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Johny Hendricks to move to middleweight following UFC 207

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The UFC’s middleweight division will have a new participant.

Hours before his UFC 207 bout versus Neil Magny, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (17-5, 12-5 in UFC) has stated his time at 170 pounds is over after tonight.

“I’m done fighting at welterweight,” said Hendricks to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. “Unless they open up a 175-pound division, I’m moving up to middleweight.”

Hendricks, now over two years removed from his championship rematch with Robbie Lawler, missed weight yesterday, hitting the scales 2.5 pounds over the 171-pound limit. Yet, this was not “Bigg Rig’s” only struggle shedding pounds.

At UFC 171, when he won the belt, he required an extra hour to lower his weight for championship contention. Fast-forwarding to UFC 192 last October, the Oklahoma native had to withdraw from a contender-eliminating fight versus current division champion Tyron Woodley.

Thursday was the second consecutive fight Hendricks was physically unable to make weight. This past July at UFC 200, “Bigg Rig” missed weight by a quarter of a pound.

Hendricks told Helwani that he voiced his intentions to UFC officials, but little response was given in return.

2016 has truly been a year to forget for the 33-year old. He is 0-2 with losses to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Kevin Gastelum. A win over Neil Magny, who will be awarded twenty percent of Hendricks’ purse, may be necessary to keep the promotion from making a roster decision with the future middleweight.

Regardless, when Johny Hendricks does make his debut at 185 pounds, he is very assured with his strength when across from Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and other division contenders.

“The lord blessed me with great strength,” he said.

Johny Hendricks and Neil Magny will be the final matchup before the telecast moves to PPV at 10 p.m. EST.

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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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