tyler 22 5yr With the contract came rigorous expectations and methods of accountability. He stood nervously on the sidelines before each of his Sunday morning games, knowing a series of slipups could haunt him come the re-signing period.Polk’s coach pulled him and his mother into a room at the conclusion of his contract. In front of Polk was a sheet with attributes like “short passing” and “dribbling” listed next to grades A, B, C, D and F. He aced passing attributes but was docked on “decision making,” a quality he still wonders how it was measured.In an incomprehensible situation for a 12-year-old, his soccer fate with Oxford United was decided in front of his eyes: four more years.“It was a big deal,” Polk said. “I still get nervous now.”His long-term contract was curtailed after two years by his mother’s drinking. She lost her driver’s license and couldn’t get her son to events.Polk was taken in by the Frenzel family down the street after the mother, Anna, walked in on Polk’s mother drunkenly passed out multiple times with him sitting by the TV, having not eaten dinner.“I’d had enough,” Polk said. “It was like, how could you not give it up for me?“It’s so long ago now, there’s no anger. There’s nothing there.”Sandwiched between a fabricated American lifestyle and stressful, professional-style youth soccer are aspects of his childhood he stills holds onto. Polk positively spins his lifetime of travels by remembering he can count to 10 in four languages.He’s found an appreciation in “little things,” he said, such as the genuine nature of those in his inner-circle after an upbringing that didn’t lend itself to sincerity.Jon Mettus | Asst. Web Editor excellent Polk leaned back on a newly curated support system to get through an imperfect start to his SU career. He missed the Orange’s first two games before the NCAA granted him eligibility following his transfer from Herkimer County Community College, and then sulked in a five-game goal-scoring drought.He spoke with Pepe Aragon, his former coach at Herkimer, before SU’s game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 25.Aragon told him to stop worrying about when the goal would come —a familiar message from his current coach — and start having fun, like he did scoring 33 goals for Herkimer last year.Polk made good on Aragon’s word, netting three goals against the Panthers.That kid has worked for everything in his life. Nobody has handed him one thing.Pepe AragonPolk finds solace in the trials of his time growing up. He maintains his upbringing matured him quicker than others, not finding laughter in the same things as his fellow 10-year-old teammates.He never took a single item or memento with him from the 10-plus countries he’s traveled. A physical remembrance could only impede him from going forward.The imprints and scars from his journey are only between his ears, where the heaviest lifting of Polk’s life has taken place.“I would hope to say ‘struggled to success,’” Polk said, trying to encapsulate his life in a sentence. “Done the struggle part, still kind of struggling. Hopefully the end of the tunnel will be bright.” Comments “I have been everywhere,” Polk said, reflecting on a 22-year journey that’s brought him near death by Saudi Arabian gunmen, to the negotiating table as a 12-year-old vying for a soccer contract in Oxford, England, to now settling in Syracuse — his third collegiate soccer team.Polk’s childhood was punctuated by uprooting moments. He’s been molded by living in three different countries and indented by a toxic home life — he rarely speaks with his father and hasn’t seen his mother since he was 16. He took shelter on the soccer field, the only line of consistency in Polk’s seismographic-looking life.Things have straightened out of late for Polk — a junior forward with five goals in his last five games after not scoring in the first seven. He rides waves of confidence as long as he can. He has an intuition they can crash prematurely, having endured anxious periods wondering if his mom was too hungover to drive to soccer practice or if the NCAA would grant his eligibility to play at Syracuse.“Look Ben,” Polk recalls SU head coach Ian McIntyre telling him, “worry about the controllables. Don’t worry about what you can’t control.”As a child, ignorance was his best companion when his mother shouted to stay inside as gunmen infiltrated the sole entrance of the compound — armed by two guards without ammunition.Polk was fine. He didn’t know any better.He didn’t mind the “shady characters” his mother had in their Oxford home after they left his father in Saudi Arabia. Polk wasn’t fazed walking in on his mom passed out drunk on the couch.“Time to watch TV,” he’d think to himself.If there was one thing he could control, it was the secrecy of the life he lived inside his home. No one knew anything. He turned away school counselors and friends concerned with his quiet spells.He preferred to bury a gradually fracturing home life, even in his own mind.“At the time, I didn’t really know too much,” Polk said. “I was just ignorant, fortunately.”But ignorance dissolved like any imaginary friend. Polk knew he was a gifted soccer player. The budding, 10-year-old center midfielder began a six-week tryout to join Oxford United — a professional soccer academy. It took just two days of tryouts before he was offered a two-year contract.Chase Guttman | Asst. Photo Editor Published on October 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Ben Polk didn’t have much to hold onto growing up on an American compound in Saudi Arabia. He had a dirt field.It was configured in the shape of a diamond and was the sanctuary that fostered Polk’s first love: kickball.With each booming kick sent toward the towering walls of the compound, he gradually discovered his knack for kicking.Outside the walls was an unstable Middle Eastern nation. But inside, Polk learned English, attended school and lived as normal as the situation would allow with his father working as a fighter jet engineer.His American lifestyle displaced 7,000 miles was approaching normality, but his mother’s desire to leave the compound led her to leave her husband and move with her son to England.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Ben Polk
Syracuse announces contract extension for coach Dino Babers Welcome to the App State family, @CoachDrinkwitz!RELEASE: https://t.co/80Ndct6lQq pic.twitter.com/C6mXiYlzMT— App State Football (@AppState_FB) December 13, 2018″I’m excited to welcome Eliah and his family to App Nation,” App State athletic director Doug Gillin said in a release. “The App State football program is in great position to continue its championship ways. Eliah is committed to excellence academically, competitively, socially and to the well-being of our student-athletes. There was significant interest in our process throughout a national search. Eliah has great character and a clear vision for the future of Mountaineer football. I’m excited about the future of our football program.”Drinkwitz, 35, replaces Scott Satterfield, who left the Mountaineers to coach at Louisville. Related News Appalachian State has a new coach in place.The Mountaineers announced Thursday they have hired N.C. State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to take over their football program. Drinkwitz spent three season with the Wolfpack as their OC and quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he worked with Auburn (2011), Arkansas State (2012-13) and Boise State (2014-15).
Early in the fight, the power difference between the two was clear, as Poirier took the fight to Holloway and appeared on the verge of getting the featherweight champion out of there in a hurry. But Holloway steadied himself and rebounded in the second, forcing Poirier to dig deep and go the distance in what developed into an incredible, tense affair.