Edwards fights rain to win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After two rain delays lasting greater than 5 hours, a slick race monitor wasn't going to cease Carl Edwards from celebrating his first win of the season.

He pulled his car to the start/end line at Bristol Motor Speedway, climbed out to his window ledge and prepared for his celebratory backflip.

Then, Edwards had a brief second of clarity.

"Oh, man, I thought, `That is stupid. I should not do this.. It is awfully shiny. It is perhaps slick,' " he said. "I did not need to stick it completely and have my toes go that way and break my arm on the concrete. That would have been horrible. I used to be really really nervous about that."

But on this rain-soaked Sunday night, Edwards was going for the massive finish to a different lengthy day for NASCAR.

The start was delayed by nearly two hours, racing began and the sector obtained to Lap 124 earlier than the sky opened once more, and the race was stropped for an additional 3 hours, 18 minutes.

Much like the season-opening Daytona 500, which was stopped by rain for nearly six hours, the specter of more dangerous weather bringing a sudden halt to the race pressured the drivers to go onerous every single lap.

So when a warning with 77 laps remaining sent a lot of the field to pit street, Edwards' crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, made the decision to depart his driver on the track. The move gave Edwards the lead on the restart with 70 laps remaining.

"I believed when Jimmy stated we'll stay out, I thought, `Nicely, that is a good idea,' " Edwards stated. "After which no person stayed out round us, and I believed, `Oh boy, which may not be the best factor.' It turned out to be perfect."

He had no hassle pulling out to a simple lead and had victory in sight when the yellow caution lights got here out right earlier than the scheduled white flag lap. No one was sure what the warning was for and Fennig even wondered if water injury might need inadvertently prompted the lights to turn on.

Then the sky suddenly opened and NASCAR had no alternative however to declare the race over.

NASCAR said after the race that someone within the flag stand accidentally leaned on a switch to set off the lights. NASCAR was pressured to challenge a full caution "as a result of operation of the lights was comprised."

"No hurt, no foul, let's act like it simply did not occur," Edwards told NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.

Edwards led Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. across the end line. Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports was third as Ford drivers swept the highest three spots – one day after a Ford workforce received the Twelve Hours of Sebring sports automotive race for the primary time since 1969.

It was Edwards' twenty second career victory, third at Bristol, but first of the season – and the one that ought to clinch him a spot in the Chase for the Dash Cup championship beneath NASCAR's new qualifying format.

"We're within the Chase and we're going to go win this championship," stated Edwards.

Kevin Harvick

It was an eventful day for Kevin Harvick, whose day ended with a fireplace. He finished 39th.

Stenhouse was disappointed he did not get a shot to race his teammate for the win.

"I was pondering that I might use the bumper if the chance was there," he stated. "In the event you get the win, you're within the Chase and you'll let the remainder handle itself later. That's what I was actually thinking if we went back green. I used to be enthusiastic about doing no matter I could to win."

And Almirola also was having trouble accepting the ultimate final result.

"It is frustrating because I had one shot to race Carl for the lead, and these races are so onerous to win," he mentioned. "It was a terrific day for us, I'm not dissatisfied at all with third, however if you see it and you'll style it and it is that shut, you surprise what might have went totally different."

Tony Stewart salvaged a horrific begin to the weekend – he certified thirty seventh – by finishing a season-best fourth.

"I am fairly enthusiastic about that," Stewart said. "All people just labored exhausting all weekend. We had an extended way to go from Friday, when we weren't excellent and day by day we simply bought higher and higher. So, I'm actually pleased with this workforce."

Marcos Ambrose was fifth as each of RPM's drivers finished inside the highest five.

Polesitter Denny Hamlin was sixth in the highest-finishing Toyota and was adopted by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Brian Vickers was ninth and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the highest 10.


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Week-in-Review: List of UFC, Bellator & Other Fights Announced

Yushin Okami has a date for his World Series of Fighting debut.| Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com


A complete list of serious new fights reported in the pastweek.

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Nah-Shon Burrell, Bellator112, March 14, Hammond, Ind.

