New York Giants: James Bradberry speaks on missing game with close contact

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants didn’t have another key player on the field when they lost to Cleveland: not Daniel Jones, but James Bradberry. The cornerback has been selected for the Pro Bowl and may be on the All-Pro team by the time that team is named. Bradberry was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, not because he had contracted the disease himself but because of a close contact with someone who did.

Now that more time has passed and Bradberry hasn’t come down with the disease, it looks like he’ll be back in the Giants secondary for their next game against the Ravens. He’s also opened up about the source of the contact.

“I can’t really say I blame myself. It was just a predicament because of COVID. It was an uncontrollable accident that happened,” Bradberry said. The source of the contact was a chiropractor that was also working with New York Jets players. Bradberry got connected with the chiropractor after signing with the Giants and setting up in his new city.

However, that plan proved to be ill fated as that chiropractor received a positive test and Bradberry was taken out of commission with the Giants because of it.

“Of course he got popped with a positive COVID test later on in the season. I became aware he was with the Jets, so I knew he was getting tested every day, so I didn’t really see it as a problem,” Bradberry continued.

Bradberry has been activated off the COVID-19 list and should once again be in the lineup for the Giants when they face Baltimore. While his chiropractor worked with Jets players, it also appears that Bradberry is uniquely unlucky in this case – the Jets haven’t had to similarly place players on reserve because of this contact.

Quickley’s injury dooms Knicks’ season-opening loss to Pacers

Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks

A costly injury doused New York Knicks’ fiery start in a 121-107 season-opening loss to the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night on the road.

Fiery start

The Knicks rode on RJ Barrett’s perfect start to take a 66-61 halftime lead.

The sophomore swingman came out firing from all cylinders, hitting his first eight shots. He finished with a team-high 26 points, 20 in that fiery first half, in a losing effort.

But it wasn’t just an all-Barrett show as Alec Burks came off the bench to fire 19 of his 22 points while Julius Randle turned into a playmaker with eight assists in the opening half.

Randle flirted with a triple-double, finishing the game with 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

Quickley injury

While the Knicks were still able to grab a five-point lead at the half, an injury to their rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley messed up their rotation that hastened their downfall.

Quickley suffered a hip pointer after colliding with Pacers’ big man Myles Turner in the second quarter’s three-minute mark. The rookie point guard was a team-high +/- 5.

Quickley was scheduled to be examined later in the night. The Knicks are anxiously waiting for an update that might come out Thursday.

Randle suffered the same injury in 2016 while still with the Los Angeles Lakers and missed three games.

Depending on the severity of Quickley’s injury, the rookie point guard might miss 1-2 weeks, according to Dr. Ernest S. Eusebio, a New York City-based Performance Physical Therapist & High-Performance Consultant and the founder of the Wolves Performance & Lifestyle Collective, an all-encompassing high-performance consultancy providing solutions in Professional Sport, Entertainment, & Fortune 500.

“A hip pointer is basically a localized bruise to an area of the pelvic girdle, commonly the back of the hip. A lot of swelling can occur in a short amount of time, which can be very painful in the short term, and affects Quickley’s ability to perform basketball movements,” Dr. Eusebio told Empire Sports Media.

“The good news is that this type is resolved by rest & strategic physical therapy. If Quickley can restore pain-free, comfortable hip movement, then he should be getting around on the floor again sooner rather than later. Barring further diagnostics, expect to see him back on the floor very soon (1-2 weeks),” added Eusebio, who has worked with NBA, MLB, NFL athletes, and Olympians.

Offense in disarray

The Knicks felt Quickley’s absence in the second half.

The game turning point was a stretch in the third quarter where the Knicks played without a point guard when Elfrid Payton took a breather.

The Pacers quickly took advantage.

Indiana started to break away, opening up a six-point lead, 88-82, heading into the fourth quarter.

Thibodeau turned to Frank Ntilikina when the Burks-Barrett backcourt experiment failed. But even the Frenchman couldn’t restore order to a Knicks’ offense that became stagnant. The crisp ball movement in the opening half was gone.

