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UFC 264: Tai Tuivasa knocks out Greg Hardy and celebrates with a ‘shoey’

Tai Tuivasa ensured the fans had a night to remember before the UFC 264 clash between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier as he delivered a stunning knockout, then celebrated with his trademark toast to the fans.

Australian knockout artist Tuivasa faced fellow heavyweight contender Greg Hardy on the main card of UFC 264 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

And the fun-loving heavyweight had the crowd grinning from the moment his walkout music hit the speakers in the T-Mobile Arena.

That’s because, unlike the usual fighter choices of rap, R&B or heavy metal, Tuivasa opted to dance his way to the octagon to the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” as the crowd sang along and danced in the stands as he made his way to the cage.

Once he stepped through the cage door and prepared for battle, the Aussie faced a formidable foe.

Former NFL player Hardy had been marked out as a potential contender of the future, but Tuivasa had no respect for the American’s athletic credentials as he immediately set about dismantling his opponent with leg kicks and heavy punches.

But, just as Tuivasa seemed to be settling into his work, Hardy clipped the Australian with a solid right hand that had Tuivasa on wobbly legs.

Spying his moment to move in and score a first-round finish, Hardy stepped into range, looking to land a knockout blow.

But, with the crowd expecting Hardy to close the show, Tuivasa exploded and connected with a huge left hand that sent Hardy crashing to the canvas.

It was a stunning knockout, but Tuivasa was far from finished entertaining the crowd.

After the knockout, Tuivasa climbed the cage and sat atop the fence, where he was passed a can of beer, which he proceeded to pour into a training shoe before downing it to huge cheers from the 20,000-strong crowd inside the T-Mobile Arena.

Tuivasa said after his victory that Hardy’s decision to stand and bang with him was a bad choice.

“Ah man, he wanted to bang with me,” he told Joe Rogan after his win.

“I’m not the right guy to bang with. Pick another bloke!”

And he elaborated further backstage as he talked through his knockout finish.

“I’m 28 years old and that’s my ninth fight in the UFC,” he said.

“I think I’ve got another 10 or 12 years in me. I think in the next year and a bit I want to try and have a run for the gold. I’m in this to feed my family, but I’m only 28. Who knows?

“I wanted to hit him. After I saw him afterwards, he had a few bumps and bruises. He deserved them.

I knew I could take care of Greg Hardy. He got what he deserved.

It’s about maturity. He hit me and I felt a bit wobbled. The old me would have put my head down and thrown the fists. I took a couple of steps back and gathered myself.”

Next James Bond: Tom Hardy remains 007 contender despite falling in odds to Regé-Jean Page

Over the past year, James Bond fans have been yearning to find out who the next 007 actor will be after Daniel Craig steps down. Tom Hardy was placed firmly at the top of the betting throughout 2020 until Regé-Jean Page came onto the scene. The Netflix star shot to the top of the rankings after his show Bridgerton hit the streaming service, spiking his popularity, marking him as the most probable Bond after No Time To Die. His top spot may be short-lived, however.

According to Manchester-based car finance company Choose My Car, Hardy is still the top dog in the Bond race.

Using Google research and sentiment data, the company revealed that Page only receives 50 daily Google searches regarding him playing Bond.

This isn’t a huge surprise, as Page only really hit mainstream popularity in the last six months.

Hardy, on the other hand, is extremely popular in Google searches.

READ MORE: Next James Bond: Tom Hardy drops to the wayside to Regé-Jean Page

According to the data, Hardy receives more than 64,000 Google searches a day pertaining to him playing 007.

This data makes him the most popular Bond choice at the moment.

In second place is Idris Elba who has an impressive 6,300 Google searches daily.

Elba is an excellent contender to be the next Bond considering he is used to taking on such action-packed roles.

What do you think?

Should Regé-Jean Page be the next Bond? Or should it be Tom Hardy?

Join the debate in the comments section here

Leading bookmaker Ladbrokes recently gave Page a staggering 4/5 odds on becoming Bond after Daniel Craig.

