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Spitting Incident Mars TUF 21 Finale


Brazilian UFC middleweight Caio Magalhaes has shocked the MMA world by spitting blood on his opponent Josh Samman.


The two men had endured a grueling first round of their fight ahead of the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 21. At 2:52 the referee had seen enough and called a stop to the bout.

Samman attempted to shake hands with Magalhaes after his submission victory, but a heavily bloodied Samman spat a gob of blood at him.

Both men needed this victory – badly. Magalhaes would have entered into the top 15 middleweights with a win. While Samman was desperate for a win after 20 months of injuries and the tragic death of his girlfriend.

Samman appeared too strong in the striking and too slick iin the grappling. He beat Magalhaes face to a pulp and then strangled when the pair went to the canvas.

Magalhaes was still full of fighting, even after he’d tapped; but by then, of course, it was too late.

UFC boss Dana White was disgusted by the act. He said Magalhaes will be held to account for such a display.

Jeff Horn Faces Stern Test in Viktor Plotnykov

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Aussie up-and-comer Jeff Horn will have his hands full on August 1 in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Though he is ranked 10th in the world welterweight rankings he faces a stern test in no. 12 ranked Viktor Plotnykov.

Horn admits the wily Ukranian veteran is a step above anyone he has yet boxed.

Horn has already beaten 3 of the world’s top 15 ranked welterweigts, but none approaching Plotnykov’s caliber.

Plotnykov will also enjoy a 5cm height advantageand and has more than three times Horn’s professional experience with 34 fights.

But horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, isn’t letting his fighter be over-awed, “We are going to Invercargill to win the fight emphatically. But we are under no illusions about the opponent. It is going to be a tough, tough night.

“Jeff will need to win the fight with his legs more than his hands because he has to control the gap in distance between them.

“Plotnykov is a master at dominating the distance. He’s able to hit going back, he puts his left jab constantly in the face of his opponent and has a very dangerous right hand.

“He’s tough too and knows how to hold in close.”

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Rushton has his charge working on explosive leg strength ahead of the match. While in sparring Horn is working on techniques to shut down Plotnykov’s damaging straight right.

Most recently, Plotnykov, 37, dominated and defeated former British commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell over 12 rounds in Belfast.

Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, believes his fighter is ‘four or five’ fights away from a world title. But Horn believes he is ready now.

He just has to get past Plotnykov first.

Australian Wins Mr Universe

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Australian Calum von Moger has won the most prestigious body building event in the world: the WWF (World Fitness Federation) Mr Universe.

He overshadowed the competition held in la Ciotat, France, over the weekend and was a clear favourite with the crowds.

von Moger describes himself as the quintessential ‘skinny kid’ who took up lifting weights to improve his self-image and earn the respect of his peers. At the ripe old age of 14 he began pumping iron in an empty warehouse. But von Moger could not get enough of it.

In 2011 he won the Junior Mr Universe.

In 2014 he moved to Los Angeles to compete against the best bodybuilders in the world.

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Later in 2014 he won the Amateur Mr Universe (where he was given the nickname ‘Schwarzenegger 2.0’).

And now he has won the overall title.

The competition was decided after a 10-minute performance. The competitors’ physiques are judged through a posing routine, body rotation, eight mandatory poses, and a one minute ‘pose down’ against another competitor (or competitors) of the judges choosing.

von Moger (who has Dutch and Austrian parents) grew up in central Victoria. He is grateful to his parents and friends whom, he says, always supported him.

As for the competition itself: “It’s always a challenge when you’re up against the best of every country,” said a thrilled von Moger.

“But I am already so happy at the level I am at and the conditioning I have achieved for this show. Win or lose, I know I gave it my all this time.”

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Kody ‘The Power’ House Set to Debut Against NSW

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Kody ‘The Power’ House is hanging up her lingerie league gear and stepping in to play in the Queensland Women’s Rugby League team.

