Browns cut Brock Osweiler, Broncos serve him a 1-year deal

Browns cut Brock Osweiler, Broncos serve him a 1-year deal

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

The Denver Broncos and Brock Osweiler are once again an item.

Just days after being cut by the Cleveland Browns, Osweiler re-signed with the that drafted him in 2012 but failed to retain his services in 2016.

Osweiler spent his latest season with the Houston Texans where he had an absolutely dismal year.

The Browns will still have to pay $16 million of Brock’s salary, meaning the Broncos are paying next to nothing for their former pivot.

Osweiler will serve as backup quarterback to starter Trevor Siemian for Denver this season.

Current Broncos general manager and former star quarterback John Elway discusses the acquisition:

“When Brock made that decision [to sign with Houston], he made the best decision that he thought was best for him,” Elway told reporters Saturday night. “It’s just kind of funny how these things worked out with our situation and Brock being available — funny how everything aligned. We know that Brock can win football games with us, he’s got a lot of experience and that was one glaring hole we had at that time in my mind when Paxton [Lynch] hurt the shoulder. We’re able to get it fixed.”

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Conor McGregor had an equipment emergency moments prior to Mayweather fight

Conor McGregor had an equipment emergency moments prior to Mayweather fight

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

Current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor put on an incredible performance in his boxing debut last weekend in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather.

The Irish superstar was eventually stopped in the tenth round by the legendary undefeated boxer, but still McGregor’s stock did nothing but rise in defeat.

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McGregor put together a terrific opening four rounds before eventually fatiguing later in the fight.

The Mayweather vs. McGregor super fight, which is expected to have done record breaking pay-per-view numbers, was almost put on hold after “Mystic Mac” noticed he was missing two key pieces of equipment.

According to TMZ Sports, there was a mad scramble to protect both Conor’s mouth and genitals just minutes before the fight occurred.

“There was a mad scramble to protect Conor McGregor’s genitals in the minutes before the Mayweather fight … when he realized he left his protective cup at home! 

Conor had just had his hands wrapped — while still wearing his pimped out suit — when he realized he was missing his custom jockstrap/cup combo and his mouthpiece.

He immediately remembered he left ’em both at his Vegas home and sent one of his team members racing out of the T-Mobile Arena to retrieve his junk protection, ASAP. 

The good news … the guy made it back with plenty of time to spare.”

Conor McGregor is expected to return to the UFC octagon for his next combat sports appearance.

“Mystic Mac” is currently rumored to what would be a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, potentially at UFC 219 in December.

McGregor has stated that he wants that contest to take place at 155-pounds so that he can attempt to defend his lightweight title for the first time.

However, Nate Diaz reportedly wants at least $20 million to take part in a trilogy with McGregor, so time will tell if the UFC is willing to cough up such a number to the Stockton Slugger.

PHOTO | Georges St-Pierre looks huge ahead of his UFC 217 fight with Bisping

PHOTO | Georges St-Pierre looks huge ahead of his UFC 217 fight with Bisping

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

Former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre is looking massive in preparation for his UFC 217 title fight with current middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

The Canadian superstar, “GSP, recently took to Twitter where he shared the following picture showing off his size as a middleweight.

St-Pierre will square off with Bisping for the UFC’s middleweight title in the main event of UFC 217.

UFC 217 takes place November 4 live from Madison Square Garden Arena in New York.

Michael Bisping was last seen in action at October of 2016’s UFC 204 event in Manchester where he scored a hard fought unanimous decision victory over mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson.

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Prior to that, Bisping was coming off a first-round knockout victory over Luke Rockhold which earned “The Count” the UFC’s middleweight title.

As for Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight kingpin has not fought since November of 2013 where he defeated Johny Hendricks via split-decision.

Georges St-Pierre interview with Joe rogan

“Rush” is currently riding a twelve fight win streak with includes victories over Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields and Carlos Condit.

If Georges St-Pierre can defeat Michael Bisping at UFC 217 he will become only the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold UFC titles in two different divisions. Randy Couture, BJ Penn and Conor McGregor are the only fighters in UFC history to have achieved this accomplishment.

Who do you think comes out victorious when Bisping and St-Pierre square off at Madison Square Garden on November 4?

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UFC Rotterdam Results: Alexander Volkov TKO’s Stefan Struve

UFC Rotterdam Results: Alexander Volkov TKO’s Stefan Struve

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

A heavyweight scrap between perennial division contenders Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov served as the main event of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 115 fight card in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Round one begins and Struve lands a right hand early. Both fighters fire off low kicks. Volkov lands another. He goes to the body with a right hand. Struve responds with a hard jab. He lands a flying knee and then misses with an uppercut. Struve circles and then lands a low kick. Volkov presses forward and lands an uppercut. Struve gets off of the fence and takes the center of the cage. He fires off a pair of left jabs. Struve with a head kick. Volkov catches the strike and lands a takedown. Struve is back to his feet and scores with a massive uppercut. He lands another. Volkov appears to be stunned. He retreats and then lands a nice kick to the body of Stefan. Struve returns fire with a body kick of his own. He attempts a knee. Volkov looks frustrated now. Struve with another big uppercut. The fighters clinch and Volkov lands a nice knee inside. They break and Struve just misses with a head kick. He leaps in with a knee that cuts Volkov. Alexander scores a takedown and winds up in half guard. He begins raining down some serious ground and pound. The horn sounds to end round one.

