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Titan FC Lightweight Champ Rick Hawn Retires

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It has been only one month since Rick “Genghis” Hawn won the Titan Fighting Championship lightweight title, and now he has to decided to call it a career.

Hawn, who turned 39 just 4 days before he one the Titan FC title, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition on Monday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour.” His last fight was on September 19th at Titan Fighting Championships 35 in Ridgefield, Washington where he won the lightweight title from Pat Healy via split decision after five rounds of action.

“I just had probably the best fight of my career a few weeks ago, winning the lightweight title for Titan,” the champion told Helwani. “I’m 39 years old. It’s time to hang it up… I’m not a young kid anymore.”

Before his MMA career, Hawn was a four-time U.S. national judo champion and 2004 Olympics representative in Athens, Greece. After failing to make the Olympic team for the 2008 games in Beijing, Hawn decided to start fighting MMA. His career began by winning 11 straight fights, including winning the Triumph Fighter Welterweight Title in only his eighth fight, before losing a controversial split decision to Jay Hieron in the Bellator season four welterweight tournament finals in 2011. Hawn went on to win the Bellator season six lightweight tournament in 2012 and the season nine welterweight tournament in 2013, unfortunately he was unsuccessful in the title shots that winning those tournaments provided against both lightweight champion Michael Chandler and also Douglas Lima for the vacant welterweight title.

Hawn said he first contemplated retirement from the sport during his 2013 run at the 170 lbs Bellator title.

“Back in 2013, I almost retired when I was with Bellator, having some contract issues with them,” Hawn explained. “More recently, over this last summer, before I got the call for the Titan fight… I was like, ’You know what? Let’s put it back together and go for one more last run and see what we can do.’”

Though he revealed he planned to retire regardless of the outcome of his last bout, Hawn told “The MMA Hour” that he was excited to go out with a win in a close, back-and-forth fight that showed the will and skill of both Healy and himself.

“Win or lose, I was gonna be done. It’s just better to go out with a win. It was definitely the best fight of my career, I have to say.”

Hawn retires with a record of 21-4 with 11 KOs. He is currently working to establish his own school in Plaistow, New Hampshire just 30 miles from where he trained at the Tristar Gym in Dracut, Massachusetts. He plans to teach the discipline that he is most famous for, judo, as well as karate and jiu-jitsu. He hopes to have the business open the sometime in January.

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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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