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In a year that already has proved to be massive for the UFC, with one major card after another, UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York looks to be the biggest and most important of them all. In honor of such a marquee event, ESPN.com is providing dedicated previews to all 13 bouts on the card, breaking down whats at stake and projecting who will win, along with quotes and statistics for each fighter.Lightweights: Jim Miller (27-8) vs. Thiago Alves (21-10)Odds as of Nov. 2: Alves (-165), Miller (+145)Dana Whites thoughtsJim Miller is always exciting. You never watch a Jim Miller fight and go, Oh, what happened? That guy just didnt show up tonight. Hes one of those guys who just goes. Hell stand with you if you want to stand, but hes also great on the ground and has had some great ground wars.And Thiago, I think everybody the last couple years has been moving around weight classes and if hes still the Thiago we used to know at this new weight, that should be a really good fight.Whats at stake?Miller: From retirement talk to win streak in less than six monthsA strange feeling came over the veteran Miller on March 5 as he stepped into the Octagon to fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 196. It was something he had never felt in his entire career.That was the first time I actually kind of didnt want to be there, Miller said. That was a tough one for me, and it was for a million different reasons.Miller, 33, decided long ago that whenever his career ends, it will happen immediately after a fight, while hes still inside the cage. He wants that farewell moment on the microphone, to let his fans know its over. In order to guarantee that moment, Miller said he has to know ahead of time, going into a fight, that its his last one.He thought that was going to be the case at UFC 200 in July. After performing poorly and not feeling right at UFC 196, Miller asked for a fight at UFC 200. He figured it was the perfect time and place to say goodbye.But when he got into that fight camp, Millers body responded better than he thought. Things turned around quickly and he ultimately decided that wouldnt be his last fight. He has won two in a row since.It started off like it would be my last run, but I got back to feeling like my old self, Miller said. Its different now. I know what its like when Im off, but I also know when Im feeling good. I know by the results in the gym -- theyre back to where they should be, where they used to be a couple years ago.It went pretty quickly from All right, lets just get through this and put on a show to I think I can stay in this for a while.Alves on weight cut: Im gonna make all these lightweights payAlves is tired of looking up to the opposition -- literally.The veteran welterweight will make his long-awaited lightweight debut at UFC 205, and hell do it without the assistance of longtime nutritionist Mike Dolce. Alves is working with a new nutrition group ahead of his first cut to 155 and feels confident about the process, even though he actually has struggled in the past to make the 170-pound limit.Im gonna make weight and Im gonna feel great -- thats actually the slogan of the company Im working with, the 5-foot-9 Alves said. I know the morning of the weigh-in, Ill have the whole world asking, Is he gonna make it? Thats exciting for me because I love to prove people wrong.Ill be one of the biggest lightweights in the division. I had to lose 10 pounds of muscle and 10 pounds of fat. Ive lost a lot of muscle and Im gonna make all these lightweights pay for that s---. We shouldnt be losing muscle, man, especially doing what we do, but thats what was necessary and my body feels great.I was just giving up a lot of reach and height as a welterweight. All my last fights, these guys were 6-foot-2. Its tough fighting giants.Alves, 33, has never recaptured the magic of a seven-fight win streak that led to a title shot at UFC 100 in 2009. But in a new weight class, under a new lifestyle, he doesnt think it will take long to get a title shot.A lot has changed since the last time I fought [in May 2015], Alves said. Im a father now. I got married. You guys used to see the young, dumb Pitbull. Now youve got an adult.Im not looking ahead. I know Ive got to get through Miller first. But I think it makes complete sense to give me a top-5 opponent next and then the title. Thats the goal.Statistical comparisonMiller: 27-8 record (16-7 UFC); on two-fight win streakMiller: 16 wins in UFC lightweight division tied for most all time with Gleison TibauAlves: 21-10 record (13-7 UFC); first fight since May 2015Alves: 11 knockdowns landed in UFC fights, tied for eighth most all timeBreakdownAlves said it in plain English: Hes looking forward to fighting opponents with less reach.His knockout power stacked up fine at 170 pounds, but the same wasnt always true of his frame. That doesnt mean he wasnt (or still couldnt be) effective at that weight, but you cant blame him for dropping down.Although he has expressed confidence, its worth asking how that cut to 155 will go. Miller likely will look to set a high pace on the bigger man and his grappling can be deadly, especially if his opponent tires. 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"The car balance is decent, but I think we can still improve," Vettel said. Zane Gonzalez Womens Jersey.Y. - General manager Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out centre Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed. TEMPE, Ariz. -- Carson Palmer is practicing again with the Arizona Cardinals after sitting out a game with a concussion and will be back at the controls when the team hosts the New York Jets on Monday night.Feel great, the 36-year-old quarterback said after the Wednesday workout. Good to be back.The practice was the first for the Cardinals since their 33-21 road victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Thursday night.Its great, coach Bruce Arians said of having Palmer back. You always want your leader out there and he is the leader.Palmer was not limited in practice.The quarterback said he believed he would have been able to play had the last game not been on a Thursday.My wife was definitely freaked out, he said, but I was ready to play if we had a Sunday game.Palmer said it was the first concussion of his 14-year NFL career, then knocked on the wooden podium for luck.He said the injury is part of our reality as football players.Palmer said he just followed doctors orders, treatment that included a specialist from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.Weve got so much help and so much information and so many professionals and everybodys extremely cautious with it, he said. You just trust in the doctors and what the professionals are telling you and thats how you cope with it.Palmer was injured when his head slammed to the turf on a sack by Aaron Donald late in Arizonas 17-13 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 2. He had started 22 consecutive games before missing the 49ers contest.Backup Drew Stanton was just 11 of 28 for 124 yards against San Francisco but threw two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and was not intercepted. Most of the Cardinals offense came from David Johnson, who rushed for 157 yards and two scores, earning the second-year running back NFC offensive player of the week honors.Arizona lost starting guards Evan Mathis and Mike Iupati with ankle injuries in the game. Mathis was placed on injured reserve. Iupatis injury is a sprain and its not known when he will return.Its a biig blow, Palmer said.ddddddddddddThose two guys have -- I dont know -- 16, 17, 18 years between the two of them. Pro Bowls, two Super Bowls, theres a lot of experience. Theres a lot of talent, leadership. ... Those are two of the bigger guys in the NFL, but thats the NFL. Youve got to step up and the next guy up has to play.John Wetzel and Earl Watford will move into the guard spots. Wetzel, whose career has almost entirely been at tackle, was praised by Arians for his play against San Francisco.Palmer, like his team, is off to a slow start after a big 2016 season. He has completed 59 percent of his passes (90 of 153) for 1,150 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions.After leading the NFL with 408 yards per game last season, the Arizona offense ranks 13th through five games (363 yards per game), even though all of the skill players returned.The Cardinals (2-3) need a victory to get back to .500.I always feel like were close (to regaining last seasons form), Palmer said. You just continue to practice and you continue to work and hope that what you do on the practice field shows up on Sundays. Were just going to continue to work, and if we have to run the ball for 158 yards or whatever it was (172 yards against San Francisco), were happy to do that if thats a winning recipe for us. But were always working on the passing game.Game notes The Cardinals re-signed quarterback Zac Dysert to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster last week to serve as backup to Stanton but was released early this week. ... Johnson is the only player in the NFL with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in all five games. ... Defensive lineman Josh Mauro (chest) and inside linebacker Kevin Minter (concussion) practiced Wednesday and Arians said he was hopeful Darren Fells (shoulder) would be able to practice Thursday.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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