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Stephen Thompson shuts down rumors of February fight with Darren Till

Stephen Thompson shuts down rumors of February fight with Darren Till

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

 

 

Yesterday night, UFC President Dana White announced his plan to move the promotion’s planned February 24 from Orlando, Florida, to Liverpool, UK. The intention, he said, was to pit Liverpool’s own Darren Till against Stephen Thompson on the card.

“I literally [switched] my whole schedule. I’m laying [stuff] out here I shouldn’t be talking about,” White told the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire. “We’re supposed to do this fight in Orlando. I’m pulling it from Orlando and I’m moving it out to [Till’s] hometown in England.”

Unfortunately, Stephen Thompson is not interested in this potential fight at all.

“No man, not at all to be honest,” Thompson told BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor when asked about his interest in the matchup. “I️ haven’t even thought of him. I’ve been thinking of Robbie Lawler or [Rafael Dos Anjos].”

“People ate that cake up real quick last night and I was like what the heck I never said I️ would fight him,” Thompson added.

Darren Till

Thompson’s most recently competed at UFC 217 last weekend in New York, where he defeated the always game Jorge Masvidal to a unanimous decision win. 

Till, meanwhile, recently burst into welterweight contention with a first-round TKO victory over perennial contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. 

Frankie Edgar forced out of UFC 218 title fight with Max Holloway

Frankie Edgar forced out of UFC 218 title fight with Max Holloway

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

UFC 218 just lost it’s highly anticipated main event title fight between current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar.

It was announced earlier tonight by Brazilian news outlet combate, that “The Answer” had suffered an injury and was no longer able to compete at the December 2 event in Detroit, Michigan.

Max Holloway is looking to remain on the card and says he is “willing to fight anyone for the fans of Detroit”.

“Blessed” was last seen in action at UFC 212 in June where he defeated Jose Aldo via third-round TKO to become the promotions undisputed featherweight champion.

Since the new broke, several top featherweights including Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson have offered to replace Edgar at the UFC 218 pay-per-view event.

No word yet on which fight, if any, will get the nod.

UFC 217 Results: Georges St-Pierre puts Michael Bisping to sleep! (VIDEO)

UFC 217 Results: Georges St-Pierre puts Michael Bisping to sleep! (VIDEO)

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

A middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre served as the main event of last night’s UFC 217 pay-per-view event in New York.

Round one begins and St-Pierre starts things off with a low kick. He lands another. Bisping circles but Georges catches him with another leg kick. “GSP” with a right hand over the top. Bisping circles along the fence. Georges catches him with a side kick. A big right hand just misses for “Rush”. The Canadian side steps and then lands a jab. Michael returns fire with a right hand. “GSP” scores with a jab followed by a front leg round kick. Bisping moves forward and lands a jab of his own. Georges smiles at him. “GSP” with a right hand followed by a crisp jab. St-Pierre keeps searching for a right hand over the top Dan Henderson style. Georges misses with a spinning roundhouse kick attempt. Georges shoots in and lands a ingle leg takedown. Just under a minute remains. “GSP” has Bisping pressed against the fence but Michael quickly wall walks and stands back up. Georges misses with a right hand but then leaps in with a superman punch. He lands a spinning wheel kick. Bisping looks stunned. “GSP” looks great. Round one comes to an end.

Round two begins and Georges land a side kick. He scores with a jab and then another. “GSP” with a solid low kick. Bisping leaps in with a body kick that is partially blocked. The Canadian lands another nice jab. Bisping misses with a right hand. “GSP” with a nice jab. He throws a kick. Michael catches it and lands a nice counter punch. Bisping with a low kick now. He catches Georges with a right hand while St-Pierre was attempting a low kick. “GSP” with a nice jab now. Georges shoots in and scores a takedown with just under two minutes left in the round. St-Pierre moves immediately to half guard. Bisping is able to scramble and get back up to his feet. He lands a nice right hand on “GSP”. Bisping with a nice left hand. St-Pierre throws a kick but Bisping catches it. Michael leaps in with a jumping side kick. It partially lands. Georges is slowing down. Round two comes to an end.

