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Chicago Bears hand the ball to rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

Chicago Bears hand the ball to rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

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

The Chicago Bears fell to 1-3 on Thursday night, this after suffering a 35-14 loss to their NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers.

After watching his offense fail to produce for a second straight week, Bears head coach John Fox has opted to make a change at quarterback.

The team announcement Monday that rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky would be replacing Mike Glennon as the Bears starting quarterback.

“He’s got that maturity and confidence you have to have in that position,” Fox said. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance in two games. We have to change that.”

Glennon went 93 of 140 (66.4 percent) for 833 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in four games as started this season for Chicago.

Meanwhile, Trubisky completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions during his 13 games as starter for the North Carolina Tar Heels last season in college.

The Bears will face off against the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) next week on Monday Night Football.

Conor McGregor blasts referee Robert Byrd following fight with Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor blasts referee Robert Byrd following fight with Floyd Mayweather

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

Immediately following his first professional boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor praised referee Robert Byrd for his professionalism.

However, after having some time to review the fight footage, “Mystic Mac” has decided to change his tune on the subject.

In a recent interview with Caroline Pearce in Glasgow, the UFC lightweight champion went off on Robert Byrd for how he handled his staredown and also accused the referee for trying to wrestle him off Mayweather during their blockbuster fight.

“When we came face to face and we were doing the rules thing, he was only staring at me,” McGregor said. “I’m looking at him staring at me and I could see in my peripheral vision that he was looking at me and not looking at Floyd. I was going to say, ‘He’s fighting as well, mate. Give him the f**king rules. I don’t know. What was going on there?”

McGregor continued:

“Every time we tied (up) he literally wrestled me off of him. It is what it is, I knew I wasn’t going to get a fair shake out there.”

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After putting together an excellent opening four rounds against “Money”, McGregor would eventually tire which allowed Mayweather to storm back and eventually earn a tenth-round TKO victory.

The brash Irish superstar, McGregor, discussed the “early stoppage” in his bout with Mayweather during his interview with Pearce in Scotland.

“I thought it was an early stoppage. How the f**k can you stop a fight if there were no knockdowns or nothing previous?” The round before that I almost had him dropped. I hurt him to the body in the round before. How the f**k can you stop it like that at the first sign of a wobble? You’ve got to let these fights go on.”

What do you think of these comments from Conor McGregor? Do you think his fight with Mayweather was stopped to early?

Four Major Fights Slated For UFC 218 in Detroit!

Four Major Fights Slated For UFC 218 in Detroit!

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

The octagon will return to Detroit on December 2 for UFC 218 and four major fights are now slated or official for the event.

The pay-per-view event is expected to be headlined by a featherweight title fight between current champion Max Holloway and perennial division contender Frankie Edgar.

Holloway was last seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event where he scored a third-round TKO victory over MMA Legend Jose Aldo, thus becoming the promotions featherweight king. “Blessed” is currently riding an amazing eleven fight win streak.

As for “The Answer”, Frankie Edgar is coming off a second-round TKO victory over surging contender Yair Rodriguez which occurred at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas. Prior to that, the former lightweight champion had earned a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the Edgar vs. Holloway title fight.

The UFC 218 co-main event will feature a clash of the heavyweight divisions top contenders as Alistair Overeem will square off with Francis Ngannou.

“The Predator”, Francis Ngannou, has gone a perfect 5-0 since joining the UFC ranks with all five wins coming by way of stoppage. Ngannou’s most recent win came in January when he TKO’s former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the very first-round.

As for Overeem, the former Dream, Strikeforce and K1 champion is coming off a decision victory over former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum which occurred at July’s UFC 213 event. Prior to that, “The Reem” had scored a third-round knockout over Mark Hunt at UFC 209.

UFC officials have confirmed that Ngannou vs. Overeem is official for the UFC 218 event.

Also slated for the December 2 pay-per-view card is a lightweight battle between TUF 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas where his bout with Dustin Poirier was ruled a no-contest after some illegal knee strikes were landed.

As for Gaethje, the former WSOF champion made his UFC debut this past July against Michael Johnson where he earned a thrilling second-round TKO victory over “The Menace” in a scrap which is thought to be “Fight of the year”.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the highly anticipated lightweight tilt.

The fourth exciting matchup announced for UFC 218 is a flyweight showdown between Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo.

Cejudo is coming off a sensational first-round knockout victory over Wilson Reis.

As for Pettis, Sergio is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Moreno.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your major UFC News!

NFL Week 3 Results

NFL Week 3 Results

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

Thu Sep 21

8:25 pm
Los Angeles Rams defeat San Francisco 49ers 41-39

Sun Sep 24

9:30 am
Jacksonville Jaguars defeat Baltimore Ravens 44-7

1:00 pm
Atlanta Falcons defeat Detroit Lions 30-26

1:00 pm
Indianapolis Colts defeat Cleveland Browns 31-28

1:00 pm
Buffalo Bills defeat Denver Broncos 26-16

1:00 pm
New England Patriots defeat Houston Texans 36-33

1:00 pm
New York Jets defeat Miami Dolphins 20-6

1:00 pm
New Orleans Saints defeat Carolina Panthers 34-13

1:00 pm
Philadelphia Eagles defeat New York Giants 27-24

1:00 pm
Chicago Bears defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 OT

1:00 pm
Minnesota Vikings defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17

4:05 pm
Tennessee Titans defeat Seattle Seahawks 33-27

4:25 pm
Green Bay Packers defeat Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 OT

4:25 pm
Kansas City Chiefs defeat Los Angeles Chargers 24-10

8:30 pm
Washington Redskins defeat Oakland Raiders 27-10

Mon Sep 25

8:30 pm
Dallas Cowboys defeat Arizona Cardinals 28-17