Islam Unites at DWCS Season 5, Episode 9

Two Muslim fighters won their bouts and their UFC contracts. Javid Basharat fought back, verbally and in the ring, when his opponent called him a terrorist. The UFC professional reminds his twitter followers that Islam is a religion of peace:

Gadzhi Omargadzhiev wins his UFC contract with the first kneebar ever on the Dana White Contender Series. During a recent training camp in Istanbul he took time to promote unity, when he posted, “sport unites regardless of nation and religion.”

Thankful knee at DWCS Season 5, Episode 8

Armen Petrosyan wins his UFC contract by KO. In his post fight interview he thanks God for the gift of talent. On Instagram he proudly shares his son’s Baptism:

Piera Rodriguez takes a prayerful knee when entering the octagon. She wins her bout by unanimous decision and secures a UFC contract. Kneeling in prayer comes naturally to the fighter:

Church Leader adores Messi

John Dorhauer is the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. In his latest podcast episode he shares soccer childhood memories as well as how to pass passion to the next generation. Along the way, the listener learns that the church leader’s favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi.

Zardes quotes Romans

Gyasi Zardes of the Columbus Crew has again been voted the Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Week. Zardes scored two goals in this weekend’s victory over Inter Miami, where Columbus won 4-0.

His Instagram profile is sporting a reference to Romans 5:8

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Zardes also regularly employs the hashtag #allglorytoGod

Hadley wears a cross in DWCS Season 5, Episode 7

Jake Hadley won his bout on the Dana White Contender Series with a rear naked choke. He wore a cross around his neck before and after the fight, when he prayed, “please, God, I wish I get a chance.” His wish was granted and he received a UFC contract. The decision was not easy for Dana because of numerous problems behind the scenes added to the fact the Jake didn’t make weight. Apparently, the UFC boss believes in the power of redemption.

Athletics Kenya prays for Agnes Jebet Tirop’s family and friends

The highly-decorated runner was found stabbed to death in her home. PlayersPrayers joins AK in praying that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time.

Jon Gruden’s sin

Last night, the Raiders reported that Jon Gruden resigned as head coach with a seemingly smooth quote:

That last phrase there packs a real punch though, “I never meant to hurt anyone.” It speaks to the sinfulness of Gruden’s actions. The Apostle defines sin as exactly that: actions not matching our intentions, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15)

Steeple Hands in DWCS Season 5, Episode 6

Carlos Hernandez took a knee before he entered the octagon. We won his bout in decision and his reaction was to put his hands together in the shape of a steeple pointing towards heaven 🙏 You can catch a first glimpse at the very end of the video above.