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Jordy Nelson signs a 2-year deal with the Raiders

Jordy Nelson signs a 2-year deal with the Raiders

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

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson was cut by the Green Bay Packers earlier this month, this after ten successful pro seasons with the football club.

The 32-year-old will now take his talents to the Oakland Raiders after agreeing to a 2-year $14.2 million dollar deal.

Jordy Nelson’s 69 career touchdowns rank second in Green Bay Packers history.

Nelson will now join an Oakland Raiders offense led by star young quarterback Derek Carr.

Ndamukong Suh signs a one-year deal with the LA Rams

Ndamukong Suh signs a one-year deal with the LA Rams

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

The Los Angeles Rams have signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal worth $14 million dollars according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

The 31-year-old was released by his former team the Miami Dolphins at the start of free agency.

Suh had visited the Titans, Saints and Raiders prior to eventually signing with the Rams.

In LA, Suh will play alongside reigning defensive player of the year Aaron Donald.

Los Angeles made the playoffs last season under the leadership of star quarterback Jared Goff.

With the signing of Suh, it is clear that the Rams have Super Bowl aspirations for the 2018-2019 season.

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UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee Fight Card

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

The octagon will return to Atlantic City on April 21 for UFC Fight Night 128.

The event, which will air on FS1, is headlined by a key lightweight tilt between perennial division contenders Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee.

Barboza recently had his three-fight win streak snapped by Khabib Nurmagomedov at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.

Prior to his setback to “The Eagle”, the Brazilian had scored impressive victories over Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and most recently a nasty knockout of Beneil Dariush.

Meanwhile, Kevin Lee was most recently in action at October’s UFC 216 event where he suffered a third-round submission loss to Tony Ferguson in a bout for the promtions interim lightweight title.

That loss snapped a five-fight win streak for Lee, who had previosuly defeated Efrain Escudero, Jake Matthews, Magomed Mustafaev, Francisco Trinaldo and most recently Michael Chiesa.

In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 128 former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will attempt to rebound from his first career stoppage loss when he rematches Cub Swanson.

Edgar suffered a first-round knockout loss to surging featherweight contender Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 222 earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, Cub Swanson most recently saw his four-fight win streak snapped by the aforementioned Brian Ortega this past December in Fresno.

Swanson and Edgar first met in November of 2014 with Frankie emerging victorious by way of fifth-round submission.

Get the current UFC Fight Night 128 lineup below:

Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza – Lightweight
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson – Featherweight
David Branch vs. Thiago Santos – Middleweight
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins – Light Heavyweight
Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns – Bantamweight
Jim Miller vs. Dan Hooker – Lightweight
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Garcia – Welterweight
Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis – Heavyweight
Mogomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki – Flyweight
Leslie Smith vs. Aspen Ladd – Bantamweight
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura – Welterweight

Max Holloway rips Floyd Mayweather and Tyron Woodley over MMA claims!

Max Holloway rips Floyd Mayweather and Tyron Woodley over MMA claims!

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

Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, who retired following his tenth-round TKO victory over Conor McGregor this past August, continues to make headlines.

“Money” recently told TMZ that he will need “6-8 months of MMA training” before applying for his mixed martial arts license and making his octagon debut.

While many fight fans would be more than happy to see Mayweather attempt to defeat Conor McGregor for a second time under the unified rules of mixed martial arts, the rumblings are just rumors at this time.

Current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway isn’t buying into the Floyd Mayweather’s recent claims. In fact “Blessed” believes that the recent rumors that current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley is training Mayweather for his MMA debut are nothing more than a PR stunt.

The Hawaiian champion shared his thoughts on the matter to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour:

“In boxing, he’s greatest,” Holloway told Helwani. “There’s no hate towards him. He finished smart, he made a lot of money, he changed the sport in a lot of ways, and he got there using his brains and being smart … and not being humiliated. You guys really believe this guy is going to take an MMA fight, at however old he is right now, against a young guy that’s tough who people consider one of the best in the sport? It just blows my mind, man. If people believe that kind of stuff, it’s wild. I really don’t know what to say.”

