The UFC Visited Milwaukee Wisconsin this past weekend at the Fiserv Forum for the final card on Fox. The TV deal with the UFC and FOX has come to a close as the UFC will move to ESPN starting in 2019. What a way to go out though, Al Iaquinta defeating Kevin Lee by Unanimous decision in their rematch. While in the co-main event Dan Hooker showed just how tough he is , losing by a forth round body punch to Edson Barboza. Rob Font also got a good Unanimous decision win over Sergio Pettis. While Charles Oliveria avenged his loss to Jim Miller by beating him by submission.

Al Iaquinta

 Beating Kevin Lee moved Al to the 4th rank spot in the UFC’s Lightweight division. The only other fighters ahead of him besides the champion are Conor McGregor , Tony Ferguson, and Dustin Porier. One of those three fighters will more then likely be fighting the champion next. The most common thought is that the remaining two would be Porier and McGregor, witch would make a great rematch story line for the UFC. Unless Al wants to wait until the later part of next year, it is possible his next fight will be either Barboza or Justin Gaethje. He who witch just called out Al on twitter after Al’s fight with Lee. In Al’s post fight interview he called for a fight with Conor McGregor, claiming that he is more worthy of a rematch with Khabib then Conor is. Saying that he went the full five rounds with Khabib on one day notice while Conor tapped with a full training camp.

Next fight: Al Iaquinta vs Conor McGregor

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is still a very young athlete in the UFC’s lightweight division. He will remain at the top of the division for years to come. Just recently the UFC made it clear that they believe Anthony Pettis is still a top contender at lightweight. They gave him a number one contender fight with Tony Ferguson in witch he lost. Although losing that fight he remains one of the top fighters in that division and would contrast really well with Lee. It would be a classic striker vs wrestler match up.

Next fight: Kevin Lee vs Anthony Pettis

Edson Barboza

With Barboza getting back in the win column this Saturday, he will be looking to keep moving forward with the UFC. The UFC vet will look to keep climbing the lightweight division. What better way to do that then to fight Justin Gaethje who is always ready to go to war. Barboza throwing high velocity strikes with his legs, Gaethje will spend most of the fight chomping at Barboza’s legs like trees. The fight will decide weather Barboza can weather the storm and finish Gaethje in the later rounds.

Next fight: Edson Barboza vs Justin Gaethje

Rob Font

Font’s win on Saturday sprung him to the number 10 spot in the UFC’s 135 lbs division. Sitting just ahead of him in the 9th position is Pedro Munhoz. Munhoz beat Font back in July of 2017 by submission. Now that they are ranked so close to each other by the UFC, it may be time to run it back. The test will be to see if Font can make it a different fight then the first fight. He has to keep it standing by staying at distance.

Next fight: Rob Font vs Pedro Munhoz

Sergio Pettis

Pettis made his 135 lbs debut in his loss this past weekend to Rob Font. Being a bigger name its common to see Sergio still fight a ranked opponent. Even though he lost his first fight in the division, he should still be right outside the top 15. Ranked at number 13 is one Thomas Almedia. The UFC vet is riding a fight losing streak to Jimmy Rivera, and most recently to Rob Font. He hasn’t won a fight since 2016 and a lot of fans speculate that Almedia’s best days are behind him despite his somewhat young age. Keeping Pettis relevant and seeing two high level strikers fight each other is enough for the UFC to want to get this fight booked.

Next fight: Sergio Pettis vs Thomas Almedia

 

Written by: Michael Lynch

The BBQ Pit Sports

Shout out to the UFC 

 

UFC 231 took place in Toronto, Canada this past weekend. Max Holloway defended his featherweight title as the doctors stopped his fight with Brian Ortega in between the forth and fifth round. Ortega had suffered a broken nose and continued to go to war with Holloway for 4 rounds.

