On Saturday, December 17, two of Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” products will clash at UFC Fight Night Sacramento’s co-main event.
Sage Northcutt is among the promotion’s most marketable young stars at 20 years of age, who brings an exciting karate-based striking style to the cage along with an action-figure-like physique and ultra-positive personality. His opponent, Mickey Gall, is just a few years older at 24 years of age, who brings legitimate grappling credentials to the Octagon along with a more aggressive persona who doesn’t shy away from expletives on the microphone or direct call outs of his peers.
Northcutt is a four-fight veteran of the Octagon, amassing a 3-1 record against UFC opponents who have a combined 45-16-1 professional record to this date. Slowly climbing the ladder between 155 and 170 pounds, Sage’s level of competition has steadily grown since his Octagon debut at UFC 192 in Houston. Mickey Gall’s entrance into the Octagon was sparked by his call out of CM Punk after his first-round submission win seen on “Lookin’ for a Fight”. Dana White was intrigued by the move on the mic, which led to a ‘CM Punk Sweepstakes’ of sorts as Mickey Gall had to defeat Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82 to land the fight against the former pro wrestler. Gall was successful, and fast forward seven months later, he quickly dispatched CM Punk in the Octagon as well.
Gall’s UFC opponents have a combined professional record of 0-2, making Sage Northcutt his first legitimate test in the Octagon. Mickey Gall doesn’t believe Northcutt will create many problems for him, as long as he doesn’t play his game. Speaking on UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra, Gall stated, “If I play that karate game, it could be dangerous, but I’m going to put pressure on him and make it a dogfight.”
When asked how he sees the fight going, Gall flatly replied, “I see myself dominating that kid.”
Both of Gall’s wins in the Octagon have come by submission, which is where he believes he holds the biggest advantage over Northcutt. Although, if it remains standing, Gall believes he possesses enough power in his hands to end the fight. “On the feet and ground. I’m levels above him on the mat, my jiu-jitsu is levels above him. On the feet, when I hit him, he’s not going to like it. I can knock him out with either one of my hands,” said Gall. As for secondary intentions inside the Octagon, Gall wants to be the first person to open a cut on Northcutt. “We haven’t seen Sage bleed in there, I’d like to make him bleed a little bit.”
Between the two men, Gall’s personality is a nearly a polar opposite of Northcutt’s, who has yet to say anything that could be considered disrespectful on the microphone. While Gall isn’t blatantly disrespectful of anyone, he’s very confident in his abilities and isn’t afraid to let anyone know it. “I have no hate for the kid, but this is a dog-eat-dog sport,” explained Gall.
Gall, a Gracie New Jersey Academy product, believes this fight is just another step towards becoming one of the best fighters in the sport. “I’m aware I’m still a little young in the tooth. I don’t have any delusions about that. But I know on any day I can beat the best guys in the world. Right now I can. Right now, I’m also growing at huge spurts. I think it will be a couple of years before I belong at the top, but I’m going to get there.”
UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson takes place on December 17, 2017, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
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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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