Ben Rothwell (35-9) has very quietly gone 3-0 since his last loss way back in 2013. All three of which have been finishes. Now, years after a win one lose one career crossroads “Big” Ben” is making the case for a possible #1 contenders bout against an old opponent Andrei Arlovski.
Rothwell looked impressive once again at UFC New Orleans on Saturday night where he submitted another raising title contender Matt Mitrione with an inverted front choke. As well as making Matt tap, Rothwell had KO & TKO victories over Alistair Overeem and Brandon Vera coming into the bout. The #9 ranked UFC heavyweight has now set his sights on a man who he not only fought years ago, but a man who has a KO win over him, Andrei Arlovski.
Arlovski (24-10-1) is on an even more impressive career revival stint having just come off arguably his biggest win in over 4 years. At UFC 187 Arlovski despatched a very dangerous Travis Browne in what is by far the best 1 round fight in UFC History. The former champion (who came in injured) looked like the old “Pitbull” put together combinations and smooth power punches to get the TKO win over his friend and former training partner Browne. With the Heavyweight Division being as shallow as it is many now expect Arlovski to get the next shot at gold but Rothwell has plans to spoil the party.
During his post fight interview Rothwell expressed the desire to fight Arlovski once more. “I think Andrei Arlovski and I should dance. My performances in the past have slowed me down. Now I think I have made a case for myself. Three fight win streak, three finishes and I think it’s time we make things happen and let me get in there with these top guys.” It was in 2008 at Affliction: Banned that Rothwell & Arlovski first fought were both were said to be on the down side of their respective careers. Yet, in 2015 over 7 years later both men have seen a huge career resurgence and come Monday morning could BOTH be ranked in the top 5 of the division (Arlovski #4 & Rothwell #9 as of 07-06-2015).
With no clear cut #1 contender in the division many are divided on whether Miocic or Arlovski should get the next shot. I personally believe the UFC may go with the Arlovski title shot given he is a more recognisable and marketable fighter who’s earlier mentioned career revival is one from a Hollywood movie. Both men on a streak, both have a new lease on life, no doubt before it is all said and done they will meet again.
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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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