Jon Jones Recaptured the UFC Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 214 by Knocking Out Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier is suffering from what happened to Junior dos Santos — the second best that would otherwise be the best if not for the man ahead of him. Sure, JdS defeated his worthy adversary (Cain Velasquez) in a matter of a minute, but Cain went on to take JdS’s soul in ten combined rounds in their next two fights. Cormier has now lost twice to Jonny “Bones” Jones.

When people would speak about the first fight between DC and Jones, I’d keep hearing so many of them clamor that DC was in the fight the entire way and that it was extremely competitive. I don’t know what they were watching, because to me, it never was. DC landed some nice shots in the first couple of rounds, but Jones took him to town in the final three rounds of that fight. It was never close in my eyes.

I didn’t know what the hell to expect last night. If you would have told me the fight was going to end in a knockout, I would have been sure as anything Cormier would have knocked Jones out, but nope, Bones Jones was the one to deliver the knockout blow, and it was artistic, if anything. The entire fight, all the way leading up to the knockout, Jones had been throwing low kicks at Cormier, and in this fight I believe it was competitive (unlike the first bout) and more even than anything else. However, it goes to show that Jones’ fight IQ is on another level, because the head kick that rocked Cormier happened when Cormier was expecting another low kick.

In another words: once again, Jon Jones in the UFC light heavyweight champion. What a comeback. And genuine or not, how can you not appreciate Jones’ classy remarks towards Cormier post-fight? Speaking of which, it broke my heart to see Rogan interview a concussed Cormier; I wish the UFC would stop interviewing fighters who have just been concussed via a knockout moments earlier.

I don’t know what’s left for DC. Maybe he moves back up to heavyweight and eventually challenges Stipe Miocic for the title? What else is there left for him to do at light heavyweight other than confirm his status as the second best light heavyweight of all-time? His record is unblemished, sans two losses to one man.

The rest of the card was good outside of two stinkers:

1.) Cris Cyborg vs. a human punching bag.

2.) Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia.

I’d hoped, so badly, to see Maia become the welterweight champion by way of being a human backpack. This fight was atrocious, because Woodley — having several chances and windows to land a TKO blow to Maia — played it safe, while Maia failed, over and over again (23 times, yeah?), to secure a takedown. Woodley is producing stinker after stinker as the welterweight champion of the world. He claims it’s because he’s fighting specialists, and he has a point, but it’s no excuse for not pulling the trigger in these bouts. This was also Maia’s probable last shot at a title, as he’ll be 40-years-old soon.

I don’t want to hear idiots make excuses for Woodley, though. That fight broke the record for the lowest amount of strikes in a UFC bout. That is pitiful. Woodley is clearly fighting not to lose, and I hate that shit. I already miss Robbie Lawler’s — albeit short — violent run as welterweight champion.

Woodley also said in the post-fight conference that, if Georges St-Pierre doesn’t fight him, then he (Woodley) is the greatest.

Bullshit.

It’s a shame that Rory MacDonald is in Bellator these days, because he would wreck Woodley just as he did three years ago.

Last Minute Thoughts on UFC 214: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II

I’ve been beyond excited for this rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. This is my “most hyped” fight of the year. I couldn’t care less about the money-motivated debacle that’s going on in boxing. You can tell the rivalry, or disdain, between Bones Jones and Cormier is legitimate. If you think that claim is dubious, help yourself to a few minutes of Googling.

So much has happened since January 2015, especially in the UFC. Jones lost his title and battled numerous personal issues. This is the third time the Jones/DC rematch has been rescheduled, and by all accounts, it looks like a go (finally). While we might never get Jones vs. Rumble Johnson, at least we have this rematch.

A lot of Bones Jones detractors like to say he didn’t dominate DC in their first bout. I disagree. I reckon he did. He controlled the entire fight from start to finish and outwrestled DC. Yes, DC landed a few clean shots, but Jones was never in danger of relenting the dominance of that bout.

In this second fight, there are so many questions that have arised.

Which Jones are we getting? He didn’t look good in his return fight against Ovince Saint-Preux last April, so how will he look tonight? What will DC do differently?

There are so many questions waiting to be answered!

I think it’s comical how many people out there are so sure in their prediction for tonight. Just like any bout in the octagon, it can go either way.

