UFC trying to make Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier 2

Conor McGregor, UFC

It has been a crazy week in the world of the UFC specifically around superstar Conor McGregor (22-4). McGregor in the last week has announced plans to box Manny Pacquiao, showed screenshots with from a private conversation with Dana White, and he’s called out the UFC President publicly.

To top it off, McGregor then asked Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) to compete in a charity MMA match. This would supposedly take place in December and it would have nothing to do with the UFC. Poirier agreed to the match through Twitter.

However, both of these fighters are under contract with the UFC. They are not permitted to compete in any combat sports without the approval of Dana White and the UFC. That would make the odds of the charity match extremely low.

However, Dana White came out today and sounded very interested in making the fight happen. It wouldn’t be for charity, but it would be inside a UFC cage towards the end of the year. It would be a fight the fans would love to see.

Will the UFC make it happen?

“We offered both of them the fight. We offered a fight to Conor and Dustin. We’re waiting to hear back from them,” White told Barstool Sports. This would be the perfect fight for the UFC to make if you ask me.

McGregor needs to get back into the cage, and Poirier needs to get paid. Poirier wouldn’t get a bigger payday against anyone else. From a rankings perspective, the fight makes a ton of sense as well. Both of these guys are just a win away from a UFC title shot.

McGregor was very adamant that he wanted to compete multiple times this year. Of course, the UFC didn’t make that happen which is what caused McGregor’s retirement. Poirier was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson, but that fight fell apart due to financial negotiations.

Pairing the two of them should solve both problems. It would get McGregor back to the UFC and it would get Poirier paid. Of course, that would leave Tony Ferguson as the odd man out, but perhaps a fight could materialize with Michael Chandler. It’s a very fluid situation at the moment.

New York Yankees: Will Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez start tonight?

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees trounced the Cleveland Indians 12-3 on Tuesday’s night game, the first one of the best-of-three Wild Card series at Progressive Field. Brett Gardner, whose presence in the lineup over Clint Frazier was questioned by some fans and media members, answered with a 3-for-5 performance, with a double, a home run, two runs and three RBI.

Meanwhile, starting catcher Gary Sanchez took a seat in favor of Kyle Higashioka, who has the (unofficial) title as Gerrit Cole’s personal backstop. Higgy went 1-for-5 with a strikeout and an ugly throw to second base (well, to center field) but Cole produced a masterpiece, hurling seven innings of two-run ball and 13 punchouts.

Tonight, the second game of the series will be played at Progressive Field, also at 7:00 pm ET. Cole will obviously not be on the mound, which means that Sanchez should get the start over Higashioka. Sanchez, despite his struggles this season (.147/.253/.365) is clearly the better offensive performer, and Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said that the situation would be fluid.

What will the Yankees do?

The starter in left field for tonight’s game is more of an unknown at this point. Gardner had a bad performance at the dish (.223/.354/.392) but he picked things up near the end of the season and, well, had a helluva night yesterday.

Frazier, however, had a breakthrough of sorts in 2020. He improved his defensive game and adopted a more patient approach that led to a .267/.394/.511 line, but scuffled down the stretch: in his last 39 plate appearances, the Red Thunder had a .156 batting average, whereas Gardner hit .394 in his last 42 appearances.

Clint Frazier, arguably one of the New York Yankees’ breakout stars in the 2020 season, had a .050/.240/.050 line with a .176 wOBA and a 4 wRC+ (!) However, those struggles don’t take away what he achieved this year: the team’s fourth-highest fWAR mark among position players, with 1.3, in only 39 games.

Let’s see what Boone and the Yankees do tonight, but Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez are also deserving of playing time.

New York Rangers: The buyout of Henrik Lundqvist ends a great era of hockey

The writing was on the wall for Henrik Lundqvist and a potential buyout. It became official when the New York Rangers announced that they have bought out the final year of his contract on Wednesday.

Team president John Davidson  had this to say of  Hank whe n the buyout was announced to the hockey world,

“We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor John Davidson said. “From the time I met Henrik when he first came to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate professional. His tireless work ethic, passion for the game, and love of the Rangers and New York City enabled him to become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey and one of the best players in the history of our franchise. We all wish Henrik and his family the best going forward.”

