There Will Be Blood. This Week U.S. Airlines Will Begin Reporting How Big Their Third Quarter Losses Were

The butcher’s bill will be revealed by U.S. airlines Tuesday when Delta leads off the (now euphemistically named) third quarter “earnings” report season. And the only question is not whether, but by how much will the third quarter rank as the single worst in industry history?

Based on analysts’ current consensus estimates the Big Four U.S. carriers – Delta, American, United and Southwest – are expected to lose almost $8.5 billion combined in the quarter on a pre-tax operating basis. Throw in proportionately similar, albeit much smaller losses from the rest of America’s airlines, plus taxes, write-offs and other below-the line losses

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Markus Perez’s idea for a dream fight? Three rounds of blood, cuts and a split decision win

MMA fighters often pay huge tolls when engaging in violent brawls in the cage, and that’s something to which Markus Perez aspires.



Markus Perez faces UFC newcomer Dricus Du Plessis in Abu Dhabi.


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Markus Perez faces UFC newcomer Dricus Du Plessis in Abu Dhabi.

Perez had a several UFC fights cancelled over the past few months before booking a middleweight showdown with newcomer Dricus Du Plessis on Saturday night at UFC Fight Island 5 in Abu Dhabi. Dealing with so many frustrations has him eager to fulfill a longtime dream: a bloody war.

“Not that I see (my stand-up) as the best path to victory, but that’s how I want to fight,” Perez said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I want to brawl, I want to punch him. I’m training for seven months, and now I’m going to grapple and take him down? I wanna fight, I want a brawl. I want to trade punches.”

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