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UFC on FX 4 - Undercard Recap

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UFC on FX 4 - Undercard Recap

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By Mark Ruzomberka

Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas

Hioki locked in one of the best Omoplatas in recent fight history only to have it somehow reversed by Lamas in the first round.

Some were skeptical of his 2 ranking in the featherweight division, but he showed why he was deserving nearly finishing the fight in the first frame. The unranked Lamas actually seemed to win the second round with a guilliotine choke that threatended Hioki. In the third
Lamas went back to the same move again in the third but failed to angle out enought to tap Hioki. Those choke attemps were enough to convince the judges Lamas earned the victory 29-28 in a Unanimous decision. After the fight Lamas would state he felt like Hioki had "gills"
after holding the choke for close to two minutes. Time will tell how this upset mixes up the 145 pound division.

C.J. Keith vs. Ramsey Nijem

After getting hit below the belt, and what looked like a flicker of the lights at Revel's Ovation Hall due stormy weather Ramsey Nijem pulledoff a textbook victory. Get your opponent down, take full mount, ground and pound until the ref pulls you off. This is the script Nijem
executed to perfection on Friday night. Another Greg JacksonPit fighter to pull off a victory the team made the most of their trek across the country.

Brock Jardine vs. Rick Story

Rick Story is mostly known for his upset loss to Charlie Brennemen at UFC Live in Pittsburgh. However, a deeper look at this fighter shows he was a huge prospect for that devastating upset. Story had beaten, Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks on his way up before suffering
back to back losses leading up to this fight with Jardine. The fans were not impressed with effort in this fight their disapproval could be heard easily in the small venue, perhaps they thought they were getting Brock Lesnar or keith Jardine instead. The fight was back and forth and no fighter seemed to be in trouble at any point, which was good and bad. Story won 30-27 on all three cards in a fight that featured a large amount of high level wrestling, but most UFC fans want to see knockouts and there was no opportunity for a KO in this fight.
Commenting on his reputation after the fight Story would say, I'm happy to get the win. After two losses my reputation as an up-and-coming guy was on the line for sure. I felt okay in there but after so long off and knee surgery I didn't quite trust myself to go 100.
I had to put my foot on the gas in the last round. I felt I could have stopped him in the third but in camp my knee would swell up when I did hard cardio and I wasnt quite ready for that. I think the three rounds helped that and next time Im looking for a really impressive win.

Matt Brown vs. Luis Ramos

The TUF vet, Matt Brown, won via TKO ref stoppage, and had this to say after the fight. I've won three in a row now, three all in 2012, and am happy things are going well for me. I won't make excuses for when things were not going well, but all my hard work is now paying off.I am getting married in a month, I'm very settled and happy in my personal life and I think that's helping me out in my professional life. I knew I had Ramos hurt at the end, I thought I hurt him a bunch of times, but he was tough so I just kept throwing til he was stopped.

Joey Gambino vs. Steven Siler

Gambino walks out to Eminem's Cinderella man, but it was not meant to be in this one. Siler has become a bit of a journeyman at the young age of 25 with a record of 20-9 before the fight began, but improved to 21-9 quickly. The kid who looks like he would be
the one getting picked on in high school, looked impressive and yet again and ended the fight with a nice guillotine choke in the first round. The Greg JacksonPit Elevated team member looks to move up to the top of the heap the 145 pound division, especially after the Hioki loss.

Catone vs. Camozzi

Catone had the greatest fan following of the night one of few local fighters on the card. After one round it appeared that Catone leading after landing a right hook, but Camozzi wore it with pride.Later, Catone landed a take down, but Camozzi defended well pulling
guard immediately. In the Second round, Catone used his superior wrestling to land a single leg take-down. However, it was the UFC and TUF veteran Camozzi, who landed a damaging blow in the third. Though Catone looked able to finish the Ring Doctor called a stoppage
in the third round at 1:51. Catone would later state, I;m bummed out. I felt I won the first two rounds but he hit that knee and the sweat and blood was going into my eye. I thought the referee may stop it but I wanted to continue. I'm a little bummed out losing like
that but my bad for getting a knee to the eye.