By the time Payton returned at the 7:13 mark of the final quarter, the Knicks were already staring at an 11-point deficit.

Knicks’ bigs outmatched

All-Star Domantas Sabonis was no match to Nerlens Noel and Mitchell Robinson as they got into foul trouble early in the game.

The Pacers had a 50-40 rebounding advantage with Sabonis feasting inside the paint. The Pacers big man finished with a career-high 32 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists. His frontcourt partner Myles Turner also had a career night with eight blocks. He added 10 points and eight boards.

In contrast, the foul-plagued Mitchell and Noel only combined for six points and nine rebounds. Mitchell, who got the starting nod, was hit with two quick fouls while Noel followed suit with three fouls in the first half.

Too much poppin’ for Toppin

Knicks’ lottery pick Obi Toppin scored all of his nine points from the outside. But he was 3-for-12 overall. His shot selection was questionable at times.

The Knicks, as a team, had 12 triples on 42.9 percent shooting from deep.

They were 8-for-15 after the opening half as their hot shooting stymied the Pacers’ zone defense.

Kevin Knox had a quiet four points off the bench and missed his lone three-pointer of the night.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau rued the early foul trouble of his big men and felt they only played “24 minutes of good basketball.”

“At the start of the third [quarter], I thought we played well. Obviously, the second half, I don’t like the way we played at all on either side of the ball,” Thibodeau said in the post-game.

“Each situation you learn from, so you either win or learn.”

What’s next for the Knicks?

The Knicks will be facing the Philadelphia 76ers, who won their season-opener, a come-from-behind 113-107 victory, over the retooled Washington Wizards.

Quickley might not be available, but Thibodeau is confident they have enough backcourt personnel to offset his loss.

“We all saw [Quickley] had a great impact when he went into the game in the first half. But we have more than enough, and so whoever the next guy is, be ready, get in there and get the job done,” Thibodeau said.

Dennis Smith Jr., a healthy DNP, should be the next man up as Ntilikina struggled as Payton’s backup in the second half.

Ntilikina only had a solitary point off a split at the line as he missed his two attempts from the field. He also failed to register an assist during the five minutes that he spelled Payton.

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New York Giants HC Joe Judge says he is all-in on injured, healing QB Daniel Jones

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants are preparing to play the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. It is still uncertain who will start at quarterback for the Giants this week, though. Typical starter Daniel Jones is still recovering from two injuries (hamstring, ankle) and missed last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants are hoping to see their starting quarterback make his return to the field this week, but they will not rush him back if he is not healthy. However, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, today’s practice saw Daniel Jones look the best he has since suffering his original hamstring injury in Week 12.

Along with that crucial information came more news surrounding the Giants’ second-year quarterback. Head coach Joe Judge spoke with the media today and discussed his quarterback’s injury and the long-term future of Daniel Jones.

Joe Judge expresses long-term confidence in Daniel Jones

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge spoke with the media today and answered questions about quarterback Daniel Jones. Joe Judge has been watching Daniel Jones carefully this season and has come away impressed. In fact, Judge went as far as to say that Daniel Jones has “earned his respect.”

When discussing the current state of the Giants and also the long-term future, Joe Judge made it clear that he is confident in Daniel Jones:

Daniel Jones is our quarterback. – Joe Judge via Giants.com

Joe Judge gave that answer when asked if he ever gets “a second and a half to think about next year,” is Daniel Jones the Giants’ quarterback? Joe Judge affirmed that Daniel Jones is the quarterback of the New York Giants this year and next year. This quote alone likely eliminates the Giants from any quarterback mock draft discussion.

Joe Judge says he has seen a “string of moments” where Daniel Jones has proven himself to be a franchise quarterback. Judge noted the “respect he has in the locker room” as well as the improvements Jones has made “throughout this season.”

I think he’s demonstrated a level of toughness and leadership and knowledge on the field that gives us confidence to put him out there and build with Daniel. – Joe Judge on Daniel Jones in 2020

Joe Judge is impressed with what he has seen in Daniel Jones during his first season as the head coach of the New York Giants. Judge and the Giants are confident they can build with Daniel as the team’s franchise quarterback.

