Jones-Cormier rematch headlines outstanding UFC 214 card

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Younghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Everything about Jones’ behavior suggests he might have stronger feelings than he acknowledges. When they finally hit the Honda Center cage on Saturday night, he’ll have a chance to show how he really feels.“A guy like Daniel, he has my full, undivided attention,” Jones said this week. “He says that he’s in my head, and that’s exactly where I want him to be, because he is in my head. I think about him all the time. That’s what makes me do the things I do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Jones and Cormier are headlining the UFC’s best show of the summer, and likely the entire year, in Orange County.UFC 214 features three title fights and numerous rising stars. Before Jones and Cormier, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia in a compelling clash of styles, and pound-for-pound women’s superstar Cris “Cyborg” Justino faces Invicta champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant featherweight title. View comments Jones’ yearlong suspension has ended, and the UFC put him right back in a title shot with Cormier, who dutifully defended the belt during the mercurial ex-champion’s absence. Cormier, an ex-Olympian and family man who also works as a television commentator, sees every flaw in Jones’ makeup.“He’s a guy who can’t stop hurting himself and people around him,” Cormier said. “He’s a talented athlete, but mixed martial arts aren’t just about the best athlete. He’s weak mentally. He’s got problems, and I don’t know if he solved them yet.”Jones plays it cool when talking about Cormier, yet their promotional staredowns have usually devolved into trash-talking and physical drama. They got into an infamous brawl in a Las Vegas casino lobby in 2014 during the early stages of their promotion of the first bout.They exchanged harsh words again this week in a faceoff, but Jones has vowed to be classy after he wins their rematch.“He’s a good dude,” Jones said. “I want the best for him, I really do. I wish he was just man enough to realize that he’s (in) the wrong era. He just happened to come into the sport, he’s 39 years old, and he’s (fighting) a guy who’s in his prime, a guy who’s doing everything in his power to make sure this is his era. I wish he could just swallow that and say, ‘I’m the baddest (man) outside Jon Jones, and I can go to sleep with that.’”The UFC 214 pay-per-view card starts with two absolute corkers: Veteran brawlers Robbie Lawler and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone meet after light heavyweight prospects Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir. Even the undercard is strong, featuring fights for Ricardo Lamas, Renan Barao, Aljamain Sterling and Brian Ortega.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ But the remarkable main event could be the culmination of Cormier’s career or a monumental return for Jones, whose career and life have been severely fractured since their first bout.“It’s pretty cool that it ends here,” Jones said recently, speaking of both his disputes with Cormier and his own winding path back to the top. “There will be no grudge match. There will be no trilogy. Like I say all the time, Daniel Cormier is not my rival. I have no issue with him.”Jones’ biggest issues have always been with himself.Jones reached the pinnacle of his sport when he soundly defeated Cormier in January 2015 to defend his UFC 205-pound title. Practically nothing has gone right in the ensuing 2 1/2 years for Jones, whose capacity for self-sabotage and lousy decision-making surpassed even his incredible MMA talent.The UFC stripped Jones of its title twice — after a hit-and-run accident in which he broke a pregnant woman’s arm, and again after he was revealed to have failed a doping test four days before fighting Cormier at UFC 200 last July.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Daniel Cormier, bottom, takes down Jon Jones during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. If Cormier wasn’t Jones’ bitter enemy, the UFC light heavyweight champion probably could could give sound advice to Jones, the troubled former champ. Instead, the steady Cormier realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 to validate his own title reign. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)ANAHEIM, Calif.— Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fight of the year.Jones says he doesn’t even dislike Cormier, the man who has spent most of the past 2 1/2 years holding the light heavyweight title belt that Jones considers rightfully his.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

