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Morning Report: Gilbert Burns hopes Kamaru Usman wins at UFC 251: ‘If Masvidal wins, the things are gonna get… – MMA Fighting

This Saturday, Gilbert Burns was scheduled to face Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title in the main event of UFC 251. But late last week, Burns was forced out of his title shot when he tested positive for COVID-19 during one of the UFC’s pre-event checks. With Burns out, the UFC turned to the man they had passed over to give Burns a title shot, ‘BMF’ champion Jorge Masvidal, and now, instead of fighting Usman on Saturday, Burns will now be cheering for the welterweight champion.

Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Burns spoke about Masvidal’s short-notice title shot, saying that he would be rooting for his former teammate to retain the belt, because if “Gamebred” becomes welterweight champion, he believes things will get wild in a hurry.

“I want Kamaru to win,” Burns said. “First of all, because I kind of like the guy. He’s not anymore, but he used to be my training partner, so for sure I got Kamaru. And if Masvidal wins, the things are gonna get crazy. It’s going to be a circus in that division. He’s going to fight who else, I don’t know, I think he wants to fight Conor (McGregor) or maybe Nate Diaz. I don’t think the division is going to run correctly, with the number one, number two guys fighting for the title. He’s going to make it a mess, so that’s another reason I want Kamaru to win.”

Burns is probably not wrong. The reason Masvidal was passed over for a title shot originally largely came down to a monetary dispute between Masvidal and the UFC. Should Gamebred win the title, it’s fair to assume those problems won’t just disappear. Furthermore, Masvidal has already explicitly stated that after winning the title, he’d like to return the favor Nate Diaz gave him with the ‘Baddest Motherf*cker’ belt by giving Diaz a welterweight title shot. Then, of course, there is the ever present possibility that Conor McGregor might want a welterweight title shot while he waits for the lightweight title picture to clear up. Anyway you slice it, that doesn’t seem to leave much room for Burns, the current top-ranked contender, and he recognizes that.

“I know if Masvidal wins, things are gonna get crazy,” Burns said. “I might have to do a couple more fights. I don’t mind but for sure I’d rather fight for the title next.”

That being said, watching Nate Diaz fight for the welterweight title might sting. After Masvidal was announced as the replacement for Burns, Diaz Tweeted a seal of approval for the change, declaring “real fights are better fights”, something Burns takes umbrage with.

“He’s a journeyman,” Burns said of Diaz. “I think I can beat the sh*t out of Nate Diaz any day of the week, even with the ‘rona on me. Even with the ‘rona, I believe I can beat Nate Diaz, out-box him, out-grapple him. I can slap that guy up easily. The guy comes out and does those comments, I’m a real fighter too, bro. I used to respect this guy a lot but I’m a real fighter too.”

He certainly is. Since moving up to welterweight last year, Burns is 4-0 with wins over Gunnar Nelson, Demian Maia, and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. And while in normal circumstances that kind of run would guarantee him a shot at the winner of UFC 251, again, Burns is ready for the possibility that he will have to sing for his supper.

“I don’t mind to fight more” Burns concluded. “Like I said, if Masvidal wins and then he picks Nate, let’s say he picks Nate for the end of the year, I don’t care. I’m gonna fight. I’m a fighter. I’m not gonna be hiding out, waiting, ‘Oh, please give me the opportunity.’ I’m going to take the opportunity.”


$$$. Jorge Masvidal admits how deal came together to fight at UFC 251, promises to ‘baptize’ Kamaru Usman.

Out. Pedro Munhoz tests positive for COVID-19, pulled from UFC ‘Fight Island’ bout with Frankie Edgar.

Shade. Paulo Costa’s manager says Eugene Bareman ‘lied,’ Israel Adesanya turned down UFC 251 fight.

DUI. UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich arrested on DUI charges in Illinois.


Usman-Masvidal reaction.

Colby Covington reacting to the Usman-Masvidal fight.

Timeline: Volkanovski-Holloway II.

Usman-Masvidal beef history.

Countdown.

Embedded.

Making a difference.

RT Sport’s tribute to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.


The Co-Main Event. Discussing UFC 251 and the addition of Jorge Masvidal.

The Bash. Discussing UFC 251 and Eddie Alvarez on the art of negotiation in MMA.


Confidence.

Support.

Gentleman.

Sorry to hear you had a positive test @PedroMunhozmma wish you a speedy recovery let know as soon as you’re ready to scrap, I’ll be waiting.

— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 7, 2020

It seems like Aljo has plans.

Is Frankie in Abu Dhabi?

