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Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum agreed for UFC 188

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UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velazquez and Interim  Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum have agreed to fight at UFC 188 in Mexico. The news first broke on Twitter by Steve Duncan, a Chilean MMA reporter. UFC 188 takes place on June 13 with this fight likely being the headliner. The two were scheduled to fight at UFC 180 back in November for the TUF: Latin America finals and serve as the headliner bout. But Velazquez( 13-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) had to pull out due to a knee injury. Fellow contender Mark Hunt stepped in on short notice to fight Werdum (19-5-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) for the Interim title. Werdum beat Hunt by second round TKO.

Velazquez, who won his title back in December of 2012, has two title defenses under his belt. He originally won his title in October of 2010 after beating Brock Lesnar, but lost the title in his very first defense after Junior dos Santos knocked him out in just over a minute. Velazquez would come back and beat dos Santos to regain his belt. Since then he has beaten “Big Foot” Silva by first round knockout and dos Santos again by 5th round TKO.

 

Werdum will look to unify his title and be the outright champion. He has won 5 straight fights as of late. ‘Vai Cavalo’ started his UFC career back at UFC 70 against former champion Andrie Arlovski. He would have 4 fights and lose 2 of those before being cut. He would re-join the company after the Strikeforce-UFC merger. Werdum beat Travis Browne at UFC on Fox 11 to gain his title shot. He will look to be the fifteenth different man to be named the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world.

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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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