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‘The Wolf is doing good’: Chimaev teases UFC return – but Dana White frets about how comeback from Covid ‘will play out’

UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev is training his sights on welterweight rival Neil Magny, with the Russian-born star’s manager offering positive signs on his comeback despite the recent noises from UFC boss Dana White.

Chimaev continues to recover from the lingering after-effects of the Covid infection which put paid to his biggest moment in the UFC spotlight, which should have come this weekend at UFC Fight Night 187 against Leon Edwards in Las Vegas. 

Instead, that fight fell through for a third time in February as the Chechen-born Chimaev was flown to the US by the UFC for specialist treatment for the continuing ill-health he suffered from the virus. 
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Recent weeks have seen confusion over what the future has in store for the undefeated 26-year-old, after he rocked social media with a disillusioned message at the start of March saying that he was retiring, seemingly unable to shake the ravages of the virus and the effects it has caused to his ability to train.

That decision then appeared to be abruptly reversed after an intervention from Chechen leader and MMA fanatic Ramzan Kadyrov. 
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UFC boss Dana White, meanwhile, has suggested that Chimaev was simply emotional at not being able to train the way he wanted, and was incapable of following doctors’ orders to rest and recuperate in order to fully restore himself before getting back in the gym. 

Ahead of this weekend’s action in Las Vegas – where Chicago’s Belal Muhammad has stepped in for Chimaev to face Edwards – White reiterated his concerns over Chimaev rushing his return to training. 

“The problem is, the reason that everybody loves him is because the guy is an absolute savage. He wants to fight every weekend. He believes he’ll win the world title right now,” White told BT Sport. 

“But the problem with a guy like that is you can’t calm him down. He should be resting right now. He shouldn’t be training at all. He should be resting and recovering, but he won’t do it.

“At the end of the day, he’s a grown man, and we can’t control what he does on a daily basis. I don’t know how this is going to play out. We’ll see.”

But that somewhat cautious assessment stands in contrast to the picture presented by Chimaev himself and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz. 

Sharing an image on Instagram Stories of a video call with Chimaev, the Dominance MMA founder captioned the post “The Wolf is doing good,” referring to Chimaev by his fighting nickname of ‘Borz’, which translates as ‘wolf’ from his native Chechen. 

The Swedish-based Chimaev has also signaled his appetite to return, posting an image of himself to his 1.7 million followers and tagging American 170lbs rival Neil Magny along with a ‘sush’ emoji. 

Chimaev and Magny have previously jousted online, with the former vowing that he would give the 33-year-old Illinois native a “Chechen slap” if they cross paths inside the octagon or outside of it. 

Chimaev’s coronavirus woes halted the momentum which saw him explode onto the UFC scene with three wins in the space of just 66 days last year. 

His contest with Edwards – the number three-ranked fighter at 170lbs – was set to hand him an early chance to assert himself among the welterweight elite, with the likes of UFC boss White tipping Chimaev for big things in 2021. 
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As it stands, and assuming his recovery goes to plan, the 9-0 Chimaev is targeting a return in June, if not before. 

Magny, meanwhile, was last in action in January when he lost a unanimous decision verdict against Michael Chiesa on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. 

Magny currently stands at number nine on the UFC’s welterweight rungs, and has won five of his last seven outings inside the octagon.  

Responding to Chimaev’s latest callout, Magny told the rising welterweight star: “Make sure you clear that with daddy first.”

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Stellaris & Skylines: Console Edition and Cities – Xbox One Edition

Command the galaxy from your controller or design, build, and manage the city of your dreams, all in this weekend’s Free Play Days. Stellaris: Console Edition and Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition, both available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, March 11 at 12:01 a.m. PST until Sunday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Game Details

  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Cities: Skylines

Stellaris: Console Edition
Reach for the stars and reign over them in the newly expanded Stellaris: Console Edition. Discover the mysteries of the galaxy, expand your space-faring civilization, and ultimately rule the cosmos – all is within your hands and your thumbsticks. Hungering for more? Stellaris: Console Edition and Deluxe Edition will be 67% off for a limited-time as part of Deals with Gold.

Cities: Skylines
Create a bustling metropolis in Cities: Skylines, the award-winning city management simulator! Starting with a single plot of land, you’ll build and manage a complex series of systems, all to keep citizens happy while balancing the budget. A city that never sleeps, a sprawling suburban community, or the small-town of your dreams – the choice is yours! And keep the fun going with Cities: Skylines and other editions up to 75% off in the Microsoft Store.

Also, make sure to check out the Paradox Insider Show for additional news, gameplay, and more at the Game Dev Direct on March 13 at 11 a.m. PT on twitch.tv/twitchgaming!

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the games and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

Dean Shimabukuro, Sr. Marketing Program Manager, Xbox

James Bond actor: Would Sam Heughan play 007? ‘Delighted’

Sam said of this meeting: “I met Barbara Broccoli and [Casino Royale director] Martin Campbell. I did a scene and they had the gun from The Man with the Golden Gun on the table and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is incredible’.

“It was surreal. He’s a character we’ve all grown up with.

“I don’t think any actor would ever say no. If I was asked to audition for it, I would be delighted.”

In a new interview this week with Esquire, Sam even took the time to mention James Bond in relation to his new movie, SAS: Red Notice, meaning it may be he has hopes for the role being sent his way.

He said, when talking about his character who might be considered a psychopath: “If they need to be charming, like maybe James Bond, you know, he could be more charming.

