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Roxanne Modafferi rematches Vanessa Porto for Invicta title shot

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Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi, one of the most beloved fighters in mixed martial arts, has another test in her quest to become and Invicta FC champion and it’s one she’s already passed.

Combat Press reported that Modafferi (17-11 MMA, 2-0 Invicta) will take on former rival and Brazilian star Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 12 April 24 in Kansas City at the Municipal Auditorium. Invicta FC strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpää will defend her title against prospect Livia Renata Souza in the main event. Modafferi and Porto (17-6, 2-2) were supposed to fight each other at Invicta FC 10, however Porto withdrew from the fight and rising star Andrea “KGB” Lee took her place.

Modafferi and Porto faced off in 2008 where the Happy Warrior, defending her Fatal Femmes Fighting bantamweight title, finished the Brazilian in the third round via TKO. It was the first time Porto who is 1 of 2 fighters to go the distance with Cris “Cyborg” Justino, was knocked out. This fight was also the last time that Modafferi finished an opponent.

The Happy Warrior has been on a tear since she stepped into the Invcita cage. She is riding a two-fight winning streak with victories over Lee and Tara LaRosa. Prior to fighting for Invicta, Modafferi was on a six-fight losing streak and might have been on the verge of retiring in some people’s eyes.

But Modafferi has undergone a transformation and changed up her fight game. In her fights with Lee and LaRosa she showed a vast improvement in her striking game while remaining her calm and cool self. While most athletes with a lot of mileage – not just in MMA but other sports – would look at themselves and say “I don’t need to switch up what I’m doing,” Modafferi has embraced change and it’s shown.

Porto also comes into the bout after a year away from competition. She last appeared in the Invicta cage in 2013 where she defeated Bellator women’s 115-pound champion Zolia Frausto Gurgel. She returned to Brazil in March 2014 where she beat Team Nogueira fighter Ana “India” Maria.

I think we’ll see a technical bout from these two. While Modafferi has showcased her striking in her last two bouts, she has a dangerous ground game. Porto is also well-rounded. She not only has a lot of Brazilian jiu jitsu experience but also is an amateur boxer.

While Modafferi is fighting to get her first shot at Invicta gold, Porto is looking to get back into title contention. She faced Honchak at Invicta FC 5 to determine the promotion’s first 125-pound champion. Honchak won via decision.

Modafferi’s road is the stuff that sports legends are made of and fighting for a world title is the cap to her story. She just needs to finish Porto first.

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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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