Episode two kicks off with Michael Graves commiserating with his ATT teammates following his loss. Graves, who has never lost professionally, is worried his defeat would dampen the spirits of his ATT brethren. Hayder Hassan and Kam Usman then cross paths in the kitchen where Hassan comments on the “heavy atmosphere” of the Blackzilian’s gym. As the fighters are travelling to their respective gyms, we’re taken inside the ATT “war room” where Dan Lambert and his coaches are discussing who they think the Blackzilians will put forth and which fighter with which they will counter. Lambert settles on Uros Jurisic, the Slovenian Post Man. Jurisic (1-0) is a fairly untested combatant with little in cage experience, but Top Team’s coaches are very impressed with him and think he’ll give them the best chance at taking over fight control. We’re then transported to the Blackzilian’s “war room”. As Glenn Robinson and co. are going through their choices they settle on Luis “Buscape” as their selection this week. “Buscape” (18-6) holds wins over UFC vets Tyson Griffin, Jacob Volkmann, and Luis Palomino in his 3 previous fights leading into TUF. Firmino, a decorated grappler, will most likely be the favorite going into this fight, just based on experience alone.
So, now we have out week 2 match-up: Luis “Buscape” Firmino vs Uros Jurisic.
My pick: Firmino via submission
Tempers flair during the Blackzilian’s training session when Kamaru Usman takes issue with the way Jason Jackson is performing a drill. Usman storms out of the room, but returns shortly after, apologizing to Jones for his outburst. No chemistry issues, or so it would seem. Both camps are in the gym for week 2’s weigh ins. Uros and Buscape step forward to weigh in, a feat both accomplish without issue. Robinson and the Blackzilian’s seem very confident with match up. The next face off happens to be between the team’s coaches. Lambert and Robinson trade a few verbal shots, but this “rivalry” seems contrived and it’s hard to take these guys as serious “rivals”. After the weigh ins (and coaches trash talk) has commenced, we get a look into Buscape’s training with striking coach Tyrone Spong (a serious badass). The Blackzilians seem to be confident in their ability to win the fight no matter where it goes. Over at American Top Team, the team of coaches discuss Buscape’s methods of victory. They zero in on his 1 TKO in his 18 wins, crediting Uros with a striking advantage. They also think Jurisic has a much more well-rounded game, and a better gas tank. ATT seems to be looking to put pressure on the Brazilian and wear him out. We could be in for a 3 round, grinding affair.
A quick reminder of the TUF 21 scoring system –
-Fights 1-4 are worth 25 points each
-Fights 5-8 are worth 50 points each
-Fights 9-12 are worth 100 points each
Uros Jurisic (1-0) *ATT vs. Luis “Buscape” Firmino (18-6) *Blackzilians
As the fighters enter the cage, the atmosphere is again “raucous”. Lambert comments that the Blackzilian’s home gym feels like a “fucking soccer game”.
Both fighters take the center of the octagon and trade punches. Jurisic lands a clean left, but Buscape gets in close enough to secure a takedown. Jurisic threatens with a guillotine, but Buscape is quickly in side control, and out of danger. Jurisic regains full guard as Buscape drags the Slovenian to the center of the octagon. Buscape is landing some decent hammer fists from guard, but Jurisic is defending well enough to avoid any major damage. The fighters have scooted their way across the octagon and now Jurisic is attempting to use the cage to stand up. Buscape lands some heavy ground and pound for good measure. The entire ATT contingent are screaming for Uros to stand up. As the round ends the Blackzilian’s erupt in delight as their fighter very clearly won the first round.
MMA Latest scores the round 10-9 Firmino.
The message is clear in Jurisic’s corner, KEEP THE FIGHT STANDING!. The fighters take the center of the octagon as Uros whiffs on 2 flying techniques. Jurisic shoots for the takedown, a direct disregarding of his corner’s advise, and Buscape throws him to the ground. Buscape is now in side control, but Jurisic is able to buck and sprawl to his feet. AFter trading a few punches Buscape shoots and is rewarded with a takedown in the center of the cage. The Blackzilian’s are chanting, and the gym is seemingly transformed into a Brazilian stadium. A call from action by the referee spurs Buscape to throw a few hammer fists. As he is loading up, Uros is able to scramble to his feet, but it’s not long before Buscape has taken his back. The fighters are now back to the mat, just where Buscape wants it to be. As the round is coming to an end, it seems that Firmino’s formidable ground game is too dominant for Jurisic to handle. This should be an easy decision for the judges.
MMA Latest scores the round 10-9 Firmino, and the bout 20-18 Firmino.
Making Luis “Buscape” Firmino the winner via Unanimous Decision.
The decision is rendered, and to no ones surprise, we are not going to a 3rd round.
*OFFICIAL DECISION: Luis “Buscape” Firmino wins via Unanimous Decision*
With the win the Blackzilians retain home gym advantage and gain a 50 – 0 lead in the tournament.
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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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