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Shannon Wiratchai not interested to fight Amir Khan again

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A highly anticipated fight that was originally set to take place in Manila in April, was being re-scheduled recently on One Championship: Warrior’s Quest last weekend.  A closely contested fight between hometown fighter Amir Khan and Thai prospect Shannon Wiratchai led to a split decision victory for Shannon.  Shannon looked surprised when his name was being called out by the announcer at the end of the fight declaring him the winner. You can catch the full fight on the link below.

“Yes, I was a bit surprised to win via split decision. I thought I deserved to be awarded the winner by all three judges because I was in control for most of the fight, but maybe his takedown at the end cost me the unanimous decision”

According to a close source, two of the One Championship judges who were Singaporean gave the decision to Shannon and the split decision have caused quite a buzz on social media. Amir Khan recently told Yahoo sports blog, MMA Insider, that he wants a rematch with Shannon by the end of the year. Shannon immediately expressed his disinterest in the callout.

“I have no interest in a rematch. I think we should focus on moving forward rather than having a rematch after every fight we lost. When I lost a very close fight against Bashir Ahmad, I told Bashir that ‘we will have a rematch, but that rematch should be a title fight’

I would approve of the rematch if there are no other fights that would make sense for us, but right now we have a ton of great fighters in the division. I want to climb up to the top rather than staying stagnant in 145lbs. I have already shown that I was the better fighter on that night.  Amir should keep training,
get better and prove that one day we will fight again when we both are at a higher position in the division.”

Rematches in the history of One Championship have not been particularly exciting. Two of the scheduled rematches(Sherilyn Lim vs Ann Osman & Caros Fodor vs Vuyisile Colossa) was called off due to weight cut issues and injuries respectively.  The rematch of the title fight between former champions Honorio Banario and Koji Oishi was almost a mirror image of their first fight.  One Championship’s attempt to relive the rivalry between current UFC fighter Andrei Arlovski and former UFC fighter Tim Sylvia ended in a disappointing no-contest due to a confusion of how the promotion initially ruled on the use of soccer kicks.

Shannon himself was subjected to the same confusion as his One Championship debut was ruled a no contest due to an illegal soccer kick against former One Championship fighter Mitch Chilson, who is now a broadcast announcer for the promotion. Both fighters were then scheduled to a rematch 14 months later in which Shannon ironically win via a soccer kick knockout on One Championship: Total Domination in 2013.

” If I was the one losing a split decision, I firmly believe that I won’t be granted a rematch and I wonder why he(Amir) would ask for a rematch  when the judges had already make their decision.”

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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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