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Preview – ONE Championship: Warrior’s Quest (Part 2)

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In part 2 of the preview, we will break down the second half of the singapore fight card:

Robert Lisita (15-7) vs Timofey Nastyukhin (8-1)
Apart from the loss on his debut, Nastyukhin have finished all of his opponents either by submission or KO/TKO. The most impressive part of his game, however, lies on the accuracy and explosiveness of his standup game. Timofey displayed  this on his ONE Championship debut, where he systematically dismantled a decorated striker in Folayang before knocking him out cold with a flying knee and soccer kick.

After winning his rematch against Yusuke Kawanago in less than 30 seconds, Lisita have been on a two-fight losing streak against Eric Kelly and Marat Gafurov. The Australian is known to be an aggressive fighter. He is much more dangerous on the ground, and while “Ruthless” packs a lot of power in his hands, he tends to throw technique out the window leaving him prone to counters, as we have seen in his loss against Gafurov.

Moving down from lightweight to featherweight for this fight, Nastyukhin will have a size advantage over Lisita, which will make it even harder for “Ruthless” to take the Russian down. This looked like a bad  matchup for Lisita stylistically,

Prediction: Nastyukhin by R2 KO

Lowen Tynanes (6-0) vs Kuat Khamitov (18-3-1)

Tynanes made an impressive start in ONE in 2013, scoring 2 finishes against Vuyisile Colossa and Felipe Enomoto with his wrestling-based game. A contract dispute with King of The Cage then forced him out of competition, finally returning to ONE after nearly 2 years. While Tynanes is away from ONE, Khamitov have been on a tear, winning 6 straight, including 3 finishes in 2014.

This is an interesting matchup between 2 fighters with similar styles. Both are wrestlers with strong top control who likes to punish their opponents with ground and pound while looking for a finish. On the flip side, both fighters have shown superb takedown defense, which should be an interesting matchup on how one will negate the other’s strength.

The undefeated Tynanes had the edge on the higher finishing rate, but with the Kazakh veteran only been finished once in his 22-fight career and no significant advantage against their opponent on either facet of their MMA game, a closely contested 3-round fight is within sights.

Prediction: Kuat Khamitov by a close Decision

Marat Gafurov (10-0) vs Ev Ting (9-2)

Ting has been on a 3-fight winning streak and is now paired up with the M-1 featherweight Champion for the featherweight title eliminator.

Ting has been most dangerous with his strikes. He gradually picks apart his opponents, slipping in power punches and kicks for the finish. Ting, however, has shown to be most vulnerable when taken down against an opponent with strong top control.

The bread and butter of Gafurov’s attack revolve around the ground game. The BJJ purple belt finished 6 of this fights through submission and have shown to be equally dangerous on his feet during his last outing, where he finished Rob Lisita in slightly more than one minute.

Gafurov have shown that he can push the pace for 5 rounds. While Ting’s takedown defense may have improved considerably since his last loss, Gafurov is favourite to overwhelm Ting with his wrestling and strong top control for a dominant decision win.

Prediction: Gafurov by UD

Roy Doliguez (6-1) vs Dedjadamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (4-0)

Amnuaysirichoke, or DSA, began his Pro MMA Career in ONE and the Muay Thai veteran has transition well into MMA. As 3x Lumpinee champion, there is no question about how dangerous DSA’s striking and clinch games are, but DSA have managed to adapt it well to MMA. In addition, he have sufficient takedown defense and ground game to be confident enough in committing to his striking but he is yet to be tested against elite grapplers.

Doliguez is marketed as a veteran of more than 40 pro boxing fights (18-19-9, to be exact). He last fought pro boxing in 2009 before making a transition to MMA in 2011. As a former pro boxer, Deliquez is most dangerous on his feet. While his takedown defense is a little on the weak side on past performances, he has enough confidence on his ground game to shoot for takedown and switch to ground and pound.

Doliguez have shown to be more of an “adapter”, being comfortable in adapting to any kind of situation in the cage while DSA have shown to be the “dictator”. DSA will be expected to dictate the fight and wear Doliguez down early and finish the fight in later rounds.

Prediction: Dedjadamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by R3 KO

Shinya Aoki (37-6) vs Koji Ando (11-3-2)
Aoki is on a tear, acheiving 7 consecutive wins completely with his superior grappling ability. His striking game is still questionable despite recently stating on mmamania.com that he will test out his Muay Thai skills. Apart from few, most of his opponents were unable to avoid his ground game.

Ando’s striking was able to dismantle former lightweight title contender Zorobabel Moreira but “The Commander”‘s striking is a far cry from those who defeated Aoki such as Melendez or Alvarez. Aoki should be able to finish the fight before the championship rounds.

Prediction: Aoki by R3 Sub

 

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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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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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