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Exclusive Interview with Australian Invicta Fighter Megan Anderson

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Australian women’s featherweight starlet Megan Anderson makes her debut for Invicta Fighting Championships at Invicta 14 on Saturday, September 12th in Kansas City. I had the opportunity to interview her and she told me how much she’s looking forward to her fight. “I’m pretty excited to finally have my debut fight for Invicta FC. With my last scheduled fight not going through due to my opponent not turning up, I’m super keen to get back into the cage and unleash.

Megan will be facing Cindy Dandois, who will be competing in her second fight for Invicta. So how does Megan think she matches up with the Belgian? “This is a very good match up for me I feel.” Megan replied. “She’s quite a well-known name in the industry and it will be a good name to have a win over. She’s more of a grappler and makes no secret that she doesn’t like getting hit so I think she’s going to try and take it to the ground; however, that won’t happen and I’ll make her pay for it. If the fight goes to the ground, it’ll be because I hit her there.” Megan stands at 6 feet tall; huge for the weight class. I asked if that size would be a factor against Dandois. “It’s going to play a massive factor in this fight. I’m a big featherweight and I mean business. She’s not going to have come up against someone so big and strong before who is ready to get into that cage with bad intentions.

With that size advantage can come issues with making weight, but Megan didn’t seem at all concerned by that when I asked about her preparations. “My training and weight cut is going great!” She said. “I’m feeling amazing and everything is coming together nicely. I’m the fittest, fastest, strongest version of myself yet and that will reflect in my win. I cut a lot of weight so they’re never easy for me but that’s what needs to be done for the sport so there’s no point complaining about it. Each weight cut I understand a little bit more about my body so I can make changes and improvements for the next weight cut.

Megan is one of a few fighters who like to have some fun with their weigh-ins, and recently took to Twitter to ask her followers for suggestions on what to wear, but she’s keeping her decision to herself. “I have chosen a superhero for the weigh in. It’s top secret though and you’ll have to tune in to UFC Fight Pass to see who it’ll be!

When the fun of the weigh-in is over however, it is all business for the ruthless Megan, with nothing but an impressive win on her mind going into her match with Dandois. When I asked her what a win would do for her, she answered “I think a win will put me in good stead as a serious contender in the division. Honestly though, I’m not looking at that right now. I’m going to make a statement Sept 12 and then I’ll fight whoever Invicta matches me with and I’ll keep winning until I’m at the top.”

At just 25, Megan looks to have a bright future in the sport and many years of battles ahead. But, will that future include fighting for the UFC? “I would love for the UFC to bring in a 145lb division!” Megan enthused when I asked about that possibility. “I’m hoping they do so in the next year or so but we’ll have to see. It’s a growing division; however, with young athletes like myself on the rise, I’m sure the UFC will start taking notice and look at implementing a division.

Of course, the name on most MMA fans lips as far as women’s featherweights go is Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, the current Invicta champion. “It honestly doesn’t bother me whether I fight her or fight someone else for the belt.” Was Megan’s reply when I asked if that was a fight she is targeting. “I’ll fight whoever I need to in order to be number 1.

With women’s MMA constantly gaining more and more popularity, much of which is down to the rise of Invicta, the possibilities for a young fighter like Megan are immense. Following in the footsteps of fellow countrywomen Alex Chambers and Bec Rawlings, I asked about the growth of women’s MMA and also what the reception has been to her career in Australia. “I’m pretty excited to be a part of the growth of Women’s MMA,” she began, “However it still has a long way to go. Back home, I guess my rise has been received both positively and negatively. I honestly just keep my head down, train hard, put in the hours and stay in my bubble. I’m focussed on what I need to do and I hope that I can be an inspiration to female mixed martial artists in Australia progressing through the ranks.

Before concluding the interview, Megan had this to say to her fans. “A huge thank you to all the fans and people who support me. I hope you tune in September 12th on UFC Fight Pass and watch this Aussie gal put on a display of beautiful violence!

Invicta 14 takes place on September 12th. As Megan said, you can catch her fight against Dandois, as well as all the action from an exciting looking card, live on UFC Fight Pass. I’d like to thank Megan once again for the interview and also her manager Adam Martin. You can follow Megan on twitter @MeganA_mma and be sure to tune in to Invicta this coming Saturday.

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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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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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