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What we learned from the 2022 British GP, from Ferrari's confused thinking to Guanyu's life-saving halo

A win should be cause for celebration, but Carlos Sainz's victory will have sparked even more frustration and introspection at Ferrari (Author: Gardener)

FerrariSILVERSTONE – Carlos Sainz celebrated his first Formula 1 victory on his 150th race start on an extraordinary day at Silverstone. The Spaniard edged out Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc to secure a historic victory in a race that started in dramatic - and alarming - fashion. Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu suffered a horror crash on the first lap when his car flipped on its roof and spiraled off the track before again flipping over a tire barrier and into the vicinity of spectators at Turn 1. Luckily, Guanyu left the scene (relatively) unharmed, and he admitted that the halo on his car "saved his life." The protesters represented the organization Just Stop Oil, which works to combat climate change. Here I look at the big talking points of the British Grand Prix... While a win should be cause for celebration, Carlos Sainz's first Grand Prix win at Silverstone sparked even more frustration and introspection at Ferrari. If Scuderia is to deny Max Verstappen a second world title, they will have to follow Red Bull's lead and put one driver above the other. This means that the faster Charles Leclerc is first in line from now on. There is some understanding that Ferrari have a window of just six seconds to assess which driver would give them the best chance of winning the British Grand Prix in a nine-lap shootout at the end. Coincidentally, race leader Leclerc was ordered to stay on aging hard tires to hold position, while Sainz was brought in for fresh soft tires. Twice before the safety car period, Ferrari held Leclerc too long behind the slower Sainz. However, had Esteban Ocon not raised the yellow flag with 14 laps to go, Leclerc was the favorite to win despite the prospect of fending off an attacking Lewis Hamilton, freshly booted for the final 18 laps. Finishing fourth behind Hamilton felt like a failure for the winning team. Ferrari's confused thinking cost Leclerc 15 points, the difference between first and fourth, on a day when Max Verstappen was ranked for seventh. Instead of going to Austria 28 points behind the leaders, Leclerc is third, 43 points behind. Had Max Verstappen not collected debris from Pierre Gasly's Alpha Tauri, he could have lost the race in a Red Bull full of upgrades. Then again, Ocon failed to deploy the safety car, Hamilton sped towards the Ferraris in the fastest car on track. Hamilton reported more jumps in the fast corners, but in race trim, once the tires were on, the Mercedes was as quick as any Red Bulls bar, as evidenced by the flare of fastest laps. The safety car brought Sergio Perez back into the equation on fresh rubber, whom Hamilton was unable to contain over a brief nine-lap stint. Had he still been chasing Sainz and Leclerc on fresher hard courts, Silverstone might have witnessed a special rendition of 'Hammertime'. Despite being the shortest circuit on the calendar after Monaco and Brazil, the Red Bull Ring in Austria is a fast, uncomplicated track with just ten corners. Teammate George Russell struggled for grip all weekend, failing to finish in the top five for the first time this season after his first shunt on the corner. Trying to keep Hamilton behind in an improving car will be an intriguing subplot as a busy July unfolds. When it first appeared four years ago, the titanium structure framing the cockpit was a controversial addition to the cars. She proved her worth once again when she saved Zhou Gwanyu from serious, if not fatal, injury. There is hardly a more compelling sight in sport than an F1 car spiraling violently out of control. The magnitude of Zhou's first-corner crash at Silverstone is beyond comparison. The crumpled wreckage of his Alfa Romeo, wedged between the tire locks and the safety fence, would almost certainly have been a grave if not for the halo. So a well-deserved round of applause goes to Mick Schumacher, who pushed Verstappen's compromised Red Bull to the finish line before reluctantly settling for eighth place and three valuable points for Haas. Silverstone once again proved the value of authentic racing on an impressive circuit that offered plenty of entertainment. More than 400,000, including a record 142,000 on race day, walked through the gates over the weekend.

