Tanner Boser says he blew his chance in UFC co-main event loss

TORONTO — Alberta heavyweight Tanner (The Bulldozer) Boser says he has no problems with the judges’ decision in his weekend loss to former UFC champion Andrei (The Pit Bull) Arlovski.

But the 29-year-old from Bonnyville, who now calls Edmonton home, say he was not happy with his performance in the co-main event of the Fight Night card in Las Vegas.

All three judges scored it 29-28 for the 41-year-old Arlovski.

“Was the fight really close? Yes,” Boser said in a social media post Monday. “Did I lose? Yes.

“I’m not happy with myself and I have to get better. I had a big opportunity and I blew it. Arlovski is a legend and it was an honour to share a fight with him.”

Boser held an edge in significant strikes over Arlovski in every round, with a 68-34 advantage after three rounds. But Arlovski had more power in his strikes, backing Boser up at times. Forty-six of Boser’s significant strikes were leg kicks.

How difficult was the fight to score?

Each of the three judges gave Boser a round but none the same one. Eric Colon gave Boser the nod in the first Chris Lee the second and Ron McCarthy the third.

It was the 33rd UFC fight for Arlovski (19-13-0 with one no contest in UFC action and 30-19-0 with two no contests overall) and the fifth for Boser (19-7-1), who dropped to 3-2-0 in the UFC. Arlovski has now won three of his last four outings.

Boser, who was favoured by the bookmakers Saturday, weighed in 232.5 pounds, his lightest in UFC action. Arlovski was 244.5 pounds.

Arlovski made his UFC debut at UFC 28 in November 2000 when Boser was nine. The Canadian was 13 when Arlovski, a Belarusian-born American-based fighter, had the UFC championship belt wrapped

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Canada’s Vasek Pospisil advances to second round at Sofia Open

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Canadian Vasek Pospisil advanced to the second round of the Sofia Open with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5) win over Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko on Monday.

The 30-year-old Canadian saved eight of the 10 break points he faced in the tight match that took around two hours 44 minutes to complete. He broke Marchenko three times on seven chances.

Pospisil was accurate on 64 per cent of his first serves and won 79 per cent of first-serve points, including eight aces. He won 51 per cent of second-serve points.

Marchenko was accurate on 67 per cent of first serves but won just 63 per cent of those points, including four aces. He was more effective than Pospisil on second serves, winning 60 per cent of those points.

Pospisil improved his career record against Marchenko to 2-0.

Pospisil next faces fourth-seeded German Jan-Lennard Struff. Pospisil is 1-1 against Struff, and the two will meet for the first time since 2016.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., is the top-seed at the ATP 250 indoor hardcourt event, and Felix Auger-Aliassime is seeded second. Both players have a first-round bye.

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BTS wins 4 prizes at MTV Europe Music Awards

K-pop megastars BTS (Big Hit Entertainment) via The Korea Herald

SEOUL — K-pop megastar BTS has clinched four trophies at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), including the coveted Best Song prize.

The seven-member act took home four prizes in total, winning the Best Song category with its latest hit “Dynamite” and Best Virtual Live for its concert that was held online amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was streamed live earlier Monday.

Other nominees who competed for Best Song included DaBaby with “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, Dua Lipa with “Don’t Start Now,”

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande with “Rain on Me,” Roddy Ricch with “The Box” and The Weeknd with “Blinding Lights.”

BTS also won trophies for Best Group and Biggest Fan.

“This means so much for us because we really wanted to enjoy this song with our fans in this difficult time,” BTS member Jungkook said in a video message following the Best Song win.

“We’ll keep working hard to be a group that can touch the hearts of people and give them hope through music,” RM said after the group won the Best Group prize.

BTS voiced gratitude to its dedicated fan base known as ARMY, stressing how it would like to meet them in person soon.

The band has held two online concerts after canceling in-person concerts amid virus risks. Its “Bang Bang Con: The Live” online concert, held in June, drew some 756,000 viewers from across the world, while some 993,000 paid viewers from more than 190 countries tuned in to watch the “BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E” online concert held in October.

The group has now won multiple trophies at the EMA for three straight years. It won Best Group and Biggest Fan awards in 2018 and Best Group, Best Live

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