Dustin Pague vs. Ken Stone

Ken Stone won via split decision saying I'm happy with win but I can do better than that. Three weeks ago I kicked someone in the knee and messed my foot up but now way was I pulling out. I landed a kick in the second or third minute tonight, and that same
foot hurt again. So I went to my boxing and my jab and worked from there. I couldn't get the take-downs I wanted, but I got the win
and I will get better from here.

Ricardo Funch vs. Dan Miller

Dan Miller defeated Ricardo Funch via guillotine choke in the third round. After the fight he would state, "This was a very important fight for me. I knew I had to win this to stay in the UFC, and everyone knows the situation with my kid being so sick. I tried not to think about the pressure I was under, and just see this as a fight, but it was really, really hard to do that.
I'm so happy I got this done. Making welterweight was very hard, but I did it and I felt great in there. My boy is having a transplant soon and I think things are turning around for us. Being away from him and my family is so hard, but I'm staying in the UFC and I can continue
to support them."

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3 Up, 3 Down: Allow Juan Soto to distract you from Bryce Harper

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3 Up, 3 Down: Allow Juan Soto to distract you from Bryce Harper

Nationals fans are teetering on the edge. 

On one hand, the Nats are 3.5 games out of first place after a 10-week span full of injuries and underperformance. The team just acquired All-Star closer Kelvin Herrera, and their 19-year-old left fielder looks like an All-Star already. 

On the other hand, doom is imminent. The Monstars stole Bryce Harper's abilities at some point over the last three weeks, Steven Strasburg can't stay healthy, and the offense is pushing everyone's patience to the limit. 

So who's overperforming? Who's underperforming? Who's out there just trying their very best? LET'S LIST. 

Three Up

1. Juan Soto

Our large young son Juan continues to impress. He's now hitting .325/.411/.602 with a 1.013 OPS in 95 plate appearances over 25 games. That means we're mercifully starting to leave the 'fluky start' narrative behind. He's been the best hitter on the Nationals by a wide margain since he got called up - although that's perhaps more of an indicitment on the rest of the lineup than it is on Soto. Still, in less than a month he's probably earned the starting left field spot for the rest of the summer. Not bad. 

2. Justin Miller

Miller is 31, on his third team in four years, and owns a career ERA north of 4.50. Despite all of this, Miller's been the best reliever in baseball since coming up for the Nats. Of relief pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched (we hear your sample size comment and are not going to acknolwdge it), no one has a better FIP than Miller (0.64). He's striking out over half of the batters he sees and has yet to walk a single person this year. All the elite relief pitchers are already at 30-40 innings pitched, so Miller has a while to go before these stats mean a whole lot. If he stays even 75 percent as good as he's started, the Nats' bullpen looks scary. 

3. Michael A. Taylor

Have yourself a week or two, Michael A.! The centerfielder is slashing .500/.556/.583 over the last 14 days, the first of many "Maybe He Put It Together?!" runs we'll see from him this year. He also has six stolen bases during that span, more than anyone else on the team. His plate discipline has been better over the last two weeks, with a BB% a shade over 11 percent - only behind Juan Soto for highest on the team. Juan Soto, man. 

Three Down

1. Bryce Harper

A couple things here. We'll start with the admission that Bryce Harper is obviously not having a superb year. We've already briefly touched on why looking at only his batting average is a lazy way of judging his season, and we stand by that. With that said - Harper's had a bad season. The last month has been particularly painful. There's no way of dressing up a .189/.278/.400 slashline over the last 30 days. Still, his contact has been as great as his luck terrible - there's a positive regression coming, we promise. 

2. Pedro Severino 

And you think Harper's been slumping?? Over the same 30 days, Severino has hit .098/.179/.115 with a .294 OPS. He's essentially daring the Nats to put together a trade package for JT Realmuto at this point. He has six hits over his last 68 plate appearances and five of them are singles. 

3. Shawn Kelley

Kelley owns a 6.09 FIP and a 4.32 ERA over the last month (10 games, 8.1 innings pitched). He's walking close to nine percent of the hitters he's faced during that time. He has a 12.5 HR/FB over the last month. With the trade for Kelvin Herrera and the sudden emergence of Justin Miller, Kelley's role going forward isn't quite as clear anymore. 

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

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