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Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Robert Whittaker forced out of UFC 221 with injury, Luke Rockhold gets a new opponent!

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has suffered an injury and will no longer be able to compete against Luke Rockhold in the headliner of next month’s UFC 221 pay-per-view in Australia.

The former UFC middleweight champion, Rockhold, will now face off with perennial contender Yoel Romero for the promotions interim middleweight title at the event.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was first to report the news on Twitter:

“Breaking on ESPN: Robert Whittaker has pulled out of UFC 221 next month due to injury. Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero for interim title will headline, per UFC. Whittaker will face winner.” – Brett Okamoto

Yoel Romoero was originally slated to square off with David Branch at February’s UFC on FOX 28 event in Orlando.

No word yet on who will replace the “Soldier of God” against Branch.

Romero was last seen in action at UFC 213 where he suffered a close decision loss to the aformentioned Robert Whittaker in a bout that crowned the promotions interim middleweight champion.

Whittaker was later promoted to undisputed middleweight champion, this after Georges St-Pierre opted to vacate his middleweight strap shortly after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in UFC 221’s newly announced main event between Romero and Rockhold?

NFL Divisional Playoffs Schedule

NFL Divisional Playoffs Schedule

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The divisional round of this year’s NFL playoffs will kick off Saturday in Philadelphia when the NFC East Champion Eagles play host to the Atlanta Falcons at 4:35 pm est.

Later that same night, the AFC East winning New England Patriots will welcome the Tennessee Titans to Foxboro Stadium. Kickoff for the Pats vs. Titans matchup is set for 8:15 pm est.

On Sunday afternoon, the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers will host the AFC South Champion Jacksonville Jaguars. That pivotal game will kickoff at 1:05 pm est.

The final game of the divisional playoff round will take place in Minnesota when the NFC North Champion Vikings welcome back the NFC South Champion New Orleans Saints. Kickoff for the Vikings vs. Saints matchup is set for 4:40 pm est.

NFL Wildcard Weekend Matchups are set!

NFL Wildcard Weekend Matchups are set!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Buffalo Bills (9-7) snuck into the playoffs today after defeating the Miami Dolphins and getting some help from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Buffalo will now head to Jacksonville next weekend to battle the AFC South winning Jaguars.

The Tennessee Titans also clinched a playoff berth this afternoon after defeating the aforementioned Jaguars 15-10.

The Titans, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, will now travel to Kansas City next weekend to take on the AFC West winning Chiefs.

Meanwhile, in the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings (13-3) defeated division rivals the Chicago Bears to secure a first-round bye on the Conferences #2 seed.

Last seasons Super Bowl losers, the Atlanta Falcons, secured a return trip to the playoffs by defeating the Carolina Panthers earlier today.

The Falcons will now travel to Los Angeles to battle the Rams in next weekends wildcard round.

With that said, the Carolina Panthers will travel to New Orleans to battle the NFC South winning Saints in the final wildcard matchup of 2018.

The Bengals play spoiler and send the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs

The Bengals play spoiler and send the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Buffalo Bills (9-7) will return to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 1999!

The Bills did their job on Sunday afternoon defeating their division rivals the Miami Dolphins 22-16 to finish the season with a 9-7 winning record.

Buffalo needed some help in order to secure their first playoff berth in over seventeen years and received it thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The always tough Ohio squad defeated the Baltimore Ravens 31-27 on a last minute touchdown from quarterback Andy Dalton Sunday afternoon, thus eliminating Baltimore from the playoffs and sending the Bills to the promise land.

Buffalo will now head to Jacksonville to battle the Jaguars in the wildcard round of this years NFL Playoffs!

BREAKING! Minnesota Vikings clinch #2 seed in the NFC Playoffs

BREAKING! Minnesota Vikings clinch #2 seed in the NFC Playoffs

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The Minnesota Vikings earned a first-round playoff bye and the NFC divisions #2 seed after defeating the Chicago Bears 23-10 this afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium.

With the Week 17 victory, the Vikings finished the regular season with an impressive 13-3 record.

Minnesota will enter the playoffs sporting the leagues top defense and now have a golden opportunity to become the first-ever team to host a Super Bowl.

The Vikings have also been solid on offense this season, led by the surprising play of quarterback Case Keenum who has thrown 21 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions in 2017.

Do you like the Minnesota Vikings chances of winning this year’s Super Bowl?

UFC 219 Results

UFC 219 Results

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Get all of the UFC 219 Results below:

UFC 219 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – Cyborg def. Holm via decision (49-46, 48-47 x2)
Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov – Nurmagomedov def. Barboza via decision (30-25 x2, 30-24)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Esparza def. Calvillo via decision (29-28 x3)
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Magny def. Condit via decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker – Hooker def. Diakiese via submission in round three

UFC 219 Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):

Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree – Oleksiejczuk def. Rountree via decision (30-27 x3)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori – Fight was ruled a majority draw (28-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury – Jury def. Glenn via decision (30-27 x3)
Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka – Nicolau def. Smolka via decision (30-26 x2, 30-25)

UFC 219 Prelims on Fight Pass (7:30 p.m. ET):

Mark Delarosa vs. Tim Elliott – Elliott def. Delarosa via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:14 of round 2