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Mercedes let Ferrari off the hook with the Hamilton F1 tire

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Mercedes' tire strategy let Ferrari off the hook at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, which he says cost Lewis Hamilton a chance to win. (Author: Gardener)

FerrariHamilton had delivered his most competitive performance of the season so far at Silverstone, leading the race during the mid-pitch phase after extending his first stint on mid-size tyres. His tire degradation looked good and he managed to get to lap 33 on the medium compound he started with. This compares to main rivals Carlos Sainz, who pitted on lap 20 and Charles Leclerc on lap 25. Instead of choosing the fastest soft, Mercedes opted to put Hamilton on the safer hard, a move Horner thinks was wrong as he feels the team missed the chance for a high-performance equalizer against Ferrari. "I was actually surprised that Lewis didn't get a dampener with the amount of laps to go and the degradation he showed," said Horner. “He went on the hard tires on lap 33 and I actually thought he would switch to the soft ones because then it would have been much easier for him to do the grip offset. Horner also says he raised questions about Ferrari's own strategy of not getting Sainz out of Leclerc's path early in the race and then opting not to pit his Monegasque driver at the final safety car. or certainly Charles for the soft tire [on the safety car].” That late safety car triggered by Esteban Ocon's alpine stop on the old home straight. While Ferrari decided not to pit either car because it felt there wasn't enough time to double stack - and didn't want Leclerc to come in and lose the lead to Hamilton if he went ahead - , Horner believes it should have stopped. "[Hamilton] obviously had a free stop," said Horner. And when you're the lead car, the hardest thing in the world is getting into the pits from t he's leading. "But I think even if Lewis had stayed out they [Ferrari] would have passed him with the tire advantage of the soft tyres." Ferrari's strategic decision meant Leclerc slipped from the lead to fourth at the restart, putting him just three places ahead of title rival Max Verstappen. Horner admits things could have been far worse for his team after Verstappen's hopes of victory were dashed thanks to car damage picked up by a faulty AlphaTauri front wing endplate. “On a day where we had two cars that weren't in good shape at different points in the race, Sergio [Perez] extended his lead over Charles and consolidated second place and Max just gifted Charles six points.

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What is Halo in F1? How the device works and when it arrived as Zhou Guanyu says it saved him in a British GP accident

The Chinese F1 star's car overturned on the first corner and crashed into a fence right in front of the spectators (Author: Gardener)

Halo in F1Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu suffered a horrific accident on the first lap of Sunday's British Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Chinese F1 star's car overturned on the first corner and spiraled off the track before crashing into a tire barrier and then a fence directly in front of the spectators. Zhou received the all-clear from the medics at Silverstone. The race was abandoned when Zhou was taken away in an ambulance after being helped out of his car. Replays suggest the incident was caused by Yuki Tsunoda grazing George Russell's rear left tire, causing the Mercedes driver to crash into Zhou and overturn the Alfa Romeo. It also appeared as if Zhou's protective roll bar was crushed during the incident, but the halo held on. The Halo device has saved F1 drivers from horrific accidents in the past - most notably Romain Grosjean after his crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix in November 2020. The Halo device is a titanium tripartite protection system that sits over the driver's head. It protects drivers in collisions and from flying debris. Launched in 2018, the safety bar is developed independently from the 10 teams in the sport by three FIA-approved manufacturers. The FIA ​​claims the Halo is strong enough to "support the weight of two African elephants and tough enough to deflect a large, full suitcase when traveling at 225 km/h (140 mph)". As well as playing a huge role in protecting Zhou and Grojsean, the device was credited with saving Charles Leclerc's life at Spa in 2018 when Fernando Alonso's airlaunched McLaren crashed on top of his Sauber. Despite its obvious safety benefits - FIA tests showed it improved a driver's chances of surviving a crash by 17 per cent - the introduction of the halo was controversial. Lewis Hamilton first described it as the "worst looking modification" in F1 history, while three-time world champion and former Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, ​​himself a survivor of a horrific accident, said: "There's 100 per cent a better solution than the halo. The halo destroys the DNA of an F1 car. Nonetheless, the FIA ​​pushed for its introduction, citing the deaths of several drivers in various formulas over the past decade. "In car-to-environment tests, it was found that in many cases the Halo was able to prevent contact of the helmet with a wall or obstacle, using a sample of previous incidents as a reference," said the FIA Introducing a strong defense of the Halo. "Finally, in the case of external objects, it was found that the halo successfully deflected large objects from the cockpit environment and also demonstrated increased net protection against small debris." Despite initial criticism, many motorists are now speaking of the benefits of the halo. Grosjean himself was initially skeptical about the device. "I wasn't in favor of the Halo a few years ago but I think it's the best thing we've brought to Formula 1 and without it I wouldn't be able to speak to you today," he said from hospital after his accident. Hamilton said after Grosjean's fall: "I'm just so grateful that the halo worked and the barrier didn't knock Romain's head off. It's a stark reminder that this is a dangerous sport. "This crash was massive and the safety reminds us of the great work that has been done but more needs to be done so as a sport we will continue to work on it."