The overwhelming majority of Giants fans have expressed great confidence and trust in head coach Joe Judge. Judge endorsing Daniel Jones as the Giants’ franchise quarterback should bring the fanbase to rally around the second-year gunslinger from Duke.

These final two games will decide a lot about the Giants going forward

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

With Christmas behind us and the new year just days away, the NFL regular season is winding down very quickly. There are two weeks left to go, and the New York Giants find themselves in a unique position.

Despite having a 5-9 record and suffering through their seventh losing season out of the last eight seasons, they are still in the race for the division title due to the futility of the 2020 NFC East.

However, with two difficult games coming up against the Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys, who both have caught fire the past couple of weeks, it’s very possible that the Giants could lose out and finish 5-11, finding themselves with yet another top 10 pick in the draft.

These next two weeks will say a lot about the state of the franchise both in the short-term and potentially the long-term as well. The fate of general manager Dave Gettleman will most certainly hang in the balance, and possibly quarterback Daniel Jones as well.

Head coach Joe Judge seemed to suggest that Daniel Jones is not going anywhere in 2021 during an exchange with NFL Network’s Kim Jones on Wednesday. Judge mentioned how Daniel Jones has earned his respect throughout the course of the season, especially with all the challenges the team was faced with. Judge even went as far as to say, “Daniel Jones is our quarterback,” when asked a follow-up question about him.

Now, of course, we need to take everything with a grain of salt because what Judge said was expected, but it seems to be a safe bet that Jones will at least will be the starting quarterback at the beginning of next season, especially if Gettleman sticks around.

If Gettleman gets fired and a new general manager is brought in, however, the quarterback question definitely gets more interesting. Judge will, without a doubt, have a big say in who the next general manager is, and then the two of them will have to decide where to go at the position. It’s possible that the new general manager would want to bring in his own quarterback, and he’ll be able to convince Judge to get on board, but it’s also just as likely they’ll stick with Jones.

If Jones is healthy enough to play these final two games, his performance can help his chances of staying if he plays well and finishes the season on a high note. If he remains out, there’s also the chance that could hurt his standing a little bit. The best availability is availability, as Giants fans have been harshly reminded of.

There’s no doubt Jones is talented and had a promising rookie season, but there’s also no doubt he’s regressed badly in his second season. Now, a lot of that is due to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and his horrible scheme that does not play to Jones’ strengths, but Jones certainly isn’t blameless. Garrett’s fate is probably already decided, and he’s the most likely person to be gone after the season, but Jones still needs to play better and prove that he’s taken the next step in his development, which he has yet to do regardless of the other factors that may play into it.

At the very least, the Giants would be wise to get themselves a backup who can give Jones some legitimate competition and give the team a better chance of winning games when he’s in. No disrespect to Colt McCoy, who’s solid and well-respected around the league, but he’s not going to cut it.

When it comes to Gettleman, he’s on much thinner ice than Jones, and the rest of the season could singlehandedly decide whether he keeps his job or not. Despite having a 14-32 record over his close to three seasons as general manager, if the Giants win the division and even go on to win a playoff game, John Mara could see that as enough evidence that the team is going in the right direction and keep Gettleman.

If the Giants go 1-1 or 0-2 and finish no better than 6-10, then it becomes more likely that Gettleman will go, and Judge will bring in his own guy. This past offseason was a successful one for the Giants in both free agency and the draft, with several key role players being added to the roster, but a lot of that is due to the coaching staff getting the most out of the players.

The fact of the matter is that this roster still lacks a lot of talent in critical areas, talent that even the best of coaching staffs need to achieve success. That’s on Gettleman, who’s had more than enough time to solve that problem by now, but his misses have just greatly overweighed his hits. Other teams that were in similar situations to us when Gettleman took over, such as Cleveland, Buffalo, and Arizona, have turned it around while the Giants have been stuck in a cycle of losing. I know that each team’s situation is different, but it should show you that rebuilds don’t have to take as long as they have for the Giants.

