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Francis Ngannou’s Slick Submission Leads UFC Albany Fighter Bonuses

The Ultimate Fighting Championship made a quick return to New York on Friday, just one month after launching in the state with a blockbuster UFC 205 card in New York City.

The return took place at Times Union Center in Albany, the state’s capitol, but to a much smaller crowd and no title fights on tap. UFC 205 featured three title fights, including Conor McGregor winning to become the first fighter to hold UFC championships in two weight classes simultaneously.

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UFC Fight Night 102 may not have featured the star power of UFC 205, but several fighters still delivered big performances, and they were rewarded with $50,000 post-fight bonuses.

The Fight of the Night honors went to Gian Villante and Saparbeg Safarov, who opened the main card on UFC Fight Pass.

Each man had his moments in the first round, but neither could put the fight away there. Villante took control and finished the fight just after the midway point of the second stanza. Only one man got the win, but both took home bonus checks.

Francis NgannouThe Performance of the Night honors went to Francis Ngannou and Gerald Meerschaert. 

Ngannou put on a stellar performance in the co-main event, executing a slick Kimura submission on Anthony Hamilton less than two minutes into their fight.

Meerschaert submitted Joe Gigliotti with an anaconda choke in the final minute of the first round in their preliminary card bout.

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  • Fight of the Night: Gian Villante vs. Saparbeg Safarov
  • Performance of the Night: Francis Ngannou
  • Performance of the Night: Gerald Meerschaert

(Photo courtesy of Francis Ngannou)

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Max Holloway: The Fans Are Going to be the Real Winners

It’s hard to believe that just three years ago featherweight Max Holloway was 3-3 in the UFC and possibly close to finding himself out of the promotion.

Since then, however, Holloway has straightened himself out, put together a nine-fight winning streak, and finds himself on the verge of his first UFC championship. Though at times it doesn’t seem like Holloway feels he finds himself in the position he does.

Recently, during a conference call for media leading up to UFC 205 in Toronto, Holloway spoke about his newly elevated interim featherweight title main event bout against Anthony Pettis as business as usual.

“You know, it’s just another fight, man,” Holloway said in the conference call. “It is what it is. I thought I was going to get bumped for the main event anyway, do the two extra rounds, but now we get to do two extra rounds and (I could) walk home with a shiny gold belt.

“We’re professionals. I’m a professional. I’ve been getting ready. You got to be ready for opportunities like this all the time, especially lately what the way UFC stuff been happening, all kind of crazy stuff, so we always been ready (for) Dec. 10. I can’t wait to show the world what’s up.”

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For Holloway, the opportunity to fight someone of Pettis’ stature is more a motivator than being a UFC headliner.

“This guy was a champion before,” said Holloway of Pettis. “He is a former champion. He defended the belt a bunch of times and he was one of the best guys in the world for a while now.

11-Leonard Garcia vs Max Holloway UFC 155-1778“So I look forward to the opportunity to be in the cage, the same cage you had a guy like that, and it’s time to show people that I’m one of those guys. I walk around and I tell myself that I’m the best in the world and come Dec. 10, I get the chance to prove that to the world.”

Knowing what both he and Pettis are capable of, Holloway believes this is one fight that could easily live up to expectations.

“This is a fight that people wanted to see,” Holloway said. “Everything they expect, I think it’s going to happen in this fight and I’m excited for the challenge. This guy has been, he has been the top of the heap for a long time, and I get to go out there and prove my worth and come Dec. 10 the fans are going to be the real winners.

“Now it’s time to go out there and put on a show for the Canadians, and the Toronto fans, and the world. It’s going to be a great night. Tune in Dec. 10 and you guys are going to see some fireworks. It’s going to be an amazing night.”

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Jon Jones Reaches Anti-Doping Settlement with Nevada

After receiving a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, it appears former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will face the same punishment from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Jones has apparently reached a settlement with the NAC that will see him receive the same one-year suspension and no fine that he received from USADA, which would make him eligible to return to the Octagon as of July 6, 2017. Sources confirmed the news first reported by MMAFighting.com.

Jon JonesJones and his team will likely still have to appear at next week’s commission meeting in Las Vegas, but the settlement is expected to be made official at the meeting.

Jones, 29, tested positive for the presence of two prohibited substances, clomiphene and letrozole, following an out-of-competition urine test on June 16, 2016. Clomiphene and letrozole are both Specified Substances in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and are prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

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Though the sample was collected on June 16, the drug test results weren’t made known until July 6, which is why his suspension was made retroactive to the July 6 date.

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    Enough of this false screening for PEDS. Let fighters use whatever PEDS they want since no real effort to discourage them exists. It’s all smoke and mirrors with preferential treatment for the chosen few.

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