Mercer’s Mondayitis

Happy Monday Peeps and welcome to another edition of Mercer’s Mondayitis. Before I launch into a few topics from the world of sport I just want to say how good was the weekend? A few of the bottom teams in both the AFL and NRL really put it all on the line and there were a few upsets from the weekend, which was nice to see.

Anyway, Let’s get into it shall we.

Dylan Napa To Miss Three Weeks
Starting off with a bit of Rugby League and Dylan Napa has accepted a three-week ban for his hit on Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough on Saturday night. Charged with a grade three dangerous contact, Napa will be out for three weeks and depending on how the Roosters go in the finals it may just end the front rowers season. This is the second time Napa tackling technique has come under scrutiny when he did a similar hit on another Broncos forward Korbin Sims, a hit he was not charged for. Fans and media have been split on the hit, though I think Phil ‘Gus’ Gould probably summed it up best.

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To Boo or Not To Boo?
Fans of St-George Illawarra booed their team off the field after the Dragons dismal effort against the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs ran in 6 tries and leaving the Dragons in all sorts. The big question here but is it ok to boo your own team? Make sure to add you vote below.

Hats off to Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield
I want to tip my hat off to veteran rugby league journalist Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield with the way he handles himself and gets on with his job when athletes and fans give shit. Last week ‘Buzz’ came under fire from Josh Dugan and Andrew Fifita, two stars of his beloved Cronulla Sharks. The duo were guests on UFC fighters Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro’s Podcast, calling him a ‘fuckwit’ and ‘weathered’. He then showed his class on Twitter by saying thank you when one user said that the description was true.

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Brumbies Star Ben Alexander Retires
The Brumbies most capped player Ben Alexander has announce his retirement today, 10 years after making his debut in 2008 for the Canberra Super Rugby franchise. Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson described the 154 game veteran as a wonderful man and very popular with the players. Alexander hasn’t stated what his next move will be but he does have a degree in Sports Media from The University of Canberra so maybe we will see him on Fox Sports Super Rugby programming in the future.

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All Blacks Retain Bledisloe Cup
The Beldisloe cup is staying in New Zealand as the All Blacks continued their dominance over the Wallabies with a 40-12 victory in Auckland on Saturday evening. It’s been 16 long years since The Wallabies won the Bledisloe Cup and if the Kiwi’s keep this up it maybe another 16 years before we hold the trophy again. All Blacks Fly Half Beauden Barrett had an absolute field day scoring four tries and kicked five goals in a 30-point haul.

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Justin Gaethje Wins at UFC Fight Night 135
UFC Lightweight Justin Gaethje broke a two fight-losing streak when knocked out James Vick at UFC Lincoln at the weekend. The exciting Gaethje was coming off losses to former champion Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier heading into the event and needed the win to get back on track, while this is Vick’s second professional loss in MMA.

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Bec Rawlings Wins at Bare Knuckle FC 2
Former UFC fighter and current National Police Gazette women’s bare knuckle-boxing champion ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings retained her title at the weekend when she defeated Britain Hart by split decision. After her run in the UFC ended, Rawlings was signed by the new fight promotion and has quickly become the face the company.


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RIP Lance Thompson
I normally like to end with a play of the weekend, however I’m going to end paying tribute to former St-George Illawarra and Cronulla Sharks back rower Lance Thompson. Thompson, aged 40, was found by his 17-year-old daughter on Thursday night, cause of death is unknown at this time. The veteran back rower was still in high school when he made his debut for the Dragons and would go on to play 239 first grade games; In an interview with Macquarie Radio Thompson said that he had struggled with life after football. The Sharks retired the number 12 jersey in Thompson’s honour.


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That ends another Mercer’s Mondayitis for another, hope you enjoyed the read and if there is anything you want me to talk about or anything I can improve let me know in the comments.

Until next time.
Merce.

Mercer’s Mondayitis

Welcome to week four of my Mondayitis blog peeps, I hope that you enjoying it so far. I have been really enjoying writing again and posting on my blog consistently, it’s something that I haven’t been able to do but I am really starting to see the benefits again.

