From a decision heavy prelims to KO central main card, Fight Night Hunt vs. Mir was a great Aussie outing for the UFC and now it’s all over, let’s take a look at some of Saturday night’s finishes.
Steve Bosse def. James Te Huna via KO, round 1
Bosse showed good movement throughout the entirety of this short contest, darting in for a flurry of punches before circling away well after the exchanges between the two men. The end came with Bosse darting in with a one-two combo that although didn’t land effectively, it did cause Te Huna to react and momentarily drop his hands to move in for his own counter strikes. This gave Bosse the opening to step off slightly to the right for defense purposes and land a short right hook that put James Te Huna face down on the canvas out cold.
Due to this fight only landing 52 seconds, there isn’t much to take from it apart from baiting your opponent and setting a trap for them can work wonders. Bosse used the same technique of darting in and out continuously, baiting Te Huna to react and when he did Bosse made him pay for it with his consciousness.
Dan Kelly def. Antonio Carlos Junior via TKO, round 3
Going into the third round of this fight it was one for one on my score cards, meaning someone had to make it clear in everyone’s mind who is the better fighter and Kelly did just that with a late ground and pound finish.
Junior shot for a takedown, only to be sprawled by Kelly who didn’t give his Brazilian opponent any time to get comfortable raining down punches immediately from half guard. Kelly did well focusing on keeping his position, quickly nullifying all of Junior’s attempts at a sweep and didn’t let up with his punches eventually overwhelming Junior and causing the referee to interfere.
Jake Matthews def. Johnny Case via submission (rear naked choke), round 3
This fight finish showed just how effective a prolonged body attack can be as a fight goes on, as Matthews used numerous body kicks throughout the contest to wear down Case eventually giving him the opening for the fight ending submission late in the third round.
The fight ending choke happened as Case was leaning against Matthews against the cage trying to recover from his gassed state. Matthews was able to use strikes to distract Case as he sneaked around behind his arm taking Case’s back and take the fight to the ground from back control. With both hooks in, Matthews used strikes again to distract Case leaving the opening for the RNC. Case was able to defend this submission well, turning his head inwards towards the choke to alleviate pressure on his throat forcing Matthews to relinquish the submission and transition to full mount.
From here Case rolled for defense giving Matthews his back once again. Matthews was much more patient this time around biding his time and allowing Case to attempt escapes in hope it would open him up for the choke once again.Matthews prayers were answered as Case posted on his hands in an attempt to stand up, leaving his chin entirely exposed, allowing Matthews to sink in the rear-naked choke again, this time forcing the tap from Case.
This fight finish showed how cardio can truly affect fighters decision making. Case who has a staggering 27 fights under his belt despite only being 26 years old make a rookie error in this fight finish by posturing on his arms, taking away his main defense for the choke and giving Matthews a free shot at securing in the finish. Case is an extremely experienced and intelligent fighter and I believe this lack of smart decision making was due to him being exhausted by Matthews earlier body assault.
Neil Magny def. Hector Lombard via TKO, round 3
Despite being on the receiving end of a hellacious beating at the start of the first round, Magny showed his toughness and sheer will to survive to weather the storm of Lombard and use his biggest strength against Hector’s biggest weakness, cardio.
After rocking Magny early and spending most of the fight pounding him from his guard, Lombard fell into that dangerous space of not doing enough to finish the contest, but doing just enough to tire himself out and against a man known for his cardio, this spelt disaster for the Cuban.
Magny entered the second round looking completely recovered and fresh, while Lombard looked slow and reserved. Magny played to his reach advantage greatly, picking off Lombard from the outside with strikes. Lombard did land a right hook knocking down Magny, but this wasn’t enough for the win as Magny reversed the position on the ground ending up on top. Magny spent the final minute of the round in mount position pounding Lombard constantly with punches and elbows while Lombard did nothing to intelligently defend himself, only having his hands covering his face and accepting the beating.
Hector was saved by the bell in the second round as referee Steve Perceval refused to stop the contest despite having much reason to do so. Going into the third round we saw much of the same as the range Magny landed from the outside while the gassed Lombard just ate shots. Magny got an easy takedown early in the round and passed straight to mount, locking in a mounted triangle and raining down hammer fists forcing the referee to step in and end this fight early in the final round.
Neil Magny may have some of the best cardio in the welterweight division and once he had outlasted the barrage of Lombard, Magny simply took over being the much more conditioned athlete, picking up the best win of his career.
Mark Hunt def. Frank Mir via KO, round 1
In what was a very tentative contest, Hunt showed that he only needs one opening and one punch to end the contest and unluckily for Mir that’s what he got early on.
This fight started with a lot of circling and feinting from both men, with neither really committing to any exchanges. Hunt was able to sneakily close the distance slowly but surely on Mir and when he saw the opportunity, he fainted a double jab and came in with a straight right. Mir never saw this coming and decided to shoot for a takedown as Hunt was throwing punches, leaving his head completely exposed. Mir caught the shot right on the temple and the fight was over.
There isn’t much technical advice to take from this finish as simply put, Mark Hunt’s hands can do things normal people can’t do. What we can take away is Hunt has tremendous trust in his KO ability and with good reason and knows he only needs that one shot to change your life.
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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
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.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
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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