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Paul Craig vs Tyson Pedro set for UFC 209

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A light heavyweight fight has been confirmed for UFC 209. The bout set for the UFC’s March 4th PPV will see Scotsman Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig (9-0) take on Australia’s Tyson Pedro (5-0) after both men made their UFC debut late last year.

Pedro was the first of the pair to make their debut and did so in his home country at UFC Fight Night 101 where, after suffering an early knockdown, Pedro rallied back with a submission win over Khalil Rountree to maintain his 100% finish rate.

Craig meanwhile made his promotional debut at UFC on Fox 22 where he recorded a submission win of his own with a second-round armbar Luis Henrique da Silva in December.

Speaking with the Daily Telegraph in Australia regarding the bout, the unbeaten Pedro said: “It’s been my dream to fight in Vegas.”

“I’m just ticking stuff off the bucket list at the moment, first it was making the UFC, then getting the win and now it’s off to Vegas, where I’ve been watching people fight since I was a kid. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”

“It’s just another fight for me.”

Craig also offered his thoughts on the match-up, this time with the Daily Record, and offered kind words for his opponent.

“I know Tyson is big, strong, undefeated and is predominantly a grappler. He is dangerous but this is a good fight for me because everyone knows what happens when a fight goes to the ground with me – it’s over pretty quickly.

“I don’t know how good his striking is but Henrique da Silva was a champion kick boxer and I made him look ordinary.”

“I want to fight as often as possible this year and end the year with something to show for it.”

The scheduled match-up will surely produce fireworks at 205 lbs as both men have yet to see a fight go to the judges scorecards.

UFC 209 has yet to have a main event confirmed but has the following bouts pencilled in for the March event:

  • Alistair Overeem vs Mark Hunt
  • Darren Elkins vs Mirsad Bektic
  • Lando Vannata vs David Teymur
  • Todd Duffee vs Mark Godbeer
  • Iuri Alcantara vs Luke Sanders
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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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