Fairfax, VA. - UFC on Fuel 3's Main Event, is already being dubbed the 'Fight of 2012.' Not only did the 'Korean Zombie,' upset Dustin Poirier, Jung earned a shot at a title fight.The marked only the second loss of Poirier's 14 career bouts. Poirier devasted over the loss, noted he should have strayed true to his game plan throughout the fight and Jung was simply, the 'Better man tonight.'Jung's use of the D'arce choke to secure his victory just 1:07 into the 4th round, also helped him capture the 'Submission of the Night,' but he and Poirier earned Fight of the Night for their performances, as well.The two awards served as icing on Jung's cake, as they were worth an extra 80,000 on top of his fight contract; making the victory that much sweeter.In the press conference afterwards, Jung noted while their fighting styles were similar, 'Poirier is tough, but I'm tougher.' He then called for a fight with featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.The last nightly award went to middleweight, 'Filthly' Tom Lawlor. Lawlor earned 40,000 for 'Knockout of the Night' after dismantling Jason MacDonald in just 50 seconds. Lawlor set up the KO with with a straight left, hurting MacDonald badly, and then finished him off with a right hook behind the ear.Not a bad way for 'Filthy' to celebrate his 29th birthday. After the fight, the always uncanny, Lawlor, paid homage to the surrounding area by saying, "Virginia is for lovers, right?" The crowd erupted.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 23, 37 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.
—NFL free agency starts 45
—NFL Draft 94
—First Sunday of 2017 season 230
Staying in house
—There are reasons to dislike the hire of Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator but the notion that he got the job because he is buddies with Jay Gruden really doesn’t hold water. They had no connection prior to last year and with them working on opposite sides of the ball they didn’t work side by side. I’ve heard the two have a friendly relationship but it’s not like he’s out of the Tampa Bay Yacht Club or anything.
—I know that everyone is obsessed with yardage rankings, which is a pretty weak indicator of the quality of a defense. Since you want to know, in Manusky’s nine seasons as a defensive coordinator his defenses have finished ranked 18th in yards allowed on average. In reality, Football Outsiders’ DVOA is a more accurate measure of the effectiveness of a defense since it takes the strength of the opponents into account. There isn’t much difference there, Manusky’s average DVOA ranking was about 17. In other words, he’s run middle of the pack defenses. Sure, you'd like them to do better but having a defense that's around average would represent an improvement over most of the last seven seasons.
—How has his talent been? Three different players have been first-team All-Pro selections. LB Patrick Willis made it three times, S Eric Weddle and DE Robert Mathias once each. Players under him made the Pro Bowl 13 times with Willis (3), Mathis (2), and DE Justin Smith (2) making it more than once. His defenses had three Pro Bowlers on one occasion when LB D’Qwell Jackson, CB Vonta Davia, and S Mike Adams all made it. That year the Colts defense was ranked 11th in yards and 13th in DVOA.
—It remains to be seen how much the Redskins will change schematically. Manusky has run both 4-3 fronts and 3-4’s so the Redskins could make a switch. Even if they go with a 3-4 base the unit is likely to be more aggressive than it was under Joe Barry. Some fans seem to be worried that promoting an assistant coach means that thinks will be done the same. Let me ask you this: If your boss was fired for not getting the job done and you were promoted into his position, would you do things the same way he did? I didn’t think so.
—There will be continuity on the offensive side of the ball as Matt Cavanaugh is going to get moved into the offensive coordinator job. It’s Gruden’s offense anyway so there would not have been much change even if they had brought someone in from the outside. It seems likely that Gruden will call the plays, although we won’t know for sure for a while. The only immediate question on that side of the ball is if Wes Phillips will stay on as the tight ends coach or if he will follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. That should be resolved over the next several days.
Tandler on Twitter
This was in response to a tweet saying that Kyle Shanahan is likely to get roster and personnel control when he becomes the head coac of the 49ers.
Not sure it’s a good idea to give a first-time head coach personnel control but, hey, the 49ers know how to do it right. https://t.co/VR8yKf6fEo— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) January 22, 2017
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CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.
The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.
The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.
Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.
Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.
Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.
Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.
Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.
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