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And if he does decide to return to the cage it will likely be for a rematch with current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated McGregor last year via submission. Masvidal can talk all the trash he wants in effort to try and goad McGregor into a fire fight, but Notorious is a retired man these days (for now).
Simn was on his way to losing his promotional debut against Merab Dvalishvili until securing a mounted guillotine near the end of the third round and winning by a very controversial technical submission when the referee determined that Dvalishvili had lost consciousness despite having been kicking his legs all the way through the final bell. Simn has fought eight times since Fabers retirement. The official did not immediately wave the fight off, leaving fans and the announcers to believe t...
Another interesting fact, Usman is 32-years-old, and Covington is 31-years-old, theyre both in their prime. The scorecards read 50-44, 50-45, 50-45. Its honestly surprising that more than one judge didnt give more than one 10-8 round. When Covington didnt take Lawler down, he stayed on the feet and constantly out-struck him. To have done that on a four week training camp against a guy like Lawler, its astounding.
At 5-foot-10 and with a 72-inch reach, Muhammad faces the same issue. Short-notice notwithstanding, Millenders Jon Jones-esque style utilizing length and kick-heavy game has caused his previous opponents numerous problems, landing shots in abandon as they try and close the distance. But make no mistake, hes one tough fighter and I think hell eat Millenders shots until the bitter end, losing by decision.
After the win, Johnny Walker injured his shoulder by doing the worm celebration. Johnny is on a 9-fight winning streak and in last 3 fights, he won a Performance of the Night. It is really insane. Walker now is really on fire and the hype is real. But why Johnny Walker is so good? Also, his last two fights lasted only 51 seconds! Johnny Walker is the new name which UFC fans should remember. But now he received doctors clearance to fight so he is back. Also, Walker is good on the ground ha...
Record: 33-13Key Wins: Darren Till (UFC Fight Night 147), Donald Cerrone (UFC on FOX 23), Tim Means (UFC on FOX 7), James Krause (UFC 178)Key Losses: Demian Maia (UFC 211), Stephen Thompson (UFC 217), Benson Henderson (UFC Fight Night 79)Keys to Victory: Masvidal is a very technical fighter in every area of the game. He prefers to strike and seems to carry significantly more knockout power at 170 pounds, but Masvidal is a tricky grappler who has out-wrestled plenty of his foes as well.
He pulls down 4.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. Trevor Ariza averages 11.3 points per game in 35.4 minutes per contest. His field goal percentage is 37% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is at 79%. Bradley Beal comes into this contest averaging 23.9 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per night. He averages 3.6 assists per contest and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Kyle Kuzma averages 18.8 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest. Brandon Ingram comes into this contest averaging 16.3 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per night. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is at 63%. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%. He pulls down 4.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.6 assists per game as well.
With all that said, we're still getting a free bucket with the better team.The Portland Trail Blazers are a better and more consistent team than theSacramento Kings, and they've won eight of the last 10 meetings against them. I always see value in getting free points with the better team. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to pile up the losses on the road and being on the end of a back-to-back does not help them in this case.The Sacramento Kings have played their best ball at home where ...