 

So with that little bit of dribble out of the way, let’s talk a bit of sport.

 

Coaching Uncertainty Continues.

It is honestly a horrible time to be a coach in the NRL, with a lot of speculation going on with who is going to end up at which club. Before taking any questions at the press conference after his sides to loss to the Broncos, South’s coach Anthony Seibold made a statement saying that what had been said in the media was not true and that he wouldn’t be answering questions about his coaching career. While he was disappointed with reports that he may be on the move back to the Broncos unfortunately this is something Seibold will need to get used if he is to continue in the cutthroat world of coaching.

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Trouble on the Northern Beaches

We have seen at times that when things seem to be going tough, some times teams can rise to occasion and get the victory but some times it can be like a horror story. In the lead up to there round 23 match with the Titans at Brookvale I thought that Manly would prove me right and the first half I was pretty happy, fast forward to the mid-way point of the second half and I was thanking the lord that I am not a Manly fan. Channel 9 journalist Neil Breen doesn’t think that Manly will be around much longer and if things keep going the way they are I agree with him.

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Storm Centre Receives 3 match Ban

Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers will miss three matches after he was cited by the match review committee for a ‘Crusher’ tackle on Eels star Jarryd Hayne. A week after Smith was in the spotlight for what looked like a chicken wing tackle, Chambers was not put on report for the tackle, which is a bit of a head scratcher considering he had done it earlier in game to Eels lock forward Nathan Brown.

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Fifita Takes Aim

Andrew Fifita is one of the most devastating front-rowers in the NRL today and his try in the second half against the Cowboys on Saturday night showed why, however we seem to be talking about what happened post try when he pointed towards the coach’s box. While in the post match interview Fifita told Fox Sports that he was aiming his frustration at Sharks assistant coach Jim Dymock, who had told him he had been running soft. Some people didn’t agree, with former player Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach saying on Controversy Corner that Dymock was on the sideline at the time.

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White Not Keen at St-Pierre Lightweight Return

Moving on to a bit of MMA news now and UFC president Dana White has shot downGeorges St-Pierre’s dream of being a three division champion after saying he is not interested in matching St-Pierre up with the winner of the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor fight. St-Pierre is a legend in the sport and if he were to win the Lightweight title then that would only solidify his standing in the sport.

 

Looking For A Fight

If you are an MMA Promoter and you happen to be reading this thank you but also Heavyweight fighter Ben Edwards is wanting to fight on your card. The Canberran took to Instagram to say that he is ready willing and able to fight in the hopes of getting a contract with the UFC. Edwards is a former K1 Oceania champion who has taken on Alistair Overeem in his prime, if that isn’t impressive then I don’t know what is!

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Play Of The Weekend

I know that I left this out last week and I apologise for that, I will try not to forget it moving forward. My play of the weekend goes an MMA fighter Ricky Bandejas who TKO’d James Gallagher in emphatic fashion at Bellator 204. Gallagher (a training partner of Conor McGregor) got right in the face of Bandejas at the beginning of the fight, Bandejas however got the last laugh dropping the Irishman with a side kick before following it up with punches for the win.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post peeps and if you have any questions or if there is anything that you would like me to improve just let me know in the comments section.

 

Until next time.

Merce.

Mercer’s Mondayitis

Welcome one and all to week three of Mercer’s Mondayitis, hopefully you’re getting through your Monday ok even if its taken a few cups of coffee to get going like me this morning.

There are a few to talk about in this weeks edition, lets get stuck into it shall we!

 

‘Joey’ Johns Tops Daily Telegraph 50 Greatest Player List

Last week a number of Journalists from The Daily Telegraph and the Courier Mail put together a list of the 50 greatest players in the NRL era of the game and I must admit they got it pretty right. Newcastle great Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns top the list and deservedly so with Cameron Smith coming in second. Off field behaviour aside, ‘Joey’ was a one of a kind player and knew that magic was going to happen when he got the ball in his hands. I wasn’t so sure about Cam Smith coming in second ahead of Darren Lockyer who made the list in third place; I feel like if anyone could come close to ‘Joey’ it’s definitely the Broncos stalwart. I also believe that former Dragons player and current Manly coach Trent Barrett should of rated higher than 43.

