UFC Fight Night 126

UFC Fight Night 126

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros
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On February 18th, which is this Sunday the UFC will make its return to Austin, Texas as the Frank Erwin Center hosts UFC Fight Night: Cowboy Vs Medeiros. The night will be full of brawls leading up to the Main Event as the Main Card is not a card you wanna miss. With the Main Event being #11 ranked Welterweight "Cowboy" Donald Cerrone taking on #15 ranked Welterweight Yancy Medeiros in a potential Fight Of The Night Bout.

The Co-Main Event will be between 2 HUGE Heavyweight Contenders, as #6 ranked Derrick Lewis faces off against #8 Marcin Tybura. Lightweights go at it as #12 ranked James Vick versus #14 ranked Francisco Trinaldo. Another pair of Welterweights are set to clash as Thiago Alves goes up against Curtis Millender. Jessica Aguilar takes on Livia Renata Souza in the women's strawweight division. And to open up the card Lightweight's Sage Northcutt will face Thibault Gouti.

To open up the card lightweight sensation Sage Northcutt will be taking on a tough opponent who is Thibault Gouti. Thibault won his last fight on September 2nd at UFC Fight Night 115 against Andrew Holbrook via TKO in the 1st round. But Thibault has gone 1-3 in his last 4 fights, a win over Sage can really put him in the right direction in the lightweight division. But Sage Northcutt is also coming off of a victory which was a clear unanimous decision over Michel Quinones at UFC Fight Night 120. Sage is 2-2 in his last 4 fights, needless to say, a win for both of these gentlemen can do good things for them.

2 The woman in the Strawweight division battle it out to with hopes of getting closer to breaking into the top 15 rankings as 26-year-old 11-1 Livia Renata Souza meets 19-6 Jessica Aguilar. Livia is making her UFC Debut but she brings with her the experience that made her a dominant factor in Invicta. She hopes to make a name for herself and make a stamp in the division for all the contenders to be on the lookout.

We last have seen Jessica at UFC 211: Miocic Vs Dos Santos 2 where she lost to Cortney Casey-Sanchez losing via Unanimous Decision. Jessica has gone 0-2 since making her UFC Debut but she looks to turn things around and shut down the debut of the newcomer Livia Souza.

Thiago Alves Steps into the octagon once again against a new tough contender to the UFC that is Curtis Millender who is also making his debut in the Welterweight Division and the organization. Thiago was last in action at UFC 210 where he faced off against Patrick Cote and he won by unanimous decision.

In his UFC career, Thiago is 14-8 in his UFC career, he hopes to add another tally in the win column as the veteran meets the newcomer. Curtis is making his appearance in the UFC with a professional record of 14-3, he has his eye on shutting down the UFC veteran and kicking off his path to UFC gold the right way and impress the world.

In the Lightweight Division #12 ranked James Vicks takes on #14 ranked Francisco Trinaldo. We last saw the "Texecutioner" James Vick at UFC 217 when he defeated Joe Duffy by TKO and improved to a 12-1 record. A win for Vick could very well break him into the top 10 or a potential bout with a top 10 contender. Trinaldo was last seen at UFC Fight Night 119 when he defeated MMA Veteran Jim Miller by unanimous decision. A Win for Trinaldo will definitely put him closer to the top 10 as he could upset Duffy and possibly have a big bout coming out of this.

2 dominant figures in the Heavyweight Division collide in a heck of a fight when #6 ranked Derrick Lewis meets #8 ranked Marcin Tybura as they both cross each others path to the Heavyweight title. We last saw Derrick Lewis take on Mart Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 where he, unfortunately, lost via TKO in the 4th round, a win for Derrick can really make him bounce back as he has said if he wins he will call out Francis Ngannou.

We last saw Marcin take on Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight Night 114 where the Veteran Fabricio defeated Tybura by unanimous decision. A win for Tybura can help him shake off that loss and potentially set him up for a rematch with Fabricio at some point or a top 5 heavyweight contender.

And finally, the Main Event is in the Welterweight division as #11 ranked Donald Cerrone meets #15 Yancy Medeiros in the octagon as we are expecting fight works as soon as the ref calls for the start of the 1st round. Yancy is coming off of a tremendous victory to the other "Cowboy", Cowboy Oliveria. With both fighters throwing bombs at each other from the start and both being hurt multiple times, it would be Yancy who would beat Oliveria with brutal punches in the 3rd round via TKO and also winning Fight OF The Year with that fight.

Yancy hopes to put on a show again and just defeat Cerrone which will get him closer to breaking into the Top 10. We last seen Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 when he was dismantled by Contender Darren Till in the very 1st round. Cowboy Cerrone is 0-3 in his last 3 fights in the UFC, he hopes to upset Yancy and get back on the road to breaking into the top 10 and redeeming these last few losses.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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An Open Letter To The Coach Who Inspired Me Forever

Anyone who's found a love for a sport (or sports) while playing for rec teams, club teams or teams for a local school, can agree.. that somewhere along the way, there was a coach that changed everything.

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When I was five years old, my parents signed me up for my first organized sport. It happened to be the Fall of the year I entered kindergarten and the sport happened to be soccer. Now, at this age calling it, an "organized" sport is quite a reach. We met once a week, put on our colored pennies and ran around in a big field while a volunteer coach really thought they'd have the chance to corral us. That year, I continued through the seasons and got my first glimpse at a number of other sports. Cheering, basketball, and t-ball were all on my to-do list, and soon I was hooked.

Every week I would look forward to games on the weekend and a practice or two along the week. By the third or fourth grade, I believed I had narrowed down the sports I really wanted to play: soccer, basketball, and baseball. I played all of these until the fifth grade when it was first suggested that I switch over to softball.

I absolutely hated the idea of this but, that spring it happened. I was the first one to be "drafted" onto a team, that come to find out, was the team that always finished last. Even knowing this, I continued to play and learn every position and somehow leading my team to its first championship in years.

This.

This was the moment I learned to love the sport I least expected to, and first met the coach who would change my view on the game. Although the story leading up to this point may not have been the same as yours, we all know the moment we realized, this coach was going to change us.

For me, this coach over my middle and high school careers became one of the most important people in my world now revolving around this sport. He fought for my spot on the middle school team when the coach claimed I was "too young" and wanted to give older girls a spot. He pulled me to the varsity lineup as a Freshman and trusted me to catch every-game behind the plate of the senior pitcher who clearly had the speed and talent to pitch collegiately. He continued to mentor me, step by step as my role on the team transitioned from freshman catcher, to second baseman, to senior captain pitcher.

This coach changed everything for me. He taught me respect and accountability and I'd get out what I put into not only the sport, but all my other endeavors. He taught me integrity, and perseverance. But he also taught me how to have fun while I played. How to step onto the field and play my hardest, but know no-matter the score as long as I did my best it was a good game.

I had never known what it was like to have someone other than my parents be so invested in my success before. Of course, they're going to be there for every game, every carpool to practice and every early Sunday morning tournament. But often times, the coach who leaves it all on the field goes unnoticed. The coach who will sit after a game and cry with you after you played your very last game... the coach that truly made you believe in yourself.

So here's to him. Here's to the blood, sweet and tears left behind. Here's to "the good, the bad and the ugly" as he'd say, and learning that any bruise can be fixed by rubbing a little dirt on it. Thank you for your devotion. Thank you for shaping me in to the player I am today, and continuing to do so for others. Thank you for inspiring me everyday to be the best I could be.

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