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Newbies of the Night – Part 2.

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Continuing on from part 1 posted earlier, these are the other fighters on the UFC Fight Night 64 card making their debuts.

Fighter: Aleksandra Albu

Division: Women’s Strawweight

Nationality: Russian

Age: 24

Record: 5-0

Previous Organisation: OFC – Octagon Fight Club

Notable Victories: N/A

Aleksandra Albu will be entering enemy territory this weekend when she fights Polish native Izabela Badurek in what will be the Strawweight debut for both fighters who are more accustomed to fighting at Bantamweight. Albu brings a little of the unknown in this bout. She hasn’t fought in almost 2 years so it’s difficult to know how she will look in the Octagon.

What we do know is that she has 4 wins via knock out and the other via submission so like her opponent, she goes looking for a finish. Albu has also competed in Thailand and holds a black belt in Karate so look to see some exciting exchanges on the feet when Albu fights Badurek.

To get more familiar with Albu, here is footage of her training her Muay Thai in Thailand.

 


Fighter: Mickael Lebout

Division: Lightweight

Nationality: French

Age: 27

Record: 13-3

Previous Organisation: PLMMA

Notable Victories: No Contest against UFC fighter Nico Musoke.

Getting the call up to replace an injured Gasan Umalatov (who himself replaced an injured Peter Sobotta), Mickael Lebout will be taking on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert and accomplished finisher Sergio Moraes. Lebout has racked up a pretty decent record on the European regional circuit and comes into this late replacement fight riding a streak of 6 victories.

Lebout is somewhat of an all rounder with no one aspect of MMA being his key to success. He’s fighting a very high level competitor in Moraes and might be able to scrape to victory if he can keep it standing. The chances of that happening are not good so maybe the constant change in opponent or the fact that he hasn’t fought in almost 2 years will get to Moraes and throw him off his game.

Here is footage of Lebout’s fight with Davy Gallon.


Fighter: Maryna Moroz

Division: Women’s Strawweight

Nationality: Ukranian

Age: 23

Record: 5-0

Previous Organisation: XFC – Xtreme Fighting Championships

Notable Victories: N/A

Maryna Moroz is not getting anywhere near as much attention as her opponent (Joanne Calderwood) which means that she is unlikely to feel as much pressure leading up to her debut this weekend. Undefeated with 4 wins coming via armbar and the other win coming via TKO, Moroz has only left the first round once and is constantly looking to finish the fight.

Moroz is proven on the ground due to her quick submission victories but she is also a member of the Ukrainian National boxing team and is a master of kickboxing as well. Coming up against the more experienced Calderwood will be tough but having a slight size advantage and not as much to lose could help Moroz pull off a victory.

Here is one of Maryna Moroz’s fights.


Fighter: Bartosz Fabinski

Division: Middleweight

Nationality: Polish

Age: 28

Record: 11-2

Previous Organisation: PLMMA

Notable Victories: N/A

Bartosz Fabinski is currently riding a 4-fight winning streak over the past year and will make his debut against Garreth McLellan who at 6 feet tall, resembles Fabinski in both size and stature. Fabinski’s record of 11-2 is also very similar to his opponent’s 12-2 but it’s the way in which his fights have ended that makes Fabinski dangerous.

8 of his 11 wins have finished due to strikes and all of them have happened in the first round meaning that McLellan will have to be very cautious in round 1 if he is to avoid unconsciousness. None of Fabinski’s wins have come via submission so if the fight hits the mat, he will have to be very defensive against the grappling skills of McLellan.

Below is a fight of his against Adam Kowalski.


 

Fighter: Garreth McLellan

Division: Middleweight

Nationality: South African

Age: 33

Record: 12-2

Previous Organisation: EFC Africa – Extreme Fighting Championships Africa

Notable Victories: 

Garreth McLellan will be making his debut and entering enemy territory when he takes on Polish national Bartosz Fabinski. The man they call “Soldier Boy” is on an impressive 6 fight winning streak with 5 of those wins ending before the final bell. the lone win that saw the judges was a decision victory that showed great heart as it was contested at Light Heavyweight, proving that McLellan is ready to fight no matter the division.

