The UFC heads back to Australia this Saturday, but will be in the state of Victoria when UFC 193 lands in Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. The event features 13 fights in eight weight classes and TWO title fights. Here’s the time and where to watch (for US only).
Early Prelims- UFC Fight Pass(6:15 PM EST, 3:15 PST, 11:15 BST)
Flyweight: Ben Nguyen vs. Ryan Benoit
Middleweight: Dan Kelly vs. Steve Montgomery
Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy
Welterweight: Anton Zafir vs. James Moontasri
Preliminary Card- Fox Sports 1(8 PM EST, 5 PM EST, 1 AM *BST)
Flyweight: Richie Vaculik vs. Danny Martinez
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola
Main Card- PPV (10 PM EST, 7 PM EST, 3 AM* BST)
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt
Middleweight: Robert Whitaker vs. Uriah Hall
Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva
Women’s Strawweight: (c)Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau
Women’s Bantamweight: (c)Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
So why do you need to make sure you tune into UFC 193? Well here are 5 fights you simply shouldn’t miss and why …
Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt
The main card starts with a Heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve (26-7 MMA; 10-5 UFC)* and Jared Rosholt (13-2; 5-1). This will be the first time for either guy fighting in Australia.
Struve is the tallest active UFC fighter on the roster. He last fought at UFC 190 where he won a decision over legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. ‘Skyscraper’ has wins over Paul Buentello, Pat Barry, Stipe Miocic and Nogueira in his career. Struve depends on his long reach and grappling to win fights with his 3.59 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM)**, 75% Takedown Accuracy and 2.9 Submission Attempts per 15 min.
Rosholt is a winner of five of his first six UFC fights. His style dictates him to grind other fighters to dominant decision wins. His lone UFC loss came in a first round KO to Oleksiy Oliynik at UFC Fight Night 57. He has wins over Walt Harris, Daniel Omielanczuk, Soa Palelei, Josh Copeland and Timothy Johnson. ‘The Big Show’ dictates the fights with his wrestling as he brings 1.76 Takedowns per 15 min. and 70% Takedown Defense (TDD). Rosholt is tops actively with only 1.14 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM), which is also good for second all-time behind Pete Spratt with 1.04 SApM.
Robert Whitaker vs. Uriah Hall
In the Middleweight division is a fun scrap between Robert Whitaker (14-4; 5-2) and Uriah Hall (12-5; 5-3). The original fight was expected to be Whitaker against Michael Bisping, but Bisping dropped out of the contest citing an elbow injury and was replaced by Hall.
Whitaker is The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner after beating Brad Scott in the finale. Since that fight, he is 4-2 with wins over Colton Smith, Mike Rhodes, Clint Hester and Brad Tavares. Whitaker will fight in his home country for the 11th time. Whitaker is a striker bringing who throws punches in bunches and gets hit as well. He comes into the fights with 4.83 SLpM and 4.29 SApM in addition with 66% Striking Defense. His grappling is catching up as he has 75% Takedown Accuracy and 91% TDD.
Hall is the owner of some of the best kick KO’s in the game. It started when he was on The Ultimate Fighter 17 and he hit a spinning hook kick to knock Adam Cella out cold. Hall rode that high all the way to the finals before losing a Split-Decision to winner Kelvin Gastelum. He is 5-2 since that with four of the wins coming by KO/TKO. His last fight was a TKO due to a spinning back kick, flying knee and punches against top 10 guy Gegard Mousasi. Hall hits the big kick/punch, but also throws strikes effectively evident by his 3.21 SLpM. His wrestling has started to catch up to his striking as he has been able to get up from takedowns.
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva
Another Heavyweight bout headlines your non-title fight portion of the event as Mark Hunt (10-10-1; 5-4-1) and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (19-7-1; 3-4-1) are scheduled for a rematch. Their first fight ended in a draw as they headlined UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane. The fight has been given many accolades as the best Heavyweight fight of all time and a 2013 Fight of the Year candidate.
Hunt will fight in his adopted home country of Australia for the fourth time in his career. Hunt had a career resurgence starting at UFC 127 with four straight wins with three coming by KO/TKO. He fought for the Interim title at UFC 180 where he was KO’d in the second round by a flying knee. Hunt has been the owner of many great walk-away KO’s with his wins over Stefan Struve, Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson. ‘The Super Samoan’ does not throw a ton of punches, but lands the big shot when needed.
‘Bigfoot’ is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Championship. He fought for the UFC title at UFC 160 where he was punched for what seemed like an eternity. Silva has struggled after jumping to the UFC, never winning more than two fights in a row. He last fought in his home country of Brazil at UFC 190 where he got back in the W column after 4 straight non-winning performances by beating Soa Palelei by TKO in the second round. Silva has no specific strengths or weaknesses and comes into the fight with 2.90 SLpM, 45% Striking Accuracy and 65% TDD.
(c)Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau
The co-main event of the star-studded night is a Women’s Strawweight title fight between the champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0; 4-0) and the challenger Valerie Letourneau (8-3; 3-0). The fight was expected to follow the main event to whatever event it landed on.
Jedrzejczyk was expected to face #1 contender Claudia Gadelha after the champ beat Jessica Penne and Gadelha beat Jessica Aguilar. The fight was pushed back as Gadelha injured her hand in her fight at UFC 190 and the UFC gave the shot to Letourneau. Jedrzejczyk won the belt at UFC 185 with a dominant 2nd round TKO win over then-champion Carla Esparza. She has defended her title once since then with a Fight of the Night third round TKO victory over Jessica Penne. Joanna Champion was also a Muy-Thai champion with an impressive striking arsenal. She landed 126 Significant Strikes in 14 minutes of cage time in her last fight and 179 in 23 minutes in title fights. She boasts 4.90 SLpM and only 1.38 SApM with a 71% Striking Defense. She has shown good TDD as she has only allowed one Takedown in the last 28 attempts.
Letourneau earned her title shot with a dominant decision win over surging prospect Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 74. She tried out for The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 and lost in the round of 32 to Roxanne Modafferi by Rear-Naked choke in the Bantamweight division. She made her UFC debut at Bantamweight at UFC 174 with a Split-Decision over Elizabeth Phillips. She made her Strawweight debut at UFC 186 in her hometown of Montreal with a win over fellow TUF 18 contestant Jessica Rakoczy. Letourneau lands a lot of strikes as she comes into the bout with 4.69 SLpM and 68% Striking Defense and her grappling has come along with 87% TDD.
(c)Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
The main event, which is expected to get 55,000 fans to the event, puts the Women’s Bantamweight title on the line. Champion Ronda Rousey (12-0; 6-0) and challenger Holly Holm (9-0; 2-0) completes the all female main and co-main event.
Rousey has been the only Women’s Bantamweight champion in the UFC when she was handed the title before UFC 157. She has defended her title six times equaling a total cage time of 18 minutes and five seconds with the last three coming in just over a minute COMBINED. Rousey’s stats are off the charts as she brings a strong sense of grappling into her game. Her 8.00 Takedowns per 15 min. and 6.2 Submission attempts are tops in the UFC among active fighters.
Holm was very highly touted before joining the UFC and was always looked at as a threat to the current champion. She finally made her debut at UFC 184 as the co-main event against Raquel Pennington where she won a close Split-Decision. She got back in the Octagon five months later with a dominant decision over Marion Reneau. Holm is a former world champion boxer who has put kicks into her game as she has five wins due to kicks. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ has brought her striking with her to the UFC as she has 3.63 SLpM and 2.20 SApM and has never been taken down inside the Octagon.
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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