Paige VanZant has essentially burst onto the scene, not simply in the scale of the women’s 115 pound Strawweight division, she has become a borderline household name in mixed martial arts after only one fight in the UFC. There are those which will argue that she has not done anything to warrant such exposure, especially after VanZant became just the second female fighter to sign with Reebok ahead of then champion Carla Esparza, trailing only Ronda Rousey who was first to sign an exclusive deal with the sporting apparel giant.
One of those detractors is VanZant’s upcoming opponent Felice Herrig, a veteran women’s mixed martial artist whom was a contestant on the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter which was a competition solely to sort out the division, and crown the new Strawweight champion.
Herrig has taken issue with VanZant’s claim to fame, stating that she believes VanZant would not have made it successfully through the house, that she would have lost in about against former champion Carla Esparza, or anybody else in the house for that matter. Self promotion is a large part of this sport, along with actually competing in the cage, it can be argued it is nearly equally important. VanZant has flourished in this aspect of the fight game and it has garnered her the claim to prominence in the sport.
Herrig’s opinion is not an isolated one, as other divisional foes of VanZant have stated their opinions against her rise to fame, and more notably her deal with Reebok. In VanZant’s debut she won via technical knockout in the third round over a relative newcomer in Kailin Curran, be it an impressive showing for VanZant, her real test is Saturday against the number eight ranked strawweight in the world Felice Herrig. Should Paige get through this test, she will validate her standing in the UFC, and place herself in real contendership, among others, as her marketability will be at a pinnacle in a new division without established challengers for the belt.
For Herrig to say she would not have beaten a single fighter in the house, that could be a stretch in negative observation of the young VanZant’s skills. The eye test which VanZant has displayed shows her to have a middle of the pack arsenal of abilities, her high pressure wrestle-boxing approach would have the chance to overwhelm some more methodical fighters in the though, it is a slightly reckless approach which can leave her open to counters from an experienced striker, or grappler alike.
Should Herrig halt the rolling momentum of VanZant, it likely would not damage the young fighter’s marketability, though it would likely put on hold a title run at the moment. Paige is only 21 years of age, she has a wealth of opportunity to bounce back and climb the ladder in the event she is on the losing end Saturday in Newark, New Jersey. Should she win, we are potentially looking at a new challenger to newly minted champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s belt. Great matchup for the both of these fighters, there is much to gain, and the unknown is looming, simply why this sport is so appealing.
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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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