House played in the Australian version of the Lingerie Football League and believes the change of codes will do her good.

House makes her debut for Queensland against perennial foe New South Wales. The Queenslanders have 17 straight interstate victories, but find themselves going into this game as underdogs.

The side has been decimated by injuries, including the loss of star Ali Briggenshaw, and will field 9 debutants!

House is a qualified diesel mechanic from Central Queensland. She is a big, powerful woman who has earned her nickname and the respect that comes with it.

At 80kg of cut muscle House will line up in the centres. She says she is a direct ball runner, preferring to steamroll through tacklers rather than sidestep them.

And she is an athlete.

House began her sporting career as a star soccer player. She made the top grade in Brisbane before switching to sevens rugby union, where she played for Queensland.

FHouse then code-hopped to AFL; then moved again to American football and the Lingerie Football League.

She has the glam and she has the wham.

The game kicks-off at 1300 Smiles Stadium (home of the NRL Cowboys) at 2:45pm this Saturday.

Fans are promised lots of action, lots of hits, and plenty of skill as this fierce rivalry continues.

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Danny Green Announces Comeback


Boxer Danny Green announced his return to the ring on Wednesday and made it clear he wants another shot at Anthony Mundine.

The two haven’t fought since 2006 when Mundine outpointed Green for an unconvincing win in Sydney. At the time it was the most lucrative fight in Australian history.

The decision has been talked about ever since it was made.

When he learned of Green’s comeback Mundine laughed. He described Green as an ‘irrelevance’.

But with both men in the twighlight of their careers it is likely the big payday will lure them into one final showdown.

Mundine is 40, Green 42, so their high earning days are running out.

Green said, at his return announcement, that he had never stopped training and felt he was still in great shape.

But he’ll have to work his way back up to compete against Mundine.

The first step will be defeating the dangerous Slovakian Tamas Kovacs, at Hisense Arena on August 19. Kovacs is 20 15 years Green’s junior (27) and will be no push-over for The Green Machine.

Green is well-spoken, outgoing, and a devoted family man. Since his retirement from competitive boxing he has worked tirelessly against street violence and has become a respected community figure.

Steamroller Kennedy to Make Octagon Debut

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Steve Kennedy (22-6-0), of Perth, is the latest Australian to be seconded into the ranks of the UFC.

His call-up comes as he is asked to fill in for injured Sergio Moraes.

Kennedy will be fighting local boy Peter Sobotta (14-4-1) in the 77kg welterweight division in UFC Berlin.

The thought of fighting Sobotta in front of his home crowd doesn’t worry Kennedy. In fact, the man known as ‘Steamroller’ intends to make his debut impressively and ask questions of his much favoured opponent.

“I didn’t change (my training) specifically for peter. I trained with a few of the good southpaws (left handers) around (his Kickass Gym in Perth) just to switch over my brain.”

In an interview with Kennedy (originally from Watford, England) told of how “your brain needs to work a little differently when you fight southpaws. I’ve done plenty of camps for them. I am going to make it ugly and ask a real question of him – How bad he wants to win. And we’ll see if he can answer it.”

Kennedy has spent the week dieting to make weight for the bout. “We always struggle to make weight,” he said philosophically. But an opportunity to break into the UFC is not one Kennedy will relinquish without giving it his all.

Kennedy’s debut against Sobotta features on the main card (one of four such fights).

The headline will be the much anticipated title fight between incumbent UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Polish Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0-0) and season 21 TUF housemate American Jessica Penne (12-3-0).

The Mountain is Iceland’s Strongest Man for a Fifth Time

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The Mountain, Hafthor Bjornsson, has won Iceland’s Strongest Man competition for the fifth time in a row.

The Viking giant (206 cm tall and 190 kg) was never really challenged in a gruelling day of lifting, pushing, and throwing.

Bjornsson is the first man in history to have won this competition for a fifth consecutive year.

