In this installment of Newbie of the Night, I’ll be focusing on Ben Nguyen, the man who a couple months ago became part of a viral video involving himself and a tattooed bully getting his comeuppance. Let’s check out his stats first and foremost.
Fighter: Ben Nguyen
Team: Tiger Muay Thai
Previous Organisation: Nitro MMA
Notable Victories: N/A
The viral video in question, was uploaded to YouTube on March 4, 2015 and already has close to 9 million views. In the video, we see Nguyen stepping forward for the obligatory face to face when his opponent, Julian Rabaud unexpectedly begins to get a lot more confrontational than necessary. Nguyen, being the gentleman in this situation tries to stay cool as he has Rabaud’s fist and head pushing into him. The video then cuts to the fight itself which…well, we’ll let you check out the footage.
This publicity and another victory that followed surely play a large factor into why Nguyen has been signed. Not to mention the fact that he’ll be fighting in his adopted country of Australia.
Nguyen will make his debut against Alptekin Ozkilic who is coming off 2 losses after winning his debut over Darren Uyenoyama back in 2013. Ozkilic might be coming off back to back losses but to be fair to him, they were against Louis Smolka and John Lineker; two guys that are good fighters in the newest division which is still developing.
Nguyen is more of a striker whilst Ozkilic is definitely known for his wrestling. This match could have the makings of a wrestler vs striker fight which are normally not as fun to watch but as Ozkilic showed in his last fight with Lineker, he is a very exciting fighter who chases bonus awards. This combined with Nguyen’s flashy Muay Thai could very well kick off this fight card in an exciting way.
Nguyen has garnered a lot of publicity coming into this fight, but I see the more experienced (at least at this level) Ozkilic winning a decision or if he can find a dominant position, maybe the ref will be forced to stop the fight.
Here is Nguyen against Niam Pham to give you a bit more context as to how he fights.
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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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