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Trading Places NRL Coaches Edition

If you want to be a coach in the NRL (or any sport for that matter) you may either need to have a good back-up plan or your partner should have a good job as you could lose your job at anytime. What’s happening in the NRL at the moment is unbelievable, and I don’t just mean with Panthers but also Manly and Broncos.

As far as we know Ivan Cleary is not going to be coaching his son Nathan at Penrith and will see out his contract with the Tigers, a place he is doing a great job at. Since they didn’t get their man, an option could be Trent Barrettwho has been threatening to walk out of Manly; Barrett was previously at the club as an assistant before heading to the Northern Beaches.

Wayne Bennett will be on the lookout for another job as well with the Broncos board deciding not to renew his contract. Bennett who is contracted till the end of the 2019 may not even be there next year. Bennett has also been linked to the Panthers but I don’t see him and ‘Gus’ being able to work together.

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No case for Smith

Cameron Smith has escaped punishment for his awkward looking tackle on Sosaia Feki but it has again shone the spotlight on the Storms tacking techniques. The Storm have long used grappling techniques in an effort to slow the play the ball down and have been called out on it a few times. While the tackle didn’t seriously hurt Feki I do believe that Smith should have faced some sort of punishment. What do you guys think?

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YouTube star wants UFC Fight

YouTube Star Logan Paulhas expressed interest in Fighting in the Octagon saying in a video with gossip site TMZ that UFC president Dana White should set up a fight for him. Paul and his brother Jake are on their way to Europe to fight in a boxing match against another YouTube star in KSI. From reports, Paul used to be a pretty handy wrestler and would be keen to take on a UFC star after his fight with KSI. I know some guys shoot for the stars and want to go straight to the top but I think an MMA fight on a smaller scale would suit Paul better as we can get an idea of where he’s at first before jumping into the big leagues.

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McGregor Re-Ignites Feud

The ‘Notorious’ one Conor McGregor has re-ignited his feud with former sparring partner and retired boxer Paulie Malignaggiby posting the reposting a pic in where McGregor looks to have KO’d Malignaggi. Malignaggi denied that he was knock out saying that he was instead pushed down, Malignaggi was brought into the Irishmen’s camp to help him prepare for his blockbuster fight with Floyd Mayweather. Malignaggi responded back to remind us that all was not what it seemed even though a picture says a thousand words.

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Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog, I hope it’s helping you get through your Monday.

 

Until next time, take care.

Merce

Mercer’s Mondayitis

Happy Monday Peeps and welcome back for 2nd instalment of Mercer’s Mondayitis. I hope you all had a great weekend and that your favourite team/athlete performed well and even came up away with win. Let’s get straight into it.

 

Return of the King

The UFC held a press conference to announce some key match ups for the reminder of 2018, which is their 25thyear of existence. One the matches announced was Khabib Nurmagomedov taking on the returning Conor ‘Notorious’ McGregor at UFC 229. The fight will be McGregor’s first MMA bout since November 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight belt. His only fight for 2017 was his much-publicised boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, afight that netted the Irishmen around $100 Million dollars. McGregor found himself in a some trouble earlier in the year when he went on a rampage throwing a dolly at a bus containing several UFC fighters set to take part at UFC 223.

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All Good Things come to an end

In other UFC news, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson suffered his first loss in nearly seven years when he lost a split decision to former Olympian Henry Cejudo at UFC 227. A close fight to the death, Cejudo was able to just get the nod and set up a trilogy fight, something that was kind of needed to mix up the division a bit. Johnson was the inaugural champion of the division when he defeated Joseph Benavidez in 2012 and defended the belt 11 times.

 

The Greatest

T.J. Dillashaw has claimed that he is the ‘Greatest Bantamweight’in the world after he defended his title against Cody Garbrandt with a first round TKO victory. Dillashaw is now 12 wins at Bantamweight, equal with former champion Dominick Cruz who might have something to say about Dillashaw being self-proclaimed greatness. Cruz was the winner in the one and only encounter between the two back in 2016.

