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Jimi Manuwa moves up in rankings, wants “top five opponent”

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UFC 204 was a glorious display of the British mixed martial arts scene. The main attraction was spearheaded by current middleweight champ Michael Bisping and his long-awaited rematch with Dan Henderson, but not to be overshadowed by the headline act, Britain’s own Jimi Manuwa scalped an impressive knockout finish over Ovince Saint Preux  propelling the Londoner to number five in the light-heavyweight division.

There was never any doubt that Manuwa wouldn’t be featuring on the Manchester card, the self-proclaimed ‘Poster Boy’ is a staple of the British scene, but not everyone expected the ferocious display that got him the finish over Saint Preux – a fighter that just six months earlier had fought Jon Jones for the interim light-heavyweight title, missing out only by decision.

In the post-fight press conference there was obvious elation for his victory that night, but Manuwa was stone cold clear on what he wants next. “Top five opponent, and you know we’re working our way towards the top, so we go onward and upwards, and whoever Joe Silva and Dana White says, I’m ready.”

With a comprehensive win against Saint Preux, the Sacramento born Manuwa understandably doesn’t want too long on the sidelines before his next fight is scheduled.

“I’m injury free, I don’t think I’ve got any, but we’ll see tomorrow morning. A couple of things hurt but I should be alright, but I do want a quick turnaround, and I want to fight before the end of the year.”

After his loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 191, the Brit is now looking to keep his UFC 204 momentum going, and a fight before the end of the year could put a title shot within reach. The pickings will be slim though. With Daniel Cormier and Johnson scheduled to fight at UFC 206 in December, Ryan Bader slated to take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on November 19th, and Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson both out of action, Manuwa has limited options.

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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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