The Daily Word in Trump, Russia and Mexico
What do women around the world think of Trump winning the 2016 presidential election?
Can can look forward to big oil, not working with the UN, an end to federal funding to Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City (and many more) as well as a withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Trump's first day in office.
Trump's data team predicted very accurately that he would win. How?
GM will be laying off over 2,000 workers at two different plants in January.
Trump's bff Vladimir Pussein (and co.) is excited he won.
So things are going to get all crazy with Mexico, huh?
There's a lot of hype around Conor McGregor for a reason.
Now here's some nice, happy things to read.
Youth Against Violence
Saturday, Aug 20: UFC Fight 202: Diaz vs. McGregor Rematch
The Daily Word in Hiddleswift, Eternal Debt and Dope
Jon 'Bones' Jones was pulled from UFC 200 because he was all doped up.
The girlfriend of Philando Castile, a recent victim of a fatal police shooting, speaks about his death.
Germany passed a bill today to help victims of assault file charges against their attacker.
Could there be a mutiny at the RNC? I sure hope so.
Have you heard of Hiddleswift? Of course you have. What if I told you it wasn't real?
Welcome to the park of the future.
Death is no excuse to not pay your student loans, kids. There is no escape.
The next prime minister of Britain will be a woman.
The Daily Word in Holly Holm, San Bernardino and Snapchat
Snapchat trying to cover news via their story is like trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.
Robert Downey Jr. and I have one thing in common and it’s not being able to keep surprises a secret.
The only thing on the internet that I’m obsessed with is Anna Kendrick’s Tweets.
On a more emotional note, as if feelings weren’t already uncontrollable, frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots dies at 48.
The Daily Word in France responds to terrorist attacks, Holly Holm celebrates and Pastafarianism is a recognized religion
French President Francois Hollande seeks to extend state of emergency to three months, claiming “France is at war” during an address to joint session of parliament.
France bombs Islamic State's capital in Syria in wake of Paris attacks on Friday.
If you've been living under a rock, New Mexico darling Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey for the UFC Bantamweight title Saturday night.
SNL dares to tell the adventures of young Ben Carson.
Pastafarian woman allowed to wear pasta strainer on her head in her driver's license photo.
Crib Notes: April 30, 2015
The Daily Word in rehab, UFC and a dildo-urn combo
In the Baltimore riots' aftermath, security is being ramped up and cleanup of looting and fires has begun.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has been jailed in Albuquerque for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident.
The South Valley will welcome a new residential drug treatment center in May 2015.
Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom's 21 Grams is a multi-sensory memory box comprised of a scent diffuser, an amp and a blown-glass dildo with a built-in golden urn to hold your deceased lover's ashes.
The Daily Word in APD protest, Kit Carson Park and Mr. Clean
This morning, Metro Court Judge Christina Jaramillo overturned some of David Correia’s conditions of release. The tenured UNM professor and activist will now be allowed to attend City Council meetings.
Yesterday, Mr. Clean visited the Isotopes at home.
During Wednesday’s picketing of APD Chief Gordon Eden, employees of Hotel Albuquerque confronted protesters.
Sandia National Laboratories and the City of Albuquerque are partners, yo.
Diego Sanchez, a UFC fighter, took home $140,000 after his recent Albuquerque appearance.
A rare, native New Mexican jumping mouse is now on the endangered species list.
In Taos, "Kit Carson Park" is no more.
The NM Class-A Six Man High School Football All Star game was recently played in Burque.
A 24-hour Denny’s will soon open in Edgewood.
The Pacifist’s Guide to MMA
Or, a hipster’s introduction to Albuquerque’s other favorite sport
The Daily Word in bombings, shootings and food
Tel-Aviv bus bombing.
What might the conflict in Gaza have to do with Iran?
The Fourth Street mall is not a "thriving urban environment."
Hector Camacho was shot in Puerto Rico.
The White House turns down requests to release photographs taken the night of attacks in Benghazi.
A DEA agent says he was told not to go after drug perps in white neighborhoods.
The future of a mainstreamed UFC.
"All Hail the Sweet Potato."
"All Hail Calculated Risk."
Bourbon marshmallows like whoa.
Brace yourself for the next (food-based) financial market bubble.
Grupo Bimbo wants to ease your Twinkie anxiety.
Happy birthday, René Magritte!
Russian government claims that a YouTube shutdown was the result of technical difficulties.
A rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening to overthrow the president.
Flaming Lips radio special this weekend.
Hangover Sports Roundup
Mayweather defeats Cotto, Nate Diaz submits Jim Miller
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Vs. Miguel Cotto
The sport of boxing may only have a couple of mega stars, but whenever they’re in action the sports world always takes notice. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. fought Miguel Cotto for the WBA Super Welterweight title in what turned out to be a compelling fight this Saturday night.
