Newly crowned ONE featherweight champion Martin Nguyen recently posted on his Facebook profile on the 14th of September that he has just signed for a new fight at the end of the year.
One Championship has not announced anything regarding Martin as of yet but we could break down the confirmed cards available at the end of the year.
One Championship scheduled event 2017
3rd November – Yangon (Announce on Chatri Sidyotong Facebook profile today)
10th November – Manila
24th November – Singapore
9th December – Bangkok
16th December – Surabaya
23rd December – Shenzen
With the contract signed this early, we can cross out the possibilities of Martin appearing on the December cards which will only leave us with Yangon, Manila and Singapore in November.
Recurring Pattern in ONE Championship matchmaking
There is a recurring pattern in the recent bout announcements. Ben Askren – Welterweight Champion will be facing Shinya Aoki – Lightweight on the 24th of November in Singapore and just recently announced Middleweight Champion Aung La N Sang will be facing Heavyweight Alain Ngalaini in Yangon. One seems to be pushing cross-division fights lately and we have firm believe that Martin will not be fighting any featherweight contenders soon. Martin also hinted “Massive fight, Massive announcement coming up”. So we can cross out a rematch with Marat Gafurov.
The easy guess – Martin Nguyen vs Bibiano Fernandes
It is no secret that Martin wants a fight with dominant Bantamweight champion Bibiano and this would be very probable for the Manila card because ONE already has two big fights(Askren vs Aoki and Angela vs Mei Yamaguchi II) in Singapore BUT we are not going with this and we will tell you why.
A champion needs a fight and his contenders have not been around since
There are two champions that will be needed to be featured on the Manila card, and Heavyweight champion Brandon Vera has skipped the rest of the year from fighting due to other commitments. That leaves us with lightweight champion Eduard Folayang.
A rematch with Ev Ting at the same arena wouldn’t make sense and contenders Lowen Tynanes and Ariel Sexton last fought in mid 2016 and that inactivity wouldn’t make it a “Massive fight announcement” for Folayang to carry the Manila Card.
Here comes Featherweight champion Martin Nguyen who just shocked the world with a win over Marat Gafurov, equipped with five finishes from his last five fights. And yes, Eduard Folayang vs Martin Nguyen would definitely be the proper “Massive fight announcement” instead of Eduard vs Ariel or Eduard vs Lowen.
Martin Nguyen has not confirmed anything with us but we believe we are pretty accurate on this.
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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
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.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
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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