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The NFL is here and it’s gloriously fucked up already

There’s just something about the NFL. Something about setting aside three hours of your time for two hours of commercials followed by an hour’s worth of actual play chronically interrupted by referees rendered helpless now that they cannot properly decide what genuinely constitutes a catch (a sad fact that even needs to be debated in the first place). The NFL semi-officially kicks off with the Hall of Fame week, where we have the inagural game that doesn’t mean anything, a bout between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinal’s B-squads.

Granted, I know we’re talking about pre-season here but boy, shitty things have happened already. I’m not even going to touch the offseason stuff, I’m talking about since the doors opened for business.

  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is, at least as of now, out for the season thanks to an already damaged ACL now a totally being damaged ACL. Tannehill is seeking a second opinion and the team refuses to say he’s totally done. However injuries like this rarely end well, so it’s fair to say Tannehill is off the table.

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  • Things are somewhat dysfunctional within the Seattle Seahawks camp, with pass-rusher Frank Clark instigating a fight with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. According to sports reporter Gregg Bell via Twitter,

You’re likely either excited these guys are so eager to get violent with each other so soon, or your disappointed they’re eager to get violent with each other so soon.

  • Speaking of Cowboys, the first NFL pre-season game wrapped up with a 20-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Dallas backup QBs Kellen Moore and Cooper Rush both logged touchdowns, with receptions by TE Rico Gathers and WR Uzoma Nwachukwu.
  • New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has been named U.S. ambassador to the U.K., who will most assuredly attempted to push more sub-par North American football teams (coughJetscough) onto unsuspecting Britons. You poor bastards.

UFC 214: The Fallout

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Taken as a whole, I want to say, “Holy shit what a fantastic card!” but that wouldn’t be entirely true. To be sure, there were some low moments, perhaps none more lower than Tyron Woodley’s title defense, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s take this a step at a time. I’m just going to cover the main card.

Match #1 Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oedemir(w) LHW

Jimi Manuwa has made a name for himself knocking people out. Until he started getting knocked out. Newcomer Volkan Oedemir straight knocked Manuwa out within 42 seconds of the first round. Oedemir has now entered the UFC’s radar. Manuwa might be on an undercard next year or something.

Match #2 Donald Cerrone vs Robbie Lawler(w) WELT

Immediately began with Lawler charging at Cerrone and delivering an onslaught of punches, where the only reasonable response was a flurry of his own. The first round was a tug of war over momentum, with both men absolutely laying into each other. Lawler wanting to take Cerrone off his game and just overwhelm him from the onset.

The second round was much slower, though no less vicious. Cerrone attempted to keep Lawler at bay with leg strikes, though Lawler began pressing the fight harder. Cerrone, for his part, kept Lawler at bay by throwing fast combos in response. The third round saw Lawler seemingly waking up and going on the offensive against Cerrone, kicking him in the stomach. This seemed to stunt Cerrone, who afterward became much more cautious. Cerrone kept counter attacking, but ultimately the judges viewed Lawler as the unanimous victor.

This fight easily needed two more rounds, it had all the makings of a title fight, though it very likely carries with it potential title implications in the future. Though probably not the immediate future UFC brass hoping Georges St. Pierre agrees to fight Woodley (very likely with title implications).

Match #3 Cris Cyborg(w) vs Tonya Evinger Featherweight Title

Truth be told, people outside Evinger’s training camp probably didn’t think much was going to be made of this fight. After all, Evinger took the fight on short notice and went up a weight class to fight Cyborg at her best form.

Evinger did an excellent job of evading Cyborg’s power strikes while eating some lesser, though still stinging shots. The game plan seemed to be something out of Rocky, where she would hope to simply tire out the champion then make her moves. After all, she was most certainly not going to out speed or out strike Cyborg in a straight boxing fight. It would’ve been suicide.

