December 12, 2017 marks two years from the day where Conor McGregor became arguably one of the biggest stars in the sports world. On the uprise before this fight, this solidified him and well, the rest is history. He knocked out the reigning featherweight legend Jose Aldo with just one fateful punch in 13 seconds.
This goes in the category of one of those unforgettable sports moments. McGregor had that look that nothing was going to stop him that night — and nothing did. Aldo, obviously was emotional after being bullied in the lead-up.
McGregor of course has gone on to win the lightweight belt and cash in on a huge fight with Floyd Mayweather. Aldo however has lost against Max Halloway twice and looks to be on his way out. It’s safe to say McGregor came in and broke him.
2 years though and he still hasn’t defended a belt. Hm.
The Champions League draw was today for the remaining 16 teams that qualified in the group stages. Five of those being English teams left us a slim possibility for matchups but there were still some very good draws. Let’s take a look at the draw:
Some big-time match-ups no doubt. We’re going to highlight the top 3 games to watch.
Juventus vs Tottenham
What an awful draw for group winners Tottenham. Tottenham topped their group, which contained defending champions Real Madrid and a strong Dortmund side. The Spurs have looked excellent in their Champions League campaign despite being dreadful in their domestic league. I like Juventus to win here but it’ll no doubt be a close tie. I think Tottenham is stronger than most of the teams in the draw but I like Juventus to outclass them here as they have a bit more experience in the knockout stages. The Spurs clock in at an average age of 25.7 while Juventus is at 28.8. Fun fact of this draw? Juventus has been eliminated in the last FIVE times they’ve matched up with an English team.
Real Madrid vs PSG
Congrats to PSG for topping their group in record-scoring fashion! Bayern Munich was surely a tough opponent and they completely outclassed them. Munich gets Besiktas in the next round. PSG’s reward you ask? The reigning player of the year and the reigning champions of the year, Real Madrid. Madrid has not looked to be the “Galaticos” of the past but it is hard to count them out at any given moment — especially on the big stage. PSG has been coasting through their league with their new addition — just a guy called Neymar. This is a great measuring tool for PSG to definitively put them in the contenders category. I think PSG is a great squad but I can’t see Ronaldo and Real Madrid being knocked out in the first round of the knockout stages. Give me Real Madrid in a tough one win aggregate series.
Chelsea vs Barcelona
Oh how we’ve missed this tie. Chelsea and Barcelona have met 6 times in the Champions League, second only to Madrid-Munich. Chelsea haven’t been as sharp as their league winning campaign last year, and Barcelona has been extremely impressive this year even after the loss of Neymar. Lionel Messi, however, has historically struggled against Chelsea logging 29 shots in 8 games against the club without a single goal. The last time these two teams met, Chelsea drew 2-2 at Camp Nou to send them into the finals (which ultimately they won). It’s going to take a lot of grit but give me Chelsea in a first round upset special. Look for them to be physical with Barcelona and grind out a low-scoring tie.
On Saturday night, UFC 218 brought us several fantastic fights — the main event included but the knockout during the co-main event was one of the best we’ve seen. Alistair Overeem is no slouch at all and was the #1 heavyweight contender going into this fight. However, he ran into the train that is Ngannou and well..
Ngannou is for real. Give this man a title shot because a fight with Stipe is exactly what the heavyweight division needs to reignite it. The seed has already been planted too:
Love it — haven’t been this excited for a UFC Heavyweight fight in a loooong time.