Early, official weigh-ins took place this morning in Fortaleza, Brazil, with the ceremonial weigh-ins airing on FS1 earlier this evening.
Fans filled the Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, the venue for tomorrow night’s fights, to watch the stars of the show step on the scales and staredown with their opponent.
UFC Fight Night 106 features a number of fan-favorite Brazilian fighters who will have the local fans cheering for their country’s fighters all night long. Vitor Belfort, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Edson Barboza, Jussier Formiga, Bethe Correia, and Alex “Cowboy” Oliveria all hail from various parts of Brazil, and all compete out of the red corner on the main card of tomorrow night’s event.
The main event will see Brazilian MMA legend Vitor Belfort take on the surging Kelvin Gastelum at 185 pounds. Belfort will be searching for his first win since November 7, 2015, when he defeated Dan Henderson via first-round head kick KO. Belfort has since lost two fights in a row, but plans to put on a show in the main event against Gastelum, who is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Due to weight issues in the past, Gastelum was forced to move from the welterweight division up to middleweight. Since suffering a split decision loss to Neil Magny in November of 2015, Gastelum has gone on to defeat Johny Hendricks via decision at UFC 200 and Tim Kennedy via third-round TKO at UFC 206.
Watch the ceremonial weigh-ins below:
The full weigh-in results are as follows:
Main Card – FS1 (7 p.m. PST, 10 p.m. EST, 3 a.m. GMT)
- Vitor Belfort (186 lbs.) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (185 lbs.)
- Mauricio Rua (206 lbs.) vs. Gian Villante (206 lbs.)
- Edson Barboza (155 lbs.) vs. Beneil Dariush (156 lbs.)
- Ray Borg (126 lbs.) vs. Jussier Formiga (126 lbs.)
- Bethe Correia (136 lbs.) vs. Marion Reneau (135 lbs.)
- Tim Means (170 lbs.) vs. Alex Oliveira (171 lbs.)
Preliminary Card – FS1 (5 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. EST, 1 a.m. GMT)
- Kevin Lee (156 lbs.) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (156 lbs.)
- Sergio Moraes (171 lbs.) vs. Davi Ramos (170 lbs.)
- Joe Soto (135 lbs.) vs. Rani Yahya (136 lbs.)
- Josh Burkman (156 lbs.) vs. Michel Prazeres (156 lbs.)
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims – UFC Fight Pass (4 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. EST, 12 a.m. GMT)
- Rony Jason (146 lbs.) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (146 lbs.)
- Paulo Borrachinha (185 lbs.) vs. Garreth McLellan (184 lbs.)
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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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