In an unceremonious fashion, the face of the franchise for the past 15 years will no longer don a Rangers sweater. Though this was no surprise, the reality of the situation is extremely surreal.

Henrik deserved a better farewell, but it was not meant to be with the emergence of Igor Shestrkin this past season and an $8.5 million salary-cap hit the club was unwilling to pay him as his status changed from starting goaltender to backup. He only started one of the team’s final 19 games of the season.

A Kings Accolades

Lundqvist was drafted in the 7th round (205th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft while he was playing for Frolunda in the Swedish Junior League. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 8, 2005, in an overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. He recorded his first NHL win five days later against the same Devils team. The King recorded his first shutout on Oct. 17, 2005, making 23 saves in a 4-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

Hank finished his first season with 30 wins, setting a Rangers rookie record, he was fourth in the league with a .922 save percentage and fifth in goals against (2.24).

The King went on to win 30 or more games in each of the next 10 of 11 seasons. The 2012-’13 season was shortened due to the lockout, he still managed 24 wins in 43 games.

In 2013-’14 Hank lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blueshirts lost that series to the Los Angelos Kings as it was his only Cup Final appearance.

The Are, Sweden native was a Vezina Trophy Finalist in each of his first three seasons and finally took home the hardware as the league’s best goalie in the 2011-’12 season recording a 39-18-5 record with a .930 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average. he has eight shutouts that year.

The Records

  • The Only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons.
  • First NHL goaltender to start his career with 11 straight, 20-win seasons.
  • 11 seasons to the postseason in his first 12 years, 11 playoff series victories.
  • New York Rangers club record, games played, single-season: 73 (2009–10).
  • Most wins (459) by a New York Rangers goaltender.
  • Fastest goaltender to record 400 wins in NHL History
  • Most shutouts (64) by a New York Rangers goaltender.
  • Most Playoffs wins (61) by a New York Rangers goaltender.
  • Consecutive Game 7 wins (6).
  • A two-time recipient (2005-06, 2017-18) of the Steven McDonald ExtraEffort Award.
  • Most wins by a European-born goaltender in NHL history
  • Five Time NHL All-Star

Henrik Lundqvist Foundation

There are few players who have an impact not only in the locker room and on the ice, but also in the community.

The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation was founded in 2014 by NY Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his wife Therese. After years of service through Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation, including serving as a spokesperson since 2009, Henrik decided to create his own Foundation which runs its own HLF Young Ambassador Program but also partners with a few carefully selected community partners in New York City, Sweden and the Dominican Republic.

In 2015, HLF launched its first Foundation-run program, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation Young Ambassador Program. The program was started because of Henrik & Therese’s belief in the incredible power of young people to make a difference in the world.

So many times there is a player who fans expect so much from, sometimes the expectations are unachievable, but Lundqvist always strived to reach every one of them. He incredible focus and work ethic was second to none despite playing in one of the largest NHL markets.

Henrik is a sure-fire Hall Of Famer, as he holds many NHL and Rangers records that fans will appreciate more now that he is no longer a member of the Blueshirts.

Though writers are supposed to be impartial, I have had trouble doing this while writing this story. The fan in me took over the writer in me the more this story unfolded.

His stats, as impressive as they are, are only one part of the player. New York can be a very tough and intimidating place to play. Under the lights at the world’s most famous arena made that job so much harder, yet the one thing running through my mind as I conclude this story are the fans celebrating his wins.

A Final Salute

Hank took a moment to thank the organization. It was with the same class and poise he has shown throughout his time in New York.

Seeing Hank punch is glove had into the air after a big win, celebrating overtime victories in huge playoff games, and enjoying seeing him win game four of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014  in are the memories I will cherish forever.

The chants of Her-Rik, Hen-Rik will be missed.

Long live the King.

 

How the Yankees can beat Cleveland in game 2 of the Wild Card

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

The New York Yankees did exactly what they needed to do to overcome the Cleavland Indians in game one of the AL Wild Card series. If they can secure a victory on Wednesday evening, they will move forward in the postseason, but they must get past Carlos Carrasco of Cleveland, who finished the regular season with a 3-4 record and a 2.91 ERA.