Max Holloway (Featherweight Champion)

After defending his title for the second time, Holloway has a lot of options in his future. There are a lot of talks of him fighting at lightweight so that he would not have to cut as much weight. If he did decide to go to lightweight, he has a fight with the lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He also would have the option to rematch Conor McGregor, who gave him his last loss. Any other fight in the top 5 such as Tony Ferguson or or Dustin Porier are also very interesting fights. Could Holloway possibly feel like he still has more to accomplish at featherweight? Renato Moicano would look to be the obvious number one contender who has not fought the champion. The number two in line to get the fight would be Frankie Edger. Both fights that may be interesting for Holloway to cement his legacy at featherweight.

Next fight: Max Holloway-Renato Moicano 

Brian Ortega 

Ortega showed a lot of heart in his title fight with Max Holloway this past weekend. He never quit even after getting punched in the nose with a broken nose hundreds of times. He will still be at the top of the featherweight division after this last fight. Therefore someone like Jose Aldo who always is a top contender at featherweight would look like the best possible fight to make for the fans. It may also be interesting to see a interim title fight between Ortega and Renato Moicano if Holloway did decide to move up to lightweight.

Next fight: Brian Ortega-Jose Aldo

Gunner Nelson

Before defeating Alex Oliveria this past weekend, Nelson’s last fight prior to that was a little over a year prior when he got knocked out by Santiago Ponzinibbio. In Ponzinibbio’s last fight he defeated one Neil Magny. Magny is a very skilled ground fighter with pretty good stand-up. Nelson being a great submission fighter is a great stylistic match-up for Magny.

Next fight: Gunner Nelson-Neil Magny

Thiago Santos

Santos delivered a devestating knock out to Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231. Sealing himself as a knockout artist at 205, Santos should be moving up quickly in the ranks. Santos was rising threw the middleweight rankings before he moved to light heavyweight and won two straight. He deserves to fight a contender next at the top of the chain. Anthony Smith is another fighter who rose from middleweight to make a name for himself at 205. Although he is calling for a title fight it is clear that he is second or third in line for a title fight and would need to take at least one more fight before fighting for a title. Another side note would be that Santos and Smith actually fought already at middleweight. Where Santos won via TKO. Seeing both of these guys rising threw the ranks, and Smith being ranked higher then Santos, the UFC would be extremely smart to set up a rematch between the two.

Next fight: Thiago Santos-Anthony Smith

Michael Lynch

The BBQ Pit Live

 

 

UFC Adelaide was a great event that showcased great Australian talent right in their back yard. Although all three 4 of the home town boys lost that night, the Australian crowd never disappoints.

Junior Dos Santos: The biggest winner of the night without a doubt has to be Dos Santos. Being on the later part of his career, Junior was expected to pass the torch to young and coming Tai Tuivasa. Getting a knock out win Dos Santos proved that he is a true Legend of the UFC, and will continue to write his record book. Alistair Overeem just won his co main event fight at UFC Beijing a couple of weeks ago. Overeem is ranked one position in front of Dos Santos in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Dos Santos lost his first bout with Overeem back in 2015 via TKO.

Next fight: Junior Dos Santos – Alistair Overeem

Tai Tuivasa: Tai was 8-o in his pro career leading into this main event fight at UFC Adelaide. Unfortunately Saturday was not his night and he will have to continue to climb the ranks in the heavyweight division. Luckily for him, before  his fight he got into a slight altercation with Justin Willis who fought Mark Hunt on the Adelaide card just two fights before Tai fought. Although Willis won and Tuivasa lost, the story line is there and Tuivasa is still ranked higher up then Willis by the UFC’s standards. The Story line alone should get the fight booked possibly for the near future if both fighters are healthy.

Next fight: Tai Tuivasa – Justin Willis

Shogun Rua: Defeating rising star Tyson Pedro this past Saturday, Shogun is currently ranked 12th in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Although Tyson Pedro suffered a knee injury witch ultimately lead to his TKO loss, Shogun looked impressive threw out the fight and could have been on his way to a decision win. OSP originally defeated Shogun by TKO in 2014. The thing that both fighters have in common in that both of their last fights were against Tyson Pedro. Rematches are notoriously more popular then the original fights. On top of that stylistically Shogun and OSP match up great against each other and it will be very interesting to see where the fight will go being how the first fight went.

