Las Vegas, NV. - D.C. Mike 'The Hulk' Easton beat Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision at UFC 148 giving the bantamweight his eighth consecutive victory and improving his record to 13-1. His UFC record is now 3-0 and a shot at a title fight is no longer out the question.As the former Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight champion, the 28-year-old Easton was able to display his skills on a national stage during his first Pay-Per-View event. And not just any title fight, but Silva vs. Sonnen II."It feels good. I'm very happy for the win. Ivan is an incredible fighter. Usually when I throw my power it offsets everything and I think my strategy helped me come away with the win tonight."Although he's still a few fights away from getting a chance at Dominick Cruz's bantamweight belt, Easton has his eyes on the prize, "I want to fight for a belt. That is my goal. I want to keep getting better, keep getting better and keep getting better."The veteran Menjivar's record now stands at 24-9 (3-1 in UFC) with the loss. A defeat that has cost the 30 year old a chance at the bantamweight crown any time in the near further."I realizedI didn't put much pressure. The judges gave it to him because he looked more aggressive even though he didn't connect. I was too calm."
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Those NFL prospects are vying for a private island.
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But, there's one other requirement that makes this private island a distant dream. The prospect must beat Chris Johnson’s 2015 record of 4.24 seconds.
The cleats are designed specifically for this popular event, weighing in at a whopping 4.8 ounces and now can provide soaking up the sun and catching the waves to one lucky prospect.
Adidas will be the kings of the jungle with this fun marketing tactic while one prospect could be crowned the king of the 40-yard dash.
The Wizards have returned from the All-Star break with two consecutive losses and a very difficult schedule ahead of them, beginning with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. But Washington doesn't have to search far to know that it could be much worse.
The Toronto Raptors, who are one seed behind the Wizards in the Eastern Conference at fourth, were handed a significant blow on Monday as All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry had surgery to remove loose bodies in his right wrist. The hope now is that he can return for the playoffs, meaning it's very possible he will miss the remainder of the Raptors' 23 regular season games.
Lowry, 30, is a key player for the 35-24 Raptors who are behind the 34-23 Wizards based on a slim margin in winning percentage. The Wizards are in third with a .593 winning percentage, while Toronto is just behind them at .593. The two teams square off twice in a back-to-back with a game in Toronto on Wednesday and a rematch in Washington on Friday.
Lowry is having his best year with career-highs of 22.8 points per game and a 46.3 field goal percentage. His loss is a major obstacle for the Raptors who will now turn to others. They have two backup point guards listed on their roster, Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet, but they have a combined one year of NBA experience.
The timing of Lowry's injury is also tough, given the NBA trade deadline just passed last Thursday. They added Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker through trades, but neither play the point guard position.
The Raptors losing Lowry doesn't guarantee anything for the Wizards or anyone else in the East, but it does weaken one of the biggest threats at the top as the season gets closer and closer to the home stretch where playoff seeding will become more important.