Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre was candid about the situation he has found himself in lately after a scheduled return fight with middleweight champ Michael Bisping has been canceled.
When St-Pierre was planning his return to the octagon, he was looking to make a fight that would propel him forward, a fight that would take him to new heights in the sport that he not so long ago dominated.
That fight for him was to be a middleweight title bout with Bisping.
Unfortunately, St-Pierre suffered an eye injury during training and his long-awaited return has been postponed until November of this year.
“My vision has not recovered 100 percent yet, in September I can start sparring again,” said St-Pierre while speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. He revealed that he did require surgery to fix the injury to the eye and that he was advised by his agent not to reveal the injury until now. GSP is still hopeful that the fight with Bisping will pan out by saying, “Bisping is the best opponent for me, he never cheated, he never used performance-enhancing drugs. It is a win/win for me and him.”
With the UFC looking to schedule an interim title fight in the middleweight division, it would appear that this fight will not be happening. St-Pierre was asked if he would consider dropping back to welterweight to face the champion, Tyron Woodley, to this St-Pierre says he is not interested at this time. He feels that he has more to gain from fighting Bisping than Woodley.
Either way, GSP is committed to making this return to the UFC at this time, although he is not sure for how long. GSP plans on fighting until he suffers a loss, “If I lose then this is it for me, I don’t want to be a punching bag for the younger [fighters].”
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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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