UFC Fight Night 152

Two elite fighters will attempt to end their slumps this Saturday (May 18, 2019) inside Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., when former Lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos takes on recent title challenger Kevin Lee in UFC Fight Night 152’s Welterweight main event. Neil Magny was supposed to square off with Vicente Luque in the co-main event; however, he was scrapped from the event earlier this week for undisclosed reasons.

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145 lbs.: Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer

Megan Anderson (8-3) — who brought a four-fight knockout streak and the Invicta Featherweight Title into UFC — stumbled out of the Octagon gate, withdrawing from a planned debut against Cris “Cyborg” and getting thoroughly outwrestled by Holly Holm afterward. She went on the face Cat Zingano at UFC 232, claiming victory in 61 seconds after a head kick inadvertently drove one of Anderson’s toes into Zingano’s eye.

She has knocked out five professional opponents and submitted another two.

Felicia Spencer (6-0) has not tasted defeat since losing her amateur debut in 2012, ending her run in the unpaid ranks at 5-1 and picking up a win over Macy Chiasson. “Feenom” has spent her entire professional career in Invicta, where she claimed the Featherweight title with a submission of Pam Sorenson in Nov. 2018.

She will give up six inches of height to her Australian foe.

First things first: Spencer is not a true Featherweight. She entered her last fight at 143.7 pounds and didn’t look particularly lean; she should easily be able to make 135 … maybe even 125 with proper weight management. That’s an issue against the towering Anderson, who legitimately needs this weight class to be able to compete.

Spencer is, however, a terrific grappler while her two-round gas tank holds up, boasting slick wrestling technique and lovely transitions to the back. Anderson got torched on the mat by Holm, and while she did manage to avoid getting submitted, I’m not sure how much credit I can give her submission defense against someone with zero submission wins. Essentially, Anderson has to either catch Spencer on the way in, which is possible, survive at least a round on the bottom against a legit BJJ black belt, which is less so. Unless Anderson has made massive strides in her wrestling, Spencer muscles her way in for an early takedown and secures the rear naked choke soon after.

Prediction: Spencer via first-round submission

145 lbs.: Mike Trizano vs. Grant Dawson

Mike Trizano (8-0) — Team Stipe Miocic’s first Lightweight pick on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27, stopped Thailand Clark and outclassed John Gunther in the house before scraping past Joe Giannetti at the Finale to claim the fabled six-figure contract. “The Lone Wolf” then faced Luis Pena, whom he was supposed to fight in the semifinals, and survived “Violent Bob Ross’s” back control to win a split decision at UFC Fight Night 139.

The Tiger Schulmann-trained product is one inch taller than Dawson, but will give up an inch of reach.

Grant Dawson (13-1) outclassed Adrian Diaz on “Contender Series” to earn himself a contract, but United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issues kept him out of action for the next 19 months. He ultimately debuted in March with an entertaining decision over TUF veteran Julian Erosa in “The Prophet’s” first trip to the judges.

His nine professional submission victories include seven via (technical) knockout.

Dawson showed against Erosa that he’s still got room for improvement, even if one does attribute his issues to cage rust. Trizano is the sharper striker by far and will be “The Prophet’s” greatest test to date, but even considering all of that, it looks to be a rough evening for the TUF winner. While he came out victorious against Pena and Giannetti, both found success with their grappling, putting Trizano in some bad spots.

He got out of those bad spots, to be fair, but Dawson tends to finish people when given similar opportunities

Unlike Pena and Giannetti, Dawson wastes no time in getting his wrestling going, limiting Trizano’s ability to slow him down with leg kicks. I don’t see him stopping Dawson’s takedowns while the latter is fresh nor surviving his top game. Trizano joins castmate Brad Katona in getting his first L, absorbing ground-and-pound until he leaves his neck open.

Prediction: Dawson via first-round submission

155 lbs.: Des Green vs. Charles Jourdain

Des Green (22-8) debuted in UFC with an upset split decision over Josh Emmett, but struggled to find his footing, losing three of his next four to the likes of Rustam Khabilov, Michel Prazeres and Mairbek Taisumov. “The Predator” came up big with his back against the wall, however, pounding out Ross Pearson in Philadelphia less than two months ago.

“Air” Charles Jourdain (9-1) enjoyed an 8-2 amateur career before debuting in 2016 with a flying knee knockout. T.J. Laramie handed him his sole defeat in his sixth pro fight, but his current four-fight streak the claiming and one defense of the TKO Lightweight title.

Jourdain is one inch shorter than Green and faces a four-inch reach disadvantage.