Jesse Juarez vs. Adam McDonough, Bellator 112, March 14, Hammond, Ind.

Sam Oropeza vs. Cristiano Souza, Bellator 112, March 14, Hammond, Ind.

Bubba McDaniel vs. Sean Strickland, UFC171 “Hendricks vs. Lawler,” March 15, Dallas

Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov, WSOF9 “Carl vs. Palhares,” March 29, Las Vegas

Oli Thompson vs. Gzim Selmani, BAMMA15 “Thompson vs. Selmani,” April 5, London

Colin Fletcher vs. Tony Hervey,BAMMA 15 “Thompson vs. Selmani,” April 5, London

Guram Gugenishvili vs. Tony Bonello, IGF“Inoki Genome Struggle 1,” April 5, Tokyo

Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O’Connell, UFC “The Final Fighter Nations Finale,” April sixteen, QuebecCity

Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg, UFC172 “Jones vs. Teixeira,” April 26, Baltimore

Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman, UFC 172 “Jones vs. Teixeira,” April 26,Baltimore

Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic, UFC173 “Weidman vs. Machida,” Might 24, Las Vegas

Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno, UFC 173 “Weidman vs. Machida,” May 24, Las Vegas

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Week-in-Review: List of UFC, Bellator & Other Fights Announced

Holly Holm is looking to lay waste to a different foe in April.

An entire checklist of great new fights reported in the pastweek.

DanielCormier vs. PatrickCummins, UFC170 “Rousey vs. McMann,” Feb. 22, Las Vegas

RaphaelAssuncao vs. PedroMunhoz, UFC one hundred seventy “Rousey vs. McMann,” Feb. 22, Las Vegas

CodyGibson vs. AljamainSterling, UFC one hundred seventy “Rousey vs. McMann,” Feb. 22, Las Vegas

Caol Unovs. Jesse Brock,ValeTudo Japan “VTJ 4th,” Feb. 23, Tokyo

JoshBurkman vs. TylerStinson, WSOF9 “Carl vs. Palhares,” March 29, Las Vegas

OzzyDugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez,WSOF 9 “Carl vs. Palhares,” March 29, Las Vegas

Mike Coreyvs. ShaneKruchten, WSOF 9 “Carl vs. Palhares,” March 29, Las Vegas

JohnAlessio vs. TBA, Bellator119, Could 9, Rama, Ontario

YusukeKawaguchi vs. BrettRogers, IGF“Inoki Genome Struggle 1,” April 5, Tokyo

HollyHolm vs. JulianaWerner, Legacy Preventing Championship 30, April eleven, Allen, Texas

FlavioAlvaro vs. DonaldSanchez, Legacy Fighting Championship 30, April 11, Allen,Texas

DerrickLewis vs. Jack Could,UFC on Fox 11 “Werdum vs. Browne,” April 19, Orlando, Fla.

TakafumiOtsuka vs. Kenji Osawa,Deep“sixty six Affect,” April 29, Tokyo

SatoruKitaoka vs. NaotoMiyazaki, Deep “66 Impression,” April 29, Tokyo

KazunoriYokota vs. KatsunoriTsuda, Deep “sixty six Impression,” April 29, Tokyo

AnthonyBirchak vs. Kevin Croom,MFC forty“Crowned Kings,” Could 9, Edmonton, Alberta

ChrisWade vs. FrankiePerez, Ringof Combat forty eight, Might sixteen, Atlantic City, N.J.

WanderleiSilva vs. ChaelSonnen, UFC Battle Night,Might 31, Brazil



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Donald Cerrone Wants 6 Fights in 2014, UFC Record for Most Bouts in Year

Donald Cerrone is trying to stay busy this yr.


Donald Cerrone turned loads of heads during a 2011 by which hecompeted five occasions, however that private finest has just been put onnotice.

“Cowboy” revealed his intention to battle six instances this yearfollowing his first-spherical stoppage of AdrianoMartins tonight at UFC on Fox 10.