Next fight: Shogun – OSP

This upcoming Saturday December 8th the UFC will visit Toronto Canada for UFC 231. The Main event will be Featherweight champion Max Holloway against challenger Brian Ortega. While the Co main will be Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk fighting for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight belt.

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Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz fought this past Saturday, and yes it is 2018. Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy promotions moved into MMA putting on the third fight between Liddell and Ortiz. On the under card was legend of the sport Tom Lawlor fighting Deron Winn. To open the card Golden Boy showed a hand full of amateur fights that started about an hour before the main card.

The first mistake was made by the California state athletic commission. Although as fans, seeing Liddell back in the cage was a surreal feeling, he is 48 years old. He moves significantly slower then he did when he last fought 8 years ago. He also can be seen having trouble standing before the fight even started. In the poor condition that he was in on the night of the fight i could only imagine what the commission saw when they evaluated Chuck.

The second mistake was made by both Oscar De La Hoya and Tito Ortiz. Before the fight took place Oscar can be on record saying that if fighters wanted to be paid better they should come to Golden Boy MMA where he plans to “pay his fighters what they deserve. That promise was then seconded by Tito Ortiz after he won his fight. He hinted at he would be teaming up with Golden boy as a partner. He then promoted the show and invited fighters that wanted to be treated right to come sign there. The problem is that although the main event fighters were paid well, 250k and 200k, nobody else on the card made more then 10k. You can open the card in the UFC and make more then 10k, but they promote by saying that they will be paying better then other organization.

The third being that Golden Boy only signed fighters to one fight deals. In every one of the post fight interviews, everyone of the fighters had no idea what they were doing next with their career. You would think if he was looking to start his own promotion that he would promote fighters that he has signed under contract. Here we are though couple days after the fight and Golden Boy promotion has zero fighters under contract.

The forth yet smallest mistake they made was they under promoted it. They only held one press conference , and chose not to have a filmed live weight in. Only showing the stare downs the day before the fight. They did it in a unique way but Ortiz-Liddell should have been way bigger then it was. Even though they were up in age, at the tail end of their careers, they had one of the biggest rivalries in UFC history.

Do us a favor Oscar and Tito, Leave mma in Dana and Scott’s hands.

Mike Lynch

The BBQ Pit MMA

 

 

Carmelo Anthony has been told by the Houston Rockets front office that he will no longer be needed in Houston. They have also publicly stated that they do not plan to release him to free agency as they would have to swallow his 2 million. Trading him would be a long shot because he is only worth about two million in cap space and the only teams that should go after Carmelo are middle of the road teams. These teams wont have much to offer Houston in exchange for Carmelo.

Option 1: Charlotte Hornets 

The trade would have to be along the lines of Carmelo for Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk. Houston would be getting two young guards that contracts will expire soon. On the other end Charlotte puts the eggs in the Carmelo Anthony basket and pair him up with Kemba Walker. If Carmelo can play like he did in New York or Denver he would be great along side Kemba and Lamb.

Option 2: Los Angles Lakers

Michael Beasley is coming of one of the best statistical years of his career playing for the Knicks. Upon arrival with the Lakers he has received little to no playing time and has expressed his unhappiness with the team. At this stage in his career he would still be a great play maker off the bench. While Carmelo being teamed up with the great LeBron James could be exactly what the Lakers need to take that next step. A straight swap should also work out for both teams involved.

Option 3: New Orleans Pelicans 

Carmelo Anthony for Frank Jackson and Cheick Diallo. Its hard seeing Houston take this trade unless they have a good bit of picks coming with it. That being said it would be good to develop another young 20 year old guard under Chris Paul and James Harden while also getting some help down low in the paint. While on the other side of the coin , Carmelo would be teamed up with Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis in New Orleans and that would give them the push they need to some what contend in the west.

