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UFC 198 Full Recap – A historic night in Brazil

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The Brazilian crowd at the Arena Athletico Paranense was rocking all night long as many legends of mixed martial arts from their home country would grace the UFC’s Octagon. In what was one of the most anticipated fight cards of the year, even after the removal of Anderson Silva from the card earlier in the week, the excitement for an event was higher than it has ever been in Curitiba.

Stipe Miocic brings a championship to Cleveland

The most prestigious title in the sport of mixed martial arts was on the line in the main event of the evening, as Fabricio Werdum would put his UFC Heavyweight Championship on the line against the third-ranked Stipe Miocic. If the championship history of Cleveland, Ohio was any indication of what could happen in the headlining bout, the deck was stacked against Miocic based on geographical location, a championship has evaded the city for many, many years. Luckily for Miocic, who has only suffered defeat twice in his professional MMA career, his fists, not a hometown curse, would decide the outcome of the fight.

Aside from the jubilation of Miocic’s corner, you could hear a pin drop in the () as the referee pulled Miocic away from Werdum, who was out cold on the canvas due to a stiff short right hand that shut off the lights on the now-former champion. The arena that was incredibly loud all evening long walked away in silence as a new champion was crowned, putting a sour note on an evening otherwise dominated by Brazilian fighters.

Stipe Miocic was patiently picking his shots throughout the first round while Werdum was trying to find a home for punches of his own. The quick jabs from Miocic and stellar takedown defense were effective early on as they seem to frustrate Werdum. Werdum would attempt one takedown during the round that was instantly stuffed by Miocic. While Werdum was successful with a few significant strikes of his own, nothing seemed to hurt Miocic. Werdum would rush forward and get caught with a hard counter right hand that sent him crashing to the canvas.

The official time of the stoppage was 2:47 of the first round, crowning a new UFC Heavyweight Champion, and breaking his hometown’s championship curse. This win potentially sets up an incredibly exciting fight between Miocic and Alistair Overeem, who just dispatched Andrei Arlovski with an impressive TKO finish at UFC Rotterdam.

Jacare destroys Vitor, wants title shot

The co-main event of the evening would serve as the fight that would split the raucous Brazilian crowd as two countrymen were set to square off against each other for a potential shot at becoming the number one contender in the middleweight division. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza would waste little time stating his claim for a shot at the title as he put the pressure on Vitor Belfort early.

Before Vitor knew it, he was on his back with arguably the most dangerous grappler in all of mixed martial arts in half guard. A hard elbow from Jacare sliced open Belfort’s face, which would prompt a brief stoppage by the referee to have the doctor look at the cut since blood was flowing heavily. The referee would return the fighters to the previous position and resume the action. While Vitor is no slouch on the ground himself, he managed to get the fight standing after defending an armbar attempt. Shortly after that, the next move would surprise everyone as Vitor pulled guard on Jacare, which would ultimately be a fight-ending mistake. Jacare soon found himself in full mount raining down hard punches that would cause a stop to the fight.

To knock off Vitor Belfort in that manner in the first round is incredibly impressive, and certainly creates an argument for who deserves the next shot at the middleweight title. While Yoel Romero certainly has a place in that conversation, it will be interesting to see what shakes out after Chris Weidman gets his rematch against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

Cyborg continues dominance in UFC debut

UFC 198 has etched its name in the history books as the event that played host to the UFC debut of Cris “Cyborg” Justino. It took a special catchweight fight at 140 pounds, a weight that the UFC does not have a division for to make it happen, but Cyborg finally stepped into the UFC’s Octagon for the very first time on Saturday night, adding a special touch to the event for the fans in Curitiba. No, it wasn’t against Ronda Rousey, whose beef with Cyborg goes back many years, but a very game Leslie Smith stepped up to the plate for the very tall challenge of facing the most dangerous female fighter in the game today.

There would be no “Octagon jitters” for Cyborg, who did exactly what many expected from the Invicta Featherweight Champion; unleash hard, violent striking, leading to her fourth first-round finish in a row. After dropping Smith with a slick combination of punches, Cyborg ran in to follow up with more strikes, resulting in a TKO stoppage just over 80 seconds into the fight. It’s the type of quick, hard violence we’ve come to expect from Cyborg, who now has her sights set on defending her Invicta Title while waiting for another special opportunity to arise with the UFC.

Maia dominates, continues his hunt for a title shot

Demian Maia has been to the top of the mountain once in his career. Ever since that lackluster performance, a fight against Anderson Silva that most would like to erase from their memory completely, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wizard has been on a mission to earn another shot at UFC gold and made his latest statement at UFC 198 against Matt Brown. The Sau Paulo native would dominate the fight on the ground from start to finish, which came by way of a rear-naked choke in the third round. Even though the fight reached the final round, Maia only absorbed a handful of strikes during the few seconds the fight was standing at the beginning of the rounds, otherwise, he was latched firmly to the back of Brown, searching for submissions and landing strikes of his own.

This type of dominant victory creates a very interesting problem in the UFC’s welterweight division. Coming into the bout ranked number six, Maia walks away with a completely dominant victory over the eighth-ranked Brown, pushing his win streak to five and putting his name among contenders for Robbie Lawler’s title. While the Champion is scheduled to face #3 Tyron Woodley at UFC 201, and #2 Stephen Thompson will square off against #1 Rory MacDonald in Ottawa, Maia may be on the outside looking in with the winner of Thompson and MacDonlald possibly getting their crack at the title. With #4 Carlos Condit coming off a closely contested title fight, and #5 Johny Hendricks suffering a TKO loss to Thompson, Maia may find himself matched up against a top five opponent to prove he’s ready for another title shot. While his style of fighting doesn’t appeal to everyone, another dominant performance like this one against a top-ranked opponent will surely make his claim undeniable.
The Brazilian fighters would largely be successful on the evening, going undefeated on the prelims and finishing the event with a record of 9-2, as Americans Bryan Barberena and Stipe Miocic walked away victorious. Other Brazilian legends would emerge victorious on the night as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earned a decision victory over Corey Anderson, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira put his boxing on display en route to a TKO stoppage victory over Patrick Cummins. With a reported attendance of 45,207, the event was incredibly successful and certainly one of the most memorable events of the year.

The full results from the fight card are below:

Main Card

  • Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 2:47
  • Jacare Souza def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 4:38
  • Cris Cyborg def. Leslie Smith via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 1:21
  • Mauricio Rua def. Corey Anderson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Bryan Barberena def. Warlley Alves via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Fox Sports 1 prelims

  • Demian Maia def. Matt Brown via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 3 – 4:31
  • Thiago Santos def. Nate Marquardt via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 3:39
  • Francisco Trinaldo def. Yancy Medeiros via Unanimous Decision (29-26, 30-27, 30-26)
  • John Lineker def. Rob Font via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26) 

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 4:52 
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas declared Split Draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
  • Renato Moicano def. Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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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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