealed he is open to moving up to lightweight in order to become “pound-for-pound champion”.

He said: “At the end of the day, I’m a champion, I want to defend and be a defending champion.

“Now I want to be pound-for-pound champion. If it’s going up a weight class, then it’s going up. If it’s staying here and defending my belt a couple more times, it’s staying here.”

Jack Figg, The Sun

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