Holloway continued:

“I mean, I love Woodley,” Holloway stated. “Woodley’s the man. He’s a great dude, but I swear he talks about everything. He’s talking about everything. Whatever you can talk about, he talks about it. That guy is always on TMZ or something, so he wants to be talked about all of the time, that’s it. Woodley, you are the man, brother, but I think it’s a PR stunt. How can you not think it’s not a PR stunt? I don’t know. This guy is always — every time I see on Twitter something retweeting about TMZ, it’s Tyron Woodley talking about it. So it’s like, gosh, is this guy a champion or is he a TMZ reporter? What is going on, my friend?”

Do you think there is any chance we see 41-year-old boxing legend Floyd Mayweather step into the octagon?

Jeremy Stephens and Jose Aldo agree to fight at UFC Singapore in June

Jeremy Stephens and Jose Aldo agree to fight at UFC Singapore in June

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

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and perennial division contender Jeremy Stephens appear to be on a collision course for June’s UFC event in Singapore.

Earlier this month, CanalCombat reported that Jose Aldo was offered and had accepted a bout with “Lil Heathen” for the June 17 fight card in Asia.

“Aldo says he was offered and accepted fight against Jeremy Stephens in Singapore on June 23rd, only to be official.” – Ana Hissa

While no official announcement has been made by the UFC, Jeremy Stephens definitely seems on board with the idea of fighting the former featherweight kingpin in Singapore. “Lil Heathen” sent out the following message to Jose Aldo and the UFC match-makers on Twitter.

“Vacation is officially over, the fans want it @josealdojunior I’ll see you in Singapore @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby get ready!!” – Jeremy Stephens

Jose Aldo was last seen in action at December’s UFC 218 event in Detroit where he suffered a second-straight third-round TKO loss to Max Holloway, this time in his bid to recapture the UFC featherweight title.

Prior to his setbacks to the Hawaiian champion, Aldo was coming off an impressive victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.

Jose Aldo drops Frankie Edgar

Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens is currently riding an impressive three-fight win streak composed of a vicious knockout of Josh Emmett, a thudding TKO of Doo Ho Choi, and a decision defeat of Gilbert Melendez.

Who do you think will emerge victorious if the UFC makes a fight between Jose Aldo and Jeremy Stephens official to main event June’s UFC event in Singapore?

UFC Liverpool Fight Card

UFC Liverpool Fight Card

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

The octagon invades Liverpool, England on Saturday May 27 for UFC Fight Night 130.

The event is headlined by a key welterweight tilt featuring former two-time division title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson taking on surging division contender and Liverpool native Darren Till.

Arguably the UFC’s best striker, “Wonderboy” was most recently seen in action at November’s UFC 217 event where he scored a unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Jorge Masvidal.

Since joining the UFC ranks Thompson has scored a plethora of memorable wins including knockout victories over Jake Ellenberger, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and current UFC middleweight title holder Robert Whittaker.

“Wonderboy” now takes his talents overseas where a “Gorilla” awaits him in the form of undefeated welterweight Darren Till.

The Liverpool native is coming off the biggest win of his young career after scoring a spectacular first-round knockout victory over UFC legend Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone last fall.

In the co-main event of the evening perennial UFC welterweight contenders Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny will square off with the winner moving up towards the UFC’s crowded 170-pound title picture.

Nelson is coming off a controversial loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in his most recent outing, while Magny is coming off an impressive win over former division interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 219.

Also rumored for the May 27 fight card in Liverpool is former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. “The Count” recently told reporters that he is interested in the idea of having his UFC retirement fight in Liverpool.

Get the current UFC Liverpool lineup below:

Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till – Welterweight
Neil Magny vs. Gunnar Nelson – Welterweight
Tom Breese vs. Daniel Kelly – Middleweight
Trevor Smith vs. Elias Theodorou – Middleweight
Brad Scott vs. Salim Touahri – Welterweight
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jason Knight – Featherweight
Arnold Allen vs. Mads Burnell- Featherweight
Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart – Middleweight
Lina Lansberg vs. Gina Mazany – Bantamweight