1st Down: UFC 279 was slated to see long-time veteran and crowd favorite Nate Diaz taking on, possibly in his last-ever bout, new hot shot Khazmat Chimaev in the main event. That, however, will not take place after Chimaev missed weight on Friday, coming in at 7.5 pounds heavy. Diaz made weight, so he will remain in the main event in Las Vegas, instead taking on fellow legend Tony Ferguson in a clash of icons in the welterweight division. Meanwhile, Chimaev stayed on the card as well, but he fell into the co-main where he take on Kevin Holland. The two of them have bad blood, with the pair breaking into a conflict on Thursday, so that fight will make sense as far as the ‘storyline’ goes.
2nd Down: Carlos ‘Cardiac’ Alcaraz. It has a ring to it, doesn’t it? The Spanish teenager has been superb at the US Open, but he hasn’t exactly taken care of business quickly. He, apparently, gets paid by the hour, as this win over Francis Tiafoe in the semis took him four hours and 19 minutes as he won in a five-set thriller 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3. The 19-year old will go into his first grand slam final now, and he will be taking on Casper Ruud of Norway. Should the Spaniard win, he would become the world’s #1 player and be the youngest-ever to claim that title.
3rd Down: A little bit of Friday night football action took place this week as a pair of games were on the docket. In Orlando, UCF went down at home to Louisville 20-14 as the Cardinals raced back from a half-time deficit to score 13 unanswered in the second half. Malik Cunningham racked up over 300 total yards, including a 43-yard scamper for a TD in the third quarter, and a late interception in the goal line preserved their lead. The other game on the evening saw Boise State defeat New Mexico State 31-14 on the road as Hank Bachmeier threw for three touchdowns to bring the Broncos’ record to 1-1 on the year.
4th Down: Russell Wilson broke a bit of news for us on Friday when he came out and said that the Seattle Seahawks had looked into trading him prior to eventually sending him to the Denver Broncos. Wilson said that there were a couple of times that it occurred, with one of those times happening in 2018 as they tried to gauge the level of interest the Cleveland Browns might have had. It’s been reported that the two camps never saw eye-to-eye on how to run the team as well as the on-field philosophy.