International fight week is upon us, starting off its series of events with UFC Fight Night: Dos Anos vs. Alvarez, followed by The Ultimate Fighter Finale headlined by this season’s coaches Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha, and closing out the week with the epic UFC 200 with its litany of stars, headlined by the long awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
Thursday night, UFC Fight Night will be headlined by reigning Lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos taking on challenger Eddie Alvarez. Dos Anjos is coming off of an injury that forced him out of his much anticipated “red panty night” superfight against Conor McGregor, but last left the cage with a dominating victory over Donald Cerrone. Speaking of Cerrone, he was the one chosen to greet Alvarez in his UFC debut which ended up being a one-sided loss for the former Bellator champion. Since then, Alvarez has rattled off two consecutive wins over former UFC title challenger and Strikeforce champion, Gilbert Melendez and former UFC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, both by Split Decision.
In the co-main event, Heavyweights Roy Nelson and Derrick Lewis square off in a tussle where they surely won’t need the judges. Lewis is coming off of a three-fight winning streak, all coming by way off (T)KO, whereas Nelson is looking to jumpstart his career as he is 2-5 in his last seven fights.
The main card also hosts bouts featuring Alan Jouban taking on promotional newcomer Belal Muhammad at Welterweight, and Mitch Clarke taking on Joseph Duffy to start things off.
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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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