The UFC finished off its biggest month of fights to date with UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday Night. Coming on the heels of the historic UFC 200 and less than a month before a stacked UFC 202, UFC 201 was in danger of getting lost in the shuffle so to speak. The fighters on the card for UFC 201 however certainly didn’t get the memo that this card wasn’t as big as the PPV cards that bookended it. The night saw 6 of the 11 fights take the decisions out of the judge’s hands, and in the fights that went the distance, there were some absolute wars. The following bonuses in no way reflect what has been or will be given by the UFC and are strictly the opinion of the staff of MMA Latest News.
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: ROSE NAMAJUNAS VS KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ (Also UFC’s Offical Bonus)
The Women’s Strawweight division was on display in the co-main event of the evening in a likely title eliminator fight between Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. The opening round showcased both fighters stand-up with Namajunas mixing up her striking while effectively avoiding most of Kowalkiewicz’s offense. Kowalkiewicz did do some damage in the clinch but the round ended with Namajunas in top position after the fight was taken to the ground. The second and third rounds, however, were where Kowalkiewicz’s clinch game really made the difference. In the second round, Kowalkiewicz was able to get the clinch earlier and land some heavy knees and elbows. Namajunas did break away and land some big shots of her own, including a solid front kick/punch combination but Kowalkiewicz was clearly starting to get the better of the stand-up, particularly in close. The third round was more of the same as Namajunas looked good when she kept Kowalkiewicz at a distance but Kowalkiewicz managed to get in close once again and connect with her knees and uppercuts before taking the fight to the ground and punishing Namajunas while avoiding submission attempts en route to a split decision victory.
PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT: TYRON WOODLEY KNOCKOUT OF ROBBIE LAWLER (Also UFC’s Offical Bonus)
The Welterweight title was on the line in the main event as Tyron Woodley returned from almost a year and a half away to take on the champion Robbie Lawler. Woodley wasted little time in showing why he got his shot at the belt. Woodley came in aggressively with a takedown attempt that got stuffed by Lawler and then a seemingly quick separation by the referee. As Lawler seemed content to circle and find his opening, Woodley found his. A huge right hand over the top connected to the chin of the champion and put him flat on his back against the cage where Woodley proceeded to unleash another four to five shots until the referee was able to get in and stop the fight at 2:48 of round 1. Woodley certainly impressed with a devastating knockout over a fighter who is notoriously hard to finish.
PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT: NIKITA KRYLOV KNOCKOUT OF ED HERMAN (UFC’s other official Performance of the Night went to Jake Ellenberger)
Nikita Krylov is an absolute monster. Having never gone the distance in his MMA career, Krylov didn’t change that trend on Saturday night. After a first round where Krylov used his kicks to batter and bruise Herman during striking exchanges, the second round opened in explosive fashion. Krylov immediately came out aggressively to start the round, seemingly trying to overwhelm Herman with a volume of strikes. When Krylov threw a spinning back fist, Herman fired back with some big shots of his own, including a big knee out of a brief thai clinch. The separation caused by the knee, however, proved to be all the distance Krylov needed as he connected with an absolutely devastating head kick that sent Herman crashing face first to the canvas. Nikita Krylov continues to show that he is a force to be reckoned with in the Light-Heavyweight division and added a potential knockout of the year candidate to his highlight reel.
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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