Ultimate Beatdown continues its legacy of providing a platform for fighters around the South East Asian region. 30 fiery bouts consisting of Kickboxing, Boxing, Amateur and Pro MMA lighted up the worn out rooftop of Plaza Sentosa. The 3 months “fast” since the last Ultimate Beatdown intensified the hunger of the fighters, particularly one Luqman Amir Shah
During the weigh ins, the emcee(yours truly) end the night with a tongue in cheek comment asking if there was any other fighters in the house willing to fight tomorrow. Unexpectedly, 56kg Luqman stepped up and the UB officials managed to arrange an amatuer mma bout for him in less than 24 hours. Though it didn’t end well for him eating two illegal knees to the head followed by a barrage of punches from his opponent, the crowd was gracious in displaying their appreciation for his heart and courage.
“A good jab-straight combo from my opponent rocked me off balance but I didn’t feel hurt at all. I probably got a little angry that he rocked me which made me turn into a brawler unlike my previous fight in Ultimate Beatdown” – Rahul K. Raju
The third half of Ultimate Beatdown events have always been the most exciting, and the 16th edition embraced the tradition. The amateur MMA welterweight bout between Rahul K. Raju from Juggernaut Fight Club and “The Big Thing” Wong Cheng Song from Transform Gym had everyone in attendance on their feet. Reminiscent of Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry, Rahul was rocked first as “The Big Thing” hurt him with swinging bombs from left and right but managed to regain his composure and protected himself well by staying close to his opponent. He questioned Cheng Song’s chin with his own leather in which his opponent couldn’t come back with any answer until the referee was forced to stop the fight.
“I was under immense pressure to succeed watching my teammates lose. Shamsul early fury of strikes helped me calm my nerves but I grew frustrated as he kept evading my strikes. The leg kicks started working in the second round and I kept using it to my advantage in the third. After the fight, I knelt down to Shamsul to show my respect to a very good fighter” – Simon De Maria
Two other fight of the night contenders, will be up for voting on Ultimate Beatdown Facebook page soon. One of the nomination was a raging back and forth K1 battle between Simon De Maria from MTCA and Shamsul Kyirie from Twins Tiger MMA. Simon was clearly down in the scorecards as his opponent was outhitting him for two full rounds. A low kick that dropped his opponent early in the third round and a beautiful jumping knee to the body on the clinch set him to victory as his opponent couldn’t continue with just minutes left off the third round.
“I was well prepared and occasionally sparred with some good Malaysian boxers so I know I’m not too far away from my opponent standard. I had no doubt that I won every round and with this victory, I would definitely want to try for the national(boxing) team and will do anything to improve my mma game” – Hui Keng Fai
Another fight in contention was the co-main event between Keng Fai from Muayfit and Raqib ” Machine Gun” Hanif from Twins Tiger MMA in a 5 rounds amateur boxing match. Keng Fai who has been a staple in Malaysian amateur MMA scene, made his boxing debut against a Malaysian national boxer. He impressed everyone in attendance as he not only stood his ground but was dominating most of the exchanges. Raqib managed to throw plenty of powerful leather but Kai Feng was unfazed and gained the judges decision.
“I was surprised by his punching power. This guy hits hard man. In the second round, I shot for the triangle immediately when he dived in for the ground and pound. He went through three different escapes but I already got it tight from the beginning. Exploding it from open guard is one of my favourite moves because it happens so fast and even good guys would be caught off guard from it” – Alvin Ang
Submission of the night goes to Alvin Ang from Impact MMA in an amateur MMA bout againts Hosein Basirian from Kambiz warriors. The fight started of with a couple of exchanges and turned into a clinch battle where both fighters failed to gain an advantage. In the second round, Alvin Ang pulled a lightning quick triangle choke from the back and stubbornly held on forcing his opponent to tap.
“It was my first fight for Elitez MMA and thought that it would be wonderful to win via knockout. When he fell flat on the mat, I was stunned for a brief second. I’m not sure if I should engage or back off” – Joseph Yap
Knockout of the night goes to debutant Joseph “Havoc” Yap from Elitez MMA who executed a vicious overhand right that knocked his Arther Bindamin from Ace Gladiator Squad out cold as he dropped to the mat like a falling tree. It has been a long while since UB have witnessed such a brutal knockout and it will definitely go as one of the best knockouts in the history of Ultimate Beatdown.
“I wanted to display the striking that I have worked on and survived when George clipped me two times. It was satisfying that I didn’t win via submission this time round” – Fouzein Fozi
The main event featured the rematch of George “Kingpin” Doy from Reps Fitness with Fouzein “The Underdog” Fozi from Malacca MMA. The first round was razor close as Fouzein looked comfortable in the stand up exchanges with George and tried to break momentum at times shooting for takedowns. George was equally skilled at stuffing the takedown attempts but in the second round, Fouzein dominated in the striking department and managed a successful takedown attempt. George declared to the ref he wasn’t fit to continue before the start of the 3rd round leaving Fouzein the only man standing, celebrating with his trademark warcry.
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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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