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Matt Pellino earned bragging rights as he defeated long time rival Nik Harris on Mixed Martial Arr

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Malaysian Telco Tune Talk made history, having the first ever MMA event on a cruise ship this week.  The event, titled Mixed Martial Arr was held on Star Cruise Libra in the middle of Andaman Sea In Thailand.

The event started with a women’s strawweight bout between Rachael Short and Adek Omar. It was a close fight in the first round as Adek was landing clean shots during the trade while Rachael was dominating the clinch against the cage.  The second round was all Rachael as she controls Adek in the clinch, landing powerful knees to the body.  Rachael had a headlock from the clinch and used the opportunity to transition to a standing guillotine gaining a finish. Adek however, complained at the end of the fight that she didn’t tap.

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Rachael Short lands a straight right on Adek Omar

Next up was a flyweight bout between Adam Cacay and Mohd Fouzein. A fast paced bout was stopped temporarily in the 1st round as Fouzein received an illegal strike to the groin. Adam charged furiously on the restart and quickly reversed a takedown by Fouzein.  Adam was clearly winning the fight until Fouzein rallied back at the end of round 1.

Adam Cacay attacking the arm of Mohd Fouzein

Adam Cacay attacking the arm of Mohd Fouzein

Fouzein successfully landed a takedown early in round 2 and cut Adam with elbows. However, his full-fledged wrestling gameplan failed him twice after, ending on his back against a much bigger and stronger Adam. Fouzein once again stuck to his gameplan and quickly pushed Adam against the cage in the third, but the main theme of the fight was the strength of Adam out-muscling Fouzein, winning the split decision.

A highlight of the night features a women’s flyweight battle between causeway rivals, Malaysian Zhen Wei and Singaporean former Olympic swimmer, May Ooi.  May was winning in the stand up early on and reversed a takedown landing a couple of clean strikes. Zhen  started attacking May’s leg while on the back and May proceeded to do the same as both battled each other in the 50-50 guard. May then ended up

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May Ooi jabs her way to victory over Zhen Wei

May then ended up in side mount and finished the round strongly with elbows and punches to the head. It was all May in the second round as she dominated the center of the cage, controlled the distance well and landed multiple strikes in stand-up.  Zhen tried rallying back in the third attempting a Judo throw but May proved the stronger fighter dominating Zhen both in the clinch and in the stand-up. The ref was forced to stop the fight with 1:12 left in third round as Zhen covered up, eating multiple punches against the cage.

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Allen Chong receiving strikes from Chamlong Chanream

Despite dominating the first two rounds, TUF China alumni, Allen Chong eats vicious soccer kicks in the third round in an upset loss to Chamlong Chamream. Being the closest to finish the fight in round 1, confidence got the better of Allen as he continuously taunt his opponent in the third. The mistake cost Allen dearly in a fight where he was the sure favourite to win.

The main event featured the long drawn rivalry between One Championship fighter Nik Harris and Matt Pellino at 82kg. Though there were no official weigh-ins report, the graphic on the Livestream cited that Matt came in over 10kg at 92.3kg.  Nik only managed a punch in stand-up and was taken down quickly and received a couple of elbows on the ground. Nik managed to sweep Matt off his back but was caught in a heel hook and tapped in the first round.

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Nik Harris and Matt Pellino during the face off

Full results below, Pictures courtesy of MIMMA Facebook page.

  • Middleweight, 82Kg
    “Babycat” Matt Pellino defeated Nik “The Hound” Harris via heel hook in the first round
  • Lightweight, 70Kg
    Michell Adelina defeated Dylan “The Muscle” Fussel via unanimous decision
  • Bantamweight, 61.2Kg
    Chamlong Chanream defeated Allen Solomon Chong via TKO(soccer kicks) in the 3rd round
  • Catchweight, 60Kg
    Kaiwhare “Kai” Kara France defeated Dindo Camansa via KO in the first round.
  • Catchweight, 73Kg
    Pedro “Vinagre” Paulino defeated Trestle Tan “Jun The Minion” via Arm Triangle in the first round.
  • Women’s Flyweight, 56.7Kg
    “Mighty” May Ooi  defeated “Iron Rose” Foo Zhen Wei via TKO(strikes) in the third round.
  • Flyweight, 56.7Kg
    Caleb Lally defeated Reysaldo Biagtan via doctor stoppage in the first round.
  • Catchweight,68Kg
    *Liam “Mad Truck” Mcgowan defeated Andy “The Bullet” Teh Kim Huat via Americana in the first round
  • Flyweight, 56.7Kg
    Adam “Kimat Sparrow” Cacay defeated Mohd Fouzein Mohd Fozi “Hang Tuah” via split decision
  • Women’s Strawweight, 52Kg
    “The Revolution” Rachael Short defeated  Adek “Wildcat” Omar via Standing Guillotine in the second round
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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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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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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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