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhenever Holloway started gaining momentum, Poirier countered with power shots that stopped him in his tracks, He split Holloway open with a knee up the middle in the fourth and cruised to the finish in the fifth, securing his fourth straight win over a championship-caliber fighter to put himself in position for a title unification bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.In the co-main event of the evening, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum went back-and-forth for four rounds, entering the final stanza deadlocked, with the interim middleweight title hanging in the balance.Although Gastelum entered with all the momentum after controlling the action and stinging Adesanya in the fourth, “The Last Stylebender” responded with a dominant final frame, dropping the former TUF winner with home clean shots that left Gastelum busted up and bleeding. It was one of the best final round efforts in recent memory and a tremendous way to cap what has been one of the most incredible runs of all time.Just as Poirier punched his ticket to a future title unification bout, so too did Adesanya, who sets up an All-ANZAC meeting with Robert Whittaker later this year with his sixth victory in 14 months.It was an amazing night of action inside the Octagon.Here’s how it all went down (all times Eastern):UFC 236 live updates, highlightsDustin Poirier outworks Max Holloway to claim interim lightweight titleOfficial Result: Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)Round 5This has been another classic.Holloway and Poirier both point to the center of the Octagon, share a smile and get ready to get after it for five more minutes.Jab snaps Poirier’s head back. Poirier loading up and Holloway sticking shots. The counter lands clean for Poirier, who has maintained his power edge throughout. Holloway’s nose is opened up again, but it’s not stopping him one bit; he keeps marching forward. Another good counter from Poirier as Holloway offers a kick.Three minutes to go.Poirier with the counter right hook two times as Holloway looks for an opening. Right hand finds a home for Holloway. Volume from Holloway, but he can’t back off Poirier. “The Diamond” looks for the takedown with 90 seconds remaining. Holloway stuffs it, but he needs to break free and throw if he wants to pull this one out.One minute left. “Hapa Elbows” momentarily for Holloway. Poirier seems content to stay here, understandably so. Holloway can’t get free as the final 10 seconds arrive. They throw through the horn and embrace in the center after the bell.What a fun fight. (10-9 Poirier, 49-46 Poirier)Round 4Championship Rounds.Holloway lands a right to start, backing Poirier up and now “The Diamond” is looking to wrestle. He gets Holloway to the ground, but is struggling to do anything with it. Holloway back up, but Poirier stays tight. Holloway breaks clean and lands a knee to the body. Right hand for Poirier, but Holloway putting volume on him and giving him no room to breathe.Punches in bunches landing for Holloway and Poirier tries to cover up on the fence. Holloway is unrelenting, man. Two shots land for Poirier that back Holloway off momentarily. Halfway home in the round. More body work from Holoway and he’s putting combinations together. Poirier responds with a stiff single. Right hand catches the chin of Holloway.A knee up the middle busts Holloway open and he’s leaking all over the Octagon, but he’s not backing up. He lands a sharp elbow of his own in close that backs up Poirier, who again looks to wrestle. Holloway defends and we’re going to a fifth and final round, but not before Holloway dives on a D’arce choke right before the horn. What a round. What a fight. (10-9 Poirier, 39-37 Poirier)Round 3Poirier looks fresher to start the third and Holloway comes out looking to take the fight to him, going right back to the body. The counter right hook is clean for Poirier and there every time he throws it. Holloway comes forward, lands three soft and Poirier counters with one hard. Jab lands clean for Poirier and now Holloway is having a hard time seeing out of his right eye.Poirier is picking his spots here and boxing up Holloway. “Blessed” responds with a good right hand, but he doesn’t have the pop to really make Poirier think twice about trading with him. Now Holloway starting to have more success with combinations and slipping some of Poirier’s counters, but “The Diamond” responds with more clean shots down the pipe.Holloway is putting volume on Poirier here, but where it would bury guys at featherweight, it’s not having the same impact here. Now Holloway starts to turn it up and makes Poirier duck under for a takedown, which tells you he was having success. Holloway stuffing it against the fence and landing nasty “Hapa Elbows” to the side of the head.This was a terrific rebound round for Holloway who has thrived in late round situations throughout his championship career. (10-9 Holloway, 29-28 Poirier)Round 2Holloway smiling as they start Round 2. He goes to the body to begin. Good left hand leaping in for Holloway. Back to the body for Holloway and a left over the top. Poirier responds with a combination of his own, finished with a low outside kick. Back to the body for Holloway. Again. He backs Poirier up with a right hand and Poirier just misses with a right that makes both fighters smile and laugh.Two down, three to go. Inside elbow for Poirier lands. Jab lands for Poirier. Left hand pops Holloway’s head back. Good combination finished with a body shot from Holloway. Level change from Porier; nothing there.Holloway upping the volume here and you have to wonder if Poirier is trying to regain some energy after trying to get Holloway out of there in the first. Body kick from Holloway, who keeps going to the midsection. Poirier clips him and backs him into the fence. Holloway calls him in and he gets clipped again. The power difference is massive and steals Poirier back the round. (10-9 Poirier, 20-18 Poirier)Round 1Lots of respect between these two and we’re off in the main event for the interim lightweight title.Left hook and low kick combo from Poirier to start. Holloway responds with a hook of his own. Low kick again for Poirier. Body shot for Holloway and another kick for Poirier. Another body shot for Holloway and another kick from Poirier, who clearly made that a point of emphasis here. Two lefts land clean for Poirier and Holloway backs up, connects with a clean shot of his own.Both reset with two minutes down and Poirier clips Holloway and has him hurt. Poirier pushing for the finish, but Holloway is hanging tough, countering with good shots of his own, but the power difference is clear right now. Poirier all over Holloway, backing him up and walking him down. Poirier trying to remain patient as Holloway attempts to regroup.The left is eating up Holloway tonight, but he’s still standing there, offering good shots of his own. Poirier responds and the power difference is really clear. Holloway needs to stick and move and rely on volume because Poirier is pounding him with big shots in close. Holloway eats one that makes him cover his right eye. Right hand for Holloway, but this was all Poirier out of the gate. (10-9 Poirier)12:45 a.m.: Blake Grice with the main event assignment.12:40 a.m.: And now the featherweight champion makes his way to the Octagon, kicking of his entrance with some “Walk It Like I Talk It” by Atlanta’s own Migos before switching into his his trademark walkout tune, “Hawaiian Kickboxer” by “Moke Boy” Moses Kamealoha.Holloway looks to become the fourth fighter to win titles in two weight classes simultaneously and move within two fights of equaling Anderson Silva’s record of 16 straight victories inside the Octagon.12:37 a.m.: Dustin Poirier on the way to the cage for his 23rd UFC appearance, searching for his first title. Walking to “Paid the Cost to be the Boss” by James Brown, a very fitting track for “The Diamond.12:35 a.m.: Oh by the way — we’ve still got another championship fight ahead of us! (does Happy Dance)12:31 a.m.: I’m at a loss for words. Not only was that a terrific fight, but that was one of the best fifth round performances I can remember in championship history. That fight was dead even and Gastelum had all the momentum as the final round began, but Adesanya rose to the occasion and put it on him to close things out.Gastelum is as tough as they come and doesn’t lose any ground in the division after a performance like that, but take a minute to understand what Adesanya has accomplished in the span of 14 months — six fights, six wins, interim middleweight champion.What a performance and man oh man is that fight with Robert Whittaker going to be something special.Israel Adesanya shines late in epic clash with Kelvin GastelumOfficial result: Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)Round 5This has been a phenomenal fight!Gastelum comes right across the cage looking to get in Adesanya’s face to start the final round. Gastelum lands the left and finishes with a kick. Slick two-piece connects for Adesanya and he follows it up with a front kick to the face. Clean right for Adesanya and Gastelum eats it.Gastelum in on a leg, Adesanya looks for a high-elbow guillotine. Gastelum slips out and Adesanya locks up a triangle. Gastelum gets out and they’re standing again with three minutes to go. Combination lands for Adesanya and his precision is starting to allow him to pull away here, but Gastelum will not fade.Left hand for Gastelum. Two rights for Adesanya and Gastelum is backed up. Another right. Now a hook. Gastelum is standing still and getting tagged. Gastelum presses forward and looks for the takedown, but Adesanya defends and separates. Left hand lands for Adesanya and another big right pops Gastelum’s head back like a Pez dispenser. Gastelum stays in the pocket and Adesanya drops him with another clean right hand.Gastelum back up looking to wrestle, but Adesanya stuffs it and is pouring on the strikes, backing up Gastelum and putting him on the canvas. Elbows from Adesanya as Gastelum gives up his back. Adesanya drops him once more right before the horn.What a fight. What a fight. What a fight! (10-8 Adesanya, 48-46 Adesanya)WHAT. A. FIGHT!!!! