UFC Fairfax saw its share of remarkable and unremarkable performances alike, but the three main card finishes showed some sensational technique and viciousness that we are going to breakdown for you right now.
Chad Mendes def. Ricardo Lamas – TKO, round 1, 2:45
Fairfax’s main event saw two of the best featherweights in the world collide in Lamas and Mendes, but what was set to be an extremely competitive match-up, ended up rather one-sided for the former two-time title challenger, with Mendes delivering technical, yet brutal boxing skills for the finish.
Throughout the contest Mendes circled to the left constantly making Lamas move position and not set his feet and deliver the kicks he has shown to favour in the past.
Mendes used jabs early on to gauge Lamas’ reaction times and showed great cage control, keeping the centre of the octagon forcing Lamas to the outside. By keeping Lamas’ back towards the cage Mendes was able to close the distance easier and utilize his power and boxing.
Mendes caught Lamas with a right hand, as Lamas threw the same punch that dazed Ricardo. Chad followed up the knockdown quickly showing great killer instinct using uppercuts and knees to further hurt Lamas, who kept his head low to try to avoid shots.
Another beautiful short left hook put Lamas down again, but this time he was able to try to recover with a takedown attempt.
Mendes picked his shots well, and more importantly focused on defending the takedown first, bringing the fight back to its feet.
Lamas then still rocked fell to the mat, with Chad following up stuffing Ricardo’s head to the mat and making sure his feet were clear of any ankle picks before turning the corner to the back of Lamas landing numerous unanswered shots for the finish.
It was not only the power, but the technical defensive wrestling that gave Mendes the early win here, keeping his base well and defending Lamas’ counter wrestling allowed his to create openings and finish the fight.
Dustin Poirier def. Carlos Ferreira – KO, round 1, 3:45
Dustin Poirier’s return to lightweight couldn’t have looked better, as he stuck to his obvious game plan to keep his BJJ blackbelt opponent on his feet and deliver a vicious yet beautiful KO finish.
Poirier used textbook boxing throughout the fight, throwing nothing but straight shots down middle, cutting the guard of Ferreira, and beating him to the punch in every exchange, due to Carlos’ strange dedication to throwing looping hooks and kicks, despite his opponent’s success.
Poirier set up every combo with a jab or straight that proved just too quick for Ferreira, and mixing that up with beautiful stance switches and head movement, Poirier simply outclassed Ferreira on the feet.
Dustin knocked Ferreira down with a straight left counter to a hook attempt from Carlos, which the Brazilian attempted to recover from with a rather sloppy body lock takedown.
Poirier was able to recover top position from the takedown, and smartly moved his arms away from Ferreira’s dangerous guard and stood up where he had the clear advantage.
After the fight got back to its feet, Poirier stuck to his game plan, with his feet square underneath his shoulders, he walked Ferreira down landing a double straight left and then a shovel right uppercut to the bending down Brazilian knocking him down again.
Following him to the ground, Poirier learnt from the last knockdown, and this time threw Carlos’ guard to the side, landing punches from side control for the finish.
Poirier’s patience and technical boxing really brought home the win here, playing to hi striking advantage and showing maturity to finish the fight when it was safe for him to do so.
Juliana Pena def. Milana Dudieva – TKO, round 1, 3:59
Pena showed why she was so highly touted after winning The Ultimate Fighter with a barbaric display from full mount to pick up a first round finish over Milana Dudieva.
The finish of this fight saw Pena land a textbook single leg and step over straight to mount with no resistance from her opponent, as Dudieva held onto a headlock the whole time for an unknown reason.
On the ground, Pena had a good high mount and posture that negated any sweeps from the bottom and made it less likely for her to get bucked off mount.
Pena used great broken rhythm striking from mount, mixing up punches and elbows from different angles to keep Milana guessing and smothered, to negate any type of serious defense.
Pena then turned it on using hooks and power elbows to break through the guard of Dudieva and eventually wrapped up her opponents arm to deliver hammer fists and gain the stoppage in a totally one sided affair.
Pena showed that sheer aggression and sound defense can be enough for the finish, keeping her posture up and hips tight throughout her time in mount and landing relentless shots that Dudieva just couldn’t handle.
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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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