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 7, 2020

Time to pack ✈️

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 7, 2020

Sharks in the water.

I’m here in shape corona free let’s go

— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) July 7, 2020

Jimmie rivera @JimmieRivera135 has asked me to petition the @ufc for the fight against Edgar. I have submitted his name and waiting on the response. Balls in frankies court

— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 7, 2020

DC and Corey Anderson working together now.

Lol. Now we know that’s not gonna happen.

Looking to return.

@danawhite I’m ready to come take the belt or any fight whenever you are ready for me Mr. Dana. I have been constantly training and I am more ready than ever to deliver the kind of fight the UFC is looking for. No one will be able to stop me when I come back pic.twitter.com/Zkh5aCczOH

— Diego Brandao #UFC #RIZIN #RCC_MMA #FNG (@DiegoBrandaoMMA) July 7, 2020

Very philosophical.

New poster.


Claudia Gadelha (18-4) vs. Yan Xiaonan (12-1, 1 NC); UFC Fight Night, Sept. 26.


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The Morning After: NASA’s Curiosity rover plots a ‘road trip’ on Mars – Engadget

Surprise, surprise — the $2.65 billion Uber–Postmates deal we mentioned yesterday is happening. While those two try to figure out how to turn a profit from food delivery, NASA has set a course for the Curiosity rover’s “summer road trip.”

Curiosity's Path to the 'Sulfate-Bearing Unit'

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Martian robot’s destination is Mount Sharp’s “sulfate-bearing unit,” using its automated driving capabilities to find the best path. Consider it something to keep an eye on if your vacation plans have been canceled.

— Richard

Engadget’s 2020 Back to School Guide: The best laptops for students

XPS 13, Flex 5 Chromebook, MacBook Air and more.

XPS 13 (2src2src)

Engadget

A good notebook will not only make it easier for you to finish homework and tune into live-streamed classes, but it will also help you stay in touch with your friends, teachers and study groups. And while long battery life might not seem as important right now, it’s still a huge priority because you’ll want your laptop to keep running all day when we return to a semblance of normal life.

With all that in mind, we picked our new favorite laptops for students. All of them are easy to carry around, have great keyboards, good performance and last all day.

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Microsoft’s first-party Xbox Games Showcase streams July 23rd

It’s Microsoft’s turn to bring out the big games.

Halo Infinite Screenshot Hologram Explosion

Microsoft

Ready to hear about some major Xbox Series X games, after last May’s middling showcase? Microsoft will hold an Xbox Games Showcase as part of Summer Game Fest on July 23rd at 12PM ET. You can watch it on the Xbox website, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. And, after Microsoft killed off its own streaming platform, Mixer, you can catch the showcase on its old nemesis, Twitch, too. Hopefully, there might be a closer look at first-party games this time around, including at what’s perhaps the console’s biggest launch title, Halo Infinite.

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8BitDo is updating one of its Bluetooth gamepads for Project xCloud

The controller goes on sale on September 21st for $45.

8bitdo

8bitdo

8BitDo is releasing a new Bluetooth gamepad designed for use with Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service. The $45 SN30 Pro for Xbox adapts the same underlying design as the company’s SN30 Pro+, symmetrical analog sticks and all, but won’t be out of place in your Xbox controller collection. The major upgrade could well be the companion clip that comes with the controller, with two articulating hinges. It looks hardier than the usual phone holder, with some metallic touches, and can stretch as wide as 86mm, enough for even the biggest contemporary phones. There’s also another $15 clip that works with existing Xbox controllers, too.

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Morning Bell With Jim Cramer: Buy Regeneron – TheStreet

Stocks in the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and the Nasdaq all shrugged off the George Floyd protests and unrests throughout America. On Mad Money, Jim Cramer says markets don’t care about justice, and stocks pass no judgment but investors do. They should focus on stay-at-home stocks.

TheStreet’s Katherine Ross spoke with Cramer yesterday about Facebook employees rebelling against corporate policies, betting on Regeneron and Goldman Sachs shorting the US Dollar.

Facebook Employees Respond to Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg challenged one of its rivals when he said Twitter  (TWTR) – Get Report and Jack Dorsey shouldn’t labeling Donald Trump’s tweets when the president lies on their platform. He stated Facebook  (FB) – Get Report won’t be “arbiters of the truth”. That didn’t too well with the employees at the social platform but Zuckerberg sees no reason to end a mutually beneficial relationship.

Cramer tells investors how they should trade the social media stock in the wake of the news that employees are planning a walkout.

