Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to protocol to allow MLB to return for a 60-game regular season late next month.
Players will report to spring training in their home stadiums on July 1.
MLB’s 2020 season will begin on July 23 or 24 for a 60-game season in 66 days. Teams will stick entirely to regional travel with games played against division opponents as well as regional interleague play.
Onward to today’s topic:
UFC on ESPN 12:
The last UFC card for the month of June takes place this Saturday.
For the time being, it’s the last UFC card to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
UFC on ESPN 12 (prelims Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, main card at 8 p.m. ET) will be seen entirely on ESPN and ESPN+.
As is now the norm, the 10-fight card that is UFC on ESPN 12 will take place without fans at the UFC Apex in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus.
The undercard of this event features an INVICTA FC alumni match.
Leading off the show is a Strawweight contest between former INVICTA FC Atomweight champion Jihn Yu Frey (9-4) and Kay Hansen (6-3).
Both will be making their UFC debut in this fight.
Highlighting Saturday night’s proceedings is a five-round non-title fight in a Lightweight main event between No. 3 contender Dustin Poirier (25-6, one no-contest) and No. 5 contender Dan Hooker (21-8).
Hooker moves up from the Featherweight division for this fight.
Heading into Saturday night’s main event, Dan Hooker is the taller contender at six feet even, three inches taller than Dustin Poirier’s 5-foot-9 frame.
How they got here:
Dustin Poirier has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, losing most recently to Khabib Nurmagomedov (third-round submission) last September in UFC 242’s main event for the UFC Lightweight championship in Abu Dhabi.
In the other corner, Dan Hooker has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five contests, entering this main event on a three-fight winning streak.
Most recently, he defeated Paul Felder by split decision in UFC on ESPN+ 26’s main event on Feb 22 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that Dan Hooker owns a three-inch reach advantage (75 inches to 72 inches) and a two-inch leg reach advantage (42.5 inches to 40.5 inches) leading into this main event on Saturday night.
Prediction: Dan Hooker by unanimous decision.
Other fights on Saturday night’s card include:
Co-Main Event: Mike Perry (13-6) vs. Mickey Gall (6-2) [Welterweight]
No. 13 contender Brendan Allen (13-3) vs. Kyle Daukaus (6-0) [Middleweight]
Gian Villante (17-11) vs. Maurice Greene (8-4) [Heavyweight]
Sean Woodson (1-0) vs. Julian Erosa (22-9) [Featherweight]