Round three begins and Georges lands a low kick. He shoots in and after some hard work drags Michael to the floor. “GSP” is working from full guard here. Bisping lands an elbow from the bottom that busts open St-Pierre. “GSP” lands a hard elbow. He throws a right hand followed by another elbow. Bisping is looking to scramble. He lands another big elbow from the bottom and “GSP” is now a bloody mess. Bisping scrambles to his feet. GSP lands a jab. Bisping responds with a right. Another jab from St-Pierre followed by a right hand over the top. Just under two minutes remain in round three. Bisping lands a good jab. Georges replies with a side kick followed by a low kick. GSP knocks Bisping to the floor with a punch. GSP is all over him with ground and pound. Bisping gives up his back and GSP locks in a rear-naked choke. He puts Bisping to sleep!

UFC 217 Results: TJ Dillashaw KO’s Cody Garbrandt (VIDEO)

UFC 217 Results: TJ Dillashaw KO’s Cody Garbrandt (VIDEO)

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

A bantamweight title fight between current champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw served as the co-main event of UFC 217 in New York.

Round one begins and Cody comes out quickly. Dillashaw switches stances. Cody throws a low kick. Dillashaw catches Cody with a nice knee to the body. Garbrandt circles out. TJ with a low kick, Cody responds with a left hand over the top. TJ fakes a spinning back fist. Cody comes forward with a head kick that is blocked. TJ presses forward. He misses with a head kick. Cody circles out and then lands a nice kick to the body. TJ is using a lot of movement. Cody presses forward with a combination that lands. TJ fires back with a wild right. Garbrandt tells him to bring it on. Both men are throwing wildly now. Cody with a beautiful left hook. TJ leaps in with a front kick and then follows that strike up with a low kick. Both men are having trouble finding their range. TJ with a right hand. Cody replies with a jab. Another nice right hand from Dillashaw. Cody circles. TJ comes forward but Cody catches him with a right hand. TJ hits the deck. Cody charges in with punches but the horn sounds to end round one.

Round two begins and TJ just misses with a high kick attempt. Dillashaw is looking for some big strikes now. He throws a body kick and then a low kick. Cody is smiling at TJ. Dillashaw catches him with a high kick and Garbrandt drops. TJ rushes in but Cody pops back up to his feet. Garbrandt with a nice combination. He seems to be ok. Cody with a low kick. TJ paws with a jab. Dillashaw with a massive right and Cody goes down. He leaps on him with punches. It is all over! WOW!

UFC 217 Results: Rose Namajunas KO’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk (VIDEO)

UFC 217 Results: Rose Namajunas KO’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk (VIDEO)

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

A women’s strawweight title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas took place during last night’s UFC 217 main card in New York.

Round one begins and Rose lands a good low kick to start. Jedrzejczyk fires back with a left hand. Rose counters with a right. Namajunas seems to be very comfortable early. Joanna fires off a nice combination. Rose avoids any significant strikes and then drops Joanna with a right hand. She jumps on her and immediately and moves to mount. Joanna is taking some shots but works her way back to her feet. Joanna gets free and circles out. Rose catches her with a right hand and drops her to the floor. Rose jumps on Joanna and forces her to tapout to strikes! WOW!

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Texans QB Deshaun Watson out for the season with torn ACL

Texans QB Deshaun Watson out for the season with torn ACL

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

The Astros may have won the World Series, but not all news is good in Houston, Texas.

The Houston Texans recently announced that they will be without the services of starting quarterback Deshaun Watson for the remainder of the 2017-2018 NFL season.

Watson suffered a torn ACL during practice on Thursday in a non-contact play.

“They say you never miss it until it’s gone and even though it’s not gone for long, I already miss it,” Watson said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. “Yesterday, I felt like I let my teammates, my fans and my family down. However, as a child of God, I understand that everything happens for a reason. He DON’T make mistakes!

“Today, the journey back seems far but I’ve been here before and will conquer it once again. I want to thank each and every one of my teammates for their unwavering support. My NFL brothers, thanks for all the prayers. To my fans, I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your relentless encouragement. To the countless others who have reach out, I am humbled and can only say thank you from the depths of my heart. I play this game for you all, and I am grateful for the love you have shown me, not only over the past 24 hours, but throughout this entire season.

“I promise that I will continue to work diligently so that this team can one day bring a championship to Houston, and when I return, I will be better, stronger and more focused than ever before! Now the grind begins…. #815 #Memo GODSPEED. A small thing to a GIANT.”

The Houston Texans (3-4) will be hard pressed to make the NFL playoffs without Watson.

The squad will no rely on Tom Savage to get the job done at pivot.

T.J. Yates will be promoted to backup quarterback.

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