Bet on Regeneron

Every week it seems a new Covid-19 drug company is releasing a report with hopes that their drug will be the one to make the difference in the fight against the coronavirus. Gilead Sciences, Regeneron, Merck and Eli Lilly are all working to be the ones to help get the world out of this pandemic.

Cramer says bet on Regeneron over Eli Lilly.

Goldman Sachs and the US Dollar

Goldman Sachs mentioned in a note this past weekend that they plan to short the US Dollar based on the ‘cyclical risks’. Goldman stated that “shorts on the dollar are looking attractive in some currency crosses.”

What does Cramer think of Goldman Sachs planning to short the US Dollar? Hear what Cramer thinks about this plan by Goldman and how traders can play the market in these current conditions.

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The Morning After: Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 – Engadget

Need another reason to be skeptical of smart home devices? Last night, Wink emailed customers to inform them its home automation business is changing to a subscription business model. Customers can either sign up for a $5 per month service fee (with no immediate upgrades or features) or lose access to control via apps and all automations. 

And they have one week to decide — the new policy goes into effect May 13th.

The current situation has put a lot of people and companies in difficult straits, but sticking customers with a brand new fee without allowing enough time to feasibly switch to another platform is pretty low. It’s definitely something to think about the next time you’re deciding on a smart light bulb or speaker.

— Richard

Microsoft’s new Surface lineup

Some items are available as early as May 12th.

Surface Book 3

Microsoft

Microsoft has overhauled its Surface lineup, with two new laptop/tablet combos, new headphones and earbuds, a $260 USB-C desktop dock and even some new keyboard bundles. The Surface Book 3 is the most high-profile device, but the design hasn’t changed noticeably from its last iteration. Inside, however, it’s packing the more powerful 10th-generation Intel Core CPUs along with NVIDIA graphics. The bad news: It’s limited to quad-core CPUs while competitors from Apple and Dell have the option for six-core chips — although, they have to live without its sweet detachable keyboard.

The Surface Go 2 tablet is the same size as its predecessor — your old keyboard case or Type Cover will still work — but smaller bezels give it more screen space this time around, and of course, the internals have had a refresh as well. Prices start at $399, with optional add-ons like LTE or an Intel Core M CPU available for more money.

If you’re into audio then check out the new earbuds and headphones. Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds have a… distinctive look and promise all-day battery life for $199. Meanwhile, the Surface Headphones 2 have a design that’s similar to the original model, but with improved noise cancellation and battery life for a lower starting price of $249.

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Ring’s new entry-level doorbell offers 1080p video and custom motion zones

The $100 doorbell launches June 3rd

Video doorbell (second generation)

Ring

Six years after the original Ring video doorbell debuted, the company is offering a revamped model. Video quality has improved to 1080p from 720p, night vision is better and owners can choose privacy zones to exclude from video recording. Also, in addition to using hardwired power, there are options to run it off a battery or even a $50 solar charger add-on.

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Sonos announces a new soundbar with Dolby Atmos

It’s also updated its sub and the Play:5.

Arc

Sonos

Say hello to the Sonos Arc, a new high-end soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and uses the company’s adaptive tuning system to optimize whatever content you’re playing through the speaker. 

The Arc has dedicated center, left and right channels, along with surround left and right and two upwards-firing speakers for height. Sure, plenty of soundbars support Atmos at this point, but Sonos is doing something interesting with how the Arc responds to different audio formats. For example, if you’re watching a movie that doesn’t support Atmos, the Arc will adapt and use the upwards-firing speakers to improve bass performance. 

The Arc will cost $799 when it goes on sale June 10th — that’s $100 more than the Playbar it replaces, but it has enough upgrades to explain the difference.

Meanwhile, Sonos is also making a few internal updates to some other existing products. There is a new Sub that looks identical to its predecessor but has some major internal updates. Sonos says it has increased memory and processing power as well as a new wireless radio. The Sonos Play:5 is also receiving a nearly identical refresh, aimed at extending how long it’ll receive software updates.

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The Switch has now sold more than the N64 and GameCube combined

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ has already sold 11.77 million copies.

Switch

Nintendo

Nintendo sold 3.29 million Switch consoles in the first three months of the year, bringing lifetime sales to 55.77 million. That’s more than the combined lifetime sales of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, which sold 32.93 million and 21.74 million, respectively. It’s also beyond the SNES — an impressive milestone eclipsed over the holidays — and 6.14 million behind the NES.

When it comes to games, the company released Animal Crossing: New Horizons last quarter, which may be the perfect lockdown distraction from the coronavirus pandemic. The Switch exclusive came out on March 20th — only 10 days before the end of the quarter — and sales already approached 12 million. That’s more than a million copies sold each day.

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