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Abdul Razak Alhassan Stays Undefeated in UFC Debut

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Bellator and Legacy Fighting veteran Abdul Razak “Judo Thunder” Alhassan made a thunderous impact on the stacked UFC welterweight division while making his promotional debut this past Saturday.

In a quick turnaround, the Team Takedown prospect traveled to Northern Ireland for UFC Belfast, after fighting for Legacy FC just over 30 days ago. For his efforts, Alhassan earned a Performance of the Night Bonus and added yet another fast finish to his impressive resumé.

A 53 second knockout of Charlie Ward kept Judo Thunder’s undefeated record intact, extending his win streak to seven. All of his victories have come by way of first round knockout or TKO, a level of domination and intimidation that is quite rare in MMA. Similar to Iron Mike Tyson in his early days, Alhassan’s menacing reputation precedes him, often making it difficult to find an opponent willing to step into combat with the ferocious knockout artist.

Legacy matchmaker Collin Cantrell vented his own frustrations on the matter through his official Facebook last month. “I have never had such a hard time matching a fighter. I reached out to every Texas fighter that I could find to fight him with only one taker. That fighter backed out a little over three weeks ago. Over the last few weeks, we went through a number of guys that agreed to fight him and then (withdrew with) injuries in training the next day,” Cantrell said.

The only fighter that stepped up to the challenge was Jos Eichelberger, a veteran of more than 25-fights, including 16 wins. It took Alhassan just 57 seconds to knock him out.

It is difficult to say who or what comes next for Judo Thunder’s UFC run, because despite fighting for them in his most recent outing, he was previously booked to fight at Bellator 167, Saturday December 3rd. According to a source close to the fighter he will not fight for Bellator in his next match, and he has signed with the UFC. It remains to be seen whether he has a multi-fight deal or simply had one bout agreement, for UFC Belfast.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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