This all lasted until the second round where Cyborg managed to wrestle Evinger into the cage then delivered a devastating knee strike right to her face. This sealed her fate and the fight, as she crumpled and Cyborg did what she has mostly done: deal punishing strikes. Fight was ruled a KO. Cyborg becomes arguably the women’s featherweight division’s first legitimate champion.

Throughout the fight I wanted to root for Evinger, who was doing her damndest to evade Cyborg’s very nasty punches. Cyborg clearly saw her as the lesser opponent though, many of her punches carried with it very bad intentions.

Match #4 Tyron Woodley(w) vs. Demian Maia (Welterweight Title)

The stinker of the night, unfortunately. Maia pressed the fight for much of it, while Woodley largely countered sparingly, but accurately. And the punches that were accurate gave Maia a very battered face, as he was visibly damaged by the fight’s conclusion. It was 25 minutes of frustration, knowing that it should be a tactical battle but instead was the type of fight no one’s going to want to re-watch.

Match #5 Jon Jones(w) vs. Daniel Cormier (Light Heavyweight title)

An intense match from start to finish, it absolutely did not disappoint. The fight lasted into the third round at the 1:57 mark. It began with Cormier relentlessly pursuing Jones, though Jones was able to use his length to force Cormier to miss most of his strikes. He was able to make some significant strikes to Jones, forcing him to play a bit conservatively. Very early on Cormier managed to punch Jones’ mouth piece out. Later in the round, Cormier and Jones butt heads causing Cormier to get a cut on his head. The referee ruled the incident an accident.

The second round saw Cormier become more confident, with Jones throwing strikes to Cormier’s head, but Cormier evading the punches, saying “Nope,” and shaking his head. Jones looked to be struggling at times, though he always managed to stay fast and elusive.

However in the third round, Jones began launching strong leg strikes that saw Cormier quickly lose his balance. Jones continued delivering fast strikes, not allowing Cormier a second to orient himself. This caused Cormier to fall to the mat near the cage, where Jones immediately descended and relentlessly beat Cormier into submission. The ref pulled Jones away and Cormier stumbled to his feet, clearly not all there.

The post fight was a surprisingly emotional scene for all parties involved. Cormier initially stormed out of the octagon, seen mumbling and teary eyed (given he was beaten pretty brutally that was understandable). Jones, who has been shit talking Cormier for a LONG time, instead was humble in victory and shout out Cormier for being his greatest rival.

Cormier, now outright crying, is attempting to compose himself while Jones took a second to challenge Brock Lesnar. Once Jones left, Joe Rogan very uncomfortably interviews a very visibly broken Cormier. Where Cormier goes from here is anyone’s guess, but Jones’ future is certain. The former champion has reclaimed the throne and everyone in the light heavyweight division has a VERY tall order ahead of them.

The UFC 214 Hype Station

Fight fans have fair reason to be excited for UFC 214. It’s a fairly stacked card featuring a rematch that’s starting to age like a fine wine. Cormier vs Jones is a year overdue, and only time will tell if Cormier can avenge his brutal loss to Jones. Before that we have two additional title defenses , the welterweight belt title bout between champion Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia; and Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger fighting for the vacant featherweight belt. Barring any injuries (jinx?) between now and the moment they’re supposed to get into the cage, 214 should be pretty lit.

Main Cards 10PM/7PM ETPT

1.) Jimi Manuwa vs Volkon Oezdemir (Light Heavyweight)

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Source: Getty Images/Zuffa LLC/Josh Hedges

A showcase of LHW talent, Manuwa is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Oezdemir is a relative UFC newcomer with two UFC bouts under his belt (both wins, the last a KO). Manuwa looks fairly good however his two UFC losses were to true top tier talents, Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. Both knocked him out and earned performance of the night from him which is a dubious distinction to have. A fight that really can go either way. It will either add another notch to Manuwa’s belt or this will serve as a showcase of Oezdemir’s porfolio.