This places the 31-year-old leagues ahead of Hardy.

The Venom star has a strong 4/1 on taking over.

He is then followed by James Norton of McMafia fame.

British heartthrob Norton has a powerful 5/1 and has been in the running since No Time To Die was announced.

He is followed swiftly by Luke Evans, who has starred in the Lord of the Rings series and played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

Evans has an impressive 6/1 at the moment.

James Bond No Time To Die is due to hit cinemas on September 30, 2021. 

Author: Callum Crumlish
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Next James Bond: Tom Hardy drops by the wayside as Regé-Jean Page is new favourite

Later this year Daniel Craig will be stepping down from his role of James Bond after No Time To Die is released. Although fans have been waiting patiently for the next movie for years, no news has yet been given on the next actor to don the tuxedo after the credits have rolled. Various rumours have suggested Inception star Tom Hardy is going to be the next international spy, but he has now fallen behind in the Bond Odds.

According to Ladbrokes, the new favourite for the next Bond actor is Netflix star Regé-Jean Page.

The British-Zimbabwean star found mainstream fame over Christmas when his show, Bridgerton, hit the streaming service.

Following that, petitions began calling for the star to become the next Bond after Craig.

Now, Page has risen through the ranks to become the new favourite with 4/5 odds on becoming the man of mystery.

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Unfortunately, this means Hardy has lost his top spot in the betting.

All hope is not yet lost, however.

The Dark Knight Rises actor currently has a strong 4/1 on taking over as Bond after Craig.

Considering his popularity, it is more than likely this line-up will change in the coming months.

What do you think? Should Regé-Jean Page be the next James Bond? Join the debate in the comments section here

This would make him the first-ever Welsh Bond, and his chances are good with a strong 6/1.

Despite his popularity, he is being beaten by McMafia actor James Norton.

Norton has an impressive 5/1 and certainly fits the bill for the role of the Eton College attendee.

Down but not out is London hero Idris Elba, who is best known for Pacific Rim, Hobbs & Shaw and the Marvel franchise.

Elba has a fantastic 10/1 and could have his odds slashed at any point.

He was recently backed by previous Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

Brosnan said: “Idris Elba comes to mind. Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent.”

James Bond No Time To Die is due out in cinemas on September 30, 2021.

Author: Callum Crumlish
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James Bond: Pierce Brosnan backs Tom Hardy and Idris Elba in race to be the next 007

Daniel Craig’s final James Bond movie No Time To Die hits cinemas in late September, but speculation over the next 007 is as rife as ever. The incumbent’s predecessor Pierce Brosnan recently weighed in on who he thinks could take up the Licence to Kill in the 2020s. At first, the 68-year-old said he had no idea, before backing Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Speaking with People, Brosnan said: “Idris Elba comes to mind.

“Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent.

“There’s Tom Hardy out there as well. Tom can really chew the furniture up, just be a ball boy – both men can.”

But whoever is the next Bond should be in for a wild ride, as the GoldenEye star believes Craig’s legacy has only benefited the franchise.

1. GoldenEye (1995)
2. Casino Royale (2006)
3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
4. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
5. Goldfinger (1964)
6. The Living Daylights (1987)
7. From Russia With Love (1963)
8. Skyfall (2012)
9. Licence To Kill (1989)
10. Live and Let Die (1973)
11. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
12. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
13. Moonraker (1979)

14. You Only Live Twice (1967)
15. Thunderball (1965)
16. Octopussy (1985)
17. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
18. A View To A Kill (1985)
19. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
20. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
21. Dr. No (1962)
22. Die Another Day (2002)
23. Quantum of Solace (2008)
24. Spectre (2015)

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Next James Bond: Tom Hardy leapfrogged by Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page in 007 twist

Daniel Craig‘s tenure as James Bond concludes with No Time To Die, bringing his 15 years in the franchise to an end. Last year, a number of rumours surfaced online suggesting Tom Hardy had already been cast as his replacement, prompting him to reach the top of the Bond odds. Since then, however, things have changed.

