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first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Drake Caggiula for Game 2 of their qualifying round series against the Oilers.Caggiula received a one-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis during the second period of Saturday’s win against Edmonton. NFL-NEWSEagles coach has COVID-19 UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19. August 3, 2020 Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) bogeyed the hole.Thomas is No. 1 for the first time since June 2018.Koepka finished in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis at minus-10.In other golf action:— Richy Werenski is the winner of the Barracuda Championship, finishing one point ahead of Troy Merritt under the Modified Stableford System. Werenski collected 13 points in the final round for a 39-point total. Fabián Gómez and Matthias Schwab were two points back. — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series. Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored to support Darcy Kuemper’s (KEHM’-purz) 40-save performance. The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second of which got Nashville within 4-3 midway through the third period.— Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start and Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs in the qualifying round tourney in Toronto. Korpisalo got a lot of help from a smothering Blue Jackets defense, which did not allow a Toronto shot in the last seven minutes of the game. Alexander Wennberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 19 seconds remaining.— Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) stopped 28 shots and the Wild scored two power-play goals in a 2-0 shutout of the Canucks. Kevin Fiala (fee-AL’-ah) put Minnesota ahead 2:50 after the opening faceoff. Jared Spurgeon added a second-period goal and an empty-netter to clinch it.NHL DISCIPLINEBlackhawks’ Caggiula suspended for Game 2 vs. Oilers Update on the latest sports The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2 games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.Also on the NBA schedule:— Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Rockets relied on strong defense down the stretch to top the Bucks, 120-116. It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston’s offense on a night James Harden scored 24. Houston tied an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regulation game with 61, making 21 of them.— The Spurs pulled out a 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second to play. Dejounte (deh-YAHN’-tay) Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.— Caris LeVert scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half of the Nets’ 118-110 downing of the Wizards. Joe Harris scored a season-high 27 points and Jarrett Allen added 22 with 15 rebounds, helping Brooklyn move seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Heat said only that Butler had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler, saying “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in.” Crowder’s reference to “quarantine” suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (spohl’-struh) said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. Also Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to team executives, coaches and health officers reiterating the importance of wearing face masks and coverings on the Disney campus, as well as adhering to social-distancing guidelines. The memo also stressed that eating or drinking while walking on campus is now prohibited. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers stifle Bruins — Aaron Judge extended his career-best home run streak to five games by going deep twice in the Yankees’ sixth consecutive win, a 9-7 comeback over the Red Sox. Judge banged out a three-run homer in the second inning and broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run shot with two out in the eighth. — The Reds swept the first-ever seven-inning doubleheader in big league history. Shogo Akiyama hit an RBI single in the seventh that sent the Reds over the Tigers, 4-3. Cincinnati took the nightcap, 4-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out seven while allowing two hits over seven innings.— Kyle Wright and the Atlanta bullpen combined on a 10-hit shutout as the Braves downed the Mets, 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep. The Braves have won five in a row, while the Mets have dropped five straight.— Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Max Kepler doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score on RBI singles by Jorge Polando and Nelson Cruz.— White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh that propelled Chicago to a 9-2 rout of the Royals. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep. — Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with a big three-run homer in the seventh inning that secured the Rangers’ win over the Giants, 9-5. Shin-Soo Choo slammed a two-run homer and Scott Hieneman hit a two-run double for Texas.MLB-NEWSAP Source: Marlins get 2nd straight day of no positive testsUNDATED (AP) — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Diamondbacks. He threw 81 pitches and retired his first 10 batters.Kershaw was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room.NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for the third time in four days.Mookie Betts homered and doubled before leaving early because of an injury. Elsewhere in the majors: Associated Press — Reds first baseman Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) has been placed on the injured list. The team gave no reason for the move but specified the six-time All-Star is not on the 10-day injured list. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list.