Judo Video Score: 5 / five
Judo Video clip Ranking: five / 5
The Judo Grand Prix, Zagreb 2014 is going on at present and the first three days were of huge success. There are five categories based on the weight of the competitors. Players from 46 nations have gathered in Croatia to show off their strength in various categories. With the 2016 Olympics in hindsight the players are putting in extra effort to win their matches in this event. In the women’s 48 kg category Romania’s Ungureanu managed to get the gold by defeating Figueroa of Spain. Anabelle Euraine of France won the 52 kg final against Portuguese Joana Ramos. Laetitia Blot defeated Hedwick Karakas in the 57 kg category of Hungary to boost the medal tally of France. There was fierce competition in men’s judo for all the categories. Austrian Ludwig Paescher defeated Kaba of Turkey to clinch the gold in the 60kg category. Jasper Lefevere of Belgium defeated Alim Gadanov of Russia.
The second day and the third day of the competition witnessed some intense competition. Tina Trstenjack of Slovakia and Kelita Zupancic of Canada won the gold in the 63 and 70 kg categories respectively. Dex Elmont helped Netherlands to win the 73 kg gold while Magomedov of Russia won the 80 kg gold medal. Anamari Velensek won the 78 kg category gold while Chinese star Yu Song won the highest weight category for women. Men’s 90 kg gold was won by Krisztian Toth of Hungary and Adlan Bisultanov won the 100kg category gold. Meyer Roy of Netherlands defeated Algerian Tayeb to clinch the gold medal for the men’s highest weight category. It was three successful days of judo in Croatia and the people completely enjoyed the matches that were fought with great zeal and the abilities of the players were put to extreme test throughout.
Chris Weidman, the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Middleweight champion has been ruled out of the main event of UFC 173 due to injury with his scheduled championship match against Lyoto Machida being moved to UFC 175 as a result.
According to the UFC, Weidman will require a minor surgery on his knee but the American will be able to resume training barely two weeks after going under the knife and so, he will not have any problems whatsoever in making the headlining act at UFC 175 which is scheduled for July at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Weidman was originally scheduled to take on legendary Brazilian Vitor Belfort but after the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to ban Testosterone Replacement Therapy or TRT, Belfort was removed from the card with his fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida given a shot at the title in just his third fight in the Middleweight division.
But now, he will have to sit back a further six weeks before he can get his hands on the American who defeated the Brazilian’s close friend and legendary fighter Anderson Silva to claim the Middleweight strap.
Machida himself is a former champion in the promotion, having reigned as the UFC Light Heavyweight champion after his win against Rashad Evans, defending it once against Mauricio Rua before losing the belt in a rematch.
He was given a shot at the belt against Jon Jones at UFC 140 but failed to take it and since then, he has a record of 4-1 of which, two wins have come in the Middleweight category after Lyoto Machida cut down to the 185 lbs division as he looked to get one more shot at securing a strap with time running out on his Mixed Martial Arts and UFC career.
Judo Video Rating: 4 / 5