By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
Are you the mother, wife, or daughter of a fallen United States Marine? If so, former Lance Corporal of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Shane Kruchten, has decided to raffle off the opportunity to walk out with him. Currently, Kruchten competes as a mixed martial artist in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and even though his contest will have music blaring and warriors in every corner, the arm-in-arm walk that Kruchten is talking about doesn’t pertain to his placement on a fight card; instead, Kruchten hopes to invite a Gold Star loved one, a lovely lady who fits the above requirements, to accompany him to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Check out his invite for yourself:
Kruchten served multiple tours to the Middle East and received the Purple Heart for his bravery in action His reverence for those who served, volunteers of a priceless degree of patriotism, demolishes the boundaries of any metal enclosure. The USMC will celebrate its 240th birthday on November 10, 2015, and, in grand style, the Marine Corps Birthday Ball will take place on November 20, 2015. Unlike the WSOF Decagon, the location of the Ball, the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, will not have ten different walls in each room. Also, quite contrary to the world of prizefighting, those who suffered loss will be cherished song-by-song, making everyone in attendance a champion of the servicemen no longer with us.
Normally, Kruchten’s availability to share in a dance would be limited, but his wife recently underwent knee surgery, which sidelined her ability to Waltz the night away. Kruchten constantly seeks out ways to highlight the sacrifice of others who afford him, and every other American, the daily liberties he also fought for. Such a sentiment isn’t only scribed in the fine print of a contest but also in tattoo ink, as Kruchten honored the brothers from his battalion who died by permanently marking their names down his back.
In regimented military fashion, the itinerary for the winner of such a golden date has been strategically mapped out for perfect execution. Once the winner has been flown to San Diego, all expenses paid, plan for an agenda chalked full of festivity.
Those who wish to be considered and fall under the category: Gold Star loved one, must email Kruchten at Shane_Kruchten@yahoo.com. Please tell him a little about yourself and your Marine. Entries must be in by November 5, 2015.
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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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