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Carlos Sainz takes his maiden win in dramatic British GP after Zhou Guanyu crash

Sainz uses softer tires to overtake Ferrari teammate Leclerc and fend off Sergio Perez and home favorite Lewis Hamilton (Author: Gardener)

Carlos SainzSILVERSTONE – Carlos Sainz is finally a race winner in his 150th Grand Prix. And for Ferrari on top of that at Silverstone. If there can be two winners in a day of brilliant racing, then throw a laurel garland around the neck of Lewis Hamilton, who was heading for an unlikely first win of a desperate season with 15 laps to go. The appearance of the safety car after Esteban Ocon's retirement changed the dynamics abruptly, condensing the field and sending Hamilton back into the fray against faster cars on fresh tires with nine laps to go. He immediately lost third place to Sergio Perez's Red Bull and would spend the next few laps in a dogfight with Checo and Charles Leclerc for last place on the podium. When they tore up the design manual late last year, it was for that very purpose, to put wheel-to-wheel racing back at the heart of the company. The slice and thrust with which Hamilton jumped from fourth to second and back to fourth in five corners served as a reminder to the rapidly growing Netflix audience that the real drama happens on the track, not in the garage. At the front, Sainz was clearly on soft rubber and couldn't be caught. Perez, who eventually dropped to 16th after damaging his front wing on the restart after a chaotic opening, was secure in second place, allowing Hamilton to catch Leclerc on aging tires for that third podium of the season. The fastest lap he set on death earned him 16 points, his biggest haul in 2022. For a driver who's spent the first nine races fighting to be a second off the pace, that felt like one reborn experience, even more so as he walked into the cinematic embrace of Tom Cruise, Scientology guru and matinee idol. If you thought the ending was epic, the start was just as impressive, delivering the kind of rubber-necked spectacle only Formula 1 can. The sight of Zhou Guanyu sliding headlong over the gravel, jumping over a barrier and crashing into a safety fence showed the immense risks, the insane courage of the participants and the quality of the safety measures. Without the halo, Zhou would not have tweeted his good health within an hour of impact. Zhou's accident just 21 seconds into the afternoon halted the race for almost an hour. As not all cars had reached the Safety Car 2 reference point when the red flag was raised, which coincides with the end of the pit lane at Silverstone, the race was restarted in starting order, causing Max Verstappen to relinquish the lead as he lifted off the line off and Hamilton went back from third to fifth. Verstappen capitalized on a mistake by Sainz by Chapel to take the lead on lap 11 down the Hangar straight. The momentum of the season screamed "that's it then". Verstappen was in the pits at the end of the next lap after suffering a puncture. And for that he had to fight to the last with Mick Schumacher, who took the consolation of a first point in F1. The fastest car on the track was Hamilton, increasing the chances of a real winner. While the Ferraris were squabbling among themselves, Leclerc in second claiming he was being held up by leader Sainz, Hamilton sped down with a series of purple laps. Ferrari responded by stopping Sainz first after 21 laps. He came out on the hard tire to reach the end. Hamilton now had his sights set on Leclerc, who was sporting a slightly damaged front wing. The tires are still strong, he advised the pit wall. The gap had dropped to less than two seconds. Leclerc pitted at the end of lap 25, allowing Hamilton to pull away at the head of a Grand Prix for the first time since Abu Dhabi in the final race of last season. When he stopped again with 18 laps to go, 142,000 people buckled up for Hammertime. Hamilton congratulated Sainz on a deserved win and praised the crowd for the part they played in a day like few others.

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Carlos Sainz takes his maiden win in dramatic British GP after Zhou Guanyu crash

Sainz uses softer tires to overtake Ferrari teammate Leclerc and fend off Sergio Perez and home favorite Lewis Hamilton (Author: Gardener)

