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UFC 251: Petr Yan defeats Jose Aldo via TKO (punches)



After champ Henry Cejudo vacated the belt earlier this year, Yan and Aldo compete for the title. Yan most recently stopped Urijah Faber at UFC 245 to climb into contention, while Aldo lost a hotly contested decision to Marlon Moraes on the same card.

Round 1:
The fight began with an exchange of leg kicks and Yan scored with a huge right hand. Aldo was unfazed and he knocked Yan down with a powerful leg kick. Yan stood and Aldo punched to the body. He blocked a head kick, then landed an overhand right and more jabs. Yan connected with an overhand right and Aldo attacked his lead leg with another hard leg kick. Yan landed a right hand and a body kick in the final minute and Aldo shot in for a takedown. Yan reversed it and he dropped punches while standing over Aldo. A punch to the ribs hurt Aldo and he turtled as Yan landed more punches until the bell. 10-9 Yan.

Round 2:
Both fighters landed leg kicks and right hands in the second round. Yan rushed forward with lunging punches that came up short and Aldo attacked with a leg kick. Yan switched stances to protect his left leg and Aldo kicked to the body. The fighters traded kicks and Aldo punched to the body again. Two left hooks to the liver landed for Aldo and Yan closed out the round with a combination. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 3:
Yan maintained a southpaw stance in round three and he mixed things up with kick-punch combos. A left hand scored for Yan and Aldo responded with two right hooks to the body. He chased after Yan and landed a left hook to the liver and a quick flurry of punches. Yan covered up as he retreated to the cage, but he recovered quickly and both men landed punches in close. Aldo chopped away at Yan’s left leg with kicks and Yan aggressively pressed forward with flurries of punches. Aldo landed a hard left hook to the liver and Yan immediately answered with a one-two to the face. The fighters battled in close and Aldo landed a spinning back elbow late in the close round. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 4:
After a body kick from Yan, the fighters exchanged punches in the fourth round and Aldo landed a hard right hand to the ribs. Yan responded with a quick flurry and both men landed short hooks and uppercuts in close. Aldo avoided a takedown attempt, but he appeared to slow down slightly and Yan kept the pressure on with lunging left hooks and a flurry to the body. He backed Aldo up with a combination to the head and body, then dumped him to the mat. From the top, Yan postured up with punches to Aldo’s face until the bell. 10-9 Yan.

Round 5:
Yan dropped Aldo early in the final round with a left hook and a knee to the body, and he trapped Aldo in a top-side crucifix on the ground. Aldo freed his right arm, but not before eating elbows to the face as Yan looked for the finish. He moved to S-mount and blasted Aldo with hammerfists, then looked to take Aldo’s back. More hammerfists landed for Yan and the fight was almost stopped. A bloodied Aldo rolled over and tried to cover up, but Yan punished him with punches to the face and body. He continued to punch the sides of Aldo’s head until the fight was finally stopped.

Winner: Petr Yan by TKO (Punches) at 3:24 of round five. He improves to 15-1-0 and becomes the new UFC Bantamweight Champion.


Why I can’t return as Barcelona coach –Guardiola



Pep Guardiola has stated that he will not take charge of Barcelona for a second spell as he insisted he retains the “desire” to succeed in England.

Guardiola is the most decorated coach in Barca’s glorious history after winning 14 trophies in four years in charge between 2008 and 2012.

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Josep Maria Bartomeu finally bowed to pressure to resign as president of the Catalan giants this week, with one of the leading candidates to take over, Victor Font, saying he wants to bring legends like Guardiola and his former players Xavi and Carles Puyol back to work for the club.

“I said many times, my period as a manager in Barcelona is over. I think in life there is once you have to do things,” Guardiola said after City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.

“There are incredible people who can be in charge, now for example (Barcelona coach) Ronald Koeman is an excellent manager. It is over.”

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A boyhood Barca fan, Guardiola also enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the Camp Nou and still holds season tickets as a supporter.

“I will come back to my seats to see my club to watch a game. I am incredibly happy here, still I have the desire to do well and this is the most important thing.

“Now there will be elections in Barcelona. Hopefully, they can choose the right board to maintain this incredible club Barcelona in the highest level.”

Guardiola is already into the longest managerial spell of his career with this his fifth season at City.

His side still look a long way off the heights they reached in winning back-to-back Premier League titles between 2017 and 2019, but they are slowly getting up to speed after a start to the campaign disrupted by injuries, coronavirus cases and just a two-week-long pre-season.