I see it as one of these two scenarios happening: DC either wins by a resounding first and second round knockout or TKO after she lands a monster shot on Jones in the clinch, or Jones dominates DC to a decision. I have a weird feeling about this fight. Every time a huge fight like this comes around, I get so nervous! You just don’t know what might happen! That’s why MMA has been my favorite sport in the world for several years now. The adrenaline rush is incomparable to anything else.

Two and a half years ago, for the first fight, I picked Jones by unanimous decision, and was correct. But all this time now, I’m so unsure. I have no clue. Just as I was two and a half years ago, I’m unbiased in my thoughts. I’m a big fan of both Jones and DC. Part of me wants to see Jones win his title back, because I feel like DC was never the champion, but on the otherhand, DC defeating Jones will solidify not only his status as light heavyweight champion of the UFC world but also his place in the echelons of UFC greats. DC is already known as one of the greatest to ever do it, because you can’t dispute his resume!

I just wonder if Bones Jones will use his range like he always does, and jabs, oblique kick and open hand range-finds (complete with eye pokes) to neutralize DC, or if DC will get him against the cage and batter him with dirty boxing-influenced uppercuts.

Call me naive. Call me silly. But I think the only way DC wins is if he knocks out or TKOs Jones early within those first couple of rounds. Otherwise, I see Jones using his reach as an advantage and comfortably settling in the longer the fight goes. I know that DC has the ability to grind out a 5-round, dominant victory via wrestlefuck, but never forget Jones’ abilities and skill enrooted in his Greco-Roman background.

Oh, by the way, this card is loaded! Three title fights (just to be clear, I’m rooting for Demian Maia vs. Tyron Woodley) and Robbie f’n Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone.

Will the Jets and Browns Overcome Long NFL Odds to Win Division Titles?

This is a special feature article from Covers.com.

Two NFL teams enter the 2017 season facing uphill climbs to win their respective divisions. However, if they are successful, those who had bet on them prior to the season starting will receive quite a return as the odds are 33-1 for these clubs, the New York Jets (AFC East) and Cleveland Browns (AFC North).

New York Jets

Clearly, hopes are not very high for those supporting this franchise and with good reason. And much of that lack of confidence is out of their control thanks to being in the same division as the New England Patriots, who have advanced to at least the AFC championship game in each of the past six seasons. However, the Jets would also struggle to win the division title in any other division.

But there are positives.

One is that the Jets have bounced back-and-forth between .500-or-better records and pretty lousy marks the last six seasons. Since 2011, the Jets have gone 8-8, 6-10, 8-8, 4-12, 10-6 and 5-11. If that trend continues, the team should expect a winning campaign and being able to compete for a division title. It may not be clear where that success will come from, but it wasn’t all that clear how the 2013 or 2015 Jets were going to get back to the .500 mark either.

Otherwise, the defensive line is expected to be solid, which would help keep scores close. Elsewhere on that side of the ball, the linebackers and secondary will need to be comprised of players having career or near-career seasons in order to give the team a realistic chance of winning every week. Offensively, there are glimmers of hope on the line, but the rest of the offense is one huge question mark. Even the quarterback position is wide open leading into camp.

Cleveland Browns

Probably the biggest thing that this team needs to overcome is the perennial-loser culture that exists here as Cleveland last had a winning record in 2007 when that team went 10-6. However, their last playoff appearance came in 2002 when the 9-7 Browns reached the wild card round before losing by 30 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers. And hopes are obviously not high this year either given their odds.

But, as with the Jets, positives do exist. After going 1-15 last year, there is nowhere to go but up, meaning that if the team can get off to a decent start, it may be able to build momentum as early wins can spark a snowball effect.

Probably the most important factor will be stability at the quarterback position. In 2016, six different players took the ball from the center. Cody Kessler will probably begin the season as Cleveland’s starter. A year ago, he completed 128-of-195 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns. He also entered the penultimate game of the season and rallied the Browns past the Chargers, 20-17, the team’s lone win.

Another question will be how much protection the offensive line will give the quarterback and many holes they will provide the running game. The impact of Gregg Williams, the team’s new defensive coordinator, will play a significant role too as far as Cleveland’s hopes of competing for titles.