Over Christmas Bridgerton was released on Netflix, introducing the mainstream audience to British-Zimbabwean star Regé-Jean Page.

The 31-year-old quickly got viewers hot under the collar with his raunchy scenes, before people started rallying for him to don the tuxedo and martini.

While Page was previously chasing Hardy on the odds leaderboard, he has now totally leapfrogged the Inception star.

In odds from Ladbrokes, Page now has Evens on becoming the next 007 after Craig steps down.

READ MORE: Next James Bond: Luke Evans loses out on 007 spot after casting news

Conversely, Hardy has slipped behind a little. After enjoying 3/1 odds for some time, he has now dropped just below to 4/1.

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati commented: “There’s a strong chance Bond chiefs have found their man when it comes to Daniel Craig’s replacement, with Regé-Jean Page now running away with things in the betting.”

Page recently opened up about the rumours, which have followed him around online for the entire year.

Speaking about the Bond claims, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “Yeah, it gets clicks.”

What do you think? Should Regé-Jean Page take the spot over Tom Hardy? Join the debate in the comments section here.

However, Norton isn’t the only British star in the running for the role.

He is followed closely by Luke Evans, of Beauty and the Beast and Lord of the Rings fame.

The Welsh star previously spoke out about wanting to join the franchise, adding he would “jump at the chance” to play the iconic spy.

At the moment, Evans has a staggering 8/1 on becoming Bond – not bad for an actor who only got put in the running recently.

Every other name in the Bond odds running has more than 8/1, meaning things are getting close.

Fans will have to wait and see who rises up the ranks, however, as the next Bond is not due to be announced until after Craig has stepped down from the series officially.

Considering the next movie isn’t out for another six months, viewers will have to wait and see what happens until then.

James Bond No Time To Die is due out on September 30, 2021.

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Next James Bond: Tom Hardy in three-horse race as Regé-Jean Page gains ground

By the end of the year, James Bond fans would have seen Daniel Craig play 007 for the final time in No Time To Die. The actor has appeared as the iconic British spy in five films over the last 15 years. Although this may be a sad time for the series, excitement is on the horizon as a brand new star is due to take on the hero in future films. All eyes have been on Tom Hardy taking the position for the past year, but things could be about to change.
Hardy’s lead in the Bond odds came after a report claimed he had already been cast as the spy behind the scenes.

This left the British actor as the frontrunner in the betting odds – until Bridgerton was released.

Netflix‘s period drama show introduced the masses to British-Zimbabwean actor Regé-Jean Page, who stunned fans with his good looks and suave acting.

He quickly became a hot favourite with viewers, briefly knocking Hardy off the top spot.

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Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati commented on the latest odds: “It’s back into a three-horse race to replace Daniel Craig and with interest in Luke Evans on the drift, attention turns back to Regé-Jean Page, Tom Hardy and James Norton.”

Superman and The Witcher star Henry Cavill also has a strong shot of getting the role.

The gamer has 10/1 on the role, after playing the sophisticated Napoleon Solo in 2015 hit movie The Man From UNCLE.

He is followed swiftly by Luther star and fan-favourite Idris Elba.

Elba has been quiet for some time but has maintained his position in the odds for Bond.

The Marvel and Pacific Rim actor currently has a powerful 12/1 on becoming 007 after Craig.

However, things could change in an even more drastic fashion, as further odds from Ladbrokes suggest a woman could take over as Jane Bond.

Currently, the bookie firm has 12/1 on Craig being replaced by a woman, with Jodie Comer and Emily Blunt the most likely with 66/1 each.

James Bond No Time To Die is due out on September 30, 2021. 

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Next James Bond: Luke Evans closes in on Tom Hardy for new 007

This week Hardy saw a boost in his popularity as the trailer for his film Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage was released. The British star has long been one of the favourites to take on the James Bond role after Craig steps down later this year following No Time To Die, but things aren’t looking good for the Bane actor.
In the past few months, a flurry of bets have changed the landscape of the Bond betting.

