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Anthony Perosh Announces Retirement from Competitive MMA

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Popular Australian MMA fighter Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh has today called time on his competitive career. The 43-year-old released the news via a statement on his website earlier today.

Known primarily for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu abilities, Perosh built a 5 – 1 start to his career before getting signed by the UFC. However, his first stint with the promotion did not go as planned with Perosh dropping consecutive losses to Jeff Monson and Christian Wellisch, which resulted in his release.

Returning home to Australia, Perosh continued to compete, primarily in Cage Fighting Championship Australia as a light heavyweight. One could be forgiven for thinking that he would spend the remaining years of his career fighting for CFC but, in 2010, at the age of 38, Perosh was presented with an unexpected opportunity.

Just days before the UFC 110, the organisation’s first event in Australia, Ben Rothwell was struck down with an illness and forced out of his heavyweight bout with MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop. Despite the fact that Perosh initially turned down the chance to fight Cro Cop, a man he looked up to, he would later reconsider and take the fight. Even though he would go on to lose via doctor stoppage at the end of the second round, Perosh received praise for his toughness in defeat. That, coupled with his willingness to step in on ultra-short notice, was enough to earn him a multi-fight UFC contract.

The opportunity of a second chance in the UFC was one Perosh grabbed with both hands. Returning to his natural weight class of light heavyweight, he would embark on a 3-fight winning streak, submitting Tom Blackledge and Cyrille Diabate followed by a TKO win over Nick Penner. His next two appearances in the octagon lasted just 21 combined seconds, with mixed results for Perosh. First, he was knocked out by Ryan Jimmo after 7 seconds at UFC 149. However, he would bounce back in similarly spectacular fashion with a quick knockout victory of his own – in 14 seconds against Vinny Magalhaes.

The next four fights of his career would prove to be his last, all of which took place in his home country of Australia. He would go 1 – 3 in that time, losing to Ryan Bader, Sean O’Connell and Gian Villante with a sole submission victory over Guto Innocente. His last fight was the loss to Villante at UFC 193 in November of 2015.

Perosh leaves MMA with a record of 15 – 10. Of his 15 victories, not one reached the final bell, with 10 of those wins by submission and 5 by knockout. Going forward, Perosh stated that he is going to focus on coaching at his gyms to train the next generation of young stars towards reaching their own dreams of following in his footsteps and fighting for the UFC.

Everyone at MMA Latest would like to pass on their best wishes to Anthony Perosh and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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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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