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EXCLUSIVE: Matt “The Immortal” Brown Hopes For October Return

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Several fights were recently announced for the next Las Vegas UFC card, which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on the 7th of October. UFC 216 has promised 7 bouts thus far, with a rumored headliner between Stipe Miocic defending his Heavyweight strap against Cain Velasquez supposedly in the works. While that potential showdown is coming together, a few more may be added to the tentative line-up; including another well-known, Ohio native.

“I’m pretty much just staying ready,” Matt Brown told MMA Latest News, “I needed some time off. I kind of just wanted to step away for a while. But, I love fighting. I want to keep doing it and I’m ready to get back in there. I’m supposed to fight in October (at UFC 216) but I don’t have an opponent yet, so nothing’s been announced.”

Brown was last in competition against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 206, an incredible card that came together beautifully in the final weeks leading up to the event. The fight between Brown and Cerrone would have definitely been in the running for “Fight of the Night, had it not been on the same card with the eventual “Fight of the Year”: Cub Swanson vs Doo Ho Choi.

Unfortunately for Matt, the fight was also probably worthy of a “Knockout of the Night” bonus, for a head kick in which he was on the receiving end. “That was the first time in my life I’ve ever been knocked unconscious. I don’t remember anything that happened for a couple hours afterward.”

Brown demonstrates the I.C.E Battlehammer

That was last December. Since then, Brown has kept busy with his brand of strength and conditioning equipment, Immortal Combat Equipment and also served as a coach on the Ultimate Fighter, season 25. Originally a cast member on season 7, back in 2008, TUF Redemption marked Matt Brown’s return to the Ultimate Fighter gym after almost a decade.

“This was my first experience solely coaching fighters. It’s something I really liked doing. I enjoyed it”.

The rivalry between team coaches Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw flared up early and often, but the stoic and no nonsense personality of Matt “The Immortal” Brown prevailed as he chose not to partake in such extra-curricular activities.

“I’ve known Cody for a long time, even before he was in the UFC. And obviously TJ brought me out there for the show and I was on his team. But I think both guys are great competitors, you know, great fighters. I tried to stay as neutral as I could.”

As for his own confrontations with conflict, Brown is anything but neutral; in fact, he can be described as downright vicious, as fierce a competitor as the UFC employs. Currently ranked outside the top 10, he is eager to get back to the win column. And, despite 3 stoppages in a row, it is not the first time he has been in a similar rut. He suffered 3 straight submission losses in 2010, only to turn the momentum around and rise into the top-10 soon after.

In the past, the “Immortal” has proven his ability to persevere and reinvent himself, overcoming adversity. Starting in 2012 he went on a 7-fight rampage, during which time he was unbeaten for over 2 years. Even in defeat, his most recent fight demonstrated that he can still compete at the highest level. UFC 216 is the targeted return. Stay tuned to MMA Latest News for the official announcement.

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/rYDC0lxEXrI

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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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