The point is that these final two games carry a lot of weight for the Giants. They are both very important and will have lasting implications one way or another, no matter where the team finishes. They could define what the offseason looks like for the Giants while also providing answers to some critical questions surrounding the team.

The NHL releases the New York Rangers schedule for 2020-21

The NHL’s 2020-21 regular season will commence Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and conclude Saturday, May 8, when 30 of the League’s 31 teams take to the ice. The New York Rangers will not be a part of the opening night and will place their first game the next night when they host their rivals, the New York Islanders.

The league announced that the top four teams in each division will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with intradivisional play in the first two rounds (#1 vs. #4; #2 vs. #3). The four teams that advance to the Semifinal Round would be seeded by their regular-season points total, with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed in one series and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meeting in the other. Formal training camps will begin on Jan. 3. There will be no pre-season games. The seven teams that did not participate in the 2019-20 Return to Play will be permitted to open their training camps as early as Dec. 31.

In their press release, the league stated that the NHL and NHLPA determined that the ongoing closure of the U.S.-Canada border required realignment, and the League and the Players also sought to minimize team travel as much as possible by shifting to exclusively intradivisional play. It is the current plan to play games in the home arenas of participating teams while understanding that most arenas will not, at least in the initial part of the season, be able to host fans. However, depending on prevailing conditions both in local markets and across North America, the League will be prepared to play games in one or more “neutral site” venues per division should it become necessary. Each team in the East, Central, and West divisions will play every other team in its division eight times while each team in the North Division will play every other team in its division nine or 10 times.

 

NASCAR: Noah Gragson to make Cup debut at Daytona (Report)

Gragson, 22, is coming off a strong showing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He will take over the vehicle vacated by Brendan Gaughan.

Per Chris Knight of Catchfence.com, rising NASCAR prospect Noah Gragson will make his Cup Series debut at the 2021 Daytona 500 in February. He is set to pilot the No. 62 Chevrolet for Beard Motorsports.

Gragson, 22, is coming off a strong in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, a team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick. He won two races, including the Xfinity opener at Daytona, and eared top-ten finishes in 25 of 33 events. This offseason, Gragson announced that he would return to the No. 9 car on a full-time basis for the 2021 Xfinity season, which begins on February 13, the day before the Daytona 500.

Gragson has earned a reputation for aggressive driving but has been viewed as a rising star amongst NASCAR’s lower-tier series. His ledger also includes a pair of victories on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit, both in vehicles owned by two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. Gragson came home in the runner-up spot in the 2018 Truck Series standings, behind only Brett Moffitt.

Beard Motorsports, headed by former part-time Xfinity driver Mark Beard, had run a part-time NASCAR schedule throughout the course of the past decade. Their No. 62 car has appeared in every Cup Series race held at Daytona and Talladega (both two-plus mile superspeedways) since 2017, driven by NASCAR veteran Brendan Gaughan in each of those appearances. Gaughan kept the car competitive, running at the finish in 11 of 17 starts. His best finish was a seventh-place posting in last season’s opener at Daytona. Winner of ten races at the Xfinity and Truck levels, Gaughan announced his retirement after the 2020 season.

The No. 62 car will likely have to race its way into the race through one of the 150-mile qualifying races held prior to the main event.

The 2021 Daytona 500 is currently scheduled to be held on February 14.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

BREAKING: Anthony Pettis has signed with PFL

The free agency of Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (24-10) did not last very long. ESPN was first to report that Pettis has agreed to a new deal with PFL. Pettis will compete in their 2021 season in the lightweight division.

Showtime just announced last night that he was leaving the UFC to pursue free agency. Bellator’s Scott Coker expressed serious interest in bringing in Pettis given the fact that they already have Sergio Pettis on the roster.

However, Pettis found his dream deal with PFL. Pettis is the second former UFC champion that has signed with PFL to compete for the promotion during their 2021 season. The other being former heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum. 

This is a big signing for PFL who has started to make waves this year with signings. Of course, they did sign Werdum, but they also made headlines signing the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Claressa Shields. 

Now, they add Showtime Pettis to their expanding roster. PFL has been looked at as an organization that was a step down from Bellator and ONE Championship which were of course step downs from the UFC. However, PFL is flexing it’s muscles at the end of this year.

