This season of TUF has been loaded with great fights from start to finish in each weight category, to put the icing on the cake then we had the intense encounters between the two coaches, Claudia and Joanna.
So far we know two out of four finalists that will compete on the card on Friday night, Andrew Sanchez and Amanda Cooper. Both of their opponents will be revealed tonight on the final episode of this season in the lead up to the finale where two winners will be crowned. So first up in our debut introductions of the two known UFC debutants and finalists so far is Andrew Sanchez.
Fighter: Andrew Sanchez
Division: Light Heavyweight
Team: Finney’s HIT Squad
Previous Organisation: RFA
Andrew Sanchez has been exceptional throughout this promotion and has even been a bit of a surprise package after his victory against a very highly rated Phil Hawes that earned him his spot in the house. Sanchez was basically written off before the preliminary fight even happened as Hawes was slated to be the next big thing to come out of JacksonWink. Sanchez then went in and proved everyone wrong by dominating Hawes for two rounds to get him the unanimous decision victory.
He then went on to win his quarterfinal bout via unanimous decision against Myron Dennis. He followed that up then by impressing once again, this time by scoring the first TKO/KO outside of the preliminaries when he made quick work of teammate Eric Spicely in the semis. After their bout, Andrew was then distraught after knocking out his teammate and ultimately crushing Eric’s hopes and dreams.
Prior to TUF, ‘El Dirte’ was in immaculate form, picking up the vacant RFA middleweight title by knocking out John Popping within 2 minutes of round 3. Sanchez is probably one of the most well-rounded fighters in his weight class this season as he boasts a very prestigious background in both wrestling and BJJ, he then went forth and proved how powerful he is at striking in the sport of MMA by finishing 5 of his opponents by way of TKO/KO in his 9 fight career.
If you haven’t been keeping much of a close eye on this season of TUF, take a look at Sanchez in his last bout before entering the TUF house in what was the RFA 2015 Fight of the Year.
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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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