Bottom Line

When considering long shots, it’s important to remember that they do not need to pay off that often for it to still be a good bet. If a 33-1 selection comes through once every 20 times, that’s great. Which of these two teams has the best chance to overcome those long odds? It has to be Cleveland. The Browns appear to have more in their cabinet than the Jets do, and they don’t have the Patriots to overcome.

Wake Up! Three Sleeper Teams That Could Surprise in the World Series

This is a special feature article from Covers.com.

With the dog days of summer marching on and the Midsummer Classic behind us, the Major League Baseball playoff race is finally starting to come into focus. Historically dominant starts by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have firmly entrenched the league leaders as the World Series odds favorites, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only game in town. Several other teams have also made compelling cases as legitimate contenders to reach – and even win – the Fall Classic, so let’s take a deeper look at three sleeper teams capable of shaking things up come October.

Colorado Rockies

Early in the season, it appeared the Colorado Rockies could be one of the surprises of the year. Mid-June saw the Rockies looking like one of the best teams in baseball, but the Rockies have taken a steep tumble since then. Still, despite a relative lack of star power and a rough stretch to close out the first half, Colorado looks like a team that could make some noise in the fall. They’re led by a young and very deep – if less than spectacular – pitching staff, and their hitting has managed to be just good enough to keep pace. Trade rumors have swirled that could see a big bat or two added to the lineup, but even if no moves are made, the Rockies have earned recognition as a team to contend with as the playoffs approach.

Arizona Diamondbacks

After making a strong impression early in the summer, Arizona has had a few disappointing series leading into the All-Star break. Nonetheless, the Diamondbacks look destined to make the playoffs, and the club undoubtedly has the talent to make a run. It begins with the perennially underappreciated Paul Goldschmidt, who has been destroying the baseball all year long in what has thus far been an MVP-caliber season. He’s got Jake Lamb, Chris Owings and other solid bats around him, and he’s complemented by a great pitching rotation built on the arms of the enigmatic Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker and Zack Godley. The offense may still need some help, and the bullpen is undeniably vulnerable, but the D-backs are capable of surprising in October.

New York Yankees

At one point, it looked as though the Yankees could be the best team in the American League. A terrible summer slump promptly ended that talk, but the Yanks are still a young and talented club. Suspected human-giant hybrid Aaron Judge continues to do his best Babe Ruth impersonation, mashing the ball at a nearly unprecedented rate for a rookie. Gary Sanchez has largely continued the scintillating start he put together last season. The bullpen has been a sore spot and injuries have put a hurting on the rotation and offensive depth, but the Bronx Bombers have shown they can slug it out with anyone in the majors when healthy. After all, there’s a reason they boast better World Series odds than their recent performance would suggest.

The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

This season has been filled with great storylines and surprise teams, but at the end of the day, there can be only one champion. If any of the sleeper teams above is to win it all, they’ll likely have to go through the powerhouse LA Dodgers to do it. It’s no surprise the Dodgers are in first place, but the magnitude of their first-half achievements can’t be overstated.

The pitching staff leads the majors in ERA and wins, ranks second in strikeouts and is tied for first in fewest home runs surrendered. Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood represent arguably the best one-two punch in the game, Kenley Jansen and Pedro Baez have been great in relief and Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and others have torn the cover off the ball. The team even has a realistic shot at cracking 110 regular season wins. If you’re looking for a team built to win it all, you can’t do much better than the Boys in Blue.

Conor McGregor and a Case for Irrational Confidence

To accomplish great things in life, you must have irrational confidence. Confidence doesn’t come about naturally but through a series of actions that involve a person stepping outside of their comfort zone and being uncomfortable.

A lot of people who might describe themselves as “low self-esteem, low confidence” individuals I think are either suffering from 1.) inaction, or 2.) they stepped outside of their comfort zone, had one or a few negative experiences and allowed said experiences to define them.

Irrational confidence is that all-knowing belief that you can do whatever it is that exists as your goal(s).

Conor McGregor has displayed this from the get-go in his combat sports career. I wrote about him back in 2013, when the general population still had no idea who he was. If you go back and watch, in August 2013, when he fought Max Holloway (who is the current UFC Featherweight champion), you can see this. He had an aura about him from the get-go — smiling, having fun before the fight, totally straightforward.

Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.”

I’ve always loved that quote. McGregor spouted it once upon a time. Maybe after his fight with Dustin Poirier. I can’t remember.

Anyway, he’s facing Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in what is a boxing contest on August 26th. I have no doubt that Mayweather is going to win, but I don’t begrudge either man for taking part in this spectacle, because they are both racking up stupid amounts of money.

The thing is, irrational confidence attracts believers after the doubters are proven wrong.

Chad Mendes — in ‘fighting shape or not’ — was said to be the man to oust McGregor with his wrestling. He laid on top of McGregor in the first round, but ultimately McGregor cold clocked him in the second round. “Mendes ran out of gas!” people say. Sure, I think so, but if you watch the fight again, McGregor took the wind out of Mendes early with a body shot.

Jose Aldo was undefeated for about a decade. It only took Conor McGregor 12 seconds to starch him.

McGregor made Eddie Alvarez look like an amateur… a deer in front of headlights…

McGregor still has doubters, though. But hey, like that quote goes, you can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there will be people who dislike peaches regardless of that.

But the believers have been convinced, through all the charisma, that he has a chance to defeat one of the greatest defensive boxers of all-time.

do believe that McGregor can and will land punches… he’s simply a long fighter in comparison to Floyd, but I think a lot of people underestimate the fact that this is a boxing bout and that Floyd can and will clinch to get out of trouble. I’d give McGregor more a chance if boxing judges took points off for inane clinching.

Pro Sports Loyalty is Laughable (Pitiful Utah Jazz Fans)

Utah Jazz fans are bitter bumrat schmucks this morning.

I hate it when sports fans talk about loyalty in the realm of professional sports. ‘Scuse the language (as always, folks), but it’s the dumbest fucking notion that any professional athlete in a team sport should be loyal. It’s idiotic. I hate it. I think it’s simple minded for sports fans to expect players on their favorite teams to stay forever.

Gordon Hayward is going to play for the pride and the glory of The Boston Celtics.

He could have taken more money to stay in bum ass Utah.

He could have taken more money to go play in Miami for the Heat and live a luxurious lifestyle.

But no.

He took less money to jump ship to play for the pride and the glory of The Boston Celtics.

Why? For a chance to win a ‘chip.

Nah, the Celtics will never beat LeBron and the Cavs in this reality over the next year barring serious injury to LeBron & Co. And even if they did, there’s no way in the world they’d have a screaming shitheel shot at defeating Golden State, but Hayward’s landing spot with the pride and the glory of The Boston Celtics is a hell of a lot better of a place to play for a chance at winning a ‘chip than Utah.

I love it when people justify their hate for a player leaving, because it’s foolish. It’s sad. It’s pitiful. It’s downright moronic.

I get irritated with NBA players, because there’s not many rivalries going on these days. There’s too much buddy-buddy bullshit going on. I don’t care about the regular season. My irritation lies in the fact that there’s a lot of guys who are more concerned about “gettin’ theirs” rather than chasing titles. That’s why I laughed and loved it when LeBron bolted from sorry ass Cleveland to Miami to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That’s why I didn’t mind Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City to join Golden State.

Loyalty has no place in professional sports.

I hated it when ignorant Los Angeles Lakers “fans” justified Kobe Bryant getting that fat contract just a few years ago when he was clearly close to retirement. They claimed that he was “loyal” and he deserved the contract. Well, the prospect of Kobe leaving was huge multiple times during his career in Tinseltown. Did you forget about 2004 and 2007? Hell, he demanded to be traded at one point in 2007. Besides, if he didn’t get that fat contract with the Lakers a few years back, where was he going to go? Tell me… that dumb bastard Jim Buss handicapped the Lakers.

That annoyed me, because I’m a basketball purist. I’ll yell it forever: I want the Celtics, Lakers, Sixers, Knicks, Pistons, etc. etc. to be contenders every year. It’s more interesting.

But Jazz fans, get over yourselves.

“Years of rebuilding, and we finally get back into the playoffs, win a round and have a chance at making something special happen, and… and…. and… now we are back in the cellar. Fuck you, Gordon Hayward!”