Carlos SainzSILVERSTONE – Carlos Sainz is finally a race winner in his 150th Grand Prix. And for Ferrari on top of that at Silverstone. If there can be two winners in a day of brilliant racing, then throw a laurel garland around the neck of Lewis Hamilton, who was heading for an unlikely first win of a desperate season with 15 laps to go. The appearance of the safety car after Esteban Ocon's retirement changed the dynamics abruptly, condensing the field and sending Hamilton back into the fray against faster cars on fresh tires with nine laps to go. He immediately lost third place to Sergio Perez's Red Bull and would spend the next few laps in a dogfight with Checo and Charles Leclerc for last place on the podium. When they tore up the design manual late last year, it was for that very purpose, to put wheel-to-wheel racing back at the heart of the company. The slice and thrust with which Hamilton jumped from fourth to second and back to fourth in five corners served as a reminder to the rapidly growing Netflix audience that the real drama happens on the track, not in the garage. At the front, Sainz was clearly on soft rubber and couldn't be caught. Perez, who eventually dropped to 16th after damaging his front wing on the restart after a chaotic opening, was secure in second place, allowing Hamilton to catch Leclerc on aging tires for that third podium of the season. The fastest lap he set on death earned him 16 points, his biggest haul in 2022. For a driver who's spent the first nine races fighting to be a second off the pace, that felt like one reborn experience, even more so as he walked into the cinematic embrace of Tom Cruise, Scientology guru and matinee idol. If you thought the ending was epic, the start was just as impressive, delivering the kind of rubber-necked spectacle only Formula 1 can. The sight of Zhou Guanyu sliding headlong over the gravel, jumping over a barrier and crashing into a safety fence showed the immense risks, the insane courage of the participants and the quality of the safety measures. Without the halo, Zhou would not have tweeted his good health within an hour of impact. Zhou's accident just 21 seconds into the afternoon halted the race for almost an hour. As not all cars had reached the Safety Car 2 reference point when the red flag was raised, which coincides with the end of the pit lane at Silverstone, the race was restarted in starting order, causing Max Verstappen to relinquish the lead as he lifted off the line off and Hamilton went back from third to fifth. Verstappen capitalized on a mistake by Sainz by Chapel to take the lead on lap 11 down the Hangar straight. The momentum of the season screamed "that's it then". Verstappen was in the pits at the end of the next lap after suffering a puncture. And for that he had to fight to the last with Mick Schumacher, who took the consolation of a first point in F1. The fastest car on the track was Hamilton, increasing the chances of a real winner. While the Ferraris were squabbling among themselves, Leclerc in second claiming he was being held up by leader Sainz, Hamilton sped down with a series of purple laps. Ferrari responded by stopping Sainz first after 21 laps. He came out on the hard tire to reach the end. Hamilton now had his sights set on Leclerc, who was sporting a slightly damaged front wing. The tires are still strong, he advised the pit wall. The gap had dropped to less than two seconds. Leclerc pitted at the end of lap 25, allowing Hamilton to pull away at the head of a Grand Prix for the first time since Abu Dhabi in the final race of last season. When he stopped again with 18 laps to go, 142,000 people buckled up for Hammertime. Hamilton congratulated Sainz on a deserved win and praised the crowd for the part they played in a day like few others.

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Carlos Sainz wins while Lewis Hamilton is on the podium at Silverstone

F1 British Grand Prix result LIVE: Carlos Sainz wins while Lewis Hamilton is on the podium at Silverstone - The Spaniard triumphed after worrying scenes triggered a red flag following Zhou Guanyu's crash (Author: Gardener)

