After spending three months in the wilderness of free agency, ‘Irish’ Joe Duffy has re-signed with the UFC on a bumper seven-fight deal.
MMAFighting.com were the first to confirm the news after receiving word from Duffy’s manager, Graham Boylan, and reportedly the lightweight fighter will be on a new ‘six-figure’ deal going forward.
Since signing with the UFC in January 2015, Duffy (17-2) has gone 4-1 during his UFC tenure but arrived at the promotion with the notoriety of being the then last fighter to defeat Conor McGregor.
Duffy would make his promotional debut two months after signing with MMA’s biggest promotion at UFC 185 and soundly defeated Jake Lindsey in under two minutes via TKO. The Donegal-born fighter would then face a quick turnaround by competing four months later against Ivan Jorge at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Leites in Glasgow, Scotland and displayed his well-rounded skill set by scoring another first round finish, this time through a triangle choke submission.
Duffy’s only loss under the UFC banner would come next via an exciting unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier but Duffy would go on to win back-to-back fights against Mitch Clarke and, most recently, Reza Madadi at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson in March of this year.
Since running out his original UFC contract, Duffy received public interest from Bellator MMA president Scott Coker for his services but ultimately re-signed with the UFC despite rejecting their original offer. The 29-year-old fighter had previously cited the UFC’s drug testing program as one of the reasons why he would have preferred to sign with the UFC.
Duffy’s manager would also provide the following quote to MMAFighting.com:
“(Joseph) is happy with the new deal and is looking forward to getting back in and being more active”
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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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