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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

Minnesota Vikings make Kirk Cousins the highest paid player in the NFL!

Minnesota Vikings make Kirk Cousins the highest paid player in the NFL!

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

The Minnesota Vikings made Kirk Cousins the highest paid player in the NFL on Thursday, signing the quarterback to a monstrous 3-year deal worth $84 million in guaranteed cash.

Cousins joins a Vikings team that went deep into the playoffs last season, which culminated in a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship.

“I look forward to playing here,” Cousins said during his introductory news conference Thursday. “As [general manager Rick [Spielman] said yesterday, this is a lifetime deal. That’s the goal. Yes, it’s a three-year deal but the expectation is from both sides that we’d raise our kids here and if everything goes as planned that I’d be here a long, long time.”

Cousins will have plenty of weapons to choose from in Minnesota including receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. In addition, Kirk will be able to handoff the ball to dynamic running back Dalvin Cook in the 2018-2019 season.

UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib Fight Card

UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib Fight Card

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

The octagon will return to Brooklyn, New York on April 7 for UFC 223.

The thirteen-bout fight card is headlined by a lightweight title fight featuring current interim champion Tony Ferguson taking on undefeated contedner Khabib Nurmagomedov.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor broke the news back on January 16 reporting that current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor would be stripped of his title and adding that Ferguson and Nurmagomedov would be fighting for the promotions undisputed 155-pound title at UFC 223.

“Breaking! I have confirmed with sources that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed UFC lightweight title at #UFC223 in Brooklyn. The bout will be made official later this week. McGregor will be stripped of his title. The bout was 1st reported by TASS.” – Chris Taylor , January 16, 2018

Tony Ferguson is currently riding an impressive ten-fight win streak, his latest being a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 which captured “El Cucuy” the promotions interim lightweight strap.

Ferguson’s most recent loss came way back at UFC on FOX 3 in May of 2012 when he was outpointed by Michael Johnson.

Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone a perfect 25-0 in his mixed martial arts career, his latest victory coming over Edson Barboza at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.

Prior to defeating Barboza in Sin City, “The Eagle” mauled the aforementioned Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in New York.

The co-main event of UFC 223 will feature a women’s strawweight title fight rematch featuring current champ Rose Namajunas taking on former title holder Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts world this past November at UFC 217 in New York by scoring a first-round knockout over Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Get the full UFC 223 fight card below:

UFC 223 Main Card (10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View)

Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder

FS1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez

UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)

Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak

Check out April’s UFC on FOX 29 Fight Card!

Check out April’s UFC on FOX 29 Fight Card!

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

The octagon invades Glendale, Arizona on April 14 for the promotions UFC on FOX 29: Gaethje vs. Poirier event.

The event, which features a grand total of fourteen exciting fights, is headlined by a key lightweight contest pitting surging division contender Dustin Poirier against former World Series of Fighting title holder Justin Gaethje.

Dustin Poirier is coming off a third-round TKO victory over former division champion Anthony Pettis at November’s UFC Fight Night 120 event in Norfolk. Prior to that, “The Diamond” was involved in a war with Eddie Alvarez which unfortunately ended in a no-contest at UFC 211.

Meanwhile, Justin Gaethje is coming his first career loss to the aforemention Eddie Alvarez at December’s UFC 218 event in Detroit. Prior to the setback, Gaethje had gone a perfect 18-0 which included a thrilling knockout of Michael Johnson in his UFC debut.

The co-main event of UFC on FOX 29 will feature former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on the always dangerous Matt Brown.

Condit has suffered three straight losses, his most recent coming to Neil Magny at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.

As for the “Immortal” one, Matt Brown is coming off an absolutely brutal knockout victory over Diego Sanchez. The win snapped a three-fight losing skid for the veteran welterweight.

Get the full UFC on FOX 29 fight card below:

UFC on FOX Main Card:

Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
Gilbert Burns vs. Lando Vannata
Tim Boetsch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Cortney Casey vs. Michelle Waterson

FS1 Prelims:

John Moraga vs. Wilson Reis
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Tavares
Luke Sanders vs. Patrick Williams
Muslim Salikhov vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan

UFC Fight Pass Prelims:

Matthew Lopez vs. Alejandro Perez
Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
Dhiego Lima vs. Yushin Okami
Shana Dobson vs. Lauren Mueller