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Breaking: Former Bellator Champion May Replace Dustin Poirier At UFC 254

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Breaking: Former Bellator Champion May Replace Dustin Poirier At UFC 254

Despite wanting to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 254, Dustin Poirier might step out of the contest. It is believed that UFC and Poirier have failed to come to terms, leaving a possibility for a new contender to go up against ‘El Cucucy’. However, it is still not an official notion.

As per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler might replace Poirier and enter the mix. ‘Iron’ Chandler ended his contract with the Bellator in August and is a free agent now. A few weeks ago, he was rumored to enter the UFC, and Helwani’s report suggests that it could happen soon.

Michael Chandler is ready to replace Dustin Poirier

After knocking out Benson Henderson at Bellator 243, Chandler left his former company on a high note. While he is currently being billed to appear at UFC 254, Ferguson is yet to validate the matchup from his end.

Meanwhile, Tony Ferguson has eyes only for Poirier. Despite rumbling into turmoil, ‘The Diamond’ is still his first preference. However, if UFC can throw something lucrative in the pot, he could face Chandler.

And Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson is a matchup that will entertain the whole fan-base. ‘Iron’ (21-5) and ‘El Cucuy’ (26-4) are two of the most sensational strikers.

Moreover, Chandler is a former Bellator superstar and is a stellar figure in the MMA community. If he decides to enter the UFC roster, a debut against Ferguson will be massive.

Ferguson is currently a dominant contender in the UFC lightweight division. Thus, a win against him will also enable the former Bellator champion to ride the title race. However, all this can happen only if Poirier actually steps out of the contest. While Dana White has accused him of not wanting to fight, Poirier has often reiterated his desire to face Ferguson.

If not, White and his team don’t want to run out of options. Dan Hooker is also on the line and could face Tony. Despite all the possibilities, UFC administrators are yet to finalize the fight. Meanwhile, fans can start daydreaming about some of the biggest lightweights blockbusters on the upcoming track.

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“Need to Give Him the Chance”: Former Grand Slam Finalist Backs Andy Murray After Recent Backlash

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"Need to Give Him the Chance": Former Grand Slam Finalist Backs Andy Murray After Recent Backlash

Former World No.1 Andy Murray faced a horror show at Roland Garros. The former world number one slipped to a straight-set defeat to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round of French Open 2020. Post that, certain comments from Former Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander caused a major controversy.

Mats Wilander had accused Andy Murray of taking away opportunities from the young players by accepting a wild card at French Open 2020. Wilander said Murray was giving a “false sense of hope” of a successful return to his prime.

Andy Murray reacts after losing his first-round match against Stan Wawrinka at French Open 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

In response to Wilander’s comments, former Grand Slam finalist Alex Corretja asked people to give Murray a chance before passing judgments.

“I totally understand that Andy is trying to get back to his best, I’m sure he knows it will be very difficult, but you need to give him the chance to see if he at least feels better on the court, no matter if he wins slams again or not, and try to enjoy the rest of his career,” Corretja said.

Alex Corretja on why Andy Murray might be struggling

Corretja further said that lack of match practice because of various circumstances hasn’t helped Murray. Hence, he shouldn’t be judged on his current performances.

“In my opinion, playing best-of-five on clay in these conditions after such a long time without playing matches, in two-and-a-half years where he hasn’t played much, is not a reference.”

Andy Murray reacts after losing his first-round match against Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Corretja had coached Andy Murray from 2008 to 2011. Back then, Murray was hitting his prime. However, hip replacement surgeries and the tennis break have made it very tough for Murray to replicate his peak. Moreover, as Corretja explained, lack of match practice pulls him further down.

Murray won his first Grand Slam match in two years at US Open 2020 but failed to pass the 2nd round.

Murray’s camp hasn’t given any hints of a retirement. Moreover, he has repeatedly expressed his happiness at being able to play tennis even when with his career-threatening surgeries.

Read More: “Shut up”: Nick Kyrgios Slams Mats Wilander For Criticizing Andy Murray After French Open 2020 Defeat

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“Michael Jordan, the Greatest”: NBA Analyst Denies Lakers’ LeBron James to Be at Par With MJ

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"Michael Jordan, the Greatest": NBA Analyst Denies Lakers' LeBron James to Be at Par With MJ

The Los Angeles Lakers are standing on the threshold of the NBA Finals after ten long years. They are all set to face the Miami Heat in this much-awaited battle, and their star player, LeBron James, is hoping to clinch his fourth title. In the final minutes of Game 5, he showed the Denver Nuggets what he’s made of.

