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Thiago Santos Targeted to Replace Derek Brunson at UFC 200

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After reports surfaced this weekend that Derek Brunson was forced to pull out of his anticipated clash with Gegard Mousasi the UFC were left with limited time to find a replacement before UFC 200. MMA Fighting have reported today that a replacement has been found, with Brazilian Thiago Santos stepping up on less than three weeks notice to tackle the veteran Mousasi.

After besting Thales Leites in London in February, Mousasi had called for a high calibre opponent. Since hearing that Brunson would not be able to compete he reiterated this stance, throwing names like Uriah Hall, Vitor Belfort and even newly crowned middleweight champion Michael Bisping out there as potential replacements.

The pair were due to clash in London earlier this year, however, Bisping ultimately faced and defeated Anderson Silva on that card. “The Count” infamously went on to knock out Luke Rockhold in devastating fashion at UFC 199 and, despite the fact that this fight becoming reality is unlikely, that did not deter Mousasi in calling for the fight on social media.

Ultimately, it seems that Mousasi will have to settle for a fighter that is not ranked in the top ten of the division. This does not make the prospect of facing Santos any easier, as the Brazilian is currently riding a four fight wins streak coming into the contest. He most recently decimated Nate Marquardt at UFC 198 in Brazil and, with notable names such as Elias Theodorou on his win resume, Santos is a tough out for anyone at 185 pounds.

With International Fight Week set to get under way on Thursday July 7th let us pray that this is the only injury scare that surfaces in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to MMALatestNews.com for more news surrounding UFC 200, as well as extended coverage throughout International Fight week beginning with UFC Fight Night Dos Anjos vs Alvarez on July 7th.

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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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