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UFC 192 Fight Pass Prelims: Preview

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With so much hype around future fight cards, UFC 193 and 194, UFC 192 is flying under the radar as one of the most stacked cards of the year. On paper, this card has the potential to be one of the best PPV events in recent memory and it all starts on the Fight Pass prelims.

Sage Northcutt vs Francisco Trevnio

Rising welterweight contender Sage Northcutt makes his UFC debut at just 19 years old. After posting an impressive undefeated 5-0 professional record Northcutt enters the UFC only having been out of the first round 1 time. Northcutt has an impressive stand-up game and compliments that with some dangerous submission skills should the fight go to the ground. Northcutt will be looking to continue his winning ways and make his UFC debut a memorable one as he starts his the road to the 170lb belt.

Northcutt won’t have an easy time of it in his debut fight as he draws the 12-1 Francisco Trevino. Trevino is coming off of a decision loss to Johnny Case at UFC 188, the first loss of his career. Before that loss however, Trevino had shown himself to be a well rounded fighter, winning 4 fights by TKO/KO, 4 by submission and 4 by decision. His last finish came in 2012 but he has been a part of some strong decision wins since then. Northcutt may be the hot name right now, but Trevino is looking to play the spoiler role to the 19 year olds debut and he is more than capable of coming away with a win.

Derrick Lewis vs Viktor Pesta

The 2nd Fight Pass prelim is a heavyweight battle between UFC veterans. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis is coming off of a devastating KO loss to Shawn Jordan at UFC Fight Night 68 and is 3-2 in the UFC. All 5 of his fights have ended by KO/TKO in either the 1st or 2nd round. Lewis is a brawler who loves nothing more than to stand and trade with his opponent. He has brutal power in his hands as he showed in his TKO win over Ruan Potts at UFC 184. He’s the kind of fighter who is looking for the knockout with every punch.

Viktor Pesta may not have the same UFC experience that Lewis does, sporting a 1-1 record in the UFC, but he is arguably the more well rounded fighter. In his 10 pro wins, 4 have come by KO/TKO while 3 have come by submission. His 1 UFC win came by decision in a fairly one sided affair at UFC on Fox 14. Pesta will most likely want to take this fight to the ground where he would have the advantage against the heavy handed Lewis but he has shown in the past that he has the ability to put his opponent to sleep with a well placed strike. The heavyweight division is wide open right now so a win by either fighter could go a long way on their quest for the title.

Sergio Pettis vs Chris Cariaso

Sergio Pettis returns to the octagon after an upset TKO loss in brutal fashion to Ryan Benoit at UFC 185. The younger brother of former lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, Sergio has amassed a 3-2 record in the UFC and is looking to “right the ship” against the #10 ranked Flyweight in the UFC. Pettis has shown flashes of his brother’s talent but has yet to be able to put all the pieces together in the UFC. He has looked better in every fight he’s been in – outside of the Benoit loss – and will be looking to show that he is a force to be reckoned with in the flyweight division.

Chris Cariaso is the #10 ranked Flyweight in the UFC with a 7-5 UFC record. He is coming off of back to back losses via the current flyweight champion, and arguably best pound for pound fighter in the world, Demetrius Johnson, and the #5 ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo. The caliber of those opponents speaks for themselves and those losses shouldn’t be held against him. Cariaso is a well-rounded fighter who tends to go the distance in his fights but pushes the pace throughout. If Cariaso can manage to finish the fight against a fighter like Pettis then it could be just the spark he needs to turn his luck around and make another run at the top of the division.

Adriano Martins vs Islam Makhachev

The final fight on the Fight Pass prelims is a showdown in the 155 lb division. Adriano Martins is 3-1 in the UFC and is coming off a split decision victory over Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 61. Martins has shown that he can win the fight on the feet, on the ground, or if it goes to the judges. He likes to push the pace and keep his opponent off balance with his mix of striking combined with great cardio that lets him keep a rhythm that not everyone can match. He’ll probably be looking to keep the fight standing against his opponent this time around.

Islam Makhachev is an undefeated submission specialist coming off an impressive win by rear naked choke against Leo Kuntz at UFC 187. With 6 of his 12 professional wins coming by way of submission, it’s no secret that Makhachev is incredibly comfortable when the fight goes to the mat. He’s had his share of 3 round fights as well and has shown that his cardio can stack up pretty well against almost anyone. I would guess that Makhachev wants to get this fight to the ground early and use his skills to wear down Martins before going for the submission victory. He won’t have an easy go of it in his 2nd UFC fight against a fighter like Martins but this fight promises to be entertaining from start to finish.

Those 4 fights are already enough to get MMA fans excited about this card, make sure to tune in to Fight Pass at 6:15 on Saturday October 3rd so you don’t miss a second of what’s shaping up to be one of the most underrated cards of the year.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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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”.

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.

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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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