Jourdain is an entertaining young fighter with a horrific style match up ahead of him. He’s a natural Featherweight with poor takedown defense going up against a stifling wrestler with the chin to weather Jourdain’s punching blitzes. If Josh Emmett and Mairbek Taisumov couldn’t fluster Green, I have my doubts that Jourdain could.

Jourdain admittedly did a better job of scrambling to his feet in his most recent fight, but he’s never faced a takedown threat like “The Predator.” Green’s size and wrestling carry him to a comfortable decision victory.

Prediction: Green via unanimous decision

Rafael dos Anjos and Kevin Lee always bring it, so if you’ve got an ESPN+ subscription, there’s no reason not to tune in. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 152 fight card this weekend, starting with the ESPN+“Prelims” that are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET, then the main card portion that will also stream on ESPN+  at 8 p.m. ET.

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Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2019: 66-33

Preakness Stakes 2019

Watch the 2019 Preakness Stakes: What Time, Where to Watch, Horses, Post Times

Watch the Preakness Stakes live on NBC! We’ll be live streaming the entire event along with pre-race coverage and more. Find out who the 2019 Preakness Stakes contenders are, when the race is live, post positions, and highlights. Check back frequently for news, updates and results.

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When is the Preakness Stakes?

What: 144th Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
Post time: Approx 6:48 pm ET
Where to watch: NBC, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com

The 144th Preakness Stakes is now wide open with the disqualified Kentucky Derby front runner Maximum Security skipping the race and historic winner Country House out due to illness.

Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, the duo behind Justify’s 2018 Triple Crown victory, are teaming up again with Improbable, who finished 4th in the Derby with a different jockey aboard. Derby contenders War of Will (7th), Win Win Win (9th) and Bodexpress (13th) are also set to run.

The Black-Eyed Susan Race will take place the previous day on Friday, May 17, 2019.

In the meantime, you can relive the historic 2019 Kentucky Derby finish by watching the full race replay below.

Billy Joe Saunders vs Isufi Fight

The fight is expected to start around 10pm, though this depends on the length of the undercard bouts.

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The fight will be held at Stevenage football ground, Lamex Stadium in Hertfordshire.

What TV channel will it be on?

The fight will be shown live on BT Sport 1. The broadcast will be from 7.30pm. You can also watch the fight via the app if your a BT Customer, or on BT Sport’s website.

Are tickets still available?

There are plenty of tickets still available on the Stevenage website with the cheapest around £50. 

Who is Shefat Isufi?

Shefat Isufi will most likely be unknown as he has never fought in the UK as majority of his fights have been based in Germany.

Isufi remains unbeaten at super-middleweight, but big favourite Billy Joe Saunders looks to stop that.

Isufi is on a current 10-win streak. He made his professional debut back in April 2010.

An interesting fact on Isufi, he went his first 14 fights unbeaten until he lost to fellow German Dennis Ronert, but in Isufi’s first three fights, two of them were draws.

Tale of the tape – Billy Joe Saunders

Nickname: Superb

Fighting out of: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England

DOB: August 30, 1989 – 29 years old

Record: 27-0 (13KO)

Height: 5ft 11in

Reach: 71in

Stance: Southpaw

Tale of the tape – Shefat Isufi

Nickname: N/A

Fighting out of: Veliki Trnovac, Serbia (German)

DOB: January 22, 1990 – 29 years old

Record: 27-3-2 (20KO)

Height: 5ft 11in

Reach: N/A

Stance: Orthodox

Who is on the undercard?

Brad Foster vs Ashley Lane

Joe Joyce vs Alexander Ustinov

Boy Jones vs Shaun Cooper

Balazs Bacskai vs Danilo Moises Solis

Harvey Horn vs Joel Sanchez

Ryan Garner vs Jose Hernandez

Willy Hutchinson vs Ondrej Budera

Connor Wright vs Owen Jobburn

Lisa Whiteside vs Dani Hodges

Adi Burden vs Callum Ide

Graham Tirrell vs Scott Hillman

James Branch vs Jan Hrazdira

Dennis McCann vs Kamil Jaworek

Betting odds

Billy Joe Saunders 1/100

Draw or Technical Draw 33/1

Shefat Isufi 18/1

Billy Joe Saunders vs Shefat Isufi Fight

The fight is expected to start around 10pm, though this depends on the length of the undercard bouts.

Watch Saunders vs Isufi Live

The fight will be held at Stevenage football ground, Lamex Stadium in Hertfordshire.

What TV channel will it be on?

