The UFC’s next event in Texas takes place on October 3rd of this year and will be headlined by the light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson. Today, the UFC have added another fight to that card. In the women’s bantamweight division, The Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner Julianna Pena will square off against the woman ranked at #5 in the UFC rankings Jessica Eye. The news was reported by ESPN.
It will be a quick turnaround for Jessica “Evil” Eye, with her last fight against Miesha Tate having taken place less than two weeks ago at UFC on Fox 16. She will be looking to bounce back from that disappointing loss and, while such a short space of time between fights is not common, she has been vocal about her desire to fight again soon on her social media accounts. In fact, she claimed that she would keep asking until Dana White and the UFC matchmakers were tired of her constant asking. Well, she didn’t have to wait long to get booked and has been matched with Pena.
For “The Venezuelan Vixen”, it will be her first fight since April at UFC Fight Night 63, where she ruthlessly finished Milana Dudieva in the very first round. It was her first fight back after winning the Ultimate Fighter following a massive setback in her career caused by a horrific knee injury. Known as a finisher, not a single one of the 6 opponents Pena has beaten in her professional career have made it to the final bell, with 3 wins each by knockout and submission. At just 25, she is one of the most highly rated young fighters in the UFC with big things expected from her in the future. A fight against the #5 ranked Eye definitely represents a step up in competition, but with that comes great opportunity to send the MMA world a message and put her right in the mix for a title shot.
When two fighters with highly watchable styles are matched with each other as is the case here, it is a fan’s dream to watch. Both women will be eager to put on a good performance and come away with an impressive victory. The fight is a solid addition to what already promises to be a great card, and on paper, looks to be an early candidate to be the potential fight of the night.
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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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