Jon Jones became the first man to finish Daniel Cormier as he knocked out ‘DC’ with strikes in the third round to become the new UFC light-heavyweight champion.
Since winning Jones’ vacated light-heavyweight belt in May of 2015, ‘DC’ had fought three times prior to UFC 214, two of which he defended his belt. Taking out Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 and defeating Anthony Johnson for the second time at UFC 210, ‘DC’ was more than battle-tested for the biggest fight of his combat sports career in Anaheim.
‘Bones’ last fought at UFC 197 in April of 2016, when he cruised past Ovince Saint-Preux in a performance that lacked conviction, of which had many fans concerned to how we would see him perform against Cormier tonight.
After touching gloves, the buzzer sounded and finally ‘DC’ and Jones began their second battle. Jones used many of his conventional oblique kicks targeting Cormier’s knees, ‘DC’ also frequently used inside low kicks of his own. Cormier invested in targeting Jones’ body, but it was Jones who just edged the first round in terms of significant strikes.
Jones made great use of his height and reach advantage, using front kicks to the body to keep ‘DC’ at range, where he wanted him. Cormier landed a number of overhand rights in the second round, and the Olympian looked extremely composed in comparison to his first fight with ‘Bones.’
Jones landed a brutal head kick that staggered Cormier, and straight away ‘DC’ backed up on wobbly legs. ‘Bones’ wasted no time in hunting him down, attempting to trip Cormier the now former champ fell to the ground. Relentlessly Jones unleashed elbows from the top position, and referee John McCarthy had seen enough.
"Jon Jones is back!" 🏆
— BT Sport UFC (@btsportufc) July 30, 2017
Regaining the light heavyweight belt he was vacated of in May of 2015, Jones dropped to his knees with a clear feeling of relief, thanking all his fans and coaches in his post-fight interview ‘Bones’ delivered a heartfelt thank-you message to Cormier in his post-fight interview as ‘DC’ was extremely emotional.
Jones took no time to take the mic again and call out former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
— UFC (@ufc) July 30, 2017
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it’s like to get your ass kicked by someone who weighs 40-pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon.”
Official Result: Jon Jones def Daniel Cormier via KO (Strikes), Round 3 – 3:01
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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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