Two of the UFC’s biggest heavyweights have agreed to face each other in the octagon.
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva said he’d like to face Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve at some point in the future.
Silva, who scored an early second-round TKO win over Soa Palelei at UFC 190, said he would like to avenge his longtime friend and training Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who lost to Struve that evening. Bigfoot also praised Struve, calling him a “tough and very nice guy.”
“We talk a lot, and I play with him a lot while we’re here (in Brazil). If that’s what the UFC wants, I will do it.”
Bigfoot also asked to fight on Sept. 27, which is the UFC Fight Night 75, headlined by Roy Nelson and Josh Barnett. Struve mutually agreed to the fight but said he had some lingering injuries to take care of and that the Japan event would be too soon. The Skyscraper put on an impressive performance against Nogueira controlling most of the fight.
UFC 190 was a big night for both fighters. Going into his fight, Silva hadn’t won in two years. He was coming off back-to-back first-round losses against Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski. He had a “Fight of the Year” performance against Mark Hunt in December 2013, however he failed his post-fight drug test. Meanwhile, Struve had suffered knockout losses against Hunt and Alistair Overeem.
This fight could be entertaining for fans. Heavyweight bouts can turn into all-out bloody wars. Both Silva and Struve had a combined 40 finishes, so we know this fight won’t last all three rounds. Yet both Bigfoot and the Skyscraper have good grappling in addition of their superb striking.
The only issue I see is fans may not embrace the idea of these two slugging it out. While heavyweight matches feature a lot of powerful striking, they aren’t the fastest. Some critics may see this as a “freak show” fight, reminiscent of some of the matches Pride Fighting Championships used to air. That said, both Silva and Struve have spent enough time in the octagon and have proven themselves to fans and experts that they deserve to fight in the octagon as much as any other competitor.
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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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