UFC 118: What's Next?

UFC 118: What's Next?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 12:09 pm

Greg Schultheis

UFC 118 in Boston had its share of ups and downs. Frankie Edgar silenced the critics by methodically chipping away at B.J. Penn for five rounds. Penn showed that he may be getting older and slowing down a bit. Randy Couture carried the sport of MMA on his back as he easily submitted Heavyweight Boxing Champion James Toney. And most surprisingly, Kenny Florian did more standing around than fighting in front of his hometown crowd. Here is what's next for the participants of UFC 118.

Lightweight Championship: Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn
What Happened: Edgar's speed was just too much for Penn as he helped himself to a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the UFC Lightweight strap.
What's Next For Edgar: Gray Maynard
What's Next For Penn: If Penn stays at lightweight, a re-match with Florian may be in order. It may make sense for Penn to move up to the welterweight division.

Randy Couture vs. James Toney
What Happened: Couture showed Toney what MMA is all about by submitting Toney (arm-triangle choke) at 3:19 of Round 1. Boxing is a great skill to possess in MMA, but there are many other tools needed to be successful in the octagon.
What's Next For Couture: Most likely he will move back to light heavyweight. Some interesting match-ups could be against Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones or the loser of Rampage vs. Machida.
Next For Toney: It's "Lights Out" for James Toney. One and done!

Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
What Happened: A lot of sizing each other up (Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander comes to mind) until Maynard went straight to his wrestling roots to take a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Florian had a few nice submission attempts in the third round, but he may have let the hometown crowd get into his head.
Next For Maynard: A possible tough sell bout between him and Frankie Edgar for the lightweight belt.
Next For Florian: A re-match with B.J. Penn or maybe the winner of Dunham vs. Sherk.

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

CSN's Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd preview the Blackhawks' three upcoming games in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Blackhawks have three home games before the NHL All-Star break, which takes place in Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks have dates between the Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Winnipeg Jets. All three opponents are out of the playoff picture, sand Steve Konroyd is looking for the Blackhawks to step up in a certain part of their game: scoring.

See what Boyle and Konroyd had to say in the video above.

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

In doing some post-season wrapping up of my Nerdy NFL Notebook as we begin turning the page to the 2017 season, part of it involves compiling where each team finished in big-picture team offensive and defensive categories: overall ranking (total yards), as well as team rushing and passing ranks on both sides of the ball.

So if the Bears wound up ranked 15th overall in total yards gained and allowed, they should've finished…oh, 8-8, right? It adds to the deception of some of the deeper issues that focus on a lack of playmakers, which tied into their inability to make plays when it matters most. In John Fox's 9-23 start, 18 of those games have been decided by six points or less. They've won just six of those games. 

Offensively, the Bears ranked higher in total offense than five playoff teams: Kansas City (20), Detroit (21), Miami (24), New York Giants (25) and Houston (29). They wound up 17th in rushing offense, better than four teams who advanced: Seattle (25), Green Bay (26), New York Giants (29) and Detroit (30). And their 14th-ranked passing offense ranked better than the Giants (17), Kansas City (19), Dallas (23), Miami (26), Houston (29).

On the other side of the ball, they'd be even better off before allowing 109 points over the final three losses. Their total defense ranked better than Detroit (18), Green Bay (22), Kansas City (24), Atlanta (25), Oakland (26) and Miami (29). After being gashed for 558 rushing yards the last three games, they fell to 27th in the NFL against the run (better than only 30th-ranked Miami). But the seventh-ranked pass defense, despite collecting a measly eight interceptions (among only 11 turnovers), was better than nine playoff teams: Miami (15), Pittsburgh (16), Kansas City (18), Detroit (19), the Giants (23), Oakland (24), Dallas (26), Atlanta (28) and Green Bay (31).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

What do all the hollow numbers indicate? A lack of complementary, opportunistic football, playmakers on both sides of the ball, a minus-20 turnover ratio, and a lack of quality and continuity at the quarterback position — to name a few. All of those playoff teams have more impact players (or kept more of their impact players healthy) than the Bears in 2016.

While some of the numbers aren't that bad to look at, and some even raise an eyebrow, there's still a deep climb from the most significant numbers: 3-13.