VANCOUVER, BC — From a pair of showdowns between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson making a name for himself and proving he is worthy of a title shot, the welterweight division has provided some of the most entertaining contests of 2016.
This evening’s main event between Demian Maia and Carlos Condit was a little different — or more accurately, much shorter.
Entering with a five-fight win streak, Brazil’s Demian Maia had bounced back terrifically from the first multi-loss skid of his career. More specifically, the 38-year old strung together dominant decision victories over the likes of Alexander Yakovlev, Ryan LaFlare, and Gunnar Nelson while peppering in second round submission finishes on Neil Magny and Matt Brown. Maia, as a world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is a master on the canvas and was looking to engage in a ground battle with his newest opponent.
After five championship rounds versus Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, many felt “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit became the welterweight champion of the world. However, two of the three judges didn’t view the contest the same way, ultimately spurring talks of retirement from the battle tested 32-year old. The speculation aside, UFC fans around the world were thrilled the former interim welterweight champion returned to the octagon with the intent of knocking out another opponent and making the case for the third title shot of his career.
From the start, the American was swiftly switching stances and keeping a low center of gravity as a precaution to Maia’s black belt jiu-jitsu skills. Unfortunately, his game plan didn’t work. Maia, scoring a takedown in the first minute, quickly transitioned into side control with the intent of earning his 9th submission win. While The Natural Born Killer defended the best he could, the Brazilian quickly took the back of his opponent and started his pursuit for a rear naked choke. Within a matter of moments, the left bicep of Maia was constricted around the chin of Condit and the result of the fight was sealed.
He Said It (Part I)
“Because right now, I think this is six [wins] in a row. And this guy is just the former champion. This guy is the guy who has been knocking out everybody. This is the guy, who I watched his fight against Robbie Lawler and the first line there, and many people thought he won. I also think [that]. So for me, he was the champ,” stated Maia on why he was so much emotional in victory. “I knew it would be a hard fight. I’m just so happy that I think now I earned a title shot. Now, finally, I will get the chance to fight for the title.”
He Said It (Part II)
“First off, congratulations to Demian. Mad respect to him as a martial artist and as a man. As far as my future, I have no idea,” said Condit. “We will just have to see. Obviously, I am disappointed tonight. What are you going to do? It wasn’t my night.”
He Said It (Part III)
“He (Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson) will fight first and I will wait for the winner of [Tyron] Woodley and Wonderboy,” revealed the victor of his future plans.
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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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
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.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
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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