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Fights that we want to see on ONE Championship : Age of Champions

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There have been a roller coaster of news lately from ONE FC. Two February ONE FC cards were pulled without any offcial reason according to mma-in-asia.com. One in china and the other featuring UFC and Pride Veteran Jens Pulver in Jakarta. Unprecedentedly ONE FC also recently change their name to One Championship again without any official statement.

However the official good news is a flyweight title fight have been set up in March between Champion Adriano Moraes and Debutant Riki Shibuya in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The card is expected to heavily feature local favourites with lightweight Peter Davis and women straweight Ann Osman slated to be on the card. With only one fight confirmed with six weeks to go, we decided to come up with our very own unofficial Age of Champions card.

Poll on One Championship FB page

Poll on One Championship FB page

Peter Davis Vs Vincent Latoel

Topping the popularity poll, Peter Davis have been on a run lately with two TKO wins in 2014. His last fight was dubbed as the toughest fight of his career and the only way to go for Peter is one level up. Vincent Latoel is possibly one of the toughest guys in the lightweight division. Within 31 pro MMA fights, Vincent last suffered a KO/TKO loss 11 years ago with current UFC fighter Tom Ninimaki. We asked Vincent and he thinks it would be an awesome fight. We think so too.

Ev Ting Vs Rob Lisita

Rob Lisita calling out Ev Ting

Rob Lisita calling out Ev Ting

As much as Malaysia would like to claim Ev Ting as one of their own, he spent most of his life in New Zealand and trains in Auckland. With back to back TKO wins in 2014, EV have been swiftly rising up the ranks of the featherweight division. Despite suffering back to back losses, Rob Lisita is still considered as the best 145lbs fighter in the Oceanic region. He recently called out Ev on facebook and this would be the perfect match to claim Oceanic supremacy. Rob told us that he have not been offered as of yet.

Melvin Yeoh vs Radeem Rahman

No Malaysian card would be complete without a causeway battle and it’s been a long time coming for the return of Malaysian favorite fighter Melvin Yeoh. The MMA world have not seen Melvin Yeoh in the cage for a long while but he have been keeping himself busy winning local Muay Thai events. Singapore favorite Radeem Rahman on the other hand have heightened the causeway rivalry by stunning Malaysian Raymond Tan before losing a decision in Cambodia.  There is no better story than the return of the Melvin Yeoh to restore Malaysian pride while the young blood Radeem Rahman seeks to continue to stamp his name in Asian MMA.

Ann Osman vs Jujeath Nagaowa

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We know they are both of different weight classes and we know everyone is considering Russian Irina Mazepa but there are only two women who are coming off back to back wins in One Championship and its none other than Ann and Jujeath. Remember when fans were calling out for a catchweight battle between Ronda Rousey vs Cyborg? This is the closest ONE Championship could emulate what UFC didn’t deliver.

Gianni Subba vs Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke

Both have collected four wins in the ONE Championship flyweight division and the winner of this lightning pace battle would surely propel himself up the 57kg rankings. No better fire starter than having two fighters from arguably the best gyms in South East Asia. Phuket Top Team vs Evolve MMA. Are you ready to witness a battle?

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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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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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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.

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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