UFC on FX 4 - Undercard Recap

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UFC on FX 4 - Undercard Recap

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By Mark Ruzomberka

Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas

Hioki locked in one of the best Omoplatas in recent fight history only to have it somehow reversed by Lamas in the first round.

Some were skeptical of his 2 ranking in the featherweight division, but he showed why he was deserving nearly finishing the fight in the first frame. The unranked Lamas actually seemed to win the second round with a guilliotine choke that threatended Hioki. In the third
Lamas went back to the same move again in the third but failed to angle out enought to tap Hioki. Those choke attemps were enough to convince the judges Lamas earned the victory 29-28 in a Unanimous decision. After the fight Lamas would state he felt like Hioki had "gills"
after holding the choke for close to two minutes. Time will tell how this upset mixes up the 145 pound division.

C.J. Keith vs. Ramsey Nijem

After getting hit below the belt, and what looked like a flicker of the lights at Revel's Ovation Hall due stormy weather Ramsey Nijem pulledoff a textbook victory. Get your opponent down, take full mount, ground and pound until the ref pulls you off. This is the script Nijem
executed to perfection on Friday night. Another Greg JacksonPit fighter to pull off a victory the team made the most of their trek across the country.

Brock Jardine vs. Rick Story

Rick Story is mostly known for his upset loss to Charlie Brennemen at UFC Live in Pittsburgh. However, a deeper look at this fighter shows he was a huge prospect for that devastating upset. Story had beaten, Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks on his way up before suffering
back to back losses leading up to this fight with Jardine. The fans were not impressed with effort in this fight their disapproval could be heard easily in the small venue, perhaps they thought they were getting Brock Lesnar or keith Jardine instead. The fight was back and forth and no fighter seemed to be in trouble at any point, which was good and bad. Story won 30-27 on all three cards in a fight that featured a large amount of high level wrestling, but most UFC fans want to see knockouts and there was no opportunity for a KO in this fight.
Commenting on his reputation after the fight Story would say, I'm happy to get the win. After two losses my reputation as an up-and-coming guy was on the line for sure. I felt okay in there but after so long off and knee surgery I didn't quite trust myself to go 100.
I had to put my foot on the gas in the last round. I felt I could have stopped him in the third but in camp my knee would swell up when I did hard cardio and I wasnt quite ready for that. I think the three rounds helped that and next time Im looking for a really impressive win.

Matt Brown vs. Luis Ramos

The TUF vet, Matt Brown, won via TKO ref stoppage, and had this to say after the fight. I've won three in a row now, three all in 2012, and am happy things are going well for me. I won't make excuses for when things were not going well, but all my hard work is now paying off.I am getting married in a month, I'm very settled and happy in my personal life and I think that's helping me out in my professional life. I knew I had Ramos hurt at the end, I thought I hurt him a bunch of times, but he was tough so I just kept throwing til he was stopped.

Joey Gambino vs. Steven Siler

Gambino walks out to Eminem's Cinderella man, but it was not meant to be in this one. Siler has become a bit of a journeyman at the young age of 25 with a record of 20-9 before the fight began, but improved to 21-9 quickly. The kid who looks like he would be
the one getting picked on in high school, looked impressive and yet again and ended the fight with a nice guillotine choke in the first round. The Greg JacksonPit Elevated team member looks to move up to the top of the heap the 145 pound division, especially after the Hioki loss.

Catone vs. Camozzi

Catone had the greatest fan following of the night one of few local fighters on the card. After one round it appeared that Catone leading after landing a right hook, but Camozzi wore it with pride.Later, Catone landed a take down, but Camozzi defended well pulling
guard immediately. In the Second round, Catone used his superior wrestling to land a single leg take-down. However, it was the UFC and TUF veteran Camozzi, who landed a damaging blow in the third. Though Catone looked able to finish the Ring Doctor called a stoppage
in the third round at 1:51. Catone would later state, I;m bummed out. I felt I won the first two rounds but he hit that knee and the sweat and blood was going into my eye. I thought the referee may stop it but I wanted to continue. I'm a little bummed out losing like
that but my bad for getting a knee to the eye.

Dustin Pague vs. Ken Stone

Ken Stone won via split decision saying I'm happy with win but I can do better than that. Three weeks ago I kicked someone in the knee and messed my foot up but now way was I pulling out. I landed a kick in the second or third minute tonight, and that same
foot hurt again. So I went to my boxing and my jab and worked from there. I couldn't get the take-downs I wanted, but I got the win
and I will get better from here.

Ricardo Funch vs. Dan Miller

Dan Miller defeated Ricardo Funch via guillotine choke in the third round. After the fight he would state, "This was a very important fight for me. I knew I had to win this to stay in the UFC, and everyone knows the situation with my kid being so sick. I tried not to think about the pressure I was under, and just see this as a fight, but it was really, really hard to do that.
I'm so happy I got this done. Making welterweight was very hard, but I did it and I felt great in there. My boy is having a transplant soon and I think things are turning around for us. Being away from him and my family is so hard, but I'm staying in the UFC and I can continue
to support them."

