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Mighty Mouse finishes Cejudo with stunning TKO to retain the UFC flyweight title

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UFC 197 Co-Main Event Round by Round Review Demetrious Johnson vs Henry Cejudo

Three weeks ago an injury to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier scuppered the long-awaited grudge match with returning pound for pound king Jon Jones. Up stepped Ovince St Preux who now would challenge Jones for the interim strap on short notice. For OSP, the chance to face Jones at UFC197 was a dream come true and he looked to take the opportunity with both hands.

The task ahead of OSP is daunting, to say the least. Jon Jones reigned supreme over the 205-pound division for four long years. In that space of time, the Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter fought and finished some of MMA’s all-time greats including former champs Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Jon ceded the title in 2015 in the lead up to his defence against Anthony Johnson due to his involvement in a hit and run car accident. Suspended and forced from competition Jones looked on from the outside as Cormier won the belt at UFC187 and then defended it against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC192.

After 18 months Jones looked to return with a vengeance on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Jon had a dominant performance on his mind and he needed to make a statement to ensure a blockbuster rematch with Cormier in the coming months.

Joining Jones on the card was fellow pound for pound great Demetrious Johnson. A fresh challenge stood across the cage from Mighty Mouse in the form of Olympic gold medallist Henry Cejudo. “The Messenger” had been touted as a future challenger to DJ’s throne ever since his Octagon debut in 2014. Despite his issues with making the flyweight limit, there is no denying the calibre of athlete that Cejudo is. His wrestling pedigree is well documented however Henry also was a former Golden Gloves boxing champion and has become a polished striker in his own right.

In spite of these accomplishments when it comes to the men’s flyweight division Demetrious Johnson stands head and shoulder’s above the rest. DJ is as close to a perfect fighter as they come. He is the UFC’s longest reigning champion and is just shy of breaking the record for most title defences held by Anderson Silva (10). Coming into this fight on the back of a five round domination of John Dodson in September DJ’s confidence was sky high. Cejudo had a huge challenge in his path but could draw confidence from the world class performances that he has had in the past on the wrestling mats and look to recreate the same in the biggest fight of his career.

In the end, the fight showed the gulf in class between the two fighters. After two minutes Johnson rocked Cejudo with wicked knees from the Thai clinch and sealed the deal after the two-minute mark. It remains to be seen what is next for the champion. A high profile super fight with the last man to beat him in Dominick Cruz has been touted and this could be the next test. Whatever happens, it is clear DJ is the very best in the world in the flyweight division.

 Round 1

A touch of gloves signalled the beginning of the eagerly anticipated clash. Immediately Cejudo looked to use constant pressure to cut off the cage and suffocate the space of Demetrious. The first tie up of the fight saw DJ looking to land strikes while hand fighting in the clinch. As the two men separated they exchanged punches as Mighty Mouse faked a level change and came over the top with a right hand. Cejudo attempted a left hook in response before circling out. DJ switched up his approach as a high kick glanced off the forearm. As Demetrious initiated another clinch exchange he soon found himself on his back. Cejudo executed a wonderful trip to take the champion to the mat. Before Henry landed anything significant in terms of ground strikes DJ elevated Cejudo and managed to kick off his hips to return to his feet. The clinch exchanges in the first few minutes may have given Henry confidence but it was here where everything began to go wrong. Using the plum clinch DJ stunned Henry with a hard knee. Moving forward the champion smelled blood and managed to grab hold of Cejudo close to the cage. A hard elbow from Mighty Mouse followed by a huge knee had the challenger backing away on weary legs. DJ followed up with a good one-two combination and another knee that saw Cejudo crumple to the floor forcing John McCarthy to call a stop to the contest.

 

Result

 

Demetrious Johnson defeats Henry Cejudo by TKO Round 1 (2:10) and remains the UFC Flyweight champion

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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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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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