Patricio Pitbull retains featherweight title in destuctive fashion against challenger Pedro Carvalho

Patricio Pitbull put in another emphatic, dramatic shift as champion with 130-seconds of demolition in the cage to stake his claim as Bellator’s best ever fighter with a stunning destruction of Pablo Carvalho at Mohegan Sun Resort. 

With the victory, Pitbull marches into the semi-final of the featherweight tournament against Emmanuel Sanchez, also a victor on the card.  The Brazilian was lauded with accolades after the performance from across the sport, many observers placing the fighter, now at the peak of his powers, as one of the leading lights in the sport.

Pitbull also holds the Bellator lightweight title after victory over Michael Chandler, who has now joined the UFC.  

Bellator 252 saw the featherweight tournament finally resume after an eight-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Pitbull defending his title in style against rising Ireland-based SBG star Carvalho, of Portugal.

The challenger began on the front foot, looking to use his sizeable reach advantage to swarm Pitbull and push the pace. The risky strategy failed to pay off, however, as Pitbull fought masterfully off the back foot and connected heavily on his opponent several times in the opening exchanges.

Pitbull was comfortable picking Carvalho off and eventually finished the Portuguese fighter with a short left hook.

“It’s always possible. Get the right on the chin and keep him standing,” Pitbull said after his win. “I knew that. (Emmanuel) Sanchez is tough, I expect that, now he’s more dynamic and I like his style. I can’t wait to fight him again.”

The featherweight king will take on Emmanuel Sanchez in the semi-finals after the ‘Matador’ secured a convincing points victory over Daniel Weichel in their long-awaited rematch on the same card.

Sanchez was out for revenge with a 2016 defeat to Weichel on his record and took charge of the contest from the first bell, opening the fight with an ambitious flying knee.

Weichel struggled to match Sanchez’s striking over the five rounds and hit the canvas in the second after eating some punishing body shots.

The German managed to survive the round but continued to be dominated by Sanchez on the feet, who was the clear winner on the scorecards. 

Sanchez, 30, will be brimming with confidence when he takes on Pitbull in the next round.

Pitbull is another rematch for Sanchez long in the making, as the two featherweights first clashed in 2018 with the Brazilian coming out on top. 

The co-main event saw Yaroslav Amosov just about retain his undefeated record in a razor-thin battle with Logan Storley. The Ukrainian fighter was on the defensive for much of the first round, but still managed to land some shots and improved in the second.

Storley was an unbeaten fighter and appeared on the brink of submitting Amosov in the third when he took his rival’s back. Amosov, however, fought off a series of submission attempts before edging Storley on the scorecards 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.

American prospect Aaron Pico stole the show on the prelims with a ferocious

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Suburban women could play a decisive role in deciding North Carolina’s US Senate race, where the Democratic challenger has faced a sexting scandal

a group of people wearing costumes: Susan Presson, a volunteer with the Buncombe County Democratic Party, speaks with voters waiting in line to vote at a polling place at the Dr. Wesley Grant Senior Center on October 15, 2020 in Asheville, North Carolina. Brian Blanco/Getty Images

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Susan Presson, a volunteer with the Buncombe County Democratic Party, speaks with voters waiting in line to vote at a polling place at the Dr. Wesley Grant Senior Center on October 15, 2020 in Asheville, North Carolina. Brian Blanco/Getty Images

US Senator Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham are locked in a dead-heat. With more than $233 million spent, this race could determine which party gains control of the US Senate.

Despite the high stakes and massive spending, the race plodded along a relatively benign route until early October when explosive personal matters came to light. Cunningham, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve, admitted to an extramarital affair with one of his campaign strategists Arlene Guzman Todd. (Alleged sexts between the two were published by a right-wing outlet.) An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Army Reserve. That same week, Tillis tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a White House event where others also tested positive and it was deemed a likely superspreader event.