— The Rockies may be without reliever Scott Oberg for the rest of the season after he developed blood clots in his right arm for a third time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg felt some discomfort in his throwing hand during a throwing session yesterday. He was evaluated by vascular doctors, who discovered the clots. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona left the team before the game at Minnesota on Sunday, due to what the Indians said was a minor gastrointestinal condition not related to COVID-19. First base coach Sandy Alomar took over managing duty for the four-game series finale against the Twins.— Mike Trout is expected to return to the Angels on Tuesday after taking the weekend to be with his wife and newborn son. Manager Joe Maddon said the three-time AL MVP is likely to play in Seattle at the start of a six-game road trip. Trout missed his fourth straight game Sunday after the birth of his first child, Beckham Aaron Trout, on Thursday. NBA-SCHEDULE LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career.Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s recordcenter_img The Eagles released a statement saying Pederson hasn’t experienced any symptoms, is feeling well and under self-quarantine. The team also said any person who was in close contact with Pederson has been notified and will be tested daily. Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team’s practice facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span. In other NFL news:— Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Matt LaCosse joined a list of six other Patriots players who have already declared their intentions to sit out this season over concerns about the pandemic. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, tackles Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran, running back Brandon Bolden and fullback Danny Vitale previously opted out.— Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list following offseason hip surgery. The team stressed that Landry remains on schedule to return this season, and he has said he expects to be back on the field sometime this month. The four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game during six NFL seasons with Miami and Cleveland. Celtics blow big lead before downing BlazersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 1-1 since the NBA restart as they try to nail down the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30 as the Celtics got past the Trail Blazers, 128-124. Tatum rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting.Boston led by as many has 24 in the second quarter, but the Trail Blazers chipped away and used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a 101-98 advantage.Damian Lillard had 30 points and 16 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic (YOO’-suhf NUR’-kihch) added 30 points in his second official game back after breaking his leg in March 2019. The Marlins haven’t played since July 26 in Philadelphia because of an outbreak within their traveling party. In other MLB news:— Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy suffered a heart attack during a Saturday team workout at Miller Park. Brewers general manager David Stearns said the 61-year-old Murphy received a stent and is expected to get released from the hospital “in a couple of days.” Stearns said it was too early to estimate when Murphy might be back in uniform.— The Mets say slugger Yoenis Céspedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Céspedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season. — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, a day after reporting a stomach ailment. The Cubs says Bryant tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to be tested again on Monday. Manager David Ross said the team is taking the right precautions to keep everyone safe. — The Orioles completed their first three-game sweep in almost two years as Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of their 5-1 decision over the Rays. Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered to help Baltimore send Tampa Bay to its fifth consecutive loss.— Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMcMahon and Matt Kemp homered while the Rockies built a 9-1 lead in a 9-6 win against the Padres. Antonio Senzatela looked good in holding San Diego to a run and four hits over six innings.— Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning to score David Bote (BOH’-tee) and give the Cubs a 2-1 triumph over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a fifth-inning double before Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time at Wrigley Field.— Alex Bregman poked an RBI single in the 11th inning to push the Astros past the Angels, 6-5. Bregman also homered in the seventh after Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) launched a grand slam that put Los Angeles ahead, 4-2.— The Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2 as Ramon Laureano broke out of a slump with a three-run homer to help Chris Bassitt become the first Oakland starter to earn a victory this season. Bassitt struck out seven and allowed three hits with no walks in 5 2/3 innings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEKershaw sharp in season debutUNDATED (AP) — It was vintage Clayton Kershaw on the mound as he made his injury-delayed season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. — The Jets released right guard Brian Winters and will save $7.28 in salary cap room. The 29-year-old Winters was the Jets’ longest-tenured player and had been mostly a solid starter for New York, which drafted him in the third round out of Kent State in 2013.— The Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list. Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also landed on the list. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day, then went back on the list due to the NFL’s pandemic procedures.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIREKeselowski wins at Loudon UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have taken Game 1 of their NHL round-robin series that will determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs.Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist while the Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Toronto. Raffl opened the scoring 5:33 into the period and set up Nate Thompson about four minutes later. Phillipe Myers restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead late in the period, eight seconds after Chris Wagner got the Bruins within 2-1.Scott Laughton also scored and Carter Hart turned back 34 shots in the Flyers’ 10th win in their last 11 games overall.In other NHL postseason openers:— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) scored a buzzer-beating power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 comeback victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues in Western Conference round-robin play. Kadri’s shot crossed the goal line with 0.1 seconds on the clock. The NHL reviewed the play for several minutes before calling it a good goal. — The Magic improved to 2-0 since the restart as Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 132-116 rout of the Kings. Terrence Ross finished with 25 points and Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half to help Orlando win its fifth in a row dating back before the league shutdown.— Devin Booker scored 30 points, but the Suns erased a double-digit deficit with their All-Star guard on the bench with foul trouble, rallying for a 117-115 victory over the Mavericks. The Suns have won both games in the restart after coming in with the worst Western Conference record among playoff hopefuls. NBA-HEAT-BUTLERButler misses Heat practice, teammate hints he’s isolatingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix despite a puncture on the last lap. It’s his 87th career victory, four-behind Formula One all-time leader Michael Schumacher.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.GOLF-TOURNAMENTSThomas wins FedEx St. Jude, becomes No. 1UNDATED (AP) — Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. — Danielle Kang fired a final-round 2-under 70 at Inverness Club to clinch the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in more than five months. Kang claimed the victory when Celine Boutier made a tentative stroke on a tricky putt at 18. The ball caught the left edge of the cup and spun away, allowing Kand to win with a 7-under total.— Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) closed with a 4-under 68 and won the Ally Challenge when Brett Quigley bogeyed his last two holes. Furyk became the first player since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2014 to win in his start on the 50-and-older circuit.last_img read more

Tabal shoots for Milo Marathon history

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Making her attempt extra special is she will do it in her beloved hometown of Cebu.The biggest race in the country will be staged in the Queen City of the South for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTabal and reigning Milo Marathon king Jeson Agravante lead over 32,000 running enthusiass and professional athletes of all ages. Around 800 elite runners qualified to the National Finals over 300 are competing in the full marathon event.Primed to give the Tabal and Agravante a run for their money are race veterans Eduardo Buenavista, Eric Panique and Cristabel Martes. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kings extend Bulls’ skid to 8 games with close win Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mary Joy Tabal, the Philippines’ first Olympian runner, goes for history when she defends her crown in the 41st National Milo Marathon on Sunday.The 28-year-old Tabal, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been the undisputed Milo Marathon queen and this time, she tries to become the only participant to win the prestigous event five consecutive times.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gun start is at 3 a.m. for the 42k run, the 21k run is set at 4:30 a.m., 10k is at 5 a.m., 3k at 5:30 a.m. while the 5k run is at 5:35 a.m.The race begins at Cebu Normal University and ends at Cebu City Sports Complex.The event marks the conclusion of the 16-leg qualifiers.The fastest 42k finishers will be rewarded as a total of P500,000 each awaits the champions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

MMA Fighting

first_img MMA Fighting RYAN BADER – Bader (16-4) had no trouble beating Anthony Perosh, in a fight where the second and third rounds could have easily been scored 10-8. At 30, Bader seems like a perennial fighter who can run through everyone but top five level guys. The same list of possible opponents for Rua would fit with Bader.The problem with Henderson as a future foe is it would be a fight of big expense due to Henderson’s cost, although he’s a free agent right now, but a fight with almost no box office value. Davis, a fellow high-level wrestler, would be his best breakthrough opponent, but Rua, as a bigger name, would right now seem to be his best next match up. ProMax 440 BJJ GI Standard Ranked Rashguard Good Night Tee King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Latest From Our Partners Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Bradley Kanaris More: Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Alex Garcia (11-1), a lightweight Hector Lombard look alike from the Tristar Gym in Montreal, couldn’t have looked more impressive starting out than in a 43 second win over Ben Wall of Australia. Whenever someone wins that quickly, it is almost always impressive, but always leaves unanswered questions.The other is Justin Scoggins (8-0), a debuting flyweight who has seven stoppages, five in the first round,At 21, he’s one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster, and in a division known for speedy fighters who often lack charisma, and most usually go the distance.Scoggins made an immediate impression with a skill set deriving a lot from karate, with kicks coming from every angle. He also looked strong with his