MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Conor McGregor and Holly Holm win 2016 ESPY Awards

Conor McGregor, Holly Holm winners at 2016 ESPY awards While they both came up short in their last respective bouts, Conor McGregor and Holly Holm took home some gold on Wednesday night. McGregor beat out UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, as well as boxers Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Roman Gonzalez to take home the ESPN “Fighter of the Year” Award. The win for McGregor made in two years in a row that an MMA fighter has won the away (Ronda Rousey won the year previous) Despite losing to Nate Diaz in his last bout, his wins over Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo were enough to earn him the award. Holm beat out Roberta Vinci’s U.S. Open win over Serena Williams and Middle Tennessee State’s win over Michigan State in the NCAA tournament to take home the ESPN “Upset of the Year” Award. The former UFC champion earned the award for her head kick knockout over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.     UFC and Bellator vet Paul Bradley signs with WSOF MMAJunkie reported Thursday that former UFC and Bellator welterweight Paul Bradley has signed with WSOF. Bradley (23-6) is coming off an impressive 40 second victory over Chris Honeycutt at Bellator 140 and went 3-1 with the promotion. Here’s what he had to say with MMAJunkie. ““I’m ready to start a new chapter and test my skills in a new organization. [After the win over Honeycutt] I had been told I was going to get a big contender fight, and unfortunately, the contract never came to fruition. I got put on the back burner a little bit. I was in a limbo, hanging out, and kept on waiting. About two weeks ago, I got in touch with [Bellator matchmaker] Rich Chou, and apparently, there’s too many fighters on the roster and not enough events. Instead of waiting around, I decided to push free agency and go from there. With a big win, I could possibly be in title contention right away, but let’s be realistic: It’s probably two good wins,” he said. “The roster isn’t huge, but the talent is there right now. I just need to be dominant, finish fights and get the job done.” Bradley expects to make his debut in November but notes “I’d like to get in there sooner.”   UFC heads to Hidalgo, Texas in September for UFC Fight Night 94  The UFC announced Thursday that the promotion will head to Hidalgo, Texas, on Sept. 17 for what is likely to be UFC Fight Night 94 at State Farm Arena. Hidalgo is located near the U.S. – Mexico border. It will be one of the smallest cities the UFC will have ever visited. In September 2015, Bellator 143 was hosted here at the State Farm Arena and can seat about 5,500 people. Stay tuned to MMAOddsbreaker for any updates on this card. No fights were announced for the card, which is likely to air on FS1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Written by James Lynch

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