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UFC 202 was bananas, but now the sport rolls on. Up next: a key welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Demian Maia on Saturday.This high-profile 170-pound bout was actually supposed to take place at UFC 202, but it now headlines Saturdays card at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.Condit is coming off a five-round decision loss to Robbie Lawler in a championship fight. Maia, meanwhile, is riding a five-fight win streak. In addition, Anthony Pettis makes his featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira.Lets take a closer look at this weekends main card. Dont agree with these picks? Let me know on Twitter: @bokamotoESPN.Main eventCarlos Condit (30-9) vs. Demian Maia (23-6) Welterweights Odds: Condit -110; Maia -110In a way, you could almost compare a Maia takedown to a knockout artists signature haymaker in that it doesnt take many of them to win a fight.We all know what Maia wants to do and that is take Condit to the floor. And when Maia has success getting his man down, he doesnt let them back up. Its why hes absorbed a mere 12 strikes in his past three fights combined. Thats crazy.Mostly, Maias strategy to land a takedown is to shoot on his opponents lead leg. Quite often, its a naked shot -- he doesnt even set it up with strikes. He trusts in the speed at which he changes levels and his ability to chain wrestle and finish a takedown. And it is true: If Maia gets a decent grip on that lead leg, his opponents tend to go down. Against someone willing to fight off the fence, and Condit is, he might also have success working doubles there.Just to cut to the chase here, I do believe Maia can and will take Condit down. Condits takedown defense in his WEC and UFC career sits at 39 percent. He was once taken down 19 times in the span of two fights. Hes been susceptible to the lead-leg takedown before and, as mentioned previously, hell hang out along the fence. His defensive grappling is centered more around having a dangerous guard and scrambling up than it is thwarting the initial shot.Does that mean Condit is doomed? Not necessarily. Going back to the comparison between Maias takedown and a heavy hitters best punch, its most effective early. Maia is pretty one-dimensional, and the longer a fight goes, the more challenging it can be for him to score a takedown. A non-disguised single leg shot can be rather ineffective if it slows down. And this being a five-round fight against a busy opponent, Maias shot figures to slow over time.If this fight hits that moment of Maia shoots in desperation, Condit sprawls, then Maia falls immediately to his back just hoping Condit is foolish enough to follow him, the battle might be as simple as Condits patience. In that scenario, he should be able to keep it on the feet, which vastly favors him. In other words, if there comes a time when Condit really doesnt respect Maias takedown anymore, this could turn into a blowout for The Natural Born Killer in a hurry.So, big question here: Can Maia submit Condit in the earlier rounds, thus avoiding the likely proposition of having to stand with him late? That sure seems like a coin flip bet. Maias submissions are world class, but Condits only been tapped three times in 14 years.PREDICTION: Maia dominates early, but Condit storms back big. Condit by fifth-round TKO.Featured undercard boutsAnthony Pettis (18-5) vs. Charles Oliveira (21-5), featherweight Its a new weight class for Pettis, and although Oliveira is dangerous in multiple areas, I think he introduces himself in a big way. Prediction: Pettis TKO, first roundPaige VanZant (6-2) vs. Bec Rawlings (7-4), strawweight Following her success in other business opportunities, its natural to wonder whether VanZant is still fully committed to fighting. If she is, this looks like a win. If not, well know real quick. Prediction: VanZant by decisionJim Miller (26-8) vs. Joe Lauzon (26-11), lightweight Running back one of the more memorable fights of 2012. Both are coming off quick stoppages at UFC 200. Should be fun. Prediction: Lauzon via decision Cheap Oakland Athletics Jerseys . That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. Cheap Minnesota Twins Jerseys .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. . The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and European Tours Race to Dubai in the same season. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what Ive achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedEx Cup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," he said. Cheap Cleveland Indians Jerseys . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. Cheap Kansas City Royals Jerseys . "Jeff is a hard worker who was an important special-teams contributor for us last season," said Stamps GM John Hufnagel. OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Donaldson is pushing for a spot on the American League All-Star team with his bat and glove. Donaldson homered, reached base safely four times and made a pair of stellar defensive plays, including a tumbling catch while crashing over a roll of infield tarp in foul territory, to help preserve Oaklands 7-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. "If someone wants to say that Im having an All-Star year so far, thats fine," said Donaldson, who also doubled. "Ive said it a hundred times, if I just focus on helping our team win and try to do something productive for the team, the individual stuff is going to take care of itself." Donaldson went into the day ranked in the top five among AL third basemen in batting average, home runs and RBIs but was fifth in the most recently released All-Star voting. That could change the more the As win and the more Donaldson flashes his defensive skills. His catch on Matt Carpenters foul in the fourth ended a two-on, two-out threat. Donaldson later made a diving stop on Allen Craigs grounder to end the seventh with the tying run on second. Oakland needed it to overcome a rocky outing by starter Tommy Milone. Milone gave up three home runs and pitched with runners in scoring position in four of the six innings he worked, but got the win after the As rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-2. "Probably not his best command ... but he fought his way through," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Against a team like that, to give us six innings, you wouldnt have forcasted that after the first inning." Jed Lowrie also homered for the As, who padded their AL-best home record by taking two of three in this interleague series. Oakland has won 16 of its last 19 games at the Coliseum. Carlos Beltran, Craig and Carpenter homered for the Cardinals. The slugfest in the series finale was in stark contrast to the first two games when starting pitchers Bartolo Colon of the As and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals put together dominant performances. "That was kind of the game I anticipated happening but with us on the other side," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We came out swinging the bats. Ive seen them enough to know this series was going to be like. Today could have gone either way." Oakland had seven extra-base hits -- five off St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook. Westbrook (4-3) lasted just four innings and gave up six runs and 10 hits overall. Lowries go-ahead two-run blast was the big blow, while Donaldsons solo shot off relieveer Trevor Rosenthal in the seventh capped the As best offensive day in two weeks.dddddddddddd. Oakland remained a half-game behind Texas in the AL West and improved to 26-13 at home. The As are also 48-35, their best record after 83 games since 1992. Milone (7-7) overcame his rocky outing to win for the first time since June 3. Oaklands left-hander allowed seven hits over six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The three home runs allowed by Milone also matched a season-high. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his 19th save. "It makes it a lot easier when we come back and score some runs," Milone said. "We just kept coming back." St. Louis, which began the day one game behind Pittsburgh in the NL Central, took a pair of early leads but couldnt make them hold up. Beltran and Craig hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. It was Beltrans team-leading 19th homer while Craigs blast was his third on the Cardinals current road trip. The As pulled within one when Lowrie singled in Seth Smith and scored on an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes in the bottom of the inning. Carpenters solo home run in the third off Milone made it 4-2. Lowrie, Oaklands shortstop, later let Matt Hollidays grounder go through his legs and was slow to retrieve the ball, allowing Beltran to score from second. Oakland scored twice in the third with the help of two errors, and then went ahead 6-5 on Lowries two-run homer off Westbrook in the fourth after Chris Youngs leadoff single. "I just didnt have it," Westbrook said. "It seemed like I was fighting it all day. The ball was all over the place." Notes: Oakland CF Coco Crisp left the game in the fourth inning with back spasms and is day-to-day. ... 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