Earlier this month an event at the desert oasis known as Las Vegas the largest mixed martial arts promotion in the world put on an event which reportedly had eclipsed all others. UFC 196 was not expected to achieve the numbers it reportedly has. Number three gate all-time, along with surpassing one million buys easily, though a number has not officially been revealed, it has been said by Dana White to have been trending toward breaking the record mark set by UFC 100.
Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz was quite the spectacle from the lead up to the actual fight, it resulted in Nate Diaz being victorious from the underdog role over the former pound-for-pound #3 fighter in the world, Conor McGregor, via rear naked choke submission in the second round.
Now it seems the UFC has set their sights on organizing a rematch between the two at UFC 200. This being reported this morning by Ariel Helwani on MMA Fighting. The bout will reportedly take place once again in a non-title fight in the Welterweight division at 170 pounds. According to Helwani, the fight could be announced shortly.
Should this bout be announced, it would mean McGregor would not be defending his Featherweight belt against the likes of either Frankie Edgar or José Aldo. The two have been frontrunners for the opportunity to compete for the title, as both have also been vocal in their efforts.
For the UFC, the decision is surely motivated by the drawing potential of this rematch. UFC 200 which takes place July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada in the new T-mobile arena is the event to cap off UFC International Fight Week 2016. The event would be expected to do multiple records breaking numbers.
For the Irishman, McGregor (19-3), it would be his chance to avenge his first loss since 2010, ending his perfect record with the UFC promotion. For the American, Diaz (19-10), a chance to add to his star status, and that put a second definitive stamp on his successful career in the UFC.
Stay tuned to the MMA Latest as we will have all updates to this report for you as it happens.
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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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