CM Punk on Undertaker, “Fight Island,” and his Blackhawks

The former WWE champ & current UFC welterweight talks about the “retirement” of The Undertaker, the creation of “Fight Island,” if being a pro wrestler or an MMA athlete is more punishing for the body, the Blackhawks qualifying for the NHL’s summer tournament, if he rather Chicago try for the Stanley Cup or tank to improve their chances of getting Alexis Lafrenière, the importance of the NHL returning to the Olympics, and his current projects.

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No upset as Mark Bernaldez bows to taller Albert Bell

Alexander Bell vs Mark_Bernaldez. TOP RANK PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Bernaldez disappointed in his Las Vegas debut after losing to the much taller Albert Bell via unanimous decision in their 10-round lightweight bout at The Bubble inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

All three judges scored the bout 100-90.

The 6-foot Bell was six inches taller than Bernaldez and used that massive reach advantage, 73″-67″, to maintain control against the outworked Filipino.

Bernaldez, who managed to find the target 46 out of 319 times (14%), tried his hardest to close the distance but Bell was simply more efficient at putting the Filipino at bay, landing 125 of 418 of his punches (30%).

Bernaldez, who hails from General Santos City, also absorbed 29 blows to the body, 11 more than what he could muster.

Bell improved his winning streak to 17 matches against zero losses while Bernaldez (20-4) has now lost three of his last six bouts.

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ONE fighter Aung La N Sang tests positive for COVID-19

FILE – A bloodied Aung La N Sang celebrates after stopping Brandon Vera in the second round of their world title fight in the main event of ONE: Century Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Aung, who is also the current middleweight champion, retained his light heavyweight belt. Photo from ONE Championship

MANILA, Philippines—Aung La N Sang, the holder of two World titles in ONE Championship, announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

The middleweight and light heavyweight champion posted on Instagram that he was tested on Monday and is now in quarantine at home for the next 14 days.

“I had a slight fever, congestion, body ache, and fatigue on the first two days,” wrote Aung La N Sang. “Besides that I am blessed that my whole family is doing well. We are really in this together and we will get over this.”

Fighters from both the UFC and ONE Championship including Derek Brunson, Gilbert Burns, Ismail Naurdiev, Eduard Folayang, Brandon Vera, and Joshua Pacio have all wished Aung La N Sang’s speedy recovery.

Aung La N Sang (26-10) last fought in 2019 when he defeated Vera to retain the light heavyweight title via second round technical knockout.

“Everyone at ONE Championship sends their best wishes to ‘The Burmese Python’ and his family, and we encourage everyone to wear a mask,” said ONE Championship in a statement.

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