Nate Diaz beats Pettis at UFC 241, then challenges Masvidal

Nate Diaz didn’t look like a fighter who hadn’t competed in three years.

The fan favourite from Stockton, Calif., made his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday night and he walked out with his hand raised after winning a crowd-pleasing unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis.

Diaz, despite his inactivity, showcased his cardio and pushed the pace for the bulk of the three rounds. Diaz’s patented pressure eventually wore down Pettis.

Diaz applying the pressure in round 2! #UFC241 pic.twitter.com/bi7kkqhEIF

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Trading shots to the buzzer! Round 3 next #UFC241 pic.twitter.com/cq9So7mjQa

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The bout took place in the welterweight division and Diaz had a noticeable size advantage over Pettis, a former lightweight champion.

More than anything, though, it was Diaz’s pressure that Pettis couldn’t ultimately contend with.

DIAZ IS ALL OVER HIM #UFC241 pic.twitter.com/7TeDOBgilN

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August 18, 2019

Diaz landed 205 of the 306 total strikes he attempted in the 15-minute contest overall with Pettis connecting on just 86 total strikes in comparison.

Saturday’s co-main event also happened to be a grudge match years in the making.

“Me and Nate Diaz, we really don’t get along,” Pettis told Sportsnet all the way back in 2016. “Me and Nate, if you put us in the same room most likely a fight is gonna happen. That’s just how it is with us. I don’t know how it happened or why the history is that way but we always have an exchange of words. He always had words for me that rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t take that lightly.”

Despite the bad blood, Diaz and Pettis were respectful once the final horn sounded.

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Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt at UFC 241

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Stipe Miocic stopped Daniel Cormier with a barrage of punches in the fourth round, reclaiming his heavyweight title with a stunning comeback victory at UFC 241 on Saturday night.

Nate Diaz also returned from a three-year hiatus with a dominant decision victory over Anthony Pettis at Honda Center.

Miocic (19-3) appeared to be losing the first three rounds of his rematch with Cormier (22-2), who added the heavyweight belt to his light heavyweight title by stopping Miocic in the first round in July 2018.

The determined firefighter from Cleveland kept coming forward through Cormier’s blows, and Miocic finally hurt the champion with a punch to the body. Miocic landed several powerhouse right hands to Cormier’s head, buckling his knees and eventually forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight with 51 seconds left in the fourth round.

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Reyna scores, helps Vancouver Whitecaps to win over D.C. United

VANCOUVER — Yordy Reyna scored Saturday night, leading his Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-0 win over Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United.

The win was a long-time coming for the Whitecaps, who hadn’t posted a victory at home since beating FC Dallas 2-1 on May 25 and linger at the bottom of the MLS standings.

Despite the final score, D.C. (10-8-9) out played the Whitecaps (6-12-9), dominating 64.4 per cent of possession across the game.

United also outshot the ‘Caps 24 to eight, though just two of those shots were on target.

Vancouver ‘keeper Maxime Crepeau made two saves for his fifth clean sheet of the season and D.C.’s Bill Hamid stopped one of the two on-target shots he faced.

Saturday marked soccer superstar Rooney’s first visit to B.C. Place. The crowd of 22,120 erupted in a mix of boos and cheers every time the former captain of England’s national team touched the ball.

There was a vigorous applause in the 74th minute when Rooney came off the field for Ola Kamara.

It’s unlikely the 33-year-old will play in Vancouver again. Earlier this month, he committed to returning to the U.K. next year and joining Derby County as a player coach.

Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert set up the lone goal of the night on Saturday, deftly guiding the ball through traffic and dishing it off to Reyna at the top of the box. The Peruvian striker let a shot fly and beat Hamid at the bottom left corner of the net.

The goal was Reyna’s fifth of the season. Teibert was credited with the assist.

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Logan Webb snaps 10-year drought for Giants, earns win in impressive MLB debut

PHOENIX — First came Matt Cain. Then it was Tim Lincecum. Soon to follow was Madison Bumgarner.

The Giants built three World Series championship clubs on the shoulders of homegrown talent, enjoying an embarrassment of riches with first round draft choices who quickly emerged as stars.

The golden trio of starters have some of the most impressive résumés in franchise history, but none can say they accomplished what rookie right-hander Logan Webb did on Saturday at Chase Field.

With five innings of two-run ball in the Giants’ 11-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Webb became the first Giants starting pitcher in more than 10 years to earn a win in his MLB debut.

Over the last two decades, 14 other Giants pitchers including Cain, Lincecum and Bumgarner debuted in a starting role, but Webb joined Ryan Sadowski as the only other to secure a victory in his debut as Sadowski beat the Brewers with six shutout innings on June 28, 2009 in Milwaukee.

Five days after the Rocklin, Calif. native made his Triple-A debut in front of his family and dozens of friends in a 3-2 loss with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, Webb led the Giants to their third straight win and sixth victory in the team’s last seven games.

The 22-year-old became the youngest Giants starter to debut since Bumgarner, who was 20 when he took a no-decision after tossing 5 1/3 innings in a 4-3 loss to the Padres on September 8, 2009. Unlike Bumgarner, Webb was a fourth round draft choice when the Giants selected him out of high school in 2014, but he’s considered one of the top pitching prospects the organization has developed in recent years.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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