“I want to set a file for probably the most fights in a year,” Cerronesaid on the submit-struggle press convention. “Could I get six? Thatwould be f-ing great. I believe [fighting subsequent in] Baltimore orDallas could be nice. There are fighters out there saying theycan’t get fights. Hey, I’m your guy.”

Cerrone has completed each of his final two opponents, submittingEvanDunham in November earlier than knocking out Martins with a violenthead kick on Saturday at Chicago’s United Middle. The wins halted a1-2 stretch for the Jackson-Winkeljohn product, a turnaround whichCerrone credits to his renewed dedication to the game.

“I had to just determine why I do this once more,” stated Cerrone. “Imade more cash than I had made in my complete life, and I obtained verycomfortable and forgot the love of why I do this. I rememberkickboxing world wide for $1500. I misplaced the love, and I’mback.”

Although it's presently unknown whom Cerrone will face in his nextouting, lanky featherweight Cole Millerrecently asked for a piece of the “Cowboy” following his Jan. 15submission of Sam Sicilia.Nonetheless, Cerrone mentioned he is not but satisfied a move tofeatherweight is in the cards.

“Cole Miller is a turd the UFC hasn’t flushed but,” mentioned Cerrone.“I think the UFC is totally in opposition to me going to a hundred forty five [kilos]. Icouldn’t drink delicious, full-bodied Budweisers, so that would bea lifestyle change. I don’t know if I’m dedicated to that. ColeMiller, win some fights after which come see me. You’re on the ass-endof a long line of individuals. We’ll see.”


Series of injuries costing ex-Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine momentum and potential big fights

Tarec Saffiedine hasn’t fought since defeating Nate Marquardt on Jan. 12 (Getty Pictures)

Tarec Saffiedine had built lots of momentum following his dominant victory over Nate Marquardt on Jan. 12, when he used a

sequence of brutal leg kicks to defeat Marquardt and win the Strikeforce welterweight title


It was the final bout in Strikeforce history and Saffiedine was heading into the UFC in an excellent position.

But nearly eight months since that win, Saffiedine hasn’t fought once more and has no concept when he will. Saffiedine had to pull out of a planned July 27 bout with Robbie Lawler with an damage. Last month, UFC president Dana White informed Fox Sports he was planning to pit Saffiedine with Matt Brown, who had received impressively over Mike Pyle at Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17 in Boston, in a match in December.

That combat, though, has primarily passed by the wayside as a result of nobody knows when Saffiedine goes to have the ability to train again. His efficiency in opposition to Marquardt proved he deserves a high opponent, but all the high UFC welterweights who aren’t injured are going to be booked earlier than for much longer for fights before the end of the year. Saffiedine has an uncertain return date, and that can depart him in a difficult spot.

Matt Brown celebrates a formidable win over Mike Pyle on Aug. 17 (Getty)

Saffiedine stated he had hoped to fulfill both Brown or ex-interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, or any prime 10 welterweight. However now could be when the UFC goes to start booking the top-of-the-yr matches and which will depart Saffiedine on the surface trying in.

“I’m shooting to come again end of this year, beginning of subsequent yr,” Saffiedine advised Cagewriter. “The thing is, I will not know for a few weeks from my physician when I’ll have the inexperienced light to come again and prepare. I am unable to prepare right now because of the injuries.”

Saffiedine said he has two injuries, which he declined to divulge. One, he mentioned he had when he fought Marquardt, and another he received while coaching for Lawler.

The uncertainty has put him in a very unhealthy place. The welterweight title will be decided on Nov. sixteen, when Georges St-Pierre defends in opposition to No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas. The UFC want to have a prime contender’s combat sometime this 12 months so that there’s an obvious title challenger ready to meet the St-Pierre-Hendricks winner someday subsequent year.

If that happens, although, it seems to be prefer it won’t be Saffiedine.

“Clearly, not being able to practice and to fight is, for me as a fighter and an athlete, definitely frustrating,” Saffiedine said. “Especially for me, I’m someone who really, actually enjoys coaching. Even when I don’t have a fight, I’m all the time at the fitness center trying to get higher and study new abilities.

