Frampton loses for the first time in his professional career as Santa Cruz beats him on points at the the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to regain the WBA featherweight title. One judge scored the fight a draw, but the other two favoured Santa Cruz 115-113. Frampton asks for a rematch in Belfast. Santa Cruz:
He is a great fighter and a great counter-puncher. It was tough to change my style. In my head I wanted to go for it, but I was told to box him and that’s what I did. I am a man of my word. Let’s go again.
Leo probably deserved it. It was my fault and I want to apologise to the travelling fans. I hope we can do it again – we need to do it again…My feet were a bit slow. I needed to let my hands go a bit more when I got close. We had a fantastic training camp, I felt completely prepared. I feel like I’ve let the people down.
In a unanimous decision Garbrandt beats Cruz after five rounds to become the UFC bantamweight champion. Garbrandt ends the first round with a cut over his right eye. In the third round a headbut leaves Cruz bleeding from a deep cut over his left eye. In the fourth round Garbrandt drops Cruz four times.
It sounds amazing. I’ve been waiting to hear that and visualise that since I was 12years old…I thrive on that [trash talking] environment. Hats of to Dominick. He’s the champion for a reason.
Nunes retains the bantamweight championship, defeating Rousey in 48 seconds with a TKO.
I am dedicated fighter and I had my team behind me. All those guys have made me an amazing fighter and brought me onto another level. This is my moment. She had her time, she done her actress parts – thank you Ronda Rousey but right now I am the champion. I prepared my mind, body and spirit. I know they love Rousey but I was ready for this fight. I trained for this girl since my first fight in UFC. I am the best on the planet…I knew I was going to beat the shit out of Rousey like that.
Holloway beats Pettis with a TKO in the interim featherweight title fight in the night’s main event at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Holloway stopped Pettis at the 4:50 mark of the third round. Holloway:
We’re trying to fight (Jose) Aldo, so I thought I’d call him Waldo – Jose Waldo. Hashtag Jose Waldo, and tell him meet me in Brooklyn in February. Let’s get the real one!
Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis | UFC 206 Highlights | Toronto
Lopez stops Vazquez in the 11th round at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vasquez suffered an eye injury that caused him problems in the 11th. The southpaw Lopez then hit with a blizzard of punches to put him down on the canvas. The referee stops the fight immediately, at 2:29 of the round, rather than letting Vasquez attempt to get up from the knockdown.
Elba wins his kickboxing debut at in London at the York Hall. He took the fight as a part of Idris Elba: Fighter, a three-part documentary where Elba trains across the world while learning the history of Muay Thai and kickboxing. The show is set to air on the Discovery Channel early 2017. Madonna films the bout.
McGregor beats Diaz in a majority decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-47) after five rounds. McGregor leads with leg kicks in the first round, knocking down Diaz within 1m 30s. Diaz is knocked down in the beginning of the second round, and starts bleeding from above the eyes. Round three comprises grappling, with a strong finish from Diaz. A re-energized McGregor comes back in round four. In the final seconds of the final round Diaz gets McGregor on the ground.
UFC 202: Fight Motion
Surprise! Surprise, motherf-cker! The king is back! He took [leg kicks] better than I expected. He’s a hell of a fighter. A hell of a competitor. He brought out the best in me. But I stayed calm with him. I learned from last contest. This time I want to do it at 155 pounds, I came in at 170 with him as the bigger man and I overcame that adversity. Now this trilogy is on my terms, come back down to 155 and we’ll do it.
I thought I had him. I’m too real for this fight. I’m ready to go again. Good job Conor, but we going for three.
Marquez wins the German GP, with a 20 second lead over Cal Crutchlow in second place. After a poor start, Marquez settles in 7th place. As the track dries out, on Lap 17 he is the first rider to change types to slicks, giving him the advantage over the rest of the field, who delay changing tyres until closer to the end of the race.
At a certain point today, I thought my run at this circuit was going to come to an end. But in the end we succeeded and earned a very good result, especially considering how Valentino and Jorge finished the race. It’s always very difficult to decide when to change bikes, and perhaps we made our switch very early…but I decided to take a chance and it went well.
Rossi wins the Catalunya GP. With 20 laps to go, Rossi moves from fifth place on the grid to take the lead. Marquez takes the lead with five laps to go, but Rossi comes back in the second last lap, to win.
It’s a great, great victory. One of the best my career. And it was for [Luis] Salom.
Rossi dominates the Spanish GP, maintaining his pole position throughout the race, and sets the fastest laps of the race. Rossi uses winglets. He finishes over three seconds faster than teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Marc Marquez comes third.
This was the perfect weekend, because we start to go faster. I had good pace, I had a good start, and I led from the beginning.
Marquez wins the Americas GP, at the Circuit of The Americas course in Austin, Texas. It is his fourth win in a row. Marquez leads from the front throughout the race. Jorge Lorenzo is second. Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso all crash out of the race.
I’m really happy. I feel really great on this circuit.
