UFC 192 was a tail of two cards as the Houston crowd was treated to a prelim card that concluded with 5 out of the 7 fights ending in a stoppage. The main card was not met with the same level of enthusiasm as all 5 fights went the distance. The main event got the crowd back into it as Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson went to war for an electrifying 5 rounds of action. The following are the bonuses that would be given out if MMA Latest were in charge of the dishing out the post-fight perks.
Fight of the Night: Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson
This pick will come to no surprise to the majority of people who witnessed UFC 192 last night. Cormier came out strong and won the first round, but Gus responded in the second round with a heavy knee that connected clean and crisp on the chin of the defending champion. When the bell rung to signal the start of the 3rd round, many people expected that Cormier would return to his wrestling that he utilized effectively in the first round, but the champion had different plans. The final three rounds were a striking war between the two fighters. Gustafsson was trying his best to keep his distance and utilize his reach while Cormier would attempt to close the distance, clinch up, and hit the Swede with a barrage of powerful uppercuts. At the end of the fight, people all over social media had varying score cards. Some had it 49-46 for Cormier, some had Gus squeaking out the win with a 48-47 decision, and then some had DC squeaking it out by a single round as well. In a rare instance, the three different judges represented the exact three scores which were the most popular floating around Twitter. Cormier officially defended his belt via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46).
Knockout of the Night: Albert Tumenov vs. Alan Jouban
The Russian fighter, Albert Tumenov, has been on a head hunting spree since starting his Mixed Martial Arts career. 11 Knockouts in 16 wins is pretty impressive, and last nights KO of Jouban may have been the most impressive. The Russian looked downright scary as he hunted down Jouban. The finishing combo started off with a right head kick and he finished it off with a barrage of hooks as Jouban collapsed to the ground. Everything Tumenov hit Jouban with has a bad intention behind it, and you could see the power of his strikes in the Americans body language every time he connected. Props to Jouban for being game during the whole fight no matter how much damage he could, unfortunately when your head gets hit by a guy like Tumenov, you don’t have much say in the matter.
Submission of the Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Angela Hill
Considering this was the only submission of the night, it wasn’t a hard decision to choose at as the recipient of this prestigious award. More than just the submission itself, Rose was impressive as a whole. For those who watched TUF 20 knows that Rose has (had?) issues in the psychological aspect to her game. She put a lot of pressure on herself and her performances hurt because of it, more notably in the TUF final which she lost to Carla Esparza. This was a different Rose we seen inside the cage at last nights event. She came across as calm, precise, motivated, and smooth in her first fight with the UFC since losing that TUF final. Angela Hill did win a few of the striking exchanges, but when it came to grappling, it was all Rose. She sunk in a standing rear-naked choke and Hill was out cold before she managed to tap. It was a great return for Rose and we’re excited to see her inside the cage again in the future.
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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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