The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization returned to Atlanta with a championship card at Philips Arena on Saturday, April 21. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones defended his 205-pound crown in the night’s main event.
The event marks UFC’s first time back in the city since UFC 88 on Sept. 6, 2008, when nearly 15,000 fans packed Philips Arena to watch Rashad Evans knock out UFC legend Chuck Liddell.
|MAXIMO BLANCO||VS||MARCUS BRIMM|
|FIGHTING OUT OF: FALCON, VENEZUELA||FIGHTING OUT OF: COCONUT CREEK, FL|
|HEIGHT: 5’9”||HEIGHT: 5’4”|
|AGE: 28||AGE: 27|
|RECORD: 8-3-1, 1 NC||RECORD: 4-1|
[box] WINNER: MARCUS BRIMMAGE via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)[/box]
After the fight:
[quote]I wasn’t happy with the excitement level of the fight because I was more focused on winning. You can’t listen to the crowd in situations like this. You have to stick to your game plan and unfortunately tonight, it didn’t work. – Maximo Blanco[/quote]
[quote]I was watching him for a long time and waiting for the right opportunities. It wasn’t the same guy I thought I was going to fight. He was running from me a bit. I was trying to pick my shots. I wanted to outdo the main event and even though it’s not the fight I thought it would be, I’m happy. Going forward at 2 and 0 I want to take my time and do it right. I want my fans on Twitter to tell me who they think is the best next fight for me. I”m waiting patiently for more opportunities. – Marcus Brimage [/quote]
|KIETH WISNIEWSKI||VS||CHRIS CLEMENTS|
|FIGHTING OUT OF: PORTAGE, IN||FIGHTING OUT OF: CHATAM, ON, CA|
|WEIGHT: 170 lbs.||WEIGHT: 170 lbs.|
|HEIGHT: 5’11”||HEIGHT: 5’10”|
|AGE: 29||AGE: 36|
|RECORD: 28-12-1||RECORD: 10-4|
[box]WINNER: CHRIS CLEMENTS via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)[/box]
After the fight:
[quote]I play with each person’s movement, I don’t do preconceived combinations. I also don’t have a formula going in. I play it based on what I see. I feel good about this win and I want to be on the Toronto card if possible. I have a big family and would love to fight in front of everyone back home. I’m sure they’re happy with how things went tonight.- Chris Clements[/quote]
|MAC DANZIG||VS||EFRAIN ESCUDERO|
|FIGHTING OUT OF: LOS ANGELES, CA||FIGHTING OUT OT: TEMPE, AZ|
|WEIGHT: 155 lbs.||WEIGHT: 155 lbs.|
|HEIGHT: 5’8”||HEIGHT: 5’9”|
|AGE: 32||AGE: 26|
|RECORD: 21-9-1||RECORD: 19-4|
[box]WINNER: MAC DANZIG via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)[/box]
After the fight:
[quote]This performance wasn’t that great but I am happy to win. Nate Diaz is someone I want to fight. He’s at another level right now and I know I need to put three very impressive wins together to get back up there. But that’s what I am aiming for now that I am healthy.- Mac Danzig[/quote]
|JOHN MAKDESSI||VS||ANTHONY NJOKUANI|
|FIGHTING OUT OF: MONTREAL, QC, CA||FIGHTING OUT OF: LAS VEGAS, NV|
|WEIGHT: 155 lbs.||WEIGHT: 155 lbs.|
|HEIGHT: 5’8”||HEIGHT: 6’0”|
|AGE: 26||AGE: 32|
|RECORD: 9-1||RECORD: 15-6|
[box]WINNER: ANTHONY NJOKUANI via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)[/box]
After the fight:
[quote]It was good but I wish I got what I really wanted: a knockout or a submission. I’m tired of getting decisions, I’m disappointed in myself for that reason but happy I got the win. My leg kicks had to take out his legs because he relies on his legs so much. It was a great fight, he’s a tough dude and he didn’t go down. – Anthony Njokuani[/quote]
Nuclear Cowboyz®, the only high octane-fueled freestyle motocross touring production in North America, came to Philips Arena on Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd, 2013. The action-packed narrative is themed around the legend of two powerful freestyle motocross tribes whose survival in their futuristic world is told through an amassed compilation of fearless freestyle aerial feats, gravity-defying stunts, and electrifying pyrotechnic and laser displays synchronized to an energizing soundtrack.
Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 has the greatest cast of freestyle motocross, trials and quad riders ever assembled, including recent X Games 2012 medalists Ronnie Faisst, Taka Higashino, Mike Mason, Javier Villegas and Winter X Games gold and silver medalist Colten Moore. The tour also includes former gold medalists Matt Buyten and Adam Jones as well as award-winning freestylers Geoff Aaron, Wes Agee, Nick Dunne, Julian Dusseau, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Derek Garland, Marco Picado, Brody Wilson and Keith Wineland in this action-packed freestyle performance of pure danger and raw combat.
WWE returned to Atlanta for the first time in February when the Road to Wrestlemania 29 rolled into Philips Arena!
Just one week after F5’ing Mr. McMahon, Brock Lesnar returned to Raw and made his first Atlanta appearance is over 12 years!
Huge tag team main event with John Cena & The Unstoppable Ryback vs. CM Punk & Dolph Ziggler! See your favorite RAW & Smackdown superstars including Sheamus, The Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, The Miz, Kane, Daniel Bryan, the Divas, and many more! Check out these exclusive TBB pics by John Adams!
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Bobby Valentine Has Got to Go
The Red Sox have had their fair share of woes this season, and now that it’s gone public that the players had a meeting with the front office in order to air grievances about manager Bobby Valentine, there’s another one to add on the pile. The players, it seems, feel as if Valentine doesn’t have their collective backs, a feeling exacerbated by his leaving Jon Lester in for a 4 inning, 11 run disaster of a start late last month in Toronto. The Red Sox front office, however, stands behind Valentine as their man, purportedly due to his strategic savvy. But how much effect does a manager really have on his team?
The media narrative of a manager as some kind of general locked in a battle of wits with the opposing manager is a tremendous exaggeration; for the most part, the only way a manager is going to make a significant impact on his team is in a distinctly negative fashion. Very rarely will a manager like Earl Weaver take the stage and effectively utilize platoons and defensive shifts to the team’s advantage, most managers don’t do much more than setting lineups, making pitching changes to a bullpen where the relievers have hard roles and occasionally pulling a shift on a lefty pull hitter. In that manner, Valentine hasn’t hurt the Red Sox, but I also imagine that most managers not named Ron Washington would avoid screwing that up; the Sox have a strong order and a solid, deep bullpen, two things that are unlikely to be done wrong barring a manager that knows almost nothing of baseball. A good portion of managers don’t even make the defensive shifts or call pitches, those tend to be handled by the bench coach and pitching coach, respectively, though there are some catchers that call pitches instead.
You may be wondering that, if managers do so little, what is their actual job? And it’s much simpler than people tend to want to admit: managers are meant to keep their players happy, that’s it. Terry Francona was good at this, Bobby Valentine is not. A team that gets along works as one cohesive unit and will avoid throwing any one member under the bus, even if getting along won’t make them play better. When there is such a tremendous breakdown of communication that the players are almost unified in their dislike of the manager, the manager has completely failed at his job and has totally lost control, and therefore the front office has no business continuing his employment. Rarely a team will come together where everyone hates each other but has incredible success in spite of that, akin to the Yankees teams of the mid to late 1970s. But, should it fail and the team plays less than spectacularly, expect the season to turn into a whirling maelstrom of distraction and drama, much as this one has.
To take this back specifically to Valentine, it’s worth mentioning that he was so regarded as a caustic, unapproachable manager that he was more or less exiled from the MLB after his stint with the Mets, forced to take a job in Japan, where managers are expected to take critical attitudes towards players that they don’t think are giving their all. Valentine’s manner of criticism, using the Youkilis incident from earlier this year, seems to be less about lighting a fire under an underachieving player and seems to be more about saving his own skin. Hence, the Red Sox players aren’t being divas, primadonnas, or whatever negative adjective one wishes to assign to them, they’re merely trying to protect themselves from a manager who has no qualms with openly trashing them in the media and putting a magnifying glass on their disappointing performance in order to take the magnifying glass off of his job. He has no concern for his players’ well-being, and as such they should have none for his.
So, should Valentine get fired? Almost certainly, when the manager has failed at keeping his team together, there’s no reason behind him keeping his job other than to spite the players. But will he get fired? Most likely not, since the front office, including Larry Lucchino, team president and general manager in all but name, seems to have cast their lots with him. He’ll continue being the manager until the fire starts creeping towards the front office guys, and just as quick as they sided with him, they’ll turn him into the villain. But until then, they’ll keep alienating the players in order to prove their point.
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