It's a mark of the UFC that most of the weight divisions have a their own story, their own battles and enough for the average fan to simply follow a single division. Thanks to Jon Jones, you might be a fan of the light heavyweight division, a division where there's three contenders to Jones' belt. Two of them have already lost to Jones but could definitely work their way back in to the mix, the other? Well Anthony Johnson took care of Alex Gustafsson in the first round with his explosive power too much for the Swede.
Where to for Gustafsson? Well he rode the wave after taking Jones all the way to the end of the 5th round but he's got a fair amount of work to do with Johnson now the number one contender. Johnson came in to Gustafsson's back yard and touched him up, now we've got Jones vs Johnson to look forward. That's going to be another awesome title fight as I don't think Jones has fought anyone with the explosiveness that Johnson has.
Perhaps the best fighter and fighter of the night though was Makwan Amirkhani from Finland who not only had a breezy 8 second fight, but also took the post fight press conference by storm. Before the fight he said that he would buy his mother a bed with the $50,000 fight bonus he intended to win, well he won that bonus "50 g's baby!".
Both Team Wellington and Auckland City FC had wins at the top of the ASB Premiership table to further establish a bit of a buffer. They're trying to distance themselves from Canterbury United who won't let em' as the Cantabs also had a win on the weekend, 3-1 over Southern United.
Team Wellington welcomed Paul Ifill all up in to the mix as they won 2-1 over Hawkes Bay United thanks to a strike from Jarrod Smith. Ifill had a few nice touches including a juicy through ball as Hawkes Bay fought valiantly but fell short against the league leaders. Auckland City won their third in a row as they beat WaiBOP 3-2, but WaiBOP would be disappointed that they didn't emerge with at least a point as they made the most of their chances against an Auckland side that have had to juggle many comings and goings.
In India we've had plenty of action from the Black Sticks lads playing in the India Hockey League. I'll put together a more in-depth review of the action but every kiwi has been heavily involved with Ryan Archibald scoring a slick reveres, Steve Edwards getting on the score sheet as well while Simon Child and Nick Wilson also offered plenty in assistance. Andy Hayward had to contribute as well, he gave away a stroke, top work.
The Australian Open is obviously in full swing, with the worst aspect being just how many damn Aussies are involved! On the men's side, Aussie tennis was held up by Mr C'mon but now we're seeing that there's a few young guys who are keen to put Australian tennis back on the map. Sure we've got some alright tennis players coming through in Aotearoa, but they're no where near the same level of these Aussies. It's a worry, well for tennis people it's a worry.
Feleti Mateo, the man was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald and I knew there would be a few crumbs for me to dine out on. There wasn't anything worthy of a more elevated position in this column, but he did say this
Now, that's not really that juicy but it did make me think like, shit, the Warriors have had four coaches in four years!? I thought shit was sorted but perception is much different to reality isn't it? You won't win anything, nothing, zilch, with four coaches in four years. Cheers Feleti for clarifying that and it's going to be interesting to see how Manly use you mate. We never really saw the best of Mateo at the Warriors, but you'd have to assume that he'll step it up a gear with the Sea Eagles.