hands, with his takedowns, and with his groundwork, in finishing Richie Vaculik. The partisan fans were mad about what they considered an early stoppage by Perceval, which they took out on the ref the rest of the show. But Vaculik’s position looked almost hopeless in eating a barrage of punches from back position. It may be early for a first-timer to start talking like he’s the best in the world, as Scoggins did after winning. But in doing so, he immediately made himself something more than another small guy winning a prelim fight. Standard BJJ Gi In the wake of Saturday’s (well, Friday in North America) Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva fight and multiple viewings, there are a lot of thoughts in looking back.Hunt (9-8-1) and Silva (18-5-1) put on a must-see performance. But this has been a year loaded with classics, from Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez, Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice and even Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks. In February, after the Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche fight, I figured with the historical implications and excitement of that fight, it would be a fight of the year candidate and even possible winner. Today, I wouldn’t even consider it for top five.As Dana White likes to say, Hunt vs. Silva is “in the mix,” when it comes to the fight of the year award.In looking back at the best heavyweight fights in UFC history, the one I always favored was the first Randy Couture vs. Pedro Rizzo fight on May 4, 2001. It was a heavyweight title fight, that like with Hunt vs. Silva, went back-and-forth and was scarily close to a draw. Each man won two rounds solidly, so the victory came down to a swing round, and Couture got it. Nobody clearly won that night. Somebody was lucky. But a rematch took place and Couture left no doubt the second time around.This fight didn’t have the “importance” of a title fight, but it had more human drama than all but a few fights in company history. Couture vs. Rizzo saw rounds where one guy steamrolled the other, and after surviving, the other came back. Hunt vs. Silva saw back-and-forth action in every round, with much harder hitting and every bit as strong survival instincts.In the pantheon of major promotion heavyweight fights, this ranks right up there with Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (Pride Fighting Championships, June 23, 2002, Saitama Super Arena) as the best. That fight was more insane. This fight, going 25 minutes of closely-contested action, had far more human drama than six minutes where, as crazy as everything was, it was pretty clear Frye was going to win and Takayama was a huge and rapidly swelling punching bag.You want to call it the best heavyweight fight in UFC history? I’m with you. Best of all-time? Not quite as sure, but it’s nothing I’d argue.With the exception of the second Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard fight, this about the only high-profile draw decision that didn’t come with a multitude of public outrage and arguments. And even Edgar vs. Maynard had people strongly arguing both sides.I think why people were satisfied with a draw had a number of reasons. One is, the fight was close. Another is no championship was at stake, nor even a championship shot. It wasn’t even a fight with any kind of title implications as things will stand for a long time. The people who tuned in to see the fight were expecting a brawl. There wasn’t as much emotional interest in who won as much as, figuring with each man’s style, that it would be hard hitting, and probably end quickly and explosively.Instead, people got something the same in some ways, very different in others, but far more in every way, than they expected. When it was over, it wasn’t about rooting for someone, as much as rooting for both men. Each survived more than would put away five normal fighters. By round five, the goal had switched from wanting to see that impressive knockout to wanting to see both men there at the end. People got that. At that point, they probably didn’t want to see either man lose after the performance each put on.It was a rare fight where a draw was the most satisfying conclusion. Even if either man had won, the decision in the fight would have been far less important than the memories of the fight, which will likely be etched in people’s minds for decades.That said, with the benefit of more viewings, something judges don’t have, and also looking at the judges scorecards themselves, there are no arguments on a few points.Silva won rounds one and four. Hunt won rounds three and five. So we come down to the pesky round two. I felt Silva won it, but it was not so decisive that Judge Charlie Keech, the lone judge going the other way, made a bad call. Hunt had the best punch, but Silva had him in more trouble late with the low kicks that left Hunt limping. It’s still amazing that Hunt’s leg looked almost shot, and he went three more rounds.The 10-8 rounds are more an argumentative point. I thought round three for Hunt and four for Silva could have gone 10-8. I’m not 100 percent sure round four should be 10-8, but would score it that way, and it was the most decisive round of the fight.Round five, which got 10-8 scores from judges Barry Foley and Ron Papaannou, is what led to the draw decision. In that round, Silva got far more offense in than in any 10-8 rounds against someone that I can recall. It was only the third most decisive of the fight. And no judges gave either round three or four a 10-8.The two men who at one point in their careers were training partners, and embraced at the start of round five. The fight’s key moment came in the final stanza.Under normal circumstances, one would say Silva was seconds from being done when referee Steve Perceval stopped action to check on Silva’s cuts, thus giving the big Brazilian a reprieve. Perceval should have waited for Silva to at least survive until the end of the barrage of Hunt blows, or fight his way out