September 28th, 2013 at 9:45 AM
By Sports Media 101
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Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.
In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.
Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 5th, 2013 at 9:57 AM
By Nick Tylwalk
The old adage about saving the best for last was never truer than it was Wednesday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Faced with a tough weight cut and the additional pressure that can come with fighting at home, light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira had a bigger share of doubters than one would expect for a man headed into his main event fight with Ryan Bader on a 19-bout winning streak.
Those skeptics were almost proven correct when Teixeira was visibly staggered by Bader's heavy hands in the first round. Instead of succumbing, the Brazilian literally fought his way off the fence, dropping Bader and delivering the most dramatic of a full complement of stoppages at UFC Fight Night 28.
The conventional wisdom was that Bader would look to wrestle, but that plan seemed to be jettisoned early when Teixeira stuffed a takedown attempt before succeeding with one of his own. Bader then turned to his other big weapon, his right hand, and struck gold with a shot that knocked Teixeira back into the cage.
Sensing a possible finish, Bader moved in and threw punches in volume. But Teixeira wasn't out, and his own right hook changed the fight in an instant. He jumped on Bader and continued to throw until the referee waved things off at 2:55 of the opening round.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 4th, 2013 at 6:05 PM
By Nick Tylwalk
Kevin Souza SD3 Felipe Arantes – Featherweight
Souza's first fight inside the Octagon wasn't an easy night, as Arantes made him work for the full 15 minutes. Ultimately, two judges preferred his punching prowess to the one who liked Arantes' takedowns and cage control, giving him a narrow split decision win.
The lanky Souza found the range almost immediately with right hands to the head and body, but a perfectly timed takedown had him on the defensive for the second half of Round 1. He did better fending off Arantes' grappling in Round 2, winning it with his movement and outside punching.
The third was harder to score, as Souza stunned Arantes with a right hand halfway through but ended the fight on his back absorbing hard shots to the body. It was enough—barely—to give Souza a 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 debut victory.
Lucas Martins def. Junior Hernandez by submission (read naked choke) at 1:10 of Rd. 1 – Bantamweight
Not many UFC fighters drop two weight classes between fights, but Martins did it and made it work. A quick and sudden slugfest ended with Hernandez stubbornly being put to sleep and the fans on hand cheering for their countryman.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 4th, 2013 at 1:35 AM
By Nick Tylwalk
Anyone who was anxiously awaiting an Anthony Pettis-Jose Aldo superfight is going to have to wait—both for that particular bout and just to see the new UFC Lightweight Champion in action at all.
Pettis' stunningly quick defeat of Benson Henderson at UFC 164 ended up being somewhat costly to his health. Dana White told ESPN this week that Pettis sprained his right knee in that fight, an injury that will require up to eight weeks of rehab.
White also revealed that when "Showtime" is healed up, he'll make his first title defense against TJ Grant. That only seems fair considering Grant was the one who was scheduled to challenge Henderson last week, until an injury suffered in training opened the door for Pettis to take his place.
Ironically, it was Pettis' own training setback that kept him from a date to fight Aldo for his featherweight belt. Pettis called Aldo out following his recent triumph, but it appears any thoughts of a champion versus champion scenario will have to be placed on the back burner until mid-2014 at the earliest.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 PM
By Nick Tylwalk
If it seems like UFC cards have been coming non-stop, that's because they have. A third show in just eight days will take place on September 4 as UFC Fight Night travels to Brazil with a light heavyweight main event pitting Glover Teixeira against Ryan Bader.
There aren't many hotter prospects in the UFC than Teixeira (21-2, 4-0 in the UFC), though perhaps prospect isn't the proper term for the 33-year old Brazilian. He already had plenty of pro MMA experience under his belt when he burst onto the scene last year—including a stint in WEC—but his sudden and rapid rise has mirrored that of a much younger fighter.
It's been Teixeira's style as much as his success that has attracted attention, as he's most comfortable advancing and taking the fight right to his opponents. Along with legitimate KO power, he has enough of a submission game to make taking him to the mat no sure way to go. And that's assuming you could even get him there in the first place, because he's extremely strong.Read more... Join the Conversation...