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noughThe ever-changing UFC 200 card got one final twist and turn on Thursday night, about 48 hours befor

in BullyGeister 10.10.2019 12:06
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They couldnt win for his 350th but the Fremantle Dockers farewelled their greatest ever player, Matthew Pavlich, in style with a shock AFL win over the Western Bulldogs.The Dockers won just their fourth match of the season on Sunday as Pavlich played his 353rd and final game while bringing up his 700th career goal along the way.Fremantle won 10.9 (69) to 6.13 (49) in what was a dead rubber for the Bulldogs after Hawthorn earlier escaped with a one-point win over Collingwood at the MCG.The Bulldogs finish seventh and will return to Perth to take on West Coast in an elimination final on Thursday September 8.Tory Dickson kicked three goals and Clay Smith two, while Matthew Boyd worked hard for 35 possessions and Luke Dahlhaus collected 31.Tom Boyd also returned after hurting an ankle early but coach Luke Beveridge found it hard to take any positives for the Bulldogs.Unfortunately for probably the first time all year there cant be a positive coming out of the game for us, Beveridge said.We still wanted to finish the home and away season on a positive note, but nothing went right.There was just too many skill errors and our energy wasnt where it normally is and we are going to need a significant correction to be any sort of force in the upcoming finals series.It was the opposite at Fremantle.While the Dockers have had a horror season after being minor premiers in 2015 they take some positivity into the off-season by farewelling Pavlich in style.Pavlich notched his 700th goal in the first quarter before missing three set shots in the last term, but it was still the Dockers day as Lachie Neale amassed another 36 disposals to break the AFLs season record.Danyle Pearce also had 31 touches, Stephen Hill 30, and Garrick Ibbotson 29 in a strong defensive performance. Fremantle coach Ross Lyon was happy for a pleasing finish after a tough year.I was really pleased, the emotional hook for Matthew was really important for us, Lyon said.The players committed to play with passion and hardness at the ball for four quarters.With six players under 20 games, thats not always achievable to the end. But I thought the players executed that really well. Adidas Nmd Cs2 Damen . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. Adidas Nmd r2 Herren Sale . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. http://www.nmdschuhesale.de/ . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. Adidas Lite Racer Deutschland . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. Nmd r1 Herren Günstig . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. Anderson Silva has stepped in to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, but is it enough to save what couldve been one of the greatest nights for the UFC? Brian Campbell and Arash Markazi disagree and explain their positions.Campbell: Silva saves the dayFor a landmark combat sports pay-per-view to be a great success, the buzz and financial support from the mainstream audience is essential in order to elevate it to the next level.Saturdays UFC 200 card perfectly fits the description of a cornerstone event, with its eye-catching No. 200 serving as a litmus test for just how far both the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts have evolved.Yet despite being gratuitously stacked from top to bottom with strong fights, its impossible to minimize just how much of a hit the card took after Jon Jones was pulled on Wednesday night from the main event for a possible doping violation.Three months after the UFCs virtual ATM machine, Conor McGregor, was also removed the card, Jones grudge match with light heavyweight champion Cormier became UFC 200s sexy anchor.Yes, the addition one month ago of Brock Lesnar in his return from a five-year retirement sweetened the pot. But losing Cormier-Jones II automatically meant the loss of big dollars and record-setting pay-per-view buys -- and you need the support of casual fans to accomplish that.Thats where Anderson Silva comes in. Its nearly impossible to find an opponent on 48 hours notice to provide the same kind of intriguing buzz as Cormier-Jones II, but somehow the improbable addition of The Spider has done just that.Its very possible that Cormier-Silva wont prove to be as competitive in the cage on Saturday as the video game-style pairing sounds in the heads of most casual fans. Silva is 41, hasnt registered an official UFC win since 2012, and is two months removed from gallbladder removal.But the matchup is plenty creative and certainly a godsend to the UFC considering the situation.The fight offers the adored Silva, no worse than No. 2 on most experts list of the greatest MMA fighters in history, one last opportunity to shine on the very highest of levels, providing him the chance at an ultimate victory lap.And most importantly, above all else, its fun. The curiosity factor alone of what Silva will look like under these circumstances and how his improvisational skill set will adapt to Cormiers constant pressure is worth the price of admission alone.Dont agree? Consider the most logical alternative, Gegard Mousasi, who is a fine fighter in his own right and already had a fight scheduled for the UFC 200 undercard. He was the UFCs safe and default pick to replace Jones, but theres nothing about Cormier-Mousasi that moves mainstream fans.On a card like UFC 200, theres no room for offerings that would serve only hard-core fans. The addition of Lesnar to the card illustrates exactly the type of event this is: a borderline carnival, designed to bring in as much money as possible and extend the outreach of the brand even further.It has often been said that the NFLs Super Bowl is designed for casual fans, with the conference championship games serving as the NFLs true pinnacle for its most seasoned fan base.In many ways, UFC 200 is no different. This is MMAs Super Bowl.dddddddddddd And in this setting, under these crisis circumstances with the surprise loss of Jones, the addition of Anderson Silva is the ultimate Band-Aid.Markazi: Silva nice, but just not enoughThe ever-changing UFC 200 card got one final twist and turn on Thursday night, about 48 hours before it starts on Saturday. Anderson Silva was announced as a replacement for Jones and will face Cormier.Meanwhile the womens bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes will be the new main event, technically the fifth main event of this star-crossed card and the third in as many days.Excuse me if I refuse to allow Silvas star power and resume in the sport to blind me from the reality of what Silva has become. Dont get me wrong. It makes sense for Silva to be on the UFC 200 card. He is arguably the greatest mixed martial artist ever. He holds the longest title streak in UFC history and had an unprecedented 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses at the height of his career.But that doesnt negate the fact that Silva is winless in his last four fights, with three losses and a no contest since he tested positive for drostanolone and androstene after his fight with Nick Diaz.Silva hasnt won a fight since beating Stephan Bonnar in 2012, and The Spider wasnt even training for an upcoming fight when he called UFC president Dana White after the Jones news to ask about fighting Cormier.As great as it is to see a UFC legend back in the Octagon at a signature event like UFC 200, the fact is that Silva is 41 years old and had gallbladder surgery in May. He was probably planning to watch UFC 200 on television less than 24 hours before signing a contract and weighing in to fight on the card. While Jones and Cormier are bitter rivals who were going to fight to unify the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, Anderson and Cormiers fight will be a nontitle, three-round bout.Silva said Thursday he wasnt ready to go five rounds, and who could blame him? Its hard to imagine any fan who was planning to not buy the UFC 200 pay-per-view suddenly jumping on board to see a past-his-prime Silva get into the Octagon to face Cormier on 48 hours notice.Perhaps hard-core fight fans who were already planning to buy the pay-per-view, regardless of the Jones news, are excited about Silvas surprise return, but his addition is far from a bandage that will be able to save a card that has been beaten and bruised since Conor McGregors fight with Nate Diaz was scrapped after McGregor and White engaged in a public dispute over McGregors contractual obligations.A rematch between Jones and Cormier became the new main event until Jones was ruled out on Wednesday, making Brock Lesnars comeback fight against Mark Hunt the new main event for 24 hours before White changed course and made Tates title fight with Nunes the main event of the companys signature pay-per-view.Its a long fall from the much-hyped McGregor-Diaz rematch that was supposed to headline UFC 200. As great as Silva is, not even his last-minute addition to the card will stop many fans from saving their money for UFC 202. ' ' '

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