Often spoiling for a spat, Mourinho targets Pogba at Manchester United

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Vettel fighting to keep F1 title challenge alive in Russia Manchester United’s Paul Pogba reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)LONDON — Whenever Jose Mourinho runs into trouble, there’s always a scapegoat.In the early years of his managerial career, referees, rival coaches and — of course — the media were the target of Mourinho’s ire.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Given the United coach’s recent history at clubs, the discord is far from surprising. Nor would it be if Mourinho doesn’t enjoy a long career at United.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Questioning the professionalism of his players has become a trait of Mourinho, a boss calling out his employees in public. There was stinging criticism of defender Luke Shaw’s training regime. Anthony Martial’s commitment to the team was even called into doubt in July because he left the tour of the United States to spend time with his newborn child.“My family will always come first,” Martial said on social media in a clear rebuke of his manager.As Mourinho’s mood has darkened — while failing to secure the players desired in the summer transfer window — so has his demeanor.Talk of a rift with Paul Pogba, the club’s most expensive signing, has simmered for months. Now it has boiled over in public.Mourinho would be in a position of strength to assert his authority if his team was flourishing. But the early-season unease at Old Trafford has heightened by United being dumped out of the League Cup in the third round for the first time in 11 years with Tuesday’s home loss to second-tier Derby. ADVERTISEMENT It was a third-round game Pogba watched from the stands on the day it was revealed his hopes of leading the team again looked to be over. Mourinho fanned the flames of controversy by announcing the France midfielder had been stripped of the vice-captaincy.However much Mourinho maintained there had been “no fallout,” the lack of public explanation just fermented the opposite impression. The frostiness between the pair played out in public on Wednesday during a training session. Cameras are usually kept far from the Carrington complex but rights holder Sky Sports was allowed in to film ahead of its Saturday broadcast of United’s game at West Ham.Mourinho will have known his actions were being caught on camera as he was heard asking a press officer about an Instagram post by Pogba.If Pogba’s posts from the stands during the Derby game irritated Mourinho, then the midfielder should be confused. From the manner of the player’s signing announcement, which was accompanied by a flashy video, United has seized on his marketability to drive up online interest in the club. Vice chairman Ed Woodward even updates investors on social media growth while delivering the quarterly results.The flagship recruit for Mourinho’s first season in charge of United two years ago, Pogba cost a then world-record 105 million euros (then $116 million).Agent Mino Raiola made tens of millions of euros from the transfer. Moving Pogba on again would earn Raiola another bumper pay day and he has publicly discussed the prospect of him leaving Old Trafford.Whenever United is underperforming — and the team is already eight points behind leader Liverpool after six games — Pogba’s performances often face the most scrutiny. That comes with the price tag.But World Cup-winning France coach Didier Deschamps used a visit to London for this week’s FIFA Best awards to argue that Pogba is far from being self-centered and is a team player.“People have this image of someone individualistic, who thinks about himself,” Deschamps said. “He has sometimes been unfairly criticized by the media and felt this aggressive vibe.”Now the negative vibe seems to be caused by his club coach. Mourinho appears to be always spoiling for a spat, and Pogba is in the firing line. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Then, the Portuguese coach grew more suspicious of perceived foes and relished conflict within his clubs.The relationship with key players broke down at Real Madrid before he left in 2013. Strained relations led to his second spell in charge at Chelsea ending midway through his second season in 2015. The firing was blamed on the “palpable discord” he created, exacerbated by a public row with the team doctor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIf Manchester United thought it could tame Mourinho in the job he craved for so long, the club was wrong.With Manchester City outspending United on players and pulling further ahead on the pitch, Mourinho has grown increasingly frustrated with the club’s leadership and his own squad — and ensured the world knows. 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first_imgCrook: FrancoisDESPITE all the warnings and the shameless antics of previous crooks, more Donegal investors have been swindled – in yet another pyramid scheme con.They paid into a scheme run by a man in Co Leitrim which was nothing more than the same con run by French crook Francois de Dietrich.The Frenchman conned millions out of Donegal investors from his office in Ballybofey by telling them he was buying bankrupt stock including planes! Now a new crook has emerged in Leitrim who hooked in more Donegal investors attracted by the same false promises of high returns.But the pyramid scheme is just a con trick – people going in at the start are paid their returns out of money coming in from later investors. It all eventually collapses as the crooks clear off with the bulk of the cash.Officers from the National Fraud Bureau and Criminal Assets Bureau have seized €1M here – but that’s thought to be a fraction of the sums involved.Police in Spain, Holland, Denmark and the UK are helping authorities here. A Leitrim man was questioned and released pending further inquiries.He was quizzed under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act During whilst a computer and paperwork were seized.“Exactly how many people here were hooked into the scam may never be known,” said one source.“There is extensive paperwork but it’s not certain that everyone is named. It just beggars belief that any investment can make returns of 2o%, 30% or 40%. It doesn’t happen in the real world.”De Dietrich fled Ireland after being exposed by Donegal Daily as a shameless crook who stole €20M from people in the county. He lives openly in France and has never been arrested, despite a warrant for his arrest issued in Belfast.SHOCK AS DONEGAL INVESTORS SWINDLED YET AGAIN IN PYRAMID SCHEME was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeycashconmancrookdonegalFrancois de DietrichleitrimPyramid schemelast_img read more