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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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Strasburg fans 11, Nationals top Marlins 4-2

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Strasburg fans 11, Nationals top Marlins 4-2

Stephen Strasburg matched his season-high with 11 strikeouts and Bryce Harper tied a career-high with five walks as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.

Anthony Rendon drove in two runs for the Nationals (77-75), who entered Tuesday's game 7 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves and 7 games back in the race for the final wild-card spot.

Strasburg (9-7) pitched six innings and allowed two runs and five hits with two walks. At one point, he struck out six consecutive batters.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 26 opportunities.

Peter O'Brien hit his third home run of the season and J.T. Realmuto had two hits and knocked in a run for the Marlins.

Adam Eaton and Trea Turner had consecutive RBI singles in the second inning to give the Nationals an early lead.

O'Brien's solo homer off Strasburg cut the Marlins' deficit to 2-1.

Rendon's sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 3-1, but Realmuto pulled Miami within 3-2 with a base hit in the fifth.

Rendon's single in the sixth pushed Washington's advantage to 4-2.

Sandy Alcantara pitched four innings for the Marlins and allowed six hits, six walks, and three runs.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.53 ERA) will begin a four-game series against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Marlins: RHP Jeff Brigham (0-2, 7.36) will take the mound on Thursday when Miami begins the final home series of the season, a four-game set against Cincinnati.

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4 players who impressed in the Capitals home preseason opener against Boston

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4 players who impressed in the Capitals home preseason opener against Boston

Capital One Arena saw its first action of the season on Tuesday, albeit in a preseason game, as the Capitals fell 5-2 to the Boston Bruins. T.J. Oshie looked like he wanted to hit everything that moved every time he was on the ice. Matt Niskanen also scored a power play tally, but both he and Oshie’s spots on the team are already secure. There were plenty of other players with a lot on the line looking to make an impression in the home preseason opener.

Here are four players who impressed.

Riley Barber

The Caps scored less than five minutes into the game thanks to a nifty deflection by Barber on a quick shot by Alex Alexeyev. Barber was Washington’s top offensive threat on the night and was all over the net with nine (!!!) shots on goal and another four attempts. His goal was a dirty one, but Barber also showed some soft hands and good stick work as well throughout the night.

“I thought he had a real strong showing tonight and a number of opportunities and chances and was able to make a real nice play on the first goal,” head coach Todd Reirden said. “I liked his game in particular and I think he was someone that was able to show us a little bit more of an offensive flair than maybe he has done in the past.”

At 24, Barber is at a critical point in his career as he is battling to make the NHL and not become a career AHLer. Right now he still looks like a long shot to make the roster and will likely need a few more efforts like Tuesday’s game to really give himself a shot to stick around in Washington.

Nic Dowd

Dowd is in a battle for the fourth line center job to replace Jay Beagle. Tuesday was a good dress rehearsal for him in terms of winning the job. Dowd was the team’s best player in the face-off dot, took 17 draws and won 12 of them, by far Washington’s top face-off man on the night (not counting Jayson Megna who won the one draw he took).

"It’s a big part of everyone's game in the National Hockey League,” Dowd said. “You lose possession of the puck, you're chasing it for 30 seconds. So, I will continue to work on that and continue to make it a big part of my game."

“That’s an integral role to any team’s success,” Todd Reirden said. “Certainly we were able to benefit from having faceoff success especially in that dot with a right-hand centerman taking those draws. I put him in situations to take a lot of those draws tonight. He did a good job of that, he did a good job on the penalty kill. He continues to be as expected in what we’ve researched and seen from him and he was all of that tonight. I liked his game tonight.”

Dowd also drew two penalties on the night.

The biggest competition for Dowd at fourth line center looks to be Travis Boyd who also played Tuesday. With both players in action, Dowd had the greater impact on the game. The offensive upside looks much higher for Boyd, but Dowd looks like he provide more of those little things that Beagle provided such as face-off wins and penalty killing.

Connor Hobbs

Hobbs took exception to a hit delivered to him by Tanner Pond and the two dropped the gloves. Liam O’Brien dropped the gloves as well and took on Mark McNeil, but Hobbs gets the shout out here because it was a pretty darn good bout with Hobbs delivering several pretty nice rights to Pond.

Braden Holtby

Just in case you were wondering, yes, Holtby is going to make the team. While you could put him in the same category as Oshie, Holtby makes the list for having the top play on the night.

In the first period, former Cap Daniel Winnik looked like he had an empty net to shoot on, but Holtby stretched out the toe to make the fantastic save and somehow deny Winnik.