Anthony “Aquaman” Ivy earned another quick finish, extending his win streak to two consecutive stoppages. A veteran of Bellator, and most recently RFA, Ivy earned his 3rd professional win and wasted no time putting his opponent away. A quick takedown resulted in a scramble that saw his opponent Arthur Ashton get back to his feet but it was only a matter of time.
Ivy was able to impose his will and bring the fight back to the ground where he made quick work of Asthon, earning a 1st round submission for the win.
Aquaman Ivy is a high-level purple belt that has predominately fought at 155 in the past, but told MMA Latest News he feels much healthier at 170. He feels that a lack of a weight cut compromises little strength while giving him the advantage of speed and athleticism in the contest.
In his last outing, he drilled Jesse Almarez in the 1st round with a stunning headkick at RFA 41; also in San Antonio. and the KO earned him a Knockout of the Year nomination for RFA’s annual awards.
With only one loss on his record, his first round finish at LFA 6 certainly elevates his stock and will likely result in another call from Bellator, or even LFA again in the near future. All 3 of his professional wins have resulted in a finish, with 2 knockouts and 1 submission. Given the lack of damage he received in his Friday night bout, Anthony Ivy told MMA Latest News that he plans to get back into action as soon as possible.
Aquaman’s brother, Dimitre Ivy also fought on the card, making it his 9th appearance in a professional cage fight. The bout took place in the Featherweight division, where he drew a tough opponent in Gleidson “Poney” Cutis, who is a fellow San Antonio resident from a rival gym.
“Poison” Ivy was in complete control at the out-set of the first bell. He showed an advantage in the striking and controlled most of the first round by pinning Cutis to the cage and delivering several effective knees to the body.
But Poney was able to bide his time and ultimately score a takedown, where he quickly punished one of those knees that had battered his ribs, winning via grapevine leglock in the 1st round.
A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Poney improved his record to 5-2, capitalizing on the momentum of his last victory, an upset submission scored in the final minutes of his RFA 41 bout against then-undefeated Hugo Prada.
The win was Poney’s third straight submission. As the main training partner to LFA 6 headliner, Ray Rodriguez, he attributes his success to the hard work he put in amongst a tough team; one that he believes is the best MMA and Jiu-Jitsu school in town. Given that 3 of his 4 teammates on the card were successful and 4 out 4 of them won via submission the last time RFA came to San Antonio in July of 2016, it is hard to argue with Poney’s assertion.
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
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”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
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.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
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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