However, an already existing debate about Michael Jordan and LeBron James has come to the surface yet again after the Lakers’ win.

Can LeBron James be as good as Michael Jordan?

LeBron has been a part of 10 of the Lakers’ NBA finals. And the one year he wasn’t a part of it, the Lakers’ didn’t win. So, what does that say about his importance in the team? Now that he has the Western Conference title under his belt, there is one more achievement to be conquered. That is, winning the debate about who is the GOAT. So who is it? LeBron James or Michael Jordan?

On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith was asked whether LeBron will close the gap on Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan if the Lakers win the NBA title. Smith was very certain with his answer, exclaiming, “Hell no!”

He further elaborated, “I don’t know how many times I am going to tell people. Look, LeBron James is on my Mount Rushmore. He is the top two, top three all-time. He will NEVER get a vote over Jordan from me.”

“Let me tell you this right now, Michael Jordan, the greatest, the GOAT okay?” reiterated Smith. “It’s not just about the seven consecutive years he averaged plus thirty. It’s not the 6 NBA Finals and an unblemished record in the NBA Finals, It’s not just the fact that even never even allowed the series in the finals to reach seven games, it’s something about the road you travel to get there. And nobody wants to pay attention to the amount of competition that you had to go against in root to that level of greatness you ultimately accomplished.”

Why does James fall behind?

Smith thinks James lacks one major thing that MJ had. “He is a better passer than Michael Jordan. He was bigger and he could do some things, obviously because of his sheer physical prowess. We get all of that, but mental toughness? Isn’t even in the same league.”

As debatable as this topic may be, it is also endless. What do you think? Is LeBron James en route to surpassing MJ or will the latter emerge as the perennial GOAT of the NBA?

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“This Year is Special” – Rafael Nadal After His Opening Round Win at French Open 2020

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"This Year is Special" - Rafael Nadal After His Opening Round Win at French Open 2020

To topple the king, one needs an army comprising able soldiers. To topple the “King of Clay,” one needs to have all the necessary skills as well as a wealth of luck. Rafael Nadal started his French Open 2020 journey with a straight-set win against Egor Gerasimov of Belarus. The 12 times Roland Garros Champion outclassed the 27-year-old in the Philippe Chatrier Court in Paris.

The 34-year-old Spaniard is on his quest to clinch his 13th French Open title to take his Grand Slam tally to 20. However, it is anticipated that the run won’t be easy for Rafael Nadal. The tournament has been delayed due to the COVID-19 situation, the sun-baked clay court is damp owing to the rain, and the temperature is on the cooler side.

Keeping aside all the adversities, Nadal clinched his first win in the French Open 2020. The Belarusian was no match for the clay-court artisan who delivered a clinical performance.

The French Open has been the most special venue in his career. Undoubtedly, Nadal is happy to be back home.

We’re here to try our best and for me, this year is as special as everyone that I’m here in Roland Garros. I’m gonna try my best. Happy to be in the second round, a good start, and now is the moment to come back to the hotel and have a little practice for tomorrow and try to be ready for the second round,” he stated.

Rafael Nadal claims the first match in style

Going into the match, Nadal was the clear favorite to steer clear ahead of his opponent. Although Roland Garros has been the audience of some roller-coaster matches, it was a rather easy win for the World number 2.

Displaying his refined skill set, Nadal wasted no time in getting on top of his opponent. The message was loud and clear; he was here to win.

Nadal started off his journey with a 6-4 win over his opponent. Even though Gerasimov displayed some real intent, it faded away in front of the Spaniard. Nadal, who knows every nook and corner of Roland Garros, looked confident and in exquisite touch.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his first round match against Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

His lethal service and strong returns did the job for him as he took the second set in a similar fashion. Two sets up, Nadal was going for the last lap to proceed to the second round.

While Egor gave some fight in the first two sets, Nadal drove the final nail on the coffin by claiming the final set 6-2.

The straight-set victory saw Nadal stride towards the second round, beaming with confidence. He’ll be facing Mackenzie McDonald of the United States in the second round.

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