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Herrig: [VanZant] just doesn’t understand what it takes to be elite at something

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“[VanZant] just doesn’t understand what it takes to be elite at something”. This is the statement used by Felice Herrig in an interview taken from Fox Sports. This was in response to VanZant saying that due to the fact that she trained at Team Alpha Male, once she got to a title fight against current UFC champion Carla Esparza, she would be as good at wrestling as Esparza, who is a two time All American wrestler. Herrig thinks that VanZant is “starting to believe her own hype”. The two will face off at UFC on Fox 15 in Newark, New Jersey. The card is headlined by a Middleweight bout between Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida. There has been a lot of talk between VanZant and Herrig leading up to the fight, which is still more than 2 months away. It all began when VanZant stated that she knew the two would fight because they are the “pretty girls in MMA”.

Paige VanZant (4-1, 1-0 UFC) is currently the youngest female on the UFC roster at 20 years old. She will turn 21 around the time she fights Herrig. VanZant was originally announced to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter but was then not allowed to be because the rules state that fighters have to be 21. VanZant is coming off of a Fight of the Night performance against Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night Edgar vs. Swanson. She defeated Curran via TKO in the third round. Her only loss is to fellow UFC contender Tecia Torres, who defeated her by Unanimous Decision in 2013 at Invicta FC 4. Since then she has won 2 fights in a row, including the win over Curran in her UFC debut. She will be looking to show that Herrig is truly a “stepping stone” for her and that experience isn’t always an advantage.

Felice Herrig (10-5, 1-0 UFC) is one of the most popular straw weights on the UFC roster. A talented kickboxer, who won the International Kickboxing Federation Pro Women’s Muay Thai Bantamweight title. Herrig defeated Lisa Ellis in her UFC debut via submission in the second round. She was on The Ultimate Fighter on Team Pettis and got to the quarterfinals. She defeated rival Heather Jo Clark in the preliminary round and defeated her by Unanimous Decision. She then was defeated by Randa Markos in the quarterfinals. She thinks that VanZant did indeed dodge a bullet by not competing in TUF because she “wouldn’t have done very well”.

This will be a very interesting matchup when the talk stops and the cage locks on April 18. The winner will be thrust into the title picture, and the loser will have to battle their way back from the middle of the pack.

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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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