With the Lightweight UFC title changing hands, all eyes are now set on the last man to firmly beat current champion Rafael Dos Anjos… Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov has left behind a swath of corpses culminating into his impressive undefeated 22-0 record yielding him a #2 contender ranking in the division.
Before that obvious fight can happen though, Nurmagomedov must first face a focused and reinvigorated Donald Cerrone. Cerrone, currently on a 7 fight win streak, has launched his way to a potential re-match and title fight with Dos Anjos (the last person to beat him) all in the span of only 2 years. His pace alone would be impressive if it wasn’t for the grizzled caliber of opponent’s that he’s taken down to get there. Edson Barboza, Jim Miller, Eddie Alvarez, and Benson Henderson. The list is a collection. A shattered glass menagerie of failed title dreams, opponents who (at the time) were seen more as title contenders than Cerrone was.
Both men have a special place on their future records set aside and waiting for Dos Anjos. Cerrone for revenge and Nurmagomedov for title validation. Until then, both have their sights locked onto each other. Specifically, Nurmagomedov has been on an incessant Twitter campaign to unhinge Cerrone.
Good morning @ufc fans. Please someone wake up the cowboy. I will have two session before he wake up
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 12, 2015
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 11, 2015
In a recent UFC Q&A session, fans asked what Cerrone felt about Nurmagomedov’s comments at it seemed like the tactics of the Russian may be working.
“He’s really getting under my skin,” said Cerrone at the UFC 185 Q&A. “He’s doing a good job talking shit on Twitter and trying to get under me, and it’s working. So I’m stocking that up and I’m going to come fucking unglued.”
It’s tough to say whether or not this focused rage will help Cerrone, especially since he no longer fights like the Donald Cerrone of old. Gone is the aggro masochistic bad ass who would stay in the pocket and trade blows, one for one, against his opponent until they withered and dropped. The Donald Cerrone who refused to leg kick Nate Diaz in order to prove that his boxing was better. That Cerrone is gone. This new title contender iteration of Donald Cerrone is more patient, calculated, and a master of retaining optimum distance against his opponents. It’s a new M.O. that doesn’t seem to gel with the idea of coming, “fucking unglued”.
It could all be theatrics or even just histrionic melodrama. Hot headed or not though, it is undeniable that at UFC 187 both of these competitors will be more than prepared for what could potentially be a fight of the year candidate. A match that, in spirit, is as important as a fight for the Lightweight title.
“I will give Khabib everything I got, I promise that… I will leave nothing in the fucking cage.” – Donald Cerrone.
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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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