Mayhem MMA matches mayhem in English Premier League

August 02, 2016 3:00 AM
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One of the best places to see the upcoming stars of Mixed Martial Arts is at any Tuff-N-Uff event. One of the best ways to escape the madness of Las Vegas but keep the amenities the same is heading out to Mesquite.

Two for the price of one you might say, as Mesquite Gaming presents Mayhem at Mesquite IX on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

If you head out a day early on Aug. 12 you can catch the weigh-ins as well as the ring girl competition and concert featuring The Spazmatics. All of these events are free.

Some of the gyms represented at the fights will be: Xtreme Couture, Syndicate MMA, Cobra Kai, MMA Fusion, 9th Isle BJJ, Uprising MMA and UFC Gym. You never know who you might see that is a future UFC champion, after all a megastar named Ronda Rousey once fought for Tuff-N-Uff.

Tickets are available by calling 800-585-3737 or by visiting www.startickets.com or www.tuffnuff.com. Advance tickets are $25 for general admission and $45 for floor VIP, $30 for general admission and $50 floor VIP on the day of the event.

EPL Preview

What a magical moment in sports last season for upstart Leicester City. For those who didn’t hear about their incredible English Premier League championship, Leicester City was 5000-1 to win it all.

That’s right, a $10 bet would have cashed for $50,000. For a historical perspective on how unlikely it was for Leicester to lift the trophy last year, a Fox Sports column listed the biggest winning underdogs of all time. Until Leicester City’s victory it was the 1980 US Men’s Hockey team to win the goal medal. The odds? 1000-1.

Clearly this was a couple times in a lifetime type of victory for the nearly relegated Foxes. The question is can they do it again? While I would love to see it, I think a top three finish is probably where Leicester City ends up.

Hopefully I am wrong. Mixing the league schedule with the new Champions League slate will be a lot of high quality soccer that the club has never had to deal with.

So if we eliminate the champs who’s left?

Manchester United

Ahh the Red Devils, the most popular team in the World could be finally back as a contender this season. After a disastrous run with former head skipper Louis van Gaal, United brought in highly acclaimed Jose Mourinho, who if you remember just finished his own disastrous run with rival Chelsea.

While it might seem odd to see high expectations for a club after bringing in a recently fired manager, he brings with him some big transfers in striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Currently it sounds as though they will land Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, which might just push them over the edge. My take is Man United will be back as a force in the EPL but they will fall just short of the title in 2017.

Manchester City

If you read my prior column on loyalty in sports, you know Manchester City is the team I root for. Enter new manager Pep Guardiola, a manager I loathe more than any other, even more than Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. In other words, it’s going to be bittersweet for me if City actually wins the title this season.

They still have scoring dynamo and Manchester legend, Argentina’s Sergio Aguero, my favorite player in the entire soccer world. Pep has brought in Ilkay Gundogan, a fantastic midfielder from Borussia Dortmund as well as Nolito, a striker from Pep’s Barcelona past.

I am sure that City isn’t done acquiring players. When the next transfer window opens, it will be a powerhouse but I just feel like it won’t matter in year one.

Tottenham Hotspur

Call me crazy but I think this is the Spurs’ year.

Defender Victor Wanyama was a key puzzle piece that the Spurs were missing. He is a disruptive force in the backend that will keep goalies happy. Secondly, this is Mauricio Pochettino’s third year as manager of Tottenham Hotspur and that gives them something other top teams don’t have outside Arsenal – stability.

Lastly, it’s the youth of the Spurs, I think they are only scratching the surface of what they are capable of – Harry Kane and Dele Alli just to name two of their stars. So I am going with Tottenham anywhere from 7-1 to 10-1 to win the 2016-17 Premier League title.

A dark horse

For the lighting-can-strike-twice person, take a shot on Middlesbrough to win the league at 1000-1.

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