The most recent episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present featured a UFC champion coping with a loss, each principal occasion combatants from Saturday’s card in Sweden, an damage replace and a recap of a fighter’s superb journey.
This is what you might need missed:
Champ at a loss? Max Holloway’s actuality is a rarity
“I am Zero-Zero.”
Max Holloway clearly was not wanting on the report e book throughout Tuesday’s interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present. Formally, he’s 20-Four. Formally, he’s the UFC featherweight champion.
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However the final entry on his official report was a defeat on the ends of Dustin Poirier in final month’s light-weight interim title bout. It ended a 13-fight profitable streak and put the 27-year-old Hawaiian in a uncommon place: When he defends his 145-pound belt in opposition to Frankie Edgar in the primary occasion of UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 27, Holloway shall be a champion coming off a loss.
He is coping with it as if it isn’t a giant deal.
“The win streak was cool. The information I used to be breaking are cool. However I am Zero-Zero for each struggle,” he mentioned. “I attempt to simply keep centered on the duty at hand and never look too ahead, not look too again. It’s what it’s. A loss isn’t going to outline me.”
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Probably the most tough a part of the loss for Holloway might need been realizing that his 6-year-old son, Rush, was crying at cageside. Video emerged of the boy being consoled first by Shaquille O’Neal, then by Poirier. Holloway acknowledges that he “needed to maintain again tears” when he noticed his son afterward and tried to reframe the circumstance as a life lesson.
“Life is typically about methods to take L’s,” he mentioned. “The child, he by no means noticed me lose. I used to be a superhero in his eyes. And [now] he is aware of that, hey, his dad is regular. He grew. He turned stronger. And now I am constructive that he is taking the steps to be my superhero in the future.”
Anthony Smith on Swedish followers: ‘They’re going to fist-bump you and ask you politely to not win’
Anthony Smith reveals that he has watched his loss to Jon Jones a number of occasions as a result of he does not need to really feel the ache of dropping once more. For extra UFC motion, join ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.
“That is the Gus present.”
Anthony Smith was speaking about Saturday’s principal occasion in opposition to Alexander Gustafsson, which takes place in Stockholm. Gustafsson, not coincidentally, is a 32-year-old Swede who lives and trains in Stockholm.
“He is the one with the household and associates and all his teammates and the entire rattling metropolis and nation behind him,” Smith mentioned.
The 30-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, has no downside touring Four,500 miles for this struggle. “There’s simply no strain,” he mentioned. “I am kinda kicking it again to the old-fashioned. You are available in, take a soul, seize a bag of money and depart.”
Smith was talking through cellphone from Stockholm, and despite the fact that he had arrived simply hours earlier, he’d already gotten a really feel for the town and its inhabitants. He, his spouse and one in every of his coaches have been exploring the town heart once they encountered some native followers, who didn’t make Smith really feel as if he have been in enemy territory.
“They’re going to fist-bump you,” he mentioned, “and ask you politely to not win.”
Alexander Gustafsson: ‘I like to be residence’
Alexander Gustafsson says that he has to make a press release in his upcoming struggle in opposition to Anthony Smith June 1 in Stockholm, Sweden. For extra UFC motion, join ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.
“I like to be residence, and in struggle week I really feel relaxed and calm.”
–Alexander Gustafsson on headlining a UFC occasion in Stockholm for the third time since 2015
Iaquinta on his nostril post-Cowboy: ‘It is only a slight bit crooked’
UFC light-weight title contender Al Iaquinta misplaced a hard-fought matchup with Donald Cerrone on Could Four in Ottawa, Ontario. The competition — named that card’s Combat of the Night time — was a back-and-forth brawl that noticed Iaquinta take the brunt of the injury.
On Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present, Iaquinta described intimately simply how badly he was harm by Cerrone.
“I used to be swollen, I used to be beat up. I nonetheless obtained a bit of lower [on my nose],” Iaquinta mentioned. “It should take so much for the scarring to go away with the solar and what not. It’s what it’s. Some fairly severe accidents, however nothing that will not heal by itself. I do not want something loopy to be finished. Simply get again into the health club, bodily remedy, recuperate and again to coaching as typical.”
Iaquinta mentioned he broke his nostril and fractured his proper orbital bone however won’t want surgical procedure.
“I used to be in ache. My ache tolerance was at its peak for that one,” Iaquinta mentioned. “The whole lot labored out good. Just a few relaxation. That undoubtedly can not occur once more.”
Iaquinta mentioned medical doctors in Canada supplied to attempt to repair his nostril, however he declined.
“It is only a slight bit crooked,” he mentioned. “They have been like, ‘We are able to attempt to alter it and repair it.’ I mentioned, ‘Simply depart me alone. Let me relaxation.’ They gave me some ache treatment and threw me on the airplane. I obtained residence, thank God.”
From the UFC to the political enviornment
The damaging journey of Glover Teixeira from Brazil to America
Glover Teixeira (29-7), who has fought within the UFC for seven years and as soon as challenged for the sunshine heavyweight championship, lives and trains in Danbury, Connecticut. Nevertheless it wasn’t at all times that method, as he advised Ariel Helwani.
Helwani: Is it true it took you 49 days to get from Brazil to Connecticut?
Teixeira: It’s true. I had a cousin that was bringing individuals to Mexico. At the moment, I used to be 18 years previous. He mentioned, “Do you need to go along with me?” I mentioned, “Yeah, I am going to go on this journey with you.” I went with him. He mentioned, “I obtained a man over there who can get you a job.”
Helwani: So initially you have been going to Mexico?
Teixeira: We went to Mexico and crossed the border. Proper now the visa scenario is a lot better. There’s nonetheless an opportunity you get denied, however it’s so a lot better. In 1999, for those who have been from my hometown, it is virtually not possible you are going to get a visa as a result of there are such a lot of individuals right here from there which can be right here illegally.
Helwani: So did you ever even go to Mexico?
Teixeira: We did. Stayed in Tijuana for 13 days, crossed the border. We stayed in San Diego.
Helwani: How did you cross the border?
Teixeira: Strolling. Possibly 4 or 5 hours.
Helwani: Have been you fearful?
Teixeira: Not at the moment. I am 19 years previous; you do not fear. Nighttime. I used to be having enjoyable.
Helwani: How many individuals have been with you?
Teixeira: There have been perhaps 12 or 15 individuals. We have been fortunate. We simply crossed the border. But when the blokes come, so we now have to unfold out, that is when it is harmful. If the cops come or immigration, individuals run. The man that might take you, they name him “The Coyote.” We’d run away as a result of we did not need to get caught. It’s important to discover your method within the desert. It is harmful.
Helwani: And you were not fearful about this?
Teixeira: No, I used to be a youngster.
Helwani: And your loved ones was again in Brazil?
Teixeira: I did not name [my parents] for 40 days. Everybody was fearful. You’d hear horrible tales. When it was 2001, issues began getting loopy. Individuals stopped coming by means of Mexico. It was extremely popular in 1999, however after it was getting harmful due to the drug sellers. The cartel was making some individuals slaves. You’d hear loopy tales.