What the Yankees did against Shane Bieber matched up exactly with my analysis earlier this week. They remained patient at the plate and waited for his below-average fastball. Hovering in the 94 mph range, the Yankees did extreme damage on that specific pitch, which he throws a majority of the time. However, his curveball and slider are his two primary strike-out pitches, and the Yankees did a phenomenal job laying off them and waiting for the chance to strike.

Let’s take a look at Carrasco and what he brings to the table in game two:

According to FanGraphs, Carrasco throws his fastball 34.4% of the time, with a blend of alternative pitches, ranging from a change-up to a slider. He also sprinkles in his curveball and sinker. Overall, he has a solid array of pitches he can utilize against the Yankees, but he has the same weakness as Bieber. Hovering in the 94 mph range, his fastball is about average. I expect to see him throwing plenty of change-ups and sliders during the contest, but the Yankees must remain patient in game two and follow the same set of rules.

The Bombers struggled against curveballs, and that is not one of Carrasco’s primary pitches. So, in fact, this matchup is actually better for the Yankees than Bieber was, by a fair margin. Considering he had more losses than wins during the regular season, it also attests to the Indians’ lack of run support. They are not an above-average hitting team, as we saw on Tuesday evening. They were only able to muster three runs, given it was against Yankee ace Gerrit Cole.

However, Masahiro Tanaka is fully capable of dominating in his own right. He finished the regular season with a 3.56 ERA, his best since 2016. During the postseason, he only gets better, as he recorded a 2.45 ERA over two games last year. That was the highest his ERA has been in the postseason since 2016.

As long as Tanaka can refrain from allowing home runs, the Yankees can easily win this game and end the Wild Card early. But remember, they must remain patient and keep an eye on Carrasco’s fastball.

New York Knicks: RJ Barrett had his best practice under Tom Thibodeau

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want New York KnicksRJ Barrett to dwell on his rookie season that had more misses than hits.

Barrett, the third overall pick, endured a turbulent season which started with marquee free agents spurning the New York Knicks and ended with an All-Rookie Team snub.

“That stuff, I think a lot of that is tied to team success and that’s what everyone has to understand,” Thibodeau said on Barrett’s omission in the All-Rookie Team.

The Duke product put up solid numbers across the board but still wasn’t enough.

He ranked third in scoring (14.3 points), fourth in rebounding (five rebounds), and fourth in steals (one steal) among all rookies and also dished out 2.6 assists per game. However, some voters saw his low shooting percentages, which could be attributed to his high-usage rate in a roster that was not tailored to his style of play.

Barrett shot only 40.2 percent from the field, including 32 percent from deep.  He was ranked among the least-efficient shooters in the league. What’s worse is that he was an abysmal 61.4 percent from the stripes and had one of the worst effective field goal percentages among rookies at 44.5 percent.

The Knicks ended up in the lottery again after posting a 21-45 record in the pandemic-shortened regular season. And that also weighed heavily against Barrett in the voters’ minds.

“The better the team does, the more recognition the players will get.  And so that’s the past and I want to look forward,” Thibodeau said.

With the new leadership investing heavily in player development, the prevailing hope is that Barrett and the Knicks will be better next season.  And slowly, things are starting to look rosier in New York.

“Today, he had a terrific practice. Today was his best practice,” Thibodeau revealed. “He’s rebounded the ball extremely well, he did playmaking today. He did a great job with that.”

Thibodeau is hopeful Barrett can build on that.

“And so I just want him to concentrate on improvement.  As a young player, just getting the work part down, I think that’s the first step, the conditioning piece, to continue to work on shooting. There’s a lot of things he can do well,” he said.

The Knicks wrap up their team workouts Wednesday, but the remaining players in their Bubble setup can still do individual workouts until Oct. 6.  Thibodeau is pleased with the progress he’s seen. The past month has more hits than misses for the Knicks.

“It was critical to get to know the players, and for them to get to know us,” Thibodeau said. “I think that was invaluable. I think we’ve had a very good six weeks and we intend to build on that.”

With the NBA Draft and the next season getting pushed back, Thibodeau and the Knicks will be afforded more time to get to know each other and have a longer preparation. But they will have to be creative under the restrictions.

“We’re waiting on what we’re able to do with the guys that are out of our market.  If not, we’ll find other ways whether through film, communication with the players. But we plan to spend more time with our players this offseason,” Thibodeau said.

