UFC newcomer Stevie “Braveheart” Ray (18-5) is quickly making a name for himself in the UFC. Since his arrival to the UFC in April, the former Cage Warriors and BAMMA Lightweight champion has collected two impressive stoppages, and a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his recent KO of Lenardo Mafra (12-3).
Ray had hoped to make his debut at UFC Fight Night 72 when the event was first announced, but that ended up happening four months earlier when Braveheart replaced Canada’s Jason Saggo on two weeks notice, at Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland. He finished Marcin Bandel (13-4) at 1:35 of the second round by way of TKO.
The 25-year-old lightweight, fighting out of his hometown of Fife, Scotland and a member of the Dinky Ninjas Fight Team, thought his fight would be a preliminary bout but was very happy when he heard that it would instead be part of the main card. He said a lot of guys were offered the Mafra fight but didn’t want to take it on two weeks notice.
Ray has been primarily seen as a wrestler but his two UFC appearances have demonstrated impressive success with his hands. Of his 18 victories, eight have been by submission and six by KO; making it seem that he is a better-rounded fighter than many have given him credit for.
MMA Latest News’ own Jim Edwards caught up with Ray after his Fight Night 72 victory. When asked about his next fight and a couple of different match up possibilities, Ray said that he doesn’t really have anyone specific in mind, but that he would like to be on the upcoming card in Dublin on October 24th. He then added, “Ill fight anyone the UFC puts in front of me.”
Whoever his next opponent may be, its obvious that Stevie Ray has earned a higher profile fight. This doesn’t seem like something that would be too hard to get done, considering the 155 division is stacked with talent. Al Iaquinta, Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares all represent a significant jump in competition and seem like good fights for Ray to make a move up in the rankings. One thing is clear, his next opponent would do well to keep in mind that Stevie Ray is more than just a wrestler.
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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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