MMA Latest News was among the few outlets in attendance for an impromptu media scrum at the conclusion of filming for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Week 7. The makeshift press conference was hosted by UFC President Dana White and the UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzki as a result of the recent USADA notification of potential doping by UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.
Many story lines have emerged in the buildup to the biggest superfight – and potentially THE BIGGEST fight of all time, a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor but this Jon Jones news is entirely unrelated. That fact did not stop from the conversation quickly steering away from the USADA notice to the boxing match that is only 2 days away, as of this writing.
Those in attendance were able to capture some of Dana White’s candid thoughts on Mayweather vs McGregor. “I gotta (sic) get through this weekend. I haven’t been this nervous for a fight…probably ever. I want Conor to knock him out.” He did not hold back articulating his loyalty to MMA, and explained that he is almost never biased against anyone in a UFC fight, “Normally when we go into these fights it’s our guy versus our guy. I’m not gonna (sic) say that there haven’t been special situations, where I’ve pulled against…Tito,” White said with a signature grin.
The UFC boss even went so far as to enlighten those gathered with some superstitious rituals he has adhered to of late, “When the Patriots won the Superbowl last year I wore a Patriots shirt every day, so I’m wearing a Conor shirt every day this week,” White said with a chuckle.
When asked his to weigh-in on the endless population of naysayers who claim Conor has no chance, Dana said, “When I really saw him sparring and saw how well he was doing. He hits really hard and he’s so confident in himself. You sit in a room with Conor for 2 minutes and he’ll make you believe too. At the end of the day, people who don’t believe, don’t know anything about fighting. This isn’t going to be a boxing match. It’s going to be a fight!”
As far as bad news goes for the UFC, the third failed drug test for Jon Jones is certainly devastating. However, any doping controversy involving Saturday night’s boxers is the least of Dana’s worry. Jeff Novitzky chimed in with some staggering data about the testing scrutiny that both Mayweather and McGregor have been subjected to, “Since July 1st both Floyd and Conor have had 13 samples collected. And, without a doubt, (they are) the two most tested athletes on the planet Earth in the last month and a half. They’re likely being tested as we speak.”
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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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