One of their foundational pieces, Mitchell Robinson, is out of the market.  After attending the individual workouts, he went back home to Louisiana to take care of some personal matters.  There’s no definite date yet when he’ll be back with the team.

Did the Giants land a UDFA steal off the Raiders’ practice squad in Madre Harper?

Madre Harper, New York Giants

The New York Giants have taken a youth approach toward this season and the rebuilding of the roster under new head coach Joe Judge. The turnover of the coaching staff and management indicated sweeping changes were going to be made, and so far, those changes have only lead to an 0-3 start to the season. It was always optimistic to think the Giants would be a playoff-contending team, with the majority of their offensive line retooled and their defense turned over. The secondary is nearly entirely new, and their pass rushers consist of inexperience and inconsistencies.

Ultimately, as fans, we must realize that the team isn’t anywhere close to being competitive. As displayed against the San Francisco 49ers in week three, not only were they out-gunned, the 49ers displayed advanced schematics that overwhelmed the Giants on all fronts. It does prove that coaching is a major factor and can be the difference-maker on any given day. San Francisco essentially walloped the Giants with reserve players, mainly thanks to their fantastic scheme on both sides of the ball.

However, the Giants must stick with the mentality and not buy into the losing. Going out and signing veterans to help bolster the team is not what they need right now, they need to continue building together and establish some sort of chemistry within each unit. As stated above, there’s not a single unit aside from the interior defensive line that has played consistent snaps together over the course of an entire season.

Management made another move this week to help add youth to their ranks. After releasing running back Rod Smith and quarterback Cooper Rush from the practice squad, the Giants went out and signed Madre Harper from the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad. They had to entice him with a 25K bonus to leave Las Vegas, but his attributes are strong and represent potential.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein stated:

In the evaluation of Harper, the plus column is filled with physical traits and descriptions of athletic explosiveness. The minus column is populated with all things related to technique, instincts and overall coverage savvy. The bottom line is that Harper has outstanding size and speed to go along with rare length as a cornerback. He will need to be enrolled in “Technique 101” in order to learn fundamentals and work on the nuances of the position.

Athletic players with high upside are precisely what the Giants should be looking for. Harper’s primary deficiencies are in the technical categories, which is something Big Blue can help him with. At 23 years old, Harper is a 6-foot-1 and 190-pound corner.

Last season with southern Illinois, he recorded two interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He was an honorable mention for All-Conference. Starting in 15 games over two seasons at Southern Illinois, he also played seven games at Oklahoma State.

Considering the Raiders drafted two cornerbacks this past year, an undrafted rookie making the practice squad is a good accomplishment. It shows his talent in a nutshell and the upside he holds for the time being. The Giants obviously saw that in Harper and will now try to unlock his potential as they search for a CB2.

New York Islanders: Predicting the Qualifying Offers

New York Islanders, Devon Toews

New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has recently stated that 1 or 2 players won’t receive a qualifying offer. The Islanders currently have ten restricted free agents. And for the sake of simplicity, I’ll say Mat Barzal, Devon Toews, and Ryan Pulock will all get a qualifying offer. Lou Lamoriello has also said that Joshua Ho-Sang has already received a qualifying offer.

So, with that all being said, out of the six remaining RFA’s, who will the Isles keep?

Resigned

Without a doubt in my mind, Sebastian Aho will receive a qualifying offer. Firstly, he got pulled up for the playoffs. Secondly, he has decent trade value, could be able to move Ladd with Aho in the trade. Grant Hutton will also receive a qualifying offer. Lamoriello likes him, and it’s his decision.

Next is Mitchell Vande Sompel, he has to be brought back. He’s been with the Tigers for three years, and his passing is exquisite. Cannot let Vande Sompel leave without compensation. Finally, I have Parker Wotherspoon edging out Kyle Burroughs. There’s one simple reason for this, Wotherspoon is more offensive-minded than Burroughs. This league is becoming an offensive defenseman heavy league. The Isles could have another one if they just make one correct move.