The fight will be shown live on BT Sport 1. The broadcast will be from 7.30pm. You can also watch the fight via the app if your a BT Customer, or on BT Sport’s website.

Are tickets still available?

There are plenty of tickets still available on the Stevenage website with the cheapest around £50. 

Who is Shefat Isufi?

Shefat Isufi will most likely be unknown as he has never fought in the UK as majority of his fights have been based in Germany.

Isufi remains unbeaten at super-middleweight, but big favourite Billy Joe Saunders looks to stop that.

Isufi is on a current 10-win streak. He made his professional debut back in April 2010.

An interesting fact on Isufi, he went his first 14 fights unbeaten until he lost to fellow German Dennis Ronert, but in Isufi’s first three fights, two of them were draws.

Tale of the tape – Billy Joe Saunders

Nickname: Superb

Fighting out of: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England

DOB: August 30, 1989 – 29 years old

Record: 27-0 (13KO)

Height: 5ft 11in

Reach: 71in

Stance: Southpaw

Tale of the tape – Shefat Isufi

Nickname: N/A

Fighting out of: Veliki Trnovac, Serbia (German)

DOB: January 22, 1990 – 29 years old

Record: 27-3-2 (20KO)

Height: 5ft 11in

Reach: N/A

Stance: Orthodox

Who is on the undercard?

Brad Foster vs Ashley Lane

Joe Joyce vs Alexander Ustinov

Boy Jones vs Shaun Cooper

Balazs Bacskai vs Danilo Moises Solis

Harvey Horn vs Joel Sanchez

Ryan Garner vs Jose Hernandez

Willy Hutchinson vs Ondrej Budera

Connor Wright vs Owen Jobburn

Lisa Whiteside vs Dani Hodges

Adi Burden vs Callum Ide

Graham Tirrell vs Scott Hillman

James Branch vs Jan Hrazdira

Dennis McCann vs Kamil Jaworek

Betting odds

Billy Joe Saunders 1/100

Draw or Technical Draw 33/1

Shefat Isufi 18/1

Undercard

•  Joe Joyce vs Alexander Ustinov (heavyweight)

•  Brad Foster vs Ashley Lane (super-bantamweight)

•  Sanjeev Sahota vs Henrich Herak (super lightweight)

•  Harvery Horn vs Joel Sanchez (super flyweight)

•  Ryan Garner vs Joe Hernandez (super featherweight)

•  Willy Hutchinson vs Ondrej Budera (light heavyweight)

•  Kody Davies vs TBA (light heavyweight)

•  James Branch vs Jan Hrazdira (cruiserweight)

•  Boy Jones vs TBA (lightweight)

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale Live

Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) is talking a dangerous game ahead of his world heavyweight title defense against Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night. 

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There’s plenty of bad blood between the two boxers, who are set to fight for Wilder’s WBC world title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It goes back a couple of years and has simmered since, but Wilder has escalated things to an irresponsible level. Here’s what he had to say on Tuesday, per The Ring’s Ryan Songalia:

Ryan Songalia@ryansongalia · May 15, 2019

Deontay Wilder on wanting to kill an opponent: “This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time…so why not use my right to do so?” #WilderBreazeale

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Deontay Wilder on the Dominic Breazeale fight: “His life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life.” Later adds “I’m still trying to get me a body on my record.” #WilderBreazeale pic.twitter.com/k7kg3xZpaV2997:03 AM – May 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy260 people are talking about this

Boxing is a dangerous, bloody sport. There’s a huge amount of risk every time a fighter steps into the ring. Wilder has hurt dozens of people in his career, with 39 knockouts in 41 fights. His threats may be promotional bluster, but if something tragic were to happen in the ring or afterward, one has to wonder what he would say then.

Wilder vs. Breazeale Fight Info

When: Saturday, May 18 | main card begins 9 p.m. ET

Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

TV: Showtime

Live stream: Showtime Anytime

Odds (via Caesars): Wilder -850 (bet $850 to win $100), Breazeale +575 (bet $100 to win $575)

According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, the animosity between Wilder and Breazeale stems from a confrontation in a hotel lobby in Birmingham, Alabama, in February 2017, after the pair had won their respective bouts. Per Iole, the two blame each other for the incident, and that’s all it takes in a sport in which egos more than match the sizes of the fighters involved. 

Breazeale is getting a second crack at a world title after losing to then-IBF champion Anthony Joshua by seventh-round stoppage in June 2016. A former college football quarterback for Northern Colorado, the 33-year-old is getting his big chances at a later age than most, but he’s no less hungry.

