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Rumor Mill: UFC 194 coming New York City at Madison Square Garden December 5th

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MSG, The Garden, or as it is officially known, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The arena which is synonymous with combat sports above all others has been barred from hosting the very pinnacle of combat sports on its soil, mixed martial arts. The Culinary Union has been the roadblock which has stood in the way of the UFC, mixed martial arts most prevalent promotion, from hosting an event under its lights. Now the possibility of its doors being open to such a spectacle might be closer than it has ever been.

Per a report issued by Newsday, Dana White, President of the UFC stated, “We have a date”. As reported, he did not elaborate or specify on what that potential date might be, however according to UFC’s website  they have an event scheduled for December 5th.

This is all merely speculative, as the sport has still not received clearance from State Assembly, the bill will have potential for that clearance when it is presented in June. Changes in power at the top have seen this go from an outside chance, as it has been in past years, to gaining some serious traction.

What this means for the UFC is a monstrous event hosted on combat sports holy ground. An arena that’s seen boxing’s greatest of all time, Muhammed Ali famously lose for the first time in his career, as well as his heavyweight title against rival and legend in his own right, Joe Frazier. This is hallowed ground. Dana White has already guaranteed this card would be loaded with notable fights, and how can it not be? Simply giving a forecast of names expected to be on the card, timeline suggests this card would showcase the sport’s pound-for-pound king Jon Jones, (an Ithaca native) and Middleweight champ Chris Weidman, also a fellow New Yorker (Long Island). Both fights are potentially title fights, assuming both Jones and Weidman retain their respective belts.

Above all, this would be a victory for all for mixed martial arts as a whole, being able to compete on such a grand stage, as revered and lauded as any venue in the country. Madison Square Garden, and the city of New York are ready to embrace the sport for all it has to offer, and it can be expected of the UFC to do the arena the very justice it commands in its inaugural event. This breakthrough has all of the mixed martial arts world on the edge of its seats, finally after years of attempts to attain legalization, the bill is on the doorstep, the door just needs to be opened.

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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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