However, his ultimate goal of being crowned the World’s Strongest Man remains, as yet, unfulfilled.

After being invited through a wildcard invitation to the competition in 2011 Bjornsson finished sixth. Since then he has come in at third in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014.

This year, in April, Bjornsson finished third behind American Brian Shaw.

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Blues Back from Injury as Maroons Lose Cronk

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Gallen, Morris, and Farah have been passed fit for the Blues Origin squad. This allows Llows coach Laurie Daley to field his first choice of players in every position.

The news for queensland, however, is not so good; with playmaker cooper cronk being ruled out with a low-grade tear to the meniscus in his right knee.

Cronk will undergo surgery for the tear and be sidelined for three to four weeks.

Maroons coach Mal Meninga says Cronk is desolate at missing the second Origin match, which was to be played in front of his home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“He is disappointed in the fact he is going to miss it,” said Coach Meninga. “He will work damn hard and he will be back for Game Three let’s hop.

“It’s a huge loss to us. In temrns of the way he manages the game and around the group. You know we are goig to miss him.”

And Mal Meninga isn’t overstating one bit. The Smith-Slater-Cronk combination has proved a success at all levels of football. These three grew up playing football together and occupy the most important positions on the field.

It’s no surprise that Queensland lost the two Origin matches without him last year, while winning when the combination was intact.

Cadel Evans Looking to Revitalise Australian Cycling

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Cadel Evans is trying to restructure cycling in Australia. He is aghast at the current lack of Aussies able to compete for titles in the grand tours.

Evans is the only Australian ever to win the coveted Gold Jersey at the Tour de France. He credits much of his ability to do this to the combination of mountain biking and road racing.

Evans believes that improving the links between these two sports well lead to improvements in the results of the next generation of Australian competitive cyclists.

“Cycling in Australia is not really favourable for bringing in the climbers. All of our racing is more suited to rouleurs and sprinters,” said Evans. “That’s why we have a lot of good time-trialists and sprinters, because of the type of racing at the grassroots level. Which is why I’m so grateful to the sport of mountain biking.”

Evans began his professional career in mountain biking. He won two cross country world cup gold medals before moving to competitive road cycling.

“Mountain biking is such an important part of cycling overall because it draws on a different type of physique.

“This physique that’s well suited to riding cross-country mountain bike races can also be very well suited to the physique you need to be a Tour de France contender. People need to realise this.

“We don’t have races at the junior level that are suited to these kinds of riders – with a physique like mine – and they can possibly be discouraged from a young age, from staying in the sport.

“If we have more facilities for mountain bikers we can help them develop more.”

NSW Blues Injury List Lessens

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Paul Gallen, Brett Morris, and Robbie Farah are expected to be cleared from injury and available for Blues selection.

For Coach Laurie Daley their convalescence couldn’t have come a t a better time.

The Blues meet the Maroons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 17 for a must-win second Origin match. This is the first match to be held at the MCG since 1997, and ticket sales have been somewhat sluggish.

Daley has until 7:45am on Tuesday to name his squad and he is keenly awaiting the fitness reports of his most experienced players: Gallen, Morris and Farah.

Gallen was cleared to play for Cronulla yesterday against the Sydney City Roosters. Boyd Cordner is expected to be dropped to make way for the incumbent Captain. While winger Daniel Tupou is pegged to be relegated to make way for Morris.

Robbie Farah, however, is another story.

Farah braved the Origin I battle field, returning after receiving painkilling injections for a grade three AC shoulder joint injury in the first half. Since the game, Farah has spent every waking moment undergoing rehabilitation.

Despite the severity of the injury Farah remains confident of his chances to play..

But Coach Daley has said he wants all 17 of his squad ready to train on the day they are named.

Sharks hooker (and one of the biggest divers in the game) Michael Ennis is expected to replace Farah, should the vice-captain be unavailable through injury.

The Blues will go into camp the day the squad is named.