When veteran lightweights Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon stepped into the octagon at UFC on FOX 21 fans hoped for a repeat of their 2012 fight of the year. Despite the bar being set impossibly high back at UFC 155, where Miller won by unanimous decision, the two fan favourites combined to produce another excellent contest on Saturday night.
After three rounds of compelling back and forth action, it was Miller who was given the nod by two of the judges. David Therien and Tony Weeks both scored the bout 29-28 for Miller, with Dave Hagen siding with Joe Lauzon. The fight might have lacked the iconic moments that their 2012 bout did, and the blood it bought, but it was competitive throughout.
Judging, pun very much intended, by the reaction across Twitter Hagen was not the only one who believed Lauzon had done enough to get his hand raised. In fact, of the media outlet scores collated on mmadecisions.com, only two scored the fight for Miller, with a staggering 25 siding with Lauzon.
Of the 41 media scorecards tracked for the last two split decisions, only 2 were in favour of the winning fighter.
— MMADecisions.com (@MMADecisions) August 28, 2016
Fun! Miller slowed down a bit as rd 3 progressed and lauzon probably took the round and fight 2-1 #UFCVancouver
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) August 28, 2016
I love Jim Miller but he didn’t win that fight — Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) August 28, 2016
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) August 28, 2016
I give all three rounds to Joe Lauzon 8358235852732-29. I'm a bit biased though. #UFCVancouver
— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) August 28, 2016
I've seen better Decisions on the show "Locked Up Abroad" #UFCVancouver
— MMA Roasted (@MMARoasted) August 28, 2016
— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) August 28, 2016
What did you think? Were the judges right to award the bout to Jim Miller? Is a third fight between two of the most cage savvy veterans in the lightweight division in order? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, as the Vancouver judges took centre stage on Saturday night @MMALatestNws
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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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