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6/12/21

UFC 263: Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori



The middleweight title dispute at UFC 263 represents a rematch between current champion Israel Adesanya and the rising name in the division, Marvin Vettori. The two faced each other in 2018 when they were still small fish in the division, and at the time the Nigerian won by split decision.
Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori






Israel Adesanya (20-1 in MMA, 9-1 in UFC) is just steps away from truly cleaning up the middleweight division, having faced everything the division had to offer: wrestlers , strikers , brawlers , former champions etc. The City Kickboxing star has so far proved flawless, except for his most recent bout, in which he moved up to the light heavyweight division for a shot at glory but ended up being controlled by champion Jan Blachowicz in a bout where the weight difference proved to be a crucial factor in favor of the Pole.

The fight against Blachowicz certainly sparked a glimmer of hope in other challengers for the middleweight belt: Israel Adesanya's takedown defense isn't perfect. The Nigerian shows himself untouchable on his feet and other knockouts in the division such as Paulo Borrachinha, Yoel Romero, Whittaker and Anderson Silva could do little. Adesanya is simply on another level, as even in Kickboxing the Nigerian had an impressive 75-5 record with 14 knockouts. However, his takedown defense has been little leaked so far in the middleweight division, with the only ones who managed to put the champion on his back to the ground were Rob Wilkinson, who was eventually knocked out; Brad Tavares and Kelvin Gastelum, who couldn't hold Adesanya on the ground, and a certain Italian named Marvin Vettori.

Marvin Vettori (17-4-1 in MMA, 7-2-1 in UFC), Rafael Cordeiro's student at Kings MMA, is on a great streak of five consecutive victories and is experiencing the best phase of his career. The Italian, who arrived as a very “basic” prospect to the UFC, showed a marked evolution in standing and wrestling , despite still being a very basic fighter. Some even compare him to American Chris Weidman, given his wrestling- laden approach and high -pressure striking . Vettori always tries to establish his jab and uses it to approach, just like many other Kings MMA fighters. Vettori also has a lot of gas and the ability to implement his game for as many rounds as it takes.

In his first confrontation with Israel Adesanya, Vettori had a very competitive fight, but ended up falling victim to the champion's footwork, who took advantage of the fact that the Italian is a very predictable fighter. However, he eventually managed to get his hands on Adesanya and put him down twice during the third round. It wasn't enough to overcome the first two roundsAdesanya's almost perfect ones, in which Vettori was quite right. This is perhaps the challenger's main weakness: his defense. The Italian always receives a lot of hits in his fights while trying to close the distance. Even against Kevin Holland, a fight in which Vettori dominated completely, he got some scares on his feet. Against Adesanya the Italian will always be in danger as long as the fight is at a distance.

The outlook for the fight is clear: Adesanya will try to keep her opponent at long range and try to make him pay dearly for every attack, as he is one of the best counterstrikers in all of MMA. Vettori, on the other hand, will try the good old “lay and pray”, that is, playing to get a takedown for as long as necessary to avoid the champion's blows. On the ground, there is no doubt that Italian is the superior fighter. Standing, the Nigerian has clear paths to victory. It's a fight in which Marvin has plenty of chances, but I believe his leaked defense will let him down. The bet goes to Israel Adesanya by smooth decision.

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6/3/21

Boxing: Mayweather vs. Paul




Probably the greatest boxer of all time and Floyd "Money" Mayweather, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2020, wants to return to the ring shortly.  Time: Sunday, At 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) 
Mayweather vs. Paul





The undefeated, twelve-time world champion in five different weight classes will compete against social media sensation and neo-professional boxer Logan “The Maverick” Paul on Sunday June 6th.  The fight will be broadcast live on Showtime PPV.

The event is presented by Mayweather Promotions, Fanmio and Mavathltcs and takes place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA.  The pay-per-view event will also feature some more fascinating professional boxing matches where WBA light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and two-time world champion Badou Jack meet in a 12-round rematch in the co-main event.  In addition, former United Super Welterweight Champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd returns to the ring to face Luis Arias in a 10-round bout.