Marquez wins the Argentinian GP. Marquez came under pressure from Rossi in the first half of the 20-lap race, but after the pit stop Rossi fell seven seconds behind Marquez. Rossi was then overtaken by Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone of Ducati. However, on the final lap, the Ducati riders crashed, leaving Rossi in second.
Lorenzo wins the Qatar MotoGP at Losail Circuit, followed by Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez, and Valentino Rossi.
To choose the right tyre was very important. I tried the warm-up lap with a hard tyre but I did not get the best feeling. It was very risky to go for the soft tyre, as our main rivals Rossi and Marquez chose the hard one. But it turned out well, as I made the fastest lap of 1:54.9 seconds [late in the race], which was impressive.
McGregor defeats Aldo in 13 seconds, the fastest finish in any UFC title fight.
As the fight starts McGregor takes the center of the octagon. McGregor misses a straight left hand, followed with a leg kick that connects. As Aldo hits with a right-left punch combination, McGregor connects his first punch then hist Aldo’s chin with a left hook that leaves Aldo unconscious. As Aldo falls to the ground, McGregor connects with two hammer fists before the referee stops the fight. Within a minute, Aldo regains consciousness.
Conor McGregor KO’s Jose Aldo In 13 Seconds at UFC 194
Rossi wins his fourth Monza Rally, beating Roberto Brivio by 4.8 seconds, and Thierry Neuville by 13.4 seconds in the fourth stage. Neuville comes second overall in the rally.
The season finished in Valencia, the real one, but my season finishes after the Rally of Monza. Also in November I try to fix all my things and this one is like at the end of my season. From Monday morning I will be on my real holidays. Monza is always a great moment and a great way to finish the season.
Valentino Rossi vince il Monster Energy Monza Rally Show 2015
As the victorious Arsenal squad come back down the Wembley steps after collecting their medals for their victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield, Mourinho starts congratulating them one by one. But Wenger, rather than shake the Chelsea manager’s hand, changes his path to avoid him, leaving a snubbed Mourinho to head down the tunnel on his own. Mourinho:
You only miss me if you want to miss me and every Arsenal player came in my direction, which was the easiest thing to do because I was just there. If other people didn’t come in my direction, that is not a problem, not a story and not the end of the world. I did my job, the job that my club deserves me to do and the status as a manager when I lose any trophy.
I shook a few hands today after the game, but nothing special there. I believe we live in a job where you have to respect people and respect everybody. It’s a difficult job. I think it’s vital, I have said many times, in managers’ meetings that managers respect each other.
In a unanimous decision after 12 rounds, Frampton beats Gonzalez in El Paso, Texas. Two judges scoring 116-108 in Frampton’s favour while the third scores 115-109. Frampton is put on his knees twice and given a standing eight count in the first round. Frampton:
My legs went stiff and I couldn’t use my toes for a while, but it was a flash knockdown, I came back and I won. The performance wasn’t great and I really wanted another knockout but I’ll take the win
Carl Frampton vs Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (Highlights)
McGregor defeats Mendes for the Interim Featherweight title, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is the first UFC champion from the Republic of Ireland. During the fight he spends much of the first two rounds on his back, but he finishes the fight a big left hand that puts Mendes down in the 58th second of the second round. McGregor pounds away for the stoppage and then jumps onto the cage in celebration.
Martin wins stage four of the Tour The 223 km long stage starts in Seraing and passes through 13 km of cobbles before the finish in Cambrai. Martin wins after a solo attack three km from the finish line. Martin also gets to wear the yellow jersey for the first time in his life, after narrowly missing out on the three first stages.
USA defeats Japan 5-2 in Women’s World Cup Canada Finals, ending their 16-year drought. USA were 2-0 in the first 5 minutes, then 4-0 in the first 16 minutes. Japan scored its first goal midway through the opening half, then another goal 5 minutes after half -time, only for the 3 goal lead to be extended with USA scoring another almost immediately after. lloyd:
I’m so proud and so zapped at the same time. It doesn’t feel real. We just made history.
Dennis wins the prologue time trial with a time of fourteen minutes and fifty-six seconds. With an average speed of 55.446km/h over the flat 13.8km Utrecht course, this is the fastest ever performance in a Tour de France time trial. Dennis now takes the yellow jersey into stage two, with five seconds over the nearest rider, Tony Martin.
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win the NBA championship. Curry had 25 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Iguodala had 25 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. James had 32 points, 9 assists, and 18 rebounds. Iguodala is named the NBA Finals MVP. Curry:
I’m kind of speechless. This is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we’ve put into it this season, this is special. We’re definitely a great team and a team that should go down in history as one of the best teams from top to bottom.
James, despite playing a historic series, falls to a 2-4 record in the Finals:
Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in Miami or playing in Cleveland or playing on Mars. You lose in the Finals, it’s disappointing.
Desisa wins the men’s division in 2 hours 9 minutes 17 seconds. He throws off his hat and waves to spectators as he sprints to the finish. Desisa also won the 2013 marathon but gave his medal to the city of Boston in light of the bombings that year.
This medal is mine to keep . . . I started waving my hands because I love the Boston people.
Spieth becomes the youngest Masters winner since Tiger Woods following a record-breaking performance. Speith, who is now the world number two golfer after Rory McIlroy, is awarded the coveted green jacket after achieving 18-under par with a final score of 70 – the same score that gave Woods his first green-jacket 18 years ago – and setting new standards for the 36 and 54 holes.
Boudia and Johnson win the men’s synchronized ten meter national title at the inaugural USA Diving Synchronized National Championships. At the meet, Boudia and Johnson earn 950.46 points with a inward dive pike, reverse three and a half tuck, and an inward three and a half tuck.
It is a really fun atmosphere to be in with all these people who love the sport. This is a good start to the season for me and Steele…I think we’re in a great position.
The Hawks win 101-88 against the Bucks. Caroll scores 23 points. Antetokounmpo scores 18 points for the Bucks. The Hawks has the number one seed in the East and plays an easy schedule and plans to stay healthy for the playoffs. Caroll:
We’re trying to get our mojo back, get our momentum back going to the playoffs.
I’m so tired of wearing this mask. I can’t wait for it to be over.
When you play against the best in the East, you have to compete.
The Lakers wins 113-111 over the 76ers. Clarkson scores 26 points, Brown scores 20 points. Noel get his ninth double-double of the month (19 points, 14 rebounds), Canaan scores 18 points for the 76ers. Coach Scott:
He’s not afraid of the moment, You’ve got to like to that.
I was trying to get myself in a good position to rebound the ball and Wayne got space to shoot it.
I’m at a stage personally where I have confidence that he’s going to step up and not be intimidated by the moment.
Marbury is named the finals MVP after leading the Ducks to their second straight CBA championship–their third title overall since Marbury joined the team four years ago. During the finals, Marbury averaged 29.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and two steals.
This year, a lot of people criticized me, saying I was old, that I couldn’t play anymore. But I turned all that into fuel…When we won the first championship, people said we couldn’t get another. After the second, people said you guys can’t repeat. Establishing a dynasty has always been my goal and my motivation.
Jesus did it!! Back 2 Back championships!Keep talking behind behind my back and God gone keep blessing me in yo Face! pic.twitter.com/zFGCzNpXWo
Rousey retains her bantamweight title after defeating Cat Zingano by armbar submission in fourteen seconds at UFC 148.
I was thinking that Cat might try and come and jump in on me right away because so many people were telling her that she was a slow starter and I’ve seen her try to do flying knees in the beginning. Because no one’s ever charged me before so they might think that might work. And the armbar, where it was behind the arm, I was practicing that completely facing a different direction but I’m glad I could adapt in a really weird scramble like that.
Westbrook leads the OKC Thunder to a 105-92 win over the Pacers. The victory comes with Westbrook’s 3rd triple-double this season, scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter. This makes Westbrook’s 11th career triple-double and OKC’s seventh straight win. OKC coach, Scott Brooks:
He just continues to stack games up on top of one another. He’s played well. He’s doing a great job of leading us, leading the new guys and leading the group. Making it all come together.
Russell Westbrook Claims Third Triple-Double of Season
Banks pins Charlotte in a Fatal 4-Way match, which also features Bayley and Becky Lynch, at NXT TakeOver: Rival to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. This is Banks’ first Championship under the WWE umbrella.
I feel like this ten-year-old girl who started her journey watching wrestling, who was just a fan, is just – is living her dream. This is everything I’ve wanted every moment of my day – every waking moment – this is all I’ve dreamt of, and now I have it. I did it.
Charlotte vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch: NXT TakeOver: Rival, Feb. 11, 2015
The New England Patriots rally from a ten-point deficit to beat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX. Coach Belichick:
I couldn’t be prouder of this team. These guys have been counted out many times through the course of the year by a lot of people but they always believed in themselves and just kept fighting. This is a great team — a great group of competitors who never gave in, never lost their will. Mentally and physically, as tough of a group as I’ve been around, and I’ve been around some. These guys are really special.
At the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble, Lesnar successfully defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match after pinning Rollins. The following night, Lesnar is asked about the possibility of suffering a broken rib during the encounter.
That is true. I have suffered from a lot of injuries throughout my career, but when the time comes to win I get through it, and that’s exactly what I did last night.
Reigns wins the 2015 WWE 30-Man Royal Rumble match with help from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, earning himself a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania. After the match, Reigns speaks about preparing to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
Right now I’m going to take a moment to heal. I’m busted up, I’m bleeding everywhere. I need to go see the trainer, I need to heal up, and then I need to study some tape. I’m going against the beast, Brock Lesnar. That’s all that matters right now, WrestleMania. One goal: walk out there WWE World Heavyweight Champion. And you can believe that.