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Could AKA have 4 UFC champions by the end of 2015?

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The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) has some of the most impressive and talented mixed martial artists the world has to offer training behind its doors, and as of May 23rd they now have two UFC champions. But the question is, could they have four by the end of the year!?

Daniel Cormier, the team captain at AKA, was successful at UFC187 and walked out of the event the new Light Heavyweight Champion after submitting Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in the night’s main event. Yes, AKA has tasted UFC gold before when at UFC 121 Cain Velasquez beat Brock Lesnar via TKO. Now with the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight titles around AKA’s waist, they could potentially have another TWO UFC champions by the end of 2015.

Luke Rockhold (14-2) is 99.9% sure of getting the next title shot against Chris Weidman after having won 4 out of his last 5 fights. Rockhold’s only loss came in his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort back in 2013. Since then, Luke has dominated and finished his last 4 opponents (Philippou, Boetsch, Bisping & and Machida). Now, in most people’s eyes the #1 contender to Weidman’s UFC Middleweight title, Rockhold has all the tools to take that belt and bring it home to AKA. The BJJ black belt has 9 wins via submission which would make for a very interesting stand up and grappling affair due to Weidman’s own BJJ black belt under Matt Serra. Rockhold believes he should be next for Weidman, stating that he had a chat with the Boss (Dana White): “I had a talk with a boss. It’s my shot. That’s what I’m coming for.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0), who currently holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA, is also on the path to a UFC title of his own. Slated to fight Cerrone at UFC 187, Khabib had to pull out due to re-injuring a surgically repaired knee. Many favoured him to beat “Cowboy” and move onto to fight for the UFC lightweight title against a man he fought and completely dominated in 2014, Rafael Dos Anjos. Now, with the current state of affairs in the lightweight division, when Khabib does indeed come back to fight, he is sure to fight whoever is the champion.

AKA is one of the most famous gyms associated with the fight game. Having multiple champions in multiple weight classes from the same organisation is nothing short of impressive. With timing and injury permitting, 2015 could be the most successful year in their history.

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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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