In a fourth PPV fight, former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his boxing debut against an opponent who has yet to be signed.  After years of off-season training at Mayweather in Las Vegas, the man they also call Chad Ochocinco will test his boxing skills and bring his unique brand of fan-friendly entertainment to the star-studded event.

The pay-per-view broadcast begins live on Sunday, June 6th at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.  Tickets for the live event at Hard Rock Stadium will go on sale next week with additional details on tickets and pay-per-TV TV broadcast to be announced shortly.

Floyd Mayweather, who was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2020, set a unique record with a record of 50-0-0.  During his illustrious career, which spanned three decades, he collected 12 world titles in five different weight classes.  His brilliant boxing resume includes 24 wins against world champions including Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Alvarez.

During his career, he has been named the Highest Paid Athlete in the World by Forbes, Fortune and Sports Illustrated several times.  Mayweather has received numerous Fighter of the Year awards, including five ESPY awards and two awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America.  His 2015 showdown with Pacquiao broke the previous pay-per-view TV record with 4.6 million purchases, a record that still stands.  Mayweather last fought in a boxing show on New Year's Eve 2018 in Japan.

While Mayweather dominated boxing on its way to a perfect professional record and international fame, Paul became famous on the internet.  Paul, 26, has greeted the world on various social media platforms such as YouTube, where he has amassed more than 20 million subscribers.  His legions of enthusiastic fans supported him when he entered professional boxing in 2019 and sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles on his six-round debut against his YouTube star KSI.  The internet star, who was born in Ohio, USA, is a former high school wrestling star who has been training for over two years.  Now he's preparing for the undefeated boxing legend "Money Mayweather".  Paul, who is over six inches taller than Mayweather and has an age advantage of 18, will challenge the best boxer of his generation in his Miami arena.

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Boxing: Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul




Miami - On the night from Sunday to Monday, ring legend Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. steps into the ring again.  He meets Logan Paul, social media star and actor.  

Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul




Paul, who has been in training for a good two years, is undeterred on his way to step into the ring against the big stars of boxing.  The fight between the two controversial personalities was preceded by months of trash talk and insults before they will now compare in the ring.  From a sporting point of view, this is certainly a controversial duel, but we want to dedicate ourselves to the facts!

The 42-year-old Mayweather is certainly one of the greatest boxing stars, if not the greatest boxing stars of the past two decades.  In addition, the former world champion in five weight classes has been adorned with numerous honors from public life and the entire world of sports.  Mayweather has been a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame since last year and before the end of his active career he managed to set Rocky Marciano's legendary 49-0 record.  The American has thus succeeded in dominating boxing for years and beyond his active career.


Mayweather still holds the record for the most PPV tickets sold per fight and has defeated no fewer than 24 world champions in his long career.  So one wonders why Mayweather makes this comparison;  after all, in addition to all these records, he also has a reputation to lose.  But "Money" is ready to risk all of that, because there is a lot of money involved.  Both opponents are absolute stars, especially in the USA, and unite over 40 million followers on Instagram alone - the best prerequisites for such high revenue pay-per-view.  But whether the money, of which Mayweather says he owns more than enough anyway, is worth putting your own legacy on the line will probably only be clear after the fight.

In purely sporting terms, the man from Florida is clearly superior.  Long professional career, countless successfully mastered extreme situations and a huge wealth of sporting experience should ensure Mayweather an unassailable lead over Paul.  But on the other hand are the age, the possible to certain ring rust and the risk of underestimating Logan Paul.  Therefore, in the end, Money can end up being the big loser!

Logan Paul from Westlake, Ohio, who is 18 years his junior, has been doing business and monetary improvements for years.  After starting out as a video producer on Vine, the controversial internet star has now built up a community of millions and has also positioned itself more broadly.  In addition to activities in the fashion world, he tried himself as a singer and actor, among other things.  He also has experience in American football and wrestling from high school and college.

Logan came to professional sport through a feud or a show fight with YouTuber KSI.  Although he did not succeed in eliminating or defeating his (Internet) opponent at the end of 2019, it became clear, solely due to the sheer range of the 24-year-old, that one had to expect him.  So now Paul is facing the "master" of boxing.  From a sporting point of view, the duel should speak a clear language, because Logan Paul does not have the attributes of Mayweather mentioned above, let alone his boxing skills.