Over Christmas Netflix actor Regé-Jean Page became an overnight sensation with bookies after appearing in raunchy period drama, Bridgerton.

The British-Zimbabwean star subsequently topped the betting for 007, where he remains today.

At the moment Ladbrokes have given Page a staggering 2/1 on becoming the next Bond after Craig, making him the best bet for now.

READ MORE: James Bond: Stormzy ‘could be next theme artist’ – ‘It’s time!’

However, the star could be dethroned after Beauty and the Beast actor Evans continues to rise up the ranks.

The Welsh actor recently had his odds slashed by the bookies to an impressive 4/1 – and his odds keep improving.  

Earlier this month the booking agent revealed every “three in four bets” for the next Bond were for Evans, rather than Hardy or Page.

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati commented: “Luke Evans is currently the punters’ pick to replace Daniel Craig and his odds have drastically tumbled as a result.”

Evans added: “It will be an exciting casting moment for the Bond production and I wish whoever gets it the best of luck.”

Of course, fans cannot forget about James Norton.

Although he hasn’t hit headlines as much as the other British contenders, Norton has maintained a powerful 3/1 odds with the bookies.

The McMafia actor still has the opportunity to claim the spot before the next film is released.

Whichever actor next takes on the mantle of Bond may have an entirely different theme to him.

Recent talks have sparked over what the next movie’s theme ought to sound like, with music producer Fraser T Smith suggesting it ought to employ a rapper rather than a singer, commenting: “It’s time, isn’t it?”

Smith added: “It could be Stormzy. With a John Barry-esque futuristic beat. It already sounds like something!”

Ladbrokes gave Stormzy 2/1 odds on getting the theme song after No Time To Die.

James Bond No Time To Die is due out on September 30, 2021. 

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Bodyguard star Richard Madden to become the next James Bond

ODDS on Richard Madden playing the next James Bond have been cut.

The Bodyguard star is now 4-1 with bookmaker Coral to replace Daniel Craig when he steps down from the role after No Time To Die.

The Bodyguard star is one of the favourites for the role

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The Bodyguard star is one of the favourites for the roleCredit: Getty Images

Coral has slashed the odds in half for the Scots hunk playing the role from 8-1 and is now one of the favourites for the 007 role.

The bookies still have Tom Hardy down as the favourite with the odds of 1-2, with Jamed Norton also at 4-1 with Richard Madden.


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Coral’s John Hill said: “Richard Madden is right in the mix to play the next James Bond according to our betting.

“The Bodyguard star has been very busy over the last couple of years where he has shown he has the credentials to play 007.”

Odds cut on Richard Madden playing James Bond

Favourites to play the 007 role

1-2 Tom Hardy

4-1 Richard Madden

4-1 James Norton

6-1 Sam Heughan

7-1 Tom Hiddleston

8-1 Idris Elba

10-1 Henry Cavill

Fellow Scot and Outlander star Sam Heughan is still in the mix to be the next James Bond with the odds at 6-1.

Earlier on, we told of how Sam Heughan urged tourists to treat historic sites in Scotland with respect.

The actor urged people to be careful when visiting Highland spots which feature in the historic fantasy drama.

It comes after it emerged that stones had been taken as souvenirs from the Victorian cairn at the site of the battle of Culloden.

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Star Trek: Tom Hardy ‘wanted by studio to return as Jean-Luc Picard clone Shinzon’

Back in 2002, an unknown Tom Hardy played an imperfect clone of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard. The rising star bagged the role of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis after auditioning for the role by tape, which he filmed partly nude. Now, almost 20 years later, a new report is claiming that Paramount Pictures are seeking for Tom Hardy to reprise Shinzon in a future Star Trek project.
Giant Freakin Robot’s trusted source claims Hardy’s Shinzon is just one of a number of previous villains from Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series that the studio is interested in reviving.