Carlos SainzSudanese protesters take part in mass rallies in the capital Khartoum to demand an end to military rule. Sudanese protesters take part in mass rallies in the capital Khartoum to demand an end to military rule. At least nine dead in Sudan protest as thousands demonstrate against military rule. At least nine dead in Sudan protest as thousands demonstrate against military rule. At least nine dead in Sudan protest as thousands demonstrate against military rule Military ruler Carlos Sainz won a wild and mad British Grand Prix in which Zhou Guanyu survived a horror first-lap crash and protesters encroached the track at Silverstone. Carlos Sainz won a wild and insane British Grand Prix in which Zhou Guanyu survived a horrific first lap crash and protesters invaded the track at Silverstone. Sainz fought his way past Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in a brilliant 10-lap shootout after a safety car period to claim his maiden Formula One win. Sainz fought his way past Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in a brilliant 10-lap shootout after a safety car period to claim his maiden Formula One win. Sergio Perez was second with Lewis Hamilton third after battling around Leclerc for four laps of the remaining 52 laps. Sergio Perez was second with Lewis Hamilton third after battling around Leclerc for four laps of the remaining 52 laps. Sainz, Perez and Hamilton all picked up fresh tires ahead of the safety car restart but Ferrari left Leclerc on old rubber and the championship challenger was left in no man's land, falling from first to fourth and putting an end to his title hopes on a day that saw Max Verstappen hobble home in seventh after suffering a puncture and damage to his Red Bull bodywork. Sainz, Perez and Hamilton all picked up fresh tires ahead of the safety car restart but Ferrari left Leclerc on old rubber and the championship challenger was left in no man's land, falling from first to fourth and putting an end to his title hopes on a day that saw Max Verstappen hobble home in seventh after suffering a puncture and damage to his Red Bull bodywork. A record crowd of 142,000 fans in Northamptonshire witnessed the race of the season which started off in an exceptional way. A record crowd of 142,000 fans in Northamptonshire witnessed the race of the season which started off in an exceptional way. Rookie Zhou was approaching Abbey Corner, which was starting at 160 mph, when British driver George Russell clipped the Chinese driver's right rear, sending him onto his roof and spinning out of control. Rookie Zhou was approaching Abbey Corner, which was starting at 160 mph, when British driver George Russell clipped the Chinese driver's right rear, sending him onto his roof and spinning out of control. Zhou continued headfirst through the gravel at high speed, sparks flying, before slamming into the tire barrier and being thrown into the fence. Zhou continued headfirst through the gravel at high speed, sparks flying, before slamming into the tire barrier and being thrown into the fence. Fans and photographers ducked for cover with Zhou's Alfa Romeo lying on its side between the tire stack and the fence. Fans and photographers ducked for cover with Zhou's Alfa Romeo lying on its side between the tire stack and the fence. An extraction team rushed to Zhou and the 23-year-old, who was completing his 10th race, was carefully removed and taken to the medical center by ambulance before being discharged. An extraction team rushed to Zhou and the 23-year-old, who was completing his 10th race, was carefully removed and taken to the medical center by ambulance before being discharged. Russell was also seen inquiring about his friend, Williams driver Alex Albon, who was involved in the accident and then about Zhou's condition. Russell was also seen inquiring about his friend, Williams driver Alex Albon, who was involved in the accident and then about Zhou's condition. "I'm glad to see that Zhou is doing well. "I'm glad to see that Zhou is doing well. The Mercedes driver, who was not allowed to restart the race, added: “I jumped out of the car to see that Zhou is okay. The Mercedes driver, who was not allowed to restart the race, added: “I jumped out of the car to see that Zhou is okay. When I got back to the car I couldn't start it. When I got back to the car I couldn't start it. As soon as you get outside help, you can't start the race again." As soon as you get outside help, you can't start the race again." not to see the accident. When I saw it on the podium, I was shocked. If you also see the crash in F2 this morning, the halo probably saved two lives.” Perez: “Very pleased they will be racing again. I was in the garage when I saw the accident and I was shocked, it's been a while since we've seen an accident like this. "Another thing I want to say is with salary caps, we're the ones that come up on the show, we should stop talking about it." Sainz: "I thought the red flag was for the protesters, I had three People running to me."Hamilton: "I don't have much to add to the two, answered very well. And I don't know anything about the protesters...” 17:56 , Kieran Jackson Carlos Sainz expressed his joy and gratitude after winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday, a first triumph for the Spaniard in the Formula One track, which was his 150th race start. The Ferrari man was on pole at Silverstone, although his lead initially lasted just seconds as Max Verstappen passed him at turn one - but a heavy crash behind them meant a restart from original positions. Even then, a thrilling race made for so many twists and turns, leading both Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton through various stages before a safety car came out in the closing stages which proved crucial Leclerc was left behind on hard links and the clenched Gruppe then delivered a thrilling finale in which Perez finished second and Hamilton third. However, it was Sainz who triumphed, noting the 'special' role Silverstone had played in his career to date in a ceremonial post-race speech. Logan Sargeant becomes the first American to win a Formula Two race 13:38 , Jack Rathborn Logan Sargeant became the first driver from the United States to win a Formula Two race when he fended off a challenge from Theo Pourchaire for the win to be won at the British Grand Prix Sunday. Sargeant, a member of the Williams Formula One team's driver academy, started from pole for the first time and controlled the race from the front, keeping a cool head under pressure from Frenchman Pourchaire. “What a weekend for me and (Team) Carlin for that matter, first pole position, first win in the feature race – couldn't be happier to be honest,” said Sargeant. “The car was absolutely hooked and looking forward to hopefully doing so more regularly.” Brazilian Felipe Drugovich continues to lead the drivers' standings with 148 points, followed by Pourchaire with 106. Sargeant moved up to third with 88 while Sargeant's win the first was by an American in the renamed Formula 2, his compatriot Alexander Rossi, who now drives IndyCar, won in Abu Dhabi in 2013 in what was then the GP2 series. The incident-riddled race saw several cautions but the most serious came on lap two when Roy Nissany went wide and straight back onto the track in the path of Dennis Hauger's Israeli shot safely.