Possessing heavy hands and a great chin, McLellan is most accomplished on the ground with 9 of his 12 wins coming via submission. I’m expecting to see a victory for Soldier Boy through some sort of choke but only if he can weather the storm in the first round as Fabinski will come out strong. Following in the footsteps of fellow EFC champion Ruan Potts, hopefully McLellan can make a longer lasting impression in the UFC.

Here is a fight of McLallan vs Jacques Joubert proving that he can go to the championship rounds if necessary.

 

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Jake Collier Re-Signs with the UFC

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UFC light heavyweight, Jake Collier (11-4, 3-3 UFC) , took to twitter yesterday, announcing a four fight contract renewal with the promotion.

The Missouri-born, Collier, amassed a 7-1 professional record fighting exclusively in his home state. Following his next fight, a 1st round submission victory over Gabriel Checco in the RFA promotion, Collier signed with the UFC.

Originally, Collier signed as a middleweight. His promotional debut took place in December of 2014 at, UFC Fight Night 58. A bout which he lost to Vitor Miranda via TKO (Head kick and punches) with only one second remaining in the opening round.

In 2017, “The Prototype”, moved to the light heavyweight division. The move came after a three-year stint at middleweight that saw him go 2-2. Losing to the likes of Dongi Yang, while defeating Ricardo Abreu. His final fight at the lower weight earned him a performance of the night bonus in his, UFC Fight Night 88, TKO win over Alberto Uda.

Upon moving to light heavyweight, Collier has the same .500 win percentage with a record of 1-1. His debut at the weight originally scheduled him against John Stansbury. Unfortunately, Collier withdrew from the card due to injury. Devin Clark replaced him on, The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 24, and defeated John Stansbury by unanimous decision. Clark then fought Collier next, defeating him by unanimous decision. “The Prototype”s most recent bout, a victory over Marcel Fortuna in November at, UFC Fight Night 120.

According to, UFC.com, Collier is booked to fight UFC-newcomer, Marcin Prachnio at, UFC on Fox 28, in Orlando, Florida. The only bout booked to the February 24th card, of next year.

Prachnio, holds a record of 13-2, with 10 knockouts. He most recently fought for the Asian-based promotion, One Championship. The Karate practitioner comes to the UFC on an eight fight win streak, the previous four in One Championship. At twenty-nine, Prachnio is another, in his prime, European light heavyweight signed to the UFC this year (Volkan Oezdemir being the other).

 

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FURY FC 17 Preview: UFC Veteran Roger Narvaez Set to Fight For Gold

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Deep in the Hill Country of Texas, there is a storm of MMA action brewing on the horizon in the historic city of San Antonio.

In 1836 the most iconic siege ever to take place in the American West was waged between Santa Anna’s Mexican forces and a small band of Texans fighting for their independence at the Battle of the Alamo. On June 10th that tradition of never backing down continues as Fury Fighting Championships 17 takes place at the Shrine Auditorium with a card that was originally slated to have 20 bouts of MMA action. At the top of the bill, there will be a familiar face as former UFC fighter, Roger “The Silverback” Narvaez, looks to capture his first championship in the sport when he faces Antonio “Doomsday” Jones for the vacant middleweight title. The event will also feature a hot prospect, a kickboxing champion, and a grudge match.

Fury FC 17 will be broadcast live on FloCombat.com.

While the 33-year-old Narvaez (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has already realized his ultimate goal of getting to the highest level of MMA, fighting for a title has always eluded him. The 6’3″ fighter nicknamed “The Silverback” due to his abnormal 79.5″ wingspan, or monkey arms as he calls them was twice scheduled to fight for the Legacy Fighting Championship Middleweight Title against then champion Bubba Bush who now fights in the UFC. An injury caused the first fight to be canceled. Then a call up to the UFC to fight an unknown opponent on short notice put an end to plans for the another scheduled title fight.

Theodorou vs. Narvaez at UFC 185 (photo: Matthew Wells – MMA Latest)

 

To Roger, the secret to grabbing the attention of the world’s biggest MMA promotion is fighting for several different promotions. He fought for six different organizations winning all of his fights before getting a call from the UFC’s former matchmaker Joe Silva to ask if he was ready to make the move. Narvaez feels that fighting for multiple shows tells the UFC that a fighter is ready to fight whoever and whenever. His first fight for the promotion was a loss to Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque where he fought at an altitude of over 5300 feet sea level, something he says will not do again unless he is training at altitude. To put it bluntly, he plainly states “the altitude in Albuquerque sucks.” After a win against Luke Barnett, he faced Elias Theodorou. In that fight, he broke his arm before ultimately losing, and was then cut by the UFC.


