Live on Saturday evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California is UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2.
The UFC’s return to the Sunshine State is a massive one with a Pay-Per-View event that features three incredible title fights, accompanied by a host of fan favorite fighters filling out the remainder of the card. On paper, this event is arguably the best card assembled thus far in 2017.
The main event will see the long-awaited rematch between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and the current reigning, defending Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. Their first bout at UFC 182 was a fight that was largely controlled by Jones from bell to bell. Due to incidents outside of the cage, Jones was stripped of his title, which opened the door for Cormier to write his own championship chapter. The rematch that was supposed to take place at UFC 200 fell through in the final hours due to Jones’ failed drug test, will finally take place on Saturday evening. Will Jones close the book on this heated rivalry or will Cormier write another chapter to advance this saga to a trilogy?
The co-main event of the evening is the second title fight between UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley and #1 Demian Maia. Becoming Champion by knocking out Robbie Lawler, who also fights on this card against Donald Cerrone, Woodley looks to defend his title against one of the most dangerous grapplers in the sport, Demian Maia.
The third title fight on UFC 214’s stacked card will crown a new Women’s UFC Featherweight Champion when Cris Cyborg takes on UFC debutante Tonya Evinger. Still in its infancy, the 145-pound division also saw its first ever Champion relinquish the title without defending it. On Saturday evening a new champion is promised, which could spark life into the division.
Keep up with the official results of UFC 214 below and follow along on Twitter @mmalatestnws for up-to-the-moment action.
UFC 214 Official Results:
MAIN CARD – PAY PER VIEW – 10PM/7PM ETPT
- (C) Daniel Cormier (19-2) vs. #1 Jon Jones (23-1) *UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout*
- Result: Jon Jones def Daniel Cormier via KO (Strikes), Round 3 – 3:01
- (C) Tyron Woodley (17-3-1) vs. #1 Demian Maia (25-7) *UFC Welterweight Championship Bout*
- Result: Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
- Cris Cyborg (17-1, 1NC) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-6) *UFC Featherweight Championship Bout*
- Result: Cris Cyborg def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (Strikes), Round 3 – 1:56
- #3 Robbie Lawler (28-11, 1NC) vs. #6 Donald Cerrone (32-9, 1NC)
- Result: Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Jimi Manuwa (17-3) vs. #5 Volkan Oezdemir (15-1)
- Result: Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa via KO (Punches), Round 1 – 0:22
PRELIMINARY CARD – FXX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. #15 Jason Knight (20-3)
- Result: Ricardo Lamas def. Jason Knight via TKO (Strikes), Round 1 – 4:34
- #8 Aljamain Sterling (14-2) vs. #13 Renan Barao (34-5, 1NC)
- Result: Aljamain Sterling def. Renan Barao via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)
- #9 Renato Moicano (10-1-1) vs. #8 Brian Ortega (12-0, 1NC)
- Result: Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano via Submission (Guillotine choke), Round 3 – 2:59
- Andre Fili (16-5) vs. Calvin Kattar (17-2)
- Result: Calvin Kattar def. Andre Fili via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT
- Kailin Curran (4-5) vs. Alexandra Albu (7-0)
- Result: Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Eric Shelton (10-4) vs. Jarred Brooks (13-0)
- Result: Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Joshua Burkman (29-16, 1NC) vs. Drew Dober (18-8, 1 NC)
- Result: Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 3:04
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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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