Pettis in PFL

As mentioned above, Anthony Pettis will be competing at lightweight under the PFL banner. Pettis just competed at welterweight last weekend at UFC Vegas 17. Pettis was able to secure a unanimous decision victory over Alex Morono.

It’s been an up and down few years for Anthony Pettis. The former champion hadn’t put two straight wins together in the UFC since he was the lightweight champion. He couldn’t have picked a better time to start his first winning streak.

The UFC had gone to Pettis earlier this year and tried to sign him to an extension. Pettis decided to bet on himself and look at all the options. Just a few days after he fought out the last fight on his deal, he’s found his new home with PFL.

5 low-cost starters that make sense for the Yankees

New York Yankees, Chris Archer

The New York Yankees need to bring one or two additional pitchers to the roster, as their depth was diminished by the departure of Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ, plus Luis Severino’s Tommy John surgery.

Here are some cheap alternatives still floating around in the free agent market:

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright was a top-notch starter from 2007 to 2015, after a fantastic season as a reliever for the World-Series winning Cardinals in 2006. He then started to decline in 2016 and was a 4.00+ ERA pitcher until 2019.

However, in the shortened version of the 2020 campaign, the man with the beautiful curveball finished with a 3.15 ERA (4.11 FIP) in 65.2 frames. The sample is small, but he was very impressive and is now a free agent after earning a $2 million salary.

He is now 39, but the Yankees can consider a one-year deal if he doesn’t return to St. Louis. Chances are that he will, but you never know.

Homer Bailey

Homer Bailey has seemingly been around forever, but he isn’t that old, at 34 years old. He boasts a fantastic splitter that had a 38.4 whiff rate and a .208 xwOBA in 2019, his last significant sample.

Bailey battled a biceps injury in 2020 that limited him to only two starts with the Minnesota Twins. However, when he’s healthy, he can be a decent back-end starter for a contending team, which is what he did in Oakland in 2019. Even in his two 2020 starts with the Twins, he was good, with a 3.38 ERA.

He started that season with the Kansas City Royals but was traded near the deadline. With the A’s, Bailey had a 4.30 ERA in 73.1 frames. The Yankees could give Bailey a try as cheap pitching depth to have around.

Carlos Rodon

Rodon has battled lots of injuries during his career, especially to his pitching shoulder. However, he is healthy now, and could be an option for the Yankees after the Chicago White Sox decided not to tender him a contract.

Rodon, after all, is only 28 years old and has a 4.14 ERA in over 500 career innings. He may not reach the otherwordly potential he had when he was drafted, but he can be effective and shouldn’t cost much.

Chris Archer

Another non-tendered pitcher, Archer and the Yankees might be a worthwhile experiment. He has always lacked a reliable third pitch, and Sam Briend and Matt Blake can work with him to help him gain some consistency and try to give him that missing weapon.

Injuries and ineffectiveness have lowered his price. Maybe the Yankees should kick the tires. After all, we are talking about a pitcher that had three consecutive 200+ strikeout seasons between 2015 and 2017.

Garrett Richards

The man with the wicked curve and the never-ending string of injuries, Garrett Richards can be one of those pitchers that are supremely effective in a per-inning basis but fails to cover more than five frames each start. And that’s OK!

The Yankees should have some room for a pitcher of Richards’ talent. He had a 4.03 ERA in 51.1 frames with the San Diego Padres, and has a 3.62 career ERA with lots of strikeouts.

New York Jets: Quinnen Williams’ breakout 2020 set to end on IR

The New York Jets’ Sunday victory couldn’t stop the bad news from rolling in, as breakout star Quinnen Williams is done for the year.

The bad news keeps rolling in for the New York Jets.

Head coach Adam Gase announced on Wednesday that the second-year defender was “probably be done for the year”. Williams has enjoyed a breakout season after a tough rookie year, leading the Jets in sacks with seven, and has appeared at or near the top of several analytical lists documenting efforts from interior defensive linemen.