The suburban women, who live in close proximity to urban centers like Raleigh and Charlotte, could play a potentially decisive role in this race. Historically, suburban women have been reliable voters for Republicans in the state and nationally. In 2016, Trump carried suburban communities nationwide 50% to Hillary Clinton’s 46%. But in 2018, suburban women began shifting to Democratic candidates, according to political scientist David McClellan, who runs The Meredith Poll, the only North Carolina survey research organization that focuses on issues pertaining to women.

Typifying the trend, McClellan points to two races in Wake County in which Democratic women Julie Von Haefen and Sydney Batch picked up state legislative seats previously held by Republicans in districts with rapidly growing suburban communities including Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs home to increasingly diverse, young families. “A surge of women voters swung those elections to Democrats,” he says.

Taking the temperature of suburban women in Cary, North Carolina

To see what women voters are thinking about the Tillis-Cunningham race, Business Insider visited a Wake County polling site in the Cary suburbs. On Sunday, October 35, despite the grey, overcast skies, drizzling rain, and a pervasive wet cold, voters stood in line upwards of two hours at the Cary Senior Center, nestled in Bond Park, to cast their ballot on the final weekend before early voting closed on October 31. 

“I’m a registered Independent, and I care about human rights so I’m basically a Democrat,” said Sydelle Snyder, 37, a white, college-educated, 6th-grade middle school math and science teacher in Cary. Funding for education is her top issue. When asked about Tillis and Cunningham she says, “I’m voting based on policies, and what I think they’ve done in their jobs and what they will do if elected.” Of Cunningham, specifically, she says, “The scandal has nothing to do with the job.”

Chantal Fermin, 25, who works at a Cary tech company, didn’t say which US Senate candidate she voted for,

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A Record Number of Indigenous Women Are Running for Office This Year. Here’s What an Incumbent Has to Say to a Challenger.

Deb Haaland: It is a huge responsibility to be one of the firsts, and at the same time, it’s an honor. I realize that young girls look up to me, so I have a responsibility to be a role model. Children now will never know what it’s like to not have a Native American woman in Congress. My advice to Tricia is to persevere. In 2018, when I first ran for Congress, a lot of people said, “She’ll never be able to raise the money, she’ll never win.” I didn’t listen to any of them. I knew I could win. I’d also tell Tricia that she can win!

Tricia Zunker: Seeing Deb and Sharice [Davids] make history as the first two Indigenous women elected to Congress was beyond inspiring. It was immensely powerful watching them be sworn in. Something hit me—I let out a deep exhale and thought, “There we are.” You don’t fully realize how much you weren’t represented until you finally see that you are. Not only did they make history, but their support has been incredible, generous, and genuine. They achieved this historic position and immediately turned around and held their hands back for others coming up behind them, including me.

 It’s been a record-breaking year for the number of Native women running in the election. How does this bring you both hope for the future?

D.H.: It’s amazing to see so many Native American women stepping up and running to make a difference in their communities. My 2018 campaign slogan was “Congress has never heard a voice like mine.” In the two years since Sharice Davids and I have been in office, we’ve worked to encourage and support Native women candidates. Part of being the first means leaving the ladder down for those who come after us. That’s why this election I’ve committed to supporting Native Americans running for office, especially women. Representation matters, and it gives me a lot of hope for the future of our Indigenous communities.

“I live in my house with my fiancé and four dogs. I’m in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at my kitchen table. So much happens here. I’m joining Zoom calls from across the country. I do it because it’s what I can do during this election. Yesterday, I met with a very active, Democratic, get-out-the-vote group on the Navajo Nation. They all had their Biden-Harris signs set up behind them.”—Deb Haaland

T.Z.: Native women are leaders. We are leaders in our governments, in our communities, and in our households. When there is a Native voice at the table, the conversation changes. We are running for positions that our relatives weren’t allowed to occupy, and with that opportunity comes a duty to give back and help make things better for everyone. Increased Native candidates mean an increase in the Native vote. The Native vote is a powerful vote that can make all

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