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Machida Steps In Against Romero At TUF Brazil Finale



Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is set to face off against “Soldier Of God” Yoel Romero as the headline bout for this seasons TUF Brazil finale on the 27th June.

The main event and news that the it will be moved from Sao Paulo to Miami, was announced this morning by Combate and quickly confirmed by sources close to the situation via

Machida is fresh off a recent defeat against Luke Rockhold and is looking to get a quick turnaround win over Romero to get his middleweight title aspirations back on track. At UFC on Fox 15, Rockhold stunned the MMA world when he put a beating on Machida, the likes of which we’ve never seen.

By the end of the first round it appeared The Dragon was concussed and barely able to walk back to his corner. The huge damage delivered by Rockhold via ground and pound leading up to the submission appeared to be what decided the fight. The fight was scheduled for 5 rounds however was stopped at 2:29 of the 2nd round due to submission by rear naked choke.

Accepting this fight on short notice, after such a devastating defeat, is a testament to the warrior spirit of Machida. The former UFC champion has taken all comers in the UFC in both the Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions and faced off against some of the best fighters the sport has ever seen.

In Romero he faces a talented opponent. The Cuban who won Olympic Silver in Freestyle Wrestling in 2000, and is arguably the best wrestler in the UFC. That combined with his devastating striking and one punch knockout power make him a formidable opponent to be taking on such short notice.

Since moving to middleweight, Romero has a 5-0 record, 4 of which were as a result of stoppage. Most recently, we saw Yoel brutally TKO Tim Kennedy and ‘Stoolgate’ aside, he looked impressive.

After absorbing such incredible punishment in the Rockhold bout last month, many speculated we might not see Machida back in the Octagon for a significant period of time. The fact that he is up against another dangerous competitor less than 3 months on from that will come as a surprise to many.

In terms of how the two athletes match up, it looks on paper as though it could be another tough night for The Dragon. In Romero he faces an opponent who can deal massive damage standing but also, most likely, control things on the ground.

That being said, providing Machida isn’t suffering from lingering effects of his recent defeat, he can certainly pose significant problems for Romero. He is known for being extremely elusive with excellent takedown defence and his Karate-Blitz style can result in the night finishing early for anyone he faces.

Whatever happens, you can bet the farm on this being a wild and exciting match up.

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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”.

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



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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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.

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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