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Pats-Fan Fighter Plots Halftime Bout to Not Miss AFC Championship

BOSTON—UFC welterweight John Howard let Breitbart Sports in on “a little secret.”

Though his fight with Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night conflicts with the AFC Championship Game, the mixed-martial artist plans on not missing a down of the action.

The welterweight, who boasts victories over Dennis Hallman and Uriah Hall, believes he has the timing just right to scrap without missing the Colts-Patriots scrap. “During halftime is when I fight,” he explains. “So, as soon as I fight and am done and over, I’ll be running back to watch the game.”

And if the timing doesn’t line up as perfectly as he envisions, Howard may end up taking out his frustrations on Larkin, or, alternatively, Larkin may capitalize on the distracted fan-athlete.

Born and raised in Boston, Howard fights there on Sunday night. Like those cheering him at TD Garden, Howard is a huge Boston sports fan. And his New England Patriots winter cap expressed his sympathies—and advertised the snowy weather outside—at the UFC presser in Faneuil Hall.

At least one fan in Gillette Stadium may be more interested in the action at TD Garden than in Foxboro. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, whose brother Arthur plays for Indianapolis and whose brother Chandler plays for New England, plans to sit in the stands—in Foxboro, not Boston.

Howard insists of the game, “I’m not missing nothing.”

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