Option 4: Dallas Mavericks 

The Mavs have a great core of young talent as well. If they gave up Max Kleber, Jalen Brunson and some picks the Rockets would be inclined to take it for the same reason as the Pelicans trade. They would be getting more youth at both the Guard and Forward positions. While Dallas would get Carmelo Anthony ten time NBA all star, to team up with a legend in Dirk Nowitzki. Young talented guards like Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention his Team USA teammate DeAndre Jordan playing center. This would actually work out great because Carmelo would fit right in the starting lineup in Dallas.

Projected Lineup:

PG: Smith Jr

SG: Doncic

SF: Barnes

PF: Carmelo

C: Jordan

 

 

Written By: Mikey D

The BBQ Pit NBA

UFC 230 will take place on November 3rd 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There is hand fulls of great fights already on the card. Chris Weidman takes on Luke Rockhold in a very anticipated rematch. Middleweight contenders Ronaldo Souza and David Branch will face off along with Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya. The co-main event was announced to be Nate Diaz coming of his 2 year layoff to fight Dustin Porier. The only problem is the UFC has yet to decide who will fight in the main event. The reason they are having a hard time is because the UFC likes to hold main event spots on PPV cards for title fights. Right now at the moment there are very little amount of title fights that can possibly be made.

Daniel Cormier: Daniel has been quoted saying that he wishes to fight two fights before he retires in march. Witch of course would imply that he wishes to have one fight at the end of this year and his last fight to be in march of 2019. The November card would fit that timeline perfectly. Witch title would he defend though? With the recent news that Jon Jones can return to the octogon as soon as october, rumors have been circulating that Jones may be an option for that main event slot. Knowing how big Jones is he would be able to make the fight happen at either heavy or light heavyweight. Although the most recent news has Cormier coming out saying that he is only eyeing one last fight with Brock Lesner sometime next year, it would still be exciting to see him keep his word and come back to fight this year.

 

Max Holloway: With Holloway’s health issues playing a role in the decision, he may be far fetched to be on this card as well. One thing is for certain when he does fight his opponent will be Brian Ortega. Ortega is the number one contender and was already slated once to fight Holloway until injury plagued that fight.

 

Rose Namajunas: Thug rose fought last back in April, witch has given her plenty of time to rest and train to be ready to go in November. The problem is the division, she is 1-1 with Tecia Torres. Maybe they do the rubber match but Torres just lost to Jedrzejczyk who Rose beat twice in a row. Jessica Andrade just became the number one contender in that division. With a 3 fight win streak over Claudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres , and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. The only issue there is that her last fight was not even a month ago on September 8th. Will that be enough time for Andrade to do her training camp and make this fight happen at MSG?

 

TJ Dillashaw / Henry Cejudo: Both men have called for a super fight with each other that they both got on metro PCS and promoted. Dillashaw coming of an impressive 2 knock out streak over Cody Garbrandt has limited choices at bantamweight. He could fight a rematch with Cruz or maybe even fight contenders such as Marlon Moraes or Raphael Assuncao. While Cejudo’s only fight in the flyweight division would be a rematch with Demetrious Johnson. Johnson was the champion since 2012, if anyone deserves an immediate rematch it would be him. Seeing how their options are slim, it may be the smartest move to have these two guys battle in a super fight in New York.

Whoever the main event is, it will only make this card that much more of a draw. Most people argue that they would like to see Diaz and Porier in the main event. While that is attractive, adding a title fight only adds more excitement. Remember to buy the PPV on Saturday November 3rd for UFC 230 in New York City.

 

Written by: Michael Lynch- The BBQ Pit Live

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Philadelphia 76ers- Jayson Tatum 

 

Knowing what we know now Tatum was arguably the best rookie in this years NBA draft. I chose Tatum over Mitchell simply because the sixers already have Ben Simmons who is Ball dominant, as Tatum plays very well off the ball.

