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Christian Lee Predicts Quick Finish at One Championship Yangon

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When we first heard of Christian Lee, we expected nothing but fireworks from this one half of the Lee Siblings. Christian made his debut against David Meak in December last year which he won by TKO and fought his second fight for ONE Championship against Egyptian Top Team’s Mahmoud Mohamed only a month after his pro MMA debut.

Christian Lee is now set to fight his toughest test to date in Dutch-Indonesian fighter Anthony Engelen after Keanu Subba who was his original opponent pulled out due to an elbow dislocation. Engelen is fresh off his submission win last month in Jakarta against Rocky Batolbatol and is Christian’s most experienced opponent to date. Anthony has a 4-1 record under his belt with his only lost coming from Christian’s teammate, BJJ world champion Bruno Pucci.

MMA Latest caught up with the Evolve MMA/United MMA product to talk about his next fight.

MMA Latest: This is gonna be your second fight this year and you are going for this fight in less than 2 months after your last one. How active are you looking to be this year?
Christian Lee: I am looking to stay very active this year. I would like to fight as many times as ONE Championship allows me to. I’m extremely eager and determined to make this year mine. 

MMA Latest: It was so hard for Bruno Pucci who is a world BJJ Champion to submit him in their fight last year, does that fact worry you at all? What do you think about Anthony and what are your advantages over him?
Christian Lee: Bruno has an excellent ground game and I believe that he has more in his arsenal than what was showcased against Anthony. Anthony may be a strong opponent with good striking and grappling but I have trained from the beginning as a MMA fighter and that will make the difference. 

MMA Latest: You had a change of opponent from Keanu Subba to Anthony Engelen. Everybody was looking forward to see you vs Keanu which will solidify one of you as the top young featherweight  prospect. Are you looking for the opportunity to face Keanu soon?
Christian Lee: Yes, I know that we are bound to meet up in the near future. I feel that Anthony and Keanu are comparable in skill. Whoever ONE puts in front of me, I’m going to give 101% of myself inside the cage and put on a show for both the fans and for myself.

MMA Latest: Do you have any prediction for the fight?
Christian Lee: I predict a quick finish.

MMA Latest: If you pass Anthony Engelen, how close do you think you are to a title shot?
Christian Lee: I think that after I defeat Engelen I will have to prove myself against a few bigger name fighters and build up my record before getting a shot at the belt, but it’s only a matter of time. I have my eyes set for that World Championship gold around my waist.

Christian Lee vs Anthony Engelen is set to battle this Friday at ONE Championship: Union of Warriors at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar

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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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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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