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Does bigger mean better? Will Matt Jones come back? 3 takeaways from Redskins OTAs

Does bigger mean better? Will Matt Jones come back? 3 takeaways from Redskins OTAs

The Redskins certainly got bigger this offseason. That much was obvious on Wednesday as the team invited media to watch an OTA session. The increased size stood out, but plenty of other things did too. Three takeawys from Tuesday's OTA:

  1. Does bigger mean better? The Redskins receiving group was noticeably bigger, something that happens when the team adds two free agents at least 6-foot-4 in Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick and drafts another 6-foot-3 receiver in Robert Davis. The increased size might help, but it's the play of Pryor that turned heads on Wednesday. With long powerful strides and impressive hands, Pryor looked like a dangerous weapon for Kirk Cousins this fall. Second-year pro Josh Doctson also impressed, catching a long touchdown pass towards the end of the session. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon are gone, but if things break right and the duo stay healthy, Pryor and Doctson could form a devastating pair.
  2. Attendance is (not) mandatory - Jordan Reed and Trent Williams did not attend the OTA session. Both are Pro Bowl players that Jay Gruden trusts to be working out on their own, and it's important to point out the workouts are voluntary for players. Third-year running back Matt Jones also missed the OTA session. Gruden did not have much to say about his absence, but he added, "This is a voluntary deal, as we all know, and I can’t force the issue on anybody. So if he’s disgruntled in any way, shape or form, it’s news to me. I imagine like Jordan Reed and Trent Williams, I’m sure Matt is working out and staying in good shape." With the fourth round draft pick of Samaje Perine, the running back position is getting crowded. Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson are roster locks, and Perine seems like he has a very good chance. If the 'Skins keep four runners, Mack Brown has the inside track on that spot. Jones seems to be on the outside looking in, which might be the root cause of his absence. 
  3. Deadlines do deals - The elephant in the room at every turn for the Redskins is the looming contract situation with Kirk Cousins. The QB talked Wednesday, and while he didn't clarify much, it seems clear the franchise and Cousins' representatives are at least staying in touch, which wasn't the case this time last summer. Cousins made one thing obvious: Don't expect a contract until near the July 15th. "Deadlines do deals."

Bonus: Cool Twitter video of the running backs going through drills - including 2016 draft pick Keith Marshall - and some Instragram pics. 

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Need to Know: Redskins’ Cousins excited to work with ex-QB Terrelle Pryor

Need to Know: Redskins’ Cousins excited to work with ex-QB Terrelle Pryor

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 25, 19 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on May 22.

Timeline

It’s been 144 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 108 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 19
—Training camp starts (7/27) 63
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 77

Quotes and notes from the podium

Here are some quotes from Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden from their post-OTA press conference on Wednesday and my comments on what they said.

Gruden on RB Matt Jones’ absence:

“That’s a good question, something that Matt Jones will have to answer. This is a voluntary deal, as we all know, and I can’t force the issue on anybody. So if he’s disgruntled in any way, shape or form, it’s news to me.”

Tandler's take: A year ago Jones was the unquestioned No. 1 running back. After fumbling and then being reluctant to play special teams when the regular season started, he was glued to the bench. The workouts are voluntary and it will be interesting to see if Jones shows up for mandatory minicamp next month if he’s still on the roster. It appears that he does not want to fight to get his job back from Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine. That speaks for itself.

Cousins on adjusting to new receivers:

“Obviously there is a little bit of an adjustment, but we spread the ball around so much. Chris Thompson catches quite a few balls, even Rob Kelley gets involved, we get the tight ends involved. I remember two years ago we lost DeSean [Jackson] for half the season. Derek Carrier played a bigger role when Jordan Reed was out. So you kind of expect a revolving door on offense at a lot of the skill positions and you just start to run plays, and regardless who is out there, you just go where your reads take you.”

Tandler's take: This is a good mindset on the part of Cousins. The Redskins lost two 1000-yard receivers, Pierre Garçon and Josh Doctson, to free agency. Cousins barely practiced with Josh Doctson last year, Terrelle Pryor and Brain Quick signed as free agents, and Robert Davis was a sixth-round pick. These players likely will account for well over 50 percent of Cousins’ targets to wide receivers. But they will not get a sympathy card from the rest of the league. Change happens, both in between seasons and, as Cousins points out, during seasons. Adjustments need to be made on the fly.

Gruden on the NFL shortening overtime to 10 minutes:

“Who cares? [Laughter]”

On changes to the celebration rules:

“You know what, whatever rules they send down, we just try to coach them up. The celebration thing, if it is fun for the fans and the fans really want it, this is a fan league and that’s great just as long as it doesn’t become so much about the player as it is about the team.”

Tandler's take: I think that if most coaches were being honest they would answer these questions just like Gruden did. Overtime is an infrequent occurrence and how to handle the clock on OT probably will not enter most coaches’ thinking before the clock hits 0:00 in a tie game. And as long as the celebration rules are clear and they can teach them to the players I doubt many coaches care if the ball is used as a prop or if players can go to the ground.

Cousins on playing with Pryor, who was a college and NFL quarterback prior to converting to receiver last year:

“I love that you asked that question because it’s even caught me by surprise. I worked with a receiver, Keith Nichol, in college who was a former quarterback, but Terrelle having been a college quarterback and a pro quarterback takes it to even another level. He’s going to hold me accountable because he knows where the ball should go. If it’s Cover 2 and he on Cover 2, if the read is over here, ‘I played quarterback, I know that.’”

Tandler's take: This is an interesting dynamic at work here. Not many quarterbacks have former NFL quarterbacks as their No. 1 receivers. They will be able to communicate on another level compared to the usual QB-WR dynamic. You have to think that it will help Cousins making adjustments in games, with Pryor, who has the eyes of a quarterback, running downfield on every play. Although Pryor is not an accomplished NFL quarterback he could be a big asset as Cousins looks to take his next steps as an NFL quarterback.

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