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Adam Hunter and Din Thomas Perform for a Star-Studded Crowd on Fight Week

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It should be high on the list of priorities for each and every UFC fan to make the pilgrimage to the fight capital of the world. Las Vegas, in all of its neon glory, pulsates with an atmosphere that is difficult to explain and impossible to recreate. It can only be experienced. As a fan of UFC fighting, there is nothing quite as surreal and candid as attending a live event in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip during fight week.

In addition to the main attraction, which is the fight card itself, fans are welcome to a multitude of events such as the mock weigh-ins, open workouts, and the occasional impromptu press conference among other things. For the visitor seeking entertainment of the late night variety, plenty can be found off the beaten path if one were to prowl the strip at the right time and place.

Of course, many well-known nighttime adventures exist in Vegas, and most can lead to more trouble or expense than they are worth. For those looking to have some good laughs among fellow MMA fans, and probably a few UFC fighters, the comedic stylings of Joe Rogan and Adam Hunter are two events that are not too be missed.

Both are pioneers in the arena of MMA podcasting, a relatively new phenomenon in the grand scheme of things. Yet, market saturation is such that there are far too many podcasts to keep track of anymore. Accept no substitutes. Rogan and Hunter have been here for a very long time, and for good reason – they are hilarious and they happen to be huge fans of MMA.

To properly kick off another fight week, the MMA Latest crew linked up with some brothers-in-arms from FloCombat and ventured into the chilly night air to see Adam Hunter’s stand-up comedy show at the LA Comedy Club at the Stratosphere Hotel. Hunter is the creator and host of MMA Roasted, a successful and well-produced comedic podcast that always delivers the content promised by the title.

UFC and Invicta fighters turned out in great numbers, including a huge posse from Syndicate MMA. The pack of wily fighters was led by Coach John Wood and Michael Chiesa, the latter of the two being a good sport as the butt of many jokes from Adam Hunter, and even fired back some shots in good fun. Remember, Adam is known for a brand called MMA Roasted after all.

Another pair of targets for the night and good friends to Adam Hunter, UFC Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling as well as UFC Light Heavyweight, Khalil Roundtree took their lumps like true gentlemen. No one was safe. Even MMA Latest News’ own Matthew Wells got dealt on towards the end after having survived the entire show unscathed.

American Top Team coach and co-host of the hit YouTube show “Dana White’s Looking For a Fight,” Din Thomas opened up the show and was an absolute hit. He had great content, excellent timing and his stage presence was akin to a veteran of public speaking, rather than someone performing stand-up comedy for only the 5th time.

Thomas is quite the jack-of-all-trades and his visit to Las Vegas kept him very busy. First and foremost, he is the main coach to UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, who was also in attendance at the show. Cornering Woodley in his UFC 209 title defense is obviously Coach Din’s main reason for coming to Vegas, but certainly not the only reason. He attended the MMA Awards, presented by Fighters Only magazine, as he was nominated for the “Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year” award.

Though he did not win the award for best coach, American Top Team won the award for Best Gym and Coach Din happily accepted the award on their behalf, punctuating the acceptance speech by saying “Jon Kavanaugh will NEVER out-coach me!”

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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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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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