The following is a guest post by Adam Rothstein.
Boxing fans around the world have their favorite fighters, their favorite weight divisions, and even some well thought-out thoughts on who they would like to see in a dream match up. From the heavyweight division to bantam weights, there are a ton of highly skilled fighters who could easily carry a card for big profits through ticket sales and pay per view purchases. Below are three of the biggest boxing matches that fans have been clamoring to see. Hopefully, the will of the fans will be fulfilled sometime in 2013.
Magomed Abdusalamov vs. Deontay Wilder
These two up and coming heavyweight contenders are natural adversaries. Both fighters have dominated early on in their professional careers, each with multiple knockouts and early technical knockouts on their records. Wilder is not built like a typical heavyweight fighter, and is extremely thin for a man his size (6'7"). Questions have risen about whether he can withstand a brutal body attack because his frame is so narrow. His legs aren't built much better, and he has yet to truly face a heavyweight with big punching power like that of Abdusalamov.
Abdusalamov is one of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight division today - he launches absolute missiles every time he hits someone. Experts question his footwork, and a dream fight between him and Wilder could expose his lack of technique, and show him for the pure brawler he is. This fight would make for excellent television, where one blow or technical slip-up from Abdusalamov could end the bout.
The following is a guest post by Trent.
Two weeks ago we saw the long awaited battle between George St. Pierre and Nick Diaz. And now that the event is over, what is up next for these two fighters who are still very much in their prime?
George St. Pierre
George St. Pierre is, by most standards, is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world (sans Anderson Silva). After beating Nick Diaz so convincingly (albeit a little boringly), the logical next step is to take on the number 1 contender in the weight class, Johny Hendricks. Hendricks, the most explosive yet underrated fighter in the Welterweight division, has been waiting all too long for the title shot. By beating Carlos Condit in a unanimous decision, Hendricks has shown that he deserves the shot more than anyone. But aside from defending his title, most people will want to see a fight between George St. Pierre and Anderson "The Spider" Silva, before they both get too old. But getting the two to fight is going to be hard.
The following is a guest post is by Adam Bruk.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans, especially those whose team has made it to the elusive field of 64. It seems that each year we sit down to watch the games, there isn't a day that goes by without a big upset. Those that pick only the top seeds to move on can count on tearing up their brackets before the weekend round of 32.
During the regular season, it seems like upsets happen on a weekly basis. In fact, an unranked team beat a top 5 ranked team over 20 times this past season, and there was a week when all of the top 5 teams were upset by an unranked opponent. But during the tourney, we're always surprised at how a No. 4 seed could lose to a No. 13 seed — especially when our brackets (and bragging rights) depend on it.
For years, males dominated the world of athletics and females were left in the shadow or on the sidelines. However, every now and then a female athlete will break the barriers of gender and charge into a sport where women are the minority. With the hype of the first female UFC champion circulating all over the country, now is a good time to highlight a few of the female athletes who have changed history and opened the doors for other women to have the same opportunities as men, not just in sports, but in all aspects of life.
The 26-year-old mixed martial artist/judo competitor is being recognized nationally as the first female UFC Bantamweight champion, as well as the number one female MMA fighter in her weight category. However, even before she was a household name, she was breaking records by competing in the Olympic Games, and at age 21 Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the judo category. She has also had a fairly successful career in martial arts, and when not competing, Rousey shares her talent by teaching MMA in Santa Monica.
Players in the NBA have some moves. With a little head fake, a crossover, and a side-step, you just got schooled. We see it all the time and we love it when it happens; it gets up excited and off our seats. While in the history of the NBA, there have been many extraordinary athletes, it takes a special type of player to completely embarrass a defender. We've seen them in the past, and we have a few playing now. One thing's for sure: they're always exciting to watch.
Who performed possibly the greatest crossover of all-time? The answer is "The Answer." Allen Iverson, fresh out of Georgetown, crossed the greatest player in NBA history. Michael Jordan, the 6-time champion, looked more like a D-League bench warmer when the kid got done with him. Jordan however, was just one of many that this undersized guard embarrassed in his career.