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UFC 238: Tony Ferguson defeats Donald Cerrone after the doctors stop the bout

UFC 238: Tony Ferguson defeats Donald Cerrone after the doctors stop the bout

Tony Ferguson extended his winning streak against the UFC's winningest fighter in history, Donald Cerrone, on Saturday night.

And for the second fight in a row, it came via a doctor's stoppage at the end of the second round. At UFC 229, Ferguson earned a win against Anthony Pettis when he couldn't continue with a broken hand.

After the corners cleared the ring, with his right eye swelling up already, Cerrone blew his nose and it closed completely. Doctors were called in to look at his eye and told a pleading Cerrone they couldn't let him continue.

"I'm old school and I should've known not to blow my nose," Cerrone told Joe Rogan after the fight.

Cerrone also said he had asked doctor's simply to try and push the air back out to clear his vision.

"It’s not the way I wanted to win," Ferguson said while apologizing to the crowd.

To add to the controversy, Ferguson landed a late punch or two after the horn to end the second round.

"The punch had nothing to do with it," Cerrone said.

Ferguson also addressed the late punch.

"And in the end of that round, going through a lot of emotions, just trying to get into it, I let a punch go at the buzzer, I thought I hit him at the buzz, it was on the other side of his face, not the side that was swollen," Ferguson said. His nose was pretty much almost broken, and technically when you blow your nose, your eyes start to swell up. Unfortunately I couldn’t give the fans that third round, I’m pissed at myself because of that and I know he wanted to do it too."

It was a disappointing end to a highly anticipated fight that was dubbed "The People's Main Event." Fans didn't handle the stoppage, verbally protesting and at least one fan threw ice into the cage.

Ferguson thanked Cerrone and his team for taking the fight and offered up a rematch, looking equally as frustrated as Cerrone at the stoppage.

The win puts Ferguson right back in the lightweight title picture, which will be cleared up when champion Khabib Nurmagomedov fights interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in early September.

"I could give a f*** who is next," Ferguson said.

Ferguson added: "If he wants to do it again, we can. If me and Cowboy don’t fight again, I want that title shot. I’ve had that title, I feel that’s why it’s such an emotional roller-coaster. I’ve increased my value after this fight tonight. If Poirier cannot do it, I’ll go to Abu Dhabi and do it myself, and if McGregor wants to dance I have a tune for him too, so regardless I’ll be ready."

For Cerrone, it means it's back to the drawing board in his quest for that elusive UFC title.

‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

Sports wagering is officially off and running in the Chicagoland area.

On Wednesday, former Bears running back Matt Forte was part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, as they officially opened their sportsbook for customers to place their bets.

‘The Book’ in Hammond is taking sports wagers for all professional sports, including those outside of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL.

On May 8, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb officially signed a new law allowing 13 brick-and-mortar casinos to apply for licenses.

Two months later, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker followed suit.  But the two-month gap in-laws passing has allowed Indiana to get the first crack at the Chicago market, which is significant.

The goal for Indiana all along was to be open for business by Week 1 of the NFL season when the Bears host the Packers in the kickoff of the 100th season of the National Football League. 

What does it mean for Illinois? Well, for now, Illinois has to wait.

The positive? The bill has been signed into law.

The negative? Several hurdles remain before a brick-and-mortar casino will be good to go for customers to place sports wagers.

While Indiana offers a short commute to place a sports wager, it looks like Illinois may have to wait as long as Super Bowl Sunday before they can say the same.

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. visits sister Diamond at Sky shootaround

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Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. visits sister Diamond at Sky shootaround

The Texas Rangers are in town for their three-game set with the White Sox, which kicked off on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field but that didn't stop outfielder Delino Deshields from making some time for family. 

DeShields' sister is none other than Chicago Sky wing scorer Diamond DeShields. 

Diamond is averaging a career-high 15.3 points per game and has helped lead the Sky back to the postseason for the first time since 2016. 

Delino (Jr.) was only able to stick around for the Sky's morning shootaround, as he obviously had to be back with the Rangers in time for Friday night's game. 

Delino may be a good luck charm for Diamond, as she chipped in 22 points and four rebounds in a win on the day of his visit. It was the first win the Sky has had over the Washington Mystics since they traded superstar Elena Delle Donne back in 2016.