It was a bad weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers reducing their season record to 30-34 and now a full seven games behind the first place Cubs and Brew Crew.
If the Buccos don’t watch, they very well might end up in last place as they are just one game ahead of Cincinnati at the moment. A series with the Atlanta Braves begins tonight in Atlanta for the Pirates.
In the Stanley Cup finals the Boston Bruins stayed alive with a 5-1 victory last night forcing game seven on Wednesday and a winner-take-call for the silver cup so it’s either Boston or St. Louis who will become new NHL champs.
In my estimation, the NBA championship gets decided tonight as I believe the Toronto Raptors playing at home will win a third straight game and take the tile from the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Not having Kevin Durant in this series yet, Golden State could see his return tonight as he practiced yesterday. But watching game four it just seemed to me that the Warriors packed it in, unable to stop Toronto’s offense from sinking basket after basket.
Their shooting thus far has been lights out and it seems they are making every shot they put up. With three wins in the first four games, if Golden State can win this one and Kevin Durant is 100% then maybe, just a small maybe, the defending champs pull the unthinkable and that would be only to become just the second team in finals history to come back and win a series after being down three games to one.
One of the major events of the weekend was UFC 238 in Chicago that had some really good fights on the card but some very disappointing endings. For those hoping for a victory from Marion Moraes in the main event bantamweight title fight, Moraes could not grant the wish as he gassed out or so he says he did and was TKO’d by the now champ-champ Henry Cejudo.
Cejudo who had acted so foolishly leading up the fight with a king outfit among other antics, as well as boasting about becoming the greatest pound-for-pound champion of all time, is now even MORE obnoxious than before and instead of showing some class as Tony Ferguson did earlier in the evening, Cejudo instead wants to keep shouting at anyone that will listen that he is a champ-champ-champ having won an Olympic gold medal and also to UFC title belts.
Cejudo still wears that gold around his neck and while he thinks he is the next great thing, he needs to look in the mirror and face reality…Jon Jones is in fact the best pound-for-pound fighter right now, with only one disqualification and zero losses on his record. Essentially, NO ONE has beaten Jon Jones. Amanda Nunes also a champ-champ might also have something to say about Cejudo’s boasts.
My problem with Cejudo is not just the bragging and beating his own chest but the fact that I don’t think he is as good a fighter than what he believes he is. First of all defend your title or one of the titles before you start proclaiming how great you are. Sure, he defeated Demetrious Johnson but how many times did “Mighty Mouse” defend his title? That’s why the former champ is one of the best ever. Great champions defend their title multiple times. Jones did it, GSP did it, Jose Aldo did it, and Anderson Silva did it. Those four ARE great fighters. Therefore, until he proves himself in a dominating fashion like the aforementioned did, hello Henry Cejudo…you AIN’T one of the greatest.
As for Tony Ferguson, his fight with Donald Cerrone had an unfortunate ending when Cerrone’s eye swelled up to the point that Cerrone trying to clear his breathing made the fatal mistake of blowing his nose which cause pressure in his eye and resulted in the right eye swelling shut the rest of the way. Apparently, in combat sports that is a HUGE no-no.
Make no mistake, had he not done that, the fight would have probably been stopped anyway because the swelling was pretty bad leading up to the nose blowing incident and Ferguson was gaining momentum. Still, Donald Cerrone is a warrior and would have gone one if he could have. Ferguson show the utmost respect to Cerrone and said he would grant an immediate rematch but also following the stoppage, Joe Rogan wanted to interview him in the Octagon but Ferguson said “talk to Cowboy” first.
In the co-main event, another title bout, Valentina Shevchenko was facing Jessica Eye and the talent difference here was IMMENSE and showed in the end result when the champion Shevchenko landed one of the most brutal head kicks you will ever see. You could hear the kick landing on Eye’s noggin when it happened and in the replay making a sound like a baseball bat hitting someone’s head. It was a devastating kick that put the lights out on Jessica Eye’s consciousness. Eye obviously did not belong in the Octagon with a far superior fighter.
Almost every other fight on the card went the distance and none were that exciting but I want to credit Aljamain Sterling for a spectacular performance in beating Pedro Munhoz by a unanimous decision after the two fighters had been talking smack all week. Now if you think the antics of Henry Cejudo aren’t enough to make the sport of MMA appear to be a big joke or resemble the WWE, along comes this idiot and moronic performer named Justin Bieber.
Bieber took to the Twitter airwaves to post a challenge to Tom Cruise for a fight in the octagon. He did it by saying:
“I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you don’t take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite”
Enough is enough already. But surprise surprise, in response to the tweet along comes who other than Conor McGregor who answered by saying: “If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout. Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!”
This is ridiculous. Obviously McGregor’s new sports business is having trouble of rounding up business especially if he has to go chasing something like this. There is no saving this sport unless Dana White decides to clean it up himself.