That’s something I keep reading. Bitterness emanating from the larynxes of anguished Jazz fans.

Jazz-dudes, he played out his contract for your shitty, pitiful franchise. He poured years of heart, effort, blood, sweat and tears on the court during his tenure wearing your team’s name 82 games a year.

He fulfilled his obligation.

Then, he had the chance to go where he wanted.

Mobility.

Why would you shit talk a goddamn pro athlete for the opportunity to go where they wanted?

“He should stay loyal! He should give back to the fans! We pay his salary! Without us, he’d be nothing!”

Another remark reverberating off the walls of the bumrat schmuck coliseum…

Your boss pays your salary. If you get a better job offer somewhere else where you’d rather work, are you a disloyal jackass because you are leaving that said boss?

No.

Take the emotions out of it. Professional sports will always be about business. I don’t understand the rationale behind shitting on professional athletes for having the opportunity provided by the prospect of mobility to go where they want based on what they have in mind for their career.

Enjoy your inevitably abysmal season, Jazz fans. I’ll be laughing my ass off. Gordon Hayward and the Celtics will most likely fall to the Cavaliers, but he’ll probably have a much better time playing for a winning franchise. You should appreciate his time in Utah rather than booing just because you are sad, pitiful, bitter bumrats.

By the way, Mormons… caffeine is fucking awesome!

Kevin Durant, Mobility and Lonzo Ball

I wanted to touch on these two topics today.

While I wanted to see the NBA Finals go seven games, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors smashed the Cleveland Cavaliers in five and won their second title in three years. People are still bashing Durant, but he’s taking it in stride. Recently he was spotted wearing a cupcake hat.

Was it a little ‘weak’ for Durant to go to Golden State directly after his former squad blew a 3-1 Western Conference Finals series lead against them? Sure, but if you were in Durant’s shoes, can you blame him? Your all-knowing self can sit back in your armchair and pronounce that you would have stayed in Oklahoma City, because “you are a fierce competitor” and exacted revenge on the Warriors, but the reality is that you wouldn’t know what the hell you’d do as you are not in that situation. If your intent is to get a championship ring, heading to the Warriors was and is the easiest path to the said ring with the least resistance.

Whether or not it was a “bitch move” by Durant is regardless.

Is it a “bitch move” if you leave your current job for another one in a different city in a different state?

Is it a “bitch move” if you take the better promotion in a career where you are paid a higher salary?

If the answer is no to the above questions, then why is KD heading to Golden State a “bitch move” and the worst thing in the world?

Sports fans have amnesia and settle on being ignorant. I’ll never forget when LeBron James headed south to Miami and KD subsequently signed an extension with OKC. People lauded Durant for being loyal while chastising LeBron for “fuckin’ over Cleveland, maaaan”. Welp. The tables have obviously turned ever since. LeBron has been back in Cleveland for three years and now Durant is the veritable villain of pro basketball. Typical sports fans = fickle bastards. Also, Oklahoma City Thunder fans, you have no right to bitch — you should be appreciative of Durant and the fact that you even have a sports team. You inherited the Seattle Supersonics nine years ago, so just sit back and appreciate that gift as is. Durant never owed you bumrat schmucks anything.

Speaking of villains in basketball, I hope Lavar Ball’s son Lonzo is successful. The NBA is at its best when the Celtics, Lakers, 76ers and Knicks are at least decent. Lavar’s constant attention whore status within the media is a little over the top and it puts a target on his son’s back, but hey, at least it makes things interesting.

I want an interesting NBA regular season! Not all regular seasons are created equal. The last time I genuinely enjoyed the regular season was back when the Phoenix Suns were headed by Steve Nash and running the seven seconds or less offense. They were a blast to watch.

For those of you who said, “Man, I’m tired of Lavar Ball! I’m sick of drama! I just wanna watch basketball!” You are lying. You are the same types of people who go to Twitter, emit that you are tired of a select high profile individual but continuously mention their name multiple times a week on the ol’ Twitterverse. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

Just admit it: Lavar’s loudmouth yappin’ makes the league a little more interesting, because we are all curious as to how Lonzo is going to do as a pro with so many of his peers/adversaries looking to one-up him to shit his father up. How is that not interesting?