Scott Askham and Jack Hermansson put on a wild middleweight fight in Hamburg, Germany last evening at UFC Fight Night 93.
Askham came into the bout on a high having recorded one of the most sensational knockouts of the year back at UFC Fight Night London in February when he head kicked Chris Dempsey into the first row of the 02 Arena.
Despite making his UFC debut, Hermansson brought an impressive amount of experience with him into the cage having been a former Cage Warriors champion and veteran of two Bellator MMA bouts.
On paper, the fight looked like it was going to be close and the crowd were treated to one of the more memorable nights of the evening.
Askham, known for his powerful striking and knockout power, started the fight in the center of Octagon as Hermansson stayed on the outside using some impressive footwork. Hermansson landed the first telling blows of the fight as he whipped in some short uppercuts as Askham closed the distance. Askham reestablished the distance and looked to land his left several times but to no avail. Both then exchanged stiff body kicks as the round finished in the clinch up against the cage.
After a tight opening round both started the second a little looser. Askham opened with a stiff liver shot, but Hermansson replied with a glancing right hook to push the Brit back. Askham then piled in with more body kicks but again Hermansson replied with another stiff hook that opened a small cut under Askham’s eye.
Hermansson then pressed Askham against the cage and let his striking go with a series of hard left-right combinations. Askham attempted to reply with knees, but Hermansson parried well and relentlessly pushed his back against the cage. The round ended with both men on the floor with Askham attacking a kneebar, but the man from Yorkshire ran out of time as it looked to get it totally applied.
The final round began with Hermansson again backing his man up against the cage. After a slick trip, Askham again ended up on top but Hermansson reversed the position and ended up on top. Askham then scrambled into a foot lock but Hermansson scrambled and the fight went back to the feet as the crowd went beserk with dueling chants of ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire’and ‘Jack, Jack, Jack’ roaring around the arena.
With two minutes remaining, Hermansson landed some slick uppercuts that pierced the guard of Askham as they clinched against the cage. Askham landed some crisp knees and then sprawled nicely when Hermansson attempted the takedown. The fight ended with both men throwing everything at each other with the crowd on their feet.
After a frenetic fifteen minutes, the fight went to the cards and the judges ruled the fight 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 to Hermansson. It was hard fought fight by both men, but Hermansson rightfully took home the decision.
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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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