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Chaitanya Gavali – The First Ultimate Beatdown Champion

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Ultimate Beatdown crowned their first champion, since its inception in 2010.  Unlike other promotions who favour on placing a belt over debutant challengers, Ultimate Beatdown painstakingly built their challengers to gather win streaks within the promotion before setting up the featherweight title fight on Ultimate Beatdown 17 last weekend. Contender, Ireland’s Keith Alden was on a 3 fight win streak since Ultimate Beatdown 13 on November of 2013 while Chaitanya Gavali was on a 2 fight win streak(Promoter pushed Chaitanya to fight in the now-defunct Borneo FC when his opponent pulled out from a scheduled fight on Ultimate Beatdown) since Ultimate Beatdown 11 on March 2013.

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Keith Alden (left) facing Chaitanya Gavali (right) on the Ultimate Beatdown 17 weigh ins

After an intense staredown with both fighters making weight at 64.5kg, the  highly anticipated main event kicked off past 1 am on fight night. Both fighters looked tentative to exchange, but it was clear that Chaitanya did not want to go to the ground. The champion revealed that he hurt his left foot prior to the fight.

“My coaches Jitendra Khare & Nick Kilstein analyzed Keith’s previous fights and came up with a game plan. We worked on a lot of footwork and striking, especially in the grappling range. Having said that I’m also a Purple belt in BJJ and hence wasn’t that worried of being taken down as we were confident that I could handle myself well on the ground too. I had hurt my left foot 2 weeks out of the fight and hence we decided to avoid a grappling exchange as much as possible.

I knew I had 25 minutess to work and hence didn’t want to rush in with the strikes. I think most of Keith’s previous opponents tried to dive for a guillotine or tried to clinch him in the grappling range and he was successful in taking them down and imposing his game. We worked on landing strikes to catch him coming in and breaking free and creating distance” – Chaitanya Gavali

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Chaitanya was ready to ward off every takedown attempt and battered his opponent with well-timed combos on the feet. Halfway through round 1, he caught Keith Alden with a right hook and knocked him out cold to become the first Ultimate Beatdown featherweight champion.

“My coaches had clearly asked me not to go looking for the KO or that one big punch but instead stick to the game plan. They believe I have heavy hands and the KO would come if it had to. I was surprised when the ref didn’t stop the fight when he fell face first. This being a big fight I couldn’t take any chances and hence had to throw the strike till the ref jumped in and stopped the fight. At that moment, I realized that I had won the championship belt and the feeling was surreal.” – Chaitanya Gavali

After the post-fight interview, Chaitanya who was also the first Indian to capture an MMA title on foreign soil was adamant of giving his belt to his head coach.  He hopes that his win could make a positive impact for Indian MMA.

“An MMA fighter steps into the cage alone but his team gets him there. My head coach Jitendra Khare is the man behind Team Relentless and has made me into what I am today. I wanted to dedicate my success to him, and also Nick Kilstein, my wrestling coach. This success would not have been possible without them.

I am honored to be the first Indian to win a title on foreign soil and I take this as a matter of great pride. I plan to hold on to this belt as long as possible. I do realise that now I have a target on my back and I have to work harder to keep this belt. Hopefully this also opens up more doors for me and for Indian MMA. MMA in India is still at a very nascent stage and I hope this win can get some eyes on Team Relentless and other Indian talent. I hope to continue to put myself, my team and my country on the MMA map of Asia” – Chaitanya Gavali

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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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