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Fabio Maldonado released by UFC, with 7 others

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A new year and a new start, well it seems to be for eight fighters, as a report from MMA Fighting has reported that the UFC have released eight fighters from their books.

The most notable name on the list is that of Light Heavyweight Fabio Maldonado. With Chico Camus (flyweight), Kevin Souza (featherweight)*, Ericka Almeida (strawweight), Bubba Bush (middleweight), Mickael Lebout (lightweight), Vernon Ramos (welterweight) and Jumabieke Tuerxun (bantamweight) making up the rest of the list.

Maldonado has been on the UFC books since 2010, where he won his debut fight against James Mcsweeney by TKO in the third round, but then went on a three-fight losing streak, but seemed to redeem himself after a loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 by going on a three win winning run.

But after losing his last two bouts against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Corey Anderson, both by unanimous decision, it seems that his UFC career has come to an end with a 5-6 record.

Kevin Souza on the other hand only had the one defeat in the UFC, with an overall record of 3-1, with his only UFC loss coming to Chas Kelly, as he lost to a second round Rear Naked Choke, at Fight Night 77 in November.

Out of the other fighters released, only two picked up wins in the octagon, with Chico Camus finishing with a UFC record of 3-4-1, and lightweight Mickael Lebout leaving with a 1-2 octagon record.

While the other four fighters, Almeida, Bush, Ramos and Tuerxun, all failed to pick up a win in the octagon, with Ramos being released after only one fight for the UFC. A fight which only lasted 0:30 as he was KO’d by Alvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 78 on November 21st.

*The initial report of Kevin Souza’s release has since been reported as incorrect information:

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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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