 

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Panthers overcome Faders

Moving on to some NRL news and Penrith were able to overcome the Raiders at Penrith stadium yesterday, game they really should not of won. While some calls did go against the Raiders late in the game, the fact that they haven’t finished some teams off when in the lead is frustrating especially for fans. While they have some good players, the Raiders seem to be missing a player that can take the game by the scruff of the neck and get them the Win.

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Griffin Gets the Boot

Even though his team got the win and are sitting in fifth on the ladder heading into the last two weeks of the regular season, Penrith’s coach Anthony Griffin has been givenhis marching orders. Former player and assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo will take over the coaching position for the rest of the year. With Griffin out of the picture, it’s believed that the Panthers will try and get Ivan Cleary back to the club in a bid to keep star halfback and Cleary’s son Nathan.

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From the Football Field to the Boxing Ring

Reports are going around again that Paul Gallen and Josh McGuire may finally face off in a boxing match. As reported by Sports editor Phil Rothfield, promoter Matt Rose is looking to make the fight happen, with Gallen saying that he would happily take on McGuire if he’s “Looking for a fight”. No doubt fans from both NSW and Queensland will be eager to see it happen, as Gallen isn’t liked north of the boarder while McGuire has earned the ire of NSW fans.

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Gaff to AFL Tribunal for punch

Maybe West Coast’s Andrew Gaff can get a spot on the Gallen vs. McGuire undercard after punching Freemantle’s Andrew Brayshaw and leaving the 20 year old with a broken jaw. In what was a ‘Chest punch gone wrong’ the hit has stared a debate, a prominent sports lawyer has even said that the Gaff could even face legal charges. While he was apologetic when interviewed by Fox Footy after the game, Gaff may miss as much as six weeks.

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Well that’s it for another edition of Mondayitis peeps, hope you enjoyed this read and if you have any question or if there is something you would to read on here be sure to leave a comment.

 

Until next time.

Merce.

 

UFC 227 Fight Card

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This weekend two belts will be on the line as UFC 227 will make it’s way to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The main event will see T.J. Dillashaw take on Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt for the Bantamweight while the co-main event will pit Flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson against former Olympic Wrestler Henry Cejudo.

 

Garbrandt is looking to avenge his loss to Dillashaw at UFC 217. Their first fight had plenty of feeling in it as Dillashaw and Garbrandt were former training partners at Team Alpha Male. After leaving the Sacramento based team, Dillashaw has been Team Alpha Males public enemy number one.

 

In the first fight Garbrandt was able to hurt Dillashaw in the first round but the end of the saved Dillashaw from defeat. The tables turned in the second round as Dillashaw hurt Garbrandt with head kick; he was able to get the finish soon after as landed a right hand and flurry of punches for the TKO win.

 

In the night’s co-main event, the man known as ‘Mighty Mouse’ will look to continue his dominance over the Flyweight division as looks to defeat number 1 contender Henry Cejudo. Since the division’s inception in 2012, Demetrious Johnson has dominated the division, in fact his only blip on his record is a draw back in 2012 to Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall.

 

Johnson and Cejudo fought back at UFC 197 in 2016 where Johnson TKO’d Cejudo in the first round. At the time, Cejudo was meant to be the toughest challenger for Johnson to date, he however dominated the fight. Cejudo’s game plan in the first fight looked to be work Johnson in the clinch, Johnson has lighting speed, he moves in out so quickly that Joe Rogan labelled him a ghost. Johnson was able to dominate in the clinch and hurt Cejudo and put an end to the fight.

 

The full fight card is as follows:

Main Event

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt

 Co-Main Event

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson vs. Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo

Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

Polyana ‘Dama de Ferro’ Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Thiago ‘de Lima Marreta’ vs. Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland

 

FX Prelims

Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz vs. Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns

Ricky Simon vs. Montel ‘Quik’ Jackson

Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

Fight Pass Prelims

Alex Perez vs. Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres

Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho ‘Mr Perfect’ Kang

Danielle ‘Dynamite’ Taylor vs. Weili ‘Magnum’ Zhang

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera vs. Wuliji ‘Beast Master’ Buren

Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana has been scrapped due to an eye issue to Bethe Correia