Despite Cotto being the champion, he was a massive underdog among casual fans and Vegas odds makers. Usually, whenever any fighter faces Mayweather, he is overmatched and often embarrassed by defensive boxing skills and technique. Surprisingly, Cotto was aggressive and was able to damage Mayweather. Many experts in chat rooms and Twitter had the fight close heading into the second half of the bout. But eventually supreme conditioning and counter punches carried Mayweather into victory. While the judges scorecard of (118-110, 117-111, 117-111) for Mayweather conveyed a lopsided win, Cotto seemed to have gained more fans and respect in defeat than any of his wins. If Cotto gets a couple of high profile wins, it wouldn't be out of the question to request a rematch or face Manny Pacquiao for the second time.
As for the now 43-0 (26 KO) Mayweather, his next opponent will be a jail cell as he serves time for misdemeanor domestic violence. Once he's done serving his 87-day sentence, the pressure of putting together the super fight between himself and Pacquiao should reach its boiling point. The potential matchup would be the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the history of the sport, but fans’ patience is starting to wear thin. If Pacquiao is dominant over Timothy Bradley, hopefully the wheels will start to go into motion for Pacquiao and Mayweather to finally collide.
UFC on Fox 3
It was a jam-packed weekend of sports, but lost in the shuffle was the Ultimate Fighting Championship on network television. While the card was lacking in star power, it tried to make up in exciting action. The main event featured Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller to possibly determine the next challenger for the Lightweight title.
Before the fight, Miller had a slight edge among mixed martial arts experts, but when they squared off, Diaz used superior boxing to confuse and damage Miller. Then, in round two, Diaz used his signature Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to gain the guillotine choke and make Miller tap for the first time in his career. Ever since Diaz moved to Lightweight, he’s looked almost unstoppable by dominating Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone. Now Diaz has proved he's a worthy challenger for champion, Benson Henderson. Since Henderson will face Frankie Edgar in a rematch in August, Diaz would most likely take another bout to stay active rather than take a long break. Since older brother Nick Diaz is suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Nate has gained all the attention and maybe has become a breakout star for the UFC. If Nate Diaz takes another fight and defeats Anthony Pettis, he will no doubt stand on his own as an elite fighter in MMA.
UFC 145 Jones vs. Evans preview
A family feud concludes tonight
Whenever a feud between two celebrities takes place, it’s rare that the public gets to see a satisfying conclusion. But when former teammates and friends Jon Jones and Rashad Evans step into the Octagon tonight, MMA fans should finally get to see the most personal grudge match in UFC history reach its climax. Despite being good friends and loyal teammates, a collision course between these two men was inevitable.
Evans has been in the media spotlight for the majority of his career. By winning the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” expectations were already sky high. But along with dealing with the pressure of being a new star in the UFC, Evans also had to battle the negative stigma of being cocky and arrogant. His coach on the reality show, Matt Hughes, labeled Evans as a “showboat,” which gave detractors plenty of ammo to constantly criticize him.
Add a conservative fighting style and it’s has been an uphill battle for Evans to gain respect. But with each victory came the eventual realization that Evans could become a championship-level fighter. Victories over Michael Bisping and Chuck Liddell catapulted his name into title contention. Despite heading into his title fight against Forrest Griffin undefeated, nearly no one gave the Michigan State standout any chance at victory. An Evans takedown and ground and pound of Griffin made him a champion and a elite-level fighter. But soon after accomplishing his defining moment, Evans lost the championship to a devastating knockout against Lyoto Machida.
Meanwhile, Evans’ training camp, Jackson’s MMA, was grooming another Light Heavyweight, Jon Jones. Evans had reservations about a potential contender competing in the same weight class but soon took a liking to him. While Jones embarked on his UFC journey, Evans encountered some roadblocks such as injuries, lackluster performances and the ugly divorce from this team that would lead to the rise of Bones Jones era.
Jon “Bones” Jones’ debut into the UFC was given little fanfare. Having under two weeks to prepare, Jones battered veteran Andre Gusmão with a variety of takedowns and striking en route to an upset victory. The impressive performance resulted in marginal attention but earned him a bout against Stephan Bonnar. When Jones surprised Bonnar with German suplexes and spinning back elbows, the hype machine officially began.
Other than the disqualification lost to Matt Hamill for illegal elbows, Bones destroyed every opponent he faced and earned himself a fight against Ryan Bader. Jones took advantage of the opportunity by defeating Bader via guillotine choke. The victory also delivered an unexpected surprise after it was announced Evans suffered a knee injury in training and Jones would take his place as the No. 1 contender.
As Jones gained the title shot, the media spotlight descended upon him. During a Feb. 2011 interview, he was asked if he would ever fight Evans. Jones said the fight would only take place if UFC President Dana White forced the fight to happen. Bones' comments angered Evans and started the rift between them. When Greg Jackson refused to take sides, Evans felt betrayed and soon moved his training camp from New Mexico to Florida. Meanwhile the MMA world pushed the “Bones” hype machine into overdrive. Some questioned whether or not Jones could live up to his full potential against champion “Shogun” Rua, but many odds makers had the challenger as the favorite. It took only a Jones knee to the gut to start the offensive assault and easily defeat Rua for the title. Once Jones became champion, he also became a target to his former friend.
After the Rua fight, Jones defeated former champions Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida, while Evans recovered from injuries to dominate Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis. While the trash talk between Jones and Evans lacks the expletives of a typical grudge match, its still one of the most personal fights in the history of UFC. When both men are paired together, Evans' demeanor displays anger and disgust against his former friend. Jones tries to stay composed but happily shows off his confidence in his ability become the greatest fighter in the world.
