Gregory Simpson

Reading vs Arsenal Preview: Wenger’s Charges In Desperate Need Of Victory Against Hapless Royals

on December 14 2012 12:53 PM
Reading vs Arsenal Preview: Wenger’s Charges In Desperate Need Of Victory Against Hapless Royals

Arsenal travel to relegation bound Reading on Monday with a point to prove in the English Premier League (EPL) following an embarrassing exit at the hands of League Two outfit Bradford in the Capital One Cup midweek.

The North London club has been unable to string a decent run together in the EPL, with only two wins from their last six games, which is unacceptable for a club of Arsenal’s pedigree with Champions League aspirations.

The loss of Robin van Persie to Manchester United at the start of the season has undoubtedly left a major hole up front for the Gunners, with his replacement in German striker Lukas Podolski struggling to capture consistent form – not finding the net in the club’s last four league outings.

Much of Arsenal’s attacking threat will come through their midfield mystro Santi Cazorla, who has been one of the few form players in a disappointing season thus far, which has seen them languishing outside the top four. The Spanish international will also have a lot to prove following a costly penalty miss against Bradford midweek.

UFC Setting Dangerous Precedent Awarding Title Fights to Undeserving Contenders

on December 13 2012 5:09 PM
UFC Setting Dangerous Precedent Awarding Title Fights to Undeserving Contenders

The last few months has seen the term ‘number one contender’ in the UFC is losing any real meaning following the awarding of title bouts to fighters coming off losses, in so blurring the natural progressions within weight classes.

First came motor-mouth middleweight Chael Sonnen, who leapfrogged the entire 205 pound division for a title shot against Jon Jones, before Nick Diaz, who is coming to the end of one year suspension, lost in his previous bout but still looks odds on to brush past the stone cold number one contender at 170 pounds Johny Hendricks, who has blitzed all and sundry of late.

It appears the UFC is taking too much from the WWE business model, placing a heightened emphasis on being able to hype the fight and getting the most revenue. This is a dangerous game when you see lopsided title fights, which is bound to happen when Bones Jones smashes Chael Sonnen into obscurity, again.

Georges St-Pierre vs Nick Diaz In The Works For Mega UFC 158 In Montreal

on December 13 2012 3:39 AM
Georges St-Pierre vs Nick Diaz In The Works For Mega UFC 158 In Montreal

It appears as thou the welterweight title bout between Georges St-Pierre vs Nick Diaz will happen, and is being finalised to headline UFC 158 in Montreal, the same card which sees Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit 2.

GSP has only really had eyes for Diaz ever since the Stockton Bad Boy started directing his usual line of verbal abuse to the next intended opponent. The fight is bound to do impressive PPV numbers and will be a guaranteed sell-out.

It's an easy fight for the Canadian, and should follow the same route as Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz last weekend, which saw Bendo's wresting dominate - as predicted right here.

UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts during the pre-fight press conference for UFC on FOX 5: "Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, just a great guy to deal with for us. He doesn't ask for things. So if he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, then that's probably the fight we'll make.

"Georges has been off for a year. (Silva is) a tough fight for him to come back to. He asked personally for the (Diaz) fight,” insists White. 

Nate Diaz Barely Makes Target At Eventful UFC On FOX 5 Weigh-ins

on December 08 2012 1:32 AM
Nate Diaz Barely Makes Target At Eventful UFC On FOX 5 Weigh-ins

The UFC on FOX 5 weigh-ins had a plenty of drama in Seattle last night, with contender Nathan Diaz missing weight twice before eventually hitting the 155 pound mark before his much anticipated fight with champion Benson Henderson.

The Californian came in .6 pounds overweight initially, and seemed unaware of the rules denying the usual one pound grace for title bouts. Scenes of Diaz arguing with UFC President Dana White on stage were rather comical, and you’d have imagined that a professional fighter in the biggest match of his life would have a touch more attention to detail.

In truth both fighter looked really drawn out at the weigh-ins, with Henderson looking rake like, and one can’t see him making the 155 pound mark that much longer.

In the other fights, Shogun Rua appeared a tad flabby around the mid-rift, while Alexander Gustafsson was on point tipping the scales at a lean and mean 205.4 pounds.

Georges St Pierre Wants To Settle Score With Nick Diaz According To Dana White

on December 07 2012 5:00 PM
Georges St Pierre Wants To Settle Score With Nick Diaz According To Dana White

Fresh from a well earned holiday in France, UFC Welterweight champion Georges St Pierre has set his targets on a grudge match with controversial personality Nick Diaz: this according to comments by UFC President Dana White before UFC on Fox 5 on Saturday.

The news dampens talk of a super fight between himself and Anderson Silva, with the contest against Diaz being a far more manageable task for GSP. It’s a fight that the Canadian should win nine times out of 10 really.

GSP will be able to take Diaz down at ease and soften him up with the usual top control mixed with ground and pound. His boxing is superior to Diaz is every aspect, and the only way the Californian would have a chance is by getting inside St Pierre’s head in the usual trash talk before/and during the fight.

It would certainly draw ratings of around 800 000 PPV buys, and a 55 000 sell out at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. However, Diaz would need to fulfil his media obligations before the fight, something that cost him an earlier title bout.

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