Wilder, 33, is a knockout artist of the highest order. The Alabama native has cut down just about everyone in his path, with his only blemish being a draw against lineal champion Tyson Fury in December. Even then, the Bronze Bomber scored a vicious 12th-round knockdown that nearly won him the fight. What he lacks in technique, he makes up for with jaw-dropping power. He’s also careful to limit the damage he takes. 

Everything about Wilder, from his comments to his imposing size (6’7″, 83-inch reach) to his KO record, seems set up to strike fear in Breazeale. The contender isn’t having any of it, calling Wilder a “paperweight champion” and questioning the skill level of Wilder’s competition, per Iole. Harsh words, though they pale in comparison to Wilder’s.

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Virgil Hunter, Breazeale’s trainer for Saturday’s bout, thinks Wilder has gone too far with his death threats. “He needs to really ask himself if that’s what I’m all about,” he said, per BBC Sport. “Is this the legacy I want to leave?”

English boxer Curtis Woodhouse has also spoken out against Wilder’s rhetoric:

Curtis Woodhouse@curtiswoodhous8

If you have ever sat ringside or watched somebody die during a boxing match you would never say something like this, it’s a harrowing thing to witness. Wilder should really think about what he’s saying, god forbid anything tragic happenedRyan Songalia@ryansongaliaDeontay Wilder on wanting to kill an opponent: “This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time…so why not use my right to do so?” #WilderBreazeale6918:35 PM – May 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy206 people are talking about this

There are recent examples of boxers dying or coming close to death because of bouts involving fighters with far less raw power than Wilder. Longtime light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson had to be put into a medically induced coma when his brain swelled up after a knockout loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in December. 

German boxer Eduard Gutknecht is unable to walk or talk because of a brain injury suffered during a 2016 fight against George Groves.

Two boxers, Scott Westgarth and Christian Daghio, died after fights last year. The list is long.

Wilder will likely get the win on Saturday night. That’s all he should want. A victory sets him up for more title fights and bigger paydays. He doesn’t need anything else.

Prediction: Wilder by middle-round KO.

Manchester City vs Watford Live

Wembley Stadium is the venue as the curtain comes down on Manchester City’s 2018/19 season.

Watford are the opponents in the FA Cup final, with the Premier League champions bidding to become the first side to lift all four English trophies in one season.

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Here, we’ve picked out four one on one duels which could play a significant part in deciding the outcome at Wembley…

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Vincent Kompany v Troy Deeney

It could be a battle of epic proportions should both side’s talismanic leaders collide on the Wembley turf.

Vincent Kompany, one of the Premier League’s most commanding centre-halves and adept at both the finer side of the game and the rugged arts of defending, against a centre-forward of a similar ilk.

A tireless leader of the line, Troy Deeney is willing to undertake the less glamorous side of the game in search of goals.

It’s a duel which could prove to be one the most intriguing come Saturday.

Bernardo Silva v Jose Holebas

The showpiece game may provide us with the proverbial tricky winger versus the no nonsense full-back.

Bernardo Silva has enjoyed an exceptional season, as highlighted by the praise Pep Guardiola bestowed on him recently and is one of City’s most potent attacking options on both the counter-attack and when a stubborn defence needs unlocking.

Given the champions usual approach, you would expect Bernardo will be required to do the latter, but he’ll be closely guarded by Jose Holebas.

The Greek full-back also provides an attacking threat too, which Bernardo will need to be mindful of, should the Watford man have the opportunity to venture down the left flank.

Oleksandr Zinchenko v Gerard Deulofeu

Oleks Zinchenko put in an accomplished performance in his last Wembley cup final and on Saturday he could be tasked with marshalling one of Watford’s most dangerous attacking threats.

Gerard Deulofeu is expected to shake off an injury to hand the Hornets a big boost after his semi-final heroics. The Spaniard came off the bench to score twice and finished the season as the club’s top scorer.

A product of Barcelona’s La Masia, he’s a tricky proposition for any full-back, but Zinchenko has become increasingly assured in that role and another strong Wembley showing would both reinforce that fact and more importantly, reduce Watford’s attacking threat.

Sergio Aguero v Heurelho Gomes

Sergio Aguero has a fearsome record against Saturday’s opponents.

Though the Argentine failed to net in the March fixture, prior to that he had scored seven times in four games against the Hornets, including a hat-trick at Vicarage Road last season.

Aguero will have chances and Heurelho Gomes, who’s set to make his final appearance at Wembley, will need to be at his best to give himself a chance of enjoying the perfect swansong.