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Criticism of Izzy, Volkanovski P4P placement and has Munhoz quit?

Does Israel Adesanya deserve criticism? Is Alexander Volkanovski No. 1 pound for pound? Did Pedro Munhoz quit vs. (Author: Gardener)

VolkanovskiIsrael Adesanya has the otherworldly fighting skills and personal charisma necessary to become the next mixed martial arts crossover superstar. What the UFC middleweight champion doesn't have are the stellar performances that would make him famous in the wider sporting world, and it's time to ask himself if he can provide them. Adesanya's tepid title defense against Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 on Saturday night was another missed opportunity for what is perhaps the UFC's most formidable athlete overall to reach the next level of glory.

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Alexander Volkanovski defeats Max Holloway for the third time

Watch the UFC 276 highlights video and recap of the featherweight title fight between Champion Alexander Volkanovski and former Champion Max Holloway. The fight took place on the UFC 276 fight card on Saturday, July 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler lost at UFC 276 | be separated video (subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) https://www.mmaweekly.com/gina-carano-responds-to-ronda-rou (Author: Gardener)

Alexander VolkanovskiStuart Broad bowled the most expensive in Test cricket history as India's tail wagged at Edgbaston on the second morning of the fifth Test. The Tourists added 78 to their overnight record of 338-for-seven to post a first innings total of 416 as Ravi Jadeja scored his third Test hundred and first away. A notable 35 of those runs went from a single broad to India's backup skipper Jasprit Bumrah, who finished 10th, breaking the previous record of 28.

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Israel Adesanya defeats Jared Cannonier

Watch the UFC 276 highlights video and recap of the title fight between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier. Jon Jones picks Alex Pereira to beat 'shiny nails' Israel Adesanya (subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) https://www.mmaweekly.com/gina-carano-responds-to-ronda-rouseys-ufc-proposal (Author: Gardener)

Jared CannonierSinger Adele stopped performing at the BST Hyde Park Festival in London on July 1 to help a person in need in the audience. The video, filmed by audience member Kieran Weller, shows the moment Adele abruptly stopped the show during a performance of her song "Skyfall" when she noticed a group of people in the audience waving and calling for safety. "You're just coming through. She reportedly paused the show several times to help fans. Adele performed for a second night at BST Hyde Park on July 2nd.

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The Rock is in awe as Alexander Volkanovski ends the Max Holloway rivalry with a masterful performance in the trilogy fight at UFC 276

Hollywood movie star and WWE Legend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was impressed by a particular fight that took place at UFC 276 last night. Alexander Vo (Author: Gardener)

UFCHollywood movie star and WWE Legend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was impressed by a particular fight that took place at UFC 276 last night. Alexander Volkanovski proved to be one of the best pound-for-pound UFC fighters with a comprehensive shutout against Max Holloway in their trilogy bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. "The Great" scored a unanimous 50-45 decision from all three judges, meaning he didn't drop a round. Additionally, he left Holloway bloodied after opening a huge cut on "Blessed" in round two of the fight. After Volkanovski was announced the winner and announced his intention to gain weight for his next fight, Johnson took to social media to praise both men. Volkanovski and Holloway first fought at UFC 245 in December 2019. On that occasion, the former rugby player easily outplayed Holloway in five rounds. Volkanovski used leg kicks effectively throughout the fight to throw his opponent off balance and not get him into the boxing rhythm that made him the champion. Despite the comprehensive nature of his title win, the New South Wales native was forced into an immediate rematch with Holloway due to his previous featherweight dominance. In the rematch, Holloway was much more competitive and in the eyes of most he did enough to beat Volkanovski at UFC 251 in July 2020. UFC President Dana White was just one of many people in MMA to attack judges for robbing the Hawaiian of victory after the fight. On that occasion, Holloway was not granted another immediate rematch and he had to beat Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez to earn a third crack at Volkanovski. Meanwhile, the champion defended his title against Brian Ortega and "The Korean Zombie" to establish himself as one of the very best fighters in MMA - something he cemented last night with his dominant decision win over Holloway.

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