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Aisling Daly vs. Michelle Waterson set for UFC Hamburg

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After pleading to the UFC for a match-up at UFC Hamburg through social media, at long last Aisling Daly has got herself a fight. The announcement came at 8 am sharp Irish time today following the fans being teased last night with the notice of the announcement incoming. The Irish star has been out of action for just under a year and has been itching to get back to action. Now after her long and patient wait she is confirmed to fight at UFC Hamburg against [Insert Fighter Name].

Aisling Daly has been a pioneer of the sport in the emerald isle and is the only female Irish woman to make it to the UFC. She made her way into the UFC through the infamous reality show TUF where she was part of the historical season where the season winner was crowned the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. “Ais the bash” last made her way into the octagon at UFC Dublin when she picked up a big win over Ericka Almeida. In the named bout Aisling walked out to “Zombie” by The Cranberries, an entrance that sent shivers down the spine of the viewer in what is one of the most memorable entrances in UFC history as the Irish crowd rose to the occasion and sang along creating a riveting atmosphere. She then put on a performance to back up that entrance picking up a fantastic decision win over her opponent which made the stadium erupt with cheers.

“The Karate Hottie” is making only her second Octagon appearance since signing with the organisation. In her debut, Waterson picked up a remarkable submission victory over Angela Magana. She is also the former Invicta FC atomweight champion, prior to joining the UFC she dominated that division before returning to strawweight to sign on with the UFC.

Aisling has promised to bring the fight and hopefully the atmosphere with that to UFC Hamburg in what is expected to be a phenomenal fight. This will be a very big fight for both women as they look to break into the rankings with a win here. If any of their UFC bouts to date are anything to go by this will surely be an outstanding fight and a potential fight of the night.

The current line-up for UFC Hamburg is as follows:

Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Light Heavyweight: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Błachowicz
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Lightweight: Nick Hein vs. Tae Hyun Bang
Welterweight: Jessin Ayari vs. Emil Weber Meek
Welterweight: Peter Sobotta vs. Nicolas Dalby
Heavyweight: Jarjis Danho vs. Christian Colombo
Middleweight: Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
Lightweight: Rustam Khabilov vs. Reza Madadi
Bantamweight: Brad Pickett vs. Henry Briones
Women’s Strawweight: Aisling Daly vs. Michelle Waterson

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC

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Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.

The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.

Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.

Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.

After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.

Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.

 

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