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Max Holloway finishes Jose Aldo in third round to become Undisputed Featherweight Champion

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Max Holloway defeated Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 212 to become the undisputed UFC featherweight champion of the world.

Holloway and Aldo were thought to have fought back at UFC 208 in February, however, a foot injury that Holloway picked up in his interim title win against Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 meant the unification bout was scrapped.

Aldo (now 26-3) came into the fight against Holloway on the back of a rejuvenating win against Frankie Edgar last July at UFC 200. The Brazilian outclassed Edgar on the feet for the majority of the fight, shutting up those who wrote him off after his loss to Conor McGregor.

Meanwhile ‘Blessed’, now 18-3, was creating a history of his own as he was riding high on a ten fight winning streak at 145-pounds. Dominating some of the divisions finest in the likes of Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson, his most recent win against Pettis was arguably the best of the bunch.

That took us to UFC 212 on Saturday night.

Both men were timid coming out of the blocks, Holloway looked to be feeling the pressure, and was far less relaxed and fluid compared to his previous fights. A lack of action was quickly forgotten about when Aldo landed a hard left hook that dazzled Holloway for a brief moment.

Aldo did a great job of fighting on the back-foot, pivoting and slipping out of the pocket to leave Holloway hitting air on his combinations.

Progressing into the third round, Holloway seemed to be finding his groove. Landing two hard right hands, Holloway sent Aldo crashing to the canvas and proceeded to take mount. Landing some brutal ground and pound, he transitioned over to back control and attempted to secure the rear-naked choke but Aldo defended well.

After taking a significant amount of damage, but signalling to the referee that he was ok, John McCarthy decided he had seen enough punishment and Holloway became the undisputed featherweight champion.

In his post-fight interview, Holloway was vocal about how this signifies the start of his reign in the 145-pound division:

“This is the blessed era! Dana White, where’s my $50k?”

Official Result: Max Holloway def. Jose Aldo TKO in Round 3, 4:13

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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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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