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- Dave Sholler hosted the post fight meeting.
- Max Holloway told the fans to hashtag ‘UFCHawaii’.
- All four main event headliners got into another heated debate with their respective opponents. The verbal chaos resembled the arguments that commenced at the pre-fight conference.
- Michael Bisping walked into the room boasting about his win after overhearing Rockhold call him names.
Michael Bisping on finally claiming UFC gold:
“This has been a lifetimes work and I always felt I was capable of doing this. I’ve had my ups and downs along the way and I understand why people didn’t believe in me because I lost some key fights and I accept that. But I knew deep down inside myself that I could still always do it; that’s why I took this fight on short notice. You know that defines me, I am a fighter. I shocked the world.”
Luke Rockhold looking back on his loss:
“I believe I had control of that fight from the beginning I just over committed and he caught me. Bispings a tough dude, I’ve always said it. He’s a warrior, he’ll hang in there, but obviously I didn’t respect him enough, I was over-committing. I tried something I usually don’t do, I usually don’t commit with a jab, I take my time and I work my way in. I got caught and I guess destiny is real, but it’s not going to last very long because I will have my belt back.”
discussing what Bisping told him after their fight:
“That guys such a d***! I mean you show your true colors after a fight and that f****** guy comes up to me and he’s like “you know where you are uhh?” I f****** picked you up off the canvas and gave you respect. That guys a piece of s*** and I want to f****** come and kill him next time around. He’s just a maggot.”
“Hate to say I told you so! Some say revenge is sweet, I disagree, I think it’s better than sweet. Luke, c’mon buddy. When the shoe was on the other side, I leaned over and thanked you at this time and said ‘well done’.”
Dominick Cruz on his decision victory over Faber.
“He’s a tough fighter. I knew that, I said that before the fight. He’s got a championship mentality, so he’s not going to go out easy. I got as close as I could and I did the best I could at that.”
on new challengers arising:
“This division is one fire. My job is to come in here, be the champion. Everybody’s talking about 135 pounds. It is stacked right now. There’s tons of guys in this division that look amazing to me. They are awesome. And it fires me up and I think the divisions fired up about me coming back, so the targets on my back. I can feel it. I love it. I bask in it. Bring it.”
Urijah Faber on his loss to his long time rival and what he’ll do next:
“This has been a long career so you obviously think about things here and there. I’ve always pride myself on being a guy who doesn’t take much damage in fights and tonight I got caught a couple of times. You got to give credit to Cruz for that, but also consider myself, a guy that just turned 37 in a tough sport. I don’t know what I’m going to do. Right now I want to go back and watch the fight. It’s always a kind of instinctual fight for me; I have to go back and watch again to see exactly what happened.For me to be outclassed, I got to asses things, so I’m not gonna make any decisions.”
expressing candid thoughts:
“I know we have the new arena coming to Sacramento, so that’s something I’ll be very aware of and it’d be kind of a dream come true to be in that thing there, so that’s something to think of as well, but I love this sport, I love what I do, I’ve always loved fighting in combat and I love to train hard, but I want to be at my best.”
Max Holloway shifting plans from title match to UFC going to Hawaii:
“The interim belt is at 200, and now we got Conor fighting at 70 again. We’ll see what happens… if (the) UFC wants to come to Hawaii, they can come to Hawaii with open arms.”
For more on the verbal jabs that were exchanged, check out the complete conference:
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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