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Jessica Andrade vs Maryna Moroz likely for UFC 207

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Beyond the octagon hosts , Dan Hardy and John Gooden may have let slip that Jessica Andrade will be facing Maryna Moroz on the UFC 207 main card this December in Las Vegas. Both fighters are currently on two fight win streaks in the strawweight division and could potentially be a title eliminator as the champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is currently without a challenger after successfully defending her title at UFC 205 last month.

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Jessica Andrade has looked very impressive since her drop to strawweight earlier this year, finishing both Jessica Penne and Joanne Calderwood in consecutive fights. Her aggressive style has startled her opponents in the past and many considered her  to be the likely next challenger for Jedrzejczyk’s title before this fight with Moroz was made,

Maryna Moroz shocked the MMA world when she submitted Joanne Calderwood in Poland last year. Calderwood, who was unbeaten at the time, was being touted as a future challenger for Jedrzejczyk, but personal problems and a nicely executed armbar from Moroz led to the first loss of her career. Moroz failed to capitalize on the momentum of that win, losing to Valerie Letourneau in her next fight, but since that loss has defeated Christina Stanciu and Danielle Taylor this year.

Jedrzejczyk has expressed interest in fighting both women in the past and is hoping to defend her title in her home country of Poland in her next UFC outing.

The outcome of this fight is very important for both fighters, especially coming a few weeks after Paige Van Zant meets Michelle Waterson, which headlines the next FOX card and the UFC brass could decide to give the next title shot to whoever looks the most impressive from those two fights.

UFC 207 takes place on December 30th in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with the women’s bantamweight title match between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey set as the main event. The card currently looks as follows:

UFC 207 (Card Subject to change):

  • Amanda Nunes (c) vs Ronda Rousey – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title
  • Dominick Cruz (c) vs Cody Garbrandt – UFC Bantamweight Title
  • Fabricio Werdum vs Cain Velasquez
  • T.J Dillashaw vs John Lineker
  • Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny
  • Dong Hyun Kim vs Tarec Saffiedine
  • Mike Pyle vs Alex Garcia
  • Louis Smolka vs Ray Borg
  • Tim Means vs Alex Oliveira
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs Marvin Vettori

 

 

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Darren Till vs Stephen Thompson set for February 24th in England

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Wow! Nobody could have expected this news this morning. Dana White has stated he is moving the UFC Fight Night card in Orlando, Florida to the UK so rising star Darren Till (16-0-1) can face Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (14-2-1) in his backyard.

According to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, Dana White revealed the news during a Q&A in Santa Monica, California.

Logistically this fight has its problems. White didn’t state that the fight was scheduled to take place in Liverpool, I assume that is plan A for the UFC though. However, on the 24th the Echo Arena in Liverpool is booked by the UK MMA promotion, Cage Warriors.

Although White may be able to throw some money at the promotion, it is unlikely they’ll budge. Another possibility is to co-promote an event with Cage Warriors, but that’s even more unlikely, even though the concept is a great one.

The fight would not make sense in another UK city like Glasgow, Birmingham or Newcastle. Making the fight is strange if it’s unable to be in Liverpool, or at the top of the UFC London card.

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The event would be three weeks before UFC London, which is unheard of for events over in Europe. Normally England would be lucky to get two events in a year, let alone a month. Which makes you think it will either be one or the other. European cards are never typically stacked and having two in the space of three weeks in one country would eat into the quality on show in each card.

Could this be another case of Dana White talking too soon, or are we set for two mega UFC fights in the space of three weeks in the UK. We’ll find out soon enough.

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Khabib vs Barboza UFC 219 breakdown

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Khabib vs Barboza has been made official for UFC 219 and it promises to be an absolute cracker, so in this article, I’m going to give a full breakdown of this fantastic fight.

UFC 219 just got a whole lot better with the addition of Khabib vs Barboza to the main card, Khabib will be hungry to grab a victory in his first fight since his submission win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205.

However, UFC fans will be crossing their fingers and hoping that the fight does happen as Khabib has been scheduled to fight in the main event, back in April 2016, but his opponent Ferguson had to pull out of their scheduled main event because doctors had found fluid and blood in his lungs. Khabib also pulled out of there fight at UFC 209 because he was hospitalized trying to cut weight for there highly anticipated bout, which played down his chances at him getting a title shot against McGregor. This fight is a chance for him to once again prove himself to get that title shot. Hopefully, we do not see a repeat of these past scheduled fights for Khabib and hopefully, we can see him back in the octagon for UFC 219.

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Now onto Barboza, who is an explosive and aggressive fighter, his last three fights have resulted in three wins for the Brazilian who won his last fight by TKO/KO with his latest loss coming from Ferguson by way of submission at the Ultimate Fighter Finale, back in 2015.

This Brazilian fighter prefers to stand and trade with his opponents and usually outclasses his opponents on the feet, however, most of Barboza’s losses have come by submission, one of those opponents being Michael Johnson (who Khabib beat by submission) so Barboza may want to work on his submission defence and ground game altogether because Khabib is a very dominant fighter who can control the fight and has a strong ground game so he will be looking to take Barboza to the ground.

Barboza needs to try to take control of the fight away from Khabib and keep it stood up to try and outclass Khabib, which will make for a very Interesting bout on December the 30th and many will be tuning in to see how it turns out.

I believe Khabib will walk with the victory over Barboza at UFC 219 in a fight which promises to be exciting and aggressive throughout.

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Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese set for UFC 219

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Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker will make his 8th UFC appearance when he squares off against Englishman Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese at UFC 219 in December. The lightweight bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on a card where the main event has yet to be announced.

New Zealand born Hooker has alternated between wins and losses thus far in his UFC career. However, he is coming off a notable TKO victory over Ross Pearson on home soil, earlier this year in Auckland. The fight was Hooker’s first in the lightweight division as all his previous bouts in the UFC had been at featherweight. Hooker looked flawless in his performance against the seasoned veteran Pearson, where he landed a vicious knee to win by KO in round two. It’s no surprise to see the Kiwi stick around 155 pounds and as he goes for back-to-back wins for the first time in the Octagon.

While Hooker looks for a second consecutive victory, Marc Diakiese aims to avoid two straight losses. The 24-year-old had his momentum derailed on his last visit to ‘Sin City’ in July, losing a split decision to Drakkar Klose. He started in the UFC with three consecutive wins that included a 30 second 1st round KO, and a TKO win on his debut in his hometown of Manchester, this time last year. Diakiese tends not to waste too much time in the cage with six career wins coming within the first round.

Both fighters are notable up-and-coming prospects in their respective countries and the contest has the potential to be stand-out on the card. Dan Hooker has great versatility and has a proven record of finishing fights by submission or knock-out. While arguably not as well rounded as Hooker, Diakiese will be the more powerful and aggressive of the two and will likely attempt to dictate the pace of the fight.

A win for either man will mean a significant step towards the elite top 15 at lightweight, especially on a big stage – that being the UFC’s marquee final pay-per-view of the year.

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