1st Down: Leon Edwards was down and out. Kamaru Usman, considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best in MMA, had weathered an early storm and was coasting to victory in the fifth round of their welterweight title clash when ‘Rocky’ pulled off a Balboa and caught the champ with a flash knockout kick that ended the fight immediately, handing the 170-pound crown to the Jamaican-born Englishman in an absolute shocker. Edwards was by all measures done, yet he somehow found a way to dethrone the champion with only seconds between the finish and the kick. Just like a movie, and it could not have been scripted any better if you tried. In earlier action, Paulo Costa defeated former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold by decision in the co-main event, with Rockhold retiring after the bout.
2nd Down: There will be a third and decisive game in the WNBA Playoffs first round between the Chicago Sky and the New York Liberty after the Sky dominated Game 2 on Saturday by a score of 100-62. The Sky were shocked in Game 1, but they made no mistake here, pouring it on in the paint to emphatically force a third game. Kahleah Cooper notched 20 points while Courtney Vandersloot added 16 to the mix. In the other game of the day, the Las Vegas Aces advanced by beating the Phoenix Mercury 117-80 at home. Chelsea Gray had 27 points and was two assists shy of a double-double while the team as a whole splashed a playoff-record 23 three’s in the victory.
3rd Down: Tyson Fury’s ‘retirement’ might be short-lived after the result of Saturday’s match up between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian, fresh off what was considered an upset over the Englishman at the time, won via split decision in the rematch this time around, and he called on Fury to take him on in a heavyweight unification clash. Fury, apparently willing, responded back, saying he was ‘here to stay,’ meaning we could see him step into the ring once again for a titanic battle. We shall see, but this has never seemed to be a ‘real’ retirement in the slightest.
4th Down: Josef Newgarden took home the win in Indycar’s rain-delayed race at Gateway on Saturday night, cutting his deficit to points lead Will Power to just three points with only two races to go in the 2022 season. Newgarden has now won five times this campaign, and it was his fourth time winning at the track as well. David Malaukas finished second for his first career podium while Scott McLaughlin, Pato O’Ward, and Takuma Sato rounded out the top-five. With two races to go, four drivers are separated by just 17 points while seven are only split by 58 points in what has been a very tight season.