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/D1E1dwq3GV— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019Round 4And we’re into the championship rounds.Gastelum coming forward with a little more aggression and pace here to start. He lands with a lead right hook and grabs a body lock, but Adesanya breaks free with ease. Beautiful knee to the body from the clinch for Adesanya. Good right hand connects for Adesanya, but Gastelum eats it like it was nothing. One-two offered by Gastelum, with only the one landing.Three minutes left in the round. Gastelum winging punches but can’t find the target. That said, Adesanya hasn’t landed anything much through the first half of this round. Swelling and a cut around the right eye for Adesanya. Now they’re starting to exchange, with Adesanya sniping home clean right hands to Gastelum’s jabs.Left hand connects for Gastelum, but Adesanya counters with a left of his own. High kick for Gastelum and Adesanya is wobbled. It looked like he might be playing possum, but Adesanya is legit rocked and for some reason, Gastelum looks to wrestle. Adesanya starting to swell up as Gastelum starts to pour it on.What a great fight so far! (10-9 Gastelum, 38-38 heading into Round 5)Round 3Body kick for Gastelum to start. Inside low kick in response from Adesanya. Gastelum trying to stay light on his feet and move more here, while Adesanya remains patient and picking his spots. Body kick scores for Adesanya. Again.Adesanya offers high with a kick. Inside low kick for Gastelum and they plant and trade, both landing short shots, but neither landing anything heavy. Halfway home in the fight.Counter right for Adesanya lands clean after he makes Gastelum miss. His timing is outstanding. Lead right hook lands for Gastelum. Right hand and body kick combo score for Adesanya. Gastelum misses with a lunging lead hook, but he connects with one inside as Adesanya misses coming forward.Good entry and takedown from Gastelum, but Adesanya is up almost immediately, which feels big. Left hand from Gastelum, but his punches seem like they’re coming much slower now, which isn’t a good sign. (10-9 Adesanya, 29-28 Adesanya)Round 2Body kick by Adesanya to start, following the instructions he received in the corner. Another good kick lands clean. Left to the body from Gastelum. Coming up just short on a couple of big swings with the left as Adesanya slips out of the way. Jab lands for him, though. Another body kick lands for Adesanya, who is starting to get comfortable and throw more.One-two lands for Gastelum with three minutes left. Q kick is blocked and Gastelum presses forward. Inside low kick lands for Adesanya and he catches Gastelum with a right hand as he’s leaning forward that puts him on his butt with two minutes left in the round.Gastelum looks off balance and sloppy here following the knockdown, while Adesanya’s confidence is growing. Gastelum reaching and Adesanya picking his spots nicely, landing the lead right hand. Spinning back elbow lands flush and buckles Gastelum, who tries to grab a single leg and then presses forward as Adesanya escapes.Left for Gastelum lands and Adesanya stuffs the takedown late to wrap up a big comeback round. (10-9 Adesanya, 19-19 through two)Adesanya drops Gastelum in round 2! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/dfkOdR5bDm— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019Round 1Southpaw for Gastelum, orthodox for Adesanya, but he’ll switch stances often.Long front kick from Adesanya to start. Gastelum trying to grab the lead hand. Adesanya misses with a right hand. Body kick lands clean for Adesanya. Gastelum presses forward and lands the left hook as Adesanya dips. Body kick for Gastelum lands. Right hand lands for Gastelum and staggers Adesanya. We’ve got ourselves a fight!Body shot for Gastelum, who looks calm and smooth to start. Clean left for Adesanya lands, but Gastelum counters with a heater that just misses. Two minutes left in Round 1. Low kick for Adesanya. Gastelum staying patient and just misses with the left again. Q kick and a right hand from Adesanya, neither of which land. Gastelum doing a great job of slipping everything right now, but Adesanya is throwing a little more here to end the frame. (10-9 Gastelum)11:52 p.m.: Marc Goddard will enforce the rules inside the cage for our first interim title fight of the evening.11:45 p.m.: It’s going to be really interesting to see whether Adesanya has benefited from facing good, but not great, competition on the way up or if he is truly the real deal. Gastelum is relentless and has some pop, plus he’s faced much stiffer competition over the course of his career, but will he be the first to push Adesanya and potentially hand “The Last Stylebender” the first loss of his MMA career?11:40 p.m.: And now we figure out who will face Robert Whittaker in a title unification bout later this year. Gastelum hasn’t fought since beating Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza by split decision last May, while Adesanya has three wins since then, including his UFC 234 victory over Anderson Silva. This will be an interesting clash of styles as Gastelum should, in theory, look to wrestle, while Adesanya will aim to keep it in space and pick Gastelum apart with his elite striking skills.11:34 p.m.: Before we get to the first of tonight’s interim title fights, the UFC announces that Rich “Ace” Franklin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. I have to be honest, I’m surprised Franklin isn’t already in the Hall of Fame — he’s a former champion and a consummate professional who did whatever was asked of him.Personally, I never forget the knockout of Nate Quarrey, but I was on press row when he ended Chuck Liddell’s UFC career and can still remember how the building just went silent when he connected… and then he explained that he broke his arm earlier in the bout. This is well-deserved and honestly, probably overdue.Congrats, Ace!Khalil Rountree Jr. obliterates Eryk Anders in Muay Thai master classOfficial result: Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Eryk Anders by uanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)Round 3There is no reason for this fight to continue. Anders says he’s good, but he got dropped four times last round. The doctor or referee or Anders’ corner should have stopped this.Rountree a little more tentative here, with good reason; he’s up big, but Anders still carries Hail Mary power and needs a prayer here. Rountree getting a little loose with his strikes, when he should be staying patient and measured like he was in the first and second. Anders has no pop on his punches right now, but Rountree can’t take too many chances here. He’s been brilliant thus far and needs to just get through these final three minutes.Outside leg kick stiffens up Anders. Right hand lands for Anders. Inside twice for Rountree, who has clearly left off the gas here. Rountree looks for an elbow as Anders steps forward. He’s trying stuff out here and lands a left hand that makes Anders cover up. Inside kick again. Anders lands an uppercut but there is nothing on it. One last hook over the top and a final low kick lands for Rountree, who looked phenomenal here. (10-9 Rountree, 30-25 Rountree)Round 2Rountree right back to the inside leg kicks and he plants a left hand on Anders’ chin that puts him on the canvas. Rountree is firing off kicks to the legs of the downed Anders. Now he dives in with a couple hammerfists before calling him back up.Rountree connects with a tight left hook that buckles Anders and sends him to the canvas again and he lets him up once more. Anders dives for a takedown, but he’s nowhere close. Rountree is on complete control. Knee to the body lands. Another left over the top lands for Rountree after he slips a punch from Anders. Another flurry and Anders is down again. He’s too tough for his own good.Rountree backs off to let him up and there are still two minutes left in this round. Body kick crashes home like a bat against a tree for Rountree. Big right hook puts Anders down again and Herzog is taking a close look. Anders won’t quit, but Rountree is just crushing him. This one should get stopped between rounds. There is no reason for this one to continue.Rountree takes it easy on him down the stretch as he knows Anders is done and doesn’t seem to want to hurt him any further. (10-7 Rountree)AND AGAIN! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/wlnSYmzrJi— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019Round 1Touch of gloves and these southpaws are about to get after it.Light, bouncy Thai stance for Rountree to start and he lands a low, inside kick. Anders looks unsure how to deal with this. A stiffer kick inside and now one outside. Rountree looks good to start. Inside again and it knocks Anders off balance. Big one-two from Rountree is blocked, but still backs up Anders. Two down, three to go.Inside again for Rountree. And again. And again. Double jab lands for Rountree. Right hand is just short. Anders has yet to land a strike and we’re three minutes in. The inside of Anders’ lead leg is beat up. Rountree has Anders swinging that leg out extra wide now every time he lands inside. Now he goes to the body twice, with Anders catching the last one and looking for a spinning elbow.Rountree just keeps beating up the lead leg and lands a knee to the body as Anders reaches with a right hand. Amazing round for Rountree. (10-9 Rountree Jr.)11:12 p.m.: Jason Herzog is the third man in the cage for this one.11:05 p.m.: After the last uneventful contest, this one should be a little more entertaining as light heavyweight Khalil Rountree Jr. welcomes Eryk Anders back to the 205-pound weight class for a second time in a battle of southpaws who like to throw hands.Anders has lost back-to-back contests and is just 1-3 over his last four after starting his career with 10 consecutive victories. Rountree took some nasty elbows to the head from the clinch against Johnny Walker last time out, but knocked out kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki before that.Dwight Grant edges Alan Jouban in tactical, tepid welterweight fightOfficial result: Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)Round 3Inside kick from Grant to start. Lunging uppercut from Grant misses and Jouban closes the distance, landing a right hand. Three-punch combo from Grant gets blocked. This one is ultra-close with three minutes to go.Grant offers high with a kick and Jouban needs to take some chances here if he wants to win this fight. Fans boo the lack of action. Jouban connects with an inadvertent kick to the groin as he tried to throw a knee. Allen pauses the action and Grant takes a knee in the corner.We’re back in and Grant lands an outside leg kick. Jouban looks a little more urgent, but he’s still not throwing as Grant’s power has him a little tentative. Good leg kick from Jouban, but he needs a lot more. Lead left scores for Grant. Jouban just won’t commit to anything. Grant is backpedaling, but he’s throwing more. Jouban with the takedown and back-take in the final 15 seconds of the round before apologizing to the crowd for the lack of action. (10-9 Jouban, 29-28 Grant)Round 2Grant pumping the jab out there to start the round, moving Jouban backward as he looks to attack. He lands a good left hand that backs Jouban up, but then he backs off, allowing Jouban to lead the dance. He lands a two-one and goes back to the inside leg kick. Jouban can’t cut off the cage and pin Grant down, which is causing him to go long stretches without landing anything or throwing much.Naked high kick misses from Jouban. Halfway home. They trade inside leg kicks. One-two lands for Grant, but Jouban keeps coming forward, though he can’t get into range to throw. Jouban lunges in with a right hand, but Grant sees it coming and slips out of the way. High kick glances for Jouban. Now he catches a kick and closes the distance, putting Grant on the fence momentarily.One minute left in the round. Right hand lands for Grant and the fans are starting to voice their displeasure with the lack of action. Inside leg kick from Jouban scores but is countered by Grant. Good right connects for Grant just before the horn. (10-9 Grant, 20-18 Grant)Round 1Southpaw vs. Orthodox in this one, which has been a theme throughout the evening.Jouban closes the distance and secures a takedown right away. Grant back up quickly, Jouban misses with a kick and now Grant is slinging leather, looking to land a murderball. Jouban doing a good job of staying out of range and being patient thus far, though he also looks a little rigid.Both men connect with big swinging lefts and they both back off. This is going to end with someone getting sparked.Two minutes left. Inside leg kick from Jouban lands clean and should be a frequent weapon going forward. Lead left for Grant lands over the top. High kick from Jouban is blocked. Jouban reaching with the lead right, looking for Grant’s chin, which he’s carrying high, but he can’t find it. Inside leg kick lands once more right before the horn. (10-9 Grant)10:35 p.m.: Action welterweights are up next as Alan Jouban returns from a 14-month hiatus to take on Dwight Grant, who scored a highlight-reel knockout win in his last appearance. The man Daniel Cormier has dubbed “Swaggy G,” George Allen, is the referee.Nikita Krylov gets his revenge, submits Ovince Saint PreuxOfficial result: Nikita Krylov def. Ovince Saint Preux by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 2Round 2Krylov looks fresh. Saint Preux looks tired.One-two lands for OSP. Krylov lands a body kick in return. Good right hand from Krylov coming forward. OSP clinches and Krylov knees him in the belly. Short elbows from Krylov as OSP looks for the takedown. Krylov reverses, scoops OSP up and dumps him on the canvas, climbing to mount.Saint Preux rolls to his belly and Krylov sinks in his hooks. Elbow on the ear from Krylov and now he slides the arm through. Saint Preux is fighting it, but it’s starting to slide under the chin and OSP taps.This might have been Krylov’s best UFC performance to date. 🇺🇦 Krylov gets it done! @KrylovUFC gets his revenge and submits OSP in round 2! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/POcLbCgDgR— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019 Round 1We’re underway on the main card with a touch of gloves.Krylov coming out hard, cracking OSP with a right hand, prompting Saint Preux to wrestle. Krylov back to his feet, but Saint Preux staying in on the hips. Krylov looking for a 10-finger guillotine, but Saint Preux trips him to the canvas. Krylov back up, bails on the choke and lands a knee. OSP trips him to the floor again, but Krylov is right back up, showing tremendous improvements since their first encounter, as Saint Preux expected.Now Krylov looks for a takedown, but Saint Preux reverses and lands in top position off the fence, setting up in Krylov’s guard. Saint Preux climbs through to mount as Krylov tries to buck and roll. Krylov bridges and breaks free, getting back to his feet, taking the fight to OSP right away.Saint Preux looks tired already. Body kick from Krylov lands. Krylov controlling the action against the fence as Saint Preux looks disinterested over the final 30 seconds. Weird round to score, but the takedowns and advancements give OSP the edge. (10-9 Saint Preux)10:20 p.m.: Blake Grice with the officiating assignment in the opener.10:10 p.m.: A light heavyweight rematch kicks off the main card as Ovince Saint Preux squares off with Nikita Krylov for a second time. OSP won the first meeting, submitting Krylov with a Von Flue choke, but the Ukrainian has improved dramatically since then and will be looking for redemption in this one.10:05 p.m.: Time for the PPV!All five of the upcoming fights are compelling, competitie bouts, but the two championship matchups have the potential to be special.Max Holloway is on the cusp of being a mega-star and a win over Dustin Poirier would get him there, while “The Diamond” would be propelled to a new level of stardom with a win of his own. As for the middleweights, Israel Adesanya has had a rocket strapped to his back since his debut and is coming off a very good win over Anderson Silva just two months ago, but Kelvin Gastelum has been in there with some of the best fighters across two divisions and holds this date close to his heart, having won Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter on this day six years ago.However things play out, it should be fun!Matt Frevola barrels through Jalin Turner for first UFC victoryOfficial Result: Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Round 3Low inside kick from Frevola to start. Now outside. Turner offers a one-two, but can’t land clean. Lots of talk about Turner complaining about his vision between rounds from the booth, which is understandable. Good one-two lands for Turner, but he’s being too tentative as of now, given that he’s likely down two rounds.A left hand lands, but he needs to do more with three minutes to go. Frevola drives through a takedown, landing in full guard. Turner looks for a triangle, but can’t connect, with Frevola moving to side control. Two minutes left. Frevola working the body and Turner sits up and then stands. Big knee from Turner as Frevola looks to dive in on another takedown, but the urgency isn’t there.Spinning back kick lands to the body for Turner, but he’s being too picky and precision here. Right from Frevola lands and the round comes to a close with Frevola looking for one last takedown. (10-9 Frevola, 30-27 Frevola)Round 2Frevola in on a takedown, but Turner works his way free. Body kick from Frevola lands. Good