2.) Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerone (Welterweight)

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Another showcase but of the welterweight division. Both veteran fighters (Lawler being former welt. champion), this promises to be a damn solid fight. Cerrone is looking to rebound from his KO loss to Jorge Masvidal and Lawler is looking to rebound from losing the Welterweight belt to Tyron Woodly at UFC 201.

3.) Cris Cyborg vs Tonya Evinger (Featherweight Title)

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Source: Getty Images/Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Germaine de Randamie vacated the title refusing to defend the belt to Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Justino, one of the most feared women’s fighters through the years and synonymous with allegation after allegation of steroid use throughout her career. She’s ended careers (Gina Carano anyone?), owned Strikeforce gold, and now is looking to own UFC gold for the first time in her career. Standing in her way is relative UFC newcomer Tonya Evinger, who does have Invicta gold to her name. In theory, this should be Cyborg’s moment. Again, in theory.

4.) Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia (Welterweight Title)

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The co-main event sees Woodley defending the title to established veteran Demain Maia. Maia is a dangerous man in his own right as a very skilled BJJ world champion. He’s gone against the best throughout his long career and this may finally be his time to claim the belt for the first time. Woodley, however, is no slouch and is well known for his tremendous speed, power and explosiveness. It’s also hard to ignore the age difference between the two men. Maia may rely on his cunning and experience, but Woodley may prove too powerful for him.

5.) Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight Title)

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Source: Getty Images/Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The long awaited rematch to what was a fairly one-sided fight which saw Jones’ hand raised in victory. The result did little to cool the beef between them. That was to be settled at UFC 197, though Cormier pulled from the fight due to injury. The fight was then rescheduled for UFC 200, though that too was cancelled because Jones lost his fucking mind. Promptly after the famous incident where he struck a pregnant woman’s car while in possession of cocaine, Jones was suspended. Free to fight again, many fans are hoping Jones can pick up where he left off: terrorizing the light heavyweight division again.

Barring God knows what, the fight is finally going to go down.

Prelims

FXX 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • Ricardo Lamas vs Jason Knight (145 lb)
  • Aljamin Sterling vs Renan Barao (140 lb)
  • Renato Moicano vs Brian Ortega (145 lb)
  • Andre Fill vs Calvin Kattar (145 lb)

UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT

  • Kailin Curron vs Alexandra Albu (115 lb)
  • Eric Shelton vs Jarred Brooks (125 lb)
  • Joshua Burkman vs Drew Dober (155 lb)

 

It’s all going down Saturday July 29th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Cowboy’s star Ezekiel Elliott allegedly involved in altercation

 

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With 50 days left for the 2017 NFL kickoff, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot is once again on the NFL’s problem radar. Currently under investigation for domestic abuse charges by his former girlfriend dating to an incident back in 2016, Ezekiel has now been accused of being involved in a bar altercation late Sunday night at Dallas bar. Dallas police department came out with a statement saying the victim was physically assaulted but could not remember who assaulted him. The vicim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No arrests were made that evening, nor were there further mention of Elliott or other suspects as of yet.

So then why is his name even being mentioned again then?

TMZ sports released a video allegedly of the incident and witnesses who recorded the video claim they witnessed Elliott and the man arguing few seconds before he was knocked down with a punch to the nose.

The Cowboys know about the situation but have yet to comment on it. This will probably be another slap on the hand and will probably only have a few days or games suspension in the season.

Police are still investigating this situation.

The McGregor/Mayweather Hype Train Derails

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It’s been an, uh, interesting past four days. Especially if you’ve been following the bizarre circus show that’s been the McGregor/Mayweather hype train. Somewhere between the Toronto and London leg of the tour did things begin to derail. The crash was sudden and probably should’ve been expected to some degree. Perhaps it was the sheer momentum the train brought coming in, like a magnet train gaining way too much momentum but no one really stopping to ask why.

