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V.20 No.50 | 12/15/2011
Chris Young

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Hangover Sports Roundup

Jones slays dragon, Manning saves Giants’ playoff chances

UFC 140

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones had one of the most memorable years in mixed martial arts. And that could be said even prior to his title defense against former champion Lyoto Machida on Saturday, Dec. 10. Jones probably could of requested to take the rest of the year off, but instead risked his championship to face a dangerous striker. Machida's unorthodox striking confused and frustrated the still-young Jones for the first time in his career. Despite two of the judges giving the first round to Jones, Lyoto staggered the champion and forced Jones to face some serious adversity. The sold-out Toronto crowd was firmly in Machida's corner, but Bones scored the takedown in the second round and caused a deep gash on Lyoto's forehead. After doctors checked the cut, Bones dropped Machida with a big punch and finished the fight with a standing guillotine choke. The 18,000-plus who booed Jones then showed respect for the Jackson’s MMA fighter and seemed to acknowledge that Jones is one of the UFC's elite champions. Other than his first round struggle with Machida, Bones has almost looked unstoppable in his career. Frankly, Jones is a fighter the sport has never seen before, with abilities that could make him the crossover athlete the UFC has been looking for.

Other action featured a Heavyweight rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Their first encounter displayed Mir's improved boxing that knocked down Nogueira several times. Mir eventually finished the fight, completing the impossible by becoming the first fighter to do so against Nogueira. In the sequel, Nogueira hit the dazed Mir and went for the finish on the ground, but Mir countered and locked in a gruesome kimura. The prideful Nogueira waited until his arm was injured to tap and gave Mir the honor of becoming the first fighter to submit him. The victory gives Mir three wins in a row and makes him a relevant contender in the division. If any Heayweight main event gets hit with the injury bug, Mir could easily become a replacement and sneak into a title shot.

NFL

Eli Manning may have a Super Bowl ring, but fans and media continue to deny him the respect he truly deserves. Maybe after engineering the New York Giants’ comeback against the Dallas Cowboys, that could change. Dallas had a 34-22 lead in the 4th quarter after the Cowboys capitalized on an Manning interception. But Manning blocked out the previous mistakes and helped the Giants score 15 unanswered points to take the lead in the final seconds. The Cowboys had a chance to take the game into overtime, but Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a game-ending field goal, saving the Giants’ playoff hopes. If the Giants can end the season with a winning streak, they can be a legitimate threat come mid-January.

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Hangover Sports Roundup: Rampage barely tames Dragon, Lobos lose

MMA


Normally, Detroit doesn't have too much to cheer about. But on Saturday night UFC 123 took center stage in front of 16,404 MMA fans. The main event featured Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida locked in a three-round chess match. Jackson won a close decision despite getting thrashed by Machida in the third round. Even Jackson was surprised he won when UFC cage announcer Bruce Buffer read the result. Both fighters and the fans are open to a rematch but UFC President Dana White felt Jackson won the first two rounds and thinks a rematch is unnecessary. With UFC light-heavyweight champion Shogun Rua still recovering from a knee injury, White may not have a choice but to give Machida another shot at Jackson.

From the moment the bell rang, B.J. Penn looked determined to beat Matt Hughes by any means necessary. Penn was on a two fight losing streak and needed an impressive victory to keep himself relevant as a contender.

It only took 21 seconds for Penn to destroy Hughes and remind the MMA world why 'The Prodigy' is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the game today. Meanwhile, Hughes may see retirement looming on the horizon. Penn's impressive victory earns him a shot at tough contender Jon Fitch in Australia early next year.


Lobo Sports

The California Bears gave Lobo basketball their first loss of the season and a major reality check. With no home crowd to save New Mexico, bad shooting and turnovers allowed the Bears to score 51 points in the second half to capture the 89-64 victory. Lobo point guard Dairese Gary had a team-leading 16 points but also had five turnovers. The Lobos now turn their focus on Northwood for Wednesday's home game.

BYU continued to add to the nightmare of Lobo football. The Cougars are having a disappointing final season in the Mountain West Conference, but it did not stop the 40-7 beatdown. Cougar quarterback Jake Heaps totaled three touchdowns to make BYU bowl-eligible. Stump Godfrey continued to be the only glimmer of hope by throwing for 125 yards and a touchdown. Now the Lobos welcome BCS contender TCU to University Stadium for the season finale.