With UFC 200 just days away we have been lucky to have three events total for International Fight Week being held in Las Vegas. We opened up the week with UFC Fight Night 90 Dos Anjos vs Alveraz only on UFC Fight Pass. The co-main event took place in the Heavyweight division with two heavy hitters in action. Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis. Roy Nelson has had a rough couple outings in his last 5 fights going 2-3, most recently defeating Josh Rosholt by decision. Derrick Lewis has been on a tear as of late, winning his last four out of five fights by knockout and called for this fight with Roy Nelson to prove that he can make his way up the ladder to possibly fight for the title in future.
As they approach the center of the octagon no gloves were touched, Nelson takes the center of the cage with a left kick thrown from Lewis that lands to Nelson’s body. Nelson tries to answer throwing a right over hand that passes over the head of Lewis, but it allows Nelson to get into the clinch that forces Lewis against the cage. Nelson keeps his weight on him, landing knee strikes to the left leg of Lewis while he works for under hooks. With no action, John McCarthy separates them with 3 minutes left of the round. With this opportunity, Lewis lands a series of power right hands on Nelson, who backs away towards the cage. Nelson clinches back up with Lewis, turning him so Lewis has his back against the cage once again. With no attempt to improve position, they get separated yet again with only thirty seconds left in the round. Lewis rushes in with more big strikes and Nelson responds by rushing in to take Derrick down once more to end the round on the mat.
In the opening of the second round Nelson once again takes the center of the octagon. Lewis opens up with a right hand that is short but follows up with a flying knee that lands. Lewis then swings a right hand, which makes Nelson cover up and retreat. As they circle, Nelson throws a leg kick which is answered right away in kind by Lewis. Nelson once again clinches Lewis against the cage, landing knees to the legs. Nelson then takes him down and lands a little ground and pound, but Lewis makes it back to his feet. Nelson sticks with him, holding on to the side of his body before once again taking him to the canvass. Lewis manages to rise to his feet, but Nelson is relentless and the fight ends up on the mat once again. Nelson transitions into side control, but Lewis rolls to his knee to get back up to throw a left hand right that lands at the bell.
In the 3rd round both men come out and touch gloves. with a sence of urgency, Lewis begins to throw power punches followed by a left head kick and a flying knee. Seeing Lewis coming, Nelson manages to get Lewis into the clinch, pushing him against the cage. Lewis begins to work for under hooks, but Nelson takes him down to the mat, landing in half guard. A couple of left hands are landed by Nelson as Lewis tries to keep Nelson tied up. Lewis begins to roll right and gets back up, Nelson rushes into the clinch to work more knees as Lewis drops some elbows, but Nelson staying low gets Lewis back down again. Nelson keeps the pressure on, but does not progress into a better position and they get stood up with 1 minute and 15 seconds left in the round. Knowing this may be his chance, Lewis swings a power right followed up by a left body kick as Roy throws a right of his own. Lewis comes on strong, causing Nelson to cover up. He tries to lock Lewis up, but Lewis breaks away and throws a massive right hand that lands clean on the chin of Roy, which he somehow survives. The bell sounds bringing an end to the fight.
Official Result – Derrick Lewis defeats Roy Nelson via Split Decision (29 – 28, 28 – 29, 29 – 28)
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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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