The hype for the hype was unreal. Monday and Tuesday were wildly outlandish shit to be sure, riding a high that probably should’ve ended then and there. The press tour concludes with a loud thud as both fighters have seemingly run out of steam and clever shit to say, slinging mud and dirt now. The first two days have been master-class trolling from McGregor, who has had a strong fan-swell of support at each even. Mayweather has been uncharacteristically quiet, but now that’s come to an end.

McGregor, in his own part, is now deemed a racist for making less than stellar analogies at Mayweather and really for being pretty openly racist in the past. I suppose my greatest surprise is the surprise over either McGregor or Mayweather, who pride themselves on being unfiltered and somewhat ignorant, being actually unfiltered and ignorant. Not that it condones the language or behavior, but isn’t this what both fan bases basically expected?

The madness that was the press tour has finally ended, perhaps three days later than it probably needed to and all that’s left is to weather the storm that will be August 26th when they actually square up in Las Vegas. It might be fair to argue the pressers may be the hype we really wanted all along, because expectations about the bout itself outside of the fan boy camps are low for challenger McGregor.

The McGregor/Mayweather Hype Train is in full effect

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The Mayweather/McGregor press tour has been in full swing and whoo boy, if nothing else at very the least the hype train is very real. Of course, nothing less can be accepted in a bout between two of the (deservedly) biggest braggarts in their respective sports. Mayweather ended his career putting away Andre Berto in 2015, seemingly walking away for good retaining his perfect 49-0 record and his belts. However, rumors started percolating last year Money Mayweather would come out of retirement for one guy: Conor McGregor. McGregor, then really flying high and grabbing the UFC by its balls, made the promotion bow to his whims, even letting him become the first champion to hold two belts simultaneously (though he would eventually vacate the Flyweight title).

What began as a lark has steamrolled into an out of control media circus. One side contends this bout is an insult to both boxing, snubbing boxers clawing up the rankings to be superseded by a guy whose never contended professionally (MMA wins don’t count here) and is straight up about to make the biggest gate boxing has ever seen in its history. Then again, it is very like boxing to put a guaranteed sell-out freak show before keeping the rankings honest.

The other side is too busy wearing shit-eating grins listening seeing McGregor deliver gems like this:

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Source: @bokamotoESPN

While watching Mayweather remains mostly like this the last two days:

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Source: ESPN

It’s hard not to want to jump on the hype train. There is no question McGregor makes it look like he was born to have a microphone in his hands. It were as if he molded himself after mid-90s WWF. However this is pure, McGregor-master-class trolling. The kind the public can’t help but eat up because his charisma is too electric. The kind of shit talking he used to drum up promotion for his bouts, which arguably earned him his title shots more than anything else.

Both boxing and MMA are in strange spots right now. MMA had the upper hand in pop culture for years, especially in the early 2000s, having once owned young audiences who have now generally gotten old. UFC is also struggling in maintaining its stars or even getting their main events to actually happen. Since joining Fox broadcasting, the UFC has struggled maintaining the quality of its programming and keeping up with the demands the network has put upon it since the ink dried on their contract.

Boxing has struggled finding ways to maintain its PPV model, currently being eaten by UFC and fans losing favor thanks to failed mega-fights like Mayweather and Pacquiao’s bout. There are no shortage of genuine stars, though: the likes of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Andre Ward, Terence “Bud” Crawford to name a few. Canelo and Golovkin is boxing’s next true super fight, but it won’t sniff even a third of what Mayweather and McGregor will likely drum up, even if its guaranteed to be a clash-of-titans-type fight.

The prevailing outcome is for Mayweather almost unanimously among the press and professional fighters. The press tour ends tomorrow then we can all go back to calming down and letting our phones charge after following this madness. Here are some choice videos for those who have struggled to keep up with this glorious madness:

Vid Sources: The complete Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Los Angeles Press Conference Video, Floyd Mayweather fires back at Conor McGregor ‘The fans can’t fight for you’ | TOR | UFC ON FOX