Legoland California opens for ‘Build ‘N Play Days’

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Legoland California Resort begins its “Build ‘N Play Days” Friday, allowing families to enjoy some of the park’s outdoor attractions in a socially distanced environment.

The limited-time event, running through May 5, is also allowing the park to bring back hundreds of employees furloughed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Guests will have access to play structures within the park such as Kai’s Spinners and Cole’s Rock Climb, building activities, a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., live entertainment, character meet-and-greets and shopping at the Big Shop.

Build ‘N Play activities include a Miniland dance party where guests can do the “Lego limbo” and design their own Minifigure on the roof of the model shop. Two building activities are intended to stretch children’s imaginations with separate sanitized brick packs and a space for children’s creations to stay on display each weekend.

Legoland was forced to shut down last March, along with other theme parks, which are not allowed to fully reopen until the least-restrictive yellow tier of California’s four-tiered reopening system is reached. San Diego County remains in the most restrictive purple tier.

Legoland California Resort President Kurt Stocks said he is optimistic they’ll be able to reopen in the near future.

“Obviously, we’re waiting on Governor Newsom to give us the green light to fully reopen, but at this moment we are going out into the market and we are advertising quite literally hundreds of jobs that we will need filled as we get ready to reopen,” Stocks said.

Those interested can apply at legolandjobs.com. Tickets for Build ‘N Play Days start at $ 19.99 and can be purchased here.

Free Play Days – Going Under and Descenders

Get down this weekend with two exciting games in the Free Play Days lineup. Going Under and Descenders are both available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, March 4 at 12:01 a.m. PST until Sunday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST.How to Start Playing

Find and install the games here on Xbox.com. Clicking through will send you to the Microsoft Store, where you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Subscriptions tab in the Xbox Store and enter the Gold member area to locate the Free Play Days collection on your Xbox One.

Keep the Fun Going

Purchase the games and other editions at a limited time discount and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and earned achievements during the event! Please note that discount percentage may vary by region.

Game Details

  • Going Under
  • Descenders

Going Under
Going Under is a satirical dungeon crawler about exploring the cursed ruins of failed tech start-ups. As an unpaid intern in the dystopian city of Neo-Cascadia, you’ll wield office junk as weaponry as you make your way through the offbeat procedural dungeons beneath your company campus.

Descenders
Descenders is an intense biking game filled with fast-paced downhill action and extreme stunt capabilities. Experience procedurally generated worlds – no two worlds are ever the same! Challenge yourself with new obstacles, jumps and tricks every time you play. With a variety of different levels available, all filled with unique boss jumps and intense tracks, dangerous behavior is encouraged! You can grab Descenders now for 40% off in the Xbox Store.

Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.

Dean Shimabukuro, Sr. Marketing Program Manager, Xbox

How to play Ratchet and Clank for free

Video Games have become more important in the past 12 months in helping friends and family stay connected.

And Sony has decided to give everyone with a PlayStation 4 console a free copy of Ratchet and Clank this month.

This will involve setting up an internet connection for your console and finding the platformer in the PlayStation Store.

And luckily, Sony has made it very for everyone to download the space adventure and start playing Ratchet and Clank for free.

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WHY IS RATCHET AND CLANK FREE?

Last year, Sony revealed a new video game initiative called Play at Home, which had the goal of rewarding everyone who was stuck inside, or unable to go anywhere due to lockdown procedures.

The main focus of Play at Home was to provide free games to help keep the PlayStation community entertained at home, but it didn’t end there.

PAH also established a fund to help smaller independent game studios who may have been, or still are, experiencing financial difficulties during the current global situation.

Sony kicked this off by making The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey available for free* for a limited time through digital downloads.

And now the same thing is being offered in March 2021 with Ratchet and Clank becoming the next free game.

HOW TO PLAY RATCHET AND CLANK FOR FREE

Starting today, anyone with a PS4 console and internet access can download Ratchet and Clank at no extra charge.

Sony has made the system for doing this as simple as possible, and most gamers who are already setup will have no problems.

The first step is to have your PlayStation 4 connected to the internet, and to have your PSN Account signed in on your chosen console.

Those who have just bought a console will be able to follow the instructions provided by Sony to complete these steps.

To create an account on the PlayStation Network, gamers will need to Go to Account Management and select Create New Account, then enter their details and preferences and select Next on each screen.

The next step is to verify your email address, which can be done by checking your email for a verification message. Follow the instructions in the message to verify your email address.

You may also need to make a PS4 account if you have never had one, which means pressing and hold the PS button to reveal the quick menu, Select Power > Switch User > New User > Create a User.

Gamers then need to follow the on-screen prompts to create the account for PlayStation Network.

Once you have completed these steps, you need to select the PlayStation Store option from the main screen and search for Ratchet and Clank.

Having found the official page for the game, the option to buy the game should be available and not cost anything to those selecting it.

No PlayStation Plus subscription is required to download and play Ratchet and Clank for free on PS4 consoles.

HOW LONG IS RATCHET AND CLANK FREE ON PLAYSTATION 4?

Sony has confirmed that Ratchet and Clank will only remain available for free for a limited period.

Ratchet and Clank will be available to everyone from March 1 at 8pm PST / March 2 at 4am GMT / 5am CET to March 31, 2021 at 8pm PDT/ April 1 at 4am BST / 5am CEST.

Once you redeem the game, it will be yours to keep. This 2016 PS4 action-adventure from Insomniac Games revisits the origin stories of the characters.