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.
Still looking for a new team, former Redskin Dashon Goldson will work out with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport.
A knee injury to safety Keanu Neal exposed the Falcons' thin depth at the position. With Neal expected to miss three to four weeks, Atlanta has to explore other options.
Goldson, 31, became a free agent in March when he was cut by the Redskins.
A former Pro Bowler, Goldson was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Redskins in April of 2015. In his lone season in Washington, Goldson started in 15 games recording 69 tackles. He also caught one interception which he returned for a touchdown.
The return of Joe Flacco is the obvious storyline Saturday night (7 o’clock), when the Ravens host the Lions at M&T Bank Stadium. While the Ravens’ quarterback will be watched closely, here are five other questions to ask:
1. Will rookie pass rusher Matt Judon continue to shine?
Judon leads the Ravens with nine preseason tackles, along with two sacks. With Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Za’Darius Smith not expected to play, the Ravens want to see Judon against the Lions’ starters.
“We need to put him in that position,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “What better time? I don’t want to wait until Buffalo (Week 1) to find out.”
Judon led the nation in sacks last season (21) at Grand Valley State. If he keeps getting to quarterbacks, the fifth-round pick will get playing time during the season.
2. Is rookie Alex Smith ready to start Week 1 at left guard?
Nobody has said John Urschel has lost the job. But he has been out since the preseason opener (contusion) and Smith has looked solid. Another strong performance by Smith could sway the coaching staff is his direction.
3. Will we get a clue about the Ravens’ running back rotation?
How will carries be divided among Justin Forsett, Buck Allen Kenneth Dixon, and Terrance West? We still don’t know, but Week 1 is getting closer. Any back that looks good against the Lions will strengthen his case for getting more touches.
4. Can the Ravens’ run defense make a statement?
Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t like the Colts getting consistent yardage on the ground last week. The Ravens face Bills running back Le’Sean McCoy in Week 1. Another poor Ravens performance against the run would be a bad sign.
5.Will the Ravens avoid taking needless penalties?
If you think the Ravens are good enough make the playoffs if they are among the NFL leaders in penalties, think again. Avoiding pre-snap penalties and personal fouls will continue to be a preseason priority.
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After playing just seven snaps in the Redskins’ first two preseason games, Kirk Cousins played the entire first half against the Bills and, for the most part, everything went according to plan. But he did have some good luck and he had some bad luck during the 47 snaps that he played.
Some good fortune came before the opening kickoff. The Bills decided to rest five defensive starters as well as some key reserves. Playing Buffalo without the likes of cornerback Stephon Gilmore is an easier task than playing against the Bills at full strength.
The Redskins’ first possession ended with a combination of bad luck and a bad decision by Cousins. He dropped back, looked to his left and then decided to go back to Rashad Ross on the right sideline. Cousins threw late and backup cornerback Corey White made a nice interception on his back.
“If you look at the interception, it was the product of a defensive back making a good play on a tight throw, the ball bounces up in the air and it lands where it lands,” said Cousins. “I don’t know if that’s a product of anything, other than the fact that it’s the way it happened.”
Some drops also happened and those were bad luck for Cousins. When normally sure-handed pass catchers like Jordan Reed and Pierre Garçon drop passes that would have resulted in first downs it just may not be your day.
Jay Gruden mentioned the drops during his postgame press conference. He also talked about the penalties against the Redskins (13 accepted for 104 yards) making drives more difficult. But Cousins and the offense benefitted from some yellow flags at well. Two roughing the passer penalties kept drives alive and a defensive holding call negated what would have been a second Cousins interception.
The Washington offense finally got going thanks to some sloppy tackling (and good running). With the Redskins still scoreless in the second quarter, Cousins threw short passes to DeSean Jackson and Ryan Grant. They both made tacklers miss. Jackson took a pass in the flat and dodged some tackles for 39 yards into Bills territory. Two plays later Cousins threw to Ryan Grant on the left side. The defensive back missed the tackle and Grant ran in to complete the 38-yard touchdown play. On two throws that went a total of maybe 10 yards past the line of scrimmage Cousins got credited for 77 of his 188 passing yards.
The missed tackles were a theme for both teams last night. According to Pro Football Focus the two teams combined to miss a whopping 31 tackles. There were 137 snaps in the game so nearly one play in every four had a missed tackle.