Sports-packed October: What are the highlights this month?

Although the Bay Area events scene doesn’t feature much of fighting, there are plenty of sports fan in the area. One friend once told me that he did not peg me as a contact sports fan and this was not something new to me. As a petite lady known for her unhealthy KPop addiction living in a world full of stereotypes and sexism, I was already numbed by the words. You know how these comments are basically unintentional and more of just surprising thoughts about you but it really screams how messed up our society is with its standards?

Anyhow, I am a contact sports fan. I am not really full-fledged committed to it but I enjoy it way better than I do basketball or sports along that line. And this October had got me going with UFC 253 top billed by middleweight champion Israel Adesanya against challenger Paulo Costa who both had unbeaten marks in the UFC. This is also the most awaited fight as UFC returns to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi dubbed as “Fight Island”. Another fight I was looking forward to was the light heavyweight title match with Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz who are vying for the vacant title as Jon Jones moved up to heavyweight. 

Adesanya is already an accomplished kickboxer before finally making his debut into the Octagon in February 2018 and in just a year and a half, he had already managed to win seven fights and take home the middleweight title after knocking out Robert Whittaker. Before his fight with Costa, he had an unbeaten 19-0 record. That and four Performance of the Night and two Fight of the Night bonuses to add to his professional resume as a Mixed Martial Artist. 

On the other hand, there’s the challenger Paulo Costa who is also undefeated with a 5-0 record. But what makes him a strong contender against Adesanya is that out of his 5 wins, 4 were knockouts and one was submission. With his strength and impressive UFC record, Costa who is the underdog in this fight had a strong base of supporters. 

The fight which had been as exciting as everyone hoped it would be brought out Israel “Stylebender” Adesanya as still the reigning champion and with a yet undefeated record. 

Teofimo Lopez who signed with Top Rank on October 16 debuted as an undercard in the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas bout immediately that November. Before his fight with WBO, WBA, and WBC (franchise) champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, Lopez held an undefeated 16 wins, 0 losses record with 12 finishes by knock-out and 3 with decisions. 

Lomachenko, on the other hand, is a Ukranian professional boxer with world titles heavily attached to his name and one of the most-celebrated boxers of his time. In 2013, he made his professional debut in boxing and has since then won 10 knockout fights out of the 15 before his fight with Lopez. 

Many had high hopes for Lomachenko as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of his time but many were disappointed with his performance during the first six rounds of the fight. Even with his comeback during the second-half, Lomachenko ultimately lost by decision. 

UFC 254 had also been one of the most awaited matches as Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje faces off against THE Khabib Nurmagomedov, Russian mixed martial artist dubbed as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. The two will be fighting for the Lightweight Championship with Khabib holding an undefeated record of 29-0 and Gaethje with a 22-2 record on his belt. 

Justin Gaethje is an American professional mixed martial artist who took out Tony Ferguson in UFC 249 claiming the Interim Lightweight Champion title, breaking Ferguson’s 12-fight winning streak and on top of that he had earned Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night which had led him to his bout with Khabib. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov has a black belt in Judo and a 2 Time Russian Combat Sambo Champion and a 2 Time World Sambo Champion. He started his professional MMA career in 2008 and has since then racked up wins after wins even against tough veterans. One of his most highly-anticipated fights was with Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in which he won with submission at the fourth round. 

Although Gaethje was good, Khabib remained undefeated after their fight which ended in submission at Round 2 exactly at 1:34. After their fight, Khabib also announced his retirement, leaving his professional career with an undefeated record and impressive finish with Gaethje. 

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