Kyle Walker’s long-range effort against his former club was enough to secure City’s fourth win in five games in all competitions as they move up to seventh in the Premier League, just two points off the top.

Without a natural striker due to injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, City struggled to turn their dominance into goals at Bramall Lane.

“We played really well,” added Guardiola. “We struggled to score goals for the chances we created, 16 shots, eight on target, is a lot against this team.”

Aaron Ramsdale was busy in the Blades’ goal as he twice denied Ferran Torres from close range, while he unconvincingly parried Rodrigo’s long-range effort behind.

Walker finally broke the deadlock from similar range on 28 minutes as his shot arrowed low past Ramsdale’s right-hand, but there was a muted celebration from the England international against his boyhood club.

“My mum and dad live here, so if I’d celebrated I’d have got a lot of stick,” said Walker. “I’m a Sheffield United fan, so I couldn’t celebrate.”

Kevin De Bruyne flashed a shot wide following another attacking burst from Walker early in the second-half before Ramsdale produced his best save of the game from Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick.

However, City’s failure to kill off the game gave Chris Wilder’s men chances to snatch an unlikely point.

John Lundstram had the best chance for the hosts when he side-footed Sander Berge’s low cross over.

But Sheffield United have still scored just three goals in seven games to start the season and remain second bottom on just one point.


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[Full list] Osimhen in, Dessers out as Rohr picks 24 players for Sierra Leone clash



Victor Osimhen, Nigeria’s leading marksman in the series will return for next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone after missing out of this month’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia.

Also, midfielder Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, were picked by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for the clash against the Leone Stars.

Rohr also called up Captain Ahmed Musa, defender William Ekong, midfield enforcer Oghenekaro Etebo.

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However, Genk forward, Cyriel Kolawole Dessers, was not invited after being capped in this month’s friendly.

Defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielder Alex Iwobi and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Chidera Ejuke are also called.

Switzerland –based goalkeeper Sebastian Osigwe will hope to earn his first cap for Nigeria, while defenders Kevin Akpoguma and Zaidu Sanusi, who impressed in the friendlies in Austria, have been handed opportunities to add to their caps.

There are seven players on standby, including defender Abdullahi Shehu, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielders Ramon Azeez and Samson Tijani, and forward Paul Onuachu.

“The Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Friday, 13th November before flying to Freetown for the return game on Tuesday, 17th November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

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“Players are expected to report at the Protea Hotel Emotan in Benin City on Monday, 9th November. Victory in both encounters will all but guarantee Nigeria a slot at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals holding in Cameroon,” a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, added in reports by Punch Newspapers.



Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Sebastian Osigwe (FC Lugano, Switzerland); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)


Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany)


Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

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Ahmed Musa (Unattached); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure (Club Brugge, Belgium); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)


Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium)

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[Full List] Pele ranked the Greatest Footballer of all time



BBC Sport requested its zillions of readers to rate Pele’s achievements among some other Greatest Of All Times as he turns 80.

The result has been assessed and made public as Pele was ranked the greatest, followed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in third.

Here is the full result:

1: Pele (Santos, NY Cosmos & Brazil)

World Cup wins: 1958, 1962, 1970 European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 7
International caps/goals: 92/77

2: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)

World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 4
Ballons d’Or: 6
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 140/71

3: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus & Portugal)

World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 5
Ballons d’Or: 5
League titles: 7
International caps/goals: 167/101

4: Diego Maradona (Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys & Argentina)

World Cup wins: 1986
European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 3
International caps/goals: 91/34

5: Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Barcelona, LA Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante, Feyenoord & the Netherlands)

World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 3
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 48/33

6: Ronaldo de Lima (Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid, Milan, Corinthians & Brazil)

World Cup wins: 1994, 2002
European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 1
International caps/goals: 98/62

7: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, NY Cosmos, Hamburg & West Germany)

World Cup wins: 1974
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 8
International caps/goals: 103/14

8: Zinedine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid & France)

World Cup wins: 1998
European Cup/Champions League wins: 1
Ballons d’Or: 1
League titles: 3
International caps/goals: 108/31

9: Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Real Madrid & Hungary & Spain)

World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 89/87

10: Alfredo di Stefano (River Plate, Millionarios, Real Madrid, Espanyol & Argentina, Colombia & Spain)

World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 5
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 13
International caps/goals: 41/29

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