2. LA Lakers- Donovan Mitchell

Mitchell is an obvious choice for the Lakers. They originally chose Lonzo Ball, so its obvious they wanted a good NBA ready PG from this draft and the best PG in this draft is Donovan Mitchell. Sorry Lavar but if Magic would have seen it coming Mitchell would be in purple and gold not lonzo.

3. Boston Celtics- Lauri Markkanen

If Tatum would have been off the board i believe the Celtics would have picked a shooting big man. No need to sign a Guard with the signings of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving that off-season they would need more depth at the forward positions.

4. Phoenix Suns- Lonzo Ball

Even though in my opinion Kyle Kuzma was a better rookie then Lonzo ball this past year, the Suns just signed young Power Forward Marquese Chriss the year prior. Since they already had that project in the making i feel they would have used that spot to grab their Point Guard of the future.

5. Sacramento Kings- Kyle Kuzma

Kuzma has proved himself to be a great scorer and rebounder in his rookie season in the NBA. He would have grown a lot being able to be mentored by Zach Randolph, one of the best PF to ever play in the NBA.

6. Orlando Magic- Denis Smith Jr.

They traded their starting PG, Elfrid Peyton to the Suns this past year witch would have opened up a spot for smith to shine like he did his rookie season with the Mavs. Imagine the ticket sales from the Magic games that season being able to watch Dennis Smith Jr and Aaron Gordon every night would be a sight to see.

7. Chicago Bulls- Markelle Fultz

Fultz dropped from 1 to 7 simply because he missed most of his rookie season. Then on top of that when he did come back he had a few solid games and then the coach decided to rest him in the playoffs. He did show a lot of promise making him a good project for the Bulls who have plenty of time to work around a rebuild.

8. New York Knicks- Dillon Brooks

The rookie put up amazing numbers in his rookie season for the Grizz. Its incredable that every NBA team let him slide to the second round like they did. He was top 3 in scoring on a team with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. The Knicks Fell short this past year because of their lack of depth , scoring, and defense. Brooks would have been able to fill all of those gaps.

9. Dallas Mavericks- De’Aaron Fox

The Mavs originally chose a PG, being as though Dennis Smith Jr was already taken off the board i think their best option would have been to turn to Fox.

10. Portland Trail Blazers- John Collins

When Portland chose Zach Collins with this pick i was very surprised. Zach is a great scoring big man where as John Collins or even a Jarrett Allen are very skilled defensive big men. The Blazers had plenty of scoring with CJ and Lillard, they needed defense more then anything especially out of their bigs.

 

With all the excitement of UFC 225 there a couple things to take away from the weekend’s event. Here is me having a little fun trying to do Sean Shelby’s job for him.

Alistar Overeem- The loser of the Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannou should be next for Alistar. Although he didn’t put on the worst preformance, he was victim of yet another knock out. If Lewis loses its a great test for what would be a falling career for Overeem and if Ngannou loses it makes for a rematch that i do not think anybody would complain about.

Curtis Blades- Curtis should fight the winner of that same fight, Ngannou vs Lewis. Blades is on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC over elite fighter like Mark Hunt and Alistar Overeem. If he falls short of his title shot for now i think this would be 100% a title eliminator fight with the winner fighting the champion next. Although he is more likley to get the call for the title fight if Cormier beats Stipe. At this point Daniel would appear to be unstopable and the UFC would be forced to throw a elite wrestler at him.

Tai Tuivasa- This is yet another young heavyweight on the come up. With a lot of the heavyweights ahead of him already being booked for the upcoming future i would say the best prediction would be that his next fight will be against Alexander Volkov. So long as Volkov doesn’t get the next call for the title i think Tai would be the best match-up for him. Volkov is a great striker with crazy reach. Tuivasa on the other hand is a straight savage and will win at any cost. If Alexander does get the call for the title shot i think Tai should wait till closer to the end of this year and fight the winner of either JDS vs Blagoy Ivanov or Marcin Tybura vs Stefen Struve. Any one of those 4 fighters will be Tuivasa’s toughest fight to date and will be extremely exciting to see.

