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Each week, ESPN. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Tyus-Bowser-Jersey/ .com writer Brett Okamoto provides his take on the hottest topics in the world of mixed martial arts.This week, Okamoto squares off with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis to debate all things MMA ahead of his Saturday showdown against Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver, British Columbia. Pettis (18-5) is in a three-fight losing streak for the first time in his career but hopes to stop it against Oliviera.1. UFC president Dana White has said he will not book a trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz immediately. Is the UFC taking a risk by not doing so?Pettis: The risk is people forgetting about it and not caring anymore. It was a close fight. It could have gone either way. There was a case for either side winning that fight. Im not sure exactly what the UFCs plan is on it. It was a good fight, so Id watch it again. Why not? A trilogy fight would be a hard one to call. They both had some strong points. If Diaz can put some more pressure on him in the second and third round when he gasses, I think Diaz could take it. Conor, I dont think he can finish Nate. If he could he would have early in that fight; he had him wobbled twice.Okamoto: Absolutely not. I know everyone has McGregor/Diaz fever right now, but honestly, I wouldnt even like the idea of cramming this trilogy into one year. Its unnecessary. A third fight will be insanity whenever it happens -- let it sit for now. To me, it can only get bigger. Imagine if one wins a title at lightweight and their final chapter plays out with a belt on the line. And if the worst happens -- both stumble and lose between now and then -- you can still revisit this rivalry. Play the prefight, postfight highlights and well all come back. Zero risk in skipping this trilogy fight for now.2. Whom should McGregor fight next?Pettis: Conor McGregor should be fighting ... I dont know, Jose Aldo is the one with the interim belt. Id like to see that get figured out before he starts moving around different weight classes. Yeah, I would say Jose Aldo. Most definitely a rematch would look different. I think Aldo would not come out as crazy as he did last time, not be as stupid as he was. Conor is one of them guys, though, who definitely has some skills. Hes a big dude to be making 145. Im similar size to him and Im making that cut to 145 now, too.Okamoto: Lightweight champ?Eddie Alvarez. As Ive said before, this entire thing started with a 155-pound championship between McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos. A broken foot, plus McGregors willingness to accept a last-second change in opponent, took us on a serious detour. Im in favor of heading back to the starting line. McGregor can fight very comfortably at lightweight -- hes not killing himself to make weight, nor is he facing guys who are too big for him. Alvarez wants a big name, and as deep as that lightweight division is (and as good as Khabib Nurmagomedov is), theres not a must-see title fight that would prevent McGregor from getting the next title shot.3. If McGregor does not return to featherweight to defend his title, whom should interim champion Jose Aldo fight next?Pettis: I have no idea. I honestly havent even looked that high up. I know he just beat Frankie Edgar, so whoever is behind Edgar. Ive got to go handle business this weekend and then we can start putting my name in the mix.Okamoto: A ranked lightweight. If McGregor says, Eh, Im not interested in featherweight anymore. Keep the toy belt, Im heading to lightweight, Aldos response should be, In that case, Im heading to lightweight, too. Lets be real for a minute: McGregor punked Aldo in 2015. Beat him up, verbally, at one press conference after another and then dropped him in 13 seconds. Its on Aldo to get that fight back. McGregor chased him for two years because he was the champion. Now its Aldo who needs to chase. Accept and win fights that force that rematch. Aldo is more than capable of doing that. Hes one of the best fighters in the world. What if Aldo chased McGregor to 155, beat anyone that dared stand in his way and set up that second fight? Can you imagine how big that would be?4. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is gathering information on Nate Diazs admitted use of CBD oil at the UFC 202 press conference. Should USADA be investigating this?Pettis: No, I dont think so. Im not really familiar with the rules on how they test for that, but its after the fight. Im pretty sure the amount of THC from that wouldnt be high enough that it would matter. He was kind of pushing the rules, I guess, hes doing it right in front of everybody, but yeah -- I dont know. I dont have a strong opinion on it.Okamoto: The unfortunate answer is yes. And the reason for that is thats what theyre here for. UFC partnered with USADA to establish a strict drug testing environment. Under USADAs rules, what Diaz did is a potential violation -- so for them to just ignore it? They cant. HOWEVER. Any kind of suspension for this would, in my opinion, go against the spirit of the program, which is made to be strict but is not made to bury an athlete who is not seeking any performance-enhancing ability whatsoever. If USADA finds a rule was violated, the punishment should be a public warning and that is it. Rules are rules and Im all for upholding them, but there is also room for common sense to prevail in this program, and I hope that will be the case.5. UFC Fight Night this weekend features a main event between Demian Maia and Carlos Condit. What is more difficult to prepare for: Maias ground game or Condits striking?Pettis: Theyre both dangerous. Ive trained with Carlos; to see the way hes attacking this fight is interesting. I think both of them, you cant catch up to these guys. Condit has years and years of striking experience and Maia, years and years of grappling. Only difference is grappling changes when youre getting punched in the face, so it all depends on how Condit uses his striking to an advantage when it comes to the grappling.Okamoto: Have to say Maias ground game. That doesnt mean I think Maia is better than Condit -- Im just saying, in terms of which strength is most difficult to prepare for ... its Maia. Condits volume is dizzying. Hes outclassed some phenomenal fighters with the angles he creates, the movement, versatility. Its a difficult style to beat. But Maias ground game, you really cant make a mistake. You let Maia into your hips for half a second, hes glued to you the rest of the round. Especially when hes fresh at the start of the fight, Maia will take advantage of any physical or mental pause his opponent takes. Again, doesnt mean Im calling him a better overall welterweight than Condit, but his grappling is one of the most menacing skills this sport has. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/T-Shirts/ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Terrance-West-Jersey/ . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Bronson-Kaufusi-Jersey/ . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury is bullish about their prospects, despite some tough circumstances, and says they should aim for next years AFL premiership.The Magpies missed the finals this season for the third-straight year and coach Nathan Buckley has conceded next year is make-or-break for his tenure.Adding to the pressure that always surrounds Collingwood, it has been a dramatic off-season for their football department.Football manager Neil Balme left for Richmond and replacement Graeme Allan resigned after he received a 12-month AFL ban for his part in the Lachie Whitfield saga.But Pendlebury said the Magpies must keep aiming big.Ive had it for 11 years that Ive played here - its always finals or bust, he saidAny club that sits there and says its not, I dont know what theyre playing for.He also backed interim football manager Marcus Wagner, who joined Collingwood at the same time as Pendlebury.It all happened over the off-season, so since weve come back Marcus Wagner has ddone a terrific job of explaining the whole program, how its going to look for us, Pendlebury said. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Benjamin-Watson-Jersey/. .Its really been business as usual for us and I think most of the guys would probably say the same thing.Were just looking forward to getting stuck in and we trust Marcus in the job for now, that hes going to get it all done.Pendlebury is excited by the arrival of Daniel Wells, noting what he did to Collingwood late in the season while playing for North Melbourne.We needed to win that game on a Friday night, we all thought he was going to pull out sick and he came out and had 15 touches in the first quarter, he said.He basically took finals away from us, so its great to have him on our side.Collingwood also recruited Chris Mayne from Fremantle.I dont think weve seen the best footy he has to offer and hopefully we can bring that out here, he said. 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