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UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz Main Card Preview

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Finally, after months of waiting, UFC 183 is upon us. Live from Las Vegas this Saturday, we will see two former champions go at it. The card has it all with title hopefuls and plain out scrappers. Let’s take a look at the main card!

#13 Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves

The PPV starts off with an intriguing Welterweight matchup between Jordan Mein (29-9 MMA; 3-1 UFC) and Thiago Alves (20-9; 12-6). Both fighters have thunder in their hands and are looking to use their power to their advantage. This is the perfect PPV starter as both fighters will throw caution to the wind and just straight up bang.

Mein, in the world of MMA since 2006, will look to build upon his Performance of the Night in his last outing against Mike Pyle. He looked fantastic in the win, his second in a row and third in four fights. His last loss came to Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 7 where he was hit with vicious elbows. With 4.05 Significant Strikes per minute(SLpM)*, ‘Young Gun’ will look to land an abundance of strikes instead of one big strike, while using his 72% striking defense to avoid his opponent.

Alves, a true veteran of the UFC, will look to build on his own win over Seth Baczynski. It’s been a tough go recently for the former title-contender who has alternated wins for losses over his last six fights. ‘Pitbull’ had a streak of 7 straight wins over two years, inducing five in a row in the middle of all finishes. With 3.56 SLpM, Alves is holding his own in the striking department. With his 65% striking defense, look for both fighters to hit often and avoid their opponent.

Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch

The next bout is a good one in the 185 pound division. Thales Leites (24-4;9-3) and Tim Boetsch (18-7;9-6) look to get themselves back on title track with a win. Both have a lot of experience in the octagon, and it’s going to take grit and determination to get the victory in this one. Leites is on a seven fight win streak, including his last four in the UFC. Boetsch has dropped three of his last five.

Leites, a former title-contender, looks to keep the streak alive. After 6 fights, a 5-1 record to boot, the long-time Nova Unaio standout was awarded a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title. He would lose that fight and his next against Alessio Sakara, ultimately getting cut by the UFC. He would go on a solid streak as of late and get back to the big leagues where he would continue his success. In his last seven, he holds wins over Jeremy Horn and Francis Carmont.

‘The Barbarian’, who last fought in Maine against Brad Tavares, wants new life put back into his career. He holds wins over Yushin Okami, Hector Lombard, and CB Dolloway in his career. His veteran prowess and big right hand could prove to be more than his opponent can handle.

Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta

In the Lightweight division, two fighters will look to break into the top 15. Joe Lauzon (24-9;11-6) and Al Iaquinta (10-3, 1 draw; 5-2) will look to make some extra money with a post-fight bonus. Right in the middle of the PPV, this fight looks to prove to catapult both fighters into bigger spots in the pecking order. This is a classic grappler vs. striker matchup with neither having an advantage. This is an early Fight of the Night candidate.

Lauzon, a TUF 5 contestant, will look to grab another post-fight bonus. With a clear veteran status in the young sport, ‘J-Lau’ has fought some of the sports best Lightweights such as Jens Pulver, Kenny Florian, Anthony Pettis, and Jim Miller. His UFC debut saw him beat former champ Pulver in just 48 seconds and shock the world. He’s won his last two over former TUF winners Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa. His 3.1 submission average per 15 minutes is one of the best in the UFC and could show the weakness of the young fighter across the octagon from him.

Iaquinta, also a TUF alum, has been given a chance to to show his worth. The Serra-Longo fighter has had a nice UFC stay with five wins in seven fights. His last fight was a TKO win over savvy vet Ross Pearson in Sydney. He also has wins over Ryan Couture and Piotr Hallmann in his career. With 4.93 SLpM, ‘Raging’ Al will look to use his striking to keep the fight standing and his 84% TDD should keep him off his back.

#3 Tyron Woodley vs. #7 Kelvin Gastelum

A very important fight in the Welterweight division will look to prove worthy as a co-main event to one of the biggest fights of the year. Tyron Woodley (14-3; 4-2) and Kelvin Gastelum (10-0; 5-0) are both wrestlers who are relying more on their striking now-a-days. For both fighters, they have been in consecutive co-main event slots.

Woodley, a former All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri, fights for the fifth time in fourteen months. With his busy fight schedule, it hasn’t done much for his level of fighting as he’s gone 3-1 in that span. He has wins over Tarec Saffiedine, Paul Daley, Jay Heron, and Josh Koscheck in his career. His 2.79 Strikes Absorbed per Minute(SApM) is higher than his SLpM of 2.64 which could possess some trouble with a striker like Gastelum on the other side. On the other side of the spectrum, he has a 91% TDD and averages 2.14 Takedowns per Minute.

Gastelum, former TUF 17 winner, is undefeated to this point and will look to keep his record in tact. After his win over Uriah Hall in the TUF 17 finale, he beat Brian Melancon, Rick Story, Nico Musoke, and Jake Ellenberger. His weight is something to look at, as he missed weight with his fight with Musoke and often has trouble with his weight cut. His 3.58 SLpM is significantly higher than his opponents and could be his main weapon. He’ll look to improve on his 54% TDD to keep the fight standing.

#1 Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

Well now that we know Nick is in Las Vegas and ready to go, we all can sleep a little better at night. In the middleweight division, long-time UFC champion Anderson Silva (33-6; 16-2) and former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-9; 1-2) will finally put on the gloves and get in the octagon after months of us waiting. With the tag “super fight” lingering around, this one should be one to remember.

Silva, one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all-time, is making his comeback after breaking his leg in a loss to now Middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Anderson had 16 straight wins in the UFC with wins over greats like Rich Franklin (twice), Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen (twice) and Vitor Belfort. He lost his title to Weidman in July of 2013 after being knocked out, then lost in the rematch in December after Weidman checked one of his leg kicks and Anderson broke his own leg. With 3.11 SLpM and only 1.47 SApM, Silvas counter-striking style is one of the best in MMA. He will look to avoid the punches (and only punches) and attack on the rebound of his opponents aggressive style. If all else fails, ‘The Spider’ can use his black-belt in BJJ to change the course of the fight.

Diaz, one of the most popular fighters in the UFC, has his own unique style that involves his patented ‘Stockton Slap’ to keep his opponents on the edge. With over two years off, one can wonder if Diaz will look like the old Nick we all know and love. He has lost his last two, both for the title, against then Interim-champion Carlos Condit and then champion Georges St. Pierre. Before those two losses, he was on an 11 fight win streak including wins over Ken Shamrock, KJ Noons, Paul Daley, and BJ Penn. With 13 wins by KO and 8 by submission, he has finished the majority of his fights in his career. His 5.63 SLpM is what shows his smothering style of striking where he throws punches in bunches at half power to avoid gassing. His cardio is second to none and like Silva, he can also use his black-belt to change the fight in his own way.

*all stats from FightMetric.com

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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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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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