Released

I see Lamoriello releasing the other two RFA’s on the team. First is Kyle Burroughs. He’ll probably find his way onto another AHL team, but he won’t return to Bridgeport. There are too many players that are better than him, no reason to keep onto more depth. Linus Soderstrom is the other player who will not receive a qualifying offer from Mr. Lamoriello. A 4th round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Soderstrom hasn’t reached expectations. Now with Ilya Sorokin being the goalie of the future. And Christopher Gibson surpassed him. And Jakub Skarek is developing correctly. So, keeping Soderstrom is not necessary.

New York Islanders: The one quote from Lou Lamoriello yesterday that stuck out than the rest

This offseason was already going to be a vital one for the New York Islanders to build off their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 27 years. And now after general manager Lou Lamoriello’s comments yesterday, there’s even more to that notion.

“There’s room for improvement internally and if we can get better externally, we’ll certainly do that,” Lamoriello told reporters yesterday in his first presser since the Isles left the bubble. “But right now we’re going to focus in on keeping our team together.”

Keeping the core of that the organization has assembled might very well be Lamoriello’s focus presently, but it’s the first part of his quote which speaks more to how the franchise could take that elusive next step towards a Stanley Cup.

Everyone knows who those internal pieces are — Oliver Wahlstrom, Simon Holmstrom, and to a further degree, Kieffer Bellows. You can even throw Josh Ho-Sang in that mix, despite his shortcomings; his agent confirmed to Arthur Staple of The Athletic that the team will be qualifying him as a restricted free agent. Wahlstrom is the key to that trio though. He’s the proverbial “goal-scoring threat” the team hopes can be that missing link which improves the Islanders’ offense.

As for the outside alternatives, the names are ridden with potential star power. Patrik Laine. Mike Hoffman. Evgeni Dadonov. And there could be more where that came from, according to Lamoriello.

“There could be a lot more players available than people think,” he said.

That can either hurt or help the Isles, depending on how Lamoriello maneuvers his way around getting his top three RFAs — Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews — and some of the club’s other UFAs locked up as well with only $8 million in cap space to play with. The team’s unrestricted free agents include Matt Martin, Derick Brassard, Tom Kuhnhackl, Andy Greene and goalie Thomas Greiss.

Lamoriello all but assured that Greiss probably won’t be back when he too said it’s “obvious” where the Isles’ goaltending situation is with 25-year-old Ilya Sorokin now aboard and Semyon Varlamov locked down for another three years.

The other names on that list, there are cases to be made for why they should or shouldn’t be brought back.

Let us start with Matt Martin.

  • He’s been a key piece of the organization in the last decade.
  • A valued member of the best fourth line in hockey since their inception.
  • A respected leader in the locker room and one of the faces of the franchise in the Long Island community.

The reason not for not retaining Martin’s services comes down to one name, Ross Johnston. Johnston is a younger version of Martin, and a much cheaper option to boot.

Andy Greene:

  • Came in at the deadline and “fit in like a glove” (Lamoriello’s words).
  • Is a Lamoriello disciple and has already been given a boost of confidence in the club wanting to bring him back
  • Showed his metal in the postseason even at age 37.
  • Definitely a cheap option for a defensive core that has a number of established guys on it.

The issue here is that the Islanders’ blue line is crowded. And with the emergence of Noah Dobson and a few others in the organization’s pipeline — Bode Wilde, Parker Wotherspoon and Samuel Bolduc — as possible NHL options soon, it’s hard to see where Greene fits in.

Derick Brassard and Tom Kuhnhackl:

  • Both showed what they could be capable of in the early portion of the bubble postseason; Brassard also was a solid contributor as the later rounds proceeded too.
  • Reasonably cheap bottom-six options.
  • Established veterans who have a winning reputation.

The Islanders still need to get younger upfront. So by letting these two walk, it opens up the possibility for the team to explore their options. Brassard did struggle in the regular season more than expected and was scratched four times in the playoffs. Head coach Barry Trotz gave his reasons for it, but it’s still something to keep in mind if he’s not re-signed.

The work for Lamoriello and his staff has already begun with the more important date coming two weeks from now when free agency opens. But from his comments, this club can improve in one way or the other.

How that happens remains to be seen.

The good thing, is Lamoriello won’t be sitting on his hands.

 

BREAKING: The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of Henrik Lundqvist

The New York Rangers have confirmed that they have bought out the contract of longtime goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The long-expected move will end Lundqvist’s 15-year tenure with the team.

