Monday Crumbs - UFC Crossroads

I was quite chuffed with how everything in the world of cricket was panning out, as the English cricket team or should I say, those who run the English cricket team once again battled a few dramas. Calling up Andrew Strauss as their Director Of Cricket guy resulted in Peter Moores getting the flick, after he was given the job just before the World Cup and now, they'll probably be looking at an Australian to lead them. With our Black Caps about to embark on a beautiful under-dog adventure, where people don't expect us to win but we can very much dominate, it sucks that we've got our own issues.

Bruce Edgar has kicked up a fuss about New Zealand Cricket and given that he's formed a solid team with Mike Hesson and Brendon McCullum, looking after the Black Caps specifically, it's hard not to take this seriously. His rise into his selection role, went hand in hand with the Black Caps turning a corner and to hear the NZC hadn't exactly ensured that Edgar would be given another stint in the role is a bit of a worry. 

Most of that worry centres on the fact that the team is doing well and overall, we've seen selections that resemble common sense. Guys who have been on the fringe have been able to come and go into a solid team that's laid down a nice team culture and surely Edgar must have played some sort of role in that. 

The team is going well and there's potential to do even better, but it would suck if the sillyness seen in previous years is still lurking around. It's far from the English situation where everything is a wee bit more shambolic, but there's little bits and pieces, which is annoying.

Mark Hunt, well in this part of the world we simply love athletes who show more than flash. It's just our nature to appreciate those who perform with more grit and determination than highlights, which makes Hunt's loss to Stipe Miocic a bit easier to take. 

The old warhorse got beaten up sorry was to tired big mistake to be tired wen u facing the top end congrats stipe well done mate thanks for everyone's support

Posted by MARK HUNT on Saturday, 9 May 2015

Hunt took a beating, but trooped on to the fifth and final round before being stopped. Perhaps the fight could have been stopped earlier, but hey, Hunt kept at it as Miocic poked at his weakness on the ground. 

It leaves an uncertain path ahead of Hunt, who knows what is next. Miocic looks destined to fight for the heavyweight belt soon, even if he won't be good enough to win it, he'll get a shot depending on if Cain Valesquez defends it against Fabricio Werdum, but Hunt? Hunt won't get many more opportunities at any big, contender fights. He's 41 years old and can't kick it with the very best, but he's a good man for the UFC to have on their books. They know that he can offer up an entertaining fight if he's in the right match up and the UFC know what they'll get from Hunt. His career could last a few more years, that's fine but if it does, Hunt could take a few more unnecessary beatings, as he did against Miocic.

So our biggest UFC name, his career may soon be over, but we can hang our hat on young Rob Whittaker who is repping both Australia and Aotearoa. Whittaker, or the Reaper knocked out Brad Tavares to give him his third win in a row, and his second in the middleweight division.

To add into the mix, kiwi Dan Hooker also got a swift finish with this headkicking-upset win over Hatsu Hioki. Hooker got given a chance to make his debut but lost that fight, but now he's back in the frame with a finish in the featherweight division.

Does anyone else see what's happening here? We've enjoyed Hunt doing us proud in the UFC and now as his career winds down, we can appreciate him and also enjoy the rise of Whittaker and possibly Hooker. It seems that we'll at least have a UFC presence for a few more years.

Aaaaah Jonny boy...

The time has come in the A-League with the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC rather easily winning their semi-finals. The Victory won a Melbourne derby against City 3-0, with kiwi Kosta Barbarouses scoring this beautiful little gem of a goal.

Sydney FC then touched up Adelaide 4-1, which including a few nice goals as well. 

This sets up a Sunday evening final between two of the best teams from the season, especially as Perth Glory were stripped of their finals hopes. Let's be fair, it's been a pretty good season of A-League football, one of the best that I can remember so shout out to all involved.

Apparently this guy; Memphis Depay will be heading to Manchester United next season.

How nice is this? Stevie G signed off on his Liverpool career basically revealing a man-crush for Jose Mourinho as Liverpool drew with Chelsea. That all but handed the fourth Champions League spot to Manchester United, a return to the Champions League for them. Spare a thought for Burnley FC and Queens Park Rangers who will drop down to League 1 next season.

Is men's tennis changing its guard slightly? Andy Murray won the Madrid Open, defeating Rafael Nadal on clay which is his second clay tournament win in just over a week. Both Nadal and Roger Federer suffered defeat in this tournament with Aussie Nick Kyrgios taking care of Roger which made me sad.

Lastly, in the ANZ Championship, the Australian teams still hold a major choke-hold over the kiwis. The Northern Mystics are the best team from Aotearoa on 12 points, while three Australian teams are ahead of them with the Queensland Firebirds won their seventh in a row after they defeated the Melbourne Vixens 54-45 on the weekend. Both the Firebirds and West Coast Fever sit on 17 points.