Andri Arlovski- Only winning 2 out of his last 5 fights, all three of his losses coming to young up and coming heavyweights, i feel as though he should challenge himself and fight another young guy. Justin Willis is the first name that comes to mind. On a 3 fight win streak in the UFC, this would be a great chance for Arlovski to redeem himself and stop the hype train that is Justin Willis.

Holly Holm- In her post fight interview in the octagon she made it clear that winning her 135 belt back was the top thing on her to-do list. With all respect to Holm 135 is her natural division. She doesn’t have a problem getting to 135 and she is more in the bantamweight body frame. I say Dana should give her what she wants and let her fight Amanda Nunez for the women’s Bantamweight title.

Rafael Dos Anjos- Coming off this loss to Covington i think he should have to fight Steven Thompson or Darren Till. My first choice would be Darren Till if i am the matchmaker because Till just beat wonder boy. On the other hand Dana might feel that the Till fight with Thompson was so close that Thompson gets the fight because of how new to the company Till is. Till has already stated that he doesn’t care who he fights next and that he is okay with Thompson getting the crack at the loser of the Interim fight.

Yoel Romero- Next fight should be either Daniel Cormier or llir Latifi at Light Heavyweight. Its not any breaking news that Romero is having a lot of trouble making 185. With the move up to 205 in the near future, a fight with elite wrestlers is the best fight to make for him in that division. He gets Cormier if he loses to Stipe, if not Dana will more then likely look to give him Latifi.

Robert Whittaker- For me this was pretty easy, his next opponent will be Chris Weidman. It was between Weidman and Gastlem for me and being as though Weidman’s last fight was a win over Gastlem it makes it pretty obvious that he should get the next crack at the belt.

 

 

 

The New York Knicks have landed the 9th pick in this years NBA draft. This years draft is stoked with a lot of talent in both of the first two rounds. This year the Knicks have been blessed with an early 2nd round pick along with their 9th overall pick. I feel like the Knicks have a couple of different options this year and I am very excited to see what happens.

Scenario number one would have to be we keep the number 9 pick. Although the draft class this year is deep the best of the best will more then likely  be taken in the first 6 pick.

First option: Wendell Carter is our best possibility at the 9th spot. To me he seems like one of the more NBA ready rookies in this years draft. He also plays the Power Forward position witch is a position where we will be needing a little help this season especially if Kristaps will be missing the better part of next season.

Second Option: Trae Young, he reminds me of a younger Steph Curry. He’s a great shooter, and has also verbalized that he would love to come to New York. Everyone knows I love a player that wants to be in New York. Although we would have an abundance of Point Guards on the roster, I feel like the fast past offence David Fizdale runs will allow for us to have more Guards.

Third Option: Mikel Bridges , He’s a good Wing player, Great at filing lanes and running the court. The Knicks only position they need to fill unless Kanter and Oquinn  both opt out , is Small Forward. There can be no argument that Mikel will be the best available SF by the time the 9th spot rolls around.

Scenario 2: The Knicks trade Courtney Lee, Daymen Dodson and our second round pick for the Grizzles 4th overall pick. This would give us the 4th and 9th pick in the NBA draft and would give them the power to fill two starting positions If they needed to.

First Option: Michael Porter Jr, Even though the kid has dealt with some injury issues and to some people that hurts his draft stock. I see the 2nd best small forward in the NBA draft. He’s 6’10” 210 lbs and plays like Kevin Durant. He was the Best high school player in the country only a year or so ago.

Second Option: Mohamed Bamba, The 7 foot tall Center will be exactly what the Knicks need if they lose either Enes Kanter or Kyle Oquinn in free agency this offseason. One of the top shot blockers he nation last year he will be exactly what the Knicks need on defense.

Third Option: Marvin Bagley III, I saved the best option for last. Atlanta Picks third and they need a Power Forward. They just drafted a franchise Center in John Collins and they also have a young star in Prince at the small forward. So if the Knicks get the 4th pick they may luck out and get Marvin Bagley III , The best Small forward in this years draft.

 

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