The Rangers released this statement on Wednesday morning:

“Few players have been as important to the Rangers franchise as Henrik Lundqvist, and we are incredibly grateful for all he has done for our organization,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports. “Over his 15-year tenure, he not only established himself as one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game, he has also been one of hockey’s fiercest competitors and most effective ambassadors. He will always be a part of the Rangers family.”

“We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor John Davidson said. “From the time I met Henrik when he first came to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate professional. His tireless work ethic, passion for the game, and love of the Rangers and New York City enabled him to become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey and one of the best players in the history of our franchise. We all wish Henrik and his family the best going forward.”

It was not an unexpected move as the Rangers were not expected to carry three goaltenders into next season, so they will now go forward with an Igor ShesterkinAlexandar Georgiev tandem in nets. The 38-year-old Lundqvist appeared in a career-low 30 games this season and went 10-12-3 with a 3.16 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said very openly that the team will not go into next season with the three-goalie situation through which it struggled for the entire second half of last season,

The buyout of the final season of his seven-year, $59.5 million deal has created an additional $3 million of 2020-21 cap space for the Rangers, who are engulfed with just over $23 million of it in the aftermath of Marc Staal’s trade to the Red Wings. The buyout will add $1.5 million in dead space for 2021-22.

Last week, a report surfaced that defenseman Libor Hajek, who was inside the NHL bubble with the team but did not take part in any games, was asked in an interview in his home country of the Czech Republic what Henrik Lundqvist said to teammates following the team’s elimination in the qualifying round at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.

“It was very sad,” said Hajek. “After the last match with Carolina, he said goodbye, saying it was his last match. He said he didn’t know what would happen to him if the Rangers bought him out or he went somewhere else. It was hard for him. He is a great fighter, the best hockey player in terms of approach, training and humanity that I ever met. I even bought the same jeans he had to look like him.”

Over his 15 seasons with the Rangers, Lundqvist not only established himself as one of the greatest players in franchise history but also as an exceptional ambassador in the New York Metropolitan Area off the ice. In April of 2014, Henrik and his wife, Therese, founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF). Through its fundraising efforts and community outreach, HLF strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services. Since its inception, HLF has directed more than $3.2 million to charitable partners in New York City, Sweden, and the Dominican Republic, as well as its own program, the HLF Young Ambassador Program. In addition, HLF has directly given grants and made commitments of over $1.5 million supporting children’s health and education.

So going into next season, the Rangers will be without Henrik Lundqvist since the 2005-06 season when the King ascended to the throne.

 

 

 

 

 

Bellator 247 loses it’s main event despite Paul Daley’s claims

Bellator 247 was dealt a crushing blow this morning. The promotion is set to host an event from Milan, Italy tomorrow, but due to a weight cutting issue, the main event was said to be cancelled. Paul Daley (41-17-2) missed weight by 2.6 pounds and got sick from the weight cut.

This morning, Daley was said to have been taken to the hospital after his failed weight cut. English MMA reporter Gareth A Davies first tweeted out about Daley not coming back for the ceremonial face offs after the weigh ins. Bellator officials told Ariel Helwani that the fight was cancelled.

However, Daley has since responded to the media claiming that all of the reports are false. Daley posted an Instagram video saying that he was back at the fighter hotel and received no medical treatment. He also said that his opponent, Derek Anderson (16-3), has accepted the fight.

Bellator 247 Main Event

The entire situation is odd. You have Bellator officials who have confirmed that the fight was off, but Daley has come out saying it’s not true. I’m not sure why Daley would post a video like that if the fight was not taking place. However, since posting the video, Bellator officials once again confirmed the cancellation.

The entire situation is very bizarre. If the fight does take place, it’s a very solid welterweight contest for the promotion. Daley and Anderson are both coming into this contest on two-fight winning streaks.

Anderson is a very well rounded fighter who can get it done on the feet, and he can submit you. He’s won four straight fights by decision with one coming against Patricky Pitbull. However, Anderson hasn’t been extremely active only fighting five times over the last five years due to a number of injuries

Daley of course is known for his elite striking skills. Those striking skills were on display in his last fight where he stopped Saad Awad in the second round of their fight back at Bellator 232. Daley has always struggled against guys who try to wrestle him.