Round two begins and Volkov lands an early low kick. Struve fires off a combination that ends in a right hand over the top. Alexander is trying to find his way inside. Struve won’t let him and connects with an uppercut. Volkov with a low kick that causes Struve to slip. He gets back up and accidently lands an eye poke. The referee stops the action so the doctor can take a look. Volkov says he is ok and we continue. Volkov lands a nice low kick. Struve fires off an uppercut. He lands a left hook and then just misses with an overhand right. Volkov connects with a huge uppercut. That appeared to rock Struve who circles off the cage. Stefan comes forward with a right. Volkov counters with a left hand. He presses forward and pushes “The Skyscraper” against the cage. Big shots from Alexander. Struve with another eye poke. Once again the referee steps in and puts a stop to the action. Volkov says he is ok and we continue. Both men fire off hard low kicks upon the restart. Struve shoots in but the attempt is stuffed by Alexander. Struve with a head kick that just misses. He lands a right hand. Volkov responds with a right of his own. He goes to the body of Struve and then lands another massive right hand. Struve is backing up now. Round two comes to an end.

Round three begins and Struve lands a couple of nice left hooks to start. Volkov counters with a nicely timed right hand. Another eye poke, this time from Alexander, stops the action. We restart and Struve connects with a nice right hand over the top. Volkov answers with one of his own. Struve misses with a left hook and Volkov counters with another big right. Both fighters are busted up and bleeding now. Volkov lands a big low kick and then a right hand over the top. He is taking control now. Another hard low kick lands for Alexander. Struve paws with his left jab. Volkov comes over the top with a right. He lands a nice kick to the body. Volkov with a big punch that drops Struve. He comes in with some ground and pound and this one is all over! WOW!

UFC Fighter Charged With Fixing His Own Fight!

UFC Fighter Charged With Fixing His Own Fight!

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

Back in November of 2015, Tae Hyun Bang stepped onto the canvas with Leo Kuntz. He did so on the undercard of a UFC Fight Night in Seoul, in his native South Korea.

In the end, Bang and Kuntz’s fight went down as a fairly forgettable one, with Bang earning a close, split decision win. The final hours before this fight, however, stand out in the memory as some seriously suspect ones.

If you had your finger on the pulse of the fight game back then, you’ll remember that, in the hours leading up to Bang and Kuntz’s fights, there was a massive swing in the odds in Kuntz’s favor. This wasn’t a small, last-minute change, but an unprecedented transformation in the odds, which immediately raised eyebrows amongst the more discerning members of the MMA community.

While there was no way to prove that we were witnessing the signs of fight-fixing at the time, it sure seemed that way. It seemed as though somebody, or perhaps many people, with inside knowledge of the situation – knowing perhaps that Bang was badly injured or that he was going  to throw the fight – were putting massive sums down on Kuntz. This drastically changed the complexion of the betting odds, as they were adjusted to reflect new confidence in a Kuntz win.

There were red flags everywhere.

But then Bang won the fight, which immediately clashed with all of the fight-fixing accusations that had burbled to the surface in the buildup to his fight. The odds had swung in Kuntz’s favor, which meant that if anybody was going to throw the fight, it was going to be Bang. But he won, and so suddenly, there was far less reason to cry fix.

In April, it was reported by multiple sources that a nameless South Korean UFC fighter is currently involved in a police investigation stemming from this card. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor was first to confirm that this fighter was indeed Tae Hyun Bang. Taylor also acquired some new details on the situation.

In the buildup to the fight, Bang got involved with some gangsters, who convinced him to throw the fight. These gangsters, who the South Korean police are calling “gambling brokers”, then bet a massive 2 billion Won (almost $2 million USD) on Kuntz. Bang, meanwhile, was paid 100 million Won to take the fall. He then bet half of this sum (roughly $44,000 USD) on Kuntz. All in all, it is estimated that the nefarious parties involved in this underhanded betting scandal wagered close to $2 million USD on Kuntz. This massive betting on Kuntz is what swung the odds so significantly in his favor.

Unsurprisingly, this shady, last-minute odds-shift caught the attention of the UFC, who quickly began questioning Bang. Realizing that he was essentially screwed either way, Bang then decided to fight to win, rather than throw the fight. The result of this change of heart was his split decision defeat of Kuntz.

In the fallout of this ugly ordeal, Bang has reportedly received multiple death threats from the shadowy villains who pushed him into taking a fall, who are unsurprisingly not pleased that he didn’t hold up his end of the deal. As a result, he came clean to South Korean police, and was embroiled in an investigation surrounding the incident.

Today, The Sports Integrity reported that Bang had been indicted on alleged match-fixing charges.

South Korean prosecutors have indicted mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Bang Tae-hyun for alleged involvement in match-fixing, reports Yonhap news agency.

Check out the scorecards for Mayweather vs. McGregor

Check out the scorecards for Mayweather vs. McGregor

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

Floyd Mayweather improved his professional boxing record to a perfect 50-0 last weekend in Las Vegas by defeating a very game Conor McGregor via tenth-round TKO.

The Mayweather vs McGregor fight ended up being much more competitive then a lot of people assumed it would be.

Conor McGregor actually looked great in the opening four rounds of his fight with Mayweather.

The Irish superstar was able to connect with over 100 punches during the course of the fight but ultimately slowed down in the later rounds which allowed Mayweather to take over.

Mayweather would unload a barrage of punches on “Mystic Mac” in round ten which forced the referee to step in and stop the contest.

Prior to the fight being stopped in round ten, many people had Floyd Mayweather just slightly ahead of Conor McGregor on their respective scoreboards.

The general consensus seemed to be that Conor had won the first three rounds and maybe even round four.

With that said, two of the ringside judges in Las Vegas saw the opening rounds much differently.

Check out the judges scorecards below:

Even in defeat, Conor McGregor’s stock did nothing but grow following his first professional boxing match.

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The brash Irish star received tons of praise from both the boxing and MMA communities.

Nobody knows that will come next in the career of Conor McGregor, but everyone in the fight game is eager to hear his next move.

How did you have the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match scored heading into round ten?