But there are points where the YouTuber is clearly ahead.  Physically he is clearly superior to the exceptional boxer retired Mayweather, both in size and weight, and is also almost 20 years younger - the best ingredients for the classic "puncher's chance".  So if he survives the first few laps and has taken the training seriously, then he could even manage to pull himself out of the affair in a sporting way and thus end up as a made "man" in the end.  Because one thing is clear: the purely sporting value should only be on the edge for the two main protagonists.

It's about the entertainment of the audience and the income that was already bubbling up with the victory of Paul's brother Jake against the former UFC fighter Ben Askren.  The sports world may even see a broken PPV record, at least that's what our American colleagues and boxing experts could imagine.  Then all arguments would be on the side of Mayweather and Paul and such "money fights".

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5/28/21

Champions League: Man City vs Chelsea



The UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea. These are two names that have impressed in different ways in the last semi-finals and will certainly bring an unpredictable scenario at Dragao.

Man City vs Chelsea





People talk a lot about Manchester City's comeback feat with Riyad Mahrez's extremely high form, but no one noticed that Zinchenko played extremely aggressively in that match and almost did not let the opponent's defenders. complete blockade. That is a strong point with The Citizens, the bravery and experience of the players are also really rich.

For most of Pep Guardiola's students, this is not the biggest battle in their player's life until now. Kevin De Bruyne's return brings great excitement to the fans of the Etihad Stadium team. However, throughout the journey of Manchester City in this year's tournament, their impressive matches must have the appearance of the Belgian midfielder and this is also a potential worry if The Citizens depend too much. into this creative player.

Entering this match, it is clear that Chelsea are not underestimated too much after what they have shown throughout this season and also the people they have. The return of Hakim Ziyech is very important because people have seen how difficult the Blues are when the German striker is too ungrateful in front of the opponent's goal. Obviously in an important final like this, Chelsea need the best people, especially their fanciful trio in attack.

Moreover, Hakim Ziyech is the scorer in both of the Blues' victories over Manchester City in the last 2 encounters. Thomas Tuchel is having the second consecutive Champions League final in his career. The German teacher has changed a lot to be able to continue towards the top when innocence killed his dream of conquering Europe in the final last season when this coach was still managing Paris Saint-Germain.
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5/25/21

Europa League: Villarreal vs Man United




Villarreal will face Manchester United in the final match of this year's UEFA Europa League. Overcoming a series of uncomfortable opponents, both teams will enter the fight for a European title that for many years Villarreal and Manchester United have not achieved. The next 90 minutes will decide the King of Europe's second highest club tournament.

Villarreal vs Man United





Villarreal - Europa League Final 


Having to use the word bet to talk about Villarreal before the Europa League final against Manchester United, coach Unai Emery's army accepted to sacrifice the La Liga arena (continuously giving a squad with many substitutes in the rounds. last). tournament where, despite their best efforts, they could not get a place in the Top 4 to preserve the best players for the confrontation with the Old Trafford team.

However, there have been many times this season, when coach Unai Emery's army was disappointing as the team held the ball on par with the opponent, creating more scoring opportunities but still failed. And the fans of the home team El Madrigal should hope that it will not be repeated in the upcoming extremely important match against an opponent that is not as easy as Manchester United.

Manchester United - Finals Europa League


Like Villarreal, Manchester United cannot compete for the title with giants Manchester City in the Premier League. Therefore, they also want to regain the feeling of winning with the Europa League trophy. Remember, the team from England also won the throne in this tournament in the 2016-17 season. It is a tournament that names stars from Paul Pogba to Juan Mata. Currently, the Old Trafford team also owns a Bruno Fernandes at the peak of his career.

Opponent Villarreal is also not too scary, when the red half of Manchester has never failed in confrontations with the Spanish representative. Before the final, Manchester United had just ended their 3-match winless streak with 3 points away from Wolves in the final round of the English Premier League, although this victory does not mean much in terms of position in the table. But it is important that Solskjaer's teachers and students have gained an important momentum before the match of the season at Miejski Stadium (the venue for the Europa League final).
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