entry, but Turner springs right back to his feet, which has to be frustrating for Frevola. Left hand lands for Turner. Both fire off left hands and land. Turner stalking forward, but Frevola is the one landing more here.Halfway home.Frevola drops in, but Turner stuff it easily. Uppercut and a good right behind hit for Turner, but Frevola responds with a good right of his own. Spinning kick isn’t close for Turner. Great knee up the middle as Frevola steps in. Turner attacks a guillotine as he defends the takedown attempt. Gives it up to and gets put on his back after not breaking free when he had the chance. Now Frevola dives on a guillotine, but Turner again pops free.Inadvertent up-kick with just a few seconds left in the round and time is called. Goddard explains the situation as the replay shows Frevola’s heel catching Turner in the eye. No point being taken as Goddard calls it “innocuous,” which feels like a mistake, though we have the benefit of replay. (10-9 Frevola, 20-18 Frevola)Round 1They touch’em up and we’re underway in the final preliminary card fight of the night.Turner stings Frevola with a knee right out of the gate, but Frevola quickly flips him to the ground, landing in side control. Frevola quickly around to the back, looking to get his hooks in and fish his arm under the neck. Big shots from top position as Turner looks to scramble. Frevola back-packing Turner here as “The Tarantula” tries to fight the hands and find a way to escape.Frevola slips off and Turner fires off some quick shots before they reset in the center. Big right-hand lands for Turner, but Frevola just dives for a takedown and resets when he gets stuffed. His chin is bonkers. Turner lands a right again, but Frevola slings him to the ground with a single less, moving into side control. Frevola dives on a guillotine and rolls into mount with it, but Turner looks safe. His head pops out and bridges off the fence, looking to land some offense of his own in the final minute.Simple one-twos landing regularly for Turner, but Frevola just eats them. Turner sprawls out on one last takedown attempt just before the horn. (10-9 Frevola)9:25 p.m.: Time for the final preliminary card fight of the night — an entertaining pairing between Jalin Turner and Matt Frevola, two all-action fighters who should send us to the PPV with fireworks. Marc Goddard is the referee.Alexandre Pantoja scores first-round knockout win over Wilson ReisOfficial result: Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis by TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of Round 1Round 1The countrymen touch gloves to start.Good one-two right away from Pantoja as Reis looks to close the distance. Reis looks to land a kick and Pantoja counters with one of his own. He appears to be the quicker man here and is doing a very good job early of countering everything Reis offers. Very nice step-in knee for Pantoja.Reis lands a left and drives forward for a takedown, but Pantoja stays upright along the fence. Reis looks for the trip and then circles Pantoja off the fence to put his butt on the canvas. Pantoja gets to his feet and they break. Very good effort from Pantoja there to avoid letting his back hit the canvas.Pantoja comes forward with a right and Reis is down. Pantoja opens up with strikes, Herzog wants Reis to defend himself and Pantoja pours it on, forcing the stoppage! What a performance from Alexandre Pantoja!Pantoja out of NOWHERE! What a KO! #UFC236 @PantojaMMA pic.twitter.com/5lQmeRVtLB— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 20199 p.m.: Top-10 flyweights from Brazil share the cage next as Wilson Reis squares off with Alexandre Pantoja.Reis fought for the title two years ago, losing to Demetrious Johnson. He dropped his next two outings but rebounded with a strong performance against Ben Nguyen in December to get back into the win column. As for Pantoja, he’s 4-1 through five UFC starts after making it to the semifinals on Season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter. He enters on a two-fight winning streak, most recently earning a first-round finish against Ulka Sasaki in November.Jason Herzog shares the cage with the flyweights.Max Griffin edges out Zelim Imadaev in heated back-and-forthOfficial result: Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)Round 3Trading jabs to start, both look tired. Good kick to the body for Griffin. Left hand lands for Imadaev, followed by an uppercut. Another left in tight connects as they clinch momentarily. Imadaev coming forward, missing the spinning kick. Right hand lands clean and now he’s got Griffin hurt.Imadaev lands a few clean shots inside, but can’t follow up. Griffin gets into space, but eats another left hand. Imadaev should be pressing for the finish here after losing a point in the first. Griffin attacks a trip and Imadaev gets right back up with two minutes remaining. Now Imadaev looks for the takedown, which feels like a mistake. Griffin twists out of it and lands two knees to the body and Imadaev looks stung.One minute left and Griffin is trying to grind out a win here, staying tight to Imadaev. Imadaev staying tight, but neither offering much offense. Now Griffin lands a right and eats two in return. They fire through the horn and it feels like we’re headed to a draw. (10-9 Imadaev, 28-28 overall)Griffin gets it done by majority decision! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/AszSjzsOgh— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2019Round 2Right hand to start for Griffin again and he drives through a takedown as Imadaev spins early. Imadaev gets up, but Griffin is locked onto his hips. Imadaev reverses along the fence, but eats a knee. They break into space and Imadaev lands a left. Griffin drives through another takedown, but Imadaev rolls through and back to his feet.Uppercut for Imadaev as Griffin looks to come forward, but there is little power behind them. Right for Griffin scores as Imadaev counters with a low kick. Griffin falls into a takedown, but Imadaev gets right back up and reverses position on the fence. Imadaev looks to spin and Griffin ducks under it, reclaiming control position out front on the cage with just over two minutes left in the round.Griffin times the spin again and completes another takedown, much to the chagrin of Imadaev, who quickly gets up. Knees to the body for Griffin, but Imadaev lands with a right that shakes him. Griffin is tired, but he avoids the spin again. Imadaev lands a jump knee and follows it up with an uppercut. Griffin is running on empty. (10-9 Imadaev, 19-18 Griffin)Round 1No touch for these two. Instead, Griffin lands a right hand right out of the chute before driving through for a takedown. Imadaev grabs the fence to defend, then grabs the fence again to get up and referee George Allen paused the action to take a point.Knee inside for Imadaev, but Griffin uses it to drive forward, looking for the takedown. He swings Imadaev to the canvas and climbs onto his back, looking for the neck crank. Imadaev defends, but Griffin is dominating here. He’s trying to get the hooks in and squeezes hard on the neck crank. He keeps trying to adjust and Imadaev grabs the fence again.Griffin is relentless here, but has to be careful not to blow out his arms. He gets one hook in and Imadaev grabs the fence again as he tries to stand. Imadaev gets up and into space, now he’s throwing wild offense and lands with a spinning elbow. Griffin ducks under the second one and clinches around the body with 90 seconds to go. Imadaev reverses along the fence, but eats a knee to the body. He swims around to the back and Griffin briefly reverses.One minute left. Knee up the middle for Griffin. Imadaev now looking for a single and Griffin shrugs it off before they trade knees. Flying knee attempt from Imadaev falls short at the horn. (10-8 Griffin after the point deduction)8:25 p.m.: Welterweights up next as Max Griffin welcomes Zelim Imadaev to the UFC. These two have trained together in the past at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, where Griffin wasn’t happy about how hard Imadaev was going in what was supposed to be “light sparring.” He was excited to get the chance face him here, though we’ll see if he feels the same way once this one is done.8:17 p.m.: What an effort from Taha, who landed flush and pounced as soon as he had Salmon down. While you have to feel a little bad for the Hawaiian after being out of action for an extended period and then having his debut end this quickly, Taha deserves top marks for coming in ready to go and dropping a standout boxer with a thunderous left hand he never saw coming.Bantamweight is an absolute shark tank with zero easy fights and Taha proved that again here.Khalid Taha blasts Boston Salmon, earning 25-second stoppage winOfficial result: Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon by TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round 1Round 1Touch of gloves and we’re off for the final four prelims. Southpaw for Salmon and orthodox for Taha.Massive shot scores over the top from Taha and this one is done! The right drew Salmon’s attention and the left over the top put him out. Two follow-up shots prompted Grice to jump in and stop the fight.Salmon up right away protesting, but he was stumbling while he tried to stand. He’s unhappy, but that was a massive left hand for Taha and a blistering effort to kick off the ESPN prelims.IT ONLY TOOK SECONDS! @KhalidTahaMMA knocks out Salmon in the first round! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/qzP7xSCEsU— UFC (@ufc) April 14, 20198:10 p.m.: The action shifts to ESPN now, starting with a bantamweight clash between Max Holloway’s childhood friend, Boston Salmon, who takes on Khalid Taha in his long-awaited UFC debut. Taha looked solid in a short-notice opportunity against Nad Narimani last year, while Salmon shone on Season 1 of the Contender Series, earning a contract on the very first episode of the show.Blake Grice gets his first assignment of the evening alongside the bantamweights.Belal Muhammad grinds out big win over Curtis MillenderOfficial result: Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)Round 3Muhammad in on a level change almost immediately, but Millender stuffs it and lands a knee. Muhammad is undeterred though, continuing to come forward. Right hand over the top lands for Muhammad. A big left behind it and a right as well. Now Muhammad is deep on the hips and Millender is back on the canvas.Early takedown with a lot of time left! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/O09odggn91— UFC (@ufc) April 13, 2019More than three minutes to work for Muhammad, who is riding the momentum from Round 2 here, while Millender appears to be fading. Wide open half guard and Muhammad is content to just hang out, land short shots and grind out control time. Muhammad smashes home a left hand and Millender is doing nothing on the ground — no sweep attempts, no feet on hips, no tie-ups; nothing.Muhammad slides into mount, drops his hips and postures up to fire. Millender recovers half guard, but it’s wide open. This is all Muhammad here. Now he climbs through to side control and into mount; nicely done. Muhammad looking for elbows and Millender gives up his back. Millender ties up the hands and ties to get to his feet, but Muhammad lands a string of short punches to finish off an impressive performance. (10-9 Muhammad, 29-28 Muhammad)Round 2Muhammad presses forward into the clinch right away, backing Millender into the fence. Millender doing a great job of stuffing the level changes and they break. Right hand over the top scores for Muhammad as Millender circles into the center of the cage. Left scores for Millender with a counter right behind it. Muhammad pressing forward, undaunted.Leaping left hook for Muhammad lands and then he just misses with a lead uppercut. Nice shot and he picks Millender up and puts him on the canvas. Muhammad into half guard with time to work. This is where Millender struggled last time against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, so let’s see if Muhammad can make something of this position.Short elbows from the top and Millender has done nothing to try to get back to his feet or change the position. Muhammad working smart here, landing shots, pausing, and going back to it. Millender back to full guard, but still just hanging out on his back. Good elbows over the top from Muhammad here to close out the round. (10-9 Muhammad, 19-19 heading into Round 3)Round 1Millender pressing forward right away, looking for the flying knee. Muhammad avoids it, counters with an inside leg kick. Low kick outside lands for Millender. Again. Right hand for Muhammad finds a home. Left hook does as well. Low kick again for Millender. Low kick scores again for Millender and Muhammad has a cut over his left eye. Left hook for Muhammad lands and this is shaping up as a fun back-and-forth.Jab lands for Muhammad. Lead left connects. Muhammad closes the distance and clinches along the fence, right in front of his corner. Millender maintains his balance and stays upright, but Muhammad is still in control here, working short knees to the thigh. He drops down and Millender defends again, showing good balance. One minute left.They break into space and time is called for an eye poke. Muhammad wants to go right away, so Marc Goddard gives Millender and quick warning and we’re back at it. Millender looks for the jump knee, but Muhammad is keen to it. Two good, clean shots score for Millender late, leaving Muhammad leaking. (10-9 Millender)7:45 p.m.: Welterweights up next as Curtis Millender takes on Belal Muhammad, with Marc Goddard joining them in the cage.7:42 p.m.: Great performance from Jackson, who really does look like he’ll become something special down the line. He picked his spots and did a good job maintaining control down the stretch and with more experience, he’ll be more comfortable offering offense and searching for openings and finishes from top position.Montel Jackson dominates Andre Soukhamthath for second straight winOfficial Result: Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)Round 3Soukhamthath starts with a low inside kick, but the jab is landing clean for Jackson. Soukhamthath catches a kick in the pills as they’re both kicking and collapses to the ground, leading to a pause in the action. If Soukhamthath is wise, he’ll use the full five minutes to get his air back.We’re back at it as Soukhamthath doesn’t want to wait. He’s right in on a takedown, but Jackson elevates and sweeps into mount. What a beautiful transition. Jackson raining down strikes and Soukhamthath gives up his back. Jackson loses mount, but is still in control, as Soukhamthath holds on, looking to avoid punishment.Jackson controlling the right arm and wailing Soukhamthath’s body, prompting a closer look from Herzog. Soukhamthath recovers full guard, but Jackson still controlling the right wrist underneath him. Two minutes left. Jackson goes back to the wrist control and lands a right hand over the top. Soukhamthath is stuck, but staying active with his legs, trying to tie up Jackson, but nothing doing. Now he spins for an armbar, but Jackson slams his way out.Elbows from side control and knees to the body to close it out for Jackson, who should sweep the scorecards here. (10-9 Jackson, 30-27 Jackson)Round 2Soukhamthath out with a little more urgency to start the second, pressing forward behind his hands. Jackson slips and starts coming forward, eating an inside leg kick. Jackson pawing with the left and lands a knee up the middle. Soukhamthath swings wild and wide with the right. Teep to the body from Soukhamthath, followed by a hard kick to the body.Soukhamthath tries to come inside, but Jackson slips and initiates the clinch, pushing him back to the fence. Good left hand over the top off the break for Jackson. Halfway home. Good jab for Jackson. Sneaky foot sweep puts Soukhamthath off balance and Jackson starts to land with clean punches, opening up with his offense as he sees he’s got Soukhamthath backing up.Jackson is unloading in round 2, but what a chin on Soukhamthath! #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/rHkDPqnv7B— UFC (@ufc) April 13, 2019Clinched up with 90 seconds left, Jackson lands with a knee to the body as they hand-fight along the fence. Jackson takes him to the ground with the body lock, landing in full guard. Jackson trying to posture up, but Soukhamthath doing a good job of trying him up and avoiding any punishment as the round ends. (10-9 Jackson, 20-18 Jackson)Round 1Quick touch and away we go. Southpaw for Jackson, who comes forward as Soukhamthath offers a low kick as a range finder. Straight left lands for Jackson, who is staying outside, maintaining distance. Good right for Jackson without any setup. Again. Again. Low kicks for each.Soukhamthath catches a kick and returns one low. Jackson lands inside. Soukhamthath can’t get inside. He tries to rush forward and Jackson just backs away, showing great poise and special recognition. Jackson offers a high kick that is blocked. Two minutes left.Body kick lands for Jackson; Soukhamthath counters with one of his own. The left lands for Jackson, good knee in return from Soukhamthath. Left lands for Jackson as he presses forward, initiating the clinch. Up goes Soukhamthath as Jackson slams him to the canvas with force with a minute left in the frame.Soukhamthath back up nicely, using the fence well, but Jackson maintains control in the clinch. Jackson off-balances him and takes him down, right into side control, where he stays for the rest of the round. (10-9 Jackson)7:15 p.m.: Bantamweights up next with Andre Soukhamthath taking on Montel Jackson. This is a serious clash of styles between an aggressive striker and talented grappler, with Soukhamthath having a series edge in experience, while “Quick” is considered a quality prospect