“Quinnen is in the concussion protocol and also has a neck (injury), he won’t participate (in practice),” Gase said on Wednesday, per notes from the Jets. The head coach further elaborated that he wasn’t exactly sure what the issue was, but Williams will probably go on injured reserve once he clears concussion protocol. This season’s injured reserve rules require players to sit out at least three weeks and there are only two games left in the season.

Gase did take the time to praise Williams’ development in year two. Williams was chosen third overall in the 2019 draft after only Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa.

“He’s done a good job. Obviously, Sunday you saw what kind of impact that he had, made a ton of TFLs, was in the backfield, created pressure,” Gase said. “I felt like he had a good run of games. I felt like his consistency was pretty good.”

“I mean, there were a few games where it was like, he kind of disappeared, but it didn’t happen a lot. Last year, I felt like there would be a couple of games in a row where you kind of didn’t really feel him, but this year I felt like the high majority of the games that you felt him. If you were on the other team you felt him, whether you’re playing quarterback or in the run game.”

Williams had four tackles, including one sack, in his final game of the season, a 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams last weekend. He left the game in the second and the seen vomiting as he walked off the field toward the locker room.

In other injury news, Gase announced that Harvey Lagni, another defender with a neck ailment, would likewise be placed on IR. Cornerback Javelin Guidry (knee) was likewise held out of Wednesday’s practice. The Jets (1-13) did receive some good news with Folorunso Fatukasi emerging from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Fatukasi did not test positive but was deemed to have come in close contact with someone who did.

New York will partake in their final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

UFC: What happened to Marlon Moraes?

At UFC 238, Marlon Moraes (23-8-1) entered the cage as the betting favorite to capture the vacant bantamweight championship. Standing in his way was the promotion’s flyweight champion of the world, Henry Cejudo.

Entering UFC 238, Moraes had gone 17-1 in his previous eighteen fights. The lone loss was a split decision to Raphael Assuncao which Moraes emphatically avenged when he stopped Assuncao in the first round of their rematch.

Moraes had finished his previous three UFC fights in the first round and many believed he would be too much for Cejudo. In the first round, Moraes was really dominating the fight on the feet. He brutalized Cejudo with low kicks and kicks to the body.

Cejudo looked like he was going to be overwhelmed by Moraes. However, he wasn’t going to go away easily. The first half of the second round looked the same with Moraes dominating the striking. However, momentum started to switch.

You could almost see Moraes starting to break at UFC 238 after Cejudo refused to fall to his attacks. In the third round, Moraes looked like a broken fighter and Cejudo went on to finish him in the third.

Since that loss, Moraes has not looked like the same fighter in the UFC. He defeated Jose Aldo last December by split decision, but the vast majority of people believe that Moraes lost the fight.

Rough 2020 for the UFC’s Magic Man

Entering 2020, Moraes had a lot to prove inside the octagon. Cejudo completely broke him at UFC 238 and many thought Aldo won their fight. Aldo was actually awarded the title shot over Moraes despite Moraes technically winning their fight.

After being out the first part of the year, Moraes got his first UFC contest of 2020 in October against Cory Sandhagen. Sandhagen was coming off of an embarrassing loss and many believed that this was a good fight for Moraes to get back on track with.

However, that didn’t happen at all. Sandhagen went on to finish Moraes in the second round of their fight. Frustrated with another loss, Moraes wanted a quick turnaround. The UFC game him Rob Font at UFC Vegas 17.

Font has really good boxing, but the grappling and kicking advantage would go to Moraes. For those reasons, I believed Moraes would win the fight. However, what transpired was another loss for Moraes.

Moraes started out strong, however, it was clear that he didn’t want to stand with Font. After taking him down early in the first round, Moraes was forced to stand after Font worked his way back up. It didn’t take long for Font to knock him out once on the feet.

In the eyes of many, Moraes has lost four fights in a row starting with the Cejudo loss. I personally think that Moraes needs to take some time to really evaluate where he’s at in his career and how can proceed forward.

He’s gone from being the UFC‘s magic man to truly everyone knowing his tricks. I still believe he has a lot of talent, but if he suffers another loss, he could be on the chopping block.