It was another sporting weekend to remember, and we’ve picked out the stories that really mattered…
Shocks all round at UFC 196
It was a night of high drama at UFC 196 in Las Vegas. Miesha Tate got the ball rolling when she forced champion Holly Holm to tap out in their women’s bantamweight fight, before Nate Diaz secured a submission victory over the previously undefeated Conor McGregor.
The Moment. pic.twitter.com/n2mqrsydmh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 6, 2016
It’s not only the results that are of interest, but also the effect that they will have on upcoming fights. There had been talk of McGregor continuing his bid for multiple belts by facing welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, but the Irishman’s defeat in his first bout at 170 pounds means he’s more likely to drop back down to the featherweight division to defend his title against Jose Aldo. For Tate, a third fight with Ronda Rousey is on the cards. A Rousey-Holm rematch was the bout everyone may have wanted, but Tate has upset the apple-cart and Rousey will now look to win back her belt against the 29-year-old before possibly coming up against Holm again.
Dortmund fail to make their move
Having lost to Mainz 05 at the start of the month, Bayern München saw their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings cut to five points ahead of Saturday’s Klassiker against BVB Dortmund.
It had long appeared that Bayern had already all but secured the league title, but a win for Dortmund in Der Klassiker would have brought Thomas Tuchel’s men right back into contention.
However, it was not to be, with the two German giants playing out a 0-0 draw at Signal-Iduna Park. While the result means that Dortmund doesn’t fall further behind, they will now need a fair amount of help from other teams if they are to reel in the Bavarians.
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 5, 2016
Leicester the big winners again Every week one feels that the Leicester title dream is surely going to start to unravel, but the Foxes continue to sprint towards the Premier League title while their rivals stutter. With Arsenal and Tottenham playing out a draw in the north London derby, Leicester took full advantage with a 1-0 win over Watford seeing Claudio Ranieri’s men move five points clear.
31 – Leicester City have won 31 points away from home this season in the Premier League; five more than any other team. Foxy. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 5, 2016
Manchester City’s hammering of Aston Villa means that the Citizens will go ahead of Arsenal and into third if they win their game in hand.
The news was not as good for City’s Manchester neighbours, with the Red Devils suffering yet another frustrating defeat, this time to West Brom, as their top four ambitions took a hit just a week on from a morale-boosting win over Arsenal.
SHOT MAP: Anthony Martial’s effort after 3 minutes was the only shot Man United registered on-target today. pic.twitter.com/gmbYCXGE47
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 6, 2016
Jang wins in Singapore Ha-Na Jang claimed a classy four-shot victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore, but even more impressive than her golf was her dance moves after wrapping up the victory.
Vettel finishes testing on top
Formula 1 pre-season testing is done and dusted, and now all that is to be done is count down the days until the lights go out in Melbourne on March 20.
Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari topped the timesheets on the final day of running in Barcelona. Vettel and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen produced the four fastest times across the two pre-season tests, but any thoughts that this means the Scuderia are the team to beat heading to Australia are misplaced.
It’s Mercedes who once again look the most dangerous, with the Silver Arrows not showing their true pace in testing. However, Ferrari’s top showings do suggest that the gap between the two could be close.