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Alman on Holly Holm’s response to Cyborg’s PED accusations

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been teasing, asking – pretty much demanding a fight against former women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm for UFC 219 on Dec. 30.

Justino has thrown numerous jabs at Holm over social media to persuade her into a fight. One of Cyborg’s tactics is accusing Holm’s teammates at JacksonWink MMA of using PEDs. She also did the whole “lets see if my next opponent will get tested the same number of times as I did” tactic – Justino has been tested eight times by USADA. It’s Cyborg’s typical tactic of using social media to provoke her opponents into a fight.

Holm responded to Justino’s accusations on the JacksonWink Instagram account.

“So apparently there was a little bit of drama today because USADA went to Cyborg’s house and I know I’ve been the topic of interest a lot on her social media and I don’t mind fighters trying to promote fights, that’s fine, but let’s be real for a minute.

“She said she’s been tested by USADA and wants to be tested just as much, and she probably should have looked on their public records on the USADA web page and seen I’ve been tested nine times compared to her eight. I’m in no race, I really don’t care, I just know I compete clean and they test me all the time. So, I just never needed an applause for passing my tests. In the meantime, I’ll just spend my time training and she can spend her time complaining and making false accusations and false memes.”

Holm also posted two screenshots from USADA’s website to verify her claims.

What I liked about Holm’s response is she took the high road. She could have brought up Justino’s past drug test failures as her main retort, but instead she gave a response that was not only calm and tactful, but provided proof that she was being tested by USADA.

Justino followed it up by saying she believes if USADA is going to test her at random times, they should do the same for Holm. How do we know USADA isn’t drug testing Holm at random times? We as fans don’t know.

This is just a way to promote a fight – that hasn’t been made official – between Holm and Justino but I think it’s petty that Cyborg is using the drug testing as a way to trash talk her opponent and garner sympathy, and she’s not the first fighter this. Again, I think Holm took the high road and showed she’s not going to be conned into taking a fight without ironing the full details.

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Megan Anderson’s Championship Legacy Begins at Invicta FC 24

Note: This is a column I wrote for Creators.co

There’s an old adage in combat sports – it’s one thing to win a championship but it’s another to successfully defend it. Invicta FC featherweight champion and Australia’s pride and joy Megan Anderson is going to learn this first hand on July 15.

Invicta Fighting Championships announced that Anderson will make her first title defense against undefeated Ukrainian prospect Helena Kolesnyk at Invicta FC 24. This will be Kolesnyk’s first foray in the Invicta cage.

Anderson won the Invicta featherweight title in January when she finished Charmaine Tweet in the second round – a bout that was originally for the interim 145-title. She was promoted to undisputed featherweight champion after former titleholder Cris “Cyborg” Justino opted to compete in the UFC full-time.

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Heather Hardy to Make MMA Debut in MSG

Note: This is a piece I wrote for Champions.

Like Luke Skywalker when he made the decision to become a jedi, professional boxer Heather Hardy is about to a step into a new world – in her case mixed martial arts – with her first professional MMA bout in June.

Hardy, who is from Brooklyn, signed with Bellator MMA and will compete in Madison Square Garden at Bellator 180, June 24. Her opponent is Alice Yauger. Both Bellator and Hardy confirmed both the signing and the fight.

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Welcome to Bellator MMA Valerie Letourneau

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

It’s official fight fans, longtime mixed martial arts Canadian competitor Valerie Letourneau is coming to #BellatorMMA.

After a week of speculation – partially fueled by Letourneau’s appearance at Bellator 178 – the promotion announced her as one of the several recently signed fighters who will compete in their women’s flyweight division. Letourneau confirmed the signing on Twitter.

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Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is Ready for Bellator Title Bout

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

It looks as if Bellator MMA has its first women’s flyweight champion – or at least the first fighter who could compete in the promotion’s inaugural women’s 125-pound title bout.

At last night’s Bellator 177, the “Iliminator” Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeated Jessica Middleton in the co-main event. (Watch the fight in the link)

Early in the first round, Macfarlane took Middleton down and worked her way to securing the armbar. Middleton tried to wiggle her way out of it, but she eventually tapped, suffering her first career loss in the process. The win boosts Macfarlane’s professional MMA record to 5-0 in the Bellator cage, 6-0 overall.

As for her next Bellator fight, the Iliminator made her intentions clear as far as championships are concerned.

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