in the 135-pound ranks. I think Jackson has elite potential and it’s just a matter of building up some experience and putting it all together. It might take a couple years, but I believe he’ll get there.Jason Herzog is the third man in the cage for this one.7:10 p.m.: That last one felt like a tale of two fights, with Botelho controlling early, hurting Mueller with a massive body kick in the first and solid grappling in the second. Mueller was all over her early in the third, but made the mistake of going to the ground right when she had Botelho backing up and slowing down. It’s a tactical mistake that she should be able to learn from going forward, but it cost her the opportunity to get a finish and landed her on the wrong side of the results for the second straight fight.Back in the win column! @PoliBotelho #UFC236 pic.twitter.com/bjEfBBDq4k— UFC (@ufc) April 13, 2019Poliana Botelho outlasts Lauren Mueller to secure first flyweight victoryOfficial result: Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Round 3Low kicks to start for Botelho, but Mueller marches forward. Another good low kick lands and you can see Mueller understanding she needs to push. Botelho clinches and turns Mueller into the fence. Mueller reverses, but can’t break free. A knee to the body lands for Botelho, who continues to control Mueller along the fence.Two down, three to go. Botelho doing just enough to keep the position, but the ref breaks them up anyway. Mueller has to go hard here and make something happen. Botelho dives on a takedown, but it was an ugly setup and Mueller stuffs, only to get turned into the fence. The ref breaks them up almost immediately.Mueller lands a knee to the body and Botelho looks gassed. One-two lands for Mueller who is turning it up now. A knee lands and she’s stuffing Botelho’s shots. Botelho slips to the canvas and Mueller follows her to the ground, much to the chagrin of Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan. Mueller climbs over into half and Botelho is holding on for dear life in the final 10 seconds. (10-9 Mueller, 29-28 Botelho)Round 2Mueller pressing forward and lands the right to start, with Botelho chopping at the lead leg in response. Spin kick misses for Botelho. Mueller reads the high kick attempt and catches the end of it on her arms. Mueller lands a good one-two, but Botelho clinches and scores knees inside on the fence, turning Mueller around.Mueller reverses and looks for the head-and-arm throw, but it’s not there. Good elbow over the top from Mueller and Botelho dives in on a takedown, putting Mueller on the canvas. She gets the butterflies in and is controlling Botelho, but not looking to get up. Mueller works back to the fence and is looking to get up, but Botelho is on a single leg right away. Mueller stands and reverse to front position on the fence, but she’s offering little offense.Good elbow scores for Mueller, but Botelho reverses position. This has been a much closer round with less offense with a minute to go in the frame. The ref breaks them apart for a reset in the center and Mueller lands a right. Body kick and a right hand for the American and Botelho is looking to wrestle as Mueller lands a couple more strikes before the horn. (10-9 Botelho, 20-18 Botelho)Round 1Quick touch and we’re off.Botelho is moving up in weight here and looks significantly larger than Mueller, who pushes forward to start, eating a pair of low kicks. Botelho keeps her hands a little lower than you would like and Mueller is hunting for her chin; we’ll see if she can find it.Huge body kick lands for Botelho, just like in her fight with Syuri Kondo. Mueller winces, covers up and manages to secure the clinch, avoiding any further punishment. Mueller is trying to breath through it and regroup, but Botelho spins her to the ground off the fence, landing in half-guard. Botelho working the body and Mueller recovers guard.Two minutes left and Botelho climbs back to half, looking to attack. Mueller trying to get up and the Brazilian goes to the body with elbows, forcing Mueller to give up on the sweep. Now Mueller attacks single leg and gets up, securing double underhooks and forcing Botelho into the fence. The fact that she survived after that thudding kick is a solid moral victory for her, but Botelho still in control at this point.Mueller really needs to maintain space and work volume going forward because Botelho gives her openings to land, but in close, the Brazilian is much stronger and dominates her on the fence. (10-9 Botelho)6:45 p.m.: Poliana Botelho and Lauren Mueller up next at flyweight. Both are coming of losses — Mueller to Yanan Wu and Botelho to Cynthia Calvillo — so it will be interesting to see which one is able to reset after tasting defeat for the first time inside the Octagon. George Allen is the referee for this one.Brandon Davis submits Randy Costa in thrilling opening fightOfficial result: Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:13 of Round 2.6:35 p.m.: That was a very good showing for Davis in his divisional debut — he took some big shots, but clinched up well to clear his head and did some good work behind his jab. The finishing sequence was smooth, as he attacked the neck before getting both hooks in, which is something we’ve been talking about a lot lately — transitional grappling.He called out “Sugar” Sean O’Malley for a future matchup, but not until after he gets through the final season of Game of Thrones.Round 2First time Costa has gone to the second round, so it will be interesting to see how the pace keeps up.Costa comes out firing and hurts Davis, forcing the veteran to clinch up and try to clear his head. So far, Costa looks more than capable of continuing to sling with power and pace, but Davis has now cleared his head and is offering his own offense. Davis lands and Costa looks for the takedown.Davis stuffs it, climbs onto his back and quickly sinks in the rear-naked choke, getting a quick tap from Costa.Round 1Touch of gloves and we’re off. Davis with a low outside kick early and Costa counters with a big shot that shakes him immediately.These two are slinging, with Costa starting hot, but Davis gets settles and responds, prompting Costa to look to clinch. Davis in control out front along the cage, looking for a single leg. They break into space and we’re already at the longest fight in Costa’s career. Costa lands two big shots that tightens up Davis, but “KillerB” responds in kind. Now Costa looks for the takedown, but Davis shakes it off quickly and reverses to control the newcomer along the fence. Costa breaks free and pressures behind hands. Davis tags him with a right that backs Costa up.Somehow we’re only now at the midway point of the round.Costa pressing forward, connects with an overhand right. Davis eats it and counters, landing a left hand of his own. Davis’ jab is working well so far, but Costa doesn’t stop coming forward. Davis calls him in, but the newcomer connects with a head kick and a knee to the body. The jab lands clean for Davis and Costa is leaking from the nose. They trade through to the horn to close out an entertaining opening round. (10-9 Davis)6:25 p.m.: Jason Herzog with the officiating assignment in the UFC 236 opener. Here we go.6:20 p.m.: First fight of the night is ready to go, with Brandon Davis dropping down to bantamweight for the first time to welcome Massachusetts’ Randy Costa to the Octagon for the first time.Davis is just 1-3 in his first four UFC appearances, but he’s a super-tough out who has been in there with some solid competition at featherweight, so it will be interesting to see how he looks in his first outing in the 135-pound ranks. UFC 236 didn’t have the same amount of hype as some of the biggest events in the company’s history, but after a pair of epic interim title fights, this card will be remembered as something special.Dustin Poirier made his long-time dream come true, collecting the interim lightweight title with an impressive unanimous decision win over Max Holloway to close out an amazing night in Atlanta. 