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Holly Holm has been showered with praise since defeating Ronda Rousey by knockout at UFC 193 last Saturday in Melbourne, and one of the biggest compliments has come her Team Jackson-Winkeljohn teammate Jon Jones.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion wrote the following message on Facebook about Holm, calling her the greatest of all time in women’s combat sports. He cited her accolades in boxing and the fact that she defeated Rousey, who Jones called “the greatest female mixed martial arts fighter to date.”

In my opinion Holly Holm is already the G.O.A.T. of women’s combat sports. She was considered the greatest female boxer to ever compete in the sport and now she has defeated the greatest female mixed martial arts fighter to date,” Jones wrote on Facebook. “Her accolades are absolutely unheard of, but that’s not what makes me such a fan of Holly. It’s the way she carries herself outside of the bright lights and the arenas.

I know the MMA community doesn’t really know Holly yet, so let me be the first to tell you. She is the most classy and down to earth athlete I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around. She is the long time pride of Albuquerque, New Mexico not only because the way she competes, but the way she treats each and every individual that has the opportunity of meeting her. This actually can be a problem at times, a simple trip for a gallon of milk to the grocery store could take her an easy 45 minutes and she doesn’t even mind haha. If you’re impressed by Holly’s talent, wait until you get an understanding of what type of character she possesses, it is truly world class. She is a role model that you would love to have your daughters look up to. I’m so honored to be able to call her a teammate and most importantly a friend.

Congratulations again, Champ and keep kicking ass at life.

Jones and Holm both train at Jackson’s Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Albuquerque, NM.

Related: Athletes & Celebrities React To UFC 193: “That’s What Ronda Gets For Not Touching Gloves!”

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Ronda Rousey is the biggest star in MMA history, and that didn’t happen overnight. 

Since the first interview before her first fight, Rousey has been working to get herself noticed. That started all the way back in 2011, where she called out Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos ahead of her professional MMA debut opposite future Invicta FC staple Ediane Gomes at King of the Cage: Turning Point and ever since, she has made the most of every opportunity to get her name out there.

That hustle led to a slew of unique opportunities, and those opportunities resulted in a level of exposure never before seen for a UFC fighter. With all eyes on Rousey year-round, she has been able to deliver memorable moments by the truckload.

With Rousey set to face off with Holly Holm at UFC 193 this Saturday, it’s worth taking a look back at the moments that defined her as an athlete and elevated and separated her from the rest of the pack. Here are Rousey’s greatest hits, as brought to you by the Bleacher Report MMA crew.

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For all intents and purposes, Fedor Emelianenko will forever be known as the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweight of all time. This, despite the fact that he’s never competed inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon.

And probably never will.

But, when we look at the landscape of the big men, Fabricio Werdum seems to always be overlooked as a combatant deserving of that title. After all, he was the man who broke Fedor’s ridiculous 10-year unbeaten streak.

Plus, he recently submitted Cain Velasquez — a fighter many fans considered to be the one to give Fedor a run for the coveted title of G.O.A.T — to claim the UFC heavyweight championship. He also knocked out tough-as-nails Mark Hunt to claim the interim belt, as well.

Regardless of his impressive resume, you’ll never hear “Vai Cavalo” label himself as the greatest of all time. Because as he recently declared on The MMA Hour, it’s up to the fans to decide who they praise as the best, not him.

“The guys have more respect for me. All the time I’m the underdog. Now, guys are changing their mind. I showed against Travis Browne, Mark Hunt. When I fought Hunt, everyone said Hunt would knock out Werdum for sure or Werdum submit him. But no one expected that I knock Mark Hunt down. Just look at my record. I beat Fedor Emelianenko for the first time. Travis Browne, Roy Nelson, Cain Velasquez. Cain, everyone knows he has good cardio, big heart. But, I break him, I finish him. I don’t know what more guys want. I don’t like to say this (that he’s greatest of all time), it’s like a prepotent (cocky). ‘Oh, I’m the best.’ That is not my style. I like when the fans say that. When the fans say that, I am very happy for sure. I get more motivation, but I don’t like to say that. I’m a jiu-jitsu world champion, ADCC world champion twice. Three times jiu-jitsu and UFC heavyweight champion. But when I say that, people say, ‘Werdum may be a little prepotent.’ So I don’t like that. But, nobody have a record like this. I’m very happy.”

Hard to argue with the man. Though some will find a way to do it.

Werdum will look to add to his win total when he rematches the aforementioned Velasquez sometime in 2016. And though the bout is rumored to go down in a stadium in Brazil, Fabricio could not confirm the date or location at the moment.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian is more confident now than he was in their initial match. To show he’s a good sport, he gave Cain a friendly warning, advising the former champ to stay away from his guard and his powerful right arm.

Words that should be taken very seriously.

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When the UFC makes its debut in Melbourne, Australia next month, it will be a pair of the organization’s top finishers that close out the card and bring droves of diehard fans to Etihad Stadium.Those two stoppage specialists are the UFC’s two female champions, Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who defend their titles against Holly Holm and Valerie Letourneau, respectively.With the countdown to UFC 193 already underway, here’s a look at some of the handiwork of the two fighters that will stand in the red corner on Saturday, November 14.These are the top five finishes in wom … Read the Full Article Here

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Few fighters in the sport of boxing boast a highlight reel quite like that of WBA, IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin.

Later tonight (Sat., Oct. 17, 2015), the Kazakh destroyer will look for consecutive knockout No. 21 against David Lemieux, an aggressive young puncher with absolute dynamite in his fists. In preparation for the showdown inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., which has all the signs of being an instant all-time classic, HBO has released a collection of Golovkin’ s “Greatest Hits.”

And it’s ridiculous.

The nearly 10-minute video begins with his United States debut, a 2012 thrashing of tricky Polish southpaw Grzegorz Proksa, and goes all the way through his recent beatdown of Willie…

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If you fixate on one particular corner of the MMA fan sphere, it can seem like the sky is always falling. Some terrible injustice or indignity is constantly gripping the sport, harming and embarrassing it and all of its affiliates.

That sentiment spread like hot, molten lava into corners far and wide Monday, though, when the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Nick Diaz for five years because he failed multiple drug tests for smoking marijuana.

Without using this space to delve too deeply into the rightness or wrongness of the action, we can point to two inalienable facts. First, if Diaz, 32, serves the full suspension, it will effectively end his career. Second, the visceral reaction to the suspension demonstrated Diaz’s continued popularity.

With those two things in mind, it seems like the right time to look back on Diaz’s career to this point. Let us now take a look at the greatest moments in the MMA career of the inimitable Mr. Diaz. Video clips included!

They are ranked based on the nature of the fight, the result and the caliber of opponent.



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Olivier Aubin-Mercier may only be 26 years old, but time waits for no one, especially prizefighters, so there will eventually come the day when he will have to address the nickname “The Quebec Kid.”“It’s funny because I talked about this, and maybe sometime if I’m going to fight for the belt or win the belt, I can change my nickname to ‘The Quebec Man’ or something like that,” he laughs, already a step ahead of the game.The Montreal native’s ability to see moves before anyone else does has led him to victories in all but one of his eight … Read the Full Article Here

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