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MMA Latest Submission of the Year – Ben Rothwell Gogo Choke

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Way back on January 30th, Ben Rothwell and Josh Barnett faced off in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 18. Both men were looking to build on recent wins, with Barnett having defeated Roy Nelson by decision and Rothwell on a 3-fight streak, defeating Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem and Matt Mitrione. Heading into the bout, the odds suggested that Rothwell’s best chance of winning was via knockout, while Barnett held the advantage when it came to the submission game. Rothwell did not read that script.

After a first round that was largely spent on the feet, Rothwell had his nose bloodied by Barnett, who may have been edging the exchanges. “Big” Ben decided to up the pace in the second round, pressuring Barnett and moving forward, beginning to find a home for his punches. Just after the mid-way point of the round, Barnett, perhaps sensing that the momentum had started to trend in Rothwell’s direction, chose to attempt a takedown to bring the fight into his world. However, that would prove to be the most unlikely of mistakes from the submission specialist.

In his previous bout against Matt Mitrione, Rothwell ended the fight by locking in a submission he referred to as the gogo choke – a hold taught to him by his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, Luis Claudio. As soon as Barnett shot for the takedown, Rothwell began to look for the same submission. The level of anticipation and excitement in the crowd began to rise as Rothwell tightened his grip, and it quickly became clear that Barnett was in serious trouble. Rothwell took top position and used all of the strength in his 6’4, 265 pound body to put the squeeze on Barnett. For the first time in his 43 fight and near 20 year MMA career, Barnett was forced to submit, giving Rothwell a victory in the most unlikely of circumstances. To put it into context, the pre-fight odds on Rothwell to win by submission were an incredible +1300.

Rothwell was fully aware of the magnitude of his submission win over Barnett, addressing it in his post-fight interview by saying. “I will go on to win the title. I will defend it, but this will still remain one of the greatest victories of my career. I respect him that much.”

You can see a video of that post-fight interview below, as well as replays of the submission itself. Without doubt, a more than deserving winner in the category of submission of the year.

Other submissions to earn votes: Nate Diaz rear naked choke vs Conor McGregor, Joe Taimanglo guillotine choke vs Darrion Caldwell, Anthony Pettis guillotine choke vs Charles Oliveira, Demian Maia rear naked choke vs Carlos Condit, Misha Cirkunov neck crank vs Alex Nicholson, Miesha Tate rear naked choke vs Holly Holm.

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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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