There was sad news in the world of MMA this week when it was announced that former UFC fighter Emmanuel Yarborough had passed away at the age of just 51. As the news began to filter through social media, many were quick to pay tribute to the man affectionately known as “Tiny”, or simply as Manny.
Other personalities such as long-time MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy, who was the man in the middle for Yarborough’s only UFC fight, also had kind words for Yarborough, with all referring to how nice a person he was.
Yarborough held the Guinness World Record for being the heaviest living athlete following a sumo competition in which he competed at a weight of 882 pounds. He was a very successful amateur sumo, winning a world title in 1995. However, he also wrestled in college as an All-American Division I competitor and held a brown belt in Judo.
Despite the fact that Yarborough had only one UFC fight and just three fights in his entire MMA career, the sheer size of the man, 6 foot 8 inches and over 600 pounds when competing, imprinted him firmly into the memories of everyone who witnessed him fight. In that sole UFC bout back at UFC 3, he faced Keith Hackney. In a bout during which Yarborough literally shoved Hackney out of the cage, he would end up losing via TKO in just under two minutes, but he won a place in the minds of fans everywhere and his appearance in the UFC cage is one of the iconic images from the early days of the sport.
The other two fights of Yarborough’s career would take him to Japan. First, in Shooto, he fought Tatsuo Nakano. This would mark the only win of his MMA career, albeit in unconventional manner. Yarborough wound up on top of his opponent and used his size to cover the face of the Japanese competitor, leaving him with no choice but to tap out. The official method of victory has gone down as via smother – another feat which served only to endear him to fans further. When his career led him to Pride Fighting Championship at Pride 3, Yarborough again faced Japanese opposition in the form of Daiju Takase. Unfortunately for the popular Yarborough, he would lose that fight by submission due to punches, leaving him with an MMA record of 1 – 2.
His manager, Beatrice H. Davis, gave a statement following Yarborough’s passing to UFC.com which read: “Emanuel’s passion was to travel. Even though it was not an easy task for him, it never stopped him from following his dreams, and bringing smiles to the faces of all he would meet. He was to be the subject of a new reality show, and would have continued to bring smiles to all those who had the opportunity to be blessed by his infectious, compassionate, loving presence. He will be missed by his millions of fans around the world, friends and family.”
Everyone at MMA Latest would like to pass on their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Emmanuel Yarborough at this time. A Gofundme page has been set up in order to help his mother to get him home and with funeral expenses. Click here for more information.
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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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