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Ovince Saint Preux vs Feijao Booked for UFC 196

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The UFC 196 card moved one step closer to completion on Wednesday, with the addition of a light-heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.

The event takes place February 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez. Now the 205 pounders will be hoping to make their mark alongside the big men.

Saint Preux (18-7) has impressed since coming over to the UFC back in 2013 as part of Zuffa’s acquisition of Strikeforce. After winning his first four fights inside the octagon, Saint Preux has since gone 2-2 against tougher competition.

His defeat to Ryan Bader in August 2014 was his first inside a UFC cage, but he rebounded with emphatic first round knockouts of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Patrick Cummins. That streak was snapped when he was submitted by Glover Teixeira in the UFC Fight Night 73 headliner in August of this year.

Like Saint Preux, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (12-6) also made his name under the Strikeforce banner. There, he won the promotion’s light-heavyweight title from Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in 2010, before dropping the belt in his first defense against Dan Henderson.

Feijao has found life more difficult since joining the UFC, losing three of his four fights inside the octagon. His sole win came against Igor Pokrajac in November 2013, and is sandwiched in between defeats to Thiago Silva and Ryan Bader. Last time out he was stopped in the third round by Patrick Cummins at UFC 190 in Brazil.

Now the two men meet in Las Vegas looking to get back in the win column, and with both bringing destructive knockout power into the octagon with them the bout comes with a “don’t blink” message attached. Who do you think wins and cements a spot inside the light-heavyweight top ten on February 6? Be sure to let us know your thoughts on Twitter @MMALatestNws.

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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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