On Saturday night we will see the return of the Queen of the 135 pound division as she looks to run her undefeated streak to 12. Ronda Rousey is slated to face fellow undefeated fighter Bethe Correia in her home country of Brazil. Originally Ronda was hoping this would be her Rocky 4 moment, to fight in her opponent’s backyard but the open workouts showed that may not be the case as her stardom has stretched to cover enemy territory as well. Bethe Correia looks to take down the head of the 4 horsewomen, she has already defeated two of her team mates in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler, one the main reasons as to why she got her title shot in the first place.
Ronda Rousey has looked unbeatable in her UFC career dispatching her opponents in lightning speed, and many are questioning if she will ever lose. When I look at possible ways to beat Ronda there are only two main paths to victory. The first being a jab and jog style of decision, someone who has the ability to stay at the end of her punches and avoid the inevitable clinch of Rousey, using footwork and angles to land her shots all the while avoid Ronda like the plague. Doing all that for five rounds is what makes it seem impossible. The only other way I see Ronda losing is if her opponent has enough power to catch her and get an early TKO/KO stoppage, luckily for Ronda not many if any 135 pound women have shown the stopping power needed to stop a fight in one or two punches. The biggest question coming into this fight is does Bethe Correia fit either of these molds.
Bethe Correia will be one of the biggest underdogs in a UFC title fight, and it is understandably so. I don’t see Bethe fitting either of the two templates I gave above as possible ways to beat Ronda. She certainly doesn’t have the jab and footwork to pull off a five round decision, as she was easily clinched by Shayna Baszler within the first 30 seconds of their fight, and she was taken down multiple times by Jessamyn Duke. Bethe has seen the best success in her career by out striking her opponents, she won the exchanges against Duke and Julie Kedzie to win by decision. In her most recent fight against Baszler she was able to win by TKO, which on paper looks impressive and could be key to the fight against Ronda, but watching the actual fight it shows that it took her 50+ punches to finally put her away to get the stoppage, I don’t see Ronda standing against the cage for any period of time, as when she does get hit she usually looks to clinch. I honestly don’t see a fight which Bethe wins unless it is by some unforeseen fluke.
Ronda Rousey has previously mentioned that her goal is to finish her career undefeated, and I’m confident after this fight she will still be on track to do so. Ronda has shown that her skill and athleticism are on a completely different level than anyone she has previously fought. Ronda should be able to win this fight with relative ease, Bethe has shown her inability to stay out of the clinch, and has shown a propensity to be taken down with Judo style takedowns in the Duke fight. This combined with her speed and explosiveness advantage should allow her to take down Bethe very easily and get the finish early on. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ronda go for TKO stoppage on the ground instead of her patented armbar due to her recent words about how Bethe has disrespected her and her family with a comment about suicide, as it is widely known her father passed away this way. Also, don’t be surprised if we see Ronda stand longer then one may think, she has a clear speed advantage as has shown big improvements in her striking technique and power.
If it isn’t clear, I’m picking Ronda Rousey to win this fight by first round dominance. I see her landing a takedown, going to mount and begin to land a barrage of punches leading to her winning by stoppage due to strikes within the first round. Her rule over the division will continue as it is obvious she is a class above many of her opponents and will be unlikely to face any real competition at 135.
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.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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