At this point in Narvaez’s career, his goals now are different:

“The next goal for me, to be realistic, is to make as much money as I can. I love fighting, but at the same time, I have a family that I am trying to support. That is always first and foremost now…[and] Fury is doing a pretty good job of taking care of me…This is a really big deal for me. I am probably training harder for this fight than I have ever trained before. Part of that is with age comes knowledge and experience and I am doing everything I need to do the right way to get ready to come home with that strap, but that strap means ever thing…I didn’t quit fighting with a broken arm, it is going to take something pretty drastic to get me stop. I don’t think the guy I am fighting is going to be able to break my will or test my heart to where I am not going to be able to pull through…coming home with that title is a big deal.”

That home is one of a fighting family. Narvaez’s wife Brandi is also a fighter who recently made her professional debut at Legacy Fighting Alliance 7. His stepson is a gray belt who competes in Jui-Jitsu year round, his daughter also trains in the sport. They understand the hard work that their dad puts in more so than the average fighter’s family. As he puts “it’s not normal, but it is normal to us.”


The prospect to keep an eye on is Two-time Alabama state wrestling champion turned lightweight MMA fighter, Alec Williams (5-1 MMA) from Birmingham. Williams will be looking to rebound from his first professional loss as he takes on Travonne “Prince Scorpion” Hobbs. In his last fight, Alec relied on his wrestling and got it in his head that he did not want to stand and trade with his opponent. That mentality ultimately not only cost him his undefeated record but also to sustain four broken bones in the right side of his face.

“I didn’t get knocked out, I still got the takedown after I broke those four bones. I know it is going to be pretty difficult to knock me out…Honestly, the loss kind of took any pressure off. Before I was undefeated, that loss was going to be a big change and now a loss is just another loss.”

For this fight, Williams says he has been working with MMA legend and former UFC fighter Pete Spratt on his stand up and will not make the same mistake twice.


Also featured on the card is the first Brazilan World Cup Kickboxing Champion, welterweight Washington “Washingthai” Luiz. Originally slated to fight Nickolay Veretennikov, “Washingthai” Luiz will now take on lesser known Danny Ageday. With a new opponent on just four days notice, the man who has aspirations to become a champion in GLORY Kickboxing is not fazed.

“I did my whole camp studying my first opponent who is a striker like me, but I do not feel harmed by the change. I’m ready for this war…The main reason for my change to the USA is the opportunity to be in the biggest events in the world I have already fought the biggest events in Brazil in kickboxing and MMA. I have fought in big events in Europe and now my challenge is the biggest event of kickboxing, GLORY. But I also love MMA and when a fight appears for me, I do not refuse.”


The grudge match at Fury FC 17 comes to us from the flyweights division’s Mark “The Sparrow” Plata and David “Gallito” Miramontes. These two men were scheduled to fight previously but Plata had to pull out due to his wife giving birth to twins. According to Plata, that is where the beef began.

“The day my twins were born he was messaging me talking about how this was not a good reason not fight and that I just did not want to fight him. My kids were in ICU at the time and he just keeps messaging me over and over…it upset me at the time because they were dying, they were trying to survive, but it just added more fuel to the fire. Then he kept asking promoters to fight me. He asked two or three different promoters to set it up. I got tired of him asking for me. So then I was like, alright cool if you want it that bad, let’s do it…His fighting style matches his personality. He tries to be a bully, and that’s cool, I don’t mind shutting bullies down.”

Titles, champions, prospects, legitimate bad blood…what more you could ask for in a local card?

This is an event not to miss and thanks to Fury FC having a deal with FloSports, you do not have to.

Tune in for all the action live at 6:00 PM CST on FloCombat.com this Saturday.

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*VIDEO* Francis Ngannou has his eyes on the UFC Heavyweight Title

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UFC Heavyweight Francis “The Predator” Ngannou has taken the heavyweight division by storm.

Currently 5-0 in the UFC and riding a 9 fight win streak, the native of Cameroon possesses vicious power and has shown improvements each time he steps inside the cage.

Hear Ngannou talk about his journey and plans for the future:

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