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Oddballs: Fun sporting stories to lighten the mood

All for the love of fighting

MORE evidence, if it was needed, that you need to be a bit crazy to be a UFC fighter.

Justin Gaethje says he wants Tony Ferguson to break his nose when they fight in Florida on Saturday. ‘I’ve been waiting for a long time for someone to break it, so I can get it fixed,’ he said. ‘The UFC has to pay for the s***.’ On the same bill, Henry Cejudo must face Dominick Cruz because preferred opponent Jose Aldo is stranded in Brazil due to coronavirus.

Featherweight Cejudo said: ‘If I have to marry him to get him to this country, because he’s having visa problems, then that’s what I’ll do.’

■ PUBLICAN Bill Johnston was left pleased as punch after boxer Tyson Fury turned up at his door looking for a beer glass. Britain’s world heavyweight champion went to his local pub, the Canal Turn in Carnforth, offering to pay for a glass ‘with a widget at the bottom’ to replace one he had broken. Bill instead asked for a selfie — with him two metres away, obviously — and later posted a blurry pic with the words: ‘Nice guy — and Tyson said he’ll be calling in when we re-open.’

■ RUGBY League’s suspension is just the spark Leeds Rhinos captain Stevie Ward needed to do some more acting. The 26-year-old stars in a new radio play called Connected produced by the local Red Ladder Theatre Company. Ward, who plays electrician Danny, said: ‘I caught the bug for acting not so long ago doing some live theatre.’