When both men step into the cage, Jones and Evans get to secretly fulfill the dream to see which man is truly the better fighter.
Hangover Sports Roundup
Henderson edges Edgar, West takes All-Star honors
The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its return to the land of the rising sun this past Saturday and delivered an entertaining night of fights featuring knockouts and comebacks. Despite having the shadow of Japanese MMA looming over the event, most fans will have fond memories over the potential fight-of-the-year featuring Frankie Edgar v. Benson Henderson for the Lightweight title.
Edgar has put on many exciting performances as champion but is considered undersized, while Henderson has been on a huge role since his loss against Anthony Pettis in 2010. Once the cage door shut, both men engaged in nonstop action with neither able to have a clear advantage in the first round. Round two featured Henderson scoring a huge up-kick which immediately drew blood on the champion, but like many times before Edgar continued to press forward.
When the final round started many experts and fans had the fight dead even. Henderson may have finished landing punches in the dominate position when the bout ended, but the round was still razor close. Surprisingly, all three judges scored the bout for Henderson and ended the “Edgar Era” in the Lightweight division.
Also shocking has been the support for Edgar to move to the Featherweight division and for Pettis to receive the next title opportunity. While Pettis is an exciting fighter with lots of potential, Edgar deserves his rematch, especially since B.J. Penn and Grey Maynard got their second chance. Other than Edgar no one in the UFC Lightweight division stands out as an immediate title contender. The current Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez is the only other fighter deserving as he has been the second-ranked fighter in the division for years. Hopefully UFC President Dana White will see the light and grant Melendez a chance to prove he belongs in the elite tier.
No doubt this year’s edition of the NBA All-Star Game was somewhat overshadowed by the lackluster Slam Dunk Contest and Dwight Howard trade rumors. But the actual game still provided some noteworthy-enough moments to prevent fans from changing the channel to the Oscars. Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was the focal point for his quest to become the all-time leading scorer in All-Star games. Bryant's 27 points helped the West dominate the East for most of the game until LeBron James caught fire in the fourth. James had 36 points and hit two huge threes to bring his squad within striking distance. But costly turnovers and bad execution in the final minutes allowed the West to escape with a 152-149 victory. Kevin Durant captured the game's MVP with 36 points and seven rebounds.
Lobos get back on track, Evans and Sonnen victorious
After suffering difficult losses to league leaders San Diego State and UNLV, New Mexico needed a confidence boost to regain their momentum in the Mountain West Conference. A 85-52 beatdown of Colorado State on Wednesday confirmed the Lobos are still a force to be reckoned with. On Saturday afternoon, UNM continued to beat up on teams they were favored against by cruising to a 71-54 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs. Tony Snell's team leading 18 points and Kendall Williams’ 14 points contributed to a solid 48.3 field goal percentage. The Lobos also receive some good news in the form of Colorado State pulling the 17-point upset over No.12 San Diego State. Head coach Steve Alford has to be happy his team's stretch of 2-2 has put UNM only a game back from the league lead. If New Mexico can split the season series against Aztecs and Rebels, the league championship is within reach.
With no college football and average basketball teams on television, the Ultimate Fighting Championship had a chance to gain the eye of the causal sports fan. Hardcore mixed martial fans may have overacted in describing the bouts as terrible, but new viewers of the sport may need another couple of shows before they get hooked.
Phil Davis thought he was ready for the big-time but got humbled for five rounds by Rashad Evans. While Davis showed improved standup, he was unable to cause any significant damage—allowing Evans to score constant takedowns. Round after round Evans passed Davis’ guard and gain dominate positions to land hard shots. Even though Evans was aggressive, the fight lacked highlight reel moments or constant back and forth action. The judges reflected Evans’ dominance by scoring all the rounds (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) in a unanimous decision. While some may have changed the channel during the main event, Evans earned a title shot and opportunity to fight rival Jon Jones. Once April comes around, the hype machine will guarantee media buzz and a good PPV buy rate for the UFC.
Once Mark Muñoz went down to injury, Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping garnered all the attention from media and fans. Some thought the fight was slow and boring, but instead it should be remembered for as an exciting bout. Sonnen tried to bully Bisping with takedowns and ground and pound, but Bisping stood up and landed hard shots. Rounds one and two were close but Sonnen gained some extra energy in the final round and dominated the action. Opinions differed on Twitter but leaned toward Bisping getting the decision. But the judges saw Sonnen's takdowns being the difference and scored the fight (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). His pro wrestling promo after the fight should add some additional interest in a rematch against Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Let’s hope Silva finally agrees to the bout, because it could be the most watched title fight in UFC history.
In the opening bout, Chris Weidman ground out a spilt decision victory (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Demian Maia. Both men looked gassed throughout the bout but Weidman had a decent excuse, taking the fight under 11 days notice. Maia knew about the fight months in advance and put on an awful performance. Weidman's victory establishes him as a top-10 Middleweight while Maia goes to 1-2 and may be on the verge of being cut.