“It is fairly irritating for me, however I am not sitting on the couch all day eating pizza. I can not try this. I’m trying to stay in shape and live a wholesome lifestyle as best as I can.”

He can solely sit and wait and hope to be cleared bodily soon and that when he is, it’s not too late.

Otherwise, regardless of the spectacular way he opened 2013, it could wind up being a misplaced 12 months for him.


UFC Next week’s best Plenty of fights to keep you busy

Clear your calendars for the next week and a half. Within a seven-day period, the UFC has three occasions. Take a look at the most important and better of the bunch.

UFC Fight Evening 27 — The UFC returns to the Hoosier State on Aug. 28:
— Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann — Their first struggle was memorable. The second one may vault the winner back into title contendership.
— Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki — Elkins was using a five-battle win streak when he lost to Chad Mendes in April. How will he get well from the loss, and will combating in his house state of Indiana help?

UFC 164 — On Aug. 31, the UFC will head to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for the nice land:
— Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis — Suppose back to the magical moments of their first fight. It was so shut until the showtime kick. The two have taken divergent paths since that bout, and will probably be fun to watch if Henderson gets revenge or if Pettis can repeat his feat.
— Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir: Eleven years have handed since the last time Barnett fought in the UFC. He’ll face Mir, a heavyweight with virtually as long of a profession. They each can still bang, and can give fans a enjoyable fight.

UFC Battle Evening 28 — Sept. 4, the UFC will return to Brazil.
— Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader: Teixeira wants a win to earn a title shot, and three of his four UFC wins were by stoppage. With so much on the line and him preventing in Brazil, this is sure to be a thriller.
— Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yushin Okami: Should you’re a grappling fan, this combat will make you cheerful. Jacare’s submission game is legendary, and Okami has by no means been submitted.

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Deal done with DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner for Saturday’s fights

(Getty) Fox Sports 1 will launch this weekend with a 5-hour UFC show. Because of a last-minute deal, the new station will likely be obtainable on DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. The Los Angeles Times studies the carriers expect the channel to be obtainable in time for the launch.

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On many cable and satellite tv for pc carriers, FS 1 goes to take over the Pace Channel in the channel line-up. The station will function its first reside fights on Saturday, however then will even characteristic fights on Wednesday nights. It would also carry “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The station will debut with Chael Sonnen against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the primary occasion, in addition to Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne and Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber.


The five best fights of now-retired Brian Stann’s career

UFC middleweight Brian Stann announced his retirement on Thursday. After 18 fights in seven years, he’s going to focus on his family and his broadcasting career. In addition to doing UFC work for Fox, he also will be working on college football this fall. Stann had some memorable scraps.

Mar. 3, 2013 — Stann loses to Wanderlei Silva at UFC on Fuel 8: His last fight before retirement was a great one. Stann and Silva threw everything at each other before Silva finally knocked Stann out late in the second round.

Apr. 14, 2012 — After knocking out Alessio Sakara, Stann stops the match on his own at UFC on Fuel 2: He used a bevy of knees and punches to knock out Sakara. As soon as he saw Sakara was out, Stann sat up and pointed to referee Marc Goddard that the fight was over.

May 28, 2011 — Stann and Jorge Santiago put on Fight of the Night performance at UFC 130: Stann looked close to finishing the fight in the first round, but Santiago survived then managed to knock Stann around in the second. Stann came back to score the TKO with 31 seconds left in the second round.

Aug. 1, 2010 — Stann wins middleweight debut and Fight of the Night: It’s hard to steal the show when Jon Jones is on the card, but Stann managed it. In his first fight at 185 lbs., he won a Fight of the Night bonus and ended the bout with a sweet triangle choke in the third round.

Mar. 26, 2008 — Stann wins the WEC light heavyweight belt at WEC 33: Before the UFC brought over the WEC’s larger divisions and the complete merger of the promotions, Stann was the light heavyweight champ. He won the WEC belt with a memorable first-round knockout of Doug Marshall.

Stann is known not just for his big wins, but the work he does out of the cage. Commentating for Fox, finding jobs for fellow veterans, and now being a leader on how to handle retirement.