Star Trek fans will know that Shinzon was a clone created by the Romulans to replace Picard and spy from inside the Federation.

However, this plan was abandoned and Shinzon was exiled to Remus where he led soldiers during the Dominion War.

At the start of Nemesis, Hardy’s villain then led a coup of the Romulan senate and installed himself as Praetor.

READ MORE: Capone movie: Tom Hardy willingly ‘took slaps and painful contacts’

And after his clash with the real Picard throughout the rest of the story, Shinzon ended up dead by the time Nemesis’ credits rolled and the movie was a box office flop.

In the end, plans for a fifth and final Next Generation film were scrapped and Paramount rebooted the franchise in 2009 with JJ Abrams’ Star Trek.

The question then is, if Hardy could be persuaded to return as Shinzon where in the franchise would he fit in?

Paramount announced yesterday that a new Star Trek movie will hit cinemas on June 9, 2023, although what it entails remains a mystery for now.

And let’s not forget he’s long been one of the bookies’ favourites to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig.

Although only most recently has former Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page overtaken him at the top spot, with Hardy now on 3-1.

Last month, Express.co.uk caught up with his Capone co-star Tilda Del Toro, who backed the 43-year-old to play 007.

She said: “Absolutely yes! I’m rooting for him to be the next James Bond for sure, I would love that. He’s also a bit of a jokester. I think he’d be really good with his charm. He likes to joke, he’s got quite a sense of humour.”

Tilda said that Hardy would bring his cheeky chap personality to Bond, but without giving up the grit of the Craig era.

She added: “It’s very Quentin Tarantino in some ways where I could see him interrogating someone and not taking himself too seriously.

“And maybe that’s the thing that would be really great to see James Bond do. I know he does it, but Tom does it in a very playful way.

“He’s willing to laugh at things and so I’d love to see him interrogating someone while eating nuts, like in that interview [with Leonard DiCaprio for The Revenant].”

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Next James Bond: Regé-Jean Page overtakes Tom Hardy as favourite to replace Daniel Craig

Regé-Jean Page won over fans of Netflix period drama Bridgerton over Christmas, with many backing him to play the next James Bond. Since then, the 31-year-old has seen his odds sliced, as he overtook a number of former frontrunners. But now, he’s finally topped Tom Hardy and James Norton to be the new favourite to replace Daniel Craig as 007 after No Time To Die.
According to Coral, Page now has odds of 5-2 to be cast as the next Bond.

Meanwhile, Hardy and Norton are now in joint-second place on 3-1, with Idris Elba, Sam Heughan, Richard Madden and Henry Cavill right back on 10-1.

A spokesman for the bookmakers said: “The news that Regé-Jean Page will not be returning for the second series of Bridgerton has prompted plenty of bets from punters who believe he’ll make the perfect James Bond.

“We now make him favourite, ahead of Tom Hardy, for who succeeds Daniel Craig as 007.”

READ MORE: Next James Bond: Regé-Jean Page BACKED for new 007 by Bridgerton fans

Interestingly, Page may even have hinted he’d like a stab at playing Bond on his official Twitter account.

When Bridgerton first aired at Christmas, the actor’s pinned tweet saw a short video of him walking towards the camera as the Duke of Hastings.

A caption above the video read: “Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred.”

Bond fans will no doubt be drawn to the second phrase which sounds a lot like 007’s classic ‘shaken not stirred’ martini order. Was the rising star trying to tell us something?

Asked by Variety why he was leaving Bridgeton after just one series, Page pointed out: “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year.”

Remembering being approached for the role, he said: “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series.

“I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

A Lady Whistledown notice announced Page leaving the show as the Duke of Hastings on social media too.

The notice read: “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings.

“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.

“Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

As for future projects, Page is currently filming The Russo Brothers’ action thriller The Gray Man, alongside Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas. While he’s also signed on for the new Dungeons and Dragons movie co-starring opposite Chris Pine and Hugh Grant.