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5 MMA Fights Not to Miss in August

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The madness that was the MMA scene in July has come and gone, but fear not: August is littered with high quality match-ups for fans to enjoy. Here, I pick out 5 for MMA Latest that should be marked down as “must not miss” on your MMA calendar.

 

August 6th, UFC Fight Night 92 – Yair Rodriguez vs Alex Caceres

Kicking off the month in flashy style we have the featherweight main event of UFC Fight Night 92 between Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres. This is a clash of crowd pleasing styles and I recommend not blinking for as long as this one lasts! At just 24, Rodriguez is one of the hottest prospects in MMA and his flying head kick knockout of Andre Fili at UFC 197 in April is the perfect example of why he is so highly thought of. Caceres, himself, is an inventive fighter with a wide array of strikes and submissions in his arsenal. Last time out against Cole Miller, he primarily demonstrated the advancements made in his striking game and, against a striker in Rodriguez, “Bruce Leeroy” will get the chance to do so again. Expect every technique in the book, and perhaps some not in the book, to be thrown in this one.

August 13th, ONE FC Heroes of the World – Christian Lee vs Martin Nguyen

Whenever either of the Lee siblings fight, there is a very high chance of seeing something incredible, so Christian Lee’s 6th professional fight certainly warrants a place on this list. At the tender age of 18, Lee has already forged a name for himself with five fights and five finishes on his record so far. Lee saw his sister, Angela, become the first ever ONE FC women’s atomweight champion and the expectations in Asia are that Christian will follow in her footsteps and become world champion someday. Standing in the way of his meteoric rise to the top will be another bright featherweight prospect in Martin Nguyen. Like Lee, Nguyen has finished all of his professional wins to date, four by knockout and two by submission. This looks, on paper, like a fight which the judges will not be required, and that means one thing – entertainment for fans.

August 20th, UFC 202 – Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor

The inclusion of the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz on this list was a no-brainer really wasn’t it? After their UFC 196 Fight of the Night in which Diaz emerged victorious via second round submission, few expected the duos paths to cross again as early as they will, but, with the exception of a few 145 pound contenders, you will not hear many complaints. Can McGregor turn the tables and avenge his March loss, or will Diaz once again defeat the Irishman? There is really not much more to be said on this one; Diaz, McGregor, rematch – bring it on!

August 27th, UFC on Fox 21 – Paige VanZant vs Bec Rawlings

Moving to the end of the month now, and a card that has flown somewhat under the radar in UFC on Fox 21 from Vancouver, Canada. In the women’s strawweight division, we will see the return of 22-year-old Paige VanZant to MMA following a successful run on “Dancing with the Stars”. Her opponent will be Australian star, Bec Rawlings. VanZant started her UFC career by going 3 – 0 with impressive wins over Kailin Curran, Alex Chambers and Felice Herrig before being matched against Rose Namajunas at UFC Fight Night 80. Despite winding up on the losing end of a 5th round rear-naked choke, VanZant gained plaudits for the toughness and determination she showed throughout the contest. Rawlings is currently riding a two-fight win streak, the 3rd longest in the division, and is looking to continue building towards a potential title shot. A win over VanZant would, without doubt, be the biggest of her UFC career and the Aussie has every intention of making it a reality come August 27th.

August 27th, UFC on Fox 21 – Demian Maia vs Carlos Condit

At the same card on August 27th, we have a main event that would command a place on this list regardless of when or where it took place – Demian Maia vs Carlos Condit. Maia is enjoying his best UFC winning streak since 2009, having won his last five fights, two of which came by rear-naked choke. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert is now 38 and has been calling for a welterweight title shot in recent months. Even though he did not receive the title shot he desires, a win over Carlos Condit could absolutely earn him one in the near future. For Condit, who lost a razor-close split decision to Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight title back in January, this could begin his own road back to title contention. Of his 30 professional wins, Condit has finished a staggering 28 of those, 15 by knockout and 13 by submission. When two of the most exciting fighters in MMA collide, it is must watch television, and that is exactly what we have here. Sit back and enjoy.

 

So there we have it, five MMA fights not to miss in August. Do you agree with the list? Is there any other fight in particular you are looking forward to this month? Get in touch and let us know on Twitter @MMALatestNws or tell me personally @KeefeMcKenna.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.

Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.


MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST

  • Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
  • Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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