6 p.m.: Welcome to the party! I’ll be here to carry you through from start to finish, providing not only updates on what’s happening inside the Octagon, but giving some immediate thoughts on what happens, what it means and what the future may hold for the winners and losers.This is a top-heavy card with the twin interim title fights closing out the show, but the rest of the matchups on tap for tonight are all solid affairs. There should be plenty of action and a number of highly competitive, closely contested fights.Here are couple of fighters I’m really looking forward to seeing this evening, working from the earliest contests through to the main card: Lauren Mueller: I liked her coming off the Contender Series and think she has solid potential, but after getting caught in a submission last time out, it’s crucial that she rebounds here against Poliana Botelho, who enters in a similar position. Montel Jackson: He’s been a pro for less than two years, but has already registered a first-round submission win in the UFC. “Quick” has a ton of potential and a solid test against Andre Soukhamthath. Max Griffin: “Max Pain” is six fights into his UFC run and finally feeling comfortable. Now he welcomes a newcomer he’s got a rocky history with into the Octagon, eager to show him things are different in the big leagues and get back into the win column. Jalin Turner: “The Tarantula” can crack and showed that last time out, finishing Callan Potter in under a minute at UFC 234. Turner draws Matt Frevola here and has a chance to further establish himself as one to watch in the lightweight division. Khalil Rountree Jr.: The former TUF finalist is one of those guys who has struggled to find his footing in the UFC, but has an abundance of potential. Paired off with Eryk Anders, it will be interesting to see if he’s able to keep the fight standing and showcase his dynamic stiking or if his inconsistency will lead to a second straight loss.UFC 236 resultsInterim lightweight title: Dustin Poirier def. Max Holloway by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)Interim middleweight title: Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)Light heavyweights: Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Eryk Anders by uanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)Welterweights: Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)Light heavyweights: Nikita Krylov def. Ovince Saint Preux by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of Round 2 Lightweights: Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Flyweights: Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis by TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of Round 1Welterweights: Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)Bantamweights: Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon by TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round 1 Welterweights: Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)Bantamweights: Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Flyweights: Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Bantamweights: Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:13 of Round 2.
Donegal County Council has announced that its gritters are to be out in force tomorrow morning ahead of a busy day of festivities.Met Eireann is forecasting a cold and dry night with lowest temperatures of 1C.St. Patrick’s Day will be a rather cold day with bright or sunny spells and scattered showers. Gritters will be on selected main roads from 6am tomorrow morning (Sunday):The following routes will be gritted:01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West17: Donegal North18: Donegal SouthLT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1BT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1Gritters out across Donegal tomorrow as temperatures dip was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation pic.twitter.com/RICr6tAax5— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD pic.twitter.com/lxvJ5vDfNA— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.
Today, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), American Airlines and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War announced a powerful collaboration as they team up in the fight against cancer.Stand Up To Cancer – Avengers: Infinity WarThe inspiring initiative and public service announcement (PSA) features beloved Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War heroes, esteemed SU2C researchers and American Airlines team members who have personally fought cancer. To raise funds, awareness and further Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to bring groundbreaking therapies and treatments to patients as quickly as possible, this first-of-its-kind collaboration comes to life in print, radio, digital and broadcast PSAs with a powerful call-to-action and additional campaign elements to come.“Our team members are true service super heroes and are at the forefront of everything we do at American Airlines. The team members featured in this campaign represent all American team members who are currently fighting or have fought this terrible disease, and we are humbled by their fortitude,” said Elise Eberwein, executive vice president – People & Communications for American. “This innovative campaign takes a serious issue and presents a powerful reflection of the resiliency of the human spirit. We stand proudly with the Stand Up to Cancer and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War teams to underscore the importance of raising funds for more widely shared cancer research quickly to save lives now.”The print PSA includes Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War cast members Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America, standing alongside SU2C Scientific Advisor Dr. Phillip A. Sharp and American Airlines LAX-based Customer Service agent team member and three-time breast cancer survivor, Shandra Fitzpatrick. The broadcast PSA will feature footage from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and of SU2C’s Scientific Advisor Dr. Lee J.Helman, as well as Shandra. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman are featured in the voice-over portion of the broadcast piece.“It’s an honor to bring these worlds together,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s senior vice president of Global Partnerships & Marketing. “Our Super Heroes are often placed on pedestals as the ultimate paradigms, so we’re excited to shift the spotlight onto the real-life heroes who battle against this terrible disease every day. On behalf of the entire studio, we acknowledge their bravery, resilience, and the example they’ve set for all of us. And, most importantly, we stand with them as they continue the fight.”The PSA campaign not only raises awareness for the cause, but also encourages American Airlines AAdvantage members to donate to Stand Up To Cancer. For every dollar donated, American Airlines AAdvantage members will receive 10 American Airlines AAdvantage miles with a minimum $25 donation. Learn more at StandUpToCancer.org/AmericanAirlines.In addition to American Airlines’ Shandra Fitzpatrick,the PSA campaign includes LAX-based Aviation Maintenance Technician Anthony MacGilfrey; LAX-based flight attendant, Michelle Ballard; Miami-based Fleet Service crew chief Juan Barquero; Chicago-based Captain Ron France; and DFW-based, customer care manager Lynnae Stripling.“This incredible campaign represents Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to encourage collaboration across unique partners in an effort to flip the script on cancer and save lives now,” said Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Rusty Robertson. “American Airlines has been a tremendous supporter of SU2C, and we are so grateful to their courageous team members who are sharing their heroic, personal journeys in this PSA.”“With the magic of Marvel Studios, we’re proud to bring real heroes — our SU2C scientists and the American team members — together with fictional ones, to help save lives and enable our innovative work to soar to greater heights while empowering new audiences to join the movement,” said Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Sue Schwartz.The PSA campaign will launch early April 2018 with more elements from American Airlines to follow later this month. This year, both Stand Up To Cancer and Marvel Studios each reach their 10-year marks. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters April 27, 2018.Stand Up To Cancer researchers featured in the campaign include Chair of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Philip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Institute Professor, MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; SU2C SAC Member Lee J. Helman, M.D., The Saban Research Institute and Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Vinod P. Balachandran, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and principal investigator in the SU2C Convergence initiative; Marcela V. Maus, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, an SU2C 2017 Innovative Research Grant recipient; and Kimberly Stegmaier, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, a 2009 SU2C Innovative Research Grant recipient. Additionally, Poppy White, a 10-year-old patient who is currently being treated for leukemia at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, also joins the Marvel Studios heroes, AA Team Member cancer survivors, and SU2C researchers in the PSA campaign.The PSA campaign was developed and created by LA, a creative advertising agency located in Hollywood, CA. The broadcast PSA was directed by Tamra Davis, who recently directed episodes of Star, You’re the Worst and Younger.Please visit StandUpToCancer.org/AmericanAirlines to learn more about the campaign.