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UFC Dublin Main Event Round by Round Breakdown



The main event of the evening was a flyweight match-up between Dublin native Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan and Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka. Originally scheduled to open the main card, this fight was bumped to the co-main event after Stipe Miocic suffered an injury and was then eventually promoted to main event status after Joseph Duffy was pulled from the card due to injury earlier in the week.

Round 1

Both men take the center of the octagon and exchange kicks. Holohan scores a takedown and gets side control almost immediately and starts hitting knees to the body. Smolka attempts a D’arce choke but Holohan escapes and lands some big knees to the body. Smolka powers up to standing but Holohan locks in a guillotine attempt and ends up taking Smolka back down to the mat. Holohan gets one hook in and is attempting to take Smolka’s back but Smolka escapes and they’re back to the feet. Holohan almost immediately takes it back down and looks for a heel hook but Smolka escapes again and is now on top where he attempts a heel hook of his own. Holohan stands up, gets another takedown but they’re immediately back to the feet where Holohan lands a big head kick and they clinch to the cage. Smolka starts landing strikes and they separate where Holohan eats a big shot while going for a takedown which Smolka stuffs. The round ends with both fighters swinging for the fences although Smolka looks to be getting the better of the striking exchange.

Round 2

Round 2 opens with both men coming to the center of the cage and exchanging strikes with both of them landing some shots. Holohan goes for a takedown and actually takes Smolka’s back while Smolka is still on his feet. Smolka drops to one knee and Holohan gets a body triangle and is looking for a rear naked choke. Smolka looks calm and is defending well, trying to turn into Holohan’s body. Holohan turns him back and starts throwing punches but Smolka ends up spinning around and getting in top position where he starts landing big elbows to the body of Holohan. They’re back to the feet and Smolka attempts a high elbow guillotine. Holohan escapes the submission attempt but Smolka is on top of him and landing some big shots. Holohan goes for an omaplata and actually looks like he might get it but Smolka steps over and retaliates with some heavy shots. Holohan attempts to escape but Smolka ends up in full mount and is raining down massive punches and elbows. Holohan turns over to attempt an except and Smolka immediately pounces and locks in the rear naked choke. Holohan taps out mere moments before it looks like he was going out.


Winner by Rear Naked Choke in Round 2- Louis Smolka

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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”.

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.

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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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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.

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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