As expected, ahead of the Sunday night deadline set forth by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (MLBPA) has soundly rejected MLB owners’ proposal for a 72-game season with a guaranteed, prorated salary of 80 percent per player if a full 2020 postseason is played.
The MLBPA took to Twitter on Saturday to formally reject the proposal:
Now, a shortened, unilateral schedule from MLB of around 50 or so games seems likely with these events.
Onward to today’s topic:
UFC Vegas 2:
Saturday night’s UFC on ESPN 10 (a.k.a., UFC Vegas 2) was the third consecutive UFC event to take place inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
As has been the case with all UFC shows since March, Saturday’s card took place without fans present to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19.)
Saturday’s card was a 50/50 split, as out of the 10 fights contested, five resulted in stoppages, including three out of the four undercard fights on the ESPN and ESPN+ simulcast.
Since May 9, there have been 65 individual UFC fights contested.
Of the 65 UFC fights over the last month-plus, 33 have resulted in stoppages, accounting for a stoppage rate of roughly 50.7 percent.
The fights themselves:
Christian Aguilera vs. Anthony Ivy:
The prelims got off to a quick start as Aguilera (14-6) hurt Ivy (8-3) with a jab in the first round’s opening moments.
That jab was all Aguilera needed to seize control of the fight and he scored with hooks to knock Ivy out in 59 seconds.
Tyson Nam vs. Zarrukuh Adashev:
This was another quick one, as Nam (19-11) scored on a counterpunch following a kick from Adashev (8-3) to send the latter down in a heap in 32 seconds.
Julia Avila vs. Gina Mazany:
This was the quickest finish of the night.
Avila (8-1) needed all of 22 seconds on the first-round clock to knock out Mazany (6-4) with a knee strike to the body, following it up with a flurry of punches for the win.
Out of a possible total of 45 minutes of fight time in the first three fights, those prelims ended in a combined one minute and 53 seconds.
Merab Dvashvili vs. Gustavo Lopez:
The only prelim to go to the scorecards saw Dvashvili (11-4) do everything but get a stoppage, as he completed 13 takedowns against Lopez (11-5) to notch the unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25).
Hannah Cifers vs. Mariya Agapova:
The main card began with the fourth stoppage of the show.
Agapova (9-1) made good in her UFC debut, landing 36 total strikes, compared to 29 for Cifers (10-6), including a head kick which set up a rear-naked choke.
Cifers tapped out at two minutes and 42 seconds into the first round.
Mark de la Rosa vs. Jordan Espinosa:
Espinosa (15-7) outlanded de la Rosa (11-5) 188-43 in terms of strikes and landed two takedowns against him, winning unanimously on the scorecards (30-27, 30-27, 30-26.)
Andre Fili vs. Charles Jourdain:
Fili (21-7) was bested in strikes landed by Jourdain (10-3) with a final count of 65-52, but Fili’s five takedowns over the three rounds proved to be the decisive statistic on this night, winning by split decision on the cards (29-28 for Fili on two scorecards, with one scorecard reading 29-28 for Jourdain.)
Kevin Aguilar vs. Charles Rosa:
Rosa (13-4) outlanded Aguilar (17-4) on strikes by a 69-53 margin and after 15 minutes, saw the scorecards go in his favor by split decision (29-28 twice, one judge scored it 29-28 Aguilar.)
Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori:
Your co-main event on Saturday night saw the last stoppage of the evening.
Vettori (15-3) dominated Roberson (9-3) in the fight, landing 60 total strikes to Roberson’s four, along with two takedowns, the second of which allowed him to lock in a rear-naked choke.
Roberson tapped out at four minutes and 18 seconds into the fight.
Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo:
Calvillo (9-1-1), the No. 10 Strawweight contender, moved up to Flyweight and proved that she belongs at 125 lbs.
Eye (15-8) will lose her No. 1 ranking in the Women’s Flyweight division after being bested 150-70 in total strikes by Calvillo, along with four takedowns over 25 minutes.
The scorecards came back unanimous (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) in favor of Calvillo.