of trouble before stopping action to check on a cut that didn’t look like it should end the fight.When action resumed, Silva came back and Hunt was never able to get him in that vulnerable a position the rest of the round.Under normal circumstances, it looked like Perceval’s call saved Silva from almost certain defeat. Given how many times Silva came back in this fight, these weren’t normal circumstances.As far as what comes next for both men, a rematch is in order. For one, neither is anywhere near getting a shot at heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. And neither has a future opponent that would garner as much interest.But this is one situation where UFC officials’ hands are somewhat cuffed compared to a usual immediate rematch. While such a bout could make for a great No. 2 fight on a pay-per-view show, after a five-round war that went the distance, and where a major part of the story was that it went five, a rematch shouldn’t be contested over three rounds.That leaves them in a position where they have to be the main event. Historically, rematches of exciting fights among non-contenders do not kill it as far as pay-per-view goes. In a desperate situation, a pay-per-view where no big stars or champions are available, perhaps this could fill a slot. But it’s best served for television.Here’s a look at how Fortunes Changes for Five on the show.center_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Accessories Gloves Lockdown duffle bag Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Sale Latest From MMA Warehouse More From MARK HUNT – The “Super Samoan,” may not have picked up a win, but added to his fan base with the performance. It’s amazing to think it’s been a full dozen years since his unexpected K-1 Grand Prix tournament win that made him into a celebrity in Japan.Hunt’s career resurgence is storybook-like. This is a guy who couldn’t last 90 seconds in four straight losses, one to Alistair Overeem and two to current middleweights, Gegard Mousasi and Melvin Manhoef (who was giving up 94 pounds when he knocked Hunt out in 18 seconds five years ago). In his UFC debut, at the age of 36, he was submitted by Sean McCorkle in 63 seconds.He went from Dana White wanting to just pay off his contract inherited in the Pride buyout just to get rid of him, to a guy that White said after the fight, he’d like to buy an island.He has an interesting next agenda. He heads to Japan in three weeks for a 32 man arm wrestling tournament, a prime time spectacle on the Fuji Network, on Dec 30. It’s a reprise of last year’s tournament of Japanese sports celebrities. Besides Hunt, coming from MMA include Fedor Emelianenko, Overeem, Bob Sapp, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Mighty Mo Siliga and 7-foot-2 Hong-man Choi. It also includes kickboxers Peter Aerts, Francisco Filho and Jerome LeBannner, as well as major stars from sumo, boxing, Japanese baseball, football, rugby and pro wrestling, including MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba.Hunt lost last year in the quarterfinals to Sapp. However, Hunt came back to win a similar celebrity tug-of-war tournament, beating Sapp in the finals. Apparel Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars MAURICIO “SHOGUN” RUA – Coming off his loss to Chael Sonnen on Aug. 17, Rua was one fight away from being written off as a light heavyweight. Dana White had noted that a loss to James Te Huna would mean he’d either have to reinvent himself in a shark-infested middleweight division, or is future in the company was in doubt.The lethargic Rua (22-8) that had shown up in his previous three fights was replaced by a far better conditioned version here. He looked younger and rested, and took little time in flattening his Australian foe.While he left himself open to drop to middleweight, coming off the show, a natural matchup seemed with Ryan Bader, who didn’t win as fast, but did win is an equally one-sided fashion. Other potential next opponents include Phil Davis (12-1), which would be the one in his best interest because a win would have the most upside; Dan Henderson (29-11), to reprise one of UFC’s all-time legendary fights; or Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (12-4), coming off an almost duplicate win over Igor Pokrajac last month. ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA – Even though Silva came into the fight as the No. 4 contender at heavyweight, and should move up a spot with No. 2 ranked Daniel Cormier dropping to light heavyweight, he’s in a bad position. After his two decisive losses to Velasquez, another title shot is not going to happen for him until the title changes. There are a number of fresh matchups for him, including Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic, Junior Dos Santos and Josh Barnett. But it makes no sense to put him in with a potential contender because he can only be a spoiler.The fight should up his popularity, and probably grant him another main event. But as far as the title picture is concerned, he’s in a holding pattern that will last until he loses, or until Velasquez loses. PAT BARRY – Barry is at a real crossroads. He’s got an infectious personality. He works hard at promoting fights. Regardless of his record, fans like him. He’s usually a good guy to have in an early main card fight because, win or lose, it’s always entertaining in some form. The heavyweight division always has depth issues and he’s fighter whose name people recognize and like to see.On the flip side, Barry’s 34 years old, has an 8-7 record and has been knocked out early in the first round in three of his last four fights. If you take away his personality, those three stats will end most UFC fighters’ welcome with the company.He was in what looked like a must-win situation with Soa Palelei, and lost in 2:09 via brutal punches on the ground. At best, his tenure in the company is in jeopardy.There are also two other names who deserve mention on a show filled with first-timers underneath.last_img read more