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Curtis Blaydes defeated Alexander Volkov for the fourth consecutive UFC victory



Curtis Blaydes defeated Alexander Volkov for the fourth consecutive UFC victory

LAS VEGAS – UFC heavyweight competitor Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with Saturday night, winning his fourth straight match in a unanimous decision.

Featherweight Josh Emmett won a unanimous decision on Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint performance during the final battle of the last performance of the fan-free UFC Apex gym in the hometown of mixed martial arts promotion.

Blaydes (14-2) showed off his superior wrestling skills from the start against Volkov, defeating the Russian who rose in the first 10 seconds and then dominated the first 3 1/2 rounds. Volkov (31-8) landed his own destruction at the end of the fourth quarter and nailed down Blaydes with a few attacks at the start of the fifth, but Blaydes broke through and won by bending the fight with his apparent strength on the ground.

“It is always a good experience to know you can go 25 minutes, and there are things you need to do, but you learn it in victory,” Blaydes said. “I need to improve my condition after the third round, but I am happy with the victory. Volkov is legitimate, and I am one step closer to the title shot.”

The 6-foot-7 Volkov flew to the US with no clear how he would return to Russia due to travel restrictions amid a coronavirus pandemic. He has won seven of his last eight fights, but has not competed since his one-sided victory over Greg Hardy in Moscow last year.

Curtis Blaydes celebrates his victory.
Curtis Blaydes celebrates his victory.Getty Images

Blaydes won on the jury score cards 49-46, 48-47 and 48-46.

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Blaydes and Francis Ngannou are the most likely competitors to get the next chance at the UFC heavyweight title after champion Stipe Miocic completed his trilogy with former two-belt champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 on 15 August. Ngannou was responsible for only two defeats to Blaydes’s career, winning their battles in 2016 and 2018.

Emmett and Burgos put on a performance that night with an interesting slugfest, with Emmett winning 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27. 35-year-old Emmett (16-2) survived with a knee injury in the first half to land two knockdowns and a dominant third round, but Burgos absorbed an extraordinary penalty and thought he had made a decision.

“Dana, I told you, prepare the checkbook!” Emmett shouted immediately after the fight in the direction of UFC President Dana White, who distributed promotional bonuses for outstanding performances.

This event is the fourth of five consecutive UFC shows held over five weekends without fans on the company’s campus. After next week’s show led by Dustin Poirier’s meeting with Dan Hooker, UFC will move to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi for four shows in 14 days, starting with UFC 251 on July 12.

Veteran Jim Miller completed Roosevelt Roberts with an armbar in the first round of his latest milestone battle. 36-year-old Miller (32-14) equals Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s record in his 35th appearance at home to UFC, and his 21st win at UFC makes him only follow Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22) in history promotion.

Former bantamweight challenger Raquel Pennington (11-8) has only won his second since 2016 with a clear decision on 42-year-old middle school teacher Marion Reneau. Pennington’s fiancé, Tecia Torres, broke a skid of four battles since 2017 with a one-sided decision on Brianna Van Buren on the initial undercard.

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Justin Jaynes made his UFC storybook debut, stopping Frank Camacho with an attack in just 41 seconds. 30-year-old Jaynes received a fight just three days ago when Matt Frevola was pulled from a Las Vegas card for a team-positive corona virus test.

In two matches featuring experienced veterans, Lauren Murphy